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Warp Speed Charlie by Scott Baron
Narrated by Gary Bennett
When your luck just plain sucks in not one galaxy, but two, most people would throw in the towel. But not Charlie. In fact, it almost seemed like he was a glutton for that sort of misery.
His friends were spread across two distant galaxies, separated by a heavily guarded magical portal and struggling to deal with a war now spilling over into both the technological realm as well as the magical one. And it was beginning to look like they’d reached their breaking point.
But Charlie wasn’t about to give up, nor would he give in. If it was war they wanted, it was war they’d get, and he would cross space, and even time, if need be, to protect those he cared for.
He would soon realize, however, that he was facing off against an adversary not only more powerful than any he’d ever battled, but one also possessing a diabolical plan worse than he’d ever imagined.
High Treason by Sean McFate
Narrated by Peter Berkrot, Jeffrey Kafer
“McFate just might be the next Tom Clancy, only I think he’s even better…. The action is non-stop and shuttles back and forth between scary-believable and rollicking good fun. I read High Treason during a six-hour plane ride and the trip went by like the snap of my fingers.” (James Patterson)
In this pulse-pounding third action thriller for fans of Brad Thor and David Baldacci, hero Tom Locke, introduced in Shadow War and Deep Black, must stop traitors and ruthless mercenaries working together to overthrow the president.
En route to the National Prayer Breakfast, the US vice president’s motorcade is hit in a vicious, expertly planned attack that throws Washington, DC, into chaos. Everyone assumes it’s ISIS – everyone but young FBI Agent Jennifer Lin. She is certain Russia is behind the strike.
Half a world away, military contractor Tom Locke has his own doubts about what happened – and who did it. He suspects his former employer, Apollo Outcomes, might be involved. But why would the global security firm orchestrate an attack on US soil?
Returning to DC, Locke discovers that a civil war has fractured Apollo. A division has splintered off, a rogue unit led by an ambitious, unprincipled former colleague who may have planned the attack himself. But Apollo couldn’t have pulled this off without help from inside the government. The official’s itinerary and route were confidential – which means there must be a traitor high up in either the White House or the NSA who is leaking information to Apollo.
But why? And who could be pulling the strings? Islamic fundamentalist terrorists? Or is this a new ploy by Putin to discredit the US government and divide it from its democratic allies? Only Locke can get to the bottom of the conspiracy that traverses the globe and blow it apart with one strategic strike before it’s too late.
“High Treason has brutal assassinations, shocking betrayals, even heated gun battles in the shadow of the White House. It had me breathless – from the sheer audacity of its storytelling to its breakneck pacing. It’s not to be missed!” (James Rollins, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Last Odyssey)
Public Enemy Zero by Andrew Mayne
Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
The world is out to kill Mitchell Roberts. The helpless girl who needs help changing her tire. His petty ex-girlfriend and her new mate. An entire mall full of unassuming shoppers. They all want to murder Mitch in a blind rage when he’s in their presence.
As Mitch attempts to unravel the mystery around his situation, he learns quickly that rabid strangers and friends aren’t his only predators. Police attempt to hunt him down by any means necessary, and his every move is tracked by a shadowy government official with a secret to protect.
He’ll need to use every resource he has, from the advice of a paranoid late-night radio host to his Twitter account, and find out why he’s become public enemy zero.
To End All Wars by David Tallerman
Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
The horrors of the trenches unveil an extraordinary mystery….
It’s 1916, in the heart of World War I. The eve of the Battle of the Somme. During a perilous night mission in No Man’s Land, Lieutenant Rafael Forrester witnesses a peculiar light followed by a vast explosion.
Wounded and delirious, Forrester finds himself shipped home to England, to the country house hospital of Sherston, where he learns he may face a court-martial for the deaths of the men under his command. Yet in the strange environs of Sherston, where any act of rebellion seems impossible, Forrester soon comes to fear for more than his freedom: haunted by hallucinatory dreams of his time at the front, he suspects he may be losing his mind.
Little does he realize that Sherston conceals its own incredible secrets. Ones with the potential to change not only the course of the war, but all of human history.
Don’t miss this remarkable story of conflict, military service, discovery, and of a force beyond human comprehension. To End All Wars is an otherworldly thriller set during WWI. A mixture between 1917, Shutter Island, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Arrival.
Grab your copy today.
Quantum Flare by M.G. Herron
Narrated by Oliver Wyman
An alien war looms over Earth….
And Anderson Gunn is helpless to stop it.
Messages from intergalactic allies paint a stark view of the future: War is inevitable. The future is set, but the timeframe unknown. All he can do is train, worry, and wait.
A knock on the door brings a much-needed distraction – a bounty hunting job. There’s only one problem. This client is of the offworlder variety.
Gunn’s an expert at tracking down missing humans. But missing aliens? That’s a whole different ball game.
The case hurls Gunn and his friends to the brink of the impending conflict, where they stumble on an alien technology that will irrevocably alter the course of human history. War is bad enough on its own, but this? This will change everything.
The Gunn Files series continues with Quantum Flare, a first contact science fiction mystery set in the weird heart of Texas. If you’ve ever asked yourself what it would be like to have aliens living among us, or you’re a fan of Men in Black, The X-Files, or Fringe, buy this book!
Final Days by Nathan Hystad, Jasper T. Scott
Narrated by Ray Porter
The countdown to the end of the world has begun.
A mysterious convergence of natural disasters threatens to destroy life as we know it, and people across the United States are going missing. With no one left to investigate, Special Agent Kendra Baker takes the case, trying to solve the disappearances before she’s out of time.
Among those abducted is Valeria Miller, the daughter of ex-Marine Corporal Andrew Miller, and he’ll stop at nothing to find her.
