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Allegiance Burned by Tom Abrahams

Allegiance Burned by Tom Abrahams
Narrated by Jay Snyder
Audible Studios

A scientist murdered a mile beneath the earth, his secret laboratory exposed. A formula capable of forcing a power shift among the world’s largest nations is missing. Its rightful owner wants it back.

Jackson Quick is pulled back into the darkness he despises. Forced to face his demons and align himself with the very people who betrayed him, he agrees to hunt for the formula. Racing against time and an evil black-market czar, Quick crosses the globe in search of a mathematical equation so valuable, nations and terrorists will pay whatever the cost to control it.

From the scientist’s lab in South Dakota to London, Chernobyl, Ukraine, and Germany, Quick uses his guile and good luck to outwit the competition at every turn. Or so he thinks.

In the end, is his freedom worth the price he’ll pay to earn it? Or is he better off letting the formula fall where it may?

Allegiance Burned is book two in the trilogy of Jackson Quick Sci-Fi Adventures.

Perfect for listeners of Michael Crichton, Pierce Brown, and John Scalzi.


Teach Me by Olivia Dade

Teach Me by Olivia Dade
Narrated by Kelsey Navarro
Tantor Audio

Check out our review here

Their lesson plans didn’t include love. But that’s about to change….

When Martin Krause arrives at Rose Owens’s high school, she’s determined to remain chilly with her new colleague. Unfriendly? Maybe. Understandable? Yes, since a loathsome administrator gave Rose’s beloved world history classes to Martin, knowing it would hurt her.

But keeping her distance from a man as warm and kind as Martin will prove challenging, even for a stubborn, guarded ice queen. Especially when she begins to see him for what he truly is: a man who’s never been taught his own value. Martin could use a good teacher – and luckily, Rose is the best.

Rose has her own lessons – about trust, about vulnerability, about her past – to learn. And over the course of a single school year, the two of them will find out just how hot it can get when an ice queen melts.


Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer
Narrated by Lisa Flanagan
Blackstone Publishing

From the author of Annihilation, a brilliant speculative thriller of dark conspiracy, endangered species, and the possible end of all things

Security consultant “Jane Smith” receives an envelope with a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and clues leading her to a taxidermied salamander. Silvina, the dead woman who left the note, is a reputed ecoterrorist and the daughter of an Argentine industrialist. By taking the hummingbird from the storage unit, Jane sets in motion a series of events that quickly spin beyond her control.

Soon, Jane and her family are in danger, with few allies to help her make sense of the true scope of the peril. Is the only way to safety to follow in Silvina’s footsteps? Is it too late to stop? As she desperately seeks answers about why Silvina contacted her, time is running out – for her and possibly for the world.

Hummingbird Salamander is Jeff VanderMeer at his brilliant, cinematic best, wrapping profound questions about climate change, identity, and the world we live in into a tightly plotted thriller full of unexpected twists and elaborate conspiracy.


Wayward Sons by Wayne Stinnett, Stewart Matthews

Wayward Sons by Wayne Stinnett, Stewart Matthews
Narrated by Nick Sullivan
Self Published

Where Jerry Snyder goes, trouble follows. Someone tried to kill him and his bride on their honeymoon in the Virgin Islands. And moving there permanently is proving to be anything but tranquil.

First, he’s working for the secretive Armstrong Organization – a group dedicated to hunting terrorists, drug smugglers, and the nastiest criminals since Blackbeard.

Second, his partner is DJ Martin, a one-legged Airborne vet, who has the temperament of a croc with a toothache. DJ has never met a nose he couldn’t break, and he’s tested plenty of them.

When a body washes ashore at an island resort in Culebra, a family desperate for help turns to Jerry and DJ. Sailing the Caribbean looking for answers, their course proves deadlier than either man bargained for. And when Jerry’s past dealings appear on the horizon, the two men have to find common ground to overcome a cunning, powerful enemy with a desire more dangerous than murder.


Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard
Narrated by Cynthia Farrell
Recorded Books Inc.

Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He’s committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn – one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he’s failed her before. And if he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

Join best-selling and award-winning author Elizabeth Goddard as she plunges you into a web of deceit made of hidden crimes, open threats, and long-buried family secrets in this gripping first book of an explosive new series.


Trojan Horse by S. Lee Manning

Trojan Horse by S. Lee Manning
Narrated by Pavi Proczko
OrangeSky Audio

American operative Kolya Petrov is tracking Mihai Cuza, a direct descendant of Vlad the Impaler. Kolya suspects him of planning meltdowns of nuclear power plants around the world, but every time Kolya gets close, a member of his team
dies in agony. Margaret Bradford, the head of Kolya’s agency, seizes upon a devious plan to place a “Trojan horse” – a digital virus – on Cuza’s computer. But for the plan to succeed, she must betray one of her own agents. Margaret chooses Kolya Petrov – a Russian Jewish immigrant with no family – for the honor.

Kolya is initially unaware that he’s been set up for kidnapping and torture. When he realizes the truth, he must choose between stopping a plot that could kill thousands and protecting his own life and the life of the woman he loves.


Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez
Narrated by Christine Lakin, Zachary Webber
Hachette Audio

A brilliant and touching romantic comedy from the USA Today best-selling author of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist.

