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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.

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  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
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    (1622)
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    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    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!
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
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    (2159)
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    (1947)
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    (1955)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    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.
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
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    (3808)
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    (3197)
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    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    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.
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
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    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    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!
  • The 500: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Matthew Quirk
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
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    (136)
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    (110)
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    A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal - and this time, maybe even kill. Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out.

    A. Avins says: "A Good Listen - Lots of Action"
    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.
  • Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
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    From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

    C. Johnson says: "Standard Archer "class-clash". Stellar narration!!"
    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.
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
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    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Amazon Customer says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    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.
  • The Leftovers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Perrotta
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
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    What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

    glamazon says: "The title is the best part"
    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?
  • Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
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    After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.

    Hassan says: "LOVED it from the beginning"
    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.
  • The Next Best Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Olivia Thirlby
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    At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she's hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Big Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie's going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother's impending nuptials.

    Rebecca says: "Funny Story!"
    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.
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    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!
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
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    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    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.
  • The Immortal Rules: Blood of Eden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
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    In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.... Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

    Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked - and given the ultimate choice. Die or become one of the monsters.

    Alley McNally says: "BEST VAMPIRE STORY EVER!!!!"
    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!
  • Lost and Found: The Taken Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    Not so long ago Marcus Walker was just another young commodities trader in Chicago, working hard and playing harder. But that's all in the past, part of a life half forgotten-a reality that vanished when he was attacked while camping and tossed aboard a starship bound for deep space. Desperately, Walker searches for explanations, only to realize he's trapped in a horrifying nightmare that is all too real. Instead of being a rich hotshot at the top of the food chain, Walker discovers he's just another amusing novelty, part of a cargo of “cute” aliens from primitive planets....

    Ken says: "Alien abduction with a twist"
    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.
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
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    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    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.
  • Copper Beach: A Dark Legacy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
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    Within the pages of very rare books, some centuries old, lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell’s unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes - and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat, and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market.

    Valerie says: "Copper Beach- ok story (Paranormal but not arcane)"
    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.
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
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    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    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…
  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    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!
  • Guilty Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
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    Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened - something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable.

    Betsy says: "Ditto - Don't waste your credit."
    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!
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