New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

February 15, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dark tracks

February 14, 2018
Gregory, Philippa, author.
307 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Fools' gold.
Luca and Isolde continue investigating for the Order of Darkness in the fourth book in the Order of Darkness series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.

Casters : human session

February 14, 2018
De Marco, Dominic, author.
North Charleston, SC : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017.
266 pages ; 25 cm
"For those special people known as Casters, the flames are always close. These magicians can use pyromancy to control and unleash the fire burning within them. Their magic can help others, but it can also destroy them. Lugaar has only just discovered his Caster abilities. But in the past week, his entire world has been destroyed. The man he thought was his father isn't, and the man claiming to be that now sits beside him. As Lugaar struggles with this emotional upheaval, he joins in the search for a missing child, Mahon, and his kidnapper, Ontrigus. The abduction isn't the only dark deed happening in the land of Forcette. More and more Casters are appearing, with their own schemes and desires. Past transgressions loom over others as the light finally shines upon them. Asbits and pieces of the past are slowly revealed, a broader picture is now painted about what happened those many years ago. Will those involved be able to withstand the heat brought upon them, or will they burn to the ground?"

The greed

February 13, 2018
Bergstrom, Scott, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2018.
403 pages ; 25 cm
Gwendolyn Bloom is dead. But even armed with a new passport and identity, the danger is far from over. Her father is safe... but Gwen still hasn't untangled all his lies from the truth. Meanwhile, her enemies are closing in with a vengeance.


February 12, 2018
Jae-Jones, S., author.
x, 387 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Devoting herself to her musical career six months after the events of Wintersong, Liesl struggles with her brother's cold withdrawal and her own inability to forget the austere young man who inspired her efforts.

Cutting edge

February 1, 2018
Larsen, Ward, author.
New York : Forge, 2018.
334 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"As a Coast Guard rescue swimmer in Alaska, Trey DeBolt enjoys a rewarding job with limitless adventure. His life is uprooted, however, when his helicopter goes down during a particularly harrowing rescue. Gravely injured, DeBolt awakens weeks later to severe headaches and a battered body. He remembers little about the crash. Most disconcerting of all are his surroundings--he is recovering, not in a hospital, but in a seaside cabin in Maine, thousands of miles from where the accident occurred. Only when his nurse lets slip an unfathomable bit of news does DeBolt realize the depths of his dilemma: he has been officially declared dead, lost in the crash. Half a world away, Shannon Lund realizes something is very wrong. A Coast Guard investigator in Alaska, she uncovers evidence that DeBolt may still be alive. Her search quickly becomes personal, but before she can intervene, chaos erupts outside a cabin in the wilds of Maine"--From dust jacket flap.

The defiant

January 31, 2018
Livingston, Lesley, author.
371 pages ; 22 cm.
When Fallon and her fellow gladiatrices are thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, the only thing that might save them is a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.

You won't know I'm gone

January 30, 2018
Orlando, Kristen, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2018.
310 pages ; 22 cm
"Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother's merciless killer, Santino Torres. When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she's worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she's ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises. But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she's as good as her parents trained her to be, because she'll never find Torres without the Black Angels' help."--Jacket.

Dark state

January 25, 2018
Stross, Charles, author.
349 pages ; 25 cm.
In the near-future, the collision of two nuclear superpowers across timelines, one in the midst of a technological revolution and the other a hyper-police state, is imminent. In Commissioner Miriam Burgeson's timeline, her top level agents run a high risk extraction of a major political player. Meanwhile, a sleeper cell activated in Rita's, the Commissioner's adopted daughter and newly-minted spy, timeline threatens to unravel everything.


