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Faulty Prophet by Karl Beecher
Narrated by Steve West
Colin’s supposed to deliver a prophecy. Problem is, he forgot what to say….
Evangelist Brock T. Hanson believes Colin Douglass to be the prophet he’s been waiting for his whole life, the man who will lead the faithful back to Earth and trigger the most momentous event since Creation itself. But there’s a problem.
Actually, there are several.
First, Colin Douglass himself doesn’t believe a word of it and is the kind of chap who’d rather stay at home with a nice cup of tea than cross the galaxy on some foolish, idealistic crusade. Second, Earth lies within the territory of the Transhackers, a race of cold-blooded, trigger-happy cyborgs who don’t easily forgive those who trespass against them. And third, Colin Douglass might not even survive a trip to Earth because he is succumbing to a life-threatening illness.
When Hanson kidnaps Colin and takes him to Earth anyway, Tyresa Jak sets off in hot pursuit to rescue Colin before either the Transhackers or his disease can destroy him.
The rollicking space adventure continues in this hilarious sequel to Interstellar Caveman. The only way you’ll stop listening is when you fall off the chair from laughter.
Hard Shot by J. B. Turner
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
Jon Reznick will protect New York City or die trying.
When a group of homegrown attackers takes aim at cops outside a Fourth of July baseball game, black-ops specialist Jon Reznick and his daughter, Lauren, are caught in the crossfire. Jon hunts down two of the gunmen. But the last member of the group is at large and about to launch a fresh killing spree across the city. Cops are under fire, and Jon must stop this madman before more people are killed.
But Jon’s renegade tactics and vigilante justice are starting to ruffle some feathers, and his friends in high places might not be able to help him anymore. With leaks inside the FBI and resistance from the NYPD, Reznick doesn’t know whom to trust.
He knows one thing: he won’t watch the city he loves be torn apart, especially not with his daughter in the crosshairs. But can he get to her in time?
Foundling Wizard by James Eggebeen
Narrated by Joe Hempel
Magic is just one more thing to be stolen….
For over 100 years, the Temple of Ran has been sacrificing young wizards in order to steal their power. When Lorit discovers that he holds the rare ability to use magic, he becomes their next target.
At first, he runs, working to master his abilities on the move so that one day he might be able to resist them. But that was before the Temple targets his beloved sister, Chihon. In order to save her life, he infuses her with his own power.
Now, they’re both targets.
Together, they’ll battle to make the world safe for magicians everywhere…if they can survive the temple’s power-hungry priests. If they can’t, their enemy will absorb their magic and become unstoppable.
Experience the start of an epic fantasy series filled with dark magic, sinister villains, and non-stop adventure. It’s perfect for fans of D. K. Holmberg, Will Wight, and K. F. Breene.
Skin Hunter by Tania Hutley
Narrated by Chloe Cannon
Desperate to escape the dangerous streets of Old Triton, the buried city, Milla takes the ultimate risk.
Could a dead girl’s identity be her way out? A ticket to a richer, brighter world?
Now she’s part of a high tech contest, with a prize beyond money, fame, and everything she has ever known. A chance to become something…new.
But if anyone finds out who Milla really is, she’s dead.
The other competitors come from privilege, their faces and bodies tweaked to perfection. Rich and handsome Cale could be the most dangerous of all. Why is he so interested in a scarred, ugly “sinker” like Milla?
To survive, she needs to change. To win, she needs to evolve. Just try and stop her.
Dragon King Charlie by Scott Baron
Narrated by Gary Bennett
Charlie thought building a spaceship had been tough, so being king should be a piece of cake. Unfortunately, it was like a cake made of cement. Hard to swallow, and just might kill him.
It was good being king, or so Charlie had believed. After an abrupt crash arrival, people had finally stopped trying to kill him – for the most part, anyway – and his new subjects respected him. Or feared him. It was sort of hard to tell, what, with the ginormous dragon who had eaten the previous king standing right behind him.
In any case, Charlie was now ruling this realm as best he knew how. And it all seemed to be going well. But he worried it wouldn’t last, and just his luck, word of a strange new threat soon reached his ears. A threat that might even have a bit of magic on their side. Of course, that was impossible on this non-magical world, but he had begun to accept that the impossible seemed to follow him wherever he went, like a hungry dog lurking in his shadow.
Faced with an unseen enemy, Charlie had to not only keep his friends safe, but the people who looked up to King Charlie as well. It was going to be a hell of a task, and the spaceman from Earth only hoped he was up for the challenge.
Pray for the Innocent by Alan Orloff
Narrated by Roger Wayne
Can former bestselling novelist Mathias King – now a rumpled, grizzled English professor – save America from a terrorist of his own making?
In the shadow of the Pentagon, a secret DoD brain research experiment goes terribly wrong, and an ex-Special Ops soldier escapes, believing he is Viktor Dragunov, the Russian operative from the 80s thriller novel, Attack on America. To capture him, the Feds turn to the person uniquely qualified to predict his next moves, the man who created the fictional character, best-selling author Mathias King.
