January 29th New and Notable Audiobooks on Brian's Book Blog

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Dressed in Smoke by Ambrose Ibsen

Dressed in Smoke by Ambrose Ibsen
Narrated by Kyle Tait
Tantor Audio

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A face from the past

Once upon a time, Jonathan West lost his best friend, Ansel, under horrific circumstances.

Or, at least, he thought he had.

On a warm summer night, he finds himself reunited with the dead man – and hunted by a hideous entity that occupies Ansel’s body.

In his hour of need, Jonathan could have gone to the authorities, or hired an esteemed security service.

Instead, he winds up soliciting help from none other than Tanglewood’s most curmudgeonly private eye.

Harlan Ulrich is on the case, for better or worse. The over-caffeinated eccentric will have to employ every tactic in his unorthodox playbook if he’s to save the client – and himself.


Tight-Lipped by Erik Carter

Tight-Lipped by Erik Carter
Narrated by Gary Bennett
Self Published

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The murders begin suddenly.

But the secret has been kept for years.

Vigilante assassin Silence Jones is accustomed to hunting people who escaped justice. But nothing can prepare him for the depths of deceit he’s about to face.

People are being murdered across the United States, and law enforcement is powerless to stop it. The victims’ only connection: They’re all survivors of a military training disaster years earlier.

As Silence feverishly chases the killer around the country, he uncovers a sinister cover-up and the dark forces willing to do anything to maintain the secret. If Silence is going to stop the slaughter, he’ll have to tear down a web of lies that powerful people have held in place for years.

The next stand-alone action thriller in the pulse-pounding new series. Enter the world of Silence Jones. Hold on tight.

If you like action heroes with the steely resolve of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, the calculating will of Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X, and the raw power of Mark Greaney’s Gray Man, then you’ll love Silence Jones.

Unlock Tight-Lipped to start your Silence Jones mission today!

Each book in the explosive Silence Jones Action Thrillers Series is a stand-alone mission, and there is no chronological order, aside from book one, The Suppressor, the character’s origin story.


First Life by Nathan Hystad

First Life by Nathan Hystad
Narrated by Christopher Ryan Grant
Podium Audio

A dangerous expedition. Extraterrestrial alliances. Unpredictable enemies.

Colton Beck has six months to live. He works for the Angor near Los Angeles, aware that any day could be his last.

The Angor arrived 20 years ago, resolved to help mankind survive, but not everyone believes their motives are honorable.

When the Angor offer humanity a colony world, Colton is determined to see another planet before his final breath. He’s been diagnosed with Xeno, a rare disorder that surfaced with the Angor’s arrival, but he won’t let this stop him.

With the help of his old friend Indie Hart, now the single most powerful human on Earth, he joins the Expedition to Dicore. They access the River, an alien technology that allows nearly instantaneous travel between worlds, and their universe is quickly expanded. What they find on Dicore is far from idyllic, and Colton struggles to navigate their new existence while coping with his impending death.

First Life is a gripping science fiction adventure tale from the best-selling author of The Event, Lost Contact, and Final Days.


Fall of the Core by Ryk Brown

Fall of the Core by Ryk Brown
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
Tantor Audio

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A freelance reporter struggling to get into the “big time”….

A rookie officer starting her career in public safety….

A cargo ship captain trying to outlive a terminal illness that has no cure….

A bounty hunter returning a long-hunted fugitive to Earth….

A terrible plague that threatens to destroy the human race….

The 25th century is not starting off very well.


Ice and Monsters by Peter Nealen

Ice and Monsters by Peter Nealen
Narrated by Mark Boyett
WarGate Books

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Swift. Silent. Deadly. Hunted.

Recon Marine Conor McCall didn’t expect action during his training op in the icy waters off Norway. But when a bizarre summer fog engulfed his boat, he and his team found themselves in a pitched fight against strange, cruel monsters emerging from the coastal depths of the North Sea. That was just the beginning.

