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Talon the Hunter by A. A. Warren
Narrated by Sean Duregger
In the lawless stars, life is cheap. But death has a price….
Struggling to return home to Dominion space, an engine malfunction strands Talon in a lawless region of the galaxy known as the Gyre.
Eager to earn a few chips and repair his ship, the former gladiator puts his deadly skills to use as a bounty hunter. Powering up his trusty plasma axe, Talon sets off for a desolate outpost world, in pursuit of a savage murderer hiding somewhere in the planet’s dusty streets.
But Talon isn’t the only one tracking this fugitive. The warrior soon finds himself battling an army of outlaws led by a brutal cybernetic killer — a madman seeking to plunder a legendary alien fortress of untold power.
If this conqueror succeeds in unleashing the forbidden technology within, he will plunge the galaxy into armageddon, sending billions of souls to a fiery death.
And the only thing standing in his way is a bounty hunter named Talon….
Ghost Agent by J.T. Baier
Narrated by Jay Snyder
Matthew Riker promised to walk away from a life of violence. Now he’s broken his word, and it’s time to pay the price.
After the events of The Import, Riker finds himself on the wrong side of his former employers, an elite mercenary group called QS-4. To escape with his life, Riker agrees to take on a job even they can’t touch: protecting a wealthy young man with political connections and possible ties to a terrorist organization.
Riker quickly finds himself sucked into a world of fast cars, big money, and no consequences. But his client isn’t interested in making his job easy, and a chance encounter with a beautiful heiress makes things even more complicated. Failure means death, but success might mean something even worse. On this job, Riker will have to walk the thin line between survival and damnation.
The Falling Woman by Richard Farrell
Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
Erin feels that she has reached a breaking point in her cancer treatment. Having gone through two exhausting programs of medication and facing a third, she decides to take a week off from doctors and hospitals and even her family, and to fly from her home in Washington D.C. to a retreat in California that is designed for people like her, cancer victims with no chance of survival. She has reached middle age, is in a mostly loveless, mechanical marriage, has successfully seen her twin daughters enrolled in college and starting their own lives independent of her, has ended an affair she was having with a man in her office, another lawyer, and is facing the reality that for all those people – husband, daughters, ex-lover – she is essentially already dead. So when the plane she is on, headed cross country to San Francisco, encounters extreme turbulence and comes apart in midair, she accepts the reality of the fact that this will be her real death. Only fate has other ideas, for she miraculously survives not only the explosion but also the fall from the sky.
Charlie Radford is a young NTSB investigator who is on the team sent to Kansas to try to determine what caused the crash, and also to find and identify all the bodies. When, several days into his investigation, he hears a rumor that a woman was found alive in a barn, still strapped to her seat, he assumes it is a hoax, but because of word of this “miracle” has reached the media – as well as the men and women in Congress – he is forced to assume responsibility for tracking down the source of the rumor and to find the woman, should she actually exist. So for young Radford, what began as a routine crash investigation becomes a search to find the truth of the story, and then, once he realizes that in fact there is a survivor, he must convince her to come forward. The problem is that once found, Erin refuses to cooperate, having decided that her family has already mourned her death twice; all she wants is to be left alone, to live out what time she has left away from the rest of the world. But then one reporter gets wind of her location, and Radford must decide how to protect this “falling woman” while at the same time answering the commands of his superiors in the government agency.
Fast-paced, and full of twists and surprises, The Falling Woman is a story of the irony of fate, and of which conflicting factor will prevail: the need of the government and its people to know the truth, or the right of a woman to determine how her personal story will play out.
Hell’s Horizon by Richard Fox, Jonathan P. Brazee
Narrated by Giancarlo Esposito, Eric Dane
Emmy-nominated Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian) and Eric Dane (The Last Ship, Grey’s Anatomy) play two warring commanders in this military science fiction novel written by Nebula and Dragon Award finalists Richard Fox and Jonathan Brazee.
A war with no end. A vendetta that will destroy two commanders.
The war between the Alliance and the Hegemony has spanned countless stars and shed untold blood on a hundred worlds. For two commanders, Alliance Captain Alcazar and Major Richter of the Hegemony, the war has spiraled into a personal feud.
Both lead fierce marines and mechanized soldiers into battle against the other on the green hell planet, Ayutthaya, and each new fallen warrior only deepens the bitterness and hatred between the two.
But as the conflict rages, the two warriors discover they have more in common than they dare to admit, and their own codes of honor may be what can bring the bloodshed to an end…if they don’t kill each other first.
Military veterans and authors Fox and Brazee bring their wartime experiences and years as officers in the United States military in this grueling, head-to-head action driven story.
The Evidence by Christopher Priest
Narrated by Michael Maloney
Orion Publishing Group
Todd Fremde is an author, a writer of police procedurals and criminal mysteries.
Invited to the remote island of Dearth, far across the Dream Archipelago, to talk at a conference, he finds himself caught up in a series of mysteries.
