Week of May 2nd (Part 2) New and Notable Audiobooks on Brian’s Book Blog

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Presidential Retreat: A Sean Havens Black Ops Novel by J.T. Patten

Presidential Retreat: A Sean Havens Black Ops Novel by J.T. Patten
Narrated by Charles Kahlenberg
Scott Swanson

To beat an assassin, become an assassin.

The deep state isn’t pleased with the current president. An assassination would put the Vice President in a prime election position – if intelligence specialist Sean Havens doesn’t thwart the power players’ agenda.

Sent undercover to Martha’s Vineyard, a historic presidential summer retreat, Havens is tasked to conduct a recovery under the guise of a routine security assessment in advance of POTUS’s arrival.

A new threat is exposed forcing Havens into action with no backup save for a mysterious colleague, the Man from Orange, code named “Birddog”.

Unaware of a conspiracy dating back to our forefathers, Sean Havens is forced to trust old enemies in a twisted plot between the CIA, the Pond, and the upcoming presidential election.

But is it Havens himself who is in the cross hairs?


Overdose by M.G. Herron

Overdose by M.G. Herron
Narrated by Oliver Wyman
Audible, Inc.

People say, “Keep Austin Weird!” If only they knew….

Bounty hunter Anderson Gunn has had enough of this alien stuff. He can accept that offworlders live among us. He can even be friends with them. But that doesn’t mean he wants to be involved in their affairs.

So, naturally, it’s just his luck that when Gunn tries to go back to his normal life of collecting bail-jumpers and minding his business, the Gatekeeper – Austin’s kingpin of extraterrestrial commerce – offers him a job.

Worse, after Gunn refuses to take the gig, his buddy Vinny winds up in a drug-induced coma. Is this Gatekeeper’s dirty work? Or is there a new big ugly in town?

One thing’s for sure…Gunn’s life won’t be going back to normal any time soon.

The Gunn Files series continues with Overdose, a rollicking sci-fi mystery filled with wonders and curiosities. If you’ve ever asked yourself what it would be like to have aliens living among us – or you’re a fan of Men in Black, The X-Files, or Fringe – buy this book!


Prehistoric by Michael Esola

Prehistoric by Michael Esola
Narrated by Jeffrey S Fellin
Self Published

A giant boardwalk has been resurrected high up in the Indonesian rainforest canopy, offering guests stunning, spectacular, and unparalleled views of the rainforest. However, the boardwalk is incomplete and in need of more funding. The creator, John Corstine, assembles a group of potential investors for a weekend tour of the boardwalk. Little do they know that high up in the rainforest canopy, they are being watched, but more importantly, they are not alone.


New World by Kate L. Mary

New World by Kate L. Mary
Narrated by Holly Adams, Hillary Huber, Patrick Lawlor
Tantor Audio

After weeks on the road and devastating losses, the survivors have finally found safety. But as winter falls on Colorado, it brings with it both new challenges and new hope.

Axl and Vivian

With supplies running low and animals scarce, not even the freezing zombies can make the future look bright for Axl’s group. And as the snow grows deeper, Vivian’s concern for Hadley and Jon only becomes more intense. Each day seems to bring more challenges, and every week that passes with no sign of their friends makes it more difficult for the group to believe life can ever return to normal.

Jon and Ginny

Hope Springs is an opportunity to start over for Ginny and Jon. Even though their worries for their lost friends are never completely gone, the couple throws themselves into building a new world for their baby. But as Jon works to clean out the city, Ginny struggles to find herself and embrace the second chance she’s been given. But with the ever-present threat of both man and the undead surrounding them, optimism is a difficult thing to hold onto….


The Big Uneasy by A.E. Radley

The Big Uneasy by A.E. Radley
Narrated by Ella Lynch
Self Published

They say opposites attract, but can lightning strike twice?

Rebecca has convinced Arabella to accompany her on a trip to New Orleans. Both women are struggling to figure out their new relationship, as Rebecca gives Arabella the space she requests, and Arabella comes to terms with her unexpected feelings for the younger woman.

Meeting Rebecca’s friend Jenn gives them the chance to learn more about each other, while Jenn starts to fall for her own older woman from out of town.

The second book in the Around the World Series, following on from the smash hit success The Road Ahead.


Waiting for You by Elle Spencer

Waiting for You by Elle Spencer
Narrated by Lori Prince
Bold Strokes Books Inc

Have you ever met someone and felt like you’ve known them in a thousand different lifetimes?

Lindsay Hall was a high school senior when she and her friend Patty discovered peach schnapps, listened to a past-life hypnosis CD, and got an up-close look at who she once was. And who she used to love. The knowledge of her past life has always haunted Lindsay. As her ex-husband is happy to point out, it’s made her a pretty crappy partner, too. Even her teenage daughter has politely suggested that she “get the eff over it.” Except she didn’t say eff.

