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Flame Riders by Sean Grigsby

Flame Riders by Sean Grigsby
Narrated by Michael Uribes
Recorded Books Inc.

Read my review of book one and book two.

The third and final installment in Sean’s rip-roaring “firefighters meet dragons” fantasy series

In the final installment of the Smoke Eaters series, the New United States Army has taken over and America has devolved into a full-on dragon apocalypse. Smoke eaters are banned and have gone into hiding to avoid being held prisoner by the soldiers.

Guiellermo Contreras is a private in the NUSA, and when he’s accused of potentially being a smoke eater upon pain of death, he escapes and sets out to find the heroes who disappeared years before. But what he discovers is that the NUSA has been working on something unthinkable, and it’s going to take more than a few smoke eaters to stop them.


The Perfect Murder by Kat Martin

The Perfect Murder by Kat Martin
Narrated by James Anderson Foster
Harlequin Audio

“Kat Martin is a fast gun when it comes to storytelling, and I love her books.” (Linda Lael Miller, number one New York Times best-selling author)

New York Times best-selling author Kat Martin is back with her most thrilling novel yet in the Maximum Security series – The Perfect Murder. Fans of Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, and Julie Garwood will fall in love with The Max.

The eldest of the three wealthy Garrett brothers, Reese Garrett is in the middle of a major purchase for his multimillion-dollar oil and gas company, Garrett Resources. The Poseidon offshore drilling platform venture will greatly enhance the company’s value.

But when Reese is on a trip out to see the rig, his helicopter crashes, leaving him hospitalized and two men dead. It’s discovered the chopper was sabotaged, and Reese is determined to find out who’s behind the crash – and whether he was the intended target. Then, when his lover, Kenzie, is accused of her ex-husband’s murder – a man with a vested interest in the Poseidon deal – clues start pointing to a connection that puts Reese, Kenzie, and her young son in the sights of a killer.

From the Texas heat to the Louisiana bayous, Reese and his brothers must track down the truth before the body count gets any higher.

Watch for The Perfect Murder, the latest in the best-selling Maximum Security series, coming soon!

Maximum Security:

Book 1: The Conspiracy
Book 2: The Deception
Book 3: The Ultimate Betrayal


Skye Falling by Mia McKenzie

Skye Falling by Mia McKenzie
Narrated by Bahni Turpin
Random House Audio

A woman who’s used to going solo discovers that there’s one relationship she can’t run away from in this buoyant novel, a probing examination of the complexities of family, queerness, race, and community.

“Razor-sharp and outrageously funny, Skye Falling is an absolute winner.” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times best-selling author of Daisy Jones & the Six and Malibu Rising)

When she was 26 and broke, Skye didn’t think twice before selling her eggs and happily pocketing the cash. Now approaching 40, Skye still moves through life entirely – and unrepentantly – on her own terms, living out of a suitcase and avoiding all manner of serious relationships. Maybe her junior high classmates weren’t wrong when they voted her “Most Likely to Be Single” instead of “Most Ride-or-Die Homie”, but at least she’s always been free to do as she pleases.

Then a 12-year-old girl tracks Skye down during one of her brief visits to her hometown of Philadelphia and informs Skye that she’s “her egg”. Skye’s life is thrown into sharp relief, and she decides that it might be time to actually try to have a meaningful relationship with another human being. Spoiler alert: It’s not easy.

Things get even more complicated when Skye realizes that the woman she tried and failed to pick up the other day is the girl’s aunt, and now it’s awkward. All the while, her brother is trying to get in touch, her mother is being bewilderingly kind, and the West Philly pool halls and hoagie shops of her youth have been replaced by hipster cafés.

With its endearingly prickly narrator and a cast of characters willing to both challenge her and catch her when she falls, this novel is a clever, moving portrait of a woman and the relationships she thought she could live without.


Carrier Wave by Robert Brockway

Carrier Wave by Robert Brockway
Narrated by Michael Braun
Recorded Books, Inc.

Humanity listened to the night sky. What we heard shattered the world. Listen. Just once. That’s it. As soon as you hear it, it has you. And once it has you, it’s over. You may think you’re in control. You’re not. You want one more listen. You want to look at that strange spot in the sky. The one that’s been slowly growing. The one that didn’t make sense…until you listened. You want to listen again, and you will do whatever it takes to make everyone else listen. By any means necessary. Even if it kills you.

Just one more listen. One more. Listen.


Passenger List by John Dryden

Passenger List by John Dryden
Narrated by Elizabeth Pan
Orion Publishing Group

A missing plane.
A cabin full of suspects.
One woman’s quest for the truth.

When Atlantic Airlines Flight 702 disappears mid-flight between London and New York, the world is stunned. With the public clamouring for answers, authorities seem at a loss as to how to explain the plane’s disappearance.

There were 256 passengers on Flight 702, with many carrying dark secrets on board with them. Could one of them hold the truth behind the plane’s disappearance?

