Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s Weekly Showcase of New and Notable Audiobooks for April 28th!

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Prepper #4 by Tom Abrahams

Prepper #4 by Tom Abrahams
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
Piton Press LLC

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The storm has passed. A long road awaits. Survival is anything but certain.

Paths converge in the fourth installment of the PREPPER saga. Jack Warrant leads his family to safety, but the journey is fraught with danger. The reassembled Gray Team faces a new challenge which threatens to tear them apart. Governor Chris Fine embarks on a journey of his own in hopes of clinging to the last unraveling threads of power he clutches in his fists.

PREPPER is the newest apocalyptic adventure series from Tom Abrahams, author of The Traveler series.

It’s perfect for fans of Franklin Horton, Kyla Stone, and Ryan Schow.


Extinction by Douglas Preston

Extinction by Douglas Preston
Narrated by David Aaron Baker
Macmillan Audio

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With Extinction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston has written a binge-worthy thriller in the Michael Crichton mode that explores the possible and unintended dangers of the very real efforts to resurrect the woolly mammoth and other long-extinct animals.

Erebus Resort, occupying a magnificent, hundred-thousand acre valley deep in the Colorado Rockies, offers guests the experience of viewing woolly mammoths, Irish Elk, and giant ground sloths in their native habitat, brought back from extinction through the magic of genetic manipulation. When a billionaire’s son and his new wife are kidnapped and murdered in the Erebus back country by what is assumed to be a gang of eco-terrorists, Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Frances Cash partners with county sheriff James Colcord to track down the perpetrators.

As killings mount and the valley is evacuated, Cash and Colcord must confront an ancient, intelligent, and malevolent presence at Erebus, bent not on resurrection—but extinction.


The Chaos Grid by Lyndsey Lewellen

The Chaos Grid by Lyndsey Lewellen
Narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya
Oasis Audio

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Cross the grid. Survive the storms. Let your destiny burn.

When mankind’s attempts to control nature backfire, Texas descends into a wasteland. Storms rage and ravenous beasts roam the Outer Grid. The only safe havens rest inside the tech-obsessed domed cities. But when her parents are murdered inside the Plex City dome, seventeen-year-old Juniper Conway wants revenge.

Ties to her extended family threaten to pull her back as she runs from city to city. The Plex is endangering its citizens by legalizing a deadly nano drug, and Juniper’s family needs her help to deliver the counteragent. Saving the city who orphaned her goes against everything she stands for. The only way out is to brave the wasteland.

Juniper joins a shipping crew fearless enough to transport food across the Outer Grid. But when a string of bad luck turns lethal, she fears something, or someone, is dragging her back to the Plex. As her world sinks into chaos, Juniper must decide if revenge is worth the lives of the crew she has come to love.


Decryption by K.J. Gillenwater

Decryption by K.J. Gillenwater
Narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya
The Genesis Machine #2
Podium Audio

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The pods are opening—and their new visitors are all-too-human…

Expert linguist Charlie and her team of NCIS agents are hot on the trail of the mysterious alien pods. But after a new arrival opens to reveal a young child, her investigation is thrown into chaos. Faced with terrifying questions about the true origins of their seemingly extra-terrestrial visitors, Charlie is plunged into a race against time to unscramble a mysterious text before more pods arrive.

When a budding relationship with her teammate Special Agent Demarco brings shocking new secrets to light, Charlie finds herself torn between her loyalty to her country and her newfound feelings for the handsome yet distant agent.

With a dangerous saboteur lurking behind the scenes, Charlie’s struggle to decipher the pods puts her in the cross-hairs of an unknown enemy. And after a code-red emergency thrusts the team’s true loyalties into the light, Charlie must risk everything to identify the truth and protect humanity…

Tensions are rising in the explosive second book in The Genesis Machine saga. With a hair-raising mix of high-octane action, thrilling mysteries, and twists that you’ll never see coming, this sci-fi novel is a must-listen for fans of fast-paced technothrillers.


The North Line by Matt Riordan

The North Line by Matt Riordan
Narrated by Dan Bittner
Audible Studios

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In Matt Riordan’s debut novel, a college student in need of quick money finds work on an Alaskan fishing boat in the unforgiving Bering Sea.

The North Line is a ruggedly erudite story that combines the best of the individualism of Jack London with the introspective ruminations of Raymond Carver…not to be missed.” (S.A. Cosby, New York Times best-selling author of All the Sinners Bleed)

“A frightening story of tough men pushed to the brink. The novel is captivating, occasionally funny, and startling. I couldn’t put it down.” (David Sedaris)

Even at the ragged edge of civilization, some lines should not be crossed.

Everyone believes Adam to be something he’s not. Sometimes that’s because he’s told them a story. Sometimes he’s told himself one. But when Adam joins an Alaskan fishing crew that’s promising quick money, the dangerous work and harsh lifestyle strip away all fabrications and force a dark-hearted exploration of who he really is.

