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Deadwood Ambush

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Deadwood, Dakota Territory, was filled with luckless miners and diggers, as well as more than its share of lawlessness, and more often than not, there was nothing Marshal Fred Nolan and his two deputy marshals, Wentworth and Grubb, could do. So when a teen hustler, known as Gitalong because of his crippled leg, was hoorawed by a trio of Texas drovers, the law wasn’t called in. Besides, two strangers had come to Gitalong’s aid, confronting the drovers and forcing them to give Gitalong three silver dollars. While it was the most money the teenager had ever had, he knew it would only bring him trouble. He was right.  The three Texans returned with even more men, and another confrontation with the two strangers takes place that ends in one of the Texans being killed, and Gitalong trying unsuccessfully to give the money back. This time, though, Marshal Fred Nolan and his two deputies see the fight and order the Texans out of town, but not before Grubb recognizes Tevis Blankenship, a trail driver with a tough reputation. Still afraid, Gitalong heeds the advice of others and leaves town on a coach, which ends up crashing and injuring Gitalong badly. Meanwhile, Marshal Nolan’s job just got harder, because he needs to be ready to escort a bullion coach through his area, always a dangerous job.

©2020 Lauran Paine (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Author: Lauran Paine
Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
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Fentanyl, Inc.

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A deeply human story, Fentanyl, Inc. is the first deep-dive investigation of a hazardous and illicit industry that has created a worldwide epidemic, ravaging communities and overwhelming and confounding government agencies that are challenged to combat it.  “A whole new crop of chemicals is radically changing the recreational drug landscape,” writes Ben Westhoff. “These are known as Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and they include replacements for known drugs like heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana. They are synthetic, made in a laboratory, and are much more potent than traditional drugs” - and all-too-often tragically lethal. Drugs like fentanyl, K2, and Spice - and those with arcane acronyms like 25i-NBOMe - were all originally conceived in legitimate laboratories for proper scientific and medicinal purposes. Their formulas were then hijacked and manufactured by rogue chemists, largely in China, who change their molecular structures to stay ahead of the law, making the drugs’ effects impossible to predict. Westhoff has infiltrated this shadowy world. He tracks down the little-known scientists who invented these drugs and inadvertently killed thousands, as well as a mysterious drug baron who turned the law upside down in his home country of New Zealand. Westhoff visits the shady factories in China from which these drugs emanate, providing startling and original reporting on how China’s vast chemical industry operates, and how the Chinese government subsidizes it. Poignantly, he chronicles the lives of addicted users and dealers, families of victims, law enforcement officers, and underground drug awareness organizers in the US and Europe. Together they represent the shocking and riveting full anatomy of a calamity we are just beginning to understand. From its depths, as Westhoff relates, are emerging new strategies that may provide essential long-term solutions to the drug crisis that has affected so many.

©2019 Ben Westhoff (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Author: Ben Westhoff
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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AI and Genius Machines

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In science fiction, artificial intelligence takes the shape of computers that can speak like people, think for themselves, and sometimes act against us. Reality of course is vastly different, though in many ways computers surpass their fictional counterparts. This book reviews work in the field and covers topics from chess-playing to quantum computing. The writers tackle how to make computers more powerful, how we define consciousness, what the hard problems are, and even how computers might be built once the limits of silicon chips have been reached.

©2017 Scientific American, a division of Nature America, Inc. Scientific American is a registered trademark of Nature America, Inc. (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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The Girlfriend Stage

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In this stand-alone sequel to The Extra, Anna-Marie has never wanted to find love - but love’s about to find her. Anna-Marie Halsey loves her job as a regular on the soap opera Southern Heat almost as much as she loves living the LA lifestyle: clubbing and partying and casually dating gorgeous men - most recently powerhouse agent Josh Rios. When Anna-Marie starts feeling more-than-casual about Josh - her signature cue to break things off - she finds a much-needed excuse to get away: a family reunion in small-town Wyoming. In Wyoming, Anna-Marie remembers why she’s spent years avoiding her crazy family and claustrophobic hometown - and her ex-boyfriend, up-and-coming rock musician Shane Beckstrom, provides the perfect distraction. But when a Boy Scout troop films them nude in a hot spring, Anna-Marie finds Wyoming even more nerve-wracking than her paralyzing fear of commitment. To make matters worse, Josh Rios appears, and it’s clear that commitment is exactly what he’s hoping for. Anna-Marie isn’t sure what she wants, but being trapped in Everett, Wyoming, with Josh, Shane, and her crazy family when her impromptu sex-tape hits the internet sure isn’t it. The Girlfriend Stage is book two in The Extra series, but it stands alone, and can be listened to first, without missing anything except the backgrounds of the side characters. It features PG-13 rated sexual content, no cliff-hanger, and a swoon-worthy happily ever after.

