Felix “O” O’Connor is an ex-con from central Ohio that has spent the seven years since being released from prison working on a ranch in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. Rarely does he venture out into the world and never does it come looking for him. Both of those things change when his twin sister Alexa “Lex” Borden calls from Columbus, Ohio to ask for his help. Earlier that afternoon, she and her husband were both beaten unconscious and their two year old daughter abducted from their front yard. Nobody saw a thing, the police are stumped, and it is a well known statistic that if a child isn’t found in the first 48 hours, they rarely are.
The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world. Tau Ceti, better known as Tech World, is the central trading capital of Frontier 921. McGill figures he’s lucked out. The assignment looks dull but luxurious. Tau Ceti boasts a planet-wide city with a trillion inhabitants, all of whom are only interested in making a few credits. But all is not well on Tech World. The Empire is crumbling, an invasion is coming, and McGill’s easy ride through life and death has come to an end.
Read by Mark Boyett.
Damascus, Syria, 2009. Carrie Mathison is leading an operation to capture or kill al Qaeda terrorist, Abu Nazir. But arriving at the compound where he was supposed to be in hiding, they find it empty. Carrie is sure that someone is leaking CIA information to the enemy and has betrayed their operation, seriously threatening American interests in the Middle East. To expose the double agent, her boss, Saul Berenson, devises an elaborate ruse that will send her on the most dangerous mission of her life. This twisting tale of international intrigue takes fans deeper into the intense world of high-stakes espionage, and explores never-before-seen details of Carrie’s life as an operative in the Middle East, Saul’s past as an agent in Iran, Brody’s dark childhood and captivity, and events involving the trio – and other favourite characters, like Dar Adal – that will lead them to the present.
Read by Penelope Rawlins.
Mary and her husband are involved in a terrible car crash. With her husband lying terribly injured beside her, Mary watches a set of feet emerge from behind the car they crashed into and walk over to where she is sprawled. One of the feet kicks her in the jaw and she blacks out. When she wakes, she is still at the crash site but on a stretcher. Her husband is on a stretcher beside her and, despite his injuries, is trying to tell her something. A large crowd has gathered and a number of people are recording the event with their phones. She goes ballistic and attacks them. When she comes round in hospital, she is informed that her husband died of his injuries. Worse still, the most traumatic event of her life has become a YouTube sensation with footage of her attack on the onlookers being viewed all over the world. Mary learns that the man driving the car in front vanished from the scene. The car was registered under a false name. She must contact every person she attacked who recorded the event and ask for their help. But somebody is murdering the people who used their hand held devices and is removing their recordings. Mary must try to reach them before the digital fragments of the event disappear altogether. As Mary moves closer to the truth. she realizes the crash conceals a secret someone will do anything to conceal.
From BBC Radio 4 Extra. Written by Louis de Bernieres; Full-cast dramatisation starring Celia Meiras, Stephen Greif, Anthony Psaila, Chris Pavlo, Alexi Kaye Campbell, Alex Zorbas, Ania Gordon, Liza Sadovy and Sean Baker; Dramatised by Katie Hims.
Episode 1: A Pea in the Ear Pelagia and her father Dr Iannis’s peace on the island of Cephallonia is shattered by war.
Episode 2: Invasion of the Italians Pelagia has had no reply to over 100 letters to her fiance Mandras.
Episode 3: Looking for Snails Pelagia’s fallen for the charms of Captain Corelli, but she’s engaged.
Episode 4: Earthquake An extraordinary heroic act, a slow recovery and a resolution two generations later.
Cass Dollar is a survivor. She’s overcome the meltdown of civilization, humans turned mindless cannibals, and the many evils of man. But from beneath the devastated California landscape emerges a tendril of hope. A mysterious traveler arrives at New Eden with knowledge of a passageway North – a final escape from the increasingly cunning Beaters. Clutching this dream, Cass and many others decamp and follow him into the unknown. Journeying down valleys and over barren hills, Cass remains torn between two men. One – her beloved Smoke – is not so innocent as he once was. The other keeps a primal hold on her that feels like Fate itself. And beneath it all, Cass must confront the worst of what’s inside her – dark memories from when she was a Beater herself. But she, and all of the other survivors, will fight to the death for the promise of a new horizon.
Read by Ellen Archer.
“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth!” From White Zombie to Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil to World War Z, zombies have invaded popular culture, becoming the monsters that best express the fears and anxieties of the modern west. Gathering together the best zombie literature of the last three decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror, including Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, George R. R. Martin, Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Joe R. Lansdale, The Living Dead covers the broad spectrum of zombie fiction
01) Introduction by John Joseph Adams
02) This Year’s Class Picture by Dan Simmons
03) Some Zombie Contingency Plans by Kelly Link
04) Death and Suffrage by Dale Bailey
05) Ghost Dance by Sherman Alexie
06) Blossom by David J. Schow
07) The Third Dead Body by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
08) The Dead by Michael Swanwick
09) The Dead Kid by Darrell Schweitzer
10) Malthusian’s Zombie by Jeffrey Ford
11) Beautiful Stuff by Susan Palwick
12) Sex, Death and Starshine by Clive Barker
13) Stockholm Syndrome by David Tallerman
14) Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead by Joe Hill
15) Those Who Seek Forgiveness by Laurell K. Hamilton
16) In Beauty, Like the Night by Norman Partridge
17) Prairie by Brian Evenson
18) Everything is Better With Zombies by Hannah Wolf Bowen
19) Home Delivery by Stephen King
20) Less Than Zombie by Douglas E. Winter
21) Sparks Fly Upward by Lisa Morton
22) Meathouse Man by George R. R. Martin
23) Deadman’s Road by Joe R. Lansdale
24) The Skull-Faced Boy by David Barr Kirtley
25) The Age of Sorrow by Nancy Kilpatrick
26) Bitter Grounds by Neil Gaiman
27) She’s Taking Her Tits to the Grave by Catherine Cheek
28) Dead Like Me by Adam-Troy Castro
29) Zora and the Zombie by Andy Duncan
30) Calcutta, Lord of Nerves by Poppy Z. Brite
31) Followed by Will McIntosh
32) The Song the Zombie Sang by Harlan Ellison & Robert Silverberg
33) Passion Play by Nancy Holder
34) Almost the Last Story by Almost the Last Man by Scott Edelman
35) How the Day Runs Down by John Langan
Read by Mark Ashby.
The Beast is coming. History will be remade. Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men – including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel – has received guidance from the afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted – including Brunel! The government, in search of answers, turns to the afterlife, only to find that Abdu El Yezdi is now refusing to speak with the living. Enter the newly knighted Sir Richard Francis Burton, fresh from his discovery of the source of the Nile. Appointed the king’s agent, he must trace the missing luminaries and solve the mystery of Abdu El Yezdi’s silence. Butt the Beast has been summoned. How can the famous explorer fulfill his mission when his friends and loved ones are being picked off, one by one, by what appears to be a supernatural entity – by, perhaps, Abdu El Yezdi himself?
Read by Gerard Doyle.
The latest survivalist thriller from the New York Times bestselling author and founder of survivalblog.com gives
readers an unprecedented look into a post-apocalyptic world resulting from an all-too-real disaster scenario. When looting and rioting overwhelm all the major US cities, Afghanistan War vet Ray McGregor makes his way from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to his parents’ cattle ranch in Bella Coola, British Columbia, in remote western Canada. Joining him is his old friend Phil Adams, a Defense Intelligence Agency counterintelligence case officer based in Washington State..