Now a reclusive English professor, King is reluctant to get involved, having sworn off the culture of violence after a deranged fan murdered his wife. But when innocent people start dying, King is thrust back into that dark world. With help from his enthusiastic graduate assistant Emily Phan, King must outsmart his own creation – while outmaneuvering the cover-up-loving Feds – before Dragunov succeeds in his hell-bent mission.
To destroy America.
The Traveler Series: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Adventure: Books 4-6 by Tom Abrahams
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
Piton Press LLC
Books 4, 5, and 6 in the Amazon Best-Selling Series
“Mad Max Meets The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly”
Book 4: Rising (Read my review here)
He survived The Scourge, defeated The Cartel, and escaped The Dwellers. Now he wants revenge.
After a brutal attack on his homestead, Marcus Battle seeks to find the men who took away his second chance at life in a postapocalyptic world. When he finds them, they’ll wish they’d left him alone.
Book 5: Battle (Read my review here)
All he wants is peace.
All he finds is war.
Marcus Battle is a wanted man. No matter where he goes or what he does, he can’t escape those who aim to kill him.
But as he fights off one would-be vigilante after another, a new threat emerges. It’s a threat worse than the viral Scourge that plunged his world into a dystopian nightmare and it could give rise to second apocalypse.
Can Marcus fend off the coming attacks or will he finally fall prey to an enemy he won’t see coming?
Book 6: Legacy (Read my review here)
She’s small. She’s quiet. She’s deadly.
Lou survived the plague that killed her mother. As her father sheltered her from the evil that consumed the world, he taught her how to survive. After an ambush leaves her orphaned, the young, unassuming girl put her skills to the test. A wanderer every bit as brilliant as she is deadly, she forges a new path in the wilderness once known as Texas. But can she do it alone?
As We Know It by Carrie Butler
Narrated by Adrean Rivers
When a catastrophic earthquake hits the Pacific Northwest, Elena Cordova finds herself trapped with the thief who just stole from her. Now, if either one hopes to survive, they’ll have to get past their initial impressions and work together…because in 15 minutes, half the town will be underwater.
Castaways by Brian Keene
Narrated by Chet Williamson
They came to the deserted island to compete on a popular reality television show. Each one hoped to be the last to leave. Now they’re just hoping to stay alive, because the island isn’t deserted after all. Contestants are disappearing, but they aren’t being eliminated by the game. They’re being taken by the monstrous, half-human creatures that live deep in the jungle.
The men will be slaughtered. The women will be kept alive as captives. Night is falling, the creatures are coming, and rescue is so far away….
Deadite Press is proud to present Brian Keene’s tribute to the late, great Richard Laymon!
“Bloody, vile, violent and nasty. Castaways is a can’t put down page turner.” (House of Horrors)
“Much like Laymon, Keene provides all kinds of thrills here… But Brian Keene has his own voice, too, one just as good a the late great master, Richard Laymon.” (SFRevu)
Bottle Grove by Daniel Handler
Narrated by Oliver Wyman
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
A razor-sharp tale of two couples, two marriages, a bar, and a San Francisco start-up from a best-selling, award-winning novelist.
This is a story about two marriages. Or is it? It begins with a wedding, held in the small San Francisco forest of Bottle Grove – bestowed by a wealthy patron for the public good, back when people did such things. Here is a cross section of lives, a stretch of urban green where ritzy guests, lustful teenagers, drunken revelers, and forest creatures all wait for the sun to go down. The girl in the corner slugging vodka from a cough-syrup bottle is Padgett – she’s keeping something secreted in the woods. The couple at the altar are the Nickels – the bride is emphatic about changing her name, as there is plenty about her old life she is ready to forget.
Set in San Francisco as the tech boom is exploding, Bottle Grove is a sexy, skewering dark comedy about two unions – one forged of love and the other of greed – and about the forces that can drive couples together, into dependence, and then into sinister, even supernatural realms. Add one ominous shape-shifter to the mix, and you get a delightful and strange spectacle: a story of scheming and yearning and foibles and love and what we end up doing for it – and everyone has a secret. Looming over it all is the income disparity between San Francisco’s tech community and…everyone else.
The United Continuums by Jennifer Brody
Narrated by Natalie Duke
Dreamscape Media, LLC
Captain Aero Wright leads a group of insurgents from the Second Continuum to overthrow his rival, Supreme General Vinick, and unite his space colony’s military forces while Seeker takes on a secret mission back to her home colony to reinforce Earth’s defenses and protect the First Continuum against an even greater threat.
Meanwhile, Myra’s nightmares have become a reality as the Dark Thing hurtles toward Earth with designs on eradicating the planet’s fledgling populace. The only thing standing in the way are the three Carriers and those who would join them to fight against a second coming of the Doom.