Here are the books that were released this week that I think are new and notable.
December 6, 2016
Meg: Hell’s Aquarium (MEG 4) by Steve Alten
Narrated by Keith Szarabajka
The Philippine Sea Plate is the deepest, most unexplored realm on the planet. Hidden beneath its ancient crust lies the remains of the Panthalassa, an ocean that dates back 220 million years. Vast and isolated, the Panthalassa is inhabited by nightmarish species of sea creatures long believed extinct.
Tanaka Institute, Monterey, CA: Angel, the recaptured 76-foot, 100,000-pound Megalodon, has birthed a litter of pups – five females – far too numerous and aggressive to keep in one pen. One solution: a Dubai royal prince is building the largest aquarium in the world and seeks to purchase two of the “runts”.
The deal hinges on hiring Jonas Taylor’s 21-year-old son, David, to be their trainer. Jonas reluctantly agrees, and David is off to Dubai for the summer of his life – not realizing he is being set up to lead an expedition that will hunt down and capture the most dangerous creatures ever to inhabit the planet.
Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson
Narrated by Scott Brick
11 hrs and 21 mins
Two events made September 1st a memorable day for Jesse Cullum. First, he lost a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Second, he saved the life of President Ulysses S. Grant.
In the near future of Robert Charles Wilson’s Last Year, the technology exists to open doorways into the past–but not our past, not exactly. Each “past” is effectively an alternate world, identical to ours but only up to the date on which we access it. And a given “past” can only be reached once. After a passageway is open, it’s the only road to that particular past; once closed, it can’t be reopened.
A passageway has been opened to a version of late 19th-century Ohio. It’s been in operation for most of a decade, but it’s no secret, on either side of time. A small city has grown up around it to entertain visitors from our time, and many locals earn a good living catering to them. But like all such operations, it has a shelf life; as the “natives” become more sophisticated, their version of the “past” grows less attractive as a destination.
Jesse Cullum is a native. And he knows the passageway will be closing soon. He’s fallen in love with a woman from our time, and he means to follow her back–no matter whose secrets he has to expose in order to do it.
The Altreian Enigma: Rho Agenda Assimilation, Book 2 by Richard Phillips
Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
10 hrs and 22 mins
When Mark and Heather Smythe saved Earth from the conquest-hungry Kasari Collective, they thought their work was done. But the world’s vast new government continued its quest to make extraterrestrial contact. And now, as a new gateway is activated to welcome the Kasari, whom world leaders take to be benefactors, only the Smythes stand a chance of countering their planet’s invasion and subjugation by a race of ruthless conquerors.
Years after their failed first mission, the Kasari have returned, bearing irresistible promises while concealing insidious plans to enslave humanity. But not if the Smythes – along with fearless CIA agent turned mercenary Jack Gregory and his partner, Janet Price – can help it. From the world’s last stronghold, they take the fight to enemies both earthling and alien – even as their comrades-in-arms join the warrior Koranthians in battling the Kasari on a far-off planet. But the greatest danger lies within Earth itself, where an ancient artifact prepares to summon doom from another world.
Rescue: Frontiers Saga Part 2: Rogue Castes, Episode 2 by Ryk Brown
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
A leader left behind. An Alliance falling apart. Friends stranded on an enemy-held world. A chance to rediscover long-forgotten truths. The new threat will require an immediate response. But first, Jessica and the Ghatazhak must execute a daring rescue in order to secure their future. But to do so, they need the one man they have been trying to protect. The question is: Will he agree?
In Ashes Born: A Seeker’s Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 1
by Nathan Lowell
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
8 hrs and 59 mins
An old friend. A new course. A deadly ship with a secret cargo.
Ishmael Wang returns to Port Newmar, but ghosts from his past have followed him. His old shipmate, Phillip Carstairs, offers him the opportunity to track down the man who killed his lover. The catch? He must take command of the Chernyakova, a ship that still stinks of death and haunts Ishmael’s nightmares.
Together Phillip and Ismael begin a journey into unknown reaches of the Deep Dark to bring back the man who killed Greta.
The Alpha Plague 5 by Michael Robertson
Narrated by Aaron Abano
6 hrs and 15 mins
Not only has Vicky made it to Home – an underground self-sufficient complex – in one piece, but Flynn has turned up, too, following behind after her when she’d feared he’d died.
Now that they’re secure, Vicky can keep Flynn safer than she’s been able to since the outbreak over a decade ago. At least that’s the plan.
However, in this new world, where the diseased roam free, there’s always a threat hiding in the shadows.
Having convinced herself Home would be safe, Vicky has to come to terms with the fact that nowhere’s safe in this world anymore. And maybe the biggest threat comes from within the complex rather than outside of it.
With her senses more finely tuned than ever before, Vicky must remain as vigilant as she always has if she’s going to survive among the diseased and the healthy, and maybe she should give Flynn the responsibility he both deserves and is more than capable of handling.
The Devil’s Due: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller: Out of the Dark, Book 3 by Boyd Craven III
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
5 hrs and 17 mins
Live like the dead, or sleep like the dead? Dick makes his choice….
Dick is finally clean – mind and body – from his poisonous addiction, only to be sent reeling again upon awakening and discovering Steve and Jamie have startling secrets of their own. It will take every ounce of focus and resolve to shake off his new reality and make a trek to Arkansas to reunite with his wife and daughter, especially with the other challenges he faces along the way. He thought he was ready to face the world anew, until he realized the world was out to get him first.
The Devil’s Due is the ending to the action-packed prepper thriller trilogy, filled with real-life gut-wrenching decisions, and a twist so sharp it may snap your neck.
Proceed with caution.
Pledge Allegiance: The Finch, Book 1 by Rider England
Narrated by Greg Tremblay
3 hrs and 51 mins
Shaun Blake had once had it all. As captain of the ISS Oregon, he’d commanded his crew in the Horde War and helped to protect Earth. It was a dream come true for a farm boy from Idaho.
But the dream shattered a year ago when a Horde ship blew the Oregon out of space, leaving Blake and a single crew member as the only survivors.
Now, Blake is a gambler and a drunk living in the slums on Iton-3. His only interest is winning money at the WarZone tables and trying to forget who he was. He blames himself for every death that occurred under his command.
When a woman named Jane Baltimore approaches Blake in a bar and says she has a job for him, he isn’t interested. Until she tells him the job is to captain a ship about to embark on a search and rescue mission.
There are more surviving crew members from the Oregon.
And they’re stuck on a planet deep in Horde space.
Static Omnibus: An EMP Thriller by James Hunt
Narrated by Tia Rider Sorensen
11 hrs and 19 mins
The thin thread holding the civilized world together has been severed. Millions of citizens have been thrust into the unknown, breeding fear into the minds and souls of those seeking to survive. Wren Burton, an architect from Chicago, has been engulfed by the chaotic aftermath of an EMP blast. Her family is injured. The enemy is unknown. And help is nowhere to be found.