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Under a Falling Star by Jae
Narrated by Abby Craden
Tantor Audio

See my review of Under a Falling Star here

A new job and a hot but grouchy boss for Christmas.

Falling stars are supposed to be a lucky sign, but not for Austen. Her new job as a secretary in an international games company isn’t off to a good start. Her first assignment – decorating the Christmas tree in the lobby – results in a trip to the ER after Dee, the company’s second-in-command, gets hit by the star-shaped tree topper.

Dee blames her instant attraction to Austen on her head wound, not the magic of the falling star. She’s determined not to act on it, especially since Austen has no idea that Dee is practically her boss.

Contains mature themes.

Deep Dive by Ron Walters

Deep Dive by Ron Walters
Narrated by Stefan Menaul
Angry Robot

When your reality shatters, what will you do to put it back together again?

Still reeling from the failure of his last project, video game developer Peter Banuk is working hard to ensure his next game doesn’t meet the same fate. He desperately needs a win, not only to save his struggling company, but to justify the time he’s spent away from his wife and daughters.

So when Peter’s tech-genius partner offers him the chance to beta-test a new state-of-the-art virtual reality headset, he jumps at it. But something goes wrong during the trial, and Peter wakes to find himself trapped in an eerily familiar world where his children no longer exist.

As the lines between the real and virtual worlds begin to blur, Peter is forced to reckon with what truly matters to him. But can he escape his virtual prison before he loses his family forever?

First Wave by Lisa Phillips

First Wave by Lisa Phillips
Narrated by Hannah Cabell
Recorded Books

Just another Friday night. Or is it?

Homeland Security Agent Dakota Pierce is in the Washington backwoods to sniff out domestic terrorism.

DEA rookie Josh Weber and his dog show up to uncover a mystery of their own.

When a young woman’s body is discovered, everything points to a local militia.

The Northwest Counter-Terrorism Taskforce is on the case.

Valkyrie by Meg Ludwa

Valkyrie by Meg Ludwa
Narrated by Marni Penning
Tantor Audio

“Why are you doing this?”

“Doing what?”

“Helping these people. Non-citizens. You don’t owe them anything. You had a life back in the Dome you could’ve escaped back to, been protected by your uncle. Why do any of this?”

“None of this would’ve happened if it wasn’t for my mother, right? I can’t just walk away from it, can I?”

Life is a paradise for the privileged on Odin Prime. Dr. Shea Tristan, a loyal Statesman and Chancellor’s niece, learns firsthand how broken the state is when she falls into the hands of Shadow – the station’s most dangerous criminal organization. A disgraced Valkyrie named Victoria Hammond and an emerging threat among the station’s most vulnerable force Shea to confront her mother’s shameful past. Shea will question everything she knows about herself, her notorious family, and the state that once protected her.

The Wall: Eternal Night by Joshua T. Calvert
Narrated by Jonathan Davis
Podium Audio

What if suddenly you could no longer see the sun? Or the stars? What if the world sank into darkness?

Off the coast of Sulawesi, an Indonesian fisherman named Putra Buring Bule nets a strange object from the depths. A few days later, Earth falls into total darkness – an unknown phenomenon blocks out the sun and the starry sky, and the world descends into chaos.

In the midst of a collapsing civilization, CIA agent Rodea Stone is sent to Sulawesi to retrieve Putra’s puzzling find, and gets caught up in a truth that strains the limits of her imagination. Meanwhile, Montgomery Reed, a physicist at the LIGO gravitational wave observatory, is desperately trying to contact the NASA team on Unity Moon Base, who might well hold Earth’s only hope in their hands.

The Wall: Eternal Night depicts a fateful event that changes Earth and all its inhabitants forever. But there are two sides to every fate. In The Wall: Eternal Day by Brandon Q. Morris, you will learn about the other side….

The Wall: Eternal Day by Brandon Q. Morris
Narrated by Jonathan Davis
Podium Audio

Judith Rosenberg, captain of the spaceship ARES, is under pressure. After the previous mission to Mars crashed, she is supposed to set down the first humans on the Red Planet.

Maxim Goncharov, meanwhile, has other problems to contend with. He’s in charge of building an international lunar base at the moon’s south pole, where the sun almost always shines. But his crew is slowly running out of resources. Humankind seems to have lost interest in the moon. When the ARES encounters an interstellar visitor, the researchers on the moon uncover its true nature; a discovery with terrible consequences, as Judith and Maxim find out almost simultaneously.

The Wall: Eternal Day depicts a fateful chain of events that changes the solar system and all its inhabitants forever. But there are two sides to every fate. In The Wall: Eternal Night by Joshua T. Calvert, you will learn about the other side….

Electric Midnight by Nathan Van Coops

Electric Midnight by Nathan Van Coops
Narrated by Stacy Carolan
Self Published

Do androids die with their secrets?

Loner detective Greyson Travers just found his latest client dead on the sidewalk. Left with only a cryptic coin and a victim no one knows, it’s a case he doesn’t want. When a corporation producing androids offers to fund his investigation, Greyson smells a setup, but a girl with a mysterious past may hold clues to the truth.

Dangerous people move in the shadows of this city, and now Greyson is in their sights. But with a fast car and his sarcastic AI riding shotgun, he’s betting he can hunt down the killer before his time is up.

Strap in for another pause-resisting mystery in the Paradox PI series with twisting time travel, unforgettable characters, and a wise-cracking detective who never quits. Solve this mystery from the future today.

