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Spaceside by Michael Mammay
Narrated by R.C. Bray
From the author of Planetside, a Best Book of 2018 (Library Journal)
A military legend is caught in the web between alien intrigue and human subterfuge….
Following his mission on Cappa, Colonel Carl Butler returns to a mixed reception. To some, he is a do-or-die war hero. To the other half of the galaxy, he’s a pariah. Forced into retirement, he has resettled on Talca Four where he’s now Deputy VP of Corporate Security, protecting a high-tech military company on the corporate battlefield – at least, that’s what the job description says. Really, he’s just there to impress clients and investors. It’s all relatively low risk – until he’s entrusted with new orders. A breach of a competitor’s computer network has Butler’s superiors feeling every bit as vulnerable. They need Butler to find who did it, how, and why no one’s taken credit for the ingenious attack.
As accustomed as Butler is to the reality of wargames – virtual and otherwise – this one screams something louder than a simple hack. Because no sooner does he start digging when his first contact is murdered, the death somehow kept secret from the media. As a prime suspect, he can’t shake the sensation he’s being watched…or finally succumbing to the stress of his past. Paranoid delusion or dangerous reality, Butler might be onto something much deeper than anyone imagined. But that’s where Butler thrives.
If he hasn’t signed his own death warrant.
The Future of Supervillainy by C. T. Phipps
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
Gary Karkofsky, A.K.A Merciless, the supervillainy without mercy, has decided to retire from Supervillainy. He’s lost too many friends and killed too many people (though they all had it coming). Unfortunately, this proves to be easier said than done when the department of supernatural services (DOSS) shows up to arrest him for all of his crimes. Quickly landing himself in more trouble, he decides to get out of town and help a struggling underground kingdom in the center of the Earth. What he finds is an army of Nazis, gods, lost temples, and dinosaurs. He also is forced to fight once more against the world’s first supervillain: Tom Terror, archenemy of heroes everywhere.
He just can’t catch a break, can he?
The Spirit by Thomas Page
Narrated by Matt Godfrey
It has many names: Bigfoot…Yeti…Sasquatch.
But whatever it is, it’s out there in the woods and leaving a trail of blood and severed heads behind it.
For John Moon, a half-mad Indian, it is a spirit that holds the key to his inner self. He worships its power and he’ll kill to protect it. Desperate, exhausted, half-starved, Moon will follow it wherever it goes.
For Raymond Jason, killing it has become an obsession. He was the only survivor of a hunting trip to the Rockies where the hunters became the monster’s prey. Now, he is determined to track the creature down and destroy it.
But when the two men finally corner their quarry they set loose a flood of terror and destruction that may leave no survivors….
Oracle by Douglas E. Richards
Narrated by Dan Bittner
An interstellar war is racing toward an unsuspecting Earth. Can one young woman stop it before it’s too late?
LA detective Anna Abbott can see brief, cryptic visions of the future. She just doesn’t know it yet. But others do. Others who will stop at nothing to ensure that her abilities never see the light of day.
Soon Anna is fighting for her life against an array of powerful adversaries, and not all of them are human. Because a small group of aliens hiding on Earth believe that she can single-handedly alter the course of an interstellar war. One that has raged for thousands of years, but which is completely unknown to humankind.
But even if Anna can beat the odds and stay alive, the greatest threat of all awaits: a super-intelligent species determined to prevent humanity from achieving its evolutionary destiny – at any cost.
Oracle is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller. One packed with breathtaking action, startling revelations, and mind-blowing science, including a scientific rationale for clairvoyance itself.
The Passengers by John Marrs
Narrated by Clare Corbett, Roy McMillan, Tom Bateman, Various
You’re riding in your self-driving car when suddenly the doors lock, the route changes and you have lost all control. Then, a mysterious voice tells you, “You are going to die.”
Just as self-driving cars become the trusted, safer norm, eight people find themselves in this terrifying situation, including a faded TV star, a pregnant young woman, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife, and a suicidal man.
From cameras hidden in their cars, their panic is broadcast to millions of people around the world. But the public will show their true colors when they are asked, “Which of these people should we save? …And who should we kill first?”
Read by Clare Corbett, Roy McMillan, Tom Bateman, Shaheen Khan, Kristin Atherton, and Patience Tomlinson
Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff
Narrated by Anne-Marie Gaillard
“Combines the spare poetry of The Road with the dizzying pace of 28 Days Later.” (Jennie Melamed, author Gather the Daughters)
“Davis-Goff writes language evocative of melancholy longing in a landscape both beautiful and brutal, and she’s created the distinctive voice of a first-person narrator who is both confident in her abilities and filled with fear and grief…successfully blends horror, lyrical prose, and feminist themes.” (Kirkus)
Remember your just-in-cases. Beware tall buildings. Always have your knives.
