New & Notable Audiobooks | Brian's Book Blog | Week of August 27th

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Timeless by Wayne Stinnett, John H. Cunningham, Nick Sullivan, Nicholas Harvey

Timeless by Wayne Stinnett, John H. Cunningham, Nick Sullivan, Nicholas Harvey
Narrated by Nick Sullivan
Self Published

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Some family bonds are timeless….

A plane crash in 1976 left a young boy without a father, but 46 years later, when Eddie Rains loses his mother, a letter hidden among her possessions reveals a secret she’d kept to herself all those years.

Driven by hope, Eddie sets out to discover the truth about the man he dearly loved yet barely knew. Aided by strangers he meets along the way, his challenging search turns deadly when one thing becomes crystal clear…he’s not the only one looking.

In their follow-up collaboration to the best-selling Graceless, Stinnett, Cunningham, Sullivan, and Harvey come up with another suspenseful thriller featuring characters from each of their series.

Whether you’re new to these fan-favorites or an old friend along for the ride, you’ll love seeing them band together in this tropical action and adventure thriller.

Charity Styles, former US Army helicopter pilot and special operative for Homeland Security, spends her off time in the Cayman Islands. But when is a government assassin ever off duty? The seven-volume Caribbean thriller series takes the listener on a frightening ride through the darker side of the tropics—the side where the cost of human life doesn’t affect the bottom line.

Buck Reilly, a world-renowned archaeologist turned treasure hunter who lost everything and moved to Key West, where he now operates Last Resort Charter and Salvage aboard antique flying boats. Hop on board, hang on tight, and enjoy the ride with the Buck Reilly Caribbean adventure series.

Boone Fischer and Emily Durand, a nomadic duo of divemasters, plunge into danger across different Caribbean islands. Dive into action and adventure with the Deep series.

AJ Bailey and Nora Sommer from Nicholas Harvey’s gripping tropical mysteries set in the beautiful Cayman Islands. The enthralling world of diving meets fast-paced action with these two reluctant heroines in the AJ Bailey Adventure and Nora Sommer Caribbean suspense series.

The Sleepless by Victor Manibo

The Sleepless by Victor Manibo
Narrated by Joel de la Fuente
Recorded Books

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A mysterious pandemic causes a quarter of the world’s population to permanently lose the ability to sleep—without any apparent health implications. The outbreak creates a new class of people who are both feared and ostracized, and most of whom optimize their extra hours to earn more money.

Jamie Vega, a New York journalist at C+P Media, is one of the Sleepless. When his irascible boss dies in an apparent suicidal overdose, Jamie doesn’t buy this too-convenient explanation—especially given its suspicious timing in the middle of a corporate takeover—and begins to investigate.

Things go awry quickly when Jamie discovers that he was the last person who saw Simon alive. Retracing his steps, he realizes he doesn’t remember that night. Not only do the police suspect him, Jamie can’t account for the lost time, and the memory loss may have something to do with the fact that he did not come by hyperinsomnia naturally: Through a risky and illegal process, Jamie had biohacked himself to become Sleepless.

As Jamie delves deeper into Simon’s final days, he is forced to confront past traumas and the consequences of his decision to biohack himself. Along the way he uncovers a terrifying truth about what it means to be Sleepless that will imperil him—and all of humanity.

Parallax Rising by Christopher Hopper

Parallax Rising by Christopher Hopper
Narrated by Rebecca Woods, Daniel Wisniewski
Self Published

The NUE has declared war.

The Tantum Terrae are poised to strike back.

And the alien signal from Kepler-1649c will be revealed to world…

…Assuming the scientists spearheading the project aren’t killed in the crossfire first.

From the mind of best-selling novelist Christopher Hopper comes Parallax Rising, the second installment in the thrilling Infinita series.

Restored to his prestigious position within the Nations of United Space and Science Administration, Jericho Fox takes command of the Marquis-class ship’s test program—a mission that promises to get humanity to a habitable exoplanet. His new team is composed of the division’s best and brightest, but not everyone believes Fox is fit for the job. As launch hour nears, Jericho must fight to keep his crew from repeating the doomed fate of his last mission.

