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Hard Vengeance by J. B. Turner
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
When the people he loves most are in danger, Jon Reznick will get revenge…or die trying.
When black-ops specialist Jon Reznick receives a voice mail from FBI assistant director Martha Meyerstein, hoping to explore their relationship outside of the federal government, Jon starts to imagine a new future, one where he can leave his past behind. But an unhinged killer with a grudge has other plans. He’s setting a trap for Reznick, one he knows the operative won’t be able to resist.
In a picturesque fishing village on the Mediterranean coast, a luxury yacht has gone up in flames. Was it a terrible accident or something much more sinister? Jon Reznick must travel overseas, to find out what’s happened to Martha and seek revenge on the psychopath who has put Reznick’s entire future in jeopardy.
Jon will need all the help he can get to bring him to justice. Fresh out of Quantico, Reznick’s daughter, Lauren, joins him against his wishes, along with hacker Trevelle Williams. But government operatives from across the globe have descended on this quiet vacation destination and will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out.
Ice Genesis by Kevin Tinto
Narrated by Pamala Almand
Ice Genesis! Ice Trilogy, Book 2.
The Americans and Russians are racing toward nuclear confrontation over a mind-blowing find under the ice in Antarctica. The American Executive Branch is in meltdown over the President’s order to detonate a highly classified Iso-Hafnium nuclear device in Antarctica, killing a platoon of Navy SEALs and the same number of Russian Special Operation, Spetnaz.
Having escaped the President’s plan to eliminate them, Dr. Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson have the upper hand, thanks to a nuclear device hidden in the New Mexico desert. This leverage will only last so long, and the key to unlocking the mystery lies with 28 Native American cliff dwellers who survived more than 800 years under the ice in stasis.
While Leah tries to untangle the mysteries of the Ancients, Jack Hobson is trying to protect Leah, and the Ancients, while finding himself drawn into another mystery; is there more of these high technology caches? If so, how will they secure them before other interested parties, including the Russians, locate them?
The key to the mystery, as Leah learns, is one of the Ancients. A Lakota Shaman, named Appanoose. He has no interest in cooperating with Leah, just as she knows stunning new facts about the Ancients and what happened to them more than 800 years ago.
Leah and Jack find themselves the targets of not only the US government but foreign powers and even the Ancients themselves, in the thrilling follow-up to Ice!
The Effort by Claire Holroyde
Narrated by Jay Ben Markson
Grand Central Publishing
For fans of Station Eleven and Good Morning, Midnight comes an electric, heart-pounding novel of love and sacrifice that follows people around the world as they unite to prevent a global catastrophe.
When dark comet UD3 was spotted near Jupiter’s orbit, its existence was largely ignored. But to individuals who knew better – scientists like Benjamin Schwartz, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies – the threat this eight-kilometer comet posed to the survival of the human race was unthinkable. The 150-million-year reign of the dinosaurs ended when an asteroid impact generated more than a billion times the energy of an atomic bomb.
What would happen to Earth’s seven billion inhabitants if a similar event were allowed to occur?
Ben and his indomitable girlfriend, Amy Kowalski, fly to South America to assemble an international counteraction team, whose notable recruits include Love Mwangi, a UN interpreter and nomad scholar, and Zhen Liu, an extraordinary engineer from China’s national space agency. At the same time, on board a polar icebreaker life continues under the looming shadow of comet UD3. Jack Campbell, a photographer for National Geographic, works to capture the beauty of the Arctic before it is gone forever. Gustavo Wayãpi, a Nobel Laureate poet from Brazil, struggles to accept the recent murder of his beloved twin brother. And Maya Gutiérrez, an impassioned marine biologist is – quite unexpectedly – falling in love for the first time.
Together, these men and women must fight to survive in an unknown future with no rules and nothing to be taken for granted. They have two choices: neutralize the greatest threat the world has ever seen (preferably before mass hysteria hits or world leaders declare World War III) or come to terms with the annihilation of humanity itself.
Their mission is codenamed The Effort.