Raised in isolation by her mother and Maeve on a small island off the coast of a post-apocalyptic Ireland, Orpen’s life has revolved around training to fight a threat she’s never seen. More and more she feels the call of the mainland, and the prospect of finding other survivors.
But that is where danger lies, too, in the form of the flesh-eating menace known as the skrake.
Then disaster strikes. Alone, pushing an unconscious Maeve in a wheelbarrow, Orpen decides her last hope is abandoning the safety of the island and journeying across the country to reach the legendary banshees, the rumored all-female fighting force that battles the skrake.
But the skrake are not the only threat….
Sarah Davis-Goff’s Last Ones Left Alive is a brilliantly original imagining of a young woman’s journey to discover her true identity.
Silent Sun by Brandon Q. Morris
Narrated by Daniel Thomas May
Is our sun behaving differently from other stars? When an amateur astronomer discovers something strange on telescopic solar pictures, an explanation must be found. Is it merely artifact? Or has he found something totally unexpected? An expert international crew is hastily assembled, a spaceship is speedily repurposed, and the foursome is sent on the ride of their lives. What challenges will they face on this spur-of-the-moment mission to our central star?
What awaits all of them is critical, not only for understanding the past, but even more so for the future of life on Earth.
Oceanworlds by J.P. Landau
Narrated by Andrew Dennis, Caitlin Campbell
If you were in awe of books like The Martian and 2001: A Space Odyssey or movies like Interstellar and Apollo 13, get ready for a story destined to become a sci-fi classic – one with the potential to leap from fiction into reality and become the greatest adventure on which humankind has ever embarked.
September 7 2030. Mission Day 1179. Late at night inside the two-person Dragon spacecraft resting on the frozen surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, Derya Terzi put on headphones and became the first Earthling to hear the sloshing of the enormous subsurface ocean beneath his feet. Intoxicated with the promise of discovery, he could have sworn it was whispers between inscrutable creatures of the deep. He was convinced they were days away from settling the most profound and existential mystery known to humanity: are we alone in the universe?
But that was 10 days ago, before disaster stroke. Now, marooned a billion miles from home, what the surviving crew is about to go through will shatter the limits of friendship, courage, and the human spirit.
“In addition to telling a truly immersive story – and one so realistic that the stakes always feel sky high – J.P. Landau continues the tradition of sci-fi meant to spur not just the imagination, but action toward a better future as well. He asks readers not simply to seriously consider the utility of space exploration, but to also remember how dangerous the journey will be – and how essential it is to the human condition.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Humane Disposal by Sean Platt, David W. Wright
Narrated by Tim Jackson
A victim with no memory.
Maria woke with no memory, rescued from the sex dungeon of a man who had held her captive. With her captor dead, now she may be the only hope for police to find another missing woman.
A cop ordered to lie.
Detective Cody McGraw is tasked to help Maria recover her memories. Just one problem – Maria isn’t who she thinks she is. She’s not even human. She’s a robot that shouldn’t exist, a model so close to human that it had to be shut down years ago – all of them humanely disposed of. She’s the first of her kind that anyone has seen in years and now she is marked for destruction. But first, Cody is given a chance to find out what she knows.
The clock is ticking.
Government agents want to dismantle and destroy Maria to find out how she has survived after her kind were disposed of. Cody is given a vary narrow window to get close to her and find out what she knows about the missing woman.
But getting close brings back his painful past, and he soon finds himself torn between his duty and doing the right thing.
Humane Disposal is a twisty, gut punch of a sci-fi thriller from the best-selling authors Sean Platt and David Wright.
Augmented by James D. Prescott
Narrated by Gary Tiedemann
Breathable air on Earth is running out and no one knows why.
A mysterious discovery nearly 30 million years old may hold the answer.
To find it, a glaciologist and the inventor of a cutting-edge brain implant will need to work together.
But can they unlock its shocking secrets in time to save humankind?
While investigating hydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean, scientist Nicholay Panov and his crew mysteriously vanish. Weeks later, when their vessel is finally found, the hull has been crushed nearly beyond recognition. Stranger still, the wreck now lies off the coast of Antarctica, 7,000 miles from where it sank.
Searching for answers, glaciologist Sienna Panov reaches out to Ben Fisher, the rich and enigmatic CEO who commissioned the expedition. Ben is the inventor of a revolutionary neural enhancement device. Once implanted in the brain, it has the power to boost both mental and physical abilities to dizzying new heights.
Except Ben has recently suffered a tragedy of his own, after a savage attack robbed him of his memory and left him framed for murder. Working together, Ben and Sienna soon discover a shadowy conspiracy connecting both events.