January 24, 2018
Lee, Sharon, 1952- author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2018]
435 pages ; 24 cm
Menace from Back Space Looming out of the Dust of Time The Complex Logic Laws were the result of a war waged hundreds of years in the past, when two human powers threw massive AI navies at each other and nearly annihilated themselves. Being human, they blamed their tools for this near miss; they destroyed what was left of the sentient ships, and made it illegal to be, manufacture, or shelter an independent logic. Strangely, however, the Free Ships and other AIs did not turn themselves in or suicide, they merely became wary of humans, and stayed under their scans. A clandestine support network grew up, including hidden yards where smart ships were manufactured, and mentors--humans specially trained to ease a new intelligence into the universe--socialized them, and taught them what they needed to know to survive. Among those with a stake in the freedom of Independent Logics is Theo Waitley, who is somewhat too famously the captain of intelligent ship Bechimo. Theo's brother, Val Con yos'Phelium, presides over a household that has for a generation employed an AI butler. Recently, he approved the "birth" of the butler's child, who was sent, with human mentor Tolly Jones, to rescue or destroy an orphaned AI abandoned at a remote space station. Then there's Uncle, the shadowy mastermind from the Old Universe, whose many projects often skirt the boundaries of law, both natural and man-made - and the puppet-masters at the Lyre Institute, whose history is just as murky - and a good deal less honorable. All have an interest in the newly-awakening Self-Aware Logic that is rumored to have the power to destroy universes. The question is: Who will get to it first?

Operator down

January 23, 2018
Taylor, Brad, 1965- author.
450 pages ; 24 cm.
"It was to be a simple mission. Nothing more than assessing whether a merchant in the fabled Israeli Diamond Exchange was involved in a scheme that could potentially embarrass the state of Israel. But nothing is ever simple in the world of intelligence, as Aaron Bergman--a former leader of an elite direct action team under the Mossad--should have known. Executing the operation as a contractor, a cutout that gave the State of Israel plausible deniability, he disappears without a trace. Pike Logan and his team know none of this, but he's tracking an American arms dealer in Tel Aviv who may--or may not--be attempting to sell sensitive nuclear weapons components to the highest bidder. When Pike's team breaks up an attempt at killing Shoshana, Aaron's partner, they stumble upon much more than they expected--a concerted conspiracy to topple a democratic African country..."-- Provided by publisher.

Into the night

January 18, 2018
Eden, Cynthia, author.
377 pages ; 17 cm.
Two FBI agents are caught in a merciless vigilante's crosshairs in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's electric Killer Instinct series.

Worst fear

January 16, 2018
Hilton, Matt, 1966- author.
Sutton, Surrey : Severn House, 2017.
236 pages ; 23 cm
"When the body of Tess Grey's former university roommate is found on a rocky Maine beach, having fallen from the cliffs above, the initial verdict is suicide. But why would Chelsea Grace, who was terrified of heights, have chosen to end her life in a way that invoked her very worst fear? Tess determines to find out."--Publisher's description.

Colorado Boulevard

January 10, 2018
Sutton, Phoef, author.
Altadena, California : Prospect Park Books, [2017]
258 pages ; 21 cm.
"When K.C. Zerbe, the honorary brother (and roommate) of LA's toughest bodyguard/bouncer, Crush, is kidnapped, Crush springs into action. Unraveling the mystery takes him to Zerbe's estranged billionaire father, who's obsessed with building California's long-promised bullet train, as well as to Pasadena's famed Rose Parade along Colorado Boulevard. Along the way Crush has to revisit a traumatic event from his teenage years that's come back to haunt him. This third installment in the much-praised Crush series is full of action, suspense, humor, and mystery."-- Dust jacket.

Strong to the bone

January 8, 2018
Land, Jon, author.
364 pages ; 25 cm
Sequel to: Strong cold dead.
Fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong pursues a killer who eluded her grandfather more than half a century earlier, a case that reveals a conspiracy connecting a World War II-era Nazi POW camp and a modern-day neo-Nazi gang.

Moon hunt

January 3, 2018
Gear, W. Michael, author.
414 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
A Forge Book, published by Tom Doherty Associates - t.p. verso.
"A novel of North America's forgotten past"--Jacket.
"What happens when your god goes missing? The lord god of Cahokia has been spirited away to the Underworld and the empire teeters on the brink of disaster as clans fight for control. Night Shadow Star, the god's human sister, and Fire Cat, her warrior bodyguard, are the only two people who can bring him back. They descend into the Sacred Cave where monsters dwell, willing to sacrifice themselves to save their kingdom. What they find makes them question if that sacrifice is worth it"-- from


December 28, 2017
Kahler, A. R., author.
394 pages ; 22 cm
"The Runebinder chronicles"--Cover.
Three years have passed since magic destroyed the world. Those who remain struggle to survive the humanoid monsters called Howls roaming the streets. The Hunters fight back with steel and magic, doing their best to protect what remains of humanity. They have used their elemental magic to keep the Howls at bay, but it's never been enough to truly win the war. Humans are losing.

