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Deep Roots by Nick Sullivan
Narrated by Nick Sullivan
In the mangroves of Belize, something ancient lies hidden beneath the roots. And when it surfaces, so too will one of man’s baser inclinations. The root of all evil: greed.
Boone Fischer and Emily Durand have enjoyed months of quiet on the tiny island of Caye Caulker. After surviving Hurricane Irma and a mountaintop madman, the two divemasters have finally begun to relax. Big mistake.
Following on the fins of the best-selling thrillers Deep Shadow and Deep Cut, this third Caribbean action-adventure thriller in The Deep Series takes the listener on a whirlwind tour of Belize. From the offshore cayes to distant lagoons, from tropical rivers to jungle ruins lost in time, Boone and Emily race to untangle themselves from a deadly plot that threatens to shatter their lives.
Dark Tomorrow by Reece Hirsch
Narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith
FBI special agent and cybercrime specialist Lisa Tanchik faces a deadly threat in this white-knuckle thriller.
FBI special agent Lisa Tanchik is skilled at handling cyber threats, having recently taken down a Dark Web black market worth billions. But ruthless hacker NatalyaX always seems to be a step ahead.
The government calls on Tanchik’s expertise when an email attachment causes a fatal seizure at US Cyber Command. But before she can get her feet under her, the entire East Coast goes dark. A sinister plan is unfolding before her eyes – and no one knows who’s behind it.
Tanchik plunges into chaos to hunt down the true source of the attacks. Close dealings with shadowy figures both online and off expose her to extraordinary danger as the country teeters on the brink of catastrophe.
A soldier on the front line of a cyberwar, Tanchik must nullify the threat before it deals a death blow to America’s institutions – and puts millions of lives in jeopardy.
What Lies Between Us by John Marrs
Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden
Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.
They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.
Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.
But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way – even if it kills her.
Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.
Serial Cortex by Chris Yee
Narrated by Stephanie Dillard
Breaking into a murderer’s mind is dangerous. Making it out alive could be impossible.
Hanna Li is on the brink of a scientific breakthrough. With her pioneering tech that allows anyone to travel into another human’s mind, she’s found the perfect therapy for overcoming irrational fears. But with funds drying up, she reluctantly accepts a risky but lucrative bid to hijack a ruthless killer’s psyche.
Partnering up with detectives from the Serial Crimes Bureau, Hanna infiltrates the mind of the prime suspect in a triple homicide. But what she uncovers is shockingly more disturbing than the memories of a psychopath….
Can Hanna crack the consciousness of a deranged criminal before she becomes the next victim?
Serial Cortex is a mesmerizing science fiction crime thriller. If you like brain-bending technology, fast-paced suspense, and glimpses into a dark future, then you’ll love Chris Yee’s action-packed novel.
Buy Serial Cortex to enter the mind of a murderer today!
Invincible by Basil Sands
Narrated by Basil Sands
The war is in its third year. No help is coming. America is no more.
Brad Stone could not escape the image of his first wife’s mangled body in the opening days of the invasion. Now he cannot escape the image of seeing her alive two years later, and in the company of General Zhang.
Youngmi has physically recovered from the attempt on her and General Zhang’s lives, but her heart is another matter as the war pushes her further from her husband, closer to her lover, and deeper into the abyss. The scouts of Troop 104 are half their one-time strength, and once again homeless. Now they are moving north, in search of the man they’d heard of: the Ice Hammer.
Ben Stone has grown into a capable leader, his younger brother Ian, a bloodthirsty monster. The family is being pushed ever nearer to being reunited while Brad and the Chiknik Rangers plan their most ambitious mission to date, throwing their full strength against General Zhang’s forces before they get too close to the thousands of refugees under his protection, in this daring conclusion to Ice Hammer.
Storm Warning by William Allen
Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
Bryan and his eclectic group of family and friends continue their struggle to keep their heads above water and their skins intact as the weather continues to wreak widespread destruction. Alliances are forged, friendships strengthened, and all the while, the new residents of the old Ferguson Farm receive fresh reminders that nothing in the fall of civilization is more dangerous than their fellow man. Bryan finds himself in a difficult position as he is thrust toward the approaching darkness, and he must choose a dangerous path forward. A storm is coming, but will the small homestead outside New Albany find itself consumed in the maelstrom?
Dispocalypse by M.A. Rothman
Narrated by Therese Plummer
In a post-apocalyptic world ruled by a Governor who is both feared and worshipped, Willow is a 17-year-old girl who is trying to get through her last year of studies.
But when her father dies, she experiences strange dreams that change everything about how she looks at the world and at herself.
Haunted by the tragedy, Willow pushes herself beyond anything she could have imagined she was capable of. It’s only when she catches the attention of some of the Governor’s informants that her world is turned upside-down.
Lockdown by Peter May
Narrated byPeter Forbes
Quercus Editions Limited
They said that 25 percent of the population would catch the flu. Between 70 percent and 80 percent of them would die. He had been directly exposed to it, and the odds weren’t good.
A city in quarantine.
London is in lockdown under martial law. A hospital is being urgently built by the river Thames to contain the thousands of victims of a flu-like epidemic. Construction is brought to a sudden halt when a leather holdall containing the bones of a child is unearthed from the rubble.
A killer without remorse.
A psychopath has been unleashed on the city; his mission is to take all measures necessary to prevent the bones from being identified. But why are he and his handlers determined to go to such murderous lengths to hide the origins of the body?
