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The Resurrectionists by Michael Patrick Hicks
Narrated by Kevin Kenerly
Having won his emancipation after fighting on the side of the colonies during the American Revolution, Salem Hawley is a free man. Only a handful of years after the end of British rule, Hawley finds himself drawn into a new war unlike anything he has ever seen.
New York City is on the cusp of a new revolution as the science of medicine advances, but procuring bodies for study is still illegal. Bands of resurrectionists are stealing corpses from New York cemeteries, and women of the night are disappearing from the streets, only to meet grisly ends elsewhere.
After a friend’s family is robbed from their graves, Hawley is compelled to fight back against the wave of exhumations plaguing the Black cemetery. Little does he know, the theft of bodies is key to far darker arts being performed by the resurrectionists. If successful, the work of these occultists could spell the end of the fledgling American Experiment… and the world itself.
The Resurrectionists, the first book in the Salem Hawley series, is a novella of historical cosmic horror from the author of Broken Shells and Mass Hysteria.
Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Treachery by Brian Freeman
Narrated by Scott Brick
The world’s most ruthlessly efficient assassin, Jason Bourne, is facing the one force he can’t defeat – his own past – in the latest thrilling entry in Robert Ludlum’s New York Times best-selling series.
Three years ago, Jason Bourne embarked on a mission in Estonia with his partner and lover, a fiery Treadstone agent code-named Nova. Their job was to rescue a Russian double agent who’d been smuggled out of St. Petersburg in the midst of an FSB manhunt.
They failed. The Russian died at the hands of a shadowy assassin known only by the nickname Lennon.
Now everything has changed for Bourne. Nova is gone, killed in a mass shooting in Las Vegas. Bourne is a lone operative, working in the shadows for Treadstone, when he’s called in for a new mission in London – to prevent another assassination masterminded by Lennon.
But nothing about this mission is what it seems. As Bourne engages in a cat-and-mouse game with Lennon across the British countryside, he discovers that everything he thought he knew about the past was a lie. And with the body count rising, he comes to an inevitable conclusion: Some secrets should stay buried.
Finding Forever by Jamey Moody
Narrated by Morgan A Southard
How do you suddenly find yourself in love with a friend? A much younger friend!
It had been six years since Stella Morris lost her wife. She was doing her best trying to navigate without her soulmate by teaching classes at the fitness center she owned with her two best friends.
She knew she was spending too much time alone, so when a friend needed a favor she offered to go along. That favor turned into another and then another, and suddenly Stella found herself falling for her much younger friend.
If the age difference wasn’t enough to challenge this new relationship the surprising lack of support from her friends made it complicated. Then something amazing happened that no one expected.
Come along with Stella as she finds her forever love in the most unlikely place.
This is the third book in the Your Way Series. You’ll see familiar faces, but it can be listened as a stand-alone.
Grand Theft Astro by Scott Meyer
Narrated by Elizabeth Evans
From the author of the Magic 2.0 series comes an outer space caper where it’s the thief who’s having something stolen from her—her life.
It is the distant future, and Baird is a loner, a part-time spy, and a notorious alleged thief. “Notorious” for the audacity of her crimes; “alleged” because nobody has been able to legally prove she committed any of them.
When the hush-hush agency known as the Toolbox recruits Baird, being a clandestine operative seems like a great way to get paid to do what she already does anyway. That is, until a mission goes wrong, and Baird is infected with a deadly virus. With only seven days to live, Baird has to complete a series of daring missions, each one designed to bring her closer to a cure.
Baird suspects the Toolbox might not be telling her the whole truth. She’s not sure what to believe or whom to trust.
And the clock is ticking.
Jobs Stranger Than Fiction by Ani Fox
Narrated by Jeremiah Ovard
The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime – unless it kills them first. Or throws them through time, converts them to a soul-sucking, dimension-hopping sorcerer, or simply obliterates them at a sub-atomic level.
In the 18 stories that follow, half-orc bounty hunters merge with NAFTA regulations and aliens take much-needed coffee breaks. Do elves file TPS reports? Can a robot have a work-spouse? Add love, regret, friendship, the inevitable sternly worded HR email, and an arsenal of guns, death rays, explosives, necromancy, and…Santa Claus. Work gets weird when taking it offline requires structural sabotage and best practices include outsmarting The Devil.
