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Retrograde by Peter Cawdron
Narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen
The international team at the Mars Endeavour colony is prepared for every eventuality except one – what happens when disaster strikes Earth?
Mankind has long dreamed of reaching out to live on other planets, and with the establishment of the Mars Endeavour colony, that dream has become reality. The fledgling colony consists of 120 scientists, astronauts, medical staff, and engineers. Buried deep underground, they’re protected from the harsh radiation that sterilizes the surface of the planet. The colony is prepared for every eventuality except one – what happens when disaster strikes Earth?
Uncontacted by Rick Chesler
Narrated by Jo Nelson
Two primitive tribes living half a world apart.
One guarded revelation that was never meant to be seen.
And a calamity about to be unleashed.
In the jungle cities of the Amazon, thousands of tribal descendants suddenly drop dead at the exact same moment for no apparent reason. Strange truths start to emerge that lead respected ecologist, Antonio Medina, into the deepest reaches of the rain forest, to a tribe that has seen virtually zero contact with the outside world.
On the other side of the planet, in the Indian Ocean, anthropologist Stel Foster is on a similar quest. When he learns of unlikely ties to the tribe in Brazil that his long-time professional rival, Antonio Medina, is investigating, he agrees to work together with the ecologist.
Antonio isn’t sure he can trust Foster, but together they are forced to solve a perilous puzzle, with the most alarming piece being two halves of a strange artifact safeguarded by both tribes for thousands of years.
Even worse, a powerful secret society will stop at nothing to control the ultimate truth the artifact holds. With options running short and time even shorter, our comprehension of what it means to be human is about to shift forever.
Burnt Sea by Jordan Rivet
Narrated by Ray Greenley
Moments before the world ends, two strangers pass each other on the San Diego boardwalk. Simon is taking a walk with his young daughter, Esther. Judith is jogging to relax before her first big job interview. When a cloud of ash descends without warning, swallowing the city behind them, Simon and Judith escape onto a nearby cruise ship and head for open water. The Yellowstone super eruption has begun, and the luxury vessel is their only hope of survival.
Cut off from all communication, the survivors begin a desperate search for a safe haven. Simon and Judith struggle to keep the peace as tensions rise between the stranded passengers, the crew, and the volatile old captain. With resources running low and storms increasing in ferocity, they’re about to encounter a threat more dangerous than the sea itself.
Find out how the Catalina’s journey began in the action-packed prequel to the Seabound Chronicles. This full-length novel can be enjoyed on its own or after any book in the post-apocalyptic Seabound trilogy.
A Murder on Long Island by Owen Parr
Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
Real estate developer Harold Longworth is facing life in prison for the murder of his wife in their Sagaponack, Long Island home. Just hired by the defense attorneys, former NYPD detective Giuseppe “Joey” Mancuso realizes that for a whole year before the trial, the attorneys have bungled the investigation. Was it on purpose? Are the attorneys covering something up?
Joey and his half-brother, Father Dominic O’Brian, have 10 days before the end of the trial to find the real murderer. The day of the murder, a year ago, Suffolk PD homicide detectives found Mr. Longworth, alone in the home, sitting by his wife’s body after he called 911. Her blood was on his clothes. His bloody prints were on the murder weapon. Gunshot residue on his arms and hands.
The prosecution is on the last days of their presentation. They have proven opportunity on the part of Longworth. As for motivation, they are about to show that Mrs. Longworth, the victim, was asking for a divorce and settlement on a $75 million estate. Further, they uncovered that Mr. Harold Longworth suspected his wife of having an affair.
As Mancuso and Father O’Brian begin working the case from their center of operations, Captain O’Brian’s Pub and Cigar Bar at the corner of Beaver and Hanover Streets in the Financial District of Manhattan, they find that there could be a lot more to this murder. The Longworth Foundation, a $100 million nonprofit organization, is under FBI probe and IRS audit for potential tax schemes, money laundering, and colluding with foreign governments.
Mancuso, in his admitted Sherlock Holmes style, likes to look beyond the obvious. To observe things others looked at, but did not see. Can Mancuso and O’Brian save Mr. Longworth from a life sentence? Will they be able to unravel a possible fraudulent tax scheme being concocted by the foundation executives? Or, is it simply a case where the husband did it out of jealousy?
Primordial by David Wood & Alan Baxter
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
Sometimes, the legends are true.
When eccentric billionaire Ellis Holloway hires renegade marine biologist Sam Aston to investigate the legend of a monster in a remote Finnish lake, Aston envisions an easy paycheck and a chance to clear his gambling debts. But he gets much more. There is something terrible living beneath the dark waters of Lake Kaarme and it is hungry.
As the death toll mounts, Aston faces superstitious locals, a power-hungry police chief, and a benefactor’s descent into madness as he races to find the legendary beast of the lake.
Dane Maddock Adventures – Volume 1 by David Wood
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
Looking for a modern-day version of Indiana Jones? Dane Maddock is your man! This box set includes the first three books in the Dane Maddock Adventures series plus a bonus story.