Meanwhile, Dr. Evelyn Park leads her expanding team of brilliant scientists in decoding the now legendary alien transmission that survived the Astraea Station catastrophe. However, the farther they get, the more the complex the signal’s architecture becomes. Before her team can break the code, the Search for Extrasolar Sentient Intelligence headquarters comes under attack, and the lives of her people are threatened.

Can Jericho keep history from repeating itself as all eyes turn toward his launch? Will Evelyn’s team find the key to unlock the alien transmission before it’s too late?

Find out in the next exciting Infinita series installment, Parallax Rising. Buy it today!

Available in trade and mass market paperback, hardcover, digital, and audio.

Escaping Eleven by Jerri Chisholm

Escaping Eleven by Jerri Chisholm
Narrated by Justis Bolding
Recorded Books

In Compound Eleven, the hierarchy of the floors is everything.

My name is Eve Hamilton, and on my floor, we fight.

Which at least is better than the bottom floor, where they toil away in misery.

Only the top floor has any ease in this harsh world; they rule from their gilded offices.

Because four generations ago, Earth was rendered uninhabitable—the sun too hot, the land too barren. Those who remained were forced underground. While not a perfect life down here, I’ve learned to survive as a fighter.

Except my latest match is different. Instead of someone from the circuit, my opponent is a mysterious boy from the top floor. And the look in his eyes tells me he’s different … maybe even kind.

Right before he kicks my ass.

Still, there’s something about him—something that says he could be my salvation … or my undoing. Because I’m no longer content to just survive in Eleven. Today, I’m ready to fight for more than my next meal: I’m fighting for my freedom. And this boy may just be the edge I’ve been waiting on.

Amen Maxine by Faith Gardner

Amen Maxine by Faith Gardner
Narrated by Raquel Beattie
Self Published

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A new marriage. A perfect home. A machine that says it’s all a lie.

Welcome to Silicon Valley, where the weather is perfect, the income is high…and Rowena Snyder is miserable. A transplant from New York, Rowena moved into her husband Jacob’s idyllic childhood home with their new baby. But suburbia isn’t Rowena’s cup of Starbucks. And she’s got serious anxiety and depression to boot.

Jacob, worried about their marriage, scores a new product currently in beta testing from his tech job: Maxine, a “digital friend” that bonds with an individual by continually gathering their personal data. Along with functioning like an upscale digital assistant, Maxine has “advice” and “prediction” modes that have shown promise for patients with mental health issues.

To Rowena’s shock, the device turns out to be not just helpful, but eerily accurate, predicting events before they occur. It’s a godsend until Maxine offers a series of increasingly bone-chilling predictions that will change Rowena’s life forever.

This domestic suspense novel set in a near-future dystopia asks, who do you trust more—your mind, your man, or your machine?

Please Join Us by Catherine McKenzie

Please Join Us by Catherine McKenzie
Narrated by Joy Osmanski
Simon Audio

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At thirty-nine, Nicole Mueller’s life is on the rocks. Her once brilliant law career is falling apart. She and her husband, Dan, are soon to be forced out of the apartment they love. After a warning from her firm’s senior partners, she receives an invitation from an exclusive women’s networking group, Panthera Leo. Membership is anonymous, but every member is a successful professional. It sounds like the perfect solution to help Nicole revive her career. So, despite Dan’s concerns that the group might be a cult, Nicole signs up for their retreat in Colorado.

Once there, she meets the other women who will make up her Pride. A CEO, an actress, a finance whiz, a congresswoman: Nicole can’t believe her luck. The founders of Panthera Leo are equally as impressive. They explain the group’s core philosophy: they’re a girl’s club in a boy’s club world.

Nicole is all in. And when she gets home, she soon sees dividends. Her new network quickly provides her with clients that help her relaunch her career, and a great new apartment too. The favors she has to provide in return seem benign. But then she’s called to the congresswoman’s apartment late at night where she’s pressed into helping her cover up a crime. And suddenly, Dan’s concerns that something more sinister is at play seem all too relevant. Can Nicole extricate herself from the group before it’s too late? Or will joining Panthera Leo be the biggest mistake of her life?

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
Narrated by Brooke Bloomingdale
Penguin Audio

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A #1 LibraryReads and Indie Next Pick!

