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The Annihilation Protocol by Michael Laurence
Narrated by Neil Hellegers
Michael Laurence delivers The Annihilation Protocol, the follow-up to The Extinction Agenda, in a series described as “Jack Reacher falling into a plot written by Dan Brown” (James Rollins, number one New York Times best-selling author of Crucible).
For centuries, a mysterious syndicate known as the Thirteen has staged a silent coup, infiltrating governments and manipulating the course of world events. It’s more powerful than any nation, deadlier than any army. The time has come for it to emerge from the shadows and claim the entire world as its own. And only FBI Special Agent James Mason and his longtime friends stand in its way.
After narrowly preventing a global pandemic, Mason and his team discover an even deadlier threat has already been set into motion. An unknown adversary has produced enough of a lethal nerve gas to wipe every major city off the face of the world, and their only clue to finding it lies in a cryptic message written in the blood of a man found entombed behind a concrete wall.
It isn’t until another victim appears – right in the heart of Central Park – that Mason realizes the murders are personal in nature, and figuring out the connection between them is the key to averting catastrophe.
Eight million lives hang in the balance and their only chance of surviving lies in the hands of Mason, his old friends, and a new partner he’s not entirely sure he can trust. Can his team track down a sinister agent code-named Scarecrow before toxic gas fills the streets of New York City, or will the true power pulling the strings from behind the scenes – the Thirteen – succeed in enacting its genocidal agenda?
A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin’s Press
Psycho Killers in Love by C. T. Phipps
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
FROM THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE SUPERVILLAINY SAGA
What if all the villains of slasher movies were real? What if the movies made about them were just adaptations of real-life killers with supernatural powers? This is a fact known to William and Carrie because their father, Billy the Undying, was one of the worst slashers of all time. So much so that they’ve spent the past decade in an asylum out of fear they’d end up just like him. Escaping, the two have decided to form a new life on the road. Except, a chance encounter in a dingy diner introduces William to the girl of his dreams.
Too bad she’s a girl on a mission to kill all slashers. But maybe the best way to catch a supernatural serial killer is with another pair of them.
Enjoy this exciting prequel to the United States of Monsters books!
The Mother Code by Carole Stivers
Narrated by Soneela Nankani
What it means to be human – and a mother – is put to the test in Carole Stivers’ debut novel set in a world that is more chilling and precarious than ever.
The year is 2049. When a deadly nonviral agent intended for biowarfare spreads out of control, scientists must scramble to ensure the survival of the human race. They turn to their last resort, a plan to place genetically engineered children inside the cocoons of large-scale robots – to be incubated, birthed, and raised by machines. But there is yet one hope of preserving the human order: an intelligence programmed into these machines that renders each unique in its own right – the Mother Code.
Kai is born in America’s desert Southwest, his only companion his robotic Mother, Rho-Z. Equipped with the knowledge and motivations of a human mother, Rho-Z raises Kai and teaches him how to survive. But as children like Kai come of age, their Mothers transform, too – in ways that were never predicted. And when government survivors decide that the Mothers must be destroyed, Kai is faced with a choice. Will he break the bond he shares with Rho-Z? Or will he fight to save the only parent he has ever known?
Set in a future that could be our own, The Mother Code explores what truly makes us human – and the tenuous nature of the boundaries between us and the machines we create.
Loud Mouth by Avery Flynn
Narrated by Kelsey Navarro, Tim Paige
Dreamscape Media, LLC
I never meant to say a word, not one single word. But I did.
And now, because of my blog, everyone knows that Ice Knights hockey star Ian Petrov’s best friend and fellow player is actually his half brother – hello, hockey Hall of Famer dad who couldn’t keep his jeans zipped.
That wouldn’t be such a big deal if Ian knew. He didn’t, and boy howdy is he pissed. And who is he most mad at? Oh sure, he’s upset with his dad and former best friend/brother from another mother, but most of his ire is with me. It’s definitely a case of hating the messenger.
And what could make it worse? How about the two of us being trapped together in a remote cabin after a massive blizzard. Neither of us can leave. Just us, the snow, his resentment, and OMG sexual tension so thick it would take a snowplow to break through it.
