New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

May 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The gray ghost

May 23, 2018
Cussler, Clive, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
ix, 388 pages ; 24 cm.
"In 1906, a groundbreaking Rolls-Royce prototype known as the Gray Ghost vanishes from the streets of Manchester, England, and it is only the lucky intervention of an American detective named Isaac Bell that prevents it from being lost forever. Not even he can save the good name of Marcus Peyton, however, the man wrongly blamed for the theft, and more than a hundred years later, it is his grandson who turns to Sam and Remi Fargo to help prove his grandfather's innocence. But there is even more at stake than any of them know. For the car has vanished again, and in it is an object so rare that it has the capacity to change lives..."-- Provided by publisher.

Onyx & ivory

May 23, 2018
Arnett, Mindee, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
497 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
They call her Traitor Kate. Cast out of the nobility after her father's attempt to assassinate the high king of Rime, Kate now works for the royal courier service. At night the drakes-- flightless dragons-- come out to hunt. But Kate was born with a forbidden magic, one that allows her to influence the minds of animals. Her job brings her to the scene of a drake massacre-- and to Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king. With their paths entangled, Kate and Corwin must put the past behind them to face this new threat-- and an even darker menace stirring in the kingdom.

The crossing : a novel

May 23, 2018
Mott, Jason, author.
329 pages ; 24 cm
"Twins Virginia and Tommy Matthews have been on their own since they were orphaned at the age of five, surviving a merciless foster care system by relying on each other. Twelve years later, the world begins to collapse around them as a deadly contagion steadily wipes out entire populations and a devastating world war rages on. When Tommy is drafted for the war, the twins are faced with a choice: accept their fate of almost certain death, or dodge the draft. Virginia and Tommy flee into the dark night. Armed with only a pistol and their fierce will to survive, the twins set forth in search of a new beginning. Encountering a colorful cast of characters along the way, Tommy and Virginia must navigate the dangers and wonders of this changed world as they try to outrun the demons of their past"--Provided by publisher.

Wrath of empire

May 17, 2018
McClellan, Brian, 1986- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, [2018]
639 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
"The country is in turmoil. With the capital city occupied, half a million refugees are on the march, looking for safety on the frontier, accompanied by Lady Flint's soldiers. But escaping war is never easy, and soon the battle may find them, whether they are prepared or not. Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michel may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he's trying to undermine. Meanwhile, Ben Styke is building his own army. He and his mad lancers are gathering every able body they can find and searching for an ancient artifact that may have the power to turn the tides of war in their favor. But what they find may not be what they're looking for"-- Provided by publisher.


May 15, 2018
Smith, Roland, 1951- author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
228 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Junior Library Guild Selection" --Jacket.
Fifteen-year-old Peak Marcello is invited to climb Hkakabo Razi, one of the most isolated mountains in the world, but getting there involves a four-week trek through a tropical rainforest that is rife with hazards, which turns out to be more dangerous than summiting the mountain itself.

Race for the flash stone

May 15, 2018
Donoghue, K. Patrick, author
Mclean, VA : Leaping Leopard Enterprises, LLC, 2017.
345 pages ; 23 cm.
Scientist Anlon Cully hunts for evidence of a long-forgotten civilization, a race of ancient mariners who possessed a sixth-sense lost to the ages--the ability to detect and interact with the Earth's magnetic field. With this special gift, the prehistoric civilization crafted stone tools with astonishing powers. Inexplicably, the advanced culture vanished from the pages of history...until a set of their special stones was discovered by Anlon's uncle, archaeologist Devlin Wilson. Devlin was brutally murdered, leaving behind the stones and a set of confounding clues. An ancient map, a curious statue and three cryptic journals. Somehow, the clues are linked. But how? That's the puzzling mystery Anlon must solve. And time is not on his side...for there are others seeking to solve the same riddle...heartless fiends who crave the most fearsome of the magnetic stones...the Flash Stone. Forged as a building tool, the Flash Stone can cut and shape rock with astounding precision. In the wrong hands, however, it can be wielded as a horrifying weapon. And it is endowed with yet another gift, a secret power known only to those who unravel the mystery. Joined by friends Pebbles McCarver and Jennifer Stevens, Anlon races to solve the mystery and find the Flash Stone before it falls prey to savage villains trailing close behind.

Wolf & parchment. Vol. 2, New theory spice & wolf

May 9, 2018
Hasekura, Isuna, 1982- author.
New York, NY : Yen On, 2018.
284 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of color plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 21 cm
"Even though the explosive events in Atiph have ended, everyone can still feel the tension in the air. A holy war is coming, and Heir Hyland of Winfiel intends to be ready. She sends Col to the northern islands to scout for potential allies, and Myuri tags along at the first hint of adventure. However, Col can't help but feel worried about entering a den of pirates when he hears rumors about heretics who worship something called the Black-Mother!"--provided by publisher.

Incredibles 2 : the deluxe junior novelization

May 3, 2018
Francis, Suzanne, adapter.
139 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Mr. & Mrs. Incredible, Violet, Dash, and even baby Jack-Jack encounter a brand-new nemesis who puts their powers--and their family--to the ultimate test! Features eight full-color pages of details about the world's most exciting Superheroes.

The crooked staircase

May 2, 2018
Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray), 1945- author.
New York : Bantam Books, 2018.
491 pages ; 25 cm.
"Jane Hawk tracks the powerful DOJ operative at the center of the murderous conspiracy that killed her husband, a decorated Marine, and now threatens others closest to her."--Provided by publisher.