Covert Kill by Jason Kasper

Covert Kill by Jason Kasper
Narrated by Corey M. Snow
Severn River Publishing

From former Green Beret and USA Today best-selling author Jason Kasper

“Jason Kasper is a name to watch in the thriller world.” (Mark Greaney, number one New York Times best-selling author of the Gray Man series)

When American citizens in Nigeria are kidnapped and held for ransom, David Rivers and his team of CIA contractors find themselves enveloped in an international firestorm. With a US administration determined to protect American lives, David has the authority to do whatever it takes.

But as David’s team tracks down the mysterious terror cell responsible for the kidnapping, they uncover a conspiracy beyond anything they could have imagined.

And in a race against time to recover the hostages, David and his team must infiltrate the Sambisa Forest, a sprawling Boko Haram stronghold overflowing with enemy soldiers.

Failure is not an option.

Survival is not guaranteed.

How Not to Fall in Love by Jacqueline Firkins

How Not to Fall in Love by Jacqueline Firkins
Narrated by Brittany Wilkerson
Harper Audio

A hardened cynic and a hopeless romantic teach each other about love in this swoony and heartful romance that’s perfect for fans of Tweet Cute and The Upside of Falling.

Harper works in her mom’s wedding shop, altering dresses for petulant and picky brides who are more focused on hemlines than love. After years of watching squabbles break out over wedding plans, Harper thinks romance is a marketing tool. Nothing more. Her best friend Theo is her opposite. One date and he’s already dreaming of happily-ever-afters. He also plays the accordion, makes chain mail for Ren Festers, hangs out in a windmill-shaped tree house, cries over rom-coms, and takes his word-of-the-day calendar very seriously.

When Theo’s shocked to find himself nursing his umpteenth heartbreak, Harper offers to teach him how not to fall in love. Theo agrees to the lessons, as long as Harper proves she can date without falling in love. As the lessons progress and Theo takes them to heart, Harper has a harder time upholding her end of the bargain. She’s also checking out her window to see if Theo’s home from his latest date yet. She’s even watching rom-coms. If she confesses her feelings, she’ll undermine everything she’s taught him. Or was he the one teaching her?

The Tie That Blinds by Al E. Boy, F. Carod

The Tie That Blinds by Al E. Boy, F. Carod
Narrated by Pam Tsujioka
Self Published

Read my review of The Tie that Binds here

The Tie That Blinds, the exciting, suspenseful third installment of Misadventures Memoirs, takes up where The Tiger’s Tears left off.

Though not a trace of Dale Mathis has been found since the Learjet he was on crashed into the sea, Sofia Hernández and her family haven’t given up hope he is alive and will be found.

Many notable figures are on the run because of the information the tiger USB revealed. Former cohorts of the evil, sadistic Senator Rafael Medina are desperately fleeing not only the long arm of the law, but also the country’s criminal element who have suffered greatly because of their ill-advised vendetta against Chief Ricardo and the Hernández family. Yet, while most have wisely abandoned this vengeful undertaking, a handful of determined characters seem hell-bent on finishing the job.

Surprisingly, the tiger USB did not disclose all of its secrets. Still hidden within is vital information with the potential to easily destroy individuals far more important than the Senator ever was. For those most threatened by its secrets, time is running out to locate the troublesome device before their world of evil comes crashing down.

Coming Up for Air by Nicole B. Tyndall

Coming Up for Air by Nicole B. Tyndall
Narrated by Phoebe Strole
Listening Library

For fans of Nina LaCour and The Spectacular Now, a powerful coming-of-age story about a girl with creative aspirations and the boy who charms his way into her life, centering on themes of addiction, loss, and the tumultuousness of first love – and how to find strength when everything falls apart.

Ever since her mom’s cancer scare, Hadley hasn’t been one for taking risks. And after seeing her sister go through one too many heartbreaks, she definitely has no interest in dating. Hadley just wants to keep her head down and enjoy the rest of high school with her friends, focusing on her photography and getting into the art school of her dreams.

Then enters Braden, star of the swim team and precisely the kind of person Hadley avoids, all bravado and charm and impulsivity. From their first moment together, they are perfect sparring partners, equally matched. And it’s intoxicating. Braden sees her, really sees her, and Hadley decides it might be time to break all her rules.

Braden shows Hadley how to live again, and soon Hadley is happier than she’ll ever admit out loud. But that’s before her family is faced with devastating news, and Braden starts hiding a growing, dark secret. As it threatens to shatter everything they’ve built, Hadley must confront her own actions and determine if she has the strength to walk away.

Disruption by Aki J. Peritz

Disruption by Aki J. Peritz
Narrated by Samuel Roukin
Recorded Books

Al Qaeda did not stop after 9/11. Its reign of terror continued with bombings and mayhem across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. But its frustration grew as the group failed to fundamentally undermine America and its allies.

Five years later the time was ripe for another spectacular mega-plot. Fresh from masterminding the London Underground carnage, one veteran operative set in motion a new operation to destroy passenger aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean – and kill thousands of people in the process.

Disruption tells the story of that conspiracy and the heroic efforts by the intelligence services of the United States, Great Britain, and Pakistan to uncover and crush it. From the streets of London to the training camps of Pakistan to the corridors of power in Washington DC, the story unfolds with murders, double-crosses, probes, jailbreaks, and explosions.

Former counterterrorism analyst Aki J. Peritz brings the story to life with vivid imagery, interviews with top intelligence officials, and never-before-seen declassified documents. Disruption is the not-to-be-missed account of the race to stop a terrorist conspiracy that would have remade our world – forever.

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