I’ve got to get out of here before I do something even dumber than I’ve already done and kiss the sexy snarly grump with his misplaced anger and perfect pecs. That would be the worst, the absolute worst. That’s why I’m not going to do it. Nope. Really. So why can’t I stop imagining what it would be like?
Love Sold Separately by Ellen Meister
Narrated by Stacey Glemboski
Bright lights, big trouble….
Dana Barry has nothing against rules. She just knows they’re meant to be bent. So it’s no wonder the single, 20-something aspiring actress loses her day job. Now her life is a mess…until she hears the Shopping Channel is auditioning. Relying on her knack for knowing what makes people tick, she lands a gig on air. But before she can say “office politics”, Dana is caught in the biggest drama of her life.
The star host – a diva who terrorized the entire staff – is found dead. Dana knows the prime suspect is innocent. The heat is on, and Dana thinks she’s ready for it…until she tangles with the tall, dark, and smoldering detective in charge. It’s more fuel than she needs right now, as she’s trying to launch her career. But Dana’s never been afraid to take chances…even when a single spark could ignite everything.
The Import by J.T. Baier
Narrated by Jay Snyder
Some skills you never lose. Killing is one of them.
Matthew Riker keeps to himself, doesn’t cause trouble, and never talks about his past. But after a chance encounter with a woman and a small child on the run, Riker will have to make a choice: use his hard-won skills to protect two innocent victims, or stay in the safety of his quiet life.
What follows is an adrenaline-soaked thrill ride that will take Riker on a cross-country chase, through the seedy underbelly of a New York criminal empire, and into the darkest places of the human heart.
Fans of John Wick, Jack Reacher, and Jason Bourne…get ready to meet Matthew Riker.
Includes a bonus novella from the Matthew Riker series, No Loose Ends.
The Silence by Kendra Elliot
Narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith
A dead conspiracy theorist. A mass murderer. Two cases collide for Callahan and McLane in a pulse-pounding thriller by Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author Kendra Elliot.
A man is savagely murdered outside Portland, and Detective Mason Callahan finds blood-spatter evidence that tells a troubling story. Files reveal the murder victim, Reuben Braswell, was a radical conspiracist. In his home, investigators find pages of diatribes against law enforcement as well as ties to Mason’s fiancée, FBI special agent Ava McLane. The victim was her informant – and had strong reasons to be paranoid.
To Ava, Braswell’s rants were those of a wearying and harmless man…until they collide with her investigation into the murders of police officers and finding the connection becomes urgent. Meanwhile, Braswell’s brother and Ava’s twin sister both disappear, and disturbing acts of sabotage target Ava’s personal life.
For Mason and Ava, the brutal crimes and escalating mysteries create a perfect storm for a terrorist conspiracy that becomes dangerously personal – one that has yet to claim its last victim.
The Hierarchies by Ros Anderson
Narrated by Katharine Lee McEwan
Your husband is the reason for your existence. You are here to serve him. You must not harm your husband. Nor may you harm any human.
Sylv.ie is a synthetic woman. A fully sentient robot designed to cater to her husband’s every whim. She lives alone on the top floor of his luxurious home, her existence barely tolerated by his human wife and concealed from their child. Between her husband’s visits, deeply curious about the world beyond her room, Sylv.ie watches the family in the garden – hears them laugh, cry, and argue. Longing to experience more of life, she confides her hopes and fears only to her diary. But are such thoughts allowed? And if not, what might the punishment be?
As Sylv.ie learns more about the world and becomes more aware of her place within it, something shifts inside her. Is she malfunctioning, as her husband thinks, or coming into her own? As their interactions become increasingly fraught, she fears he might send her back to the factory for reprogramming. If that happens, her hidden diary could be her only link to everything that came before – and the only clue that she is in grave danger.
Set in a recognizable near future and laced with dark, sly humor, Ros Anderson’s deeply observant debut novel is less about the fear of new technology than about humans’ age-old talent for exploitation. In a world where there are now two classes of women – “born” and “created” – the growing friction between them may have far-reaching consequences no one could have predicted.
The Adventurers by Bryce Oakley
Narrated by AJ Ferraro
Love is the adventure no one sees coming.