On the unforgiving Bering Sea, Adam finds the adventure and authenticity of a fisherman’s life revelatory. The labor required to seize bounty from the ocean invigorates him, and the often crude comradery accompanies a welcome, hard-earned wisdom. But when a strike threatens the entire season and violence stalks the waves, Adam is thrust into a struggle for survival at the edge of the world, where evolutionary and social forces collide for outcomes beyond anyone’s control.

In his riveting debut novel, Matt Riordan pairs personal experiences with a master storyteller’s eye in a piercing examination of the quest for identity in the face of tempests within and without.


The Cursed Thief by Matt James

The Cursed Thief by Matt James
Narrated by Erin Lin
The Charlee Flynn Adventures #1
Self Published

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Embark on a riveting journey into the treacherous world of mercenaries, family secrets, and pirate treasure in The Cursed Thief, a thrilling, action-packed adventure from the international bestselling author of the Jack Reilly Adventures.

Ye be warned. Turn back or die.

In the sun-soaked Bahamas, a long-lost diary belonging to the notorious pirate Anne Bonny surfaces, revealing the existence of a clandestine buccaneer sanctuary turned tomb—all centered around a single jewel, the Diamond of Despair. Can it be found? And more importantly, should it be found? The Flynn family is about to confront these perilous questions head-on.

For seventeen-year-old Charlotte “Charlee” Flynn, life takes an unexpected turn when she discovers the true identity of her parents, Sean and Sydney. Raised to believe they traveled the world as rare antiquities experts, Charlee learns the shocking truth: Her mom and dad are “Black Market acquisitions specialists.”

To put it plainly, they’re THIEVES.

As an enemy from Sydney’s past reemerges, the Flynns are forced to flee their beautiful Costa Rican home. To protect Charlee from the incoming threat, her parents must unleash their skills, reluctantly turning their daughter into their apprentice.

But Charlee isn’t your average teenager.

Since she could remember, Charlee has been obsessed with ancient ruins, fabled relics, buried treasure, and lost civilizations. You could say she was born for this life…

The quest for the Diamond of Despair becomes a race against time, with the past and present colliding in an exhilarating tale of daring adventure tested against the backdrop of a ruthless underworld jam-packed with scoundrels and criminals.


Ocean's Godori by Elaine U. Cho

Ocean’s Godori by Elaine U. Cho
Narrated by Judy Alice Lee
Hillman Grad Books

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Becky Chambers meets Firefly in this big-hearted Korean space opera debut about a disgraced space pilot struggling to find her place while fighting to protect the people she loves.

“A thrilling, transportive ride from a powerful and evocative new voice.”—Lena Waithe, Rishi Rajani, and Naomi Funabashi, Hillman Grad Books

Ocean Yoon has never felt very Korean, even if she is descended from a long line of haenyeo, Jeju Island’s beloved female divers. She doesn’t like soju, constantly misses cultural references, and despite her love of the game, people still say that she doesn’t play Hwatu like a Korean. Ocean’s also persona non grata at the Alliance, Korea’s solar system-dominating space agency, since a mission went awry and she earned a reputation for being a little too quick with her gun.

When her best friend, Teo, second son of the Anand Tech empire, is framed for murdering his family, Ocean and her misfit crewmates are pushed to the forefront of a high-stakes ideological conflict. But dodging bullets and winning space chases may be the easiest part of what comes next.

A thrilling adventure across the solar that delivers hyperkinetic action sequences and irresistible will-they-won’t-they romance alongside its nuanced exploration of colonialism and capitalism, Ocean’s Godori ultimately asks: What do we owe our past? How do we navigate our present while honoring the complicated facets of our identity? What can our future hold?


Red Moon Dot by Kishore Tipirneni

Red Moon Dot by Kishore Tipirneni
Narrated by Lee Goettl
Self Published

In the heart of the Pacific lies a mysterious island, shrouded in secrecy and guarded by the enigmatic Gordon McMillan, the world’s wealthiest and most elusive genius. Once a titan of the technological realm, McMillan’s sudden retreat from the world’s stage three years ago left many puzzled minds wondering about his intentions. Little did they know, his seclusion was merely a prelude to an audacious experiment that would alter the course of human history.

In “Red Moon Dot,” Kishore Tipirneni, the author of the acclaimed New Eden series, unveils a gripping sci-fi tale that delves into the depths of genius and the perilous pursuit of artificial intelligence. As six brilliant minds, each possessing a PhD in their respective fields, find themselves marooned on McMillan’s secluded island by a twist of fate, they stumble upon a revelation beyond their wildest imaginations.

Trapped in a paradise turned prison, these intellectuals soon uncover McMillan’s clandestine agenda: the development of a general artificial intelligence far surpassing any known creation. With each passing day, they become entangled in a web of moral dilemmas, ethical quandaries, and the relentless pursuit of scientific discovery. Will humanity survive the age of AI?

