Hello! And welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Audiobooks Post for the Week of December 24th.

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Hell Divers XI: Renegades by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Hell Divers XI: Renegades by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Narrated by R. C. Bray
Hell Divers #11
Blackstone Publishing

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nicholas Sansbury Smith pulls the surviving divers into another heart-stopping adventure in Hell Divers XI: Renegades.

The secret location of the Vanguard Islands is no longer a secret …

Tired from years of fighting, Xavier passes the crown to a younger Hell Diver, Kade Long, and then sets off on the Sea Wolf with Magnolia to find Michael and his family. But the journey will push them both to their limit.

On the damaged airship Vanguard, Michael and crew are running out of water and must dive to a new location before attempting the perilous voyage across the Atlantic to a new home.

Back at the Vanguard Islands, King Kade hurries to prepare the rigs’ defenses against the Forerunner and his Knights of the Coral Castle. Fearing that X won’t return with the airship in time, Kade sends the elite Barracudas on a mission to find aircraft that will give the islands a fighting chance against the knights.

In the penultimate Hell Divers book, the survivors travel skewed and far-flung paths, but soon those paths will converge. The journey is almost over, so strap in for the last dives!

The Glass Woman by Alice McIlroy

The Glass Woman by Alice McIlroy
Narrated by Rosalind Lailey
Watkins Publishing

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A riveting psychological thriller that explores the tensions that rise when you can no longer trust those you love.

Black Mirror meets Before I Go to Sleep by way of Severence

When you wake up without your memories, who can you really trust?

Pioneering scientist Iris Henderson chose to be her own first test-subject for an experimental therapy, placing a piece of technology into her brain. At least, this is what everyone tells her. Trouble is, Iris is now without her memories so she doesn’t know what the therapy is or why she would ever decide to volunteer for it.

Everyone warns her to leave it alone, but Iris doesn’t know who to trust. As she scratches beneath the surface of her seemingly happy marriage and successful career, a catastrophic chain of events is set in motion. Secrets will be revealed that have the capacity to destroy her whole life, but Iris can’t stop digging.

Aggressor by FX Holden

Aggressor by FX Holden
Narrated by Gary Bennett
The Aggressor Series #1
Tantor Audio

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It is April 1, 2038. Day sixty of China’s blockade of the rebel island of Taiwan.

The US government has agreed to provide Taiwan with a weapons system so advanced, it can disrupt the balance of power in the region.

But what pilot would be crazy enough to run the Chinese blockade to deliver it?

Aggressor is the first novel in a new series that looks at the conflict that could spark the next World War, through the eyes of soldiers, sailors, civilians, and aviators on all sides. Featuring technologies that are on the drawing board today and could be fielded in the near future, Aggressor is the military technothriller you have been waiting for!

Night's Plutonian Shore by Garrett Boatman

Night’s Plutonian Shore by Garrett Boatman
Narrated by Jamison Walker
The Night Trilogy #1
Crossroad Press

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Researching sustainable energy, Rick’s best friend Wally has discovered a means to tap into the bioplasmic energy field that surrounds all living things. He envisions trains and office towers running off collective psi. But when he invites his friends to test his psychotronic generator, they unleash demons residing in the human old brain, the seat of aggression and primal drives.

As the body count rises, it becomes clear, for these creatures of the id to survive, their creators must die. Pursued by police and hunted by their doubles, the choice is simple: kill or be killed.

Even if the face of the enemy is your own.

Just Like That by Karin Kallmaker

Just Like That by Karin Kallmaker
Narrated by Quinn Riley
Tantor Audio

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Syrah Ardani tried independence—but the call of the Napa Valley hills and rolling vineyards of her family’s winery have brought her home again. She is content with her ordered world until she learns that her father’s feckless management has put Ardani Vineyards into receivership.

Corporate turnaround specialist Toni Blanchard’s arrival is preceded by tales of her slash-and-burn techniques. Determined to meet this soulless corporate raider head on, Syrah proudly prepares to do battle for her home and family business.

Toni has reason to retreat from a high-pressure Manhattan lifestyle, not the least of which is a bitter breakup. She’s been told that Syrah Ardani is attractive and single, but Toni never mixes business and pleasure.

Creditors clamor for a quick sale and payment. The beautiful—and hostile—Syrah wants Toni off her land and out of her life.