A sunken treasure. An ancient Biblical artifact. A mystery as old as humankind.
In 1829, the Portuguese brig Dourado sank off the coast of Indonesia, losing its cargo of priceless treasures from the Holy Land. One of these lost relics holds the key to an ancient mystery. But someone does not want this treasure to come to light. When her father is murdered while searching for the Dourado, Kaylin Maxwell hires treasure hunter and former Navy Seal Dane Maddock and his partner Uriah “Bones” Bonebrake, to locate the wreckage and recover a lost Biblical artifact, the truth behind which could call into question the fundamentally held truths of human existence. Join Maddock and Bones on a perilous adventure that carries them from the depths of the Pacific to ancient cities of stone as they unravel the mystery of the Dourado.
Dane Maddock returns in another unforgettable adventure! When Maddock rescues beautiful archaeologist Jade Ihara, he joins her on asearch for the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola. Cibola takes the listener on a journey across the American southwest, where the ruins of the mysterious Anasazi hide deadly secrets, and foes lurk around every corner. Maddock and his partner “Bones” Bonebrake must decipher clues from the fabled Copper Scroll, outwit their enemies, and be the first to unlock the secret of Cibola.
Dane Maddock is back. Deep in the Amazon, a university group encounters a horror beyond their darkest nightmares and vanishes without a trace. Called upon to undertake a daring rescue mission, Maddock and Bones must trace the true path of Percy Fawcett’s final expedition, but the secret that lies at the end of the search might be even deadlier than the enemies who seek it.
Rise of a D-List Supervillain by Jim Bernheimer
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
Cal Stringel returns in the fourth volume of the D-List Supervillain series! One of the few heroes he respects has been captured, and now, Cal must rely on his wit, technical skills, and a healthy dose of The Big Lie, to pull off a daring rescue from inside a villain’s base.
Along the way, he and his team of New Renegades will have to worry about an imposter, human/animal Manglermal hybrids, a naked woman, an evil scientist, a terrifying plan, and the ever intrusive presence of Big Brother. Can Cal keep the fact that he’s really alive a secret? What hidden truths has Aphrodite been holding onto and how will it change their relationship?
All these questions await Cal, but, most importantly, why are you still reading the description? You should already be listening to chapter one!
Leap by Michael C. Grumley
Narrated by Scott Brick
All secrets are eventually revealed, given enough time, decades or even centuries. But one of the greatest secrets of all took only one small and unexpected discovery.
Facing the cold, clear glass, Alison Shaw stared nervously into the giant seawater tank.
It was just one year ago that she and her team of marine biologists had stunned the world with their incredible breakthrough. And now, they were about to do it again.
But an ocean away, something strange was unfolding. Along a lonely coast in South America, an experimental Russian submarine, long thought to have been dismantled, has suddenly resurfaced. And the US Navy had taken notice, sending officers John Clay and Steve Caesare to investigate.
The sub has been studying a group of unmarked soldiers disappearing into the jungle each night, beneath the cover of darkness. Something has been discovered – something big.
And unfortunately, the soldiers are about to learn that making the find of the century is one thing. Keeping it, is another.
Mona Lisa’s Secret by Phil Philips
Narrated by Scott Odell
Joey is the great-grandson of Vincenzo Peruggia, the man who stole the original Mona Lisa in 1911. Along with his girlfriend, Marie, an art connoisseur, he stumbles across his father’s secret room, and finds himself staring at what he thinks is a replica of da Vinci’s most famous masterpiece.
But it is no fake….
The Louvre has kept this secret for over 100 years, waiting for the original to come to light, and now they want it back at any cost. With Marie held hostage and the Louvre curator and his men hot on his trail, Joey is left to run for his life in an unfamiliar city, with the priceless Mona Lisa his only bargaining chip. While formulating a plan to get Marie back with the help from an unexpected quarter, Joey discovers hidden secrets within the painting, secrets which, if made public, could change the world forever.
In this elaborately plotted, fast-paced thriller, Phil Philips takes you on a roller-coaster ride through the streets of Paris and to the Jura mountains of Switzerland, to uncover a secret hidden for thousands of years.
Return (End Times Alaska #3) by Craig Martelle
Narrated by Chris Abernathy
The outside world was different than they remembered. Impersonal. Harsh. But that world was the same. It was the survivors who had changed.
When the treaty between the United States and Russia offered the opportunity for Chuck, Madison, and the others to return to Alaska, they seized it, this time leaving modern conveniences behind by choice.
Chuck and the community have the same mission they’ve always had: to live life to the fullest in a new world of their own making. But that means they must confront the Russian invaders yet again as the enemy tries to establish its own settlement, and the Nagys’ world turns upside down once more – maybe for the final time.
Fans of military fiction like William Johnstone’s Ashes series and John Gilstrap’s At All Costs will love the power, suspense, and deep family commitment of the End Times: Alaska trilogy.
Cheer for the community as they try to build a new society on the ashes of the old world…a harsh post-war world where danger and trials stalk them at every turn.