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Proximity by Brian Shea, Stacy Lynn Miller
Lexi Mills #2
Narrated by Michelle Sparks
Severn River Publishing
An old foe has returned for revenge…but Lexi Mills never backs down from a fight.
When chaos erupts at a local grocery store in a quiet town near Sacramento, police arrive to discover a horrifying scene—explosive devices trapping a crowd of civilians inside the store, ready to detonate at the push of a button. After ATF explosives expert Lexi Mills arrives on the scene, she quickly realizes that this hostage situation runs far deeper than she imagined….
Locked in a desperate struggle with a vengeful madman while racing against the clock, Lexi must use all of her cunning to rescue the innocent hostages—a situation that forces her to grapple with impossible questions.
But her enemies aren’t going down without a fight, and Lexi will need to put her life on the line and push her skills to their limits if she wants to get everybody out unscathed….
The second novel in the highly anticipated new series from thriller writer and US Air Force veteran Stacy Lynn Miller, collaborating with former homicide detective and WSJ best-selling author Brian Shea. Proximity is a propulsive action thriller with a fearless heroine, perfect for fans of Lee Child and David Baldacci.
Particles in the Air by Dr. Jenna Podjasek
Narrated by Richard Salem
Dr. Mallory Hayes, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) medical investigator, is a committed physician and researcher quietly battling height and air-flight anxiety. When a tsunami devastates the coast of Southern California, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) establishes a camp to house the tens of thousands of people displaced by the disaster, and the Army is brought in to provide medical services.
Mallory is dispatched to the camp by the CDC to prevent the potential spread of disease from contaminated water. What she discovers is far worse than anything she could have imagined—an accelerated HIV-like virus, and a common, everyday microbe, which are proving to be unfailingly deadly.
Soon, Mallory is called upon to determine the virus’ origins. But it turns out to be a complicated story involving a scientist with psychopathic tendencies, a devout Islamic extremist, and a misguided adolescent. Will the virus itself continue to spread throughout the country, without either a cure or a treatment?
Particles in the Air is a shockingly realistic tale only an immunologist could write—a tense, high-concept thriller meant to appeal to fans of A.G Riddle, Michael Crichton, Terry Hayes, Richard Preston, and others.
When Darkness Falls by L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain
Violet Darger FBI Mystery Thriller #10
Narrated by Natalie Naudus
Her body seems to hover above the forest floor. Arms and legs torn away from the trunk. A bloody stump mounted upright on a skewer.
Not just a corpse. A warning.
The most recent body was discovered in the woods just beyond a logging cabin. Dismembered. Put on display. Ghostly pale skin stark against the forest’s green.
Before that, two campers were found a few miles off. Cut apart. Impaled. Left in public places where they’d surely be found.
The grisly crimes summon FBI profiler Violet Darger to a tiny island off the Alaskan coast—2,500 square miles of forested land populated by just 6,000 souls.
Here, in the primordial wilderness, she’ll face off with a shadowy killer unlike anything she’s seen. Raging. Brutal. Elusive.
He waits. Seethes. In the woods. In the dark. Always watching. He waits.
Darger digs into the history of torso killers to try to understand the psychology behind the crimes. Finds a legacy of savagery dating back over a hundred years.
Aggression beyond comprehension. A recurring phenomenon of human behavior that chills her.
Human anatomy used to mark out territory. Corpses made totems to warn off others. It happens over and over again.
Who could carry out such brutality? And why?
Understanding the interior world, the motivations, of this type of killer will be the key to solving the case.
The dark woods hold his secrets tightly. The terrain itself shielding him, giving him an edge over those in law enforcement seeking him.
When a storm moves in, Darger finds herself in peril deep in his territory. Vulnerable. Exposed. Walking right into his trap.
The novels in the Violet Darger series can be listened to as stand-alones. Scroll up and grab When Darkness Falls now.
The Dream Heist by Christina Farley
Narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya
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Eighteen-year-old Aria Hale loves her job at her father’s dream therapy company where she enters dementia patients’ dreams to save their memories. But when their lab is ransacked, two technicians are murdered, and her father is kidnapped, everything changes for her.