Ren Christopher just wants a quick break before she starts a new job in London. She’s just extracted herself from a not-brief-enough, drama-filled relationship. A few weeks relaxing, drinking too much wine, and hanging with her old college friend Patty is just what the doctor ordered. No pressure, no expectations, and absolutely no drama.

Everything is perfect until Lindsay faints at the sight of Ren.


The Spare Bedroom by Elizabeth Neep

The Spare Bedroom by Elizabeth Neep
Narrated by Ellie Heydon
Bookouture

Listed today: Fun and friendly professional just arrived from London seeks room in central location, double bed preferred, ex-boyfriend optional extra.

Armed with a super-sized backpack full of optimism, Jess sets off in search of sun, sea and a much-needed new beginning.

Things don’t get off to a good start.

Instead of sunshine, she’s met with torrential rain. Her job prospects are as dismal as the weather and that friend-of-a-friend she was meant to stay with has fallen through. Just as Jess is homeless, jobless and wishing she’d gone for the waterproof mascara, she runs into the last person she expected to see. Sam. The ex she never got over. Jess always believed that one day fate would bring them back together. Now he’s here, more gorgeous than ever.

Before she knows it, Jess is accepting Sam’s offer to stay in his spare room. But while she may have been less than truthful about the mess she’s in, there is also one rather important thing Sam has neglected to mention.

Suddenly Jess isn’t just living with her ex, but with his new girlfriend too. All of that baggage she thought she left behind may have caught up with her….

A touching, funny, and uplifting look at how finding and losing love can lead you to discover yourself along the way. Fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Sophie Kinsella and classic rom coms like My Best Friend’s Wedding will love Elizabeth Neep’s wit and warmth.


Critical Point by S. L. Huang

Critical Point by S. L. Huang
Narrated by Lauren Fortgang
Macmillan Audio

S. L. Huang’s Critical Point is a breakout SF thriller for fans of John Scalzi and Greg Rucka.

Math-genius mercenary Cas Russell has stopped a shadow organization from brainwashing the world and discovered her past was deliberately erased and her superhuman abilities deliberately created.

And that’s just the start: When a demolitions expert targets Cas and her friends, and the hidden conspiracy behind Cas’ past starts to reappear, the past, present, and future collide in a race to save one of her dearest friends.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books


Implant by F. Paul Wilson

Implant by F. Paul Wilson
Narrated by Max Jones
Blackstone Publishing

Dr. Duncan Lathram is a brilliant plastic surgeon who recently invented a dissolving implant that allows incisions to heal without scarring. His unparalleled artistry in the operating room is the salvation of all the biggest power players in Washington, DC, whenever they need to be TV ready. Lathram appears to have it all, but something isn’t right….

When young Gina Panzella isn’t hustling as a house doctor at a local community hospital, she assists Dr. Lathram with surgery. She’s known him almost her entire life and respects him deeply, yet there are a few things about him she can’t quite figure out – like why so many of his patients are mysteriously dying.

Overcome with suspicion and fear, Panzella enlists the help of Gerry Canney, a high school classmate now working with the FBI, to dig deep into the doctor’s past. Soon they will discover what Lathram is truly capable of….


Murder Board by Brian Shea

Murder Board by Brian Shea
Narrated by Corey M. Snow
Severn River Publishing

On the tough streets of Boston, justice requires a detective who isn’t afraid to break the rules. Imagine The Departed meets Harry Bosch.

The crime sent shock waves through the entire city. But for Boston homicide detective Michael Kelly, the case hits particularly close to home. Kelly was born and raised only a few blocks from where the girl’s body was found. He still has friends living in the old neighborhood.

Some are cops. Others run the Irish mob. And when Kelly’s investigation uncovers a shocking conspiracy, he realizes that he’ll need to use all of his unique connections to solve the case.

Because, Kelly is determined to bring the killer to justice. Whatever the cost.

The first novel in the most suspenseful crime series to hit bookstores in years. Written by a former detective, Murder Board is perfect for fans of Michael Connolly’s Harry Bosch, David Baldacci’s John Puller, and James Patterson’s Alex Cross.

Praise for the book:

“A superbly written and suspenseful thriller.” (T.R. Ragan, NYT best-selling author)

“With his background as a cop, Brian Shea adds a dose of realism to his writing few authors can match…” (Jeff Carson, author of the best-selling David Wolf series)

“Brian Shea is the real deal. A veteran detective turned thriller author. It truly doesn’t get any better…” (Steve Konkoly, USA Today best-selling author of the Ryan Decker series)


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