When Vanessa Price quit her job to pursue her dream of traveling the globe, she wasn’t expecting to gain millions of YouTube followers who shared her joy of seizing every moment. For her, living each day to its fullest isn’t just a motto. Her mother and sister never saw the age of 30, and Vanessa doesn’t want to take anything for granted.

But after her half sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her baby daughter, life goes from “daily adventure” to “next-level bad” (now with bonus baby vomit in hair). The last person Vanessa expects to show up offering help is the hot lawyer next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. No one warned her that he was the Secret Baby Tamer or that she’d be spending a whole lot of time with him and his geriatric Chihuahua.

Now she’s feeling things she’s vowed not to feel. Because the only thing worse than falling for Adrian is finding a little hope for a future she may never see.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.


The Fear by Spencer Hamilton

The Fear by Spencer Hamilton
Narrated by Natalie Naudus
Self Published

Two women quarantined together. A world falling into chaos.

When a virus sweeps across the globe, Ash and Jack must each face their fears. Married and isolated in one small apartment, each woman grows restless, claustrophobic, and paranoid.

As the horror outside their door ramps up to apocalyptic levels, inside Jack is slowly unraveling. She shuts herself away and fears everything. Fears the virus has crawled its way inside, down her throat, into the lining of her stomach. Ash is afraid, too – afraid of what her increasingly erratic wife will do to her.

In a pandemic none of us are ready for, should we fear the outside world…or what’s waiting within?

From the author who brought you stories of literary horror and weird in Kitchen Sink comes Spencer Hamilton’s debut novel, The Fear.


My Epic Spring Break (Up) by Kristin Rockaway
Narrated by Taylor Meskimen
Listening Library

A fun and upbeat original romance about a girl who finds a cheat sheet for love.

Spring break…heartache?

For coder extraordinaire Ashley, high school is all about prepping for college. Her love life? Virtually nonexistent. She’s never been on a date. Never been kissed. Never been in love.

When her plans veer off course, Ashley realizes she might be missing out on her high school experience. Now that spring break is finally here, Ashley vows to have fun…and, for the first time, follow her heart.

Starting with Walker Beech, her gorgeous, maybe-not-so-unrequited crush. But with Jason Eisler – her childhood friend turned prankster – in the picture, trouble is bound to follow. Will Ashley’s epic spring break lead her to love, or will her heart crash and burn?


The Secret Poet by Georgia Beers

The Secret Poet by Georgia Beers
Narrated by AJ Ferraro
Bold Strokes Books Inc

Morgan Thompson likes her life just fine. She has a tight-knit family, two opinionated cats, and her job as office manager for her brother Perry’s medical practice. Perry’s an eligible bachelor, but his divorce left him gun-shy, so Morgan has fun tweaking his responses to potential dates online, using her affinity for words to make him sound impressive. When new pharmaceutical rep Zoe Blake walks into his office, though, he’s smitten, and he needs Morgan more than ever.

Zoe is beautiful and a little mysterious, and doesn’t seem terribly interested in Perry. Morgan decides she’ll need to get to know Zoe before she plays matchmaker. But soon, she’s talking books and movies and writing to her as Perry, and the more she knows, the more she wants to know, until she begins to wonder: Is she wooing Zoe for her brother? Or for herself?


Hollywood on Tap by Avery Flynn

Hollywood on Tap by Avery Flynn
Narrated by Charlotte North
Tantor Audio

The one person standing between me and organizational heaven at the small-town brewery I inherited with my sisters is brewmaster Sean O’Dell. Can you believe the pig-headed and too-hot-for-his-own-good man shoots down every change I want to make? Especially when I have the color-coded spreadsheets and charts to prove that a little something different is exactly what’s needed.

And he thinks that his strong but silent act is going to make me back down? He couldn’t be more wrong.

The man is hiding something behind all his sexy scruff, and I’m going to find out exactly what it is. What I’m not going to do though is give in to the white-hot attraction between us making me want to undo a few of my buttoned-up sweaters and finally figure find out what would happen if I finally let loose.

Contains mature themes.


The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch
Narrated by Michael Crouch
Simon & Schuster

Sky’s small town turns absolutely claustrophobic when his secret promposal plans get leaked to the entire school in this witty, heartfelt, and ultimately hopeful debut novel for fans of What If It’s Us? and I Wish You All the Best.

Sky Baker may be openly gay, but in his small, insular town, making sure he was invisible has always been easier than being himself. Determined not to let anything ruin his senior year, Sky decides to make a splash at his high school’s annual beach bum party by asking his crush, Ali, to prom – and he has 30 days to do it.

What better way to start living loud and proud than by pulling off the gayest promposal Rock Ledge, Michigan, has ever seen?

Then, Sky’s plans are leaked by an anonymous hacker in a deeply homophobic e-blast that quickly goes viral. He’s fully prepared to drop out and skip town altogether – until his classmates give him a reason to fight back by turning his 30-day promposal countdown into a school-wide hunt to expose the e-blast perpetrator.

But what happens at the end of the 30 days? Will Sky get to keep his hard-won visibility? Or will his small-town blues stop him from being his true self?


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