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Ash Kickers by Sean Grigsby

Ash Kickers by Sean Grigsby
Narrated by Adenrele Ojo

It’s dragons vs. firemen vs. the Phoenix in the scorching fantasy sequel to Smoke Eaters.

With ex-firefighter Cole Brannigan in command of the Smoke Eaters, the dragon menace is under control. Thanks to non-lethal Canadian tech, the beasts are just tranquilized and locked up. But for Tamerica Williams, a job filled with action and danger has become routine. She’s so bored she nearly gets her whole team killed, and Brannigan has to step in.

When a new threat emerges, the legendary bird of fire – the Phoenix – spreading fire like a plague and whipping dragons into a frenzy, it’s a perfect task for Williams, but killing the Phoenix just brings it back stronger. Is that too much excitement, even for Williams?

Dark Hope by Boyd Craven III

Dark Hope by Boyd Craven III
Narrated by Kevin Pierce

Wes and Raider have found themselves in the thick of things once again.

The KGR are hitting back relentlessly and, with Jessica’s group feared to be wiped out, the homestead falls into a quiet panic.

Paranoia is running rampant, and rightly so: there’s a mole who has been working for Spider in their midst.

After learning more about how the KGR operate, and where some of their caches are, Wes’s group goes on the offensive.

Everything changes with Jess’s revelation; they know they have to keep the pressure up to keep their freedom.

Even with Spider’s taunting and the knowledge that he has more moles planted within Wes’s inner circle, the group pushes on.

They are outmanned, outgunned, and running low on supplies.

It’s time for them to become even more unconventional.

Wes has to go back to his roots to come up with a plan to not only flush out the traitors, but to put a major hurt on their foes.

The group has underestimated the ruthless nature of the KGR and is thinking they are finally getting ahead of their enemies, when Emily starts to unravel.

There’s hope, but will that dark hope be enough for everyone to still survive?

Contagion by Teri Terry

Contagion by Teri Terry
Narrated by Kathryn Drysdale, Laura Aikman

Don’t miss this startling first book in a breathtaking new trilogy from Teri Terry, queen of the YA psychological thriller and author of the best-selling Slated trilogy!

Urgent! An epidemic is sweeping the country. You are among the infected. There is no cure, and you cannot be permitted to infect others. You are now under quarantine.

The five percent of the infected who survive are dangerous and will be taken into the custody of the army.

Young runaway Callie survived the disease but not the so-called treatment. Her brother, Kai, is still looking for her. And his new friend, Shay, may hold the key to uncovering what truly happened.

From the author of the international sensation Slated comes the first book in a powerful new story of survival and transformation, love, and power.

Salvation Day by Kali Wallace

Salvation Day by Kali Wallace
Narrated by Vikas Adam, Kimberly Farr, Kyla Garcia

A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller.

They thought the ship would be their salvation.

Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of hours. But now it could belong to her people if they were bold enough to take it. All they needed to do was kidnap Jaswinder Bhattacharya – the sole survivor of the tragedy, and the last person whose genetic signature would allow entry to the spaceship.

But what Zahra and her crew could not know was what waited for them on the ship – a terrifying secret buried by the government. A threat to all of humanity that lay sleeping alongside the orbiting dead.

And then they woke it up.

Null Set by S. L. Huang

Null Set by S. L. Huang
Narrated by Lauren Fortgang

S. L. Huang’s Null Set is the breakout sf thriller for fans of John Scalzi and Greg Rucka.

Math-genius mercenary Cas Russell has decided to Fight Crime(tm). After all, with her extraordinary mathematical ability, she can neuter bombs or out-shoot an army. And the recent outbreak of violence in the world’s cities is Cas’s fault – she’s the one who crushed the organization of telepaths keeping the world’s worst offenders under control. But Cas’s own power also has a history, one she can’t remember – or control.

One that’s creeping into her mind and fracturing her sanity…just when she’s gotten herself on the hit list of every crime lord on the West Coast. And her best, only, sociopathic friend. Cas won’t be able to save the world. She might not even be able to save herself.

