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Tribe by Jeremy Robinson
Narrated by R.C. Bray
For Henry, a 17-year-old who feels no fear, the day starts like any other—homeless and alone on the streets of Boston. For Sarah, a 20-year-old college dropout, it’s an early morning serving donuts and coffee to commuters at North Station. Fate brings them together at the scene of a bank robbery, which they foil together, along with a mysterious and wealthy woman named Helen, who offers to reward them for their bravery.
But before they can reach Helen’s penthouse, they are assaulted by men and women from all walks of life, including police officers. Helen displays impressive fighting skills, fending off the attacks, allowing Henry and Sarah to make their escape—but they are spotted and pursued by the violent cult, out for Helen’s blood…and now theirs.
Racing through the streets of Boston, Sarah and Henry are propelled into a strange and ancient underworld where the impossible is real, where the old world still lives, and where the gods still walk among us. As the pair wages war against the killers hunting them, they discover the truth about who their deceased parents were, and that their lives could be far more exceptional than either believed possible…if they can survive the day.
Designated Survivors: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller by George S. Mahaffey Jr., Justin Sloan
Narrated by Gary Bennett
Whether hunter or prey, survival doesn’t come easy on the other side of the wall.
After escaping from New Chicago, Marisol and Elias take shelter in the quarantine zone only to be stalked by nightmarish, blood-enhanced creatures called Threshers. But that’s not the worst of it as they find themselves struggling to survive against Longman’s assassins and weaponized Reaper mechs who are hunting them down.
All is not lost, however, as Marisol’s enhancements keep them in the clear long enough to find a small group of survivors. Joining forces with the potential allies, they’re forced to confront their fears and work together to find a way to topple New Chicago’s brutal dictator before he discovers a secret weapon to destroy the world.
Arc by Devon C. Ford
Narrated by Marc Vietor
They say that necessity is the mother of all inventions. Amir Weatherby has the world in his hands, quite literally. When his company discovers an asteroid on a direct collision course with Earth, they decide to keep the news quiet and find a way to survive the impending apocalypse themselves. Secret projects begin with the intent of preventing the world going the same way as the dinosaurs.
Three top-secret sites are developed, each designed to hold a small pocket of the human race safe until after impact. It just so happens that one of these sites is in space. The former ISS is transformed into a safe haven called the ARC, the Automated Resettlement and Repopulation Cryostation, where some of the world’s greatest scientific minds will sleep through the whole show.
But events unfold in ways that couldn’t have been predicted, and when they arrive back on Earth there is a whole new disaster waiting for them.
Cunning Devil by Chris Underwood
Narrated by Gary Bennett
Breaking curses. Battling witchcraft. Revenge. All in a day’s work for Ozzy Turner, folk wizard.
Is a witch throwing curses your way? Something scary scratching at your window in the night? Then, I’ve got just the charm for you.
Mostly, though, I find things. Lost treasures, missing loved ones…if you need something found, I’m your guy.
So, when a grieving father hired me to track down a family heirloom stolen by a sticky-fingered hobgoblin, I was happy to help.
No one was supposed to wind up dead. Especially not me. But they made a mistake when they put a bullet in my stomach and left me for the worms. They didn’t bury me deep enough….
If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Shayne Silvers, M.D. Massey, or Orlando A. Sanchez, then you’ll love taking a trip to the sleepy town of Lost Falls, where not everything is as it seems.
Barriers by Patrick Skelton
Narrated by Anthony Lee
For Nathan Gallagher, life on post-solar flare Earth just took a turn for the worse.
In the near future, barrier domes shield Earth’s wealthiest cities from catastrophic solar flares, but only the healthy elite are granted protection. Those who are unable to prove their ability to work are sent to live in the sanctuaries – camps outside the barrier domes where residents have little to no protection from flares. It’s brutal living there.
Nathan Gallagher is one of the lucky ones who lives inside a barrier. But his luck runs out when his adopted son suffers a paralyzing accident. He’s taken from his parents and sent to the sanctuaries where it’s only a matter of time before they kill him.
With only days until another flare is due to strike Earth’s sanctuary cities, not only does his son’s life hang in the balance but also the fate of a quarter billion people.
Halloween Fiend by C.V. Hunt
Narrated by Ferdie Luthy
Strang isn’t the small, quaint town it appears to be. It’s haunted every night by a creature the townsfolk refer to as Halloween.
Once the sun sets each day, Halloween emerges to collect its treats: a small, live offering from each household. The residents comply because no one wants to be the target of Halloween’s tricks.
But the nightmare of residing in Strang is nothing compared to the yearly ritual Halloween demands of the citizens on All Hallows’ Eve.
Space Pirate Charlie by Scott Baron
Narrated by Gary Bennett
Charlie was living the life of luxury as an alien wizard’s gladiator slave. It was not ideal.
He had survived a spaceship crash, alien slave traders, space pirates, and fierce gladiatorial combat. Hell, he’d even faced an actual fire-breathing dragon and lived, but now, he was presented with an even greater challenge. Domestic living, captive on a strange world.
