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Hell Divers VII: Warriors by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Narrated by R.C. Bray
The New York Times and USA Today best-selling series.
While the Hell Divers cross an ocean to battle the machines, an old flesh-and-blood threat returns to the islands.
The mission to Rio de Janeiro ended in victory, but it came at a dire cost, killing most of those who set out to rescue the stranded survivors. Even worse, the skinwalkers’ leader, Horn, escaped with his demonic crew and is coming to take the throne.
Back at the Vanguard Islands, King Xavier Rodriguez has been severely injured in another battle to protect the kingdom. Now an infection threatens to kill the one man who can keep the peace. As he fights for survival, new intel from Rio de Janeiro gives humanity hope of destroying the biggest threat of all: the machines – if the machines don’t find the Vanguard Islands first.
The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal
Mary Robinette Kowal continues her Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Lady Astronaut series, following The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky, with The Relentless Moon.
The Earth is coming to the boiling point as the climate disaster of the meteor strike becomes more and more clear, but the political situation is already overheated. Riots and sabotage plague the space program. The IAC’s goal of getting as many people as possible off Earth before it becomes uninhabitable is being threatened.
Elma York is on her way to Mars, but the Moon colony is still being established. Her friend and fellow Lady Astronaut Nicole Wargin is thrilled to be one of those pioneer settlers, using her considerable flight and political skills to keep the program on track. But she is less happy that her husband, the governor of Kansas, is considering a run for president.
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Narrated by Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Simon & Schuster Audio
“One of 2020’s buzziest horror novels.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“More than I could have asked for in a novel.” (Tommy Orange, Pulitzer Prize finalist author of There There)
“What Stephen Graham Jones does for me, is create new possibilities for Indigenous storymakers.” (Terese Marie Mailhot, New York Times best-selling author)
“A masterpiece.” (Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World)
A tale of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones.
Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.
Echoes of War: Books 1-3 by Daniel Gibbs
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
Corporal David Cohen thought he’d left war behind.
He was wrong.
The Terran Coalition faces repeated and brutal attacks from the repressive League of Sol. To defend his home planet, David trades his dream of becoming a rabbi for a battlefront in the far reaches of space. When particle beams fly, his courage under fire brings quick promotion. But in the lulls between battles when he must confront his soul, David finds a different enemy: the ghosts of those killed under his command.
Yet in war, it’s kill or be killed – and the enemy shows no mercy.
David must square the tenets of his faith against his responsibility to crew and country. If he fails in his command, billions face enslavement by a ruthless regime. Now it’s an all-out fight for the galaxy’s freedom.
Because a man’s greatest foe lies within.
If you love Babylon 5, Safehold, and Destroyermen, you must try Echoes of War, a military sci-fi series that will take you to the heart of duty, sacrifice, and the unseen scars of those who serve.
Includes the first three novels in the Echoes of War series:
Fight the Good Fight
Strong and Courageous
So Fight I
Bounty Hunter: Publisher’s Pack (Book 1-2) by Rachel Aukes
Narrated by James Anderson Foster
Contains books one and two in the Bounty Hunter series.
Lone Gunfighter of the Wastelands, book one:
Being a bounty hunter in the wastelands isn’t easy, and it’s about to get a whole lot harder.
The world went down the crapper a long time ago. Then the revolution came. Things stink even worse now as the corrupt Sloan brothers stake their claim over the lawless wastelands. With no one to stand against them, the people are left to the mercy of the corrupt tyrants.
We need a gunfighter who isn’t afraid to stand against impossible odds.
The problem is that all the heroes died in the revolution…which means we’ll have to settle for “Havoc” Joe Ballast. Ballast is no stranger to bad luck, but when the Sloan brothers corner him, they’ll soon learn that you should never, ever underestimate the Bounty Hunter.
Dig Two Graves, book two:
There are only two rules for being a bounty hunter: one, get paid, and two, never make it personal. Joe Ballast isn’t very good at either.
When Roderick Sloan tries to kill one of Joe Ballast’s friends, he must go deep undercover to infiltrate the corrupt administrator’s ranks of murderous henchmen to get close enough to take down Sloan for good. The only problem with that plan is 200 soldiers stand between Joe and his target.
Daring heroics and courage are needed if Joe is to survive the treachery and dangerous secrets waiting for him in the fight to save Clearwater.
The Mandalorian meets Fallout in this fresh adventure sure to be enjoyed by all ages. Listen to the first two audiobooks in the ongoing story of “Havoc” Joe Ballast, lone gunfighter of Earth’s wastelands.
The Blueprint by Wesley Cross
Narrated by Neill Thorne
Human augmentation. Corporate warfare. Buckle up for a wild ride.
There’s a corporate cabal that wants to rule the world. Some might say it has been doing it already for decades by whatever means necessary. But they are no longer content to hide in the shadows. They want to become true masters.
Jason Hunt knows nothing about that world. In a decaying society plagued by poverty and a lost sense of purpose, he’s one of the lucky ones. He’s got money. He’s happily married. He could just go on living.