How can Dearth claim to be completely crime-free yet still have an armed police force? Why are they so keen for him to appear but so dismissive when he arrives? Is his sense of time confused, or is something confusing happening to time itself?
And how does this all connect with a murder committed on his home island, 10 years before and seemingly forgotten?
Fremde’s investigation and research will lead him to some dangerous conclusions….
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Narrated by Luke Daniels
The first twisted and futuristic novel in the perennially popular New York Times best-selling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.
In America after the second Civil War, the pro-choice and pro-life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of 13. Between the ages of 13 and 18, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called “unwinding.” Unwinding ensures that the child’s life doesn’t “technically” end by transplanting all the organs in the child’s body to various recipients. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound.
With breathtaking suspense, this book follows three teens who all become runaway Unwinds: Connor, a rebel whose parents have ordered his unwinding; Risa, a ward of the state who is to be unwound due to cost-cutting; and Lev, his parents’ tenth child whose unwinding has been planned since birth as a religious tithing. As their paths intersect and lives hang in the balance, Shusterman examines complex moral issues that will keep listeners tuned in until the very end.
Before You Say I Do by Clare Lydon
Narrated by Justine Eyre
What happens if you fall for your bridesmaid?
Abby Porter has a high-flying job and the perfect fiancé in Marcus Montgomery. But Abby’s world turns on its head when he hires a professional bridesmaid to help her in the run-up to the wedding. When Abby meets Jordan, she can hardly breathe.
Marcus is oblivious.
The wedding is weeks away. Now the only question is: will Abby make it to the altar?
Best-selling author Clare Lydon brings you a romance to top them all in this story of forbidden love and lesbian romance.
Simmer Down by Sarah Smith
Narrated by Donnabella Mortel
A PopSugar Must-Read for October!
In this finger-licking good rom-com, two is the perfect number of cooks in the kitchen.
Nikki DiMarco knew life wouldn’t be all sunshine and coconuts when she quit her dream job to help her mom serve up mouthwatering Filipino dishes to hungry beachgoers, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so eat-or-be-eaten – or the competition to be so smoking hot.
But Tiva’s Filipina Kusina has faced bigger road bumps than the arrival of Callum James. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable the British food truck owner is – he rudely set up shop next to her coveted beach parking spot. He’s stealing her customers and fanning the flames of a public feud that makes her see sparks.
The solution? Let the upcoming Maui Food Festival decide their fate. Winner keeps the spot. Loser pounds sand. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum…a sweet, protective side. Is she brave enough to call a truce? Or will trusting Callum with her heart mean jumping from the frying pan into the fire?
The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle
Narrated by Holly Robinson
Instant International Best Seller
“Ferociously entertaining. A novel like a triathlon: Part evil-twin thriller, part howdunit (or did-she-do-it?), part juicy family drama. Drop Knives Out and Double Indemnity into the blender, shake some Dead Calm over the froth, power it on, and you’ve got a cocktail like The Girl in the Mirror – fresh, flavorful, and utterly intoxicating.” (AJ Finn, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Woman in the Window)
Written with the chilling, twisty suspense of The Wife Between Us and Something in the Water, a seductive debut thriller about greed, lust, secrets, and deadly lies involving identical twin sisters.
Twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband Adam.
Called to Thailand to help her sister sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes. When she makes it to land, Iris allows herself to be swept up by Adam, who assumes that she is Summer.
Iris recklessly goes along with his mistake. Not only does she finally have the golden life she’s always envied, with her sister gone, she’s one step closer to the hundred-million-dollar inheritance left by her manipulative father. All Iris has to do is be the first of his seven children to produce an heir.
Iris’s “new” life lurches between glamorous dream and paranoid nightmare. On the edge of being exposed, how far will she go to ensure no one discovers the truth?
And just what did happen to Summer on that yacht? Only Iris knows….
The Locker Nine: Books 1-4 by Franklin Horton
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
For the first time ever, the complete four-book Locker Nine series is available in a box set. A number one best seller in both the post-apocalyptic and dystopian genres. Includes: Locker Nine, Grace Under Fire, Compound Fracture, and Blood Bought.
Description of book one, Locker Nine:
A determined young woman and a psychopath living out his favorite video games clash in the apocalyptic aftermath of a nationwide terror attack.
Grace’s dad taught her survival, self-defense, and shooting, then sent her away to college, hoping she’d never need those skills. All he wanted was to give her a fighting chance if the world fell apart.
Then, it did.
Near the end of Grace’s freshmen year, coordinated terror attacks take place at dozens of locations around the country – including on the campus of Grace’s university.
Grace and her father barely have time for a single rushed phone call before they lose signal. Robert reminds Grace of the key he gave her when she left for school – the key that she never takes from around her neck.
She doesn’t know what it opens. She doesn’t know where the engraved numbers will lead her. All she knows is that her dad once told her this key could save her life.
With her roommate in tow, Grace embarks on a treacherous journey home and ends up in the crosshairs of another desperate traveler – a seriously disturbed gamer who sees nothing but opportunity in a world that now resembles that of his favorite video games.