Determined to find her father, Aria and her friends embark on a harrowing hunt across continents using the dreams of their enemies to guide them. But this dangerous journey plunges her into a world she never bargained for: deception, intrigue, and even love.
As she races to save her father and hunt down her enemies, she soon realizes she is in fact the one being hunted. And her dreams are the greatest danger of all.
Future Wife by Nicole Pyland
Narrated by Blair Baker
Review Coming Soon!
Imagine meeting a stranger one day, only for that stranger to say, “I’m your future wife.” This is exactly what happens to Carter when she heads out of town for work. There’s one problem with this: Carter is already married, and not to this stranger.
Ryder has been working on time travel since she was a little kid listening to her great-grandmother tell stories of the past. Inspired by one of them, Ryder decides to put her scientific mind to task and is determined to build a time-travel device that would right a wrong in her great-grandmother’s past. When Carter meets Ryder outside of a café, she looks exactly like a younger version of the stranger who has given Carter some specific instructions about being at this exact café at this exact time because it would change Carter’s life.
Does Carter believe in time travel? Can Ryder possibly be the woman she should have been with all along?
Join Ryder and Carter as they go on a journey through time, risk their lives, and maybe even fall in love.
Sour Grapes by Eliza Lentzski
Narrated by Lindsey Dorcus
Review Coming Soon!
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From bestselling sapphic romance author, Eliza Lentzski, a story about taking chances and love after loss.
At this stage in her life, June St. Clare never imagined she’d be starting all over again-a new job, a new city, a new love? Looking for a fresh start after tragedy, June finds herself the unexpected owner of Lark Estates-a micro winery in the heart of Napa Valley. There, June is determined to learn the business and do her best, even if she’s convinced that her assistant winemaker, the beautiful but elusive Lucia Santiago, wants to see her fail.
Lucia Santiago grew up on vineyards, almost like a grapevine herself, working her way up from cellar rat to assistant winemaker. When the property where she works is suddenly sold to a woman with no prior experience, she can’t help but feel resentful of the winery’s lovely but inexperienced new owner. It’s too bad June’s helplessness is almost endearing, stirring up emotions Lucia didn’t quite expect.
Don’t miss Sour Grapes—a slow-burn sapphic romance from Eliza Lentzski.
Hat Trick by Ali Spooner, K.L. Gallagher
Narrated by Heidi Bindhammer
Alexandra “Alex” Hawthorne is on the fast track to the top of one of the most formidable white-collar criminal defense law firms in New York. She can ill afford any distractions, especially those with dark-brown eyes rocking a power suit while coaching professional hockey players. Not now. Not when Alex is so close to making senior partner. Not after all she has sacrificed.
After a devastating end to her playing career, Janelle Leblanc channeled her passion into coaching and reached the pinnacle of success as the first female head coach in NHL history. Despite her accomplishments, she hears whispers that she was hired as nothing more than a publicity stunt. Janelle’s focus needs to remain on the ice if she is to prove them wrong, not on a certain curly haired attorney with the most arresting emerald-green eyes she has ever seen.
Once the spark is lit, their chemistry is impossible to ignore. Can Janelle break down Alex’s walls to give them a real chance? Or will Alex’s past heartache be too much for them to overcome?
Failed States by Justin O’Donnell
Narrated by Kyle Tait
In an America on the edge of extinction, Thomas La Stella serves as a Deportation Force officer.
Tom is old enough to remember America before Dayton Day, the attack that finally brought the country to its knees, and the earth towards its death. Still fighting for hope, Tom clings to his pregnant wife, Riley, and begrudgingly serves a government on the brink of revolution. When the president of the country goes missing, a new, radical force rises from within and threatens every hope Tom has for a better future.
In Failed States by Justin O’Donnell, we experience a grim, fast-paced speculative thriller in the vein of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. It is a tale that deals with political, religious, and violent themes ranging from cannibalism to abortion, while calling into question the fundamental clash between security and liberty.
Zero Hour by Bruno Miller
Dark Waters #1
Narrated by Andrew Tell
The hardest thing and the right thing are often the same.
Spencer Hayes, along with his girlfriend, Kate, and their dog, Finn, enjoy a life most people only dream about. Living aboard their 31-foot sailboat, Restless, they make the most of all that paradise has to offer. But that changes in the blink of an eye when EMPs strike the east coast of the United States.