Their clashes smolder with distrust and resentment, but also threaten to light a completely different kind of fire. Most dangerous of all is the one thing Toni can’t control—the way her heart reacts when Syrah looks at her . . . just like that.

Killer Storm by Sharon Ward

Killer Storm by Sharon Ward
Narrated by Sarah Beth Goer
Fin Fleming #4
Penster Press

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Category 5 Hurricane Willard is barreling toward the Cayman Islands, but underwater photographer Fin Fleming has everything under control. Or so she thinks, at least until she must risk her life to move her brother Oliver’s boat to safety.

After the storm, while assessing the boat for damage, she discovers a dead woman aboard, setting off a disturbing chain of events. It looks like an easy mystery, with Oliver as the presumed killer, but Fin knows Oliver would never commit this crime. She and Detective Scott team up to solve the murder.

Oliver’s twisted sister is in the picture, and Fin suspects she has Oliver hooked on drugs as payback for their past.

It’s a dark and twisty story, full of secrets and suspense as well as a dash of sweet romance.
The usual fun stuff is happening too. A once in a lifetime chance to pilot a multi-million dollar personal submarine. Rosie, the American Pygmy octopus, and Suzie Q, the Southern Stingray, are back, both doing their things. There’s a crazy free-range rooster named Chico on the hunt for treats and bad guys.
A twisty mystery. And scuba diving. Lots of scuba diving.

And then there’s Liam. Always Liam.

Unlucky Like Us by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie

Unlucky Like Us by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Narrated by Alan Carlson, Lessa Lamb
Like Us #12
Audible Studios

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29-year-old Paul Donnelly has been many things in his life. Son of addicts, high school dropout, tattooist, the shameless bodyguard to Beckett Cobalt, the “bodyguard camp counselor” to the rookies of SFO, Loren Hale’s nemesis, and Xander’s wise one.

But nothing means as much without Luna Hale. The sci-fi-loving writer. A weirdo. Sister to his client. The only one he’s fallen for.

To be with Luna, he has to ensure it’s totally, completely, unmistakably safe. That starts with taking care of his family—the family he walked away from as a teenager.

He knows he’ll survive. He can survive anything. But this time, he just wants to survive with her.

Take an epic cosmic journey with Luna & Donnelly through heartache, hope, darkness, love, and an unceasing light—where the bonds we make are what power us through time.

Data Nexus by Morgan Gray

Data Nexus by Morgan Gray
Narrated by Melli Achna
Self Published

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Sloan’s goals were simple.

Raise her status and stay alive.

Now, she’s going to lose everything.

Freedom was a word Sloan had heard echo throughout Technohaven’s districts. However, it was an idea that most of the city’s citizens couldn’t comprehend. Between manipulative automatons and limited digital currency, there was no room for growth—for life.

With no other choice, sisters Sloan and Maya Delaney had to cheat their way into the upper district—a place of opportunity and, most of all, hope.

Hidden within the city’s elite borders, they were safe. Their past would remain in the past so long as they didn’t slip up. Didn’t take more than they were given. Accepted the regime’s word as law.

And it worked… until Maya disappeared.

Sloan’s position as a quantum data sleuth allowed her to track her sister’s last-recorded movements, but hacking into the city’s system wasn’t an easy feat. From within the nano-controlled walls of the police department, probing cameras and questionable allies saw her every move and heard her every whisper.

Sloan was about to lose her composure, when a group of rebels revealed themselves, saving her from discovery.

Working with the Guardians was the last thing Sloan wanted. It risked the life that she’d painstakingly built.

But how could she refuse, when disobeying the regime was the only way to save her sister?

With droids stalking Sloan’s every step, rebellion blooming across Technohaven, an attractive golem disrupting her emotions, and rogues questioning her intentions, the data sleuth searched for answers.

But, in a world of hidden codes, answers only lead to more questions…

If You See Me by Audra McElyea

If You See Me by Audra McElyea
Narrated by Amanda Stribling, Bailey Carr, Nick Mondelli, Jordan Killam
Dreamscape Media

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When Leighton Marx is taken at a festival in front of her loved ones, police are quick to label it a random trafficking incident, but Leighton’s husband, Owen, and her ex-best-friend, Marnie, suspect there’s more to the story.

After Marnie meets Sarah, who saw something at the festival that doesn’t add up, she starts looking for Leighton herself—only to uncover secrets and inconsistencies surrounding her disappearance that grow deeper and more complicated by the minute.

