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The Future Is Yours by Dan Frey

The Future Is Yours by Dan Frey
Narrated by Cary Hite, Vikas Adam, Kyla Garcia, Rob Shapiro, Catherine Ho, Aneesh Chaganty, Dion Graham, Joshua Kane, Thérèse Plummer, Natasha Soudek, Bahni Turpin, full cast
Random House Audio

Two best friends create a computer that can predict the future. But what they can’t predict is how it will tear their friendship – and society – apart.

In development as an HBO Max Original Series

If you had the chance to look one year into the future, would you?

For Ben Boyce and Adhi Chaudry, the answer is unequivocally yes. And they’re betting everything that you’ll say yes, too. Welcome to The Future: a computer that connects to the internet one year from now, so you can see who you’ll be dating, where you’ll be working, even whether or not you’ll be alive in the year to come. By forming a start-up to deliver this revolutionary technology to the world, Ben and Adhi have made their wildest, most impossible dream a reality. Once Silicon Valley outsiders, they’re now its hottest commodity.

The device can predict everything perfectly – from stock-market spikes and sports scores to political scandals and corporate takeovers – allowing them to chase down success and fame while staying one step ahead of the competition. But the future their device foretells is not the bright one they imagined.

Ambition. Greed. Jealousy. And, perhaps, an apocalypse. The question is…can they stop it?

Told through emails, texts, transcripts, and blog posts, this bleeding-edge tech thriller chronicles the costs of innovation and asks how far you’d go to protect the ones you love – even from themselves.

The Hangman by Will Patching
Narrated by Gary Furlong

One sip could spark a world-wide conflict. One man has the skills to stop an all-out war.

Doug Hunter is tired of his covert life. The ex-CIA assassin dreams of cutting ties with his employer and becoming a father to his unborn child. But when he intercepts a deadly delivery of a highly toxic chemical weapon, reuniting with the woman he loves may mean he’ll have to kill to survive….

Now a full-time investigative reporter, Kate O’Sullivan needs a scoop to prove her worth. Desperate to unlock a personal mystery to expose CIA corruption, she ignores the danger and dives into action. But with the precious life growing inside her, getting too close to the action could put two souls in danger.

As sinister agents close in, Hunter races to find the source of the lethal weapon. But after the attack targets the public and frames an entire nation, the reporter he pines for may find herself in the wrong place at the wrong time….

Can they stay alive long enough to stop a madman from kicking off World War III?

The Hangman is the pulse-pounding third and final book in the Hunter/O’Sullivan Adventure thriller series. If you like complex plots, strong heroes, and high-stakes espionage, you’ll love Will Patching’s gripping novel.

Buy The Hangman to expose treason today!

Variant by Anthony J. Melchiorri

Variant by Anthony J. Melchiorri
Narrated by Bradford Hastings
Self Published

Chis Morgan is a talented genetic engineer with a complicated past. Dr. Robin Haynes is helping him move forward and make amends for his transgressions by developing a revolutionary gene therapy to help countless others. It doesn’t take long for him to believe that he has managed to rise above the criminal world of illegal biotechnology. Or so he thinks….

While treating a patient, Robin discovers a dangerous pathogen long-since thought to be eradicated. Her investigations lead to a startling and terrifying revelation. Now, Chris may be the only one that can help her uncover the truth.

A powerful adversary from Chris’s past has returned. The lives of thousands, maybe millions, are at stake.

They realize they are running out of time and recruit Baltimore PD Detective Ana Dellaporta to their side. Combining their investigative and scientific skills, Chris, Robin, and Ana confront one daunting challenge after the next. But will their determination be enough to save all those whose lives depend on them?

Variant is the third book in the Black Market DNA series. It can be listened to alone or with the rest of the series.

The Polar Chase by Cap Daniels

The Polar Chase by Cap Daniels
Narrated by P.J. Ochlan
Self Published

When American covert operative Chase Fulton and his team suppress a mass shooting attempt in the tiny coastal town he calls home, the realization of how deadly his life has become sends him on a journey to separate himself from that violence and save his relationship with the woman he loves. The laidback holiday promises to rekindle the relationship and heal old wounds, until a brutal attack leaves a beloved friend fighting for her life. Chase has no choice but to put his experience, training, and lethal skill set back into action to find and eliminate the threat.