People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd
Narrated by Nathalie Buscombe, Finlay Robertson, Anna Bentinck
A razor-sharp, wickedly smart suspense debut about an ambitious influencer mom whose soaring success threatens her marriage, her morals, and her family’s safety.
Followed by millions, watched by one.
To her adoring fans, Emmy Jackson, aka @the_mamabare, is the honest “Instamum” who always tells it like it is.
To her skeptical husband, a washed-up novelist who knows just how creative Emmy can be with the truth, she is a breadwinning powerhouse chillingly brilliant at monetizing the intimate details of their family life.
To one of Emmy’s dangerously obsessive followers, she’s the woman who has everything – but deserves none of it.
As Emmy’s marriage begins to crack under the strain of her growing success and her moral compass veers wildly off course, the more vulnerable she becomes to a very real danger circling ever closer to her family.
In this deeply addictive tale of psychological suspense, Ellery Lloyd raises important questions about technology, social media celebrity, and the way we live today. Probing the dark side of influencer culture and the perils of parenting online, People Like Her explores our desperate need to be seen and the lengths we’ll go to be liked by strangers. It asks what – and who – we sacrifice when we make our private lives public and ultimately lose control of who we let in….
Spin by Patricia Cornwell
Narrated by January LaVoy
Captain Calli Chase races against time to thwart a plot that leaves the fate of humanity hanging in the balance in this new thriller from international bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.
In the aftermath of a NASA rocket launch gone terribly wrong, Captain Calli Chase comes face-to-face with her missing twin sister – as well as the startling truth of who they really are. Now, a top secret program put in motion years ago has spun out of control, and only Calli can redirect its course.
Aided by cutting-edge technologies, the NASA investigator and scientist turned Space Force pilot sets out on a frantic search for the missing link between the sabotaged rocket launch and her predetermined destiny…a search that someone else seems very interested in stopping.
From NASA to the Chase family farm, to the White House to distant orbits of space, Calli plays a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek with a cunning and ruthless adversary. One wrong move will unleash cataclysmic consequences reaching far beyond the boundaries of Earth.
This heart-pounding Captain Chase thriller from Patricia Cornwell will leave readers desperate for more.
Isonation by In Churl Yo
Narrated by Amy Robinson
“A fast-paced post-pandemic story where nothing turns out to be quite what it seems.” (Amazing Stories)
Zoah Lightsea only thinks she knows how the world ended.
Mankind survived a viral apocalypse! And zombies! (Sort of.)
All her life, Zoah was taught that a virulent, deadly pandemic named the Zombie Flu (so called because of how the disease attacks its victim’s brains) had forced humanity to isolate the uninfected, physically separating the survivors from each other and their world by living in sealed habitats, left only to associate through The Virt, a lifelike, artificial reality environment. The Ceres Corporation, the last, great multinational conglomerate left on the planet, controlled it all, under the auspices of its young CEO, Theodore Ogden.
But a cover-up that Zoah’s hacker boyfriend Milton Lee unearths on the global network undermines everything Zoah knows about the world, the flu and her father. Now she must leave the protection of her home and family, risking infection and her safe, well-planned future to hunt for the truth.
Aided in her quest by Caleb, a solitary soldier for hire, and Neema, the leader of a secret organization of revolutionaries known as the Kiters, Zoah sets off into the real world for the first time in her life, ever. From a daring prison break in Taiwan to infiltrating a hidden military installation in the remote deserts of New Mexico, the team races to discover what really happened when the world ended all those years ago and what it means for humanity’s future now. Hot on their tail is a mysterious white-haired security chief working for Ceres, hell bent on stopping them no matter the cost. Or is he?
The Last Exit by Michael Kaufman
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, J. D. Jackson
In the near future, climate change has hit hard; fires are burning, unemployment is high, and controversial longevity treatments are only available to the very rich. Enter resourceful DC Police Detective Jen B. Lu and her partner, Chandler, a SIM implant in her brain providing an instant link to the internet and police records – and constant commentary inside her head. He’s an inquisitive tough guy with a helluva sense of humor and his own ideas about solving crimes.
