Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s Weekly Showcase of New and Notable Audiobooks for July 7th!

Each week, I handpick audiobooks from various genres that have caught my attention. Dive in and discover your next great listen!

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Cascadia by H.W. "Buzz" Bernard

Cascadia by H.W. “Buzz” Bernard
Narrated by Jonathan Hicks
Bryant Street Publishing

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If you live in the Pacific Northwest, get ready to run for your life . . .

In the face of a massive earthquake and tsunami in the Pacific Northwest, a respected geologist must make two gut-wrenching decisions. One could cost him his reputation, the other, his life.

Is the Northwest overdue for a huge quake and tsunami, or will the region remain safe for hundreds of years yet to come? No one knows… or does someone?

Dr. Rob Elwood, a geologist whose specialty is earthquakes and tsunamis, is having nightmares of “the big one” that are way too real to disregard. His friend, a counselor and retired reverend, does not think Rob is going nuts. To the contrary, he believes the dreams are premonitions to be taken seriously. No one else does, however, even after a press conference.

Some live to regret it, most don’t.

Rob’s drama becomes intertwined with others—a retired fighter pilot trying to make amends to a woman he jilted decades ago and a quixotic retiree searching for legendary buried treasure in the rugged coastal mountains of Oregon.

All are about to live Rob’s nightmare.

“Riveting, scary, and entirely believable . . . a compelling, page-turning thriller with the ring of truth.” Jerry Thompson, author of Cascadia’s Fault


A Clean Kill by Steven Konkoly

A Clean Kill by Steven Konkoly
Narrated by Steve Corona
Garrett Mann #1
Brilliance Audio

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An FBI agent hunting a serial killer has to up his game when a trail of murders is not what it seems in a riveting thriller by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Steven Konkoly.

Five dismembered bodies are found along the roadside, dumped in the middle of nowhere. This isn’t new to Special Agent Garrett Mann. Head of ARTEMIS, a specialized FBI task force hell-bent on hunting down cartel-related killings in the Southwest, Mann has seen this before.

He and his team have been tracking similar kills along thousands of miles of rural roads running north, south, and back again. When the latest slaughter yields a key piece of evidence, Mann thinks he’s found the killer and solved the case. That’s when the nightmare begins.

From a lakeside Minnesota mansion to an abandoned CIA black site in New Mexico, the hunt is on. But the closer Mann gets to his prey, the deadlier the stakes become. This is no ordinary serial killer. He’s not working alone—and the stakes go far beyond just preventing the serial killer’s next massacre. What Mann unravels is a powerful and far-reaching conspiracy beyond his wildest imagination.


The Immortal by Joshua T. Calvert

The Immortal by Joshua T. Calvert
Narrated by Paul Heitsch
Podium Audio

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They called it the Immortality Code… and one Swiss firm just cracked it.

Is it real or a fraud?

FBI geneticist Mason Brown and Danish Interpol agent Jonna Nielsen have just seventy-two hours to find the missing man they call The Immortal. He’s on the run across Europe and his genetic material may be the most valuable commodity in human history.

There’s just one problem: Someone else wants him, too.

As the time to find him dwindles, Mason and Jonna seem to be one step behind a wealthy man who will stop at nothing. If the tech billionaire finds him first, it could change the economic playing field for the entire world.

Who is the Immortal? And could he be a contemporary witness of Christ as some sources believe?

This science thriller from million-selling author Joshua T. Calvert has perfect pacing and the twists will keep you on the edge of your seat.


Overdue by K.T. Hanna

Overdue by K.T. Hanna
Narrated by Andrea Parsneau
Library System Reset #1
Podium Audio

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The library once stood proud as a beacon of magic and power. For five hundred years, it has been broken.

Quinn can barely handle her own life. When the Library of Everywhere discovers her compatible magical signature, suddenly, she is the sole existing potential librarian. Now, it’s not only the weight of her world on her shoulders—Quinn must connect with the library system before the universe itself disintegrates.

Once she’s settled, it should be quiet, peaceful work—just as soon as she battles a few engorged bookworms, repairs hundreds of years of damage, and figures out why there’s been no librarian for the last several centuries.

And once that’s done she can start gathering overdue books. All 18,042 of them to start.

There’ll be a helluva lot of late fees to process.


Body Check by Elle Kennedy

Body Check by Elle Kennedy
Narrated by Samantha Cook
Harlequin Audio

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New York Times bestselling author of the Briar U series Elle Kennedy’s first hockey romance, Body Check, is now released in an expanded version, with both new and enhanced scenes by the author! More story, more hockey—and more heat!

After a childhood spent being dragged around the country by her hockey coach father, Hayden Houston intends to take some time to figure out her future. Whether that future will include her currently off-again boyfriend remains to be seen. What it certainly won’t include is the for-one-night-only guy she just met at a bar.