Spencer quickly finds himself struggling to survive as the once laid back little town of Marathon in the Florida Keys is thrust into chaos and destruction. To complicate matters further, Kate is out of town visiting her parents in Stuart, Florida when the nuclear attack disables the grid, leaving Spencer with some tough choices to make.
His prior military service gives Spencer an overwhelming sense of duty to his community. But the responsibility he feels to help his fellow man clashes with his desire to reunite with Kate in a world turned upside down.
As humanity unravels, desperation becomes the new normal, adding to the seemingly insurmountable odds he and Finn must overcome in order to survive. Spencer is forced to make decisions he may regret. Only time will tell if the hard thing was also the right thing.
Cold People by Tom Rob Smith
Narrated by Rebecca Lowman
Simon & Schuster, Inc.
From the brilliant, bestselling author of Child 44 comes a suspenseful and fast-paced novel about an Antarctic colony of global apocalypse survivors seeking to reinvent civilization under the most extreme conditions imaginable.
The world has fallen. Without warning, a mysterious and omnipotent force has claimed the planet for their own. There are no negotiations, no demands, no reasons given for their actions. All they have is a message: humanity has thirty days to reach the one place on Earth where they will be allowed to exist…Antarctica.
Cold People follows the perilous journeys of a handful of those who endure the frantic exodus to the most extreme environment on the planet. But their goal is not merely to survive the present. Because as they cling to life on the ice, the remnants of their past swept away, they must also confront the urgent challenge: can they change and evolve rapidly enough to ensure humanity’s future? Can they build a new society in the sub-zero cold?
Original and imaginative, as profoundly intimate as it is grand in scope, Cold People is a masterful and unforgettable epic.
Crocalypse by David Wood, Alan Baxter
Sam Aston Investigations #3
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
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Jurassic Park on steroids!
The world’s greatest theme park has a new main attraction!
When on old friend calls for help, Sam Aston returns to the home town he tried to leave behind. It soon becomes apparent there is something loose in the rainforest, and everybody wants a piece of it. Aston and adventure television show host, Jo Slater, find themselves in a race against local criminal elements, environmental extremists, and mysterious mercenaries to find the creature before it kills again. Sam enlists the aid of his old rival, park ranger Rusty Crews, and Ned King, a naturalist with a flair for self-promotion, who would like nothing better than to find the perfect main attraction for Crocalypse, his new bio theme park.
Crocalypse – An action-packed monster thriller with bite!
Adventure, Science Fiction, and Horror converge in the Sam Aston Investigations series by the USA Today best-selling author of Loch and the Australian Shadows Award winning author of The Roo!
The Cursed Among Us by John Durgin
Narrated by Joe Hempel
It has been 20 years since the serial killer known as The Black Heart Killer terrorized the town of Newport in 1979. Life mostly returned to normal after the killer was captured. All the townspeople have to do is stay out of the woods where the bodies were abandoned—their chests ripped open, and their hearts torn out….
Howie Burke and his friends decide rules are meant to be broken. That’s what 15-year-old kids do. On a beautiful fall day when they decide to go out in the woods to film a horror movie, they stumble across a mysterious grave. What they don’t know is that they are about to release an evil on the town unlike anything in their home-made movies. They will soon uncover the secrets of the Black Heart Killer, and what it truly means to be cursed.
Rescue Me by Michelle L. Teichman
Narrated by Emily Beresford
Life is exciting if you’re one of the top RCMP officers in the country. With a few good years under her belt and a promotion so close she can almost touch it, Staff Sergeant Kristen Bailey of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has everything figured out. Until she meets Ashleigh Paige. Beautiful, naïve, intelligent, and trusting, Ashleigh is the perfect possible lead for Bailey’s case.
All she has to do is get close to her. The only problem is Ashleigh’s a paramedic, and in Toronto, paramedics and cops don’t mix. Undercover and searching for answers as a Toronto police officer, Bailey uses her charm to get Ashleigh to trust her and open up about what she knows surrounding the case of a dead police officer and the paramedics who might have murdered him.
The trouble is, the closer she gets to Ashleigh, the more the line between informant and intimate gets blurred.
Contains mature themes.
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