“Red Moon Dot” is a mesmerizing blend of suspense, intellect, and technological marvel, exploring the profound implications of artificial intelligence on society and the human psyche. With twists and turns that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats, Tipirneni’s masterpiece is a compelling testament to the power of human ingenuity and the consequences of playing god in a world where nothing is beyond reach. Prepare to embark on a journey unlike any other, where the future of humanity is decided on the shores of a forgotten island, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.


Providence by Craig Willse

Providence by Craig Willse
Narrated by Marcus Zarco
Vibrance Press

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An introverted English professor’s quiet life gets turned upside down when he falls for a dangerous, enigmatic sophomore.

Mark Lausson has everything he thought he wanted: a coveted job at elite Sawyer College in Ohio. But at the start of his second year, stuck in a small town with deadlines piling up and paychecks falling short, Mark can already feel the fantasy crumbling. And then, a few weeks in, sophomore Tyler Cunningham shows up in class. In Tyler—confident, mysterious, and popular—Mark glimpses another way of being in the world. He finds Tyler’s self-possession both compelling and unsettling. Caught in the rush of sex and secrets, Mark ignores the increasing evidence that Tyler can’t be trusted. But by the time Mark comes to his senses, the irreparable damage is done. Complicating easy ideas of innocence, Providence explores the ways loneliness and desire distort our senses of self and other, right and wrong.

Intense, propulsive, and impossible to stop listening to, Providence is perfect for fans of P. J. Vernon’s Bath Haus and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, as well as Patricia Highsmith’s Talented Mr. Ripley and Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs to You.


Better by Far by Hazel Hayes

Better by Far by Hazel Hayes
Narrated by Hazel Hayes
Penguin Audio

One of Zibby Mag’s Most Anticipated Books Coming Out in 2024 | One of SheNet’s Highly Anticipated Books of 2024

A genre-bending story about love and loss, hope and heartbreak, and the healing to be found in life’s little limbos, those in-between spaces where you’re no longer who you were and not yet the person you will be

About her debut, Out of Love, Hazel Hayes said, “The journey from writing horror to writing love stories was a short one. There is nothing more horrific than love.” In her new novel, she sets out to prove it.

This genre-defying, meta-modern novel is unlike anything you have ever heard, and yet at its core it is a story we all deeply understand. A story of love and liminality, and the ways in which grief grips us all. Prepare to laugh and cry; Hazel Hayes will break your heart, but then she’ll mend it for you.

Following a breakup, Kate and Finn decide to keep sharing their house until the lease runs out in twelve weeks’ time, alternating week by week so that they are occupying the same space but never at the same time.

Practically, the plan makes sense, but coming back each Sunday to a home where Finn has been and gone feels far too much like living with a ghost. Kate lost her mother at a young age and now this fresh grief dredges unhealed sorrows up to the surface, and soon, Kate finds herself adrift in her own subconscious, trapped in the liminal space between loving someone and letting go.


The System Apocalypse Short Story Anthology 1 by Tao Wong, Alexis Keane, Craig Hamilton, IX Phoen, L.A. Batt, R.K. Billiau

The System Apocalypse Short Story Anthology 1 by Tao Wong, Alexis Keane, Craig Hamilton, IX Phoen, L.A. Batt, R.K. Billiau
Narrated by Neil Hellegers, Shamaan Casey, Gary Bennett, Christian Gilliland, Ian Pringle, Derek Shoales
Starlit Publishing

A bounty hunting survivor. A Galactic dark elf. A woman who has given up her humanity to become something more.

These stories and more are available in the first short story anthology for the System Apocalypse, covering year one on Earth. When the world ends, humanity steps up, finding new ways to survive in a world with Classes, magic and monsters. The anthology features exciting, new stories by five new writers and a new, never publicly released short story by Tao Wong.

The System Apocalypse world was first introduced in ‘Life in the North‘ and is a LitRPG science fiction and fantasy post-apocalyptic work that features monsters, science fiction technology, character sheets, supernatural races and ancient myths in one heady, LitRPG brew.

Stories and writers featured in this anthology include:

  • Craig Hamilton–Hunting Monsters has our protagonist doing what he does best. Finding those who would exploit the System and the people within. Except this time, there are even more complications than normal.
  • Alexis Keane–Tooth and Claw is a heart-warming tale of friendship that knows no bounds of race or distance.
  • Ix Phoen–Rebel Within tells a tale of hardship in South America, where the monsters are not always the ones outside the walls.
  • Tao Wong–“Debts & Dances” covers the arrival of the System from the perspective of our favorite Truinnar Lord.
  • R.K. Billiau–“Phoenix Rising” covers an unconventional hero, one whose mind is slipping from him before the apocalypse. Will the apocalypse be his salvation? Or doom?
  • L.A. Batt–“Overture to Obliteration” brings us to far-off New Zealand to glimpse the wreckage the System has wrought.

Brian

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