It seems hockey star Brody Croft did not get the memo about being temporary. Big, bold and driven, he’s dedicated in everything he does. Up till now, that’s been his team—the one owned by Hayden’s dad. But his night with Hayden has sparked something he didn’t expect. The two of them are good together. Really good. There’s a connection he’s never experienced before, one he knows they’d be wrong to ignore. Even with a game-fixing scandal testing both their loyalties—to teammates, to friends…to family.

Part of Hayden wants to turn tail and run. A complicated relationship with a bad boy hockey player is exactly what she never wanted. But when it comes to Brody, Hayden is realizing that people can be so much more than what they seem.


The Dating Equation by Emily Merrill

The Dating Equation by Emily Merrill
Narrated by Charlie Sanderson
HarperNorth

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2 best friends. 1 perfect match.

Could you solve the equation for love if you’ve never had it yourself?

Twenty-six-year-old Penny Webber has never had a boyfriend, but she’s about to launch a new dating app with her best friend, Rory, designed to make dating less shallow. What could possibly go wrong?

As soon as LEVEL launches, it’s an immediate hit. Challenged by her team, but discouraged by Rory, she hits download on her very own app to prove a point. Alongside dating, she juggles her brother’s wedding plans, mediating between divorced parents and supporting her flatmate through heartbreak. All while navigating her increasingly complicated partnership with Rory…

As LEVEL sends her further down a rocky path of failed dates, Penny’s faith in her ability to help others find love falters. But what if Penny is wrong about her ability to crack the equation for love? What if, all this time, it’s been where she least expected it?


Mudflowers by Aley Waterman

Mudflowers by Aley Waterman
Narrated by Stephanie Willing
Everand Productions

In the year following her mother’s death, Sophie navigates a complicated love triangle between a new flame and a past partner.

It’s the west end of Toronto, the apartments are small, and everybody is twenty-seven and making some kind of art. In the wake of her mother’s death, Sophie pays rent by making stained glass mosaics for rich people and plays house with her childhood friend and sometimes-lover, the beautiful boy Alex. Both are from Newfoundland but move easily in this world of crowded patios and DIY movie shoots.

When Sophie meets the glamorous poet Maggie, who is the downtown product of a hundred cool queer bars, she falls into a bewildered infatuation, but secrets emerge that threaten to crumble the foundation of her relationship with Alex and Maggie both.


Indigo: Storm by Adrian J. Smith

Indigo: Storm by Adrian J. Smith
Narrated by Quinn Riley
Indigo B&B #4
Tantor Audio

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In the heart of a storm, Violet is struck by love.

Violet’s passion is storm chasing, but she spends most of her year teaching students at the local college all about the science behind the weather. As another storm season begins, her star student, Lando, is invited along by Violet’s team member Diane. Violet, however, is determined that this is the year she will finally let Diane know how she feels.

Lando hasn’t had the easiest life growing up, and as the semester comes to an end with the death of her grandmother, the loss of financial support, her last hope is an internship for storm chasing. Without it, she has no opportunities for the career of her dreams. When Diane offers her a position on her team, Lando jumps without asking questions. What she doesn’t expect is for the teacher she has admired for the last two years to suddenly hate her, the team to be dysfunctional, and the dream to turn into a nightmare.

With their futures hanging by a thread, both Lando and Violet must find the eye of the tornado.


Fatal Alliance by J.T. Baier

Fatal Alliance by J.T. Baier
Narrated by Jay Snyder
Matthew Riker #5
Podium Audio

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Just when everything seems perfect… the enemy strikes.

After the defeat of Charles Fraction, things are going well for Matthew Riker. His relationship with Jessica has never been stronger, he has a team he can trust, and QS-4 is focused on making the world a better place.

But when Riker and his team take a seemingly simple job to hand off a briefcase in a luxury hotel in Monaco, he finds himself up against a thief who has planned for every eventuality and is always three steps ahead. Things quickly fall apart.

Alone, injured, and trapped, Riker will have to make an unlikely alliance… one that could lead to his team’s salvation… or their destruction.


The Final Act by Lisa Gray

The Final Act by Lisa Gray
Narrated by Vivienne Leheny
Brilliance Audio

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All she wanted was to see her name in lights. Now, her disappearance has made her front-page news.

It’s been twenty years since Madison James had any kind of success in Hollywood. Now she’s disappeared and a TikTok sleuth has found her purse discarded in a Los Angeles park. The news spreads like wildfire across a nation hungry for celebrity tragedy, and the struggling actress’s mysterious disappearance quickly becomes a national obsession.

Detectives Sarah Delaney and Rob Moreno of the LAPD Missing Persons Unit take the case. But truth is a rare commodity in Tinseltown; some people will stop at nothing to get what they want and Delaney and Moreno soon find themselves mired in Hollywood’s dark underbelly with little in the way of clues.

As revelations from the past emerge, it becomes apparent there is more going on than meets the eye. With an obsessive public watching every step of the investigation, can the police find Madison before she becomes more than just missing?

Brian

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