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Harbor by Tom Abrahams
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
No man is an island, but Marcus Battle is a man lost at sea.
In the final chapter of the Amazon best-selling The Traveler Series, reluctant hero Marcus Battle is tasked with helping his friends escape the reach of an oppressive government.
His team is undermanned and outgunned in its efforts to reach the mythical refuge called “The Harbor.” But they are relentless in their pursuit of freedom and, at long last, peace.
Can Battle find all that has eluded him since a deadly plague took his family and left him alone?
Or will the sins of his past drown him in regret and leave him adrift for the rest of his days?
Deep Night by Ambrose Ibsen
Narrated by Kyle Tait
IT COMES AT NIGHT
Pawn shop owner Nancy Pruitt is being stalked. Every night since bringing a mysterious painting into her home, she’s been awakened by a rapping at her bedroom window. What’s more, the nightly visitor seems to bear quite the resemblance to a figure in her new painting….
Enter Harlan Ulrich: Coffee-fueled eccentric and private detective.
Running from a ghost-filled past, Ulrich settles down in Tanglewood, Ohio, hoping to turn a new leaf and put the supernatural behind him.
But upon getting involved with Nancy’s case, the detective realizes he may have just gotten wrapped up in precisely the kind of investigation he’s been trying to avoid.
DEEP NIGHT is a novel of supernatural suspense, the first in the Detective Harlan Ulrich series.
Gigi Make Paradox by Rob Dircks
Narrated by Rob Dircks
The third book in the Where the Hell is Tesla? trilogy is here!
Listen, having kids is great, my little Gigi Collins and Pete’s daughter Hannah are sweet little fluffs of cotton candy, spun from the silk of fairy spiders who live in the clouds. But man, can they cause trouble. Seriously, you’d think a two-year-old couldn’t possibly threaten the very existence of our physical reality, but, well, you know where this is going.
So join me and Pete, and Bobo, and of course the man himself, Nikola Tesla, on another spine-tingling, bowel-loosening thrill ride, and remember: bring your adult diapers.
Warning: If you haven’t listened to Where the Hell is Tesla? and Don’t Touch the Blue Stuff! (Where the Hell is Tesla? Book 2), I apologize in advance, as you might get completely freaking lost. If you do, just call my apartment, if I’m not watching Gigi I’ll try to pick up the phone, and I’ll fill you in. (Assuming our physical reality still exists.)
Aries 181 by Tiana Warner
Narrated by Senn Annis
A crime spree to steal aerospace technology. An intern with the brains to stop it. When Jess uncovers evidence that her boss is stealing technology to build his company, her coveted internship at Aries turns from dream job to catastrophe. Worse, her boss cons another young woman into becoming his accomplice, and the duo’s chemically enhanced skills and weapons help them become the most infamous supercriminals to sweep the tech world. Before they pilfer every aerospace lab in North America, Jess must use her ingenuity to stop them – risking her career, her relationships, and maybe even her life.
Dead God’s Due by Matthew P. Gilbert
Narrated by Ralph Lister
The end of the world approaches. The people don’t believe. They don’t even remember.
Yazid Valerion is alone with the truth, but his warnings fall on deaf ears. His people are far more concerned about the wars of today and tomorrow than those of the past.
Eons ago, the Dead God promised a world of ash, and the time of that prophecy is now at hand. His only hope is to cross the sea with his few followers in search of ancient enemies, the Meites, and pray he can sway them to his cause. But the Meites are no mere mortals; they are powerful sorcerers prone to outbursts of destructive terror. Even if he can find them, there’s no guarantee they won’t slaughter him and his men upon first sight.
Perhaps there is no way to change the prophesy of a god. If not, then Yazid will die well. For a warrior knows, it is better to die fighting than trembling in fear of the final blow.
The battle to save the world begins in Book 1 of a series perfect for fans of Marc Alan Edelheit, Bryce O’Connor, and Frank Miller’s 300.
The Last Real Crime by L.C. Warman
Narrated by Brooke Myers
It’s been four days, and 17-year-old Reese Elderwood still has no idea what happened to her missing best friend, Charlotte Walters.
Charlotte disappeared at her own house on a Saturday night, in the middle of a Halloween party with the theme of “missing girls.” And so far, no one has any answers. Charlotte’s parents and older brother are still acting strange, a classmate whom Reese used to have a crush on has been giving her cryptic hints and warnings, and the police have made a shocking discovery in the lake that raises only more questions.
But Reese is not about to give up on her best friend. The affluent, lakeshore town of St. Clair has always been a place full of secrets, but Reese will make sure that what happened to Charlotte doesn’t remain one of them.
Her first order of business? Making a trip to Charlotte’s neighbor’s house, where an elusive boy drops hints that the mystery Reese is unraveling is bigger than she could have imagined – and that if Reese keeps investigating, she may discover that her best friend was keeping more than just a few secrets from her.
