Week of March 28th New and Notable Audiobooks on Brian’s Book Blog

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The Bar at the End of the World by Tom Abrahams

The Bar at the End of the World by Tom Abrahams
Narrated by Jonathan Davis
Audible, Inc.

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A starving city. A renegade bootlegger. A battle for the future of mankind.

Zeke is a bad guy. He didn’t choose to be. It’s just who he is. It’s who he has to be to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where trust is as scarce as water.

He’s got nobody. No family. No friends. And he left behind the woman he loved for her own good.

But it’s time to change. After a brush with death far out in the wasteland, he decides he’s done risking his life to help his greedy bosses control who gets to drink water and when.

Now, he’s stranded in a bar in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the perfect kind of ruffians who can help him go back and make things right. Armed with renewed purpose and a one-of-a-kind muscle car, Zeke hunts for redemption, seeks retribution and, maybe, just maybe, he can get his girl back while he’s at it.

Take a ride across the wasteland in Tom Abrahams’ newest post-apocalyptic, dystopian series, but with a fantasy twist. It will leave you wondering just what it means to be human.

It’s perfect for fans of A.G. Riddle, Hugh Howey, and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.


Cost of Survival by Walt Browning

Cost of Survival by Walt Browning
Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
Blackstone Publishing

Fear does not stop death. It stops life.

John Eric Carver and Shrek have fought their way through a viral apocalypse and into the aftermath. Working with 50 other survivors in the remote mountains outside of San Diego, they have created a community safe from the monsters called Variants. But outside their small haven, giant packs of the beasts roam the cities in search of humans to feed their insatiable appetite.

On a supply run, Carver and Shrek encounter several of these packs before they make a startling discovery. Some of the Variants are mutating from the release of radiation on a naval vessel, transforming the crew into abominations that can fly. Carver knows these new mutations threaten their home and survivors around the world.

Once again, the retired war dog team heads out to fight what they fear the most to protect the lives of those they love. But this time the enemy is more cunning and evil than ever before. It will take more than bullets to stop these beasts.


Axestorm: Sky Realms Online, Book 3 by Troy Osgood

Axestorm: Sky Realms Online, Book 3 by Troy Osgood
Narrated by Pavi Proczko
Aethon Audio

Hall had hoped things would finally start to settle down. He should’ve known better.

He’s been trapped within the new version of Sky Realms Online for months. Mostly at peace with it, he’s started to make a new life within the game world. He’s found a woman to love, the NPC Druid Leigh, and a village to call home.

Skara Brae is still mostly ruins but he now has friends and citizens to help rebuild. But he’s still missing many of the resources needed.

A quest for one of those resources, an airship, will send Hall and his companions far away to the cold island of Huntley, home to Storvgarde tribesmen and the Dwarven citadel of Axestorm Hall.

What should have been a simple voyage by airship will become much more as Hall will face shipwrecks, stolen Dwarven artifacts, rampaging tribesmen, a blast from his past, and more mysteries from a game they no longer know.

The Players will find themselves more connected to the world of Hankarth than ever before or they even thought possible and Hall will face his greatest challenge. Fighting for his life and his beliefs.

Will Hall survive long enough to learn who or what the Champions are?

The hit LitRPG Series continues with Axestorm. It’s perfect for fans of J.A. Hunter, Dakota Krout and Edward Brody.


Deicide by M. K. Gibson

Deicide by M. K. Gibson
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer, Heather Costa
Self Published

What happens when all the myths, legends, and things that go bump in the night come out to the world as real? Well, the world does as it always does: It rejected them.

Welcome to Avalantis, Alaska, the world’s first supercity with over 50 million myth and mundane citizens and home of those rejected by society. Although due to pesky things like murder end explosions, there are a few fewer citizens. When the former Greek god Hermes dies, three unusual cops from the Avalantis PD are recruited into a secret organization known as Mortal, who has apparently been watching the Myths for longer than mankind realizes.

Their mission is to find and apprehend the mysterious figure known as “The Laughing Man”, the one responsible for a recent string of deaths. These three new recruits will have to use all their skill, strength, and wits to find and defeat the “The Laughing Man”. That is, if they don’t kill each other first.

Agents of Mortal: Deicide is an action-comedy that is packed with excitement, laughs, and more than a few touching moments.


Continuum by G.S. Jennsen

Continuum by G.S. Jennsen
Narrated by Pyper Down
Self Published

Humanity has seized its destiny among the stars. But space remains vast and untamed, and nothing has prepared us to face the dangers rising from the deep shadows of the void.

Fourteen years after the Displacement flung humanity into a universe teeming with alien life, a tenuous alliance has taken root among humans, Anadens, and numerous other species. The wounds of war and revolution have begun to heal, peace and prosperity are within reach, and the architects of the Displacement – Alex Solovy and Caleb Marano – are enjoying an idyllic existence on the living planet of Akeso.

But growing troubles fester beneath the surface of this alliance. An upstart species offers allegiance with one hand but readies weapons of mass destruction with the other, while the Anadens, leaderless and adrift for years, increasingly refuse to play by humanity’s rules.

As tensions simmer, Nika Kirumase, leader of the Asterions – a splinter group of former Anadens thought aeons dead – arrives bearing a warning of a terrifying enemy advancing across the void. Known as the Rasu, the powerful race of shapeshifting metal has already killed tens of thousands of Asterions in its quest to control all of known space.

Nika’s people have struck a blow against the Rasu, and now, they race against time to prepare for the coming reprisal. An alliance with humanity stands to give them a fighting chance against their enemy. But for humanity, such an alliance may cost them everything, pushing the fragile peace they fought so hard to achieve to the breaking point and beyond.

In Amaranthe, where exotic alien life, AIs, wormholes, indestructible starships and the promise of immortality rule the day, no feat seems out of reach for humanity. But when the worlds of Aurora Rhapsody and Asterion Noir collide and the Rasu horde descends upon them both, more will be asked of heroes past and future. More will be given and more taken, and when the dust settles, the very fabric of Amaranthe will be changed forever.


Evolve by Derek Belfield

Evolve by Derek Belfield
Narrated by Christopher Boucher, Jessica Threet
Self Published

Jonathan Slate, former Marine infantry officer and the Governor of Texas, has just won his bid for the presidency. When an assassin’s bullet takes his life during his victory speech, he is conscripted from the afterlife by the Lord of Light, Lucidus.

Slate is thrust into the game-like world of Somnium where he has been reincarnated into the body of a parasite and given one mission: evolve or die.

If he can channel the monster inside and utilize his military and political experience to establish Lucidus’ personal army, the Scourge, he might have a chance to evolve before his many enemies find him and send him to a permanent death.


Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone

Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone
Narrated by Nicol Zanzarella
Brilliance Publishing

She’s cold, calculating, and can deceive with a smile. Jane Doe is back in the Amazon Charts bestselling series – and this time she’s met her match.

After a brutal childhood, Jane Doe has been permanently wired to look after herself and only herself. Now, looking next to normal, Jane has a lover and a job. But she hasn’t lost her edge. It sharpens when she hears from her estranged family.

Jane’s deeply troubled 16-year-old niece, Kayla, has vanished, and no one seems to care. Neither does Jane. Until she sees a picture of Kayla and recognizes herself in the young girl’s eyes. It’s the empty stare of a sociopath.

Jane knows what vengeful and desperate things Kayla is capable of. Only Jane can help her – by being drawn into Kayla’s dark world. And no one’s more aware than Jane just how dangerous that can be.


The Herd by Andrea Bartz

The Herd by Andrea Bartz
Narrated by Karissa Vacker, Emily Woo Zeller
Random House Audio

An exclusive New York women’s workspace is rocked by the mysterious disappearance of its enigmatic founder, leaving two sisters to uncover the haunting truth

Named One of the Most Anticipated Thrillers of 2020 by Marie Claire · Newsweek · The Boston Globe · HelloGiggles · Book Riot · PopSugar · CrimeReads · Bustle · She Reads

The name of the elite, women-only coworking space stretches across the wall behind the check-in desk: THE HERD, the H-E-R always in purple. In-the-know New Yorkers crawl over one another to apply for membership to this community that prides itself on mentorship and empowerment. Among the hopefuls is Katie Bradley, who’s just returned from the Midwest after a stint of book research blew up in her face. Luckily, Katie has an in, thanks to her sister, Hana, an original Herder and the best friend of Eleanor Walsh, the Herd’s charismatic founder.

Eleanor is a queen among the Herd’s sun-filled rooms, admired and quietly feared even as she strives to be warm and approachable. As head of PR, Hana is working around the clock to prepare for a huge announcement from Eleanor – one that will change the trajectory of the Herd forever. Though Katie loves her sister’s crew, she secretly hopes that she’s found her next book subject in Eleanor, who’s brilliant, trailblazing – and extremely private.

Then, on the night of the glitzy Herd news conference, Eleanor vanishes without a trace. Everybody has a theory about what made Eleanor run, but when the police suggest foul play, everyone is a suspect: Eleanor’s husband, other Herders, the men’s rights groups that have had it out for the Herd since its launch – even Eleanor’s closest friends. As Hana struggles to figure out what her friend was hiding and Katie chases the story of her life, the sisters must face the secrets they’ve been keeping from each other – and confront just how dangerous it can be when women’s perfect veneers start to crack, crumble, and then fall away altogether.


If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
Narrated by Sara Novak
HarperCollins Publishers

Best-selling author Mhairi McFarlane returns with another heartfelt romantic comedy perfect for fans of Josie Silver, Sophie Kinsella, or Sally Thorne.

If faking love is this easy…how do you know when it’s real?

When her partner of over a decade suddenly ends things, Laurie is left reeling – not only because they work at the same law firm and she has to see him every day. Her once perfect life is in shambles, and the thought of dating again in the age of Tinder is nothing short of horrifying. When news of her ex’s pregnant girlfriend hits the office grapevine, taking the humiliation lying down is not an option. Then, a chance encounter in a broken-down elevator with the office playboy opens up a new possibility.

Jamie Carter doesn’t believe in love, but he needs a respectable, steady girlfriend to impress their bosses. Laurie wants a hot new man to give the rumor mill something else to talk about. It’s the perfect proposition: a fauxmance played out on social media, with strategically staged photographs and a specific end date in mind. With the plan hatched, Laurie and Jamie begin to flaunt their new couple status, to the astonishment – and jealousy – of their friends and colleagues. But there’s a fine line between pretending to be in love and actually falling for your charming, handsome, fake boyfriend….


Drift by L.T. Ryan, Brian Shea

Drift by L.T. Ryan, Brian Shea
Narrated by Maryne Young
Liquid Mind Media

They killed the wrong girl. Rachel Hatch will make them pay.

USA Today best-selling author L.T. Ryan has teamed up with Police Detective Brian Shea for this debut novel in the gripping Rachel Hatch mystery thriller series.

Ex-Army criminal investigator Rachel Hatch is a drifter. No home. No commitments. Until her sister’s drowning drags her back to the town she left 15 years ago.

Convinced her sister’s death was no accident, Hatch partners with the local sheriff, Dalton Savage, to uncover the truth. Every answer unlocks another question, and as the investigation begins to unravel, Hatch and Savage find their lives on the line.

Hatch is forced to use her special set of skills – forged on the field of combat – to learn the truth about her sister and bring those responsible to justice.

The first novel in one of the most highly anticipated collaborative series this decade, Drift is a tightly woven story with deeply developed and endearing characters that will have you rooting for them at every turn, set at an exhilarating pace that will keep you listening late into the night.


The Last Odyssey by James Rollins

The Last Odyssey by James Rollins
Narrated by Christian Baskous
HarperAudio

To save the world and our future, Sigma Force must embark on a dangerous odyssey into an ancient past whose horrors are all too present in this pause-resisting thriller from number-one New York Times best-selling author James Rollins that combines cutting-edge science, historical mystery, mythology, and pulse-pounding action.

For eons, the city of Troy – whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad – was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the 19th century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer’s twin tales of gods and monsters, curses and miracles – The Iliad and The Odyssey – could also be true and awaiting discovery?

In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day researchers stumble on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half-mile below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of even older artifacts – tools of war – dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain’s cabin is a magnificent treasure that is as priceless as it is miraculous: a clockwork gold map imbedded with an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism was crafted by a group of Muslim inventors – the Banu Musa brothers – considered by many to be the Da Vincis of the Arab world – brilliant scientists who inspired Leonardo’s own work.

Once activated, the moving map traces the path of Odysseus’s famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal a fiery river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. It is the subterranean world of Tartarus, the Greek name for Hell. In mythology, Tartarus was where the wicked were punished and the monstrous Titans of old, imprisoned.

When word of Tartarus spreads – and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there – tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors. The phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer’s tales are all too real – and could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity.

Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread. To prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war, they must cross the very gates of Hell.


Trigor by Tom Merritt

Trigor by Tom Merritt
Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
Audible, Inc.

In the sequel to Pilot X, our favorite time traveler returns to save the universe once again in this mind-bending space adventure.

Pilot X is riddled with guilt. After facing the impossible decision to eliminate his own people or save the universe, he is the lone survivor of a time-traveling race.

But Pilot X soon finds that he’s got more than his own guilt to contend with. His timeship Verity detects a signal that someone is working to recreate the dangerous technology that threatened the universe in the first place. Pilot X now sets off to save a universe he no longer recognizes, but feels frighteningly familiar.