A grieving inspector.
DI Jack MacNeil is facing his last day on the force, his career in ruins, his marriage over and his beloved son, Jack, dying from the virus. He has only hours to prevent the killer from eliminating all witnesses to a conspiracy whose evil effects are beyond belief.
Revenge at Sea by Brian O’Sullivan
Narrated by Liam DiCosimo
Quint Adler is a small town crime reporter with bigger aspirations. Stuck in a hospital bed on his 40th birthday, he overhears a conversation that arouses his suspicions.
Sensing an opportunity, Quint starts his own investigation, bypassing local law enforcement in the process. His inquiries lead him to the scene of a savage murder. And then a second one, even more barbaric in nature.
But Quint is getting too immersed in the case. He’s gained the attention of The Shark, the sadistic criminal he pegs for the murders. The irony of the nickname is not lost on Quint, named after Robert Shaw’s shark-hunting character from Jaws. Life is imitating art.
You’re Doing Great! by Tom Papa
Narrated by Tom Papa
This program is read by the author.
“You’re Doing Great! is your no-nonsense go-to collection of essays to get you through the increasing noise and chatter of self-doubt and confusion in the new millennium. Tom Papa is a funny, empathetic guide and your new best friend.” (Patton Oswalt)
“Read it. Listen to it. Whatever, do what you want. According to Tom you’re doing great.” (Whitney Cummings)
Comedian and Live from Here head writer Tom Papa, author of Your Dad Stole My Rake, tackles the modern condition in a heartwarming group of short essays.
Tom Papa is a little worried about you. You seem stressed, overworked, and, frankly, a little mixed up.
Everyone is fighting an overwhelming feeling that things are getting worse, that we should be doing more, that we’re not good enough. Well, life isn’t perfect. There have always been problems, and there always will be. You can fight for the things you believe in, you can work really, really hard, but you shouldn’t lose track of the fact that while you’re doing all that, life is flying by at lightning-fast speed.
If you actually take a breath and look around, you’ll realize you’re actually doing great. Here’s the thing: We live in an amazing time filled with airplanes, scooters, and peanut butter cups. We have air conditioning, blenders, and martini shakers. It’s time to refocus, enjoy it all, and stop waiting for something better!
Relax with comedian and Live from Here writer and performer Tom Papa as he explores his favorite subjects in 75 essays, including:
“You Don’t Have to Live Your Best Life”
“Don’t Open the Mail”
“I’m So Baked”
“I Love Your Love Handles”
“Don’t Go Tubing”
“Shut Up and Eat”
Recalibrate, turn off your device, and open your eyes to a better reality: You’re doing great!
A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin’s Press
One Foot onto the Ice by Kiki Archer
Narrated by Claire Storey
Do you ever wonder how your old classmates remember you? Especially those who weren’t in your circle.
Susan Quinn, a teacher at St Wilfred’s All-Girls School, and Jenna James, a ski instructor in the French Alps, are about to find out. As an invisible bond draws the two women closer, will they appreciate each other for who they are now, not who they once were?
One Foot onto the Ice, is a fast-paced romance set in the sunny ski resort of Morzine, where the young cast of students and teachers search for excitement on the slopes, with some finding it a lot more easily than others.
Christmas Inn Maine by Chelsea M. Cameron
Narrated by Katherine Schooler
All Colden Hayes wanted was to spend Christmas by herself in a cottage by the sea where the cheer of the holiday season couldn’t reach her. Everything was going according to plan until the cottage she rented turned out not to exist and she ends up snowed in at a charming inn that happens to be owned by the family of her most-hated coworker, Laura Sterling. Talk about bad luck.
Colden ends up saying yes to Laura’s mother when she insists on giving her a room. It’s only for a night, but she somehow finds herself agreeing to spend Christmas with the Sterlings as well. She blamed the festive atmosphere that she couldn’t seem to escape. Maybe there’s something in the mistletoe?
Against her will, Colden finds herself being sucked into the comfort and joy of the season, even though she can’t seem to escape Laura, who is literally everywhere Colden is, like she’s doing it on purpose. Things get even worse when they’re forced to share a bed when there’s a fire at a local farm and the inn offers all the available rooms to the family.
Colden finally realizes there’s a thin line between annoyance and attraction, and she and Laura definitely crossed it. She’s also pretty sure that Laura’s mother is shipping them hard and so is the rest of her family, right down to her great-grandmother whose main companion is a 200-pound pig named Minnie.
Will the magic of the holiday season melt Colden’s heart? Or will she go back to Boston alone, with only the memories to keep her warm?
The Goodbye Man by Jeffery Deaver
Narrated by Kaleo Griffith
In this twisty thriller from the New York Times best-selling master of suspense, reward-seeker Colter Shaw infiltrates a sinister cult after learning that the only way to get somebody out…is to go in.
In the wilderness of Washington State, expert tracker Colter Shaw has located two young men accused of a terrible hate crime. But when his pursuit takes a shocking and tragic turn, Shaw becomes desperate to discover what went so horribly wrong and if he is to blame.
Shaw’s search for answers leads him to a shadowy organization that bills itself as a grief support group. But is it truly it a community that consoles the bereaved? Or a dangerous cult with a growing body count?
Undercover, Shaw joins the mysterious group, risking everything despite the fact that no reward is on offer. He soon finds that some people will stop at nothing to keep their secrets hidden…and to make sure that he or those close to him say “good-bye” forever.
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