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Access Point by E.J. Yerzak
Narrated by Mike Andre
Self Published

An electrifying secret.

A pharmaceutical giant is on the verge of a revolutionary medical breakthrough. But behind the promising new treatment lurks a dangerous secret that the company will do anything to protect.

Every move is tracked.

Lincoln Webber, a renowned cyber professor, is looking forward to some time off to binge on reality TV shows. But when he finds his apartment under surveillance, he soon discovers he is caught in a web of national security, espionage, and deceit. A cyber sleuth in a high-stakes pursuit, used to dealing in bits and bytes, Link is an unwitting hero forced to go off the grid and outside his comfort zone to stay one step ahead of adversaries who seem to anticipate his every move.

Logging off is not a choice.

It’s an electrifying race against the clock as he seeks to uncover the explosive truth – before it’s too late. The internet needs a new kind of hero.

Get to know Lincoln Webber in his debut thriller – audiobook number one in the Link Webber series.


The Exiled Fleet by J. S. Dewes
Narrated by Andrew Eiden, Nicol Zanzarella
Macmillan Audio

J. S. Dewes continues her fast-paced, science fiction action adventure with The Exiled Fleet, where The Expanse meets The Black Company – the survivors of The Last Watch refuse to die.

The Sentinels narrowly escaped the collapsing edge of the Divide.

They have mustered a few other surviving Sentinels, but with no engines they have no way to leave the edge of the universe before they starve.

Adequin Rake has gathered a team to find the materials they’ll need to get everyone out.

To do that they’re going to need new allies and evade a ruthless enemy. Some of them will not survive.

The Divide series

The Last Watch

The Exiled Fleet

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books


Twenty-Five to Life by R.W.W. Greene
Narrated by Elise Roth
Angry Robot

Life goes on for the billions left behind after the humanity-saving colony mission to Proxima Centauri leaves Earth orbit…but what’s the point? Julie Riley is two years too young to get out from under her mother’s thumb, and what does it matter? She’s over-educated, under-employed, and kept mostly numb by her pharma emplant. Her best friend, who she’s mostly been interacting with via virtual reality for the past decade, is part of the colony mission to Proxima Centauri. Plus, the world is coming to an end. So, there’s that.

When Julie’s mother decides it’s time to let go of the family home in a failing suburb and move to the city to be closer to work and her new beau, Julie decides to take matters into her own hands. She runs, illegally, hoping to find and hide with the Volksgeist, a loose-knit culture of tramps, hoboes, senior citizens, artists, and never-do-wells, who have elected to ride out the end of the world in their campers and converted vans, constantly on the move over the back roads of America.


Blessed Time by Cale Plamann
Narrated by Neil Hellegers
Aethon Audio

Check out my reviews of audiobooks narrated by Neil Hellegers

Some disasters can only be avoided if you know they’re coming….

On Karell, you are either blessed by the gods, granted a unique power and the ability to gain experience and levels, or you are forgotten. Micah Silver was a boy picked for greatness. Chosen by the gods to bear a mythic power, he longed to take his place amongst the heroes and legends he grew up reading about.

Unfortunately, his primary blessing only allows him to travel into the past by sacrificing his class, wealth, and levels – a psychological burden that Micah is reluctant to shoulder. But, even if Micah is unwilling, fate has a way of forcing you to face your destiny…and running away can cost you everything.

Over and over again…

Experience the start of a time-looping LitRPG series where a reluctant hero is forced to fight against an impossible catastrophe. Using his talents for enchanting items and summoning creatures, he must retrace his steps and grow stronger in a potentially futile effort to prevent tragedy and protect his family.


Steady as She Goes: A Jesse McDermitt Novel by Wayne Stinnett
Narrated by Nick Sullivan
Self Published

Check out my reviews of audiobooks narrated by Nick Sullivan

Jesse McDermitt is starting a new chapter in his life. As captain of the research vessel Ambrosia, his mission is to study the oceans and seafloor, searching for rich oil deposits. His unstated mission is to locate and eradicate the enemies of society on behalf of Armstrong Research, a secretive organization funded by some of the richest men in the world.