Charlie almost had to laugh at his changing circumstances, having seen it all since a wormhole spat him out in a distant galaxy. He learned to fight, he learned to use magic, he even learned to kill – to survive at all costs. And that hard work had somehow landed him a cushy life on a powerful wizard’s estate. But all was not what it seemed.
Something was wrong, and he still wasn’t a free man. Captivity, even in a gilded cage such as this, was abhorrent to the spaceman from Earth. And while the new existence he had fallen into seemed one of luxury, he couldn’t help but wonder when it would all go to hell.
He should have known, with his luck, the answer was soon.
Rogue Faction: Part 1 by Xander Weaver
Narrated by Dan Delgado
When a Russian neuroscientist develops a cutting-edge tool to aid in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients, the breakthrough could be a modern medical miracle. This technology will allow doctors to record and examine the memories of patients. It would offer insight into a disease that was previously only the stuff of science fiction.
Unfortunately, as with every “creation”, the bad comes hand in hand with the good. The ability to record thoughts and memories directly from a person’s mind becomes an even more valuable process when utilized as a weapon…for espionage.
Fledgling agent Cyrus Cooper is ordered to infiltrate the facility developing this powerful new process. His duty: protect the secrets of this dangerous new system and the mastermind behind it until work has been completed. But as Cyrus soon learns, news of the medical breakthrough has leaked. There are now organizations that will stop at nothing to acquire it for themselves. And his own team, the Coalition, just might be among them.
Matters are complicated further when Cyrus’s past catches up to him in the middle of the operation. He’s left struggling to do his job while trying to protect secrets from his own background that will jeopardize his very life, should they reach the wrong ears.
Through the mayhem, Cyrus never sees the dangerous, faceless stalker who is determined to cause him mortal harm. The action intensifies and the mysteries mount as Cyrus Cooper is put to the ultimate test in Rogue Faction: Part 1.
Madness by Ashley Fontainne
Narrated by Rebecca Roberts, Atlantis Audiobooks
One year after the tragic loss of her son, Elizabeth “Raye” Quast struggles to overcome the painful aftermath of his death.
Will she rely upon faith to soothe her grieving heart or allow the emotional turmoil inside her soul to destroy her mind?
Eight years after his entire family was slain, Tyler Drexel stares down adulthood, thoughts consumed by seething rage for things out of his control. When he loses the last piece of his childhood, something inside him breaks.
Will facing his past douse the flames of fury or fuel them?
Retired sheriff Clyde Tidwell tried for years to quiet the storm of guilt swirling inside his heart. As the time approaches for Tyler to venture out into the world on his own, the horrific memories of the night eight years prior come back to haunt him.
Will his aging mind and body be able to withstand another bout with spirits and principalities when they attack again?
All three must confront events from the past, even if it means destroying their futures or driving them all to madness.
CTRL S by Andy Briggs
Narrated by Christopher Weeks
Orion Publishing Group
Everyone knows crime is a major problem in the virtual reality world of SPACE. And the smarter criminals realised long ago that to fully exploit people in the real world, they need to hunt the vulnerable in VR.
So when his troubled mother disappears one day, VR-obsessed Baxter knows that to save her life he must first track her down in SPACE.
But how do you solve a mystery in a world without fingerprints, DNA or clues?
Baxter has done it in video games his whole life. But this time things are about to get very real….
The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
Narrated by Julia Whelan
The number one New York Times best-selling author of Year One and Of Blood and Bone concludes her stunning new trilogy praised as “A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King’s The Stand.”
After the sickness known as the Doom destroyed civilization, magick has become commonplace, and Fallon Swift has spent her young years learning its ways. Fallon cannot live in peace until she frees those who have been preyed upon by the government or the fanatical Purity Warriors, endlessly hunted or locked up in laboratories, brutalized for years on end. She is determined to save even those who have been complicit with this evil out of fear or weakness – if, indeed, they can be saved.
Strengthened by the bond she shares with her fellow warrior, Duncan, Fallon has already succeeded in rescuing countless shifters and elves and ordinary humans. Now she must help them heal – and rediscover the light and faith within themselves. For although from the time of her birth, she has been the one, she is still only one. And as she faces down an old nemesis, sets her sights on the enemy’s stronghold, and pursues her destiny – to finally restore the mystical shield that once protected them all – she will need an army behind her…
Net Force: Dark Web by Steve Pieczenik – creator, Tom Clancy – creator, Jerome Preisler
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
The return of the cutting-edge thriller series Net Force, created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik and written by Jerome Preisler.
The number-one threat to our nation’s security is in cyberspace. The new US president wants to tackle the urgent problem head-on and launches a top secret line of defense: Net Force. But before the organization can be announced, the country is hit by an unprecedented, two-pronged terror attack.
Not yet empowered by Congress nor embraced by a dubious intelligence community, still untested, unproven and officially unnamed, Net Force’s elite group of cyber experts and field operatives must lead the fight against the ongoing waves of hacks while tracking down the mastermind. Their failure could mean global catastrophe. Success may lead them to become the highest-level security agency in the United States.
A story that seems ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, Net Force: Dark Web relaunches one of the most prescient thriller series at a time when cybersecurity is more vital than ever.
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