As Marnie continues to search, she receives threats from two parties with conflicting agendas, and she must decide whether she should risk it all to find her friend or if she thinks it’d be better for everyone if Leighton stays gone after she learns the whole twisted truth.

Floating Worlds by Cecelia Holland

Floating Worlds by Cecelia Holland
Narrated by Kristin James
Tantor Audio

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In the far future, an Earth-born woman must negotiate with a fearsome mutant race: “On a par with Ursula LeGuin or Arthur C. Clarke” (Chicago Tribune).

Two thousand years into the future, runaway pollution has made the earth uninhabitable except in giant biodomes. The society is an anarchy, with disputes mediated through the Machiavellian Committee for the Revolution. Mars, Venus, and the moon support flourishing colonies of various political stripes. On the fringes of the solar system, in the gas planets, a strange, new, violent kind of human has evolved. In this unstable system, the anarchist Paula Mendoza, an agent of the Committee, works to make peace and ultimately protect her people in a catastrophic clash of worlds that destroys the order she knows.

He's So Slick by Sinclair Kelly

He’s So Slick by Sinclair Kelly
Narrated by Bridget Bordeaux, Jake Bordeaux
Knot Pucking Mine Omegaverse #1
Two57 Media

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This Omega doesn’t do drama, drugs, or hockey players. The first two for obvious reasons. The last because I don’t shit where I eat. As the daughter of the Phoenix Heat’s owner, I know better than to dip my toes into that particular pool. The league is way too small a world, and I am a drama-free zone.

When my daddy strongly suggests (read: insists) I come home for a visit, how can I say no? But without my besties by my side, there’s no one to stop me from making an epicly stupid decision when I discover the Heat’s captain in a compromising position. I’m suddenly in the one place I swore I’d never be…a hockey player’s bed, forging pack bonds I had no intention of having.

When scandal erupts around us, I vow to do whatever it takes to save my new pack, even at my own expense. In a moment of desperation, I lock lips with their nemesis right on the kiss cam. Now, I’m the one in desperate need of saving from the grumpy center of the Chicago Storm.

Can this Omega bridge the gap between these mortal enemies, or have I just doomed us all?

A Kilt for Christmas by Tricia O'Malley

A Kilt for Christmas by Tricia O’Malley
Narrated by Amy Landon, Will Watt
The Enchanted Highlands #3
Lovewrite Publishing

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Legend has it that wishes made at the standing stones during Christmas come true.

As if.

Maisie Barron is over it. A small-town girl with big dreams, her frustrations lead her to make a silly wish at the standing stones outside Loren Brae. Little does she know, the magick found there will transform her wish into a catastrophic event that threatens the upcoming Christmas Book Festival.

Weston Smith needs a break. Burnt out from his tenure-track professorship, he decides that a holiday in little Loren Brae, Scotland, will be the perfect escape he needs to recharge his batteries. The last thing he expects is to find the woman he’s been waiting his whole life for. With the over-zealous help of a gaggle of elderly book club members, West finds himself on a real-life mission to woo the woman of his dreams.

There’s more than magic at play when sparks ignite. Snowed in, with an undeniable attraction brewing, only West and Maisie can save Loren Brae from the snowstorm of the century.

Author’s note: a handsome American takes on a lonely Scotswoman in this stand-alone small-town Scottish romance. Wicked banter, a highland ghost coo, and dogs dressed in kilts make this magical Christmas story the perfect happily-ever-after.

Initus by Talis Jones

Initus by Talis Jones
Narrated by Paige Reisenfeld
Walking Shadows #5
Self Published

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Morgan Travers was little more than a favored intern at a top medical research facility with a bright future ahead of her. She laughed, she worked, she lived, and she’d at last earned the coveted favor of her mentor, Dr. Xi. Morgan was a nobody, but she was going places. Until one choice destroyed everything: her career, her life, her nation. In one horror-filled moment, Morgan Travers became an infamous curse on everyone’s lips.

Locked in the darkness until her hair begins to gray, a mysterious offer interrupts Morgan’s sealed fate. If she agrees, she could undo the nightmare, restore order to a land destroyed, and exact revenge on those who had betrayed her. The question is: where is the line and will she be willing to cross it?

The thrilling conclusion to the Walking Shadows series unveils the mysterious, dark origins of its dystopian world at last.

So many audiobooks, so little time! Every week we post showing off 10+ new audiobooks, this week, December 24th, there are 10 new titles…


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