When word gets out about a massive drug and human trafficking cartel moving tons of illegal drugs, along with hundreds of slave laborers, out of Venezuela, Jesse is tasked with stopping them at all cost. But how can one man find the traffickers amid the thousands of ships coming and going from Venezuela’s ports every year? Can Jesse close on and engage the traffickers?


56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard
Narrated by Alana Kerr Collins
Blackstone Publishing

No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead.

Fifty-six days ago

Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.

Thirty-five days ago

When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests they move in together. Ciara sees a unique opportunity for a relationship to flourish without the scrutiny of family and friends. Oliver sees a chance to hide who – and what – he really is.

Today

Detectives arrive at Oliver’s apartment to discover a decomposing body inside.

Can they determine what really happened, or has lockdown created an opportunity for someone to commit the perfect crime?

Crime by the Book


Melt by Robbi McCoy
Narrated by Anastasia Watley
Tantor Audio

When photojournalist Kelly Sheffield is offered the chance to travel to Greenland for coverage of American science teams, she grabs it. Not only is it a dream assignment, it also means she’ll have a chance to reconnect with the compelling Jordan Westgate, the glaciologist studying the melting ice cap.

Jordan hasn’t forgotten Kelly, nor has she forgotten that she’d found it hard, all those years ago, to firmly reject the inappropriate overtures from a student. This Kelly – self-assured, successful, and even more attractive – is a threat to Jordan’s equilibrium, something she simply can’t allow.

Kelly finds the frozen landscape a match for Jordan’s chilly attitude. But Greenland is a surprising land of beauty and danger where even the iciest heart can melt.


The Last to Leave by Erica Lee
Narrated by Sara Lobdell
Self Published

Courtney Fields and Nicole Dawson were high school rivals who thought they would never have to deal with each other again. Eight years after graduating, the two are thrown back together on a trip to Cabo with their two best friends.

Throughout the trip, they quickly learn they get under each other’s skin in more ways than one. When their sexual chemistry becomes too much to ignore, they decide to fan the flames. Sleeping with your enemy isn’t such a bad idea when you’re never going to see them again, right?

An enemies to friends-with-benefits to lovers romance that will have you swooning and fanning yourself all at once.


If I Told You by Avery Easton
Narrated by Carolyn Johnson
Self Published

Paige Parker danced before she could walk. After a lifetime of performing, her wildest dreams come true: She gets the chance to originate a lead in a Broadway show. Determined to make the most of her time in Chicago, where the musical is workshopping, she vows to find herself. No more crushes, no more dating, no more mistakes. But all of that changes when stand-up comedian Alexandra Tate walks into her life.

Sweet, sexy, and fun as hell, Alex sweeps Paige off her feet. Gone are Paige’s rules, as well as her insecurities about not being worthy of love. The magic of Chicago summer surrounds them, and even though they try their best to simply enjoy the time they have, they can’t help falling in love.

Autumn and life-long dreams pull them in different directions. What comes first – a love like neither’s ever known, or opportunities that they’ve yearned for their entire careers? If their ambitions don’t keep them apart, Alex and Paige could find a way to their own happily ever after.


Saltblood by T C Parker
Narrated by Gina Marie Davies
Fireside Horror

A remote island. A group of prisoners. And an evil as old as time.

Robin didn’t mean to break the law. Didn’t know at first what law she’d broken. And now she’s on her way to Salt Rock – a new-model prison for a new kind of criminal, way out in the remote Northern Isles of Scotland.

On Salt Rock, she’ll meet other prisoners like her – men and women from all over the world, spirited away from the lives they knew for crimes they didn’t know they were committing.

She’ll uncover the complex web of conspiracy that connects them all, confronting some of the darkness of her own past in the process.

And she’ll come face to face, finally, with an evil as old as the land itself.

It’s hell in those waters.


Dangerous Ground by Rachel Grant
Narrated by Eva Kaminsky, A. T. Chandler, Michele Yatchmeneff
Brilliance Audio

In the remote and unpredictable Aleutians, danger comes without warning in an adrenaline rush of a novel by USA Today bestselling author Rachel Grant.

