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Coming Dawn by Steven Konkoly

Coming Dawn by Steven Konkoly
Narrated by Seth Podowitz
Brilliance Publishing

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The dawn of an inconceivable act of treason rises. The stakes for America’s future have never been higher than in a gripping novel of suspense by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Deep Sleep.

When CIA officer Helen Gray died, her son, Devin, a countersurveillance expert, inherited her paranoia—and the explosive evidence that gave it weight: a vast, previously undetected Russian sleeper network has operated in the United States since the Cold War.

The cells aren’t just embedded in every level of state and federal government. They’ve penetrated corporations that supply crucial technology to the Department of Defense and various intelligence agencies. With the network’s true scope still unknown, the only way to drive a stake through the heart of the conspiracy is to dispatch a covert crew to Moscow and eliminate the oligarch bankrolling it.

Russia’s endgame: inconceivable. Devin’s challenge: stop the greatest threat to national security and world peace in history. The margin for error: nonexistent.


Portals by Douglas E. Richards

Portals by Douglas E. Richards
Narrated by Johnathan McClain
Podium Audio

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Hidden portals link Earth to numerous other planets. But why do they all contain human civilizations? And why does our nearest neighbor have its sights set on Earth?

Noah Harris and Ashley Flynn are field agents for a powerful organization tasked with protecting humanity from the misuse of game-changing technology. But when they discover hidden portals that link Earth to numerous planets, put in place ages earlier by transcendent beings, they are thrust into a maze of deception and intrigue they can’t begin to understand….one that not only has them battling for their very lives, but that will decide the fate of worlds.

Because, inexplicably, each of the planets contain human civilizations, and the human rulers of our nearest portal neighbor–having already conquered their own world–have come up with a brilliant, twisted plan to conquer ours.

Only Noah and Ashley stand in their way…

From New York Times bestselling author Douglas E. Richards, whose books have sold over two million copies, Portals is a masterful near-future thriller packed with action, astonishing twists, and mind-blowing concepts.


Last Man Standing by Craig A. Falconer

Last Man Standing by Craig A. Falconer
Narrated by Scott Aiello
Recorded Books

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A pulsating sci-fi thriller from the author of the global blockbuster Not Alone—perfect for fans of Andy Weir and A.G. Riddle.

I wasn’t supposed to survive.

The station has been hit. Everyone around me is dead.

I have 11 hours of life support left and no way of contacting Earth.

I’m alone. I’m stranded. I’m desperate.

But I’m alive.

The more of the station I explore, the surer I get that this was no accident. Someone did this, and I don’t think they’re finished yet.

Making it home feels like an impossible task, but I’m not just fighting for my own life.

I have to protect my family—whatever it takes.

And as long as I’m breathing, this isn’t over.

Because whoever did this almost pulled it off…but they made one big mistake: They left the wrong man standing….


Another World by Samuel Best

Another World by Samuel Best
Narrated by Jonathan Davis
Podium Audio

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Leaving Earth is the easy part. Surviving the trip to a new home 10,000 light years away is a journey like no other.

Merritt Alder is done with Earth. The planet is polluted and overpopulated, and its people are hungry.

Earth’s first colony, Galena, is a pioneer world 10,000 light years away. It has clean air, unpolluted water, and continents of arable land. Anyone can start a new life…if they can get there.

For Merritt, the journey is only the beginning. Obstacles arise every step of the way, forcing compromise and sacrifice. And not everyone on his ship is pure of heart.

The bonds he forges on the journey will be the key to surviving on another world—a world anyone has yet to fully explore.

A world with secrets of its own.

Another World is a bold new entry in the realm of planet colonization and pioneer science fiction, an odyssey across our own galaxy to start a new life on Earth’s first colony.


Bound to a Single Sun by Stephen W. Leigh

Bound to a Single Sun by Stephen W. Leigh
Narrated by Robert Fass
HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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In the near future, humankind has founded colonies on Mars and the inner planets as well as under the oceans, populating them via by direct genetic manipulation, changing us to suit the environment. The haves are those who are “ecomods” (genetically modified) or “surgenmods” (surgically modified); the have-nots are the “typics”—those who haven’t undergone modification. The typics are forced to live in walled-off, filthy, and run-down areas, held away from the wealthier surgenmods, while the ecomods have formed communities based around their own archetypes—insular societies all, each with their own particular customs.

There’s a greater wall, as well. Someone or something has put a sphere of exclusion around the inner solar system, an unseen barrier that allows no living being to pass beyond AU 3.0. For all humankind knows, this SunWall has existed for only the last half century, when the first manned expeditions attempted to reach Jupiter, or perhaps it existed for aeons, long before humans ever dreamed of flight.

Sofia is an ecomod, but not from a standard “race” that anyone recognizes. She claims to have pierced the SunWall and lived. Against increasingly stubborn resistance, Sofia and the group of misfits who gather around her attempt to uncover the secret of the SunWall and release humankind from its imprisonment.


