Here are the books that were released this week that I think are new and notable.
Week of December 12, 2016
Mind War by Douglas E Richards
Narrated by Adam Verner
Nick Hall returns in a riveting standalone thriller, set in a stunning future that is rapidly approaching. From the New York Times best-selling author whose books have been downloaded over a million times.
Nick Hall has revolutionary electronics implanted in his brain that allow him to read minds – including thoughts, memories, and even intent. He can know the passwords, future strategies, and innermost secrets of anyone he chooses, making him the most formidable man alive. But his status as the only mind reader in the world is about to change…
Soon, Hall is fighting for his life as he races to stop an unimaginably despicable terror plot. But his problems are only beginning. Because when a member of his inner circle betrays him, and the secret to mind reading leaks out, he is forced to wage war against a merciless mind reader of nearly unequaled brilliance. One who will stop at nothing to kill Hall, his colleagues, and the woman he loves. And one who is intent on ushering in a dramatic transformation of the human species – even at the cost of billions of lives.
Based on actual research on computer-assisted mind reading, Mind War is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller. One that raises a number of intriguing possibilities about a future that is just around the corner.
Judgment: Alien Invasion, Book 5 by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
They know what we’ve done.
Cameron Bannister and his group of survivors have endured the fall of their great city and gone searching for what they once believed to be a weapon but found to be something else entirely. It’s something that will decide the fate of all humanity – innocent or guilty – if Cameron can summon the will to start the doomsday clock ticking.
Accompanied by a strange wanderer with a hidden past, they must confront the judgment archive at its new location in the “capital of capitals”: Ember Flats, on the former site of Giza, beyond the infamously unpassable wasteland known as Hell’s Corridor. But when they arrive, all is not as it seems, and the viceroy, along with the secret society hiding within her government, is keeping secrets that keep the city calm – while unrest boils beneath its skin.
When a double-cross threatens the group’s center, only a risky plan might save the species before judgment comes or bring the walls crashing down as the epoch ends in extinction.
This relentless, pause-resisting tale of colonization and alien empire is the fifth in the Alien Invasion series by masters of story Truant and Platt, authors of The Beam, Robot Proletariat, the Dream Engine series, and many more.
Fight for hope. Search for survival.
Columbus Day: Expeditionary Force, Book 1 by Craig Alanson
Narrated by RC Bray
We were fighting on the wrong side of a war we couldn’t win. And that was the good news.
The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits.
When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. The UN Expeditionary Force hitched a ride on Kristang ships to fight the Ruhar wherever our new allies thought we could be useful. So, I went from fighting with the US Army in Nigeria to fighting in space. It was lies, all of it. We shouldn’t even be fighting the Ruhar; they aren’t our enemy. Our allies are.
I’d better start at the beginning.
Zombie Fallout: Zero by Mark Tufo
Narrated by Sean Runnette
In this audio-exclusive prequel – a must-hear for die-hard Zombie Fallout fans and newcomers alike – listeners are brought back to the days before outbreak; to the origins of a virus capable of raising the dead, its patient zero, and the events that set in motion the destruction of the human race.
Those who would seek a new world order have unleashed the most devastating virus onto mankind, and even they do not know the secrets hidden in their weapon. Follow along as Harry, a CDC scientist, races to figure out what exactly the virus is and how to stop it. It will be up to him and a group of marines led by Major Sanders to stop the zombie fallout before it ravages an unsuspecting world.
Rebel Fleet by BV Larson
Narrated by Mark Boyett
They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice.
A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every 1,000 years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings.
The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them.
The last time they considered Earth, Vikings in longboats were raiding English coastlines. Today, we’re less primitive. Today, we’re a target.
One man is chosen to command Earth’s single ship in the Rebel Fleet. When the war breaks out, Leo Blake must win it…or die trying.
“Classic B. V. Larson. This book grabs you by the plasma cannon and won’t let go. Fast adventure, fast action – and I loved the space-battles!” – S. Arthur
Game Over: A Series of Ends, Book 1 by Derek Edgington
Narrated by Dee Drew
Game Over takes place in the distant future, in a place far, far away from the planet we call home, in the virtual universe called Elisium.
Imagine a society freed from crime and illness, one sustained by a single, eminently logical system that was designed to seek ultimate perfection. The Sibyl System seeks the elusive state of human perfection, and, through the course of its quest, the System will become its greatest enemy.
Now imagine that a reluctant hero is called to save what remains of the human race residing on what was once proudly called Earth by its inhabitants.
Ekko Everlasting is thrust into the world of the game, No-Life, without any corresponding memories to motivate him to think about anything besides himself. Ekko cares about saving his own skin and regaining his lost self – exclusively in that order – not saving the universe, let alone two of them!