Archaeologist Fiona Carver has unfinished business in the Aleutian Islands. After an emergency evacuation cut her first expedition short, she’s finally back. But time is not on her side as she races to finish documenting the remnants of a prehistoric village, recover missing artifacts, and track down missing volcanologist Dylan Slater.

Having bluffed his way onto Fiona’s team with fake credentials, wildlife photographer Dean Slater is willing to risk more than federal prison to find his missing brother, but he needs Fiona’s help. She knows the inhospitable terrain better than anyone.

When the two set out together on a perilous journey, it becomes more than a recovery mission. In their fight for survival, nature isn’t the only threat. They aren’t the only ones on the hunt. Mile by dangerous mile, someone is hunting them.


Resurrection America by Jeff Gunhus
Narrated by Brian Hutchison
OrangeSky Audio

USA Today best-selling author Jeff Gunhus

In the near future, the world order has deteriorated after America’s exhaustion from endless foreign wars causes it to pull back within its borders. Its enemies and allies alike pursue their own interests, grabbing resources, erecting trade barriers, and launching opportunistic wars. The American Century is a distant memory.

Sheriff Rick Johnson thinks he’s left behind the problems of the greater world, retiring from the Marines to become the sheriff of the little town of Resurrection, Colorado. His relationship with Dahlia, his childhood friend’s widow, has given him new purpose, along with the responsibility of being a father figure to her young son. Life isn’t perfect, but it’s better than he ever expected it would be after seeing the horrors of war. But when helicopters and armored vehicles filled with soldiers in hazmat suits unexpectedly quarantine the town, Sheriff Rick Johnson feels like the nightmares of the outside world have followed him home.

While the town follows martial law, Rick isn’t buying the official version of events from the military that a virus has been released into the air. As he investigates, the cover story unravels and he discovers the military’s presence and the salvation they offer isn’t what it seems. Soon he and his ex-flame, scientist Cassie Baker, are entangled in a plot so evil that it could only be borne from the absolute extremes of nationalism and madness.

There are men in Resurrection who are willing to do anything to see America restored to its former greatness, even if the rest of the world must be destroyed to make it happen. But Rick Johnson is a man willing to do anything to protect the people he loves. And he’s a force to be reckoned with.


Reclaimed by Madeleine Roux
Narrated by Eunice Wong
Penguin Audio

In this claustrophobic science fiction thriller, a woman begins to doubt her own sanity and reality itself when she undergoes a dangerous experiment.

The Ganymede facility is a fresh start. At least that’s what Senna tells herself when she arrives to take part in a cutting-edge scientific treatment in which participants have traumatic memories erased.

And Senna has reasons for wanting to escape her past.

But almost as soon as the treatment begins, Senna finds more than just her traumatic memories disappearing. She hardly recognizes her new life or herself. Even though the cure might justify the side effects of the process, Senna knows that something isn’t right. As the side effects worsen, she will need to band together with the other participants to unravel the mystery of her present and save her future.


The Island by Ben Coes

The Island by Ben Coes
Narrated by Ari Fliakos
Macmillan Audio

CIA operative Dewey Andreas is America’s last line of defense when terrorists take over Manhattan, targeting the UN and the president himself in the latest in this New York Times best-selling series by Ben Coes.

America is about to face the deadliest terrorist attack on its soil since 9/11. Iran has been planning a revenge attack for years, with three goals in mind. Bring America to its knees. Assassinate the popular US President J. P. Dellenbaugh. And neutralize their most successful agent, Dewey Andreas.

The first preemptive attack against Dewey Andreas fails, but it worries the head of the CIA enough that he sends Dewey out of town and off the grid. But as intelligence analysts work as fast as they can to unravel the chatter on terrorist networks, Muhammed el-Shakib, head of Iran’s military and intelligence agency, launches a bold strike. When the president arrives in New York to address the UN, embedded terrorist assets blow up the bridges and tunnels that connect Manhattan to the mainland. Taking control of the island with its hidden forces, they race to the UN in search of Dellenbaugh and to launch an even deadlier attack that will wreak unimaginable destruction on the country itself.

While a shocked country struggles to mount a counter-attack, a hopeless, outmanned, and outgunned Dewey Andreas sneaks onto the island of Manhattan to fight a seemingly impossible battle.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin’s Press


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