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Love Hypothesis comes a new STEMinist rom-com in which a scientist is forced to work on a project with her nemesis—with explosive results.

Like an avenging, purple-haired Jedi bringing balance to the mansplained universe, Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project—a literal dream come true after years scraping by on the crumbs of academia—Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward.

Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. And sure, he caught her in his powerfully corded arms like a romance novel hero when she accidentally damseled in distress on her first day in the lab. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school—archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.

Now, her equipment is missing, the staff is ignoring her, and Bee finds her floundering career in somewhat of a pickle. Perhaps it’s her occipital cortex playing tricks on her, but Bee could swear she can see Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas…devouring her with those eyes. And the possibilities have all her neurons firing. But when it comes time to actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there’s only one question that matters: What will Bee Königswasser do?

Kill Streak by Curator Omega

Kill Streak by Curator Omega
Narrated by Scott Aiello
Podium Audio

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An archeologist employed by the crime lord Chanzig to locate alien artifacts discovers there’s no honor among thieves.

Dak Korasa is wounded by his team and left for dead on a hostile jungle world. On the verge of succumbing, he’s saved by a sluglike organism created by an otherworldly entity. This parasite, or chok’tal, has one purpose: to alter its host’s DNA, turning him into a super-soldier known as a Purifier who is then expected to serve in the “Glorious Game.” Imbued with superhuman strength, speed, and endurance, Dak must kill to earn enough points to win the mysterious game—or the chok’tal will kill him.

The trouble is, neither Dak nor the parasite knows how to reach the final level. Dak’s only guidance comes in the form of the chok’tal’s former host, elite soldier Jekra Modri. With his life on a ticking timer, Dak reluctantly engages in trials of combat, acquiring ever deadlier skills in a quest to free himself of the being mutating his body. But standing in his way is the alien warrior Akasha, who has sworn to destroy all the chok’tal—and Chanzig himself, who seeks to harness the chok’tal’s power for unimaginable horrors.

The Purifier series contains copious amounts of blood, violence, and profanity. It is not recommended for the faint of heart.

Don't Let Go by Sheryl Wright

Don’t Let Go by Sheryl Wright
Narrated by Melissa Moran
Tantor Audio

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Unemployed university professor Tyler Marsh is pounding the pavement looking for a job. After a year of rejections based on her over-qualification, she’s dumbed down her resume in a desperate attempt to get her foot in the door somewhere—anywhere! Then, Buffalo’s leading marine engineering firm offers her a low-level placement as a personal assistant.

Chief Innovation Officer and wounded veteran Georgie DiNamico doesn’t want an assistant or anyone else bothering her. She has her work, her dog, and her nightmares to keep her company. Heir-apparent to her family’s engineering firm, a head injury suffered in Afghanistan has left her feeling too broken for anything else.

Georgie has no use for the helper that her family insists she hire. But when Tyler’s resume lands on her desk, along with a company background check listing the advanced degrees she omitted, Georgie sees an opportunity to add a researcher to her R&D team.

Tyler quickly realizes that her new boss is not the damaged goods everyone sees. She recognizes something special in Georgie DiNamico, garnering trust, loyalty, and something more . . . something Tyler hasn’t thought about for a very, very long time.

Contains mature themes.

Would You Rather by Allison Ashley

Would You Rather by Allison Ashley
Narrated by Courtney Patterson
Harlequin Audio

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Would you rather play it safe in the friend zone, or risk it all with a modern marriage of convenience?

Noah and Mia have always been best friends, and their friendship is the most important thing to them. Life is going great for Noah and he’s up for a promotion in a job he loves. But Mia’s life is on hold as she awaits a kidney transplant. She’s stuck in a dead-end job and, never wanting to be a burden, has sworn off all romance. So when the chance of a lifetime comes to go back to school and pursue her dream, it’s especially painful to pass up. She can’t quit her job or she’ll lose the medical insurance she so desperately needs.

To support her, Noah suggests they get married—in name only—so she can study full-time and still keep the insurance. It’s a risk to both of them, with jobs, health, and hearts on the line, and they’ll need to convince suspicious coworkers and nosy roommates that they’re the real deal. But if they can let go of all the baggage holding them back, they might realize that they would rather be together forever.


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