New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

March 27, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Saucer. Savage planet

March 26, 2014
Coonts, Stephen, 1946-
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
336 pages ; 21 cm.
"Aliens are coming! A year after young engineering student Rip Cantrell discovered the first flying saucer buried deep in the sands of the Sahara, another saucer is brought up from the bottom of the Atlantic. The recovery is funded by a pharmaceutical executive who believes that the saucer holds the key to an anti-aging drug formula that space travelers would need to voyage between galaxies. But one of his technicians, Adam Solo, an alien marooned on Earth for a thousand years, steals the saucer, hoping to summon a starship to rescue him. Unfortunately, the stolen saucer has damaged communications gear. Solo goes to Rip Cantrell and his partner, ex-Air Force test pilot Charlotte 'Charley' Pine, and Rip's uncle Egg, for help in summoning a starship. Meanwhile, as a terrified world fearful of space invaders approaches meltdown, big pharma moguls and their thugs are hot on the trail of the foursome. In a world turned upside down, it may be the arriving aliens who offer limitless possibilities. Rip and Charley face an incredible decision: Do they dare leave the safety of earth to travel into the great wilderness of the universe? Full of UFO's, futuristic technology, edge-of-your-seat flying scenes and unforgettable characters, human and otherwise, Stephen Coonts' Savage Planet is classic storytelling at its best. and pure, unadulterated fun"-- Provided by publisher.

Roosevelt's beast : a novel

March 20, 2014
Bayard, Louis.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2014].
299 pages : map, genealogical table ; 25 cm
"A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt's ill-fated 1914 Amazon expedition--a psychological twist on the smart historical thriller that first put Louis Bayard on the map. 1914. Brazil's Rio da Dúvida, the River of Doubt. Plagued by hunger and suffering the lingering effects of malaria, Theodore Roosevelt, his son Kermit, and the other members of the now-ravaged Roosevelt-Rondon scientific expedition are traveling deeper and deeper into the jungle. When Kermit and Teddy are kidnapped by a never-before-seen Amazonian tribe, the great hunters are asked one thing in exchange for their freedom: find and kill a beast that leaves no tracks and that no member of the tribe has ever seen. But what are the origins of this beast, and how do they escape its brutal wrath? Roosevelt's Beast is a story of the impossible things that become possible when civilization is miles away, when the mind plays tricks on itself, and when old family secrets refuse to stay buried. With his characteristically rich storytelling and a touch of old-fashioned horror, the bestselling and critically acclaimed Louis Bayard turns the story of the well-known Roosevelt-Rondon expedition on its head and dares to ask: Are the beasts among us more frightening than the beasts within?" -- from publisher's web site.

Apocalypse

March 13, 2014
Crawford, Dean.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014].
406 pages ; 24 cm
"This is where the end begins"--Jacket.
"A Touchstone book."

Bracelet of bones

March 10, 2014
Crossley-Holland, Kevin, author.
©2011
313 pages : map ; 21 cm.

Blood and iron

March 10, 2014
Sprunk, Jon, 1970-
Amherst, NY : Pyr, 2014.
427 pages ; 23 cm
"Horace, a soldier from the west, had joined the Great Crusade against the heathens of Akeshia after the deaths of his wife and son from plague. When he washes ashore, he finds himself at the mercy of the very people he was sent to kill, who speak a language and have a culture and customs he doesn't even begin to understand. Not long after, Horace is pressed into service as a house slave. But this doesn't last. The Akeshians discover that Horace was a latent sorcerer, and he is catapulted from the chains of a slave to the halls of power in the queen's court. Together with Jirom, an ex-mercenary and gladiator, and Alyra, a spy in the court, he will seek a path to free himself and the empire's caste of slaves from a system where every man and woman must pay the price of blood or iron. Before the end, Horace will have paid dearly in both"-- Provided by publisher.

Rocambole. Volume 2, Redemption

February 26, 2014
Balian, Basil, 1940- author.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2012]
vi, 370 pages ; 23 cm
Adapted from the French newspaper serial by Ponson du Terrail.

Rocambole. Volume 3, Crusade

February 26, 2014
Balian, Basil, 1940- author.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2013]
v, 351 pages ; 23 cm
Adapted from the French newspaper serial by Ponson du Terrail.

Threatened

February 21, 2014
Schrefer, Eliot, 1978- author.
New York, New York : Scholastic Press, 2014.
278 pages : map ; 22 cm
Luc is an orphan, living in debt slavery in Gabon, until he meets a Professor who claims to be studying chimpanzees, and they head off into the jungle--but when the Professor disappears, Luc has to fend for himself and join forces with the chimps to save their forest.

King

February 20, 2014
Larson, R. J., 1960-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2013]
348 pages ; 22 cm.
"As dark forces threaten the king, three friends must trust the Infinite's guidance when questions of love and faith become entangled with dangerous intrigue"-- Provided by publisher.

