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Sea Storm by Andrew Mayne
Narrated by Susannah Jones
A Wall Street Journal bestselling series.
An explosive conspiracy sets the ocean roiling for a deep-diving investigator in a riveting thriller by the author of the Amazon Charts bestseller The Girl Beneath the Sea.
A distress call draws rescuers Sloan McPherson and the Underwater Investigation Unit to a cruise ship off the coast of Fort Lauderdale that’s sinking from a mysterious explosion. When it appears to be the work of an ecoterrorist and other ships are threatened, it becomes a race against time. More clues are discovered, and evidence is in danger of being washed away by a coming tropical storm. Sloan grows concerned that key details are being ignored, and a strange lack of urgency by authorities sets off alarms.
As the troubling questions compound, Sloan is determined to chase down every lead she has. Her persistence is getting her closer to the truth: that there’s something far more troubling at play than the official explanation. It’s also putting Sloan on a collision course with an enemy more powerful than she realizes, in a case so complex and deadly it may be impossible to prove. Now cracking the case is a matter of staying one step ahead of someone with every resource imaginable to bury Sloan and everything she knows.
Slingshot by Darren Wearmouth
Narrated by Stacy Carolan
A threat is coming to destroy civilization….
In a way nobody had ever imagined in their worst nightmares….
And it’s human-designed.
Joey Hawke’s life is turned upside down when a future version of himself drags him into a bathroom stall. Together, they have 72 hours to save humanity. And they have to do it against the biggest, most bizarre con the world has ever seen. Failure means the poisonous destruction of every city in the world.
But Joey and his future self fail, and things rapidly descend into an unstoppable extinction-level event. Only he holds the key to saving billions of lives by turning back the clock…if he knew how.
Mission One by Samuel Best
Narrated by Jonathan Davis
Five months to Titan. Four brave crew members. One incredible mystery.
Jeff Dolan always wanted to be an astronaut. After helping a private space company build a ship that can travel to Saturn’s largest moon in five months, he gets his chance.
Shortly after launch, a devastating malfunction forces Jeff and the crew to make a choice: continue to Titan or go back home. As the truth about their mission unravels, one thing is clear: Someone on Earth knew about the system flaw and covered it up.
Yet surviving the journey isn’t the crew’s only concern. Even if they make it to Titan, they will face another problem: Something is already there.
Fans of thoughtful space exploration science fiction will enjoy this near-Earth first-contact adventure. This is the first book in the Titan Chronicles, a thrilling addition to space-travel fiction.
Or Else by Joe Hart
Narrated by Graham Halstead
A secret love becomes a fatal affair in a twisting novel of suspense by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Joe Hart.
When novelist Andy Drake returns to his hometown to care for his ailing father, a reconnection with his childhood friend Rachel escalates into a secret love affair. For Rachel, struggling to maintain the facade of a picture-perfect life, it’s an escape from an emotionally abusive marriage. Then Andy receives an anonymous note warning him to end the affair. Or else.
Whoever’s been watching is going to make Andy pay. Weeks later, Rachel’s husband, David, is shot to death. Rachel and her two young sons vanish without a trace. One misstep, one careless reveal, and Andy could look as guilty as sin. Clue by clue, as his investigation into the mystery unfolds, Andy discovers that he and Rachel weren’t the only ones keeping secrets.
Nothing in this quiet neighborhood is as it seems. No one peeking from behind the curtains of their homes can be trusted. And the worst is yet to come. Because David isn’t the only one who will die.
A House Between Earth and the Moon by Rebecca Scherm
Narrated by Xe Sands
The gripping story of one scientist in outer space, another who watches over him, the family left behind, and the lengths people will go to protect the people and planet they love.
Scientist Alex Welch-Peters has believed for 20 years that his super-algae can reverse the effects of climate change. His obsession with his research has jeopardized his marriage, his relationships with his kids, and his own professional future. When Sensus, the colossal tech company, offers him a chance to complete his research, he seizes the opportunity. The catch? His lab will be in outer space on Parallaxis, the first-ever luxury residential space station built for billionaires. Alex and six other scientists leave their loved ones to become Pioneers, the beta tenants of Parallaxis.
But Parallaxis is not the space palace they were sold. Day and night, the embittered crew builds the facility under pressure from Sensus, motivated by the promise that their families will join them. Meanwhile, back on Earth, with much of the country ablaze in wildfires, Alex’s family tries to remain safe in Michigan. His teenage daughter, Mary Agnes, struggles through high school with the help of the ubiquitous Sensus phones implanted in everyone’s ears, archiving each humiliation, and wishing she could go to Parallaxis with her father – but her mother will never allow it.
The Pioneers are the beta testers of another program, too. As they toil away 200 miles in the sky, Sensus is designing an algorithm that will predict human behavior. Tess, a young social psychologist Sensus has hired to watch the Pioneers through their phones, begins to develop an intimate, obsessive relationship with her subjects. When she takes it a step further—traveling to Parallaxis to observe them up close—the controlled experiment begins to unravel.