Refreshments will be served with a side of eldritch chaos.
No experience unnecessary.
Proactive dynamic self-starters wanted.
Unleashed by L.T. Ryan, Gregory Scott
Narrated by Scott Brick
Liquid Mind Media
A secret project
Has run its course
And its primary subject
Must now be terminated.
New from USA Today best-selling author L.T. Ryan and former detective Gregory Scott, Blake Brier returns in the thrilling sequel to Unmasked.
When Blake Brier crosses paths with Haeli Becher while on a relaxing weekend in Las Vegas, he finds himself in the middle of a life-and-death struggle as the mysterious woman confronts the secret organization who built her up…and now plans on tearing her down.
Her attackers will stop at nothing to terminate her. Brier and his team will risk everything to save her. Even if it costs them their lives.
Unleashed is an epic struggle of good vs. evil with all the nonstop action, suspense, and thrills of an L.T. Ryan and Gregory Scott collaboration. Fans of Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Robert Ludlum, David Baldacci, and Lee Child will love the Blake Brier Thriller series.
Primary Target by Jim Heskett, Nick Thacker
Narrated by Nancy Peterson
Ember Clarke is a nimble killer-for-hire.
She only accepts jobs to snuff out dirtbags who deserve it, like the serial rapist currently in her crosshairs; the latest of her contracts.
But when a rival Club hitman shows up to steal the contract – and put a knife in her back – she has no choice but to add another stiff to her body count.
But she quickly learns that the Club will not tolerate killing another member, even in self defense.
A grueling six-week gauntlet of being stalked by her peers, starting with an eagle-eyed sniper from another branch of the Club.
Can Ember turn the tables on the first of six, or will this hunter’s next bullet have her name on it?
In Ember’s new world, it’s kill or be killed.
And there are plenty who want to kill her.
Doubt and Debt by John W. Feist
Narrated by Michael Kramer
Winter Wheat Press
His best friend wants him to help enemies of the United States.
A voracious corporate raider wants to take over his family’s business. And an unknown adversary wants him and those closest to him dead.
Brad, wife Amaya, and daughter Kozue start the new year of 2026 in Tokyo, entangled in high-stakes diplomatic intrigue over North Korean bombs traded for Iranian natural gas profits. But are they safer in Japan than their own home in California?
Follow battles of wits and wiles as they unfold in this political and romantic suspense thriller, sequel to Blue Ribbon Award-winning Blind Trust.
Entanglement-Quantum and Otherwise by John K. Danenbarger
Narrated by David de Vries
An explosive collision between a pickup truck and a Volvo erases two momentous scientific discoveries. Quantum probability results in complex emotional entanglements. Voices return from the dead. A blood-stained piano becomes an heirloom. Although a picture-perfect family, Beth Sturgess divulges an ignominious past to her loving husband – who has deadly secrets.
Mistakes are fatal.
With deeply flawed, relatable characters, Entanglement-Quantum and Otherwise is an intricate literary crime story that unravels the generational impact on reality after a loved one’s death.
Before the Killing by Marjory Kaptanoglu
Narrated by Sonja Field
A time-travel tale of love and murder…
In the summer of 1973, 19-year-old Cassie returns to her home town on the Massachusetts coast after her first year away at college. The next day, her boyfriend Julian is implicated in a brutal killing.
Seven years later, a freak occurrence gives Cassie the ability to cast her consciousness back in time to a younger version of herself, allowing her to re-live that earlier time with the benefit of foreknowledge.
Convinced of Julian’s innocence, she goes back to witness the murder and the events leading up to it. Afterward, she struggles to find a way to prove what really happened, while the killer stalks her past and present lives, determined to silence her.
“A unique blend of science fiction and mystery… Mystery fans will love this plot device, which takes a straightforward whodunit to an otherworldly level.” (The BookLife Prize)
Godspeed by Nickolas Butler
Narrated by Jon Orsini
In this riveting new novel by the best-selling and award-winning author of Shotgun Lovesongs, three troubled construction workers get entangled in a dangerous plan against an impossible deadline.
