Here are the books that were released the week of June 21st that I think are new and notable including books from A.G. Riddle, Joseph Finder, and Andrew Mayne. Featuring Narrations by R.C. Bray, Kevin Pierce, and Duke Fontaine.
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Pandemic: The Extinction Files, Book 1 by A.G. Riddle
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
In Africa, a mysterious outbreak spreads quickly. Teams from the CDC and WHO respond, but they soon learn that there is more to the epidemic than they believed. It may be the beginning of a global experiment–an event that will change the human race forever.
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A hundred miles north of Alaska, a US Coast Guard research vessel discovers a sunken submarine. It has no national identification. No corporate identity. It has been down there for decades, and deep inside, teams find evidence of an experiment that may answer the deepest mysteries of human existence.
Ten days later, in a remote village in Kenya, several local residents contract a mysterious disease. The next day, two American aid workers fall ill. The WHO and CDC send teams, led by Dr. Peyton Shaw–an epidemiologist who has stopped some of the most deadly outbreaks in recent history. Peyton is good at her job, but she is driven by her own dark secret–and haunted by mysteries in her past.
What Peyton finds in Kenya is an outbreak very different from any she has ever seen. As the pandemic sweeps the globe, Peyton is drawn deeper into a conspiracy of unimaginable scope, a plot that appears to be linked to her past. The answers, and the key to stopping the pandemic, are revelations that carry a price–for all of us.
PANDEMIC is the first new novel from A.G. Riddle in almost two and a half years. The product of extensive research, PANDEMIC takes readers inside the CDC and WHO response to a deadly outbreak. It features the real-life science and history blended with fiction that readers have come to know and love in Riddle’s past novels. PANDEMIC is the first novel in a new series: The Extinction Files.
Amerita by Martin Medina & Luke Medina
Narrated by Kathleen A McLean
Year 2051 – World War III left America in dystopian economic ruin. Support for the Democrat and Republican parties has dwindled and the Meritism Party has gained unwavering support from 70% of the populace.
Currency has been replaced with Personal Merit. The goods and services citizens are allowed to possess are dependent on their objectively calculated productivity within the society.
Careers that do not contribute to food, shelter, clothing, sanitation, education, healthcare, technology, art, or sport have been abolished. These abolished professions include investment banking, marketing and advertising, career politicians, and many others that were dependent on capitalism.
Luke Medina, a Merit Agency Investigator, fights to uphold all that Meritism has accomplished.
The Capitalist Party desperately conspires to bring back class divisions and a society of economic inequality based on a fiat currency.
For the working class, AMERITA represents a new Utopia. For others, AMERITA is a dystopian nightmare.
Fata Morgana by Steven R Boyett & Ken Mitchroney
Narrated by Macleod Andrews
Fata Morgana—the epic novel of love and duty at war across the reach of time.
At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world.
Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder—and finds a love seemingly decreed by fate—as his bomber becomes a pawn in a centuries-old conflict between remnants of advanced but decaying civilizations. Caught among these bitter enemies, a vast power that has brought them here for its own purposes, and a terrifying living weapon bent on their destruction, the crew must use every bit of their formidable inventiveness and courage to survive.
The Switch by Joseph Finder
Narrated by Steven Kearney
A simple mix up throws one innocent man into the crosshairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions in New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder’s timely, electrifying new thriller.
Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn’t notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it’s too late. Tanner’s curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files.
When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she’s come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic. Both know that the senator broke the law by uploading classified documents onto her personal computer. If those documents wind up in the wrong hands, it could be Snowden 2.0—and her career in politics will be over. She needs to recover the MacBook before it’s too late.
When Will fails to gain Tanner’s cooperation, he is forced to take measures to retrieve the laptop before a bigger security breach is revealed. He turns to an unscrupulous “fixer” for help. In the meantime, the security agency whose files the senator has appropriated has its own methods, darker still—and suddenly Tanner finds himself a hunted man, on the run, terrified for the safety of his family, in desperate need of a plan, and able to trust no one.
Station Breaker: Station Breaker Series, Book 1 by Andrew Mayne
Narrated by Kyle McCarley
A cutting edge technothriller from the bestselling author of Angel Killer and Public Enemy Zero.
Astronaut David Dixon’s first mission to space goes horribly wrong when shots are fired on a Russian space station. He finds himself making an emergency landing from orbit and becomes the most wanted man on Earth.
Desperate to unravel the plot he’s found himself in, he takes his pursuers on a wild chase from space to the backstreets of Rio and beyond. Dixon’s survival relies on his skills as a pilot and willingness to do whatever it takes – crashing a passenger jet into the Mexican desert to pulling off an incredible heist in Low Earth Orbit.
The Last Flight: A Novel by Gregory P Liefer
Narrated by R.C. Bray
Set against the harsh beauty of Alaska, a veteran helicopter pilot is torn between ending his own embattled life and rescuing survivors from a mountain plane crash.
Last Flight is the heroic story of Gil Connor, a senior Army helicopter pilot and aging Vietnam vet as he struggles with an impending terminal illness and the desire to pull off one last daring rescue. Connor finds himself in a constant battle against his internal demons during his quest to reach the survivors of a remote plane crash deep in the Alaskan mountains–a rescue that perhaps only he can pull off.
The stranded plane’s captain, Scott Sanders, takes charge after the crash, in spite of his injuries and the realization that his dream of flying for a major airline is destroyed. One of the passengers, a retired school teacher, assists him while barely holding herself together. They soon realize that time is not on their side in the Alaskan polar climate.