The bootlegger : an Isaac Bell adventure

February 19, 2014
Cussler, Clive.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
403 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"It is 1920, and both Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing. When Isaac Bell's boss and lifelong friend Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed leading the high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, Bell swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers, but he doesn't know what he is getting into. When a witness to Van Dorn's shooting is executed in a ruthlessly efficient manner invented by the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these are no ordinary criminals. Bell is up against a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs--and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States"-- Provided by publisher.

Pioneer girl : a novel

February 10, 2014
Nguyen, Bich Minh.
New York : Viking, 2014.
296 pages ; 24 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Discovering a family heirloom that her mother may have received from Laura Ingalls Wilder, PhD graduate Lee Lien explores the tenuous connection between her ancestors and the famous pioneer author only to discover a trail of clues that lead to fateful encounters.

The mist in the mirror : a novel

February 10, 2014
Hill, Susan, 1942-
New York : Vintage Books, A Division of Random House, LLC., 2014.
214 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain by Sinclair-Stevenson, London, in 1992"--Title page verso.

The bear : a novel

January 31, 2014
Cameron, Claire, 1973-
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
pages cm
"A powerfully suspenseful story narrated by a young girl who must fend for herself and her little brother after a brutal bear attack. While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear, 300 pounds of fury, is attacking the family's campsite, pouncing on her parents as prey. At her dying mother's faint urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family's canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe dumps the two children on the edge of the woods, and the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a dangerous wilderness, we see Anna's heartbreaking love for her family--and her struggle to be brave when nothing in her world seems safe anymore. Told in the honest, raw voice of five-year-old Anna, this is a riveting story of love, courage, and survival"-- Provided by publisher.

Annihilation

January 30, 2014
VanderMeer, Jeff.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
195 pages ; 19 cm.
Area X has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

I shall be near to you : a novel

January 24, 2014
McCabe, Erin Lindsay.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
304 pages ; 25 cm
"An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil War, inspired by a real female soldier's letters home Rosetta doesn't want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she's always worked by her father's side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she's told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier. Rosetta trains with the men, prepares herself for war, and deals with the tension between her and Jeremiah as he comes to grips with having a fighting wife. There are many dangers to face, from the constant threat of discovery to intense battles where they fight side by side. With him, she faces the difficult realities of the Civil War, marriage, and staying true to herself. Inspired by true accounts of the more than four hundred women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is a tender love story, an exploration of gender roles and marriage, and a hard examination of war"-- Provided by publisher.

Jungle of bones

January 22, 2014
Mikaelsen, Ben, 1952- author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2014.
221 pages ; 22 cm
When sullen teenager Dylan Barstow is caught joyriding in a stolen car he is sent to his ex-Marine uncle for the summer, but soon they are on the way to Papua New Guinea in search of a World War II fighter plane and Dylan discovers that defiance is not a survival skill when you are lost in a jungle.

The Polaris protocol

January 8, 2014
Taylor, Brad, 1965-
New York : Dutton, [2014]
390 pages ; 24 cm.
" Retired Delta Force commander Brad Taylor returns with the fifth propulsive thriller in his New York Times bestselling Pike Logan series. Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are used to putting their lives at risk, but in The Polaris Protocol it's Jennifer's brother and countless more innocents who face unfathomable violence and bloodshed. Pike and Jennifer are in Turkmenistan with the Taskforce-a top-secret antiterrorist unit that operates outside US law-when Jennifer gets a call from her brother, Jack. Working on an investigative report into the Mexican drug cartels, Jack Cahill has unknowingly gotten caught between two rival groups. His desperate call to his sister is his last before he's kidnapped. In their efforts to rescue Jack, Pike and Jennifer uncover a plot much more insidious than illegal drug trafficking-the cartel that put a target on Jack's back has discovered a GPS hack with the power to effectively debilitate the United States. The hack allows a user to send false GPS signals, making it possible to manipulate everything from traffic signals and banking wire transfers to cruise missiles, but only while the system's loophole remains in place. With the GPS hack about to be exploited and Jack's life at stake, Jennifer and Pike must find a way to infiltrate the cartel's inner circle and eliminate the impending threat. The price of failure, for both the Taskforce and the country, is higher than ever"-- Provided by publisher.

Trade secret

January 3, 2014
Lee, Sharon, 1952-
Riverdale : Baen , 2013.
356 pages : 24 cm.
"In a universe full of interstellar intrigue and burgeoning commerce novice Terran trader Jethri Gobelyn, adopted by a Liaden clan, settles into a comfortable and even elite routine, a Trader's Ring his goal. Even as Jethri's initiation into the Liaden Festival bring him to manhood he's forced to face Necessity and the facts of life: his adoption has also invigorated a net of unfinished Balance far more complex and potentially deadly than a simple Terran blood feud. He must embrace his Terran birthright as well as his Liaden connections while leaving behind the safety of the great Liaden trade ship Elthoria to defend his honor and that of shipmates past and present"-- Provided by publisher.