Grim Reaper: End of Days by Steve Alten
Narrated by Michael Braun
Dante’s Inferno, his depiction of hell, was written while Europe was suffering through war, famine, the corruption of the Church, and the evils of the pogrom – the brutal massacre of countless Jews. Shortly after Dante’s passing, the black plague killed off half the world’s population, an end-of-days-like event that birthed a legend depicted in paintings and dance: the Grim Reaper. What few people know is that Dante’s poem draws inspiration from the Zohar, an ancient text that warns that the true end of days will be brought on by the corruption of man after events on the 23rd day of Elul – a date equating to September 11th, 2001. One person that does know is Mary Klipot, a biohazard level-four scientist. She sees historical parallels between the lack of morality that corrupted Europe preceding the Black Death and the present-day greed that has mired our own society in economic collapse and seemingly endless wars. And she sees an opportunity to carry out God’s work. She injects herself with Scythe, a swift-acting version of the Black Death, and diligently spreads the infection throughout Manhattan. The threat of a worldwide pandemic forces officials to seal off the island at a time when world leaders have gathered at the UN. One-armed and shell-shocked Iraq vet Patrick Shepherd may be able to stop her. But first he’ll have to find his family somewhere in the plague-ravaged city, and outrun the Grim Reaper himself. Meticulously researched and written in a voice reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy, End of Days is the first book in a planned series best described as The Stand meets Dante’s Inferno.
The Loch: The Loch Series, Book 1 by Steve Alten
Narrated by P. J. Ochlan
Loch Ness holds secrets, ancient and deadly. Does a monster inhabit its depths, or is it just myth? Why, after thousands of reported sightings and dozens of expeditions, is there still no hard evidence?Marine biologist Zachary Wallace knows, but the shock of his near-drowning as a child on Loch Ness have buried all memories of the incident. Now, a near-death experience suffered while on
Marine biologist Zachary Wallace knows, but the shock of his near-drowning as a child on Loch Ness have buried all memories of the incident. Now, a near-death experience suffered while on expedition in the Sargasso Sea has caused these long-forgotten memories to resurface. Haunted by vivid night terrors, stricken by a sudden fear of the water, Zach finds he can no longer function as a scientist.Unable to cope, his career all but over, he stumbles down a path of self-destruction…until he receives contact from his estranged father, a man he has not seen since his parents divorced and he left Scotland as a boy.
Unable to cope, his career all but over, he stumbles down a path of self-destruction…until he receives contact from his estranged father, a man he has not seen since his parents divorced and he left Scotland as a boy.Angus Wallace, a wily Highlander who never worked an honest day in his life, is on trial for murdering his business partner. Only Zachary can prove his innocence, if he is innocent, but to do so means confronting the nightmare that nearly killed him 17 years earlier.
Angus Wallace, a wily Highlander who never worked an honest day in his life, is on trial for murdering his business partner. Only Zachary can prove his innocence, if he is innocent, but to do so means confronting the nightmare that nearly killed him 17 years earlier.
Incorporating the latest research and “new evidence”, that leads to real answers concerning the monster’s identity, best-selling author Steve Alten weaves a tale of horror about the most publicized and controversial creature ever to exist.
The Seventh Plague: Sigma Force Novels, Book 12 by James Rollins
Narrated by: Christian Baskous
If the biblical plagues of Egypt truly happened—could they happen again—on a global scale?
Two years after vanishing into the Sudanese desert, Professor Harold McCabe comes stumbling out of the sands, but he dies before he can tell his story. Then an autopsy uncovers a bizarre corruption: someone had begun to mummify the professor’s body—while he was still alive.
Subsequently, the medical team who had performed the man’s autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease. Fearing the worst, a colleague of the professor reaches out to Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force. The call is urgent, for Professor McCabe had vanished into the desert while searching for proof of the ten plagues of Moses. As the pandemic grows, a disturbing question arises. Are those plagues starting again?
To unravel a secret going back millennia, Director Crowe and Commander Grayson Pierce will be thrust to opposite sides of the globe. As the global crisis grows ever larger, Sigma Force will confront a threat born of the ancient past and made real by the latest science—a danger that will unleash a cascading series of plagues, culminating in a scourge that could kill all of the world’s children…decimating humankind forever.
The Forty-Minute War by Janet Morris & Chris Morris
Narrated by Tim Welch
A terrorist attack and incompetency at the highest levels of the US government spark a nuclear exchange between the US and Russia. When the US falls silent, only Marc Beck of the State Department’s intelligence service has a workable plan to help his country. With Israeli counter-terrorism experts and Christine Patrick, an American foreign correspondent posted to Tel Aviv, Beck begins a desperate mission to get anti-radiation serum to the US survivors and take one last, wild chance that could save America from the consequences of The Forty-Minute War..
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