As a detective in the Elder Abuse Unit, Jen is supposed to be investigating kids pushing their aging parents to exit so that they’re eligible to get the longevity drug. But what really has her attention are the persistent rumors about Eden, a black-market version of the longevity drug and the bizarre outbreak of people aging almost overnight, then suddenly dying. Is this all connected? Is Big Pharma involved?
When Jen’s investigations of Eden take her too close to the truth, she is suspended, Chandler is deactivated, and her boyfriend is freaked out by the thing inside her brain, leaving Jen to pursue a very dangerous investigation all by herself.
Invasion Day by Scott Moon
Narrated by Tom Taylorson
David Osage is a dangerous man with a complicated past, but these days he’s just trying to keep his head down, driving big rigs.
Until one night, when he saddles himself with a hitchhiker – a nuisance who’s more than she seems – and everything changes. No one was ready for an alien invasion.
Death is raining from the sky, and the only question left is whether you run, fight, or submit. For David Osage and his family, answering is as easy as giving the alien invaders the finger.
That Certain Something by Clare Ashton
Narrated by Jessica Jeffries
Lambda Literary Award finalist for lesbian romance.
Love or money? Follow the head or heart? Pia and Cate seem to be flip sides of a coin. But when they meet they definitely have that certain something, and these questions aren’t so simple after a night like theirs.
Pia Benitez-Smith has her head in the clouds of ideals and romance. She’s a photojournalist out to prove herself with her compassionate eye and although not exactly accident prone, most days trouble seems to find her. On one such day, she literally falls into the arms of the beautiful Cate. Elegant, intriguing and classy, Cate is Pia’s polar opposite. When the two dispute the importance of love versus money, Cate is adamant that her perfect night will always be an expensive one. Working class Pia can’t resist the challenge and with the assistance of a beguiling summer night in London, she begins to enchant her new friend.
An irresistible couple, a charismatic city, a priceless supporting cast – That Certain Something is a sparkling romcom from Goldie award winner Clare Ashton.
Always Alex by Robin Alexander
Narrated by Lori Prince
Robin Alexander cooks up another tale using her favorite recipe – love, family, and a healthy dose of humor.
Dana Castilaw grew up tossing coins in a well, hoping her wishes would come true, but the candy fountain, puppy, and love never seemed to manifest. At 18, she left her hometown of Barbier Point, Louisiana, longing to be free of her father’s chokehold on her life and with a heart full of dreams she hoped would come true. Years later, she is forced to return home with at least one granted wish – her daughter, Sydney.
Alex Soileau stood at Dana’s side for years tossing her coins into the well, making the same wish each time, a secret plea that she refused to reveal even to her best friend. Time and maturity insisted that she give up on her one fervent desire, but her heart never would.
Reunited as adults, both women realize that maybe there was magic in the well after all.
Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida
Narrated by Justis Bolding
A millennial with amnesia uses her Instagram account to piece together her identity in this hilarious and whip-smart comedy about the ups and downs of influencer culture.
Mia might look like a millennial but she was born yesterday. Emerging from a coma with short-term amnesia after an accident, Mia can’t remember her own name until the Siri assistant on her iPhone provides it. Based on her cool hairstyle (undercut with glamorous waves), dress (Prada), and signature lipstick (Chanel), she senses she’s wealthy, but the only way to know for sure is to retrace her steps once she leaves the hospital. Using Instagram and Uber, she arrives at the pink duplex she calls home in her posts but finds Max, a cute, off-duty postdoc supplementing his income with a house-sitting gig. He tells her the house belongs to JP, a billionaire with a chocolate empire. A few texts later, JP confirms her wildest dreams: they’re in love, Mia is living the good life, and he’ll be back that weekend.
But as Mia and Max work backward through her Instagram and across Los Angeles to learn more about her, they discover an ugly truth behind her perfect Instagram feed, and evidence that her head wound was no accident. Did Mia have it coming? And if so, is it too late for her to rewrite her story?