The Last Real Crime is the second book in the trilogy “The Disappearance of Charlotte Walters.”
About the author: L.C. Warman is the author of spooky young adult mysteries. She grew up in New England, in a town where real estate contracts stipulated that you couldn’t back out if you discovered your new place was haunted. She currently lives in a Michigan lakeside town with her husband and two dogs.
DEV1AT3 (Deviate) by Jay Kristoff
Narrated by Erin Spencer
From best-selling author Jay Kristoff comes the second installment in the LIFEL1K3 trilogy – hailed by Marie Lu as “a breathless, action-packed exploration of what humanity really means”.
In the wake of a climactic battle in the ruined city of Babel, two former best friends suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of the same quest.
Eve is torn between the memories of the girl she was, and the synthetic she’s discovered herself to be. Together with her lifelike “siblings”, Eve sets out to find the real Ana Monrova, whose DNA is the key to building an army of lifelikes. Meanwhile, Eve’s best friend, Lemon, is coming to terms with a power that she has long denied – and that others want to harness as a weapon. When she meets a strange boy named Grimm, he offers to lead her out of the horror-ridden landscape and to an enclave of other abnorms like herself. There, Lemon quickly finds a sense of belonging – and perhaps even love – among the other genetic deviates. But all is not what it seems, and with enemies and friends, heroes and villains wearing interchangeable faces, Lemon, too, will join the race to locate Ana Monrova before her former best friend can get to her.
In the Darkness by Mike Omer
Narrated by Brittany Pressley
A forensic psychologist fights a mental war against two serial killers in this disturbing thriller from Mike Omer, Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of A Killer’s Mind.
An online video of a girl clawing at the ceiling of her own grave could be the worst thing FBI forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley has ever seen. Perhaps even more disturbing is the implication of the video’s title: “Experiment Number One.”
Zoe and her partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray, work as fast as they can to find the monster behind the shocking video, but soon another one shows up online, and another girl turns up dead. Meanwhile, a different murderer is on Zoe’s mind. Rod Glover has been tormenting her since childhood, and his latest attack is a threatening photo of himself with Zoe’s sister. As Glover’s threats creep toward action, Zoe’s torn between family and duty.
Zoe must think fast to prevent another murder. With her own family’s safety on the line, Zoe feels she’s never been in more danger. And while she’s always known her job could send her to an early grave, she always assumed she’d be dead first.
Paranoid by Lisa Jackson
Narrated by Christa Lewis
When is a weapon only a toy?
In this riveting book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson, a woman haunted by guilt realizes that nothing can be trusted – not even her own memory…
There are people in Edgewater, Oregon, who think that twenty years ago, Rachel Gaston got away with murder.
Rachel still has no idea how a foolish teenaged game turned deadly – or who replaced the soft pellet air gun she thought she was using with a real weapon. When a figure leapt out at her from the darkness of the old fish processing plant, she fired without thinking. Too late, she recognized her half-brother, Luke, and saw the blood blooming around his chest.
Despite counseling, Rachel’s horrifying dreams about that night have never stopped. In a small town like Edgewater, it’s impossible to escape the past, or avoid rumors and gossip. Busy raising two teens after her divorce from detective Cade Ryder, she’d rather not attend her upcoming high school reunion, though she agrees to help track down alums for the gathering. But as Rachel confronts old memories, she feels her imagination playing tricks on her, convincing her that objects in her house have moved. That there’s a hint of unfamiliar cologne in the air. That someone is tailing her car. Watching her home.
Cade knows his ex is highly strung. Rachel’s anxiety played a part in their split, though Cade takes his share of the blame too. Yet maybe this time, she’s right to be scared. And as connections surface between a new string of murders and Luke’s death, Rachel realizes that the truth is darker than her worst fears…
A Matter of Will by Adam Mitzner
Narrated by Will Damron
Success becomes dangerously seductive for this Wall Street broker in a dizzying thriller by the author of the Amazon Charts best-seller Dead Certain.
Will Matthews came to Wall Street with hopes and dreams of hitting it big. But things have not been going as expected. He’s on the verge of being fired when he meets the devilishly mysterious and fabulously wealthy Sam Abaddon.
Winning Sam’s business answers Will’s prayers, catapulting the young stockbroker into the privileged world of money and luxury. Not only that, but Will also has met his dream girl, ambitious attorney Gwen Lipton.
All at once, it seems as if Will’s life couldn’t get any better.
And it doesn’t.
When Will witnesses a shocking act of violence, his charmed new existence is revealed to be a waking nightmare as the truth about his benefactor – and his own complicity in criminal conduct – becomes devastatingly clear. As the noose draws tighter, Will faces an impossible choice: feast upon the poisonous fruit of his bloody business or defy his patron and face dire consequences.
Then again, maybe there’s a third option….