©2019 Megan Walker and Janci Patterson (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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Forgotten Season

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A Civil War soldier survives his battlefield wounds...but a final head shot erases his memory and leaves him comatose. After surviving the bloodiest war in US history, will it be peacetime that finally kills him? Henry Remington awakes from a six-month coma with a Medal of Honor pinned to his pillow, but no recollection of how he got there. When two fellow soldiers insist he saved them and want to repay the favor, Hank accepts their offer of a job on a Texas ranch, and embarks on a ship bound for Galveston. Fate seems determined to put him in an early grave when a disastrous altercation with the first mate gets him thrown overboard, setting in motion an epic journey that tests his mettle at every turn. Tough as a coffin nail, Hank never backs away from a fight, but can he survive without knowing his true identity and its secrets? And if he can regain his memory, will a forgotten past catch up with him and cost him everything? If you love the Logan Family westerns, this new installment is a must! An unforgettable saga set in the American west, Forgotten Season will keep you listening until its breathtaking climax.

©2019 Donald L. Robertson (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Length: 10 hrs
Available on Audible
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Yanked!

Summary

It’s 2345, and the future needs heroes! They must reach back in time to find them. What if they come for you?  In 2345, there is no war, no pollution, no disease, no crime - but utopia has a price....

©1999 Nancy Kress [2020 (as revised) by Nancy Kress]. "Out of Time" is a trademark of David Brin (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Author: Nancy Kress
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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Callum's Mission

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"You keep turning that shotgun toward me, Pickering, and your boys’ll be hauling your fat carcass to the cemetery." Callum Logan faces a challenge along a trail he has traveled before. But this time, he is accompanied by precious cargo.  Ride the Cherokee Trail with Callum, three years after a bloody war that divided state against state, town against town, and brother against brother, as he attempts to guide his family from their ravaged horse farm back east to the waiting ranch in Colorado. Accompany him as he battles corrupt officials in Tennessee, greedy thieves in Arkansas, and Indians and bandits on the Great Plains. Will he fulfill his mission to bring his loved ones safely to their new home, nestled in the shadows of the Sangre de Cristo mountains of Colorado? Is he destined to fail, or will his experience, cunning, fists, and six-guns blast his way to success?

©2018 Donald L. Robertson (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Buckskin, Bloomers, and Me

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What’s a 16-year-old boy to do when he learns that his stepmother and a local judge have murdered his father and now plan to kill him, too? Well, when it’s 1906, and you can play pretty good second base, you join a barn-storming baseball team making its way across Kansas. It also helps that the team is the Kansas City National Bloomer Girls. After all, who’d look for a runaway boy disguised as a girl on a women’s team that competes against town-ball teams of male players?  Of course, it’ll take more than long hair, a Spalding glove, and a quick bat to stay alive.  Luckily, another Bloomer Girl, Buckskin Compton, alias Dolly Madison, is on the dodge after some shootings and beatings in Wyoming - and he takes the kid under his tutelage. Staying alive won’t prove easy for either of the reluctant female impersonators as they deal with a budding romance, hitting slumps, a crooked manager, bean balls, drunken teammates, bank robbers, lousy umpires, a revolution for women’s rights, and a rapidly changing Western frontier. Baseball isn’t always fun and games - especially when one bad play might leave the both of you cut from the Bloomer Girls or just plain dead. In a novel very loosely based on fact (Bloomer Girls teams of mostly women players did barnstorm across the country in the early 1900s), eight-time Spur Award winner Johnny D. Boggs blends America’s pastime with the American frontier. This episodic, tongue-in-cheek adventure showcases what made, and still makes, America and the Wild, Wild West great: Strong heroes. Stronger women. And a good, clean game.

©2019 by Johnny D. Boggs (P)2019 by Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
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BorderLords

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They had settled a bloody score and put the turncoat McAfferty to rest in the snowbound Rockies. Slowly, painfully, the wounded Paddock and Scratch found their way back to the Crow village, where they were welcomed as brother and son. The people of Chief Arapooesh offered rest, healing, and home to the mountain men. Then a misunderstanding over a beautiful Crow woman drove the friends apart, propelling Scratch into the unforgiving wilderness on a lonely, dangerous quest. Paddock, too ill to travel, was at first unable to follow, unable to explain. But they were destined to meet again, and to reaffirm a bond deeper than blood, at the historic 1833 Green River Rendezvous. And together, they would face an enemy greater than either had ever known.