Nigmus Online by Noah Barnett

Nigmus Online by Noah Barnett
Narrated by Annie Ellicott, Jeff Hays, Dorrie Sacks, Will M. Watt

Virtual Dive technology is coming out of the workplace and into homes. Nigmus Online is the first MMO to use this new device. The only caveat to the game: There is no manual. The only instruction the player gets is how to interact with the user interface. That’s it. Nobody is going to hold their hand or give out rare items.

Players begin life as a level-zero commoner. It’s entirely up to them what class they become.

Explore a world that spans five continents.

Liam is tricked into trying an expensive and innovative online MMO. On his first trip into the game, he stumbles upon a hidden class: the Undead Necromancer. Intrigued by this turn in events, he continues to explore this mysterious world.

In another part of the country, Kathrine (Kat) suffers from a debilitating and paralyzing disease. Taking part in an experimental research could offer her a new lease on life (of a sort).

Even further afield, Russia and China are undergoing a massive spike in suicide rate. What could be causing so many young adults to dire ends?


Let Me Go by Willow Rose

Let Me Go by Willow Rose
Narrated by Kendra Lee Oberhauser
Self Published

The Number One Best-selling Mystery Series on Amazon Continues!

What if a stranger told you that she believed your child is about to be killed? What if that woman was an ex-FBI profiler with a disputable reputation?

Would you believe her?

Eva Rae Thomas is chasing down a vicious killer, but no one will believe he even exists. If there are no unexplained dead bodies or missing persons, then how can there be a killer on the loose?

What they don’t understand is that the perfect murder is the one that doesn’t look like murder.

Can Eva Rae convince local law enforcement to help her with this case before the killer strikes once more? Or will she have to take matters into her own hands – again?

Let Me Go is the fifth book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series and can be listened to as a stand-alone.

Scroll up and grab a exhilarating suspenseful mystery today.


Hurt by Lila Bruce

Hurt by Lila Bruce
Narrated by Hope Newhouse
Self Published

When it comes to matters of the heart, Nicole Landers has made some wrong choices. But now, Nicole, one of the top real estate agents in Chattanooga, thinks she’s finally made the right one in Jamie Tate. Despite a serious Johnny Cash obsession and a tendency to shy away from long-term commitment, Jamie seems to be the perfect choice. Jamie is kind, loving, and especially nice to Nicole’s elderly grandmother. Now all Nicole has to do is convince the attractive police detective that it’s time to take things to the next level.

Jamie is crazy in love with Nicole and ready to move their relationship forward. Jamie decides it’s finally time to sell her home and move in together – something that Nicole has been talking about doing for months. Knowing that Nicole believes her to be commitment-shy, Jamie thinks it might be fun to surprise her with the move.

However, things take on an ironic twist when an old friend Jamie hasn’t seen in years comes by to look at the house, setting into motion a series of events that leaves more than just Nicole and Jamie’s relationship in jeopardy.


The Last Place You Look by Aurora Rey

The Last Place You Look by Aurora Rey
Narrated by Keira Grace
Bold Strokes Books Inc

Julia Pierce can think of nothing more humiliating than her wife of eight years leaving her for her personal trainer. Oh, wait. She can. Without a career or a place to go when that exact thing happens, she’s forced to move home and take a job at her family’s winery.

Taylor Winslow has been in love with Julia since tenth grade. Not the desperate, pining sort, but the kind that never really went away. When Julia reappears, Taylor has a chance to finally win her heart. The only problem? Julia’s hell-bent on making up for lost time by dating every eligible lesbian in town.

Signing on as Julia’s wingman may land Taylor in the friend zone for good, but it’s a gamble she’s willing to take. With Taylor in her corner, will Julia find love, and herself, where she least expects it?


The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by Robin Miles
Orbit

Five New Yorkers must come together to defend their city from an ancient evil in this stunning new novel by Hugo Award-winner and New York Times best-selling author N. K. Jemisin.

Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got six.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs in the halls of power, threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.


Contamination by Patty Jansen

Contamination by Patty Jansen
Narrated by Patty Jansen
Self Published

Jonathan Bartell is a young man, just out of university, when he signs up for the position of Quarantine Officer at the Orbital Launch Station.

He is part of a crop of students who flocked to study exo-biology when bacteria were discovered on Mars and who are now all making their living flipping burgers because the jobs are few and hard to get.

He is lucky to get a job in space, no matter how mundane.

Or so he thinks….

Gaby Larsen is a doctor at the tiny hospital at the space station, and she keeps secrets, not because she wants to keep them, but because she is too scared to share them.

Because out in space, your worst enemies are your fellow travelers.


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