College student Kaitlin Le’s beloved twin brother, Conor, was on that plane. She refuses to believe the official statements, or to join her parents in their blind acceptance of Conor’s death.

But as she journeys deeper into the murky heart of what really happened on board that plane, it becomes clear she’s drawing attention to herself. And there are some people who would rather the truth behind the fate of Flight 702 stayed buried….


The Ursulina by Brian Freeman

The Ursulina by Brian Freeman
Narrated by January Lavoy
Audible Originals

In this gripping follow-up to his Edgar Award-nominated mystery, The Deep, Deep Snow, Brian Freeman tells the story of Rebecca Colder, a young sheriff’s deputy who faces the most excruciating choice a mother can make.

I know you’ll never forgive me for what I did. I’m sure you’ve asked yourself that question many times over the years.

Why? Why did I do it?

Well, sweetheart, this is the answer.

I was only twenty-six years old when the monster came back to Black Wolf County. The answers you want begin at Christmas time that year. However, if you really want to understand everything that happened to me—to us—you have to go even further back in my life.

Years back, to the night I met the Ursulina face to face.

So let’s start there.


Black Dawn by Nathan Ameye

Black Dawn by Nathan Ameye
Narrated by Steve Campbell, Marli Watson
Shadow Alley Press Inc

Magic, mayhem, and moonshine.

Gage came home to the Ozarks to mend fences with the friends he’d left behind. But when a solar storm reconnects Earth to the Fae Nexus, the world is engulfed in magical energy, altering the laws of nature…violently. Fuel, ammunition, and electronics explode, leaving the world in a dark apocalypse.

As the flames die down, demons emerge through the Fae Nexus, swarming Gage’s hometown and enslaving the survivors.

To fight back, Gage and his reunited friends harness Fae powers, becoming the Wizard, Ranger, and Fighter they’ve always played in their favorite roleplaying game.

With the help of a pair of moonshiners turned Alchemists and the ghost of a long-dead gunslinger, Gage and his friends have to level up fast to free their families and defend their home against the demonic horde.

He may have walked away once, but this time the only thing Gage is leaving behind are his regrets and a pile of dead demons.


Tell Me the Truth by Matthew Farrell

Tell Me the Truth by Matthew Farrell
Narrated by Cynthia Farrell
Brilliance Publishing

From the bestselling author of What Have You Done comes a real whodunit about the bloody crimes that keep families together and tear them apart.

Eighteen-year-old Jenny Moore is looking forward to a fresh start at college. There’s just one problem: the people in her life won’t let her go.

When Jenny is viciously stabbed and left for dead, it’s her mother who finds Jenny’s body underneath the pines outside their home in the upscale town of Lewisboro, New York. State police investigator Susan Adler and her consultant partner Liam Dwyer are called to investigate the crime scene, but they sense something’s off right away.

The clues contradict the story Jenny’s parents keep telling, which makes the entire family suspects in Jenny’s murder. But who did it? Was it the wealthy father? The disappointed mother? The strange, quiet little brother? The jealous best friend? An ex-lover?

So many suspects. Too many secrets. One town with a history of hiding the truth.

But this is only the beginning of Susan and Liam’s investigation…because the killer is just getting started.


Stripped Bare by Shannon Baker

Stripped Bare by Shannon Baker
Narrated by Megan Tusing
Podium Audio

In this riveting novel from award-winning author Shannon Baker, a Nebraska county sheriff’s wife investigates a murder – and her husband is the prime suspect.

When Kate Fox receives a late-night phone call, her seemingly perfect life on the Nebraska prairie shatters in an instant. Eldon, shirt-tail relative and owner of one of the largest cattle ranches in Grand County, has been killed. Kate’s husband, Ted, the Grand County sheriff, has been shot and may never walk again. And worst of all, Ted is the prime suspect in Eldon’s murder.

Desperate to clear Ted’s name, Kate throws herself headlong into the hunt for the real killer. When she finds herself the victim of several mysterious “accidents”, she knows she’s running out of time. If she doesn’t find out who killed Eldon soon, she – or someone else in town – may be the next to turn up dead.

But a shocking confession throws everything into doubt, and as Kate keeps digging, she unearths unfathomable secrets – the kind worth killing for.


Savage Lands by Stacey Marie Brown

Savage Lands by Stacey Marie Brown
Narrated by Eva Kaminsky
Podium Audio

Almost 20 years after the barrier between Earth and the Otherworld fell in the Fae Wars, Budapest is balancing on the precipice.

A battle for dominance is brewing between the elite fae and the privileged humans in Eastern Europe. The prejudice between the sides is bubbling with hate and violence.

Nineteen-year-old human, Brexley, has grown up in privilege, but not without heartbreak. After being orphaned, she is taken in by General Markos, living in a walled city rife with power grabs and ruthless political games. Then, one night,  the course of her life changes, and Brexley is thrown into the most feared prison in the east. Halalhaz, the House of Death – where you go in but don’t come out. She must learn to live with the worst of fae and human criminals. The rule of hierarchy puts humans on the bottom, where the only way to survive each day is to make alliances with the fae.

