Recently, we highlighted some of literature's most noteworthy villains. Now, allow us to introduce you to some of our favorite new heroes. The good guys and gals from recent novels we can’t help but cheer for – whether they’re solving cold cases or looking for love. Some of these protagonists are currently starring in series, others have only made their debut so far, but here’s hoping we hear more from them in the future.
Vince Flynn and Brad Thor fans, listen up! Ben Coes’ Power Down introduces us to Dewey Andreas, former Army Ranger and Delta who survives a terrorist attack to exact vengeance upon those that destroyed his oil rig. Start the series here and get to know Dewey. The latest book in the series will be waiting for you…The Last Refuge comes out today!
You think you know her, but you have no idea. Based on the children’s tale of not-quite-the-same name, this well-reviewed book takes the Cinderella story to someplace it’s never been: the distant future. Now a cyborg (yet still burdened with a hateful stepmother), Cinder must help cure the disease that’s ravaged earth and prevent a hostile lunar population from attacking.
David Baldacci took a break from his Camel Club and King and Maxwell series to introduce us to “stone-cold hitman” Will Robie, who does the unthinkable – deciding NOT to follow through on a mission – and stumbles upon a conspiracy that reaches to unimaginable levels of power. His determination to do what’s right is something we all should strive for.
Thief Royce Melborn and swordsman Hadrian Blackwater are hired to steal a famous sword. In the process, they are framed for the murder of the king and end up in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine. We’re excited to have recently added Book 2 in the Riyira Revelations and we’re already looking forward to the 3rd entry!
Recent Harvard Law grad Mike Ford owes a lot of his success at Washington’s most powerful consulting firm to his con-man upbringing. After hobnobbing with “The 500” (the elite men and women who really run Washington and the world), he learns that the higher the climb, the harder and deadlier the fall.
Author Jeffrey Archer introduces us to Harry Clifton, a man who is searching for his true identity. Was his father a dockworker or an aristocrat? Should he attend Oxford or join the navy and fight in World War II? Only Time Will Tell sets the stage for the rest of the Clifton Chronicles.
Think The Bachelor plus The Hunger Games, then wrap it all up with a Cinderella bow. America Singer is thrown into a dangerous game of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. At first she resists, but after meeting the gorgeous prince, she begins to question all the plans she’s made for herself.
With all the post-apocalyptic fiction out there right now, we’ve already given a lot of thought to what it would be like if we were in Mayor Kevin Garvey’s shoes. If a number of people in our lives simultaneously vanished into thin air, what would we do? Kevin chooses to help his community heal, but how is everyone else coping?
Our listeners LOVE the latest novel from Jeaniene Frost. How could you not? With the prolific Tavia Gilbert narrating, it stars a deeply flawed mortal with dark powers and an even darker co-lead in Vlad Tepesh – the inspiration for the legendary Dracula! A dangerous passion ignites between them, but they must work together to stop an enemy determined to destroy them both.
In Jennifer Weiner’s latest, we meet Ruth Sanders, a young woman who has a dream many of us can relate to: making it big in Hollywood. Through hard work and determination, she achieves her goal…and that’s when things get difficult.
One of the newest additions to our store is Mark Tufo’s Zombie Fallout series, and it is everything you could want in a zombie apocalypse story. Michael Talbot leads a band of ordinary people just trying to survive against an indomitable enemy in what’s left of civilization, and, in doing so, skirts the edges of insanity. Plus lots of zombie gore!
Prefer your heroes with a bit of an edge? The deeply flawed chief detective Carl MØrck ends up in crime-fighting purgatory (a basement office with a stack of cold cases) only to find that one victim might not be dead…yet.
It’s hard not to root for Allie Sekemoto. As a survivor-turned-undead, she has to navigate her new immortal life, work with those who now want her dead, and try to uncover a legendary cure. Oh, and did we mention that she’s doing it all while posing as a human AND juggling a love interest? Come on, girl! You can do it!
It’s the classic “camping trip gone wrong” scenario, if, at the end of the trip, you end up on a starship bound for deep space to be sold as a pet to some alien race. Former football-star-turned-commodities-trader Marcus Walker does everything he possibly can to escape his captors, even though there isn’t anywhere to go. It’s this sort of unbeatable, stubborn willpower we can all relate to.
Listener favorite Katherine Kellgren provides a voice for our heroine, Alex, who survives an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) that wipes out every computerized system and kills billions. Rather than curl up into a ball and mourn, Alex is determined to find out who or what caused the pulse and what its long-term effects are on the planet and the people who still inhabit it.
Abbey Radwell’s psychic talent makes her perfect for decoding ancient paranormal texts and Sam Coppersmith is an expert in paranormal rocks – sounds like a match made in paranormal heaven! Despite concealing secrets from one another (and the inevitable romantic tension), they must work together to find an ancient Key text and stop a killer.
Emily, one of our editors, describes Poppy Wyatt (who loses her engagement ring AND cell phone in a fire) as an “adorable bundle of neurotic zaniness”…so what’s not to like? When Poppy discovers a replacement for her phone, everything seems like it will work out, until she and the phone’s owner become increasingly more entangled in each others' lives leading up to her big day…
A renegade femme fatale and encyclopedic librarian may seem an odd pair for saving Victorian England from a blood and bone-draining serial killer. But they also make for one of the most entertaining duos in steampunk. V for Vendetta fans, look out!
Girls weekend. Monte Carlo. The foulest crime imaginable. And that's just the beginning. The Women’s Murder Club’s January LaVoy gives voices to the four wives whose vacation goes deadly wrong. We hope to see these ladies again in a sequel!
When a family tragedy brings Jayné Heller to Denver, she ends up getting more than she bargained for: a huge estate and inexhaustible fortune! Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, and Jayné is also left to deal with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College. She’ll have to learn the new rules of reality and work with a group of unexpected allies in order to survive.
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