With the help of an unstable conspiracy theorist, they find themselves on the trail of a reclusive billionaire who just might have all the answers.
As the natural catastrophes escalate and the evacuations commence, it becomes a race against the clock to find the abductees before it’s too late.
Final Days is a doomsday science fiction thriller, written by Jasper T. Scott and Nathan Hystad.
Dear Me by Robin Alexander
Narrated by Lori Prince
Alexis Holt unknowingly meets the woman of her dreams at a party. Unfortunately, Alexis was at the wrong place at the wrong time and walked away from the encounter thinking Stacy Kirkland was an arrogant snob. Alexis knew it wouldn’t be the last time she saw Stacy, and she wasn’t looking forward to their next meeting.
Thanks to the internet, Stacy Kirkland already knows who Alexis is before they meet face to face. She’s one step ahead of Alexis because Stacy already has a crush on her. There are a couple of problems, though – Stacy’s in a relationship that’s in the last stages of its demise, and after meeting Alexis, she’s pretty certain that Alexis despises her.
Grab something cool to drink, find a comfortable place, and let Robin Alexander take you on a hilarious journey to happily ever after.
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
Narrated by Alana Kerr Collins
Two girls embark on a summer of montage-worthy dates (with a few strings attached) in this hilarious and heartfelt lesbian rom-com that’s perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Jenny Han.
Seventeen-year-old cynic Saoirse Clarke isn’t looking for a relationship. But when she meets mischievous Ruby, that rule goes right out the window. Sort of.
Because Ruby has a loophole in mind: a summer of all the best cliché movie montage dates, with a definite ending come fall – no broken hearts, no messy breakup. It would be the perfect plan, if they weren’t forgetting one thing about the Falling in Love Montage: when it’s over, the characters have fallen in love…for real.
Ciara Smyth’s debut is a delightful, multilayered YA rom-com that will make you laugh, cry, and absolutely fall in love.
Blood Wave by David F. Berens
Narrated by Theo Holland
An abandoned lighthouse, a missing twin sister, and a deranged tennis pro about to go serial….
Troy Bodean is back and living large on the island of Key Biscayne, Florida and he’s made some new friends: Gino – the LOLA dancing bartender from down at the Sonesta Resort, Mindy Colpiller – the rich twin daughter of Millionaire mogul Jack Colpiller, and his Aussie-wannabe boss, Don.
Life is good until Mindy’s twin sister disappears and won’t answer her phone. Daddy dearest, Jack, is convinced that she’s off on another gypsy road-trip, but Mindy’s not so sure. He hires a quirky, yet effective private investigator to find her, but Mindy thinks Troy can do a better job – so she asks him to help.
Gentleman that he is, Troy says yes. But that’s when Mindy goes missing, too. Can Troy save the day and find out what’s happened to the Colpiller girls without running afoul of the cops, the private investigator, and everyone else looking for them?
Code of Conduct by Smartypants Romance, April White
Narrated by Cornell Collins, Anastasia Watley
There are three things you need to know about Shane P. I.
P.I. is not her last name, it’s her job title
Her specialty is catching cheaters
She’s a superhuman – kind of.
Gabriel is a security expert for Cipher Security, and a former UN Peacekeeper with a fierce protective streak that finds its focus on the beautiful P.I. Their attraction is like an elephant in a room full of breakable things, and figuring out how to trust each other with their hearts, and maybe their lives, is the most fragile thing of all.
Contains mature themes.
You Can’t Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie
Narrated by Julia Whelan
When the game is deception, nothing is as it seems in this novel of cunning psychological suspense by the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of I’ll Never Tell.
Do you want to play a game?
Twelve years ago Jessica Williams escaped a cult. Thanks to the private detective who rescued her, she reintegrated into society, endured an uncomfortable notoriety, and tried to put it all behind her. Then, at an airport bar, Jessica meets a woman with an identical name and birth date. It appears to be just an odd coincidence – until a week later, when Jessica finds her bank account drained and her personal information stolen.
Following a trail of the grifter’s victims, each with the same name, Jessica gathers players – one by one – for her own game. According to her plan, they’ll set a trap and wait for the impostor to strike again. But plans can go awry, and trust can fray, and as Jessica tries to escape the shadows of her childhood, the risks are greater than she imagined. Now, confronting the casualties of her past, Jessica can’t help but wonder…
Who will pay the price?
Silent World by Kate L. Mary
Narrated by Hillary Huber, Patrick Lawlor
When Jim ran out of that farmhouse in Forgotten World, not only did he leave the promise of safety behind, but he was sure he was about to meet a horrible end.
Amira has lived most of her life surrounded by silence, and this new world has dangers lurking around every corner that could mean the end for her.
When two survivors, never meant to meet, find each other in the middle of an apocalypse, it will mean the difference between life and death. With silence as their constant companion and the threat of death always hanging over their heads, Jim and Amira will learn not only what it means to trust another person, but how to let go of the past so they can survive this new world of violence.
1780, Connecticut: Fighting the revolution put him underground.
Alec Tinworth joined the Loyalist militia to restore his family’s fortunes after his Connecticut neighbors rebelled against the British Crown. His own luck runs out when he is captured and thrown into the most notorious prison in the colony — a dank, abandoned copper mine. Hunger, disease, and his fellow prisoners all put his very survival in question. A desperate escape plan and new friendships are all that keep Alec going…but will they be enough?
The Mine is the Connecticut volume in the Tales From a Revolution series, in which each standalone novel explores how the American War of Independence unfolds across a different colony. If you you’ve ever wondered how the prisoners of war fared during the Revolution, you’ll find some of the disturbing answers in The Mine.
Listen to The Mine today and witness the American Revolution from underneath the earth!
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