There are ancient secrets powerful people don’t want them to uncover, secrets that trace back to America’s Space Race and to a time long before humans walked the Earth. Secrets with the power to save the planet – or utterly destroy it.
Filled with stunning twists and turns, Augmented is a technothriller that will leave you breathless!
Kill Zone by Kevin J. Anderson, Doug Beason
Narrated by Roger Wayne
Power duo Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason team up in Kill Zone, a perilous disaster thriller for the modern age.
Deep within a mountain in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a Cold War-era nuclear weapons storage facility is being used to covertly receive more than 100,000 tons of nuclear waste stored across the US. Only Department of Energy employee, Adonia, and a few others, including a war hero, a senator, and an environmental activist, are allowed access to perform a high-level security review of the facilities. But Hydra Mountain was never meant to securely hold this much hazardous waste, and it has the potential to explode, taking with it all of Albuquerque and spreading radioactivity across the nation.
This disaster situation proves all too possible when a small plane crashes at a nearby military base, setting off Hydra’s lockdown and trapping Adonia and her team in the heart of the hazardous, waste-filled mountain. Now, the only direction for them to go is deeper into the mountain, through the tear gas and into a secretive area no one was ever supposed to know about.
Tehran’s Vengeance: A Joe Matthews Thriller by David Austin
Narrated by Sean Patrick Hopkins
In a brazen daylight attack on his motorcade, Jonathan Lewis, the US ambassador to Iraq, is missing and every member of his diplomatic security detail is killed.
Joe Matthews and his team of paramilitary officers deploy to the region with a CIA response group to investigate the incident and locate Ambassador Jonathan Lewis.
With the help of a traitorous congressional staffer, elements deep inside Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps are able to identify the individuals responsible for launching a devastating cyberattack against their country’s nuclear program. The list includes eight high-ranking members of government and industry in America, Britain, Germany, and Israel. Armed with this knowledge, the leadership in Tehran decides it is time to exact its vengeance on the West.
Acting on orders from the Ayatollah himself, Quds Force Major Hamid Farzan and his right-hand man, Lieutenant Yousef Mehrdad, blaze a trail of destruction across the Middle East and Europe, crossing names off the Supreme Leader’s hit list one at a time.
Matthews’ team splits time between tracking the assassins and protecting officials believed to be in the Iranians’ crosshairs. But with the ability to choose the time, place, and method of attack, Farzan and Mehrdad manage to stay one step ahead of their pursuers at every turn. It is only a matter of time before the Iranians’ unique brand of violence lands on the shores of the United States, home to the last three targets on the list. It is up to Matthews’ team of operators to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Black Flagged: The Complete Series Boxset by Steven Konkoly
Narrated by John David Farrell
Books one through five in the half-million copies sold Black Flagged Series!
”For fans of Tom Clancy, Brad Thor and Vince Flynn”, comes a “24-style” thriller conspiracy and action by USA Today and Washington Post best-selling author Steven Konkoly.
ALPHA (Book 1):
A “retired” covert operative will do anything to guard his darkest secrets…
Daniel Petrovich, formerly part of the Department of Defense’s infamous Black Flag program, protects a secret buried in the deepest vaults of the Pentagon. Blackmailed into executing one final mission for his previous commanding officer, Daniel’s carefully constructed “life” rapidly disintegrates into a relentless federal manhunt – and a “24-style” race against the clock to suppress the shocking truth about his past. To survive, he’ll release the darkest side of his concealed identity. A dark side with few boundaries – and even fewer loyalties.
REDUX (Book 2):
Two years after shocking Washington, DC with a brutal betrayal, General Terrence Sanderson prepares for a triumphant return. With his illegal covert operations group resurrected, he waits in the shadows for the right moment to demonstrate the grim necessity of the Black Flag program. His opportunity may arrive sooner than expected.
At Langley, Karl Berg is appointed to a new position with the CIA’s National Clandestine Service. As senior liaison to the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Intelligence Center, he makes a disturbing discovery. Russian Federation intelligence services are secretly scouring Europe to find Anatoly Reznikov, a rogue Russian scientist at the top of every nation’s WMD watch list. While the Russians pursue Reznikov, Berg goes “off the books” again and sends one of Sanderson’s Black Flag teams to investigate.
APEX (Book 3):
A tense alliance between General Sanderson and the CIA narrowly averts an apocalyptic attack by Islamic fundamentalists in Europe, but ultimately fails to recover the virus canisters. With the biological weapons still missing, the specter of an attack against the United States looms dangerously closer.
Desperate to stop Al Qaeda, Daniel Petrovich’s “black ops” team is sent to investigate the last lead provided by Anatoly Reznikov, the twisted scientist responsible for designing the virus. What they uncover will shake U.S. authorities to the core.
VEKTOR (Book 4):
With the most recent bioterrorism threat against the United States neutralized and Dr. Anatoly Reznikov in secret custody, CIA Deputy Director Karl Berg proposes a more permanent solution to prevent future attacks: a covert raid by General Sanderson’s Black Flag unit against Vektor Labs, deep inside Russia…to destroy a bioweapons program that should have ended years ago.
Through an intricate web of unsavory alliances, deviously orchestrated political maneuvers and shockingly brutal black-ops sanctions, Karl Berg will set in motion an unstoppable chain of events that could ignite a new Cold War.
OMEGA (Book 5):
A joint US-Russian Special Forces raid against a hidden laboratory yields an alarming discovery.
Anatoly Reznikov, the deranged bioweapons scientist stolen from US custody a few years earlier, vanished minutes before the attack – taking his deadly work with him.
In the United States, a diabolical conspiracy emerges that nobody saw coming – and only one group can stop!
Steven’s novels are recommended for fans of Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath, Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp, Brad Taylor’s Pike Logan, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, L.T. Ryan’s Jack Noble and C.G. Cooper.
Thomas Prescott Series Premium by Nick Pirog
Narrated by Johnny Heller
This premium edition is a collection of the four Thomas Prescott books into a single volume.
Unforeseen (Book 1)
Retired homicide detective Thomas Prescott is reluctant to read the best-selling book Eight in October, a true-crime thriller based on a string of murders that he solved. The killer, Tristen Grayer, is allegedly dead, but only Prescott knows that Grayer is alive and lurking in the shadows. On the anniversary of the first murder, Grayer resurfaces, killing a women close to Prescott. With the help of the medical examiner and the book’s author, Prescott must try stop Tristen from completing his encore.
Gray Matter (Book 2)
His love life in shambles, Thomas Prescott returns to Seattle. Just settling in, he sights the corpse of a woman floating in a cove. It’s not just any woman – it is the governor of Washington. As Prescott is thrown into the middle of the biggest murder investigation in Washington state history, he is forced to confront the demons from his past while he unearths a new enemy.
The Afrikaans (Book 3)
Prescott is on a luxury cruise liner when the ship is taken over by African pirates who are demanding US medical relief for a village in South Africa. Prescott must protect the 400 hostages while racing against the clock to discover the truth behind the suspicious ransom request.
Show Me (Book 4)
Retired detective Thomas Prescott has inherited a farm in Missouri and is getting used to small-town living when he hears about a horrific crime in the town’s past: a murder-suicide committed by a grocery-store employee who was fired. The crime is considered solved, but Prescott has his doubts.
The Numbers Game Collection: Numbers Game Saga 1-3 by Rebecca Rode
Narrated by Stacey Glemboski
The entire numbers game trilogy – In one boxed set!
Book One: Numbers Game
In futuristic America, everyone wears a number. Treena’s as ready for Rating Day as anyone can be – she’s a top contender in Level Three school and has a highly-rated boyfriend. But when her number is announced, it shocks everyone.
To get her life and boyfriend back, Treena must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and gorgeous brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers – and the terrible war that rages within her heart.
Book Two: Numbers Ignite
Treena and Vance think they’ve escaped the numbers game forever. They’re wrong.
After Treena’s disastrous attempt to unite the nation, she has the deaths of hundreds haunting her dreams. Now, with hatred and accusations following her past the border, she’s determined to leave that horrible day behind and find a peaceful, uneventful life with Vance and the settlers. But when she starts seeing mysterious figures hiding in the abandoned cities at night and uncovers a strange desert population, she realizes there’s a danger much greater than NORA to worry about – and she just abandoned her people to their fate.
Vance is a prisoner. Being rejected by the girl he loves and put on trial for betraying his clan are bad enough, but now he’s been framed for a crime he never committed. Their less-than-perfect refuge has become the political game of a madman, and Vance is the only one who can stop it – if he can keep from being executed first.
Treena and Vance are still very much in the game, and this time it will take everything they have to save those they love.
Book Three: Numbers Raging
It’s been ten weeks since Treena returned to NORA. The council has rejected her war preparations at every turn and Dresden is backpedaling on his promises. Treena’s secret followers push her to unseat Dresden and take control – something she refuses to consider now with NORA on the brink of war.
Vance has his own set of troubles. Drought has made his settlement’s future bleak and infighting has begun. Joining NORA seems inevitable, but Vance refuses to give in – not if it means putting his younger sisters and his people in danger. Then Treena asks him to join her at the peace convention overseas, forcing Vance to choose between his responsibilities and his heart.
Finally together, Treena and Vance must navigate the political undercurrents of a strange new country, stay together despite their enemies’ determination to tear them apart, and convince an indifferent world to help them fight the most powerful and deadly foe they’ve faced yet.
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