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Galactic Breach by J.N. Chaney, Christopher Hopper
Narrated by R.C. Bray
A city on the brink of war. Marines held hostage by merciless warlords.
After Lieutenant Magnus awakes from the orbital strike that nearly killed him, he discovers that a small contingent of his Marine platoon has also survived. Hope glimmers as he devises a plan to rescue them.
But when Magnus learns that his men are being held hostage by a deadly tribe, he fears the worst.
Aided by volunteers from a group of elite Marauders, Magnus must attempt to cross the hostile city of Oosafar.
Time is running out…and he has no choice but to undertake the most deadly urban assault of his career.
The pace quickens in Ruins of the Galaxy’s second epic installment, captivating fans of Star Wars, Galaxy’s Edge, and Battlestar Galactica.
Includes a special note from the author.
Final Days: Colony by Nathan Hystad, Jasper T. Scott
Narrated by Ray Porter
Earth is gone. Eden promises a new start for mankind.
Kendra, Andrew, and the other survivors arrive with Lewis Hound’s chosen people at an unfamiliar planet with more questions than answers: how did they get there? Where did all of the advanced technology come from? And is this really Proxima B Centauri?
The colony ship breaks into sections and makes an emergency landing amidst a meteor shower, and Lewis Hound, Eden’s enigmatic leader, goes missing.
Despite their misgivings and the initial chaos, people soon settle into a routine in the fledgling colony. But a growing number of suspicious circumstances lead Andrew and Kendra to doubt what they’re being told, and they begin to think that there might be more dangerous predators about than the ones on four legs.
With new friends and old adversaries, they struggle to find the truth behind a growing web of deceit.
What is beyond the forbidden mountain ranges that surround the valley where they landed? And where is Lewis Hound?
Final Days: Colony is the second book in an epic new series by Jasper T. Scott and Nathan Hystad.
Burn the Ashes by John Joseph Adams – editor, Hugh Howey – editor and contributor, Christie Yant – editor
Narrated by Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Susan Hanfield, Janina Edwards, Justine Eyre, Emily Rankin, Stefan Rudnicki, Mirron Willis
Blackstone Publishing and Skyboat Media, Inc.
We burn them to ashes and then burn the ashes.
In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, that’s the motto of the Firemen who hunted down and burned books wherever they found them. Bradbury warned of a world where our literary history is taken from us. In Burn the Ashes, some of the best science-fiction authors working today continue to explore the dystopic worlds they introduced in Ignorance Is Strength.
Edited by John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey, and Christie Yant, the Dystopia Triptych is a series of three anthologies of dystopian fiction. Ignorance Is Strength – before the dystopia – focuses on society during its descent into absurdity and madness. Burn the Ashes – during the dystopia – turns its attention to life during the strangest, most dire times. Or Else the Light – after the dystopia – concludes the saga with each author sharing their own vision of how we as a society might crawl back from the precipice of despair.
Burn the Ashes features all-new, never-before-published works by the following authors, in order of appearance: Carrie Vaughn, Tim Pratt, Rich Larson, Cadwell Turnbull, Karin Lowachee, Adam-Troy Castro, Caroline M. Yoachim, Hugh Howey, An Owomoyela, Seanan McGuire, Dominica Phetteplace, Alex Irvine, Tobias S. Buckell, Scott Sigler, Darcie Little Badger, Violet Allen, and Merc Fenn Wolfmoor.
Brass Monkey by J Robert Kennedy
Narrated by R.C. Bray
Blue Heron Audio
From USA Today and million-copy best-selling author J. Robert Kennedy.
Will a forgotten weapon and an uncontrollable hate unleash the ultimate war?
A nuclear missile, lost during the Cold War, is now in play – the most public spy swap in history, with a gorgeous agent at the center of international attention, triggers the endgame of a corrupt Soviet colonel’s 25-year plan. Pursued across the globe by the Russian authorities, including a brutal Spetsnaz unit, those involved will stop at nothing to deliver their weapon and ensure their payday, regardless of the terrifying consequences.
When Laura Palmer confronts a UNICEF group for trespassing on her Egyptian archaeological dig site, she unwittingly stumbles upon the ultimate weapons deal, and becomes entangled in an international conspiracy that sends her lover, archaeology Professor James Acton, racing to Egypt with the most unlikely of allies, not only to rescue her, but to prevent the start of a holy war that could result in Islam and Christianity wiping each other out.
If you enjoy action-packed thrillers, then don’t miss Brass Monkey, a novel international in scope, certain to offend some, and stimulate debate in others. Brass Monkey, from USA Today and million-copy best-selling author J. Robert Kennedy, pulls no punches in confronting the conflict between two of the world’s most powerful, and divergent, religions, and the terrifying possibilities the future may hold if left unchecked.
Grab your copy of this controversial thriller today, and see why J. Robert Kennedy has been compared to Brown, Cussler, and Rollins.
About the James Acton Thrillers: Though this book is part of the James Acton Thrillers series, it is written as a stand-alone novel and can be enjoyed without having listen to any other installments. The James Acton Thrillers series and its spin-offs have sold more than one million copies.
Black Hat Redemption by George McPherson
Narrated by George McPherson
In Lagos, Nigeria, in 2018 a talented hacker, Nick Okafor from the notorious hacker group Yaba47, seems to have it all in the dark world of bitcoin currency. He starts to have second thoughts on where his allegiance lies, after a change of heart, and growing conscience he gets out of the hacker organization and goes underground from his former group. Now he’s back to shut down the infamous hacker empire he helped build with only his intellect, and a swiss army knife of hacker tools. The odds are against him, but if anyone can persevere, it’s Nick!
Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay
Narrated by Erin Bennett
A riveting novel of suspense and terror from the Bram Stoker award-winning author of The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts.
In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by an insidious rabies-like virus that is spread by saliva. But unlike rabies, the disease has a terrifyingly short incubation period of an hour or less. Those infected quickly lose their minds and are driven to bite and infect as many others as they can before they inevitably succumb. Hospitals are inundated with the sick and dying, and hysteria has taken hold. To try to limit its spread, the commonwealth is under quarantine and curfew. But society is breaking down and the government’s emergency protocols are faltering.
Dr. Ramola “Rams” Sherman, a soft-spoken pediatrician in her mid-30s, receives a frantic phone call from Natalie, a friend who is eight months pregnant. Natalie’s husband has been killed – viciously attacked by an infected neighbor – and in a failed attempt to save him, Natalie, too, was bitten. Natalie’s only chance of survival is to get to a hospital as quickly as possible to receive a rabies vaccine. The clock is ticking for her and for her unborn child.
Natalie’s fight for life becomes a desperate odyssey as she and Rams make their way through a hostile landscape filled with dangers beyond their worst nightmares – terrifying, strange, and sometimes deadly challenges that push them to the brink.
Paul Tremblay once again demonstrates his mastery in this chilling and all-too-plausible novel that will leave listeners gripped throughout the audio and shake them to their core.
Out of Time by David Klass
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
In this explosive thriller, a fiendishly clever serial bomber and self-styled “eco-terrorist” hits targets across America – and a conflicted young FBI agent may be the only person possessing the unique skills needed to catch him.
“A provocative, important, and very thrilling novel. I loved it. I savored the pages.” (James Patterson)
“A gripping, complex and heart-wrenching story that is as provocative as it is thrilling. Klass can weave a tale like few others.” (David Baldacci)
A massive FBI manhunt is underway for an elusive and terrifyingly adept serial bomber. He’s just struck his sixth target, Idaho’s Boon Dam, killing a dozen innocent people. But the bomber, who the press has dubbed “Green Man”, insists these drastic acts of violence – each one carefully selected to destroy a target that threatens the environment – are necessary to draw the world’s attention to the climate-change emergency.
The FBI has no real leads. It’s as if Green Man can predict every step of their investigation, skillfully evading all their standard tactics.
Until young Agent Tom Smith approaches the task-force leader with an unexpected insight. Tom, a computer programmer by training, may be the only person with the unique skill set needed to catch Green Man before he strikes again….
Shadow Claw: A Brock Finlander Novel by E. J. Foster
Narrated by Nick Sullivan
There is more in the water than you know.
When ex-astronaut Brock Finlander tries to reconnect with his long-lost daughter, a marine biologist, they discover strange things happening to marine life on Claw Island.
In a rush to identify why the crabs are growing out of control, they find more than they bargained for.
Now, they have only 72 hours before the cover-up becomes dangerous and unstoppable. But danger never expects to run into a man like Brock Finlander. A man who will not just respond, but will attack it with everything he has: His intellect, his military training, and his family.
But when the animals you’re trying to save become the enemy, how do you fight back?
Together, father and daughter must learn that family comes first before time runs out and they lose each other, and the island, forever.
What they thought they knew about the water was wrong…so very, very, wrong.
If you like thrilling action and heartwarming, endearing characters, you’ll love this coastal action-adventure set in the very center of Maryland’s blue crab population, the Chesapeake Bay, surrounded by NASA, NOAA, the Coast Guard, and the Annapolis Naval Academy.
Buy your copy today!
Note: This audiobook contains some cursing.
Memoirs and Misinformation by Jim Carrey, Dana Vachon
Narrated by Jeff Daniels
Random House Audio
“None of this is real and all of it is true.” (Jim Carrey)
Meet Jim Carrey. Sure, he’s an insanely successful and beloved movie star drowning in wealth and privilege – but he’s also lonely. Maybe past his prime. Maybe even…getting fat? He’s tried diets, gurus, and cuddling with his military-grade Israeli guard dogs, but nothing seems to lift the cloud of emptiness and ennui. Even the sage advice of his best friend, actor and dinosaur-skull collector Nicolas Cage, isn’t enough to pull Carrey out of his slump.
But then Jim meets Georgie: ruthless ingénue, love of his life. And with the help of auteur screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, he has a role to play in a boundary-pushing new picture that may help him uncover a whole new side to himself – finally, his Oscar vehicle! Things are looking up!
But the universe has other plans.
Memoirs and Misinformation is a fearless semi-autobiographical novel, a deconstruction of persona. In it, Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon have fashioned a story about acting, Hollywood, agents, celebrity, privilege, friendship, romance, addiction to relevance, fear of personal erasure, our “one big soul”, Canada, and a cataclysmic ending of the world – apocalypses within and without.
Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey
Narrated by Reba Buhr
What happens when your life is a rom-com…but you don’t even believe in true love?
Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time – or interest – in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend, Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America…and happens to be inspired by Chloe and her cute but no-nonsense boss, Nick Velez.
As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #4: The scruffy-bearded hunk who’s always there when you need him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a happily-ever-after.