Stranded in a barren land of mountains, glaciers, and black pines, far from home and unable to contact the world they came from, the marines must prepare for war against murderous barbarians, wicked sorcerers, and foul creatures summoned from the oldest, deepest, and darkest pits of hell. When even their allies are enemies, the Recon Marines must do what they have always done: adapt or die. But with a world of ice and monsters seeking to destroy them, every second is mission-critical.

US Marine Veteran Peter Nealen delivers a thrilling, action-packed WarGate adventure that blends the world-building of Eaters of the Dead with the gritty combat and real-life tactics of Forgotten Ruin.


Road of Bones by Christopher Golden

Road of Bones by Christopher Golden
Narrated by Robert Fass
Blackstone Publishing

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A stunning supernatural thriller set in Siberia, where a film crew is covering an elusive ghost story about the Kolyma Highway, a road built on top of the bones of prisoners of Stalin’s gulag.

Surrounded by barren trees in a snow-covered wilderness with a dim, dusky sky forever overhead, Siberia’s Kolyma Highway is 1200 miles of gravel packed permafrost within driving distance of the Arctic Circle. A narrow path where drivers face such challenging conditions as icy surfaces, limited visibility, and an average temperature of 60 degrees below zero, fatal car accidents are common.

But motorists are not the only victims of the highway. Known as the Road of Bones, it is a massive graveyard for the former Soviet Union’s gulag prisoners. Hundreds of thousands of people worked to death and left where their bodies fell, consumed by the frozen elements and plowed beneath the permafrost road.

Fascinated by the history, documentary producer Felix “Teig” Teigland is in Russia to drive the highway, envisioning a new series capturing Life and Death on the Road of Bones with a ride to the town of Akhust, “the coldest place on Earth,” collecting ghost stories and local legends along the way. Only, when Teig and his team reach their destination, they find an abandoned town, save one catatonic nine-year-old girl – and a pack of predatory wolves, faster and smarter than any wild animals should be.

Pursued by the otherworldly beasts, Teig’s companions confront even more uncanny and inexplicable phenomena along the Road of Bones, as if the ghosts of Stalin’s victims were haunting them. It is a harrowing journey that will push Teig beyond endurance and force him to confront the sins of his past.


Undermoney by Jay Newman

Undermoney by Jay Newman
Narrated by Jeremy Bobb
Simon & Schuster

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An electrifying thriller about a group of American operatives who secretly take over the world’s largest dark money fund – an astonishing, audacious debut by a seasoned insider of global finance.

When a US airdrop of billions of dollars disap­pears in the desert sands of Syria, only a small group of military operatives knows its ultimate destination or why it has been stolen. Their goal is no less than the restoration of America’s geopolitical dominance on the global stage. Essential to this scheme are Greta Webb, a sophisticated CIA operative who is an expert on dark money, not to mention lethally skilled in hand-to-hand combat, and Elias Vicker, the damaged, dangerous soul who runs the world’s largest hedge fund.

To achieve its goals, the group must form dangerous alliances. One is with the hidden family that manages the largest private pool of capital that has ever existed. Another is with Fyodor Volk, the ruthless founder of Russia’s most successful private military company, a mercenary with ties to Vladimir Putin. Volk has his eye on Greta. She would be wise to avoid him but cannot.

Arcing from Manhattan’s finest apartments to Washington, DC, from Middle Eastern war zones to private European bank vaults, Jay Newman’s Undermoney follows the Americans as they are enmeshed in the world of dark money and confront ever-increasing danger. Ultimately, they must decide whether their objectives are worth the cost of sacrificing not just a few but potentially many human lives. Brilliantly rendered with the details only a sophisticated financial insider knows and filled with jaw-dropping action, Undermoney reveals the secret intentions and savage deeds of the world’s richest people.


Rusty Logic by Robin Alexander

Rusty Logic by Robin Alexander
Narrated by Lori Prince
Tantor Audio

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Ancelet Bay, Louisiana, on the surface is a peaceful and quiet little town. It seemed to be the perfect place for workaholic Rusty Martinez to detox and deal with destructive habits that had affected her health. The respite, however, comes with some unexpected side effects, one of which is a plastic flamingo-wielding neighbor who suspects Rusty is a terrorist.