Just Another Silly Love Song by Rich Amooi
Narrated by Tim Paige, Stephanie Rose
Two rival radio personalities. Lori Martin is a positive and upbeat DJ, known for playing love songs and dedications. Ben Baxter dishes out no-nonsense, in-your-face relationship advice. Total opposites. Never in a million years would they want to work together.
Fired for losing her cool after her boyfriend breaks up with her on the air, Lori surprisingly receives a job offer for the coveted morning show at the radio station across town where Ben works. She thinks she’s replacing him but finds out they want to team up Lori with her archenemy to set the air waves on fire and boost ratings. Financially strapped, she can’t turn down the job.
While their on-air fireworks and explosive chemistry make for great listening, what in the world will happen after work hours?
Deep into the Dark by P. J. Tracy
Narrated by Abby Craden
New York Times best seller P. J. Tracy returns with Deep into the Dark, a brand-new series set in LA and featuring up-and-coming LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan and murder suspect Sam Easton.
Sam Easton – a true survivor – is home from Afghanistan, trying to rebuild a life in his hometown of LA. Separated from his wife, bartending and therapy sessions are what occupy his days and nights. When friend and colleague Melody Traeger is beaten by her boyfriend, she turns to Sam for help. When the boyfriend turns up dead the next day, a hard case like Sam is the perfect suspect.
But LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan, whose brother recently died serving overseas, is sympathetic to Sam’s troubles, and can’t quite see him as a killer. She’s more interested in the secrets Melody might be keeping and the developments in another murder case on the other side of town.
Set in an LA where real people live and work – not the superficial LA of Beverly Hills or the gritty underbelly of the city – Deep into the Dark features two really engaging, dynamic main characters and explores the nature of obsession, revenge, and grief.
P. J. Tracy is known for her “fast, fresh, and funny” characters (Harlan Coben) and her “sizzling” plots (People); the Monkeewrench series was her first, set in Minneapolis and co-written with her mother. Now with Deep into the Dark she’s on her own – and it’s a home run.
A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books
Into the Light by David Weber, Chris Kennedy
Narrated by Ralph Lister
In New York Times best-selling science fiction epic Out of the Dark, Earth beat back an alien invasion. Now we’ve got to make sure they don’t come back, in Into the Light.
The Shongairi conquered Earth. In mere minutes, half the human race died, and our cities lay in shattered ruins.
But the Shongairi didn’t expect the survivors’ tenacity. And, crucially, they didn’t know that Earth harbored two species of intelligent, tool-using bipeds. One of them was us. The other, long-lived and lethal, was hiding in the mountains of Eastern Europe, the subject of fantasy and legend. When they emerged and made alliance with humankind, the invading aliens didn’t stand a chance.
Now Earth is once again ours. Aided by the advanced tech the aliens left behind, we’re rebuilding as fast as we can.
Meanwhile, a select few of our blood-drinking immortals are on their way to the Shongairi home world, having commandeered one of the alien starships…the planet-busting kind.
A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books
Nathan Turner and the New World Order by Anthony Santora
Narrated by Anthony Santora
Listen to the audiobook surrounded by controversy, and stop missing out on the conversation.
Racial division, lab-made viruses, manufactured crises, media manipulation, and economic collapse are all tools the Illuminati have used to bring us to where we are. As America stands on the brink, the Illuminati look to push her over the edge and reign in the New World Order.
Guided by some unknown force, former FBI agent Nathan Turner and his team of rebels try desperately to wake up a sleeping populace, brainwashed through deception and lies. Nathan’s seemingly impossible task is made even harder as the Illuminati’s leader unleashes his deadly shadow. A merciless assassin with unmatched skill, Deshad battles his own demons as he executes his master’s will.
Join Nathan and his fight against the New World Order. Listen to Nathan’s words and his guidance, and save our world before it’s too late! Are you ready to think for yourself?
Buy this novel, and find out.
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