This time, though, his foe is fiercer, more experienced, and knows every trick in Chase’s book. The only solution is to play by a new set of rules, one with terrifying results orchestrated by an old enemy turned ally. As the depravity and brutality of the attackers is turned back against them in an unexpected late-night assault, the decades-old truth of their intentions is revealed. Former American operatives turned self-serving outlaws, thirty-year-old grudges, greed, and Vietnam-era tactics combine to create a mystery only Chase and his team can solve.

From the subtropics of Coastal Florida to the rugged and unforgiving backcountry of the Appalachian Mountains, this action-packed thrill ride promises to deliver historical insight into modern-day evils and leave you gasping for breath.

Slow Burn Box Set by Bobby Adair

Slow Burn Box Set by Bobby Adair
Narrated by Phil Thron
Self Published

It was just a random mutation – one of a billion that happen in viruses every day. But this one was different. It exploded out of Somalia and spread across the oceans before anybody thought to look up from their cell phones to see what was going on.

The infected breathed the virus into the air around them, spreading it through the cities faster than anyone thought possible. Hospitals were overwhelmed. Police lines crumbled. Quarantine sites disintegrated. Cities started to collapse.

Through the chaos, some, like Zed Zane, discovered the virus wasn’t going to kill them, but change them. Change them into something different, and leave them in a world where the word “survival” took on an older, more brutal meaning.

Exodus Ark: Volume 1 by J.N. Chaney
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
Podium Audio

Contains books one and two of Exodus Ark, a thrilling new military sci-fi series from USA Today best-selling author J.N. Chaney.

Exodus Ark, book one

Kent-9464 was made for war.

But now, forsaken by those who created him, he has been relegated to head of security for a colony ship called Exodus Ark. It’s a one way trip to a new planet far away from everything he’s ever known, and the trip is said to take hundreds of years.

The colony world is another Earth, a new beginning for mankind…and completely uninhabited. But when Kent is prematurely woken up from his stasis pod and told by the ship’s AI that they are under attack by an unknown alien threat, he must recall his years of training and once again become the man he used to be.

The battle for mankind’s future is upon us…and it rests in the hands of one forgotten soldier.

Max Frontier, book two

The Exodus Ark has reached its destination. Kainos awaits, a beautiful planet ripe for colonization. Unfortunately, it isn’t as empty as the Rodon Corp suggested.

A mysterious signal draws Kent and his team to the surface where they encounter a race of intelligent life called the Volcuri. Their civilization is odd; a mixture of advanced technology and ancient ruins manned by a species who seem dangerous but aloof. The enemy who attacked the Ark is also present on Kainos…and their plans go far deeper than Kent could ever have imagined.

A fight is coming, not just for survival of their new home, but for the entire galaxy at large.

Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt

Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt
Narrated by Bryan Boston
Angry Robot

What would you do if you woke up and found yourself in a parallel universe under an alien sky? This is the question Zax Delatree must answer every time he closes his eyes.

Every time Zax Delatree falls asleep, he travels to a new reality. He has no control over his destination and never knows what he will see when he opens his eyes. Sometimes he wakes up in technological utopias, and other times in the bombed-out ruins of collapsed civilizations. All he has to live by are his wits and the small aides he has picked up along the way – technological advantages from techno-utopias, sedatives to escape dangerous worlds, and stimulants to extend his stay in pleasant ones.

Thankfully, Zax isn’t always alone. He can take people with him, if they’re unconscious in his arms when he falls asleep. But someone unwelcome is on his tail, and they are after something that Zax cannot spare – the blood running through his veins, the power to travel through worlds…

Into Darkness by T.J. Brearton

Into Darkness by T.J. Brearton
Narrated by Bailey Carr
Podium Audio

They have been judged. The verdict – guilty. The sentence – death.

Two beautiful young women are found strangled, their bodies meticulously washed and groomed. The only thing they have in common: Both worked as reporters for local TV stations.