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

The Chain by Adrian McKinty
Narrated by January LaVoy

You will become each one.

“This nightmarish story is incredibly propulsive and original. You won’t shake it for a long time.” (Stephen King)

“McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don’t give in: this writing – sharply observant, intelligent and shot through with black humor – should be savored.” (Tana French)

“A masterpiece. You have never read anything quite like The Chain and you will never be able to forget it.” (Don Winslow)

Your phone rings.

A stranger has kidnapped your child.

To free them you must abduct someone else’s child.

Your child will be released when your victim’s parents kidnap another child.

If any of these things don’t happen:
Your child will be killed.
You are now part of the chain.

“You are not the first.
And you will certainly not be the last.”

The Dreaming Tree by Matthew Mather

The Dreaming Tree by Matthew Mather
Narrated by Robin Eller, Tom Taylorson

Everybody wants to live forever, but some people shouldn’t live at all…..

After a near-fatal car crash, Royce Lowell-Vandeweghe wakes up to find he’s one of the first patients to undergo a radical new procedure: a full-body transplant. Convalescing years later and suffering from waking nightmares, he answers the door at his Long Island home and meets Delta Devlin, a New York detective. She sees things nobody else can – visions created by a mutation to her eyes – and meeting Royce sets off an unraveling chain of events….

Royce becomes Devlin’s prime suspect in a string of grisly murders. Desperate for answers, he tracks down the grieving widow of the man whose body he now inhabits. Out of time, and perhaps his mind, they spiral into a world of black-market body parts and billionaires where nothing can stand in the way of living forever – not even death itself.

The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw

The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw
Narrated by Erik Davies

A thrill-seeking Harvard linguistics professor and an ultrasecret branch of the Catholic Church go head-to-head in a race to uncover the secrets of the lost city of Atlantis. The ruins of the technologically advanced, eerily enigmatic ancient civilization promise their discoverer fame, fortune, and power…but hold earth-shattering secrets about the origin of man.

While world-famous linguist and archaeologist, Thomas Lourds, is shooting a film that dramatizes his flamboyant life and scientific achievements, satellites spot impossibly ancient ruins along the Spanish coast. Lourds knows exactly what it means: the Lost Continent of Atlantis has been found. The race is on, and Lourds’ challengers will do anything to get there first.

Whoever controls the Lost Continent will control the world.

Shaker by C.C. Prestel

Shaker by C.C. Prestel
Narrated by Larry Oblander

This could happen to anyone. Maybe it already has.

Shaker chronicles the odyssey of Michael Taylor, an unassuming English teacher who wakes up to find himself a prisoner on a mysterious ship with more than 40 strangers. Neither he nor his companions have any recollection of how they got there. Those who survive the voyage soon learn that their lives will be forever changed. Taylor struggles to survive against lethal enemies and his own internal conflicts in a distant, hostile world that has been ravaged by decades of warfare. This story details his saga and transformation from an ordinary man into the legendary warrior known as Shaker.

Island Jumper by M. H. Ryan

Island Jumper by M. H. Ryan
Narrated by Kit Carter, Christopher Boucher, Jessica Threet

Islands to find. Sharks to fight. Women to rescue.

Jack Sawyer takes a sorority on a party boat tour when a mysterious storm slams into them. Now they are stranded on a chain of strange islands with bizarre creatures that have an unsettling desire to kill them.

He must learn how to survive the elements by building rafts, shelters, and weapons from whatever they find on the islands, all while fighting for their lives. They can’t stop, though – there are more women to rescue, more islands yet to be explored, plus that whole “let’s-get-rescued” plan.

Island Jumper is an adventure story with Jack and a group of beautiful women. Join them as they fight to stay alive and struggle to find a way to live and love in an unforgiving archipelago.

Please note: This audiobook is intended for a mature audience only. It contains adult content and language throughout.

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