A darker sea : Master Commandant Putnam and the War of 1812 : a novel

December 22, 2017
Haley, James L., author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
384 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Chronicles the period leading up to the War of 1812 from the perspective of brig commander Bliven Putnam, who disrupts British merchant shipping before an encounter with an old nemesis leads to a reunion.

Heavy freight

December 19, 2017
Brouwer, Sigmund, 1959- author.
163 pages ; 18 cm
Sam hops on a freight train to seek out the dad who abandoned him when he was a baby.

Into the drowning deep

December 14, 2017
Grant, Mira, author.
New York : Orbit, 2017.
vii, 440 pages ; 24 cm
"Seven years ago Atagaris set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a "mockumentary" bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves"-- Provided by publisher.

The city of brass

December 13, 2017
Chakraborty, S. A., author.
532 pages : map ; 24 cm
"A brilliantly imagined historical fantasy in which a young con artist in eighteenth century Cairo discovers she's the last descendant of a powerful family of djinn healers. With the help of an outcast immortal warrior and a rebellious prince, she must claim her magical birthright in order to prevent a war that threatens to destroy the entire djinn kingdom. Perfect for fans of The Grace of Kings, The Golem and the Jinni, and The Queen of the Tearling"-- Provided by publisher.

Beyond the empire

December 13, 2017
Wagers, K. B., author.
New York : Orbit, 2017.
401 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes an excerpt from There before the chaos.
Gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place in the palace. Her sisters and parents have been murdered, and the Indranan Empire is reeling from both treasonous plots and foreign invasion. Now, on the run from enemies on all fronts, Hail prepares to fight a full-scale war for her throne and her people, even as she struggles with the immense weight of the legacy thrust upon her. With the aid of a motley crew of allies old and new, she must return home to face off with the same powerful enemies who killed her family and aim to destroy everything and everyone she loves. Untangling a legacy of lies and restoring peace to Indrana will require an empress's wrath and a gunrunner's justice.

Retribution rails

December 11, 2017
Bowman, Erin, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
374 pages : map ; 22 cm
Companion to Vengeance Road.
Ten years after the events of Vengeance Road, Reece Murphy, who has been forced to join the Rose Riders gang, must work with aspiring journalist Charlotte Vaughn to get free.

Nakiwulo and the circle of Shiva

December 11, 2017
Cholmondeley, Gregory, author.
[United States] : Cholmonco Books/Cholmonco, Inc., 2017.
331 pages ; 23 cm
"Nakiwulo Hayes is a 24-year-old online game designer living in New York. She accepts a job at a defense research facility in North Texas and soon learns that the characters she's been designing are far more real than she thought. Naki is suddenly thrust into a world of geniuses and mind-blowing technology where omnipresent artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and androids really exist and is drawn into a global conspiracy that threatens humanity"--Back cover.

The spark

December 8, 2017
Drake, David, 1945- author.
viii, 337 pages ; 25 cm
In a violent world in which civilization has fallen and monsters roam, a young hero will rise. In the time of the Ancients the universe was united--but that was so far in the past that not even memory remains, only the broken artifacts that a few Makers can reshape into their original uses. What survives is shattered into enclaves--some tiny, some ruined, some wild. Into the gaps between settlements, and onto the Road that connects all human reality and the reality that is not human and may never have been human, have crept monsters. Some creatures are men, twisted into inhuman evil; some of them are alien to Mankind-- And there are things which are hostile to all life, things which will raven and kill until they are stopped. A Leader has arisen, welding the scattered human settlements together in peace and safety and smashing the enemies of order with an iron fist. In his capital, Dun Add, the Leader provides law and justice. In the universe beyond, his Champions advance--and enforce--the return of civilization. Pal, a youth from the sticks, has come to Dun Add to become a Champion. Pal is a bit of a Maker, and in his rural home he's been able to think of himself as a warrior because he can wield the weapons of the Ancient civilization. Pal has no idea of what he's really getting into in Dun Add. On the other hand, the Leader and Dun Add have no real idea of what might be inside this hayseed with high hopes.

Jade city

December 7, 2017
Lee, Fonda, author.
498 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
"Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for -- and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion. Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon's bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation. When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone -- even foreigners -- wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones -- from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets -- and of Kekon itself. JADE CITY begins an epic tale of family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of jade and blood"-- Provided by publisher.

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