A coincidence? Or something more sinister?

Rookie Special Agent Shannon Ames is assigned to the case and soon impresses with her brilliant intuition and startling ability to think outside the box. But as Shannon takes a more prominent role in the investigation, she finds herself drawn into a deadly dance with a master of deception, a serial killer whose victims all work in media – journalists, influencers, reporters.

Shannon’s superiors are convinced it’s part of some grand attack on the free press, but she has a hunch these killings are much more targeted. And she follows that hunch straight into the heart of darkness….

Into Darkness is a gripping mystery thriller that will keep you up all night as it races toward its shocking conclusion. Perfect for fans of David Baldacci, Robert Dugoni, and Lisa Regan.

The Wrong Date by Sienna Waters

The Wrong Date by Sienna Waters
Narrated by Melissa Moran
Tantor Audio

What happens when you fall for Ms. Wrong?

Annie Harland is rich, successful, and very single. So when an invitation to her 10th-high-school reunion drops on her mat, she’s determined to skip it. Until a drunk evening with her best friend results in an appointment with an escort named Robin.

Robin is supposed to be bookish, well-muscled, and the owner of a golden retriever. Robin is actually tall, curvaceous, and very, very female.

Things should have ended at their very first meeting. But for some strange reason, Annie can’t stop seeing Ms. Wrong. And Robin is Ms. Wrong, if only because she’s a Ms. and not a Mr.

What should have been a story of high school revenge has turned into a romance, and Annie’s life is about to be turned upside down. But love knows no labels, or does it?

Detour to Love by Amanda Radley

Detour to Love by Amanda Radley
Narrated by Amy Putt

Romance is in the air on this detour to love.

High-flying executive Celia Scott is on her way to Tokyo to accept a prestigious award, heavy with emotional baggage. She’ll make the trip, but she doesn’t have to like it, and she certainly doesn’t have to make nice with a stranger on a plane.

Artist Lily Andersen is excited to finally meet her online crush, the only person in the world who truly gets her. She just needs to survive the 11-hour flight from London to Japan with a testy seatmate who by turns annoys and fascinates her.

Fate, upgrades, and a troupe of travelling clowns bring them together for a journey memorable for all the wrong reasons. Not only do they have nothing in common, they really can’t stand each other. But people are not always as they seem, and Celia and Lily are about to realize, there’s more than one path to love.

If the Mountain Were Smooth by Angelina Marie

If the Mountain Were Smooth by Angelina Marie
Narrated by Ophelia Bates
Self Published

If the Mountain Were Smooth tells the story of a troubled 20-year-old trying to find herself in New York City. In the midst of a troubling scandal, involving high-level military personnel and civil rights, Gabby must make difficult decisions that will affect not only her life, but the lives of those around her. This fast-paced, emotion-driven novel pulls at the hearts of listeners.

Swing and a Mishap by Tara Sivec

Swing and a Mishap by Tara Sivec
Narrated by Kelsey Navarro, Tim Paige
Tantor Audio

Two years ago, I was a pretty big deal. I thought I had it all, until a blast from my past popped up on my social media feed, keeping my ego in check and reminding me how basic I am. Except sassy Wren Bennett isn’t just a blast from my past. She’s the only woman I ever saw a future with.

Even though my soul leaves my body every time she says she hates baseball and has never watched me play, a year’s worth of messages filled with laughter and sarcasm only remind me how amazing my “pen pal” is. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how fine I look in a pair of baseball pants; I’m still 3,000 miles away, and she’s taken…or so I thought. Maybe I should have thought a little harder before I dropped her like a seeing-eye single into the outfield.

When an injury has me questioning everything about my life, I can only think of one place I need to go and one person I need to see. Home, to Summersweet Island, to get back my “pen pal”.

Now I just need to make sure single mom Wren knows I didn’t come back for a change, and I didn’t come back for a job. I’m swinging for the fences, and I’m finally coming home to make her mine. If only she’d stop insulting me and stay in one place long enough for me to tell her. She wouldn’t try to drown me with a tub of ice cream, right?

I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Contains mature themes.


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