Why is it being built here, and why so quickly? These are the questions Cole, Bart, and Teddy, the three principals of True Triangle Construction, ask themselves when they are hired to finish a project for a mysteriously wealthy homeowner. Nestled in the mountains outside of Jackson, Wyoming, the house is a masterpiece, unlike anything they’ve done before. Once finished, it promises to be the architectural prize of Jackson and could put True Triangle on the map. But despite the project’s lure, the owner is intent on having it built in a matter of months, an impossible task made irresistible by the exorbitant bonus that awaits them if they succeed. A bonus that could change the course of their business, and their lives.
Up against the fateful deadline, and the looming threat of a harsh Wyoming winter, Cole, Bart, and Teddy are willing to do anything to get the money, even if it means risking life, limb, and family. And what becomes an obsession for all three quickly builds to tragic consequences for some. Struck through with heart-pounding danger and an arresting lyricism, Godspeed is a stark exploration of the haves and the have-nots, a cautionary tale of greed and violence that asks: How much is never enough?
Unthinkable by Brad Parks
Narrated by Jeff Cummings, Amanda Stribling
From international bestselling author Brad Parks comes a new thriller about an ordinary man who may be able to save the world as we know it – but to do so, he must make an impossible choice.
Nate Lovejoy is a self-proclaimed nobody, a stay-at-home dad who doesn’t believe he’s important to anyone but his wife and their two daughters. So it’s a shock when members of a powerful secret society kidnap and spirit Nate away to a mansion at the behest of their leader, Vanslow DeGange, who claims to know the future. He’s foreseen that a billion people could die – unless Nate acts.
It seems improbable, especially given what DeGange says will set this mass casualty incident in motion: a lawsuit against the biggest power company in Virginia, being brought by Nate’s wife, Jenny.
Nate quickly smells a scam being perpetrated by the power company. But at every turn, it becomes apparent there’s more to DeGange’s gift than Nate wants to acknowledge. A billion people really could die, and Nate might be the only one who can save them.
All he has to do is the unthinkable.
Whisper by Tal Bauer
Narrated by John Solo
On September 11th, 2001, Kris Caldera was a junior member of the CIA’s Alec Station, the unit dedicated to finding and stopping Osama Bin Laden. They failed.
Ten days later, he was on the ground in Afghanistan with a Special Forces team. On the battlefield, he meets Special Forces Sergeant David Haddad. David – Arab American, Muslim, and gay – becomes the man Kris loves, the man he lives for, and the man he kills for, through the long years of the raging wars.
When a botched mission rips David from Kris’ life, Kris’ world falls into ruin and ash.
After being captured, tortured to the edge of his life, and left for dead by his comrades, David doesn’t know how much of himself is left. He vanished in the tribal belt of Pakistan, and the man who walks out almost a decade later is someone new: Al Dakhil Al-Khorasani.
Intelligence from multiple sources overseas points to something new. Something deadly, and moving to strike the United States. Intercepts say an army from Khorasan, the land of the dead where the Apocalypse of Islam will rise, is coming. And, at the head of this army, a shadowy figure the US hasn’t seen before: Al Dakhil Al-Khorasani.
David is coming home.
Contains mature themes.
The Aviator Omnibus by Craig DiLouie
Narrated by Garrett Michael Brown
In The Aviator, Navy fighter pilot Jack Knapp reports to the aircraft carrier Independence for his first deployment in the Pacific. As a “nugget”, he must learn the ropes and gain acceptance among the tight-knit tribe of the squadron called the Gargoyles. Soon, war erupts, and everything he learned will be tested in high-speed aerial combat in the Philippine Sea and over Taiwan.
In The Warfighter, Jack returns to Independence, which is now bound for war games in South Korea. Once aboard, he must contend with a tough new commander and a failed romance. When a series of mishaps and miscalculations results in the outbreak of war in the Koreas, he finds himself back in combat with even greater stakes involving nuclear weapons.
The Aviator series is the tale of an ordinary man doing an extraordinary job in sometimes impossible circumstances. It’s about survival, combat, the stories we tell about war, and the debt that people in the military owe each other and those they lose. Gritty and realistic, the Aviator series takes you onto an aircraft carrier and into the cockpit of an F/A-18 Super Hornet in incredible battles with the existence of nations and the global order at stake.
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