Here, she meets the sexy, vicious legend, Warwick Farkas; a myth among man and fae. He is as brutal, cruel, arrogant, and as lethal as the lore says he is. He rules the prison with unchallenged authority. Brexley can’t deny an intense draw to him, one that might cost her life…if The Games – a fight to the death where only one survives – don’t take her out first.

Savage Lands is set in the same world as the Darkness, Collector and Lightness Saga series, but can be read as a standalone.


The Warfighter by Craig DiLouie

The Warfighter by Craig DiLouie
Narrated by Garrett Michael Brown
Blackstone Publishing

Peace has returned to the Pacific after the Taiwan War, but it doesn’t last. The Korean peninsula erupts in fire and blood, drawing America into a fresh conflict that sees use of some of the world’s deadliest weapons.

In the aftermath, Navy fighter pilot Jack Knapp tells a news reporter about his experiences fighting the Korean People’s Army (KPA) and how he helped prevent a nuclear attack that could have destroyed an American city.

As the media simultaneously cheers and questions the war, Jack sets out to explain the truth of its heroism and horror – so that all might understand war’s true cost.


Dashing Through the No by Tara Sivec

Dashing Through the No by Tara Sivec
Narrated by Kelsey Navarro, Tim Paige
Tantor Audio

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through Summersweet, Tess Powell was annoyed and wanted to retreat.

With a BIC in her hand and a frown on her face, everyone knew she needed a break from this place. Wanting the holiday to be nothing but the best, Bodhi took his girlfriend to the mountains to rest. While visions of fire happily danced in Tess’ head, soon she would see she had everything to dread. Crying kids, singing hippos, and a stalker with a van definitely weren’t part of Bodhi’s evacuation plan. But all he wanted for Christmas was for her to say yes to the question he kept asking with zero finesse.

With some help from new friends and their holiday cheer, Tess and Bodhi get much more than they asked Santa for this year.

Contains mature themes.


Catalyst Gate by Megan E. O'Keefe

Catalyst Gate by Megan E. O’Keefe
Narrated by Joe Jameson
Orbit

The universe is under threat, and an ancient alien intelligence threatens to bring humanity down, unless Major Sanda Greeve and her crew can stop it in the final book of this explosive Philip K. Dick Award-nominated space opera.

The code has been cracked. The secrets of the Casimir gates have been revealed. But humanity still isn’t safe. The alien intelligence known as Rainier and her clones are still out there, hell-bent on its destruction. And only Sanda can stop them.

With the universe’s most powerful ship under her command and some of the most skilled hackers, fighters, and spies on her team, it will still take everything she has to find the key to taking down an immortal enemy with seemingly limitless bodies, resources, and power.


The I.F. Zones by Rufus Williams

The I.F. Zones by Rufus Williams
Narrated by John Fleming
Self Published

Colonel Lucy Topp is a top flight virus hunter for the army who prefers the isolation of the great outdoors to the hustle and bustle of a lab.

But when clusters of people start dying, apparently un-connected to one another (the mysterious proliferation of isolated fatality zones), Lucy is forced to collaborate to thwart a rapidly escalating pandemic.

With the only symptoms being corpses with an eerie tight smile, it takes an unlikely partner in the form of the enigmatic Hiroshi Sugimura to unlock the puzzle.

Can Lucy see what is right in front of her in a new light? If so, she might even find something she wasn’t looking for!

The I.F. Zones is a heart-pounding technothriller that twists and turns from the Japanese forests in Hoakaido to a biotech facility in Kazakhstan, from piggeries in China to the CDC in Atlanta.


Home Stretch by Graham Norton

Home Stretch by Graham Norton
Narrated by Graham Norton
HarperAudio

In this “compelling, bighearted, emotionally precise page-turner” (Sunday Times), the New York Times best-selling writer and acclaimed television host explores the aftermath of a tragedy on a small town to illuminate the shame and longing that can flow through generations – and how the secrets of the heart cannot stay be buried forever.

It is 1987, and a small Irish community is preparing for a wedding. The day before the ceremony, a group of young friends, including the bride and groom, are involved in an accident. Three survive. Three are killed.

The lives of the families are shattered and the rifts between them ripple throughout the small town. Connor survived, but living among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as carrying the shame of having been the driver. He leaves the only place he knows for another life, taking his secrets with him. Travelling first to Liverpool, then London, he eventually makes a home – of sorts – for himself in New York, where he finds shelter and the possibility of forging a new life.

But the secrets – the unspoken longings and regrets that have come to haunt those left behind – will not be silenced. Before long, Connor will have to confront his past.

A powerful and timely novel of emigration and return, Home Stretch demonstrates Norton’s keen understanding of the power of stigma and secrecy – and their devastating effect on ordinary lives.


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