But when his wife becomes ill, Jason finds himself pitted against the cabal that might hold the key to her survival. To save her, he needs to embrace technology he doesn’t understand, take over a billion-dollar company without a billion dollars, outsmart professional assassins, and land a contract with the DOD. But even that might not be enough.
Listen to The Blueprint – the first book in the Upgrade series set in a dark, near-future world that will appeal to fans of the Jason Bourne series, Daniel Silva, and Lee Child.
The Safe Place by Anna Downes
Narrated by Anna Downes
Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, Anna Downes’s debut, The Safe Place, is the perfect summer suspense, with the modern gothic feel of Ruth Ware and the morally complex family dynamics of Lisa Jewell.
Welcome to paradise…will you ever be able to leave?
Emily is a mess.
Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.
Emily is desperate.
Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.
Emily is perfect.
Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn’t play along, the consequences could be deadly.
A Macmillan Audio from Minotaur Books
“Richly evocative with a dark, atmospheric heart, The Safe Place is seductive, irresistible and suspenseful. I was completely gripped from the first page to the pulse-pounding end…. It’s the perfect summer suspense.” (Christina McDonald, USA Today best-selling author)
“The Safe Place is a dark and wonderful debut that lulls you in with beautiful prose and complex, believable characters, then beats you over the head with a killer plot and a thrilling climax. It’s the kind of book you race through as quickly as you can so you can start it again.” (Christian White, internationally best-selling author of The Nowhere Child and The Wife and the Widow)
“The tension ratchets up and up in this beautifully paced thriller – an outstanding debut, populated by complex and sympathetic characters. You’ll be thinking about them long after you’ve finished reading. Destined to be a book club favorite.” (Chris Hammer, international best-selling author of Scrublands)
Flirtasaurus by Erin Mallon
Narrated by Erin Mallon
My name is Calliope and “I bone for a living.” Kidding. I am studying to be a paleontologist though. It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be, and I have finally landed the perfect museum internship to make all of my dino-loving dreams come true.
Trouble is, everyone wants me to be a gentle, loving sort of creature, but I’m more of the T-Rex type by nature – the kind who is determined to stomp and tear her way through any obstacle in order to get what she wants.
But when a sexy, rumbly-voiced astronomer plummets into my orbit and threatens to break open my hard little heart, my career and my whole way of looking at the world is suddenly on the line.
The dinosaurs didn’t see their asteroid coming.
And I sure as hell wasn’t prepared for mine.
Working for It by BJ Harvey
Narrated by Kelsey Navarro, Tim Paige
Sometimes a surprise baby can lead to unexpected happy endings.
It started one night in Vegas over a naughty cocktail and dirty banter. Eight months of bedded bliss later, Gilly Nelson says the two words Ezra Baker never saw coming: “I’m pregnant.”
Twice-divorced Ezra has always acted first, thought it through later. Except in Gilly he finds an equal; a strong-willed, independent woman who doesn’t need his money or kind heart to get ahead. She just wants him.
Career-focused Gilly never imagined she’d be 35, single, and pregnant. Except when Ezra suggests they date rather than just mate, she finds herself wondering whether the man she’s been looking for has been in her bed all along.
If they can survive raging hormones, house renovations, and the realities of childbirth, surely creating a family will be a walk in the park…right?
Working for It is a full-length house-flipping romantic comedy that can be listened to as a complete stand-alone and is the fifth and final book in the Cook Brothers series. This is the story of the brother from another mother, Ezra Baker, and the one he never saw coming.
A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost
Narrated by Colin Jost
Random House Audio
In these hilarious essays, the Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor learns how to take a beating.
“I always wanted to punch his face before I read this book. Now I just want to kick him in the balls.” (Larry David)
If there’s one trait that makes someone well-suited to comedy, it’s being able to take a punch – metaphorically and, occasionally, physically.
From growing up in a family of firefighters on Staten Island to commuting three hours a day to high school and “seeing the sights” (like watching a Russian woman throw a stroller off the back of a ferry), to attending Harvard while Facebook was created, Jost shares how he has navigated the world like a slightly smarter Forrest Gump.
You’ll also discover things about Jost that will surprise and confuse you, like how Jimmy Buffett saved his life, how Czech teenagers attacked him with potato salad, how an insect laid eggs inside his legs, and how he competed in a 25-man match at WrestleMania (and almost won). You’ll go behind the scenes at SNL and Weekend Update (where he’s written some of the most memorable sketches and jokes of the past 15 years). And you’ll experience the life of a touring stand-up comedian – from performing in rural college cafeterias at noon to opening for Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall.
For every accomplishment (hosting the Emmys), there is a setback (hosting the Emmys). And for every absurd moment (watching paramedics give CPR to a raccoon), there is an honest, emotional one (recounting his mother’s experience on the scene of the Twin Towers’ collapse on 9/11). Told with a healthy dose of self-deprecation, A Very Punchable Face reveals the brilliant mind behind some of the dumbest sketches on television, and lays bare the heart and humor of a hardworking guy – with a face you can’t help but want to punch.
The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune
Narrated by Michael Lesley
An Indie Next Pick!
Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune’s YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.
Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fan-fiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?
After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).
Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl meets Marissa Meyer’s Renegades in TJ Klune’s YA debut.
A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Teen