Come and take them

January 3, 2014
Kratman, Tom.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Publishing Enterprises, [2013]
573 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
"A new sequel to A desert called Peace"--Jacket.
"On the colony planet of Terra Nova, soldier turned political leader Carrera has achieved his revenge, destroying those who killed his wife and children in a terrorist strike, and helping establish a free country. But Carrera's fight isn't over. War with the Tauran Union is inevitable. Carrera has been preparing his new country for this conflict for years. He doesn't cate that he's outnumbered one hundred to one. He doesn't care the Taurans are one thousand times wealthier. But then his own government calls a halt. Any other government, giving similar orders, Carrera would overthrow without hesitation. But this is his own creation; he must follow orders. However, he knows that sooner or later, he must fight and Carrera will do whatever it takes to win"-- Provided by publisher.

The collector of lost things : a novel

November 25, 2013
Page, Jeremy, 1969- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2013.
373 pages ; 24 cm
In 1845, young researcher Eliot Saxby is paid to go on an Arctic expedition to find the remains of the by-now-extinct great auk, a large, flightless bird of mythical status, and is trapped on a hunting ship where the crew and passengers are not what they seem.

The severed tower : a conquered Earth novel

November 22, 2013
Mitchell, J. Barton.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books, 2013.
388 pages ; 22 cm
"The Conquered Earth series ; 2"--Title page.
"J. Barton Mitchell's sci-fi tour de force Conquered Earth series set in an alien-invaded post-apocalyptic world returns as the children forge deeper into the most dangerous lands in search of The Severed Tower Holt, Mira, and Max have fled Midnight City with Zoey after watching her repel an entire Assembly army. Zoey's powers are unlocked, but who and what she is remains a mystery. All she knows is that she must reach the Severed Tower, an infamous location in the middle of the world's most dangerous landscape: The Strange Lands, a place where the laws of physics have completely broken down. But the closer they get to the Tower, the more precarious things become. The Assembly has pursued Zoey into the Strange Lands. Among them is a new group, their walkers and machines strangely bereft of any color, stripped to bare metal, and whose agenda seems to differ from the rest. To make matters worse, the group hunting Holt are here, too, led by a dangerous and beautiful pirate named Ravan. So is Mira's first love, Benjamin Aubertine, whose singular ambition to reach the Tower threatens to get them all killed. Then there's the Strange Lands themselves. They have inexplicably begun to grow, spreading outwards, becoming more powerful. Somehow, it all seems tied to Zoey herself, and the closer she gets to the Tower, the weaker she becomes"-- Provided by publisher.

Nowhere nice

November 22, 2013
Gavin, Rick.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2013.
282 pages ; 22 cm
The last time Nick Reid and his pal Desmond tangled with crazy meth-dealer Boudrot, Boudrot landed in jail and Nick and Desmond helped themselves to the several hundred grand in cash hidden in his trailer. Now Boudrot's made a jailbreak and escaped into the bayou. In pure spiteful nastiness, Boudrot is three cuts above your regular dime-a-dozen lowlife, and it's a sure bet he's out for revenge on everyone involved in last year's incident. Nick and Desmond immediately set out to warn the innocent--relatively speaking, anyway--of trouble to come, and proceed to round up the troops for a showdown. But that Boudrot is even meaner and crazier than they've bargained for, and Nick and Desmond will be lucky to make it through alive on this wild, wacky chase through the Mississippi Delta.

Mars, Inc. : the billionaire's club

November 22, 2013
Bova, Ben, 1932-
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2013]
357 pages ; 25 cm.
"How do you get to the Red Planet? Not via a benighted government program trapped in red tape. Art Thrasher knows this. He is a man with a driving vision: send humans to Mars. Thrasher has a plan. Form a 'club' of billionaires to chip in one billion a year until the dream is accomplished. A billionaire himself and the president of a successful company, it will take all his wiles and master manipulator of business and capital to overcome setbacks and sabotage--and get a rocket full of scientists, engineers, visionaries and dreamers on their way to the Red Planet"-- Provided by publisher.

The land across

November 21, 2013
Wolfe, Gene.
New York : Tor Books, 2013.
286 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"An American writer of travel guides in need of a new location chooses to travel to a small and obscure Eastern European country. The moment Grafton crosses the border he is in trouble, much more than he could have imagined. His passport is taken by guards, and then he is detained for not having it. He is released into the custody of a family, but is again detained. It becomes evident that there are supernatural agencies at work, but they are not in some ways as threatening as the brute forces of bureaucracy and corruption in that country. Is our hero in fact a spy for the CIA? Or is he an innocent citizen caught in a Kafkaesque trap? Gene Wolfe keeps us guessing until the very end, and after"-- Provided by publisher.

Mirage

November 8, 2013
Cussler, Clive.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2013.
pages ; cm.

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