Rusty’s mental and emotional transformation becomes a wild ride. Police Chief Kirsten Flyte doesn’t even realize that she’s on the journey with Rusty as they leave life’s back roads and hop onto the cerebral expressway that takes them through chaos, temporary insanity, and eventually bliss.

Come to Ancelet Bay with Robin Alexander, and let her tell you a tale about personal discovery, life, and love in her typical comedic fashion. Watch out for the flamingos.

Contains mature themes.


All the Paths to You by Morgan Lee Miller

All the Paths to You by Morgan Lee Miller
Narrated by Lula Larkin
Bold Strokes Books Inc

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Swimmer Quinn Hughes has given up a lot, in order to be an Olympian: Her social life, her love life, and everything that comes with being a normal 23-year-old. Just days away from competing in the Tokyo Games, Quinn runs into her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Kennedy Reed. Five years earlier, they’d made a pact that they would try again, if their paths ever crossed. Now, she can’t shake the feeling that this is a sign.

But Kennedy has a whole life in New York City, and Quinn’s at the opposite end of the country in San Francisco, struggling to redefine who she’ll be after the Olympics. Feeling lonely and lost from everything she’s given up, Quinn finds comfort in reconnecting with Kennedy – and they both discover that time and distance have only fueled their passion.

As Quinn comes to terms with herself and what the future holds, she’s sure of only one thing: She’s not letting the only girl she’s ever loved get away for the second time.


Tea Leaves & Tourniquets by Sienna Waters
Narrated by Anna Fox
Tantor Audio

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Can a cup of tea predict true love?

When Jaye Callaghan’s dubiously clairvoyant best friend predicts that her soulmate is on the horizon, Jaye isn’t exactly persuaded. But when she walks into Lanport clinic and meets Charlie, she starts to think that maybe her luck is changing.

Charlie Riley is a machine. Or she was. A top rated ER doctor with a mind like a trap, she shouldn’t be doctoring in a small ocean-front resort town. She’s mysterious, cold, and very, very sexy.

This is supposed to be a match made in heaven, but there’s a problem. Charlie doesn’t believe in soulmates. Or clairvoyants. Or love.

It’s up to Jaye to persuade the ice-queen doctor that not only is love real, but that her soulmate is standing right in front of her. But as the stakes rise and the attraction between the two women grows hotter Jaye’s faith in romance is shattered. Can Charlie help her put it back together?

Believing in true love is hard, but maybe, just sometimes, it’s enough to have someone else believe for you.


Reading Her by Amanda Radley

Reading Her by Amanda Radley
Narrated by Amy Putt
BOLD STROKES BOOKS INC

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Awkward teenager Hugo Whittaker doesn’t know a cross-trainer from an elliptical bike, but getting strong is the only way to fight off the bullies who won’t leave him alone. Lauren Evans loves her job as an instructor at Fitness Zone, and she wants to guide him. Unfortunately, Hugo paid for his membership by stealing his mother’s credit card – and it doesn’t take his mother long to track down her wayward son.

In a courtroom, shrewd barrister Allegra Whittaker is unstoppable, but when it comes to her son Hugo, she’s afraid she’s losing her touch. She reluctantly allows him to continue using the gym, as long as she can keep an eye on him – and his undeniably intriguing instructor.

As each encounter leaves them wanting more, Lauren and Allegra learn love and happiness are right where they least expect it. There’s just one little problem: Lauren has a huge secret she absolutely cannot tell anyone, and Allegra knows she’s hiding something.


The Extinction Survival Series Box Set by Walt Browning

The Extinction Survival Series Box Set by Walt Browning
Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
Blackstone Publishing

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The entire four-book Extinction Survival series in one box set

War has a way of following some people….

John Eric Carver and Shrek are a retired Navy SEAL war dog team, now living in the mountains outside of San Diego. Both man and dog thought their life was now settled, finding peace on the 40-acre ranch they had moved to. But life, and a mutated virus, changed all that.

Now, they have to survive a worldwide pandemic. Taking refuge in a nearby Boy Scout camp, Carver leads a group of teens and their parents as they are forced to deal with infected creatures that are rapidly consuming the world. Will John and Shrek survive another war, or will this be the end of the line for the SEAL team?