Connor, who’s haunted by the horrors of war and a turbulent past, is torn between ending his life before the inevitable and saving the marooned crash victims before it’s too late. His underlying intentions are unknown, even to himself, until the very end. Aided by an untested protégée and a mysterious young girl found at the crash site, Connor struggles in a desperate gamble to achieve the near impossible. Amid the turmoil of an approaching storm and almost certain failure, his flying skills and drive for redemption are the only hope.
Lifeboat: Earth’s Last Gambit Series, Book 2 by Felix R Savage
Narrated by John Lee
Stranded on Europa, a broken crew of astronauts must defeat an alien menace to get home.
After two years aboard the Spirit of Destiny, tensions among the elite international crew are at breaking point. Despite the obvious need to stay professional and united, as they approach the mysterious alien spaceship orbiting Europa, pilot Jack Kildare is acutely aware that not all the members of the crew may wish the best for the mission. There may be a saboteur on board, and he knows of at least one spy: the astrophysicist Skyler Taft.
An attack from long-range alien weaponry cripples the Spirit of Destiny, forcing Jack to disobey orders to save the ship. Now he has to face the fact that the broken crew is the least of his worries. With the risky maneuver that saved the ship putting him dead center of the commander’s crosshairs, and the crew attempting to hold together the tattered remnants of their unity to investigate the alien spaceship, Jack finds himself selected for the most dangerous mission of all… descending to Europa’s surface to find out what lurks under the ice.
As the voyage of discovery unravels into a desperate battle for survival, Jack races the clock to decode the secrets behind the alien intrusion. Will he find the truth in time to save the crew? Or will the thin threads of companionship snap under the strain of Skyler Taft gunning for his knowledge… or his blood?
ABOUT LIFEBOAT: Lifeboat is the second book of a fast-paced quartet of technothrillers, following. Freefall. It contains hard science fiction elements in the tradition of The Martian and other science-based thrillers. You won’t need a calculator to follow the story, but if you’d like to build a spaceship to the Spirit of Destiny’s specifications, it really will take you to Jupiter! ($300 billion budget not included.)
Extortionware by Trip Elix
Narrated by Frank Egan
FOR MATURE READERS ONLY. THIS TECHNO-THRILLER HAS, PROFANITY, VIOLENCE, SEXUAL SITUATIONS
Set in a typical American city Hacker Jason, a talented computer programmer, is thrown into captivity with Tasha, a woman caught in the snare of human sex trafficking from the darkest part of the internet, where antivirus efforts and firewalls are shown to be ineffective and useless. Together they must invade computers remotely to steal what they can, to satisfy their captors. They embark on an unparalleled journey involving extortion, theft and violence using the same connection you use for your home and personal communications.
Vengeance: Seven Cows, Ugly and Gaunt, Book 4 by Mark Goodwin
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
Since the EMP, Danny Walker’s compound has survived waves of violence and the death of many key members. When Danny gets an unexpected piece of news, he pledges to put an end to the persistent threat in Charlotte. He will kill Regent Schlusser and shut down his consortium of depravity, or he will die trying.
With JC still missing, a lust for revenge has worked its way into the heart and mind of Chris Castell, JC’s eldest son. Will Chris function as part of the team, or will his hatred and need for vengeance derail the plan to end Schlusser’s reign of terror?
In this, the final battle between freedom and tyranny, the victor will determine the course of America for decades to come.
You absolutely do not want to miss this edge-of-your-seat epic thrill ride that promises to make your heart race and your hair stand on end!
As with all books by Mark Goodwin, this book contains no profanity and no embarrassing sex scenes. However, if you’re offended by conservative principles and references to Scripture, this book might not be for you.
Cry Havoc by A. American
Narrated by Duke Fontaine
The news is full of disturbing events today. There’s war and rumors of war. There’s the false recovery of the economy. Failing faith in the US economy is extremely high. Foreign banks have either slowed their purchases of Treasury Bonds or, in a few cases, begun unloading them.
We have a current election that is rife with corruption, extreme partisanship and outright fraud. It would appear the left in the country is ready to do about anything to see their candidate elected. While this is very concerning today, what does it mean to the election process as a whole? What will the next one look like? Does anyone believe they will actually improve? Or will the next batters up to the ultimate Homeplate simply make it even worse, take it even further down the rabbit hole?
In reality, it matters not who wins. They can only be there for eight years. But the election sets precedent for the next one; and the next one will push the limits even further, if there is one
We’ve all heard of the spooky bank holiday. This sort of thing usually happens on a weekend, and on Monday morning you simply cannot access your account. You have no access to your money. Don’t think it can happen? Neither did the people of Greece. Or Germany when they were limited to fifty Euros a day. What would you do? Do you keep cash on hand? Do you trust your bank? If you put twenty thousand dollars into the bank and then ask for ten thousand back, you have to fill out forms and justify your need for it. Then they tell the government about it and you face further sanctions.
Here in America, we think we’re free. Well, we are currently listed as number twenty on the scale of freedom. Think about that. Number twenty! Chile is ahead of us! But we have our guns and all of those other countries don’t. And indeed we do, for now. But what if, if, they were to take those away? What do we do then? And before you say you would take to the streets and fight back, think for a minute what that really means. Then watch a few videos on Syria or Ukraine. It’s all fun and games until someone puts a tank main-gun round through your house.
What follows is just one idea of what this could look like. I’m not saying this is the way it would go. It’s just some thoughts on it. On how people could act. What the government may do in response and how people might respond in turn.
- Operation Brushfire by Rhett C. Bruno & James Wolanyk (Narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips) - September 21, 2021
- Hell Divers VIII: King of the Wastes by Nicholas Sansbury Smith (Narrated by R.C. Bray) - September 19, 2021
- New and Notable Audiobook Releases for the Week of September 18th on Brian’s Book Blog - September 18, 2021