Joey Moore got her heart stomped on. At her engagement party. So, she did what any normal, completely rational 28-year-old would do – she moved to a new city with her dog to start a new life. Without much of a plan, it turns out.
Kendall O’Hara doesn’t enjoy chaos – at 42-years-old, she has a stable job and two cats she likes more than most people. Okay, all people, except her close-knit group of friends. She’s not boring. She’s just protecting her still-healing heart decades after a devastating loss.
When Joey and Kendall’s paths cross, a rocky start with an accidental laundry switch turns into an unlikely friendship. From there, the two friends make a pact to get out of their comfort zones, one piece of paper drawn from an “Adventure Jar” at a time. A growing mutual attraction leads them on an adventure that neither one might have expected….
Top of Her Game by M Ullrich
Narrated by Keira Grace
Bold Strokes Books Inc
Kenzie Shaw is the most sought-after rookie in women’s major league soccer, but her life changes forever when she’s drafted in her home state of New Jersey. After all, it’s not every day you get a chance to play alongside your idol and the woman you’ve crushed on for years.
Sutton Flores has soccer in her blood. Her father raised her to play, her brothers pushed her even harder, and her coaches shaped her into a superstar athlete. Despite her success, Sutton never lost sight of what matters most – her family, friends, and the woman she’s dating – even if most of her relationships fizzle out as quickly as they start.
Kenzie and Sutton’s chemistry as teammates quickly escalates to undeniable attraction off the field, but when allegations of sexual harassment rock the team and their relationship, they must decide if they’re willing to sacrifice their dreams for love. Are they destined to last, or are they players in a game set to lose?
Katie by Michael McDowell
Narrated by Kimberly M. Wetherell
Valancourt Books LLC
When Philo Drax receives a letter from her wealthy grandfather saying he fears for his life at the hands of the vicious Slape family, she rushes to the rescue. But too late! Katie Slape, a monstrous girl with psychic powers and a penchant for smashing skulls with her hammer, has already finished him off and gotten hold of his cash.
Determined to track down the murderers, Philo hunts Katie and her family through the streets of 1860s New York, where the Slapes’ coffers are filling up with money as their cellar fills up with corpses. But going after the Slapes might be the worst decision of Philo’s life, for no one escapes the bashing of Katie’s hammer!
A bloody, action-packed romp, Katie (1982) is a throwback to the exciting and violent “penny dreadfuls” of the Victorian era and features the same brilliant writing as Michael McDowell’s classic horror novels The Elementals and Blackwater.
“A great read – evocative of another era, engrossing from the first page, chilling.” (Publishers Weekly)
“McDowell must now be regarded as the finest writer of paperback originals in America.” (Stephen King)
“Michael McDowell has a flair for the gruesome…the nurturing of utmost horror.” (Washington Post)
“You need a strong stomach…filled with gore and horror. At the same time, he writes so well that you can’t stop reading his books.” (Ocala Star-Banner)
The Godsend by Bernard Taylor
Narrated by Hannibal Hills
Valancourt Books LLC
Alan and Kate Marlowe are a typical, loving, middle-class couple, with four small children. But they wish they had just one more, a beautiful baby daughter. So when a strange young woman abandons her infant at their house, they view it as a blessing – a godsend – and adopt little Bonnie as their own.
But not long after Bonnie’s arrival, terrible things begin to happen to the Marlowes, starting with the death of their son Matthew. As the tragedies mount, Alan suspects that Bonnie is somehow responsible. Is he losing his grip on sanity? After all, surely this angelic child could not be responsible for such horrors?
The classic first novel by Bernard Taylor, The Godsend (1976) earned widespread critical acclaim on its initial publication and was the basis for a 1980 film. Taylor’s chilling novels Sweetheart, Sweetheart and The Moorstone Sickness are also available from Valancourt.
Frozen in Ice by Armand Rosamilia
Narrated by Ben Koschella
The odds of an alien spaceship slamming into a secret military aircraft over Antarctica are astronomical….
A team of specialists are hastily deployed to find out what happened and if the situation can be contained. The expedition quickly descends into a hellish battle to survive not only an extreme environment but also a terrifying creature from beyond.
An alien force has landed on planet earth and it is anything but friendly….