©1985 Terry C. Johnston (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Length: 23 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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The Game of Worlds

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In the year 2345, young heroes yanked from the 20th century and beyond must fight an enemy more skilled, cunning, and dangerous than they ever imagined. But these young heroes are the world’s only hope. Adam O’Connor is no stranger to trouble. His most recent stunt - setting off firecrackers in a teacher’s car - has landed him a school suspension. But even Adam can’t have predicted the brand of trouble that awaits him when he’s yanked to 2345 to attend an historic meeting between humans and the warlike K’lugu and Devlins. Will he display the “grit” that only a select few in his generation possess? Will he become the hero that he is destined to be?

©1999, 2021 by Roger MacBride Allen (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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Tiger in the Sky

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As part of a desperate battle to save an imperiled 24th-century Earth, four teenagers from the planet’s past join forces on a mission to the edge of the solar system to a small scientific base overrun with cute but dangerous alien pests.

©1999; 2021 (as revised) by Sheila Finch (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Author: Sheila Finch
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild

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There and back - what every new backpacker needs to know A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single book. How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild bundles up everything you need to prep for your first-ever backpacking adventure - so you can explore the back country with confidence. Start strong with an essential equipment guide geared toward beginners. Discover how to choose a campsite and follow along with camp setup and breakdown directions. Water treatment info, outdoor cooking basics, snacking suggestions, and a sample three-day backpacking food plan supply you with vital knowledge to survive in the wilderness. This beginners’ backpacking handbook includes: Expert tips: Learn how to “leave no trace,” navigate rough terrain, deal with wildlife, and other practical backpacking advice. Gear checklists: Track down the right gear with guides to clothing, footwear, backpacks, and shelters - even on a budget. Plan ahead: Handy cheat sheets help you pick the best time of year and the perfect starter trail for backpacking in your state. Start your backpacking experience now with How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Paul Magnanti (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
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Carry the Wind

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Young Josiah Paddock, on the run from his past in St. Louis, didn’t have much hope of survival. Winter was coming to the Rockies, and if the cold cutting through his city clothes didn’t kill him, grizzlies or Indians would. Then his luck turned. He stumbled across the trail of Ol’ Scratch, a solitary mountain man eager enough for company to take the brash youngster under his wing.  Pure chance brought Paddock to the old trapper’s camp, but it was skill with a gun and a knife that kept them both alive as they rode deep into the majestic land of Blackfeet and Crow, bible-spouting pioneers, and sensual women where only the best and bravest survived...and only the luckiest rode back again.  Carry the Wind is a gripping historical saga set in the Grand Tetons during a time when the horizon never ended and a nation was being born.

©1982 Terry C. Johnston (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Length: 30 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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The Savage Valley

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“You men got a choice. Pull leather and die, or drop your guns. Makes no never mind to me.” Callum Logan is a man of quick decision and execution. His fast gun has saved him on more than one occasion. Though hardened by the horrors of the Civil War, he gives each man a chance, unless they prove it’s undeserved.  Now, on his way to begin a new life in the Colorado West, Callum is eager to put the killing behind him. But while rescuing a family from despicable outlaws, he is forced to kill the leader of the small band, putting himself in direct conflict with the outlaw’s brother, Elwood Wister, whose gang has become the scourge of Southwest Colorado. Can Callum’s quick thinking and determination help him survive his greatest challenge yet? Is he ready for another battle? Will Wister succeed in executing his brutal plan to take revenge? Accompany Callum Logan as he embarks on the journey to build a new life, for himself and his family. Experience the savagery and danger that may lurk around every bend, in the shadows of the majestic Sangre de Cristos.

©2016 by Donald L. Robertson (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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One-Eyed Dream

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High in the Rockies lay the Bayou Salade, a lush beaver-rich valley so untouched that the few white men who had seen it called it paradise. But for Scratch Bass, his young partner Josiah Paddock, and the two Indian women they loved, this paradise would open up a hell of violence. Pursued by a vengeful Arapaho raiding party, Scratch will lead his small band through a flurry of arrows all the way to Taos itself. Yet the trail of blood will not end there. For in St. Louis an old enemy waits, and the time is ripe for Scratch to settle a 10-year score. Through the desert known as the Journey of Death to the rough-and-tumble town of St. Louis, Scratch and Josiah will defy the wilderness to bury the past - and a blackhearted killer - once and for all.

©1988 Terry C. Johnston (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible