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Rebel Mage Charlie by Scott Baron

Rebel Mage Charlie by Scott Baron
Narrated by Gary Bennett
Self Published

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Or in Charlie’s case, the going just gets tougher. It was enough to make him wonder if his luck would ever change. He should have known better.

Charlie had already managed to overcome alien mercenaries in two galaxies, miraculously saving his own neck as well that those of his dear friends. But things were getting complicated, and fast. Very, very complicated, in fact. With their forces in the dark as to the true nature of their enemy, Charlie and his band of rebel pirates and resistance fighters would have to dig deep if they hoped to find a way to overcome the deadly foe.

And failure? It would mean a life of slavery if they were lucky, though death was a far more likely outcome.

But there was another, unexpected player in this game of magic and warfare. More than one, in fact. And as their roles became clear, the entire nature of the battlefield would change. But whether or not they could adapt in time to survive remained to be seen.

CyberSpace by Matthew Mather

CyberSpace by Matthew Mather
Narrated by R.C. Bray
Blue Heron Audio

A new future war unleashed. An event that will forever change the world. From the Amazon Charts and GoodReads Award winning author of CyberStorm comes a riveting new thriller.

“Brilliant….” (Wired Magazine on Cyber series)

China and Russia threaten America not to intervene as simmering tensions between India and Pakistan escalate. One after the other, missiles are launched that destroy satellites in orbit….

After long years apart, Mike Mitchell is reunited with old friends on a fishing trip in New Orleans. He brings his son Luke, now eight years old, while his wife Lauren attends a business meeting in Hong Kong.

Suddenly, worldwide GPS signal goes out. Cell phones stop working. Communications go down. Within hours, almost all international borders are closed as conflict spreads around the globe.

Thousands of planes are stranded in the air as Mike discovers that his wife Lauren took an overnight flight from China to Washington that morning. With satellites falling from the sky and rolling blackouts sweeping the nation, Mike must fight his way across the country in a desperate race to save his family.

But this is only the beginning as the shocking truth comes out, in a new generation of warfare that will forever change the world….

“Couldn’t put it down…not only a great thriller, but a wakeup call” (Brent Watkins, Retired FBI Special Agent)

Burn-In by P. W. Singer, August Cole

Burn-In by P. W. Singer, August Cole
Narrated by Mia Barron
Recorded Books

An FBI agent hunts a new kind of terrorist through a Washington, DC, of the future in this ground-breaking book – at once a gripping techno-thriller and a fact-based tour of tomorrow.

America is on the brink of a revolution, one both technological and political. The science fiction of AI and robotics has finally come true, but millions are angry and fearful that the future has left them behind.

After narrowly stopping a bombing at Washington’s Union Station, FBI Special Agent Lara Keegan receives a new assignment: To field-test an advanced police robot. As a series of shocking catastrophes unfolds, the two find themselves investigating a conspiracy whose mastermind is using cutting-edge tech to rip the nation apart. To stop this new breed of terrorist, their only hope is to forge a new type of partnership.

Burn-In is especially chilling because it is something more than a pulse-pounding listen: Every tech, trend, and scene is drawn from real world research on the ways that our politics, our economy, and even our family lives will soon be transformed. Blending a techno-thriller’s excitement with nonfiction’s insight, Singer and Cole illuminate the darkest corners of the world soon to come.

Primal Link by L. Bowers, Justin Sloan

Primal Link by L. Bowers, Justin Sloan
Narrated by Gary Bennett
Self Published

Missions to alien planets have resulted in interactions with strange beings in the past, but never on this level.

When Marine Corporal Goshawk becomes part of the search team tasked with locating some missing SEALs, he expected action and plenty of it. After all, they had to send in Marines to rescue SEALs. What he didn’t expect was that the mission would completely transform him, body and spirit.

As new threats from strange beings continually challenge the team and their mission rapidly spirals out of control, odd allies emerge in unexpected places. It’s no joyride for Corporal Goshawk and his small fire team, though, because those allies – the very thing that could help them – are driving a wedge between his team and his commanding officer, along with the rest of the Marines.

Will the Corporal and his team find the SEALs and complete the mission? Can they overcome the strange beings that threaten to take over? Or will they go down in flames?

Primal Link blends the excitement of Starship Troopers and the mystery and exploration of Horizon Zero Dawn to create a space adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Worldship: Udo the Digger by Joshua Gayou
Narrated by R.C. Bray
Audible, Inc.

Their world isn’t quite what it seems. It might not be a world at all…

Udo’s biggest problem isn’t being a digger (that’s low class), or staying drunk (that’s damn expensive), or avoiding the Dwergaz (they’re monsters), or even pissing off the supposed Gods.

It’s that his reality…well, it isn’t what he thought.

And now, he can’t even afford to drink because his so-called friend Nicz is cutting into his business, digging up tin, iron, and copper. So Udo forms a new plan: clay. After all, clay jars are used to store everything: meat, herbs, and, his personal favorite, ale.

But in his hunt for clay, Udo drills too far, is captured by the Dwergaz, and brought to the goddess Ing – or what he believes is a goddess. As Udo digs deeper into his world, and not just by digging holes, what he discovers is far beyond mountains and gods and monsters.

There may be other worlds beyond his. Worlds surrounding other stars. In fact, his own home may not be a world at all.

Udo the Digger bends the tropes of science fiction and fantasy into a wild adventure that will amuse and surprise even veterans of both genres. It’s perfect for fans of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama, Horizon Zero Dawn, Aurora, and Book of the Long Sun.

The Fire Thief by Debra Bokur

The Fire Thief by Debra Bokur
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
Tantor Audio

Under a promising morning sky, police captain Walter Alaka’i makes a tragic discovery: the body of a teenage surfer bobbing among the lava rocks of Maui’s southeastern shore. It appears to be an ill-fated accident, but closer inspection reveals something far more sinister than the results of a savage wave gone wrong. Now that Alaka’i is looking at a homicide, he solicits the help of his niece, Detective Kali Mahoe.

The granddaughter of one of Hawaii’s most respected spiritual leaders, and on the transcendent path to becoming a kahu herself, Kali sees evidence of a strange ritual murder. The suspicion is reinforced by a rash of sightings of a noppera-bo-a faceless and malicious spirit many believe to be more than superstition. When a grisly sacrifice is left on the doorstep of a local, and another body washes ashore, Kali fears that the deadly secret ceremonies on Maui are just beginning.

To uncover a motive and find the killer, Kali leans on her skills at logic and detection. But she must also draw on her own personal history with the uncanny legends of the islands. Now, as the skies above Maui grow darker, and as she balances reason and superstition, Kali can only wonder: Who’ll be the next to die? And who-or what-is she even on the trail of?

The Last High by Daniel Kalla

The Last High by Daniel Kalla
Narrated by Nancy Wu
Simon & Schuster Audio

In this riveting novel from international best-selling author Daniel Kalla, a Vancouver doctor and a detective face the deadly consequences of the opioid crisis as they track down the supplier of fentanyl that landed a group of teens in the ER with critical overdoses.

“Michael Crichton ought to be looking over his shoulder.” (The Chronicle Herald)

Deliberately or not, they must’ve been poisoned…and if it happened to them….

There will be others.

Dr. Julie Rees, a toxicologist and ER doctor, is stunned when her emergency room is flooded with teenagers from the same party, all on the verge of death. Julie knows the world of opioids inside and out, and she recognizes that there’s nothing typical about these cases. She suspects the teens took – or were given – fentanyl. But why did they succumb so quickly?

Detective Anson Chen is determined to find out. He and Julie race to track down the supplier of the deadly drugs. But the trail of suspects leads everywhere, from unscrupulous street dealers to ruthless gang leaders who hide behind legitimate business fronts and the walls of their mansions.

As Anson and Julie follow clues through the drug underworld, Julie finds herself haunted by memories of her troubled past – and the lover she lost to addiction. When other overdoses fill the ER – and the morgue – Julie realizes that something even more sinister than the ongoing fentanyl crisis is devastating the streets. And the body count is rapidly rising.

A gripping thriller, The Last High explores the perfect storm of greed, addiction, and crime behind the malignant spread of fentanyl, a deadly drug that is killing people faster than any known epidemic.