Prescient and insightful, A House Between Earth and the Moon is at once a captivating epic about the machinations of big tech and a profoundly intimate meditation on the unmistakably human bonds that hold us together.
The Temps by Andrew DeYoung
Narrated by Paul Heitsch
Jacob Elliot doesn’t want a temporary job in the mailroom at Delphi Enterprises, but after two post-college years of unpaid internships and living in his parents’ basement, he needs the work. Then, on his first day, the unthinkable happens: toxic gas descends on a meeting in Delphi’s outdoor amphitheater, killing all the regular employees and leaving Jacob stranded inside the vast office complex.
Wandering through Delphi headquarters, Jacob finds other survivors: Lauren, a disillusioned classics major who’s now writing online personality quizzes; Swati, a fitness instructor trying to escape a toxic relationship; and Dominic, a business-school student who will do almost anything to get ahead. Stranded in the wreckage of the company that employed them, the temps band together to create a miniature world that’s part spring break, part office culture – until a shocking discovery disrupts the survivors’ self-made paradise and drives them to uncover the truth about the mysterious corporation that employed them and the apocalypse that brought their world to an end.
A surprising, profound tribute to the absurdities and paranoia of modern life, The Temps is an epic exploration of survival and human connection in the digital age.
Despite Chaos by Stacy Lynn Miller
Narrated by Lori Prince
Alexandra Castle hides the brightest part of herself. She is the perfect daughter and heir-apparent to the Castle Resort empire. To her controlling father, her only fault is that she’s gay, so she keeps her sexuality out of the public eye for his benefit. With his retirement on the horizon, he pits Alex against her corner-cutting twin brother in a high-stakes competition to choose who will take over the company. Just when she takes the lead, an ex-lover reappears, threatening to destroy her life.
Tyler Falling hides the darkest part of herself. On the surface, she is a put-together business owner, middle-class wife, and mother. In reality, she’s broken from a rape years earlier. When she unexpectedly comes face-to-face with her rapist, a deep family secret surfaces.
Both escape to Napa. Their brief, anonymous encounter sparks a mutual infatuation, changing the trajectory of their hollow lives. Living a lie was no longer an option. Weeks later, Alex and Tyler are thrown together in the virtual world without realizing they are each other’s mystery woman.
Can an improbable romance bloom amid embezzlement, blackmail, and self-exploration?
The Space Between by Michelle L. Teichman
Narrated by Abby Craden
Everything’s great for Harper Isabelle, the most popular girl in grade nine. That is, until she meets Sarah Jamieson. Sarah is a reclusive artist, a loner who wears black makeup and doesn’t have any friends, but for some reason, Harper can’t stop thinking about her.
Sarah isn’t used to people looking her way, especially popular girls like Harper Isabelle. Scared, religious, and unsure of herself, when Sarah begins to realize that her feelings for Harper might go beyond friendship, she is afraid to take the plunge and tell Harper how she feels.
Emotions build between these young women until they both reach their breaking points, and they need to make a choice about coming to terms with who they really are, and what they can and cannot live without.
One Simple Refrain by Nancy Ann Healy
Narrated by Xe Sands
Dr. Jillian Byers only considered two careers: indie rock sensation or physician. Both dreams led her to Los Angeles. She never plotted a course that led back home. With her father’s health declining, Jillian picks up her life and returns to Crystal, Maine. At first, it seems time has stood still in her hometown. It doesn’t take long for Jillian to realize nothing is quite the way she remembers.
Returning to life in rural Maine never occurred to Marjorie (MJ) Willard. A successful professor, MJ finds herself at a crossroads after a painful divorce. Her mother suggests MJ move back to Crystal with her seven-year-old daughter, Chloe. Needing an escape, MJ agrees. She never dreamed she’d come face to face with her high school crush. Life gets interesting when MJ collides with Jillian Byers at their thirtieth high school reunion.
An unexpected friendship helps Jillian and MJ cope with loss, change, and a few secrets from the past. Finding the way home summons a million questions and some interesting discoveries. There’s no greater surprise than falling in love. Sometimes all it takes to make sense of the world is One Simple Refrain.
Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne
Narrated by Cat Gould
Finn’s solid. Not in body, but in being. She’s gravity and kindness and all those good things that anchor.
Willa’s confusing. Sometimes she’s this sweet, sensitive soul. Other times she’s like a flaming arrow you hope isn’t coming for you.
Finn and Willa have been picked as team leaders in the future leader camp game. The usually confident Finn doesn’t know what’s throwing her more, the fact she’s leading a team of highly unenthusiastic overachievers or coming up against fierce, competitive Willa. And Willa doesn’t know which is harder, leaving her responsibilities behind to pursue her goals or opening up to someone.
Soon they both realize that the hardest thing of all is balancing their clashing ideals with their unexpected connection. And finding a way to win, of course.
Contains mature themes.
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