The Woman in 3B by Eliza Lentzski

The Woman in 3B by Eliza Lentzski
Narrated by Stefanie Kay
Tantor Audio

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The challenge was supposed to be simple. Spill a drink on an airline passenger and be one square closer to winning the company’s secret bingo card game. Twenty-five different challenges, at various levels of difficulty, had to be accomplished within a month’s time. After nearly eight years of being a flight attendant, Alice Kaminski had spilled drinks on plenty of passengers, mostly on accident and during rough air. She didn’t particularly like the idea of the bingo card, but she had massive student debt; the financial incentives were enough to make her momentarily forget the questionable ethics of it all. The challenge was supposed to be simple—that is, until Alice saw her intended target—the beautiful woman seated in 3B. And after that, nothing was simple ever again.


Blind Bet by Tracey Richardson

Blind Bet by Tracey Richardson
Narrated by Sophie Daniels
Tantor Audio

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Two women with nothing in common meet at the blackjack tables . . .

Ellen Turcotte’s messy divorce forces her to take a break from her life. She’ll go back, after some rest and relaxation. When her best friend suggests a diversion, she’s quickly smitten with the allure of cards and the intriguing stranger who never seems to lose a hand. Surely she can play with dangerous temptation, just this once.

Courtney Langford’s favorite date is with Lady Luck. Ever since she missed a connection and avoided a deadly plane crash, she always comes up aces. Cards, women . . . seduction is just another way to win. Why should the lovely Ellen be any different?

But Ellen turns out to be a wild card in a game Courtney has been trying so hard not to play.

Tracey Richardson puts all the cards on the table as two women decide if they’re going to bet on love.

Contains mature themes.


Flinging It by G. Benson

Flinging It by G. Benson
Narrated by Cat Gould
Tantor Audio

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Frazer, head midwife at a hospital in Perth, Australia, is trying to make her corner of the world a little better by starting up a program for at-risk parents. Not everyone is excited about her ideas. Surrounded by red tape, she finally has to team up with Cora, a social worker who is married to Frazer’s boss.

Cora is starting to think her marriage is beyond saving, even if she wants to. Feeling smothered by a domineering spouse, she grabs hold of the program and the distraction Frazer offers with both hands. Soon the two women get a little too close and find themselves in a situation they never dreamed themselves capable of: an affair.

As the two fall deeper, both are torn between their taboo romance and their morals. But walking away from each other may not be as simple as they thought.

Contains mature themes.


Golden Hour by Kat Jackson

Golden Hour by Kat Jackson
Narrated by Lila Winters
Tantor Audio

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Lina Ragelis prides herself on her bravery and strength, two traits that have served her well in her career in the US Army. Having been disconnected from her family since she turned eighteen, Lina has learned to rely solely on herself—and her slightly overbearing best friend—and she swears she prefers it that way.

It’s an easy lie for someone who has spent her entire life dodging love. Lina’s pretty certain that she’s damaged goods. But the truth is, she’s the kind of person everyone wants in their corner, and the kind of woman many women want to love.

Having had more than her fair share of challenges and hardships, there isn’t much that scares Lina. Life would be so much easier if she were afraid of something basic—like spiders—instead of something significant. Something like real, true, healthy love.


Don’t Cry for Me: A Lesbian Romance by Rachel Lacey
Narrated by Lori Prince
Self Published

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A frosty television host, a bubbly bar owner, and a litter of abandoned kittens. The recipe for ratings gold…or heartbreak?

Eve Marlow has her eyes on the prize: a third season of her popular business makeover show, Do Over. But when her ratings take an unexpected dive, Eve needs a blockbuster new client, or she can kiss season three goodbye. She has her work cut out for her, and that’s before she discovers a litter of newborn kittens in a trash can. Now she’s desperate to find someone to take them so she can concentrate on reviving her career.

Josie Swanson had to put her kitten rescue on the back burner when she inherited her father’s bar two years ago. Since then, she’s invested all her time and energy into keeping it afloat, but despite her best efforts, Swanson’s is going under. When she gets a phone call from Eve Marlow, host of the television show Josie applied to earlier that year, the woman she’s convinced can save her bar, Josie hopes her luck has finally turned.

Eve knows what she needs to succeed, and it isn’t Josie—or her bar. There’s no denying the chemistry sizzling between them, though. Josie’s personality is as vibrant as her turquoise-tipped hair. She stirs things in Eve that haven’t been stirred in a long time, but there’s a reason she keeps her heart under lock and key. Eve stands to lose a lot more than her TV show if she lets her guard down, no matter how tempted she is to see if Josie’s love would be worth the risk.


The Stand-Up Groomsman by Jackie Lau

The Stand-Up Groomsman by Jackie Lau
Narrated by James Sie, Eunice Wong
Penguin Audio

A bridesmaid and groomsman put their differences aside to get their friends down the aisle in this opposites-attract steamy romantic comedy.