MEG: Angel of Death: Survival by Steve Alten
Narrated by Keith Szarabajka
Blackstone Publishing

From the best-selling author of the MEG series comes an action-packed trilogy that takes place during the four-year gap between Meg (book one) and The Trench (book two). While the stories focus on Angel, the Megalodon pup that was captured at the end of book one, in Survival, Steve Alten delves into the major characters and the challenges they faced in being caretakers of the apex predator of all time.

Ascension by Terry Schott

Ascension by Terry Schott
Narrated by Steve Campbell
Terry Schott

In a world similar to our own 17th century, one man’s kindness lifts a poor, homeless boy from the dirt and sets him on an unlikely path of adventure.

An average man would use a silver coin to buy food for a week.

An extraordinary boy can use that same coin to build an empire.

The Editor by Simon Hall

The Editor by Simon Hall
Narrated by Elliot Chapman
Audible, Ltd

A mysterious advert in a newspaper promising to restore hope to the hopeless brings together four strangers.

None realising they will end up investigating a twisted and troubling crime that threatens their very futures.

Mitch, a former Crime Scene Investigator, Olivia, a brilliant PhD student, and Florence, a middle-aged solicitor, find themselves working with an enigmatic newspaper Editor who refers to himself only as Ed.

But when Maddie, a teenage girl, disappears in sinister circumstances, the team is drawn into the hunt for her. And when a neighbour’s body is discovered in a pool of blood, they realise they must use their unique skills in a race against time.

But can they solve the mystery before it’s too late? And before Ed’s shadowy past overcomes them all?

The Editor is an accomplished and truly compelling crime mystery which will engross you from the outset until its thrilling conclusion. If you are a fan of authors like Susan Lewis, Erin Kinsley or J.R. Ellis, you’ll love this stunning thriller.

By Mutual Consent by Tracey Richardson

By Mutual Consent by Tracey Richardson
Narrated by Lori Prince
Tantor Audio

Dr. Joss McNab needs a wife.

As if juggling surgery and being an instructor isn’t enough, she’s recently taken on a more demanding administrative role at the medical school that was named after her legendary father. To make things worse, she’s now required to attend a growing number of galas, fundraisers, and conventions.

Wouldn’t having a wife – a wife of convenience – help ease the burden that’s threatening to overtake her world?

Sarah Young’s heart belongs to painting. Much as she’d like to dismiss Joss’ ridiculous proposal, the art world isn’t paying well and she’s running short on cash. Playing a trophy wife a few hours a week would cover her bills and still leave plenty of time to devote to her artwork.

The deal is struck. But will the convenient pairing turn into disaster or prove to be a stroke of genius? With feelings deepening and attraction undeniable, can two women who have agreed to settle discover that they could actually have it all?

The Ruins Box Set by T.W. Piperbrook

The Ruins Box Set by T.W. Piperbrook
Narrated by Sean Runnette
Post Script Publishing

The sequel series to the best-selling Last Survivors series – the complete series of Ruins audiobooks in one bundle. Includes books one – four, plus a bonus novella The Ruins 2.5!

Danger Lurks in the Ruins

Three survivors travel the ruins of a collapsed society, sifting through the rusted relics of the Ancients’ civilization as they search for a better future, hoping to escape the horrors of the past. But among those treasures lurks danger.

And what they discover might be worse than what they left behind.

The complete Ruins series – all in this one, special edition

Everything Is Fine by Gillian Harvey

Everything Is Fine by Gillian Harvey
Narrated by Olivia Mace
Orion Publishing Group

Jessica Bradley has it all: the perfect boyfriend; influential healthy eating blog; successful PR company; and wonderful daughter, Anna. Or at least that is what her thousands of followers believe.

The truth is, her boyfriend just broke up with her in four words on a Post-it; her zest for healthy eating has all but disappeared; her PR success is all reliant on her now not-so-honest online life; and she just got caught eating her daughter’s Coco-Pops.

So as they say: fake it ’til you make it. A few little white lies and phoney smiling selfies and Jess can keep up appearances. But when her real life starts to spiral out of control, how can Jess tell the truth from the lies? And will she be able to seize real happiness when it is right in front of her?

Hilarious, heart-warming and oh-so relatable, prepare to fall in love with Jessica Bradley’s search for happiness. Perfect for fans of Louise Pentland, Anna Bell and Lindsey Kelk.

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