The enthralling Extinction Survival series is a harrowing story of a man and his four-legged best friend trying to survive at the end of the world. Join the army of fans that fell in love with these characters by owning the complete series, offered in a box set for the very first time.


Quicksilver by Dean Koontz

Quicksilver by Dean Koontz
Narrated by Todd Haberkorn
Brilliance Publishing

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#1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz takes a surprising and exhilarating road trip with a man in pursuit of his strange past – mile by frightening mile.

Quinn Quicksilver was born a mystery – abandoned at three days old on a desert highway in Arizona. Raised in an orphanage, never knowing his parents, Quinn had a happy if unexceptional life. Until the day of “strange magnetism.” It compelled him to drive out to the middle of nowhere. It helped him find a coin worth a lot of money. And it practically saved his life when two government agents showed up in the diner in pursuit of him. Now Quinn is on the run from those agents and who knows what else, fleeing for his life.

During a shoot-out at a forlorn dude ranch, he finally meets his destined companions: Bridget Rainking, a beauty as gifted in foresight as she is with firearms, and her grandpa Sparky, a romance novelist with an unusual past. Bridget knows what it’s like to be Quinn. She’s hunted, too. The only way to stay alive is to keep moving.

Barreling through the Sonoran Desert, the formidable trio is impelled by that same inexplicable magnetism toward the inevitable. With every deeply disturbing mile, something sinister is in the rearview – an enemy that is more than a match for Quinn. Even as he discovers within himself resources that are every bit as scary.


Seoulmates by Jen Frederick

Seoulmates by Jen Frederick
Narrated by Greta Jung
Penguin Audio

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One of Amazon’s best romances of January 2022!

A Korean-American adoptee fights to be with the one she loves while coming to terms with her new identity in this enthralling romantic drama and sequel to Heart and Seoul by USA Today best-selling author Jen Frederick.

When Hara Wilson lands in Seoul to find her birth mother, she doesn’t plan on falling in love with the first man she lays eyes on, but Choi Yujun is irresistible. If his broad shoulders and dimples weren’t enough, Choi Yujun is the most genuine, decent, gorgeous guy to exist. Too bad he’s also her stepbrother.

Fate brought her to the Choi doorstep, but the gift of family comes with burdens. A job in her mother’s company has perks of endless company dinners and super-resentful coworkers. A new country means learning a new language, which 25-year-old Hara is finding to be a Herculean task. A forbidden love means having to choose between her birth family or Choi Yujun.

All Hara wanted was to find a place to belong in this world – but in order to have it all, she’ll have to risk it all.


Chasing Secrets by Brandt Legg

Chasing Secrets by Brandt Legg
Narrated by Roger Wayne
Podium Audio

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A fugitive tech billionaire. A rogue spy. The chase is on in the first three books in the international best-selling technothriller series.

Chasing Rain, Book 1

He created it. They will kill for it. She must stop it.  A tech billionaire on the run. His AI breakthrough has the CIA, Chinese MSS, and the most powerful corporations after him. Teamed with a beautiful ex-spy, they must find a way to destroy his invention before it destroys us all!

Chasing Fire, Book 2

If they stop running, they die. If only they knew who was after them. Chase and Wen collide with the CIA in a desperate attempt to protect a top-secret program, while a mysterious group is methodically destroying tech companies and domestic terrorists are setting the nation on fire. It’s one hell of a hot summer, and a technology that sees everything can be blinding!

Chasing Wind, Book 3

Everyone knows controlling the weather is impossible. But what if someone cracked the code? A storm is coming…. The rain is wrong, the temperatures upside down, and the wind is definitely not right. Chase and Wen must find the man who has discovered a way to manipulate the weather, before his invention falls into the wrong hands and makes Earth uninhabitable. When it rains it pours!

Find out why a million copies of Brandt Legg’s books have been sold/downloaded worldwide, a USA Today best-selling author who uses his unusual real-life experiences to color pause-resisting thrillers.


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