They say to never meet your heroes, but when Vivian Liao’s roommate gets engaged to her favorite actor’s costar, she has no choice but to come face-to-face with Melvin Lee again. He’s just as funny and handsome as he is on-screen…but thinks she is a snob and a sellout. It’s none of his business how she chooses to live her life, no matter how charismatic he is.

Mel is used to charming audiences as an actor and stand-up comedian but can’t connect to Vivian. She’s a smart, talented artist—which is why he thinks she’s wasting her life as a corporate finance drone. The only thing uniting them is their goal for the wedding to go off without a hitch.

As they collaborate on wedding cake and karaoke parties, Mel realizes he might have seriously misjudged this bridesmaid, while Vivian discovers the best man might just be as dazzling off-screen as he is on. With the wedding underway, maybe more than one happily ever after is in the future.


The Sum of These Things by Emily O’Beirne

The Sum of These Things by Emily O’Beirne
Narrated by Cat Gould
Tantor Audio

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In the sequel to A Story of Now, Claire Pearson has already learned a few things this summer. Like falling for a girl is easy. Well, it is if that girl is Mia.

What Claire hasn’t learned yet is that now comes the hard part: learning to trust in this new relationship. And that isn’t easy when no one has ever given you a reason to trust before.

Then there’s the pressing question of what to do with her life. Claire’s new volunteer job working with kids offers a glimpse of a potential future, but it definitely isn’t something her pushy mother is going to like.

Still, everything feels hopeful as she embarks on the next chapter of her life, armed with new friends and the warm and funny Mia. But Claire quickly discovers that negotiating this new terrain of adulthood isn’t easy. Over the rest of this momentous summer, the biggest lesson Claire must learn is how not to let anything get in the way of her happiness. Especially herself.

Contains mature themes.


The Lost Theory by Michael Kelley

The Lost Theory by Michael Kelley
Narrated by Craig Andrew
Greenleaf Book Group

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For those who love fiction that naturally weaves together many genres within a grand adventure—thriller, romance, sci-fi/magical realism, and mystery.

If you believe we all have a path to self-realization and it is of fundamental importance, this novel is for you!

Embark on a thrilling international quest to unlock the mysteries of the universe.

Sean McQueen is a staid, middle-aged NYU literature professor leading an uneventful life, until he receives a cryptic letter from his intellectually and poetically gifted best friend, Dylan Byrne. Following years of extensive research, Dylan claims that he has discovered “the theory of everything”: a revelation that promises to alter man’s view of existence by reconciling science with spirituality. The two men arrange a meeting to discuss the paradigm-shifting theory, but after Dylan never shows, Sean discovers his friend has died under mysterious circumstances and the theory has gone missing.

Sean teams up with Dylan’s scientific collaborator, quantum cosmologist Emily Edens, to find the lost theory. Together they embark on the adventure of a lifetime—traveling from the busy streets of New York City to the mystical corners of Kathmandu where Dylan realized his groundbreaking theory. On their quest, they encounter extraordinary allies and fearsome adversaries, including a covert government operative code-named “Guru,” who is hell-bent on finding the theory first and preventing Sean and Emily from sharing it with the world.

The Lost Theory is an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery, full of magical realism, mystery, and romance, all wrapped up in a story overflowing with wit, intrigue, and a sense of ultimate redemption.


Tech Ghost: The Complete Series by Ben Wolf
Narrated by Joe Hempel
Aethon Audio

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Aliens meets Night of the Living Dead in this sci-fi/horror series boxed set. Three books of pure action, mystery, and mayhem.

Fatal glitches. A corporate cover-up. And something haunting the depths….

People are dying, and no one knows why. But the company is covering it up anyway.

Justin is excited to start his new job at an energy mine on a distant planet—until things begin to go wrong. Small things. Annoying glitches in the mining complex’s tech.

Enough to aggravate him. Enough to notice a connection.

When the first miner dies from a tech-related accident, Justin can no longer turn a blind eye. But the mine’s brass don’t want him digging for answers even though something from the mine’s past is lurking beneath the surface…

…and it wants blood.

Don’t miss the special edition boxed set of this creepy, visceral sci-fi tale of tech gone bad.


Flux by Terry Schott

Flux by Terry Schott
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Podium Audio

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A Family Divided. Realities in Flux…

Atonement

Addisyn leads her band of Sparrows, clashing with other groups in a daily struggle for dominance.

Sojourn

Stranded here against his will, Trew searches for a way to leave this reality and continue searching for his daughter.

Tygon

Danielle ensures the Game and society run as intended, all the while wondering if her husband and daughter are safe.

A field of orbs glow brightly as an old man wearing pop bottle cap gloves watches them with keen interest, and a young woman learns that she is much more than a sentient computer program…


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