The judge hunter

April 30, 2018
Buckley, Christopher, 1952- author.
xi, 348 pages ; 24 cm
"London, 1664. Twenty years after the English revolution, the monarchy has been restored and Charles II sits on the throne. The men who conspired to kill his father are either dead or disappeared. Baltasar 'Balty' St. Michel is twenty-four and has no skills and no employment. He gets by on handouts from his brother-in-law Samuel Pepys, an officer in the king's navy. Fed up with his needy relative, Pepys offers Balty a job in the New World. He is to track down two missing judges who were responsible for the execution of the last king, Charles I. When Balty's ship arrives in Boston, he finds a strange country filled with fundamentalist Puritans, saintly Quakers, warring tribes of Indians, and rogues of every stripe. Helped by a man named Huncks, an agent of the Crown with a mysterious past, Balty travels colonial America in search of the missing judges. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Samuel Pepys prepares for a war with the Dutch that fears England has no chance of winning"

The fandom

April 20, 2018
Day, Anna, author.
406 pages ; 22 cm
Violet's in her element--cosplay at the ready, she can't wait to feel part of her favorite fandom: The Gallow's Dance, a mega-story and movie franchise. But at Comic Con, a freak accident transports Violet and her friends into the The Gallows Dance for real - and in the first five minutes, they've caused the death of the heroine. It's up to Violet to take her place, and play out the plot the way it was written. But stories have a life of their own..."--Publisher's web site.

The defiant heir

April 20, 2018
Caruso, Melissa, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2018.
546 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"Across the border, the Witch Lords of Vaskandar are preparing for war. But before an invasion can begin, they must call a rare gathering of all seventeen lords to decide a course of action. Lady Amalia Cornaro knows that this Conclave might be her only chance to smother the growing flames of war, and she is ready to make any sacrifice if it means saving Raverra from destruction. Amalia and Zaira must go behind enemy lines, using every ounce of wit and cunning they have, to sway Vaskandar from war. Or else it will all come down to swords and fire"-- Provided by publisher.


April 20, 2018
Spinale, Wendy, author.
278 pages ; 22 cm.
With Everland and Umberland destroyed, Gwen, Pete, and Alyssa and the other survivors have taken refuge in Evergreen Village in the forest, where they plot to assassinate the Bloodred Queen, while trying to avoid her monstrous creations, and Doc works on his cure for the Horologia virus--but with the Queen of England dead, and the King of Germany either dead or hidden away, who can they trust to save their devastated world?

Shadow call

April 18, 2018
Strickland, AdriAnne, 1984- author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
422 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Shadow run.
"Qole is the youngest starship captain in living memory on her homeworld of Alaxak and has spent her life hunting a dangerous energy source called Shadow. Alaxans distrust and evade the galaxy's royalty as a rule, but Qole is now harboring the exiled Prince Nevarian Dracorte, along with some very conflicting feelings about it--and him. Nev's feelings are just as complicated, but not towards her. When it comes to Qole, he knows one thing: he'd do anything to stay with her. But when Alaxak is attacked and Nev finds himself framed for murder, he realizes the only way to help Qole and her people is to fight for the throne that should be his. To become the royal she might hate. As for Qole, she would never have imagined herself as the leader of a rebellion. Despite that, she soon realizes that hiding from her power is no longer an option. It's time to answer the call, even if it kills her."--Inside dust jacket.


April 16, 2018
Gibbins, David J. L., author.
viii, 272 pages : map ; 25 cm.
AD 256. Pope Sixtus passes on relics belonging to Christians being persecuted to a follower who entrusts it to the Jewish community in Spain. 1684. Samuel Pepys goes to Tangier in an attempt to retrieve an incredible treasure that has resurfaced after more than a thousand years. Present-day. Jack Howard and his team are excavating a 17th-century shipwreck and realizes that the wrecked cargo contains clues to an ancient mystery - the lost treasure of Christendom, the fabled Holy Grail.

Unbury Carol : a novel

April 11, 2018
Malerman, Josh, author.
New York : Del Rey, [2018]
362 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. You see, every so often Carol descends into a death-like coma that she calls the Black Place. For two to four days her heartbeat slows way down, her breathing all but stops, and to the eyes of all she would appear dead as a doornail. Only two people know of her condition: her husband Dwight, and her former lover James Moxie--the most legendary outlaw the Trail has ever seen. Just before Carol can share her secret with a friend, she falls into the Black Place once again, only this time, Dwight begins preparations for her funeral two days hence, hoping to inherit her fortune. When a telegram arrives for Moxie, notifying him of the upcoming burial of his lost love, he rides out of retirement and hits the Trail once again, desperate to save Carol from a premature burial. Hot on Moxie's heels are threats both human and...other"-- Provided by publisher.

The oracle year : a novel

April 5, 2018
Soule, Charles, author.
New York : Harper Perennial, [2018]
402 pages ; 24 cm
Awakening from a dream with more than one hundred predictions about the future in his head, an unassuming Manhattan bassist becomes one of the world's most powerful men and hides his identity behind an online persona that is targeted by greedy corporations and dangerous enemies.

Whirlaway : the great American loony bin, horseplaying, and record collecting novel

April 5, 2018
Ballantine, Poe, 1955- author.
Portland, Oregon : Hawthorne Books, [2018]
189 pages ; 23 cm

Shoot first : (think later)

April 4, 2018
Woods, Stuart, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
359 pages ; 24 cm.
"The irresistible Stone Barrington returns for another racy adventure from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington has faced intrigue before and come out clean on the other side, but this latest turn of events might be too scandalous even for him"-- Provided by publisher.

A fistful of elven gold

April 2, 2018
Stewart, Alex, 1958-
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, 2018.
303 pages ; 24 cm
"A bounty-hunting gnome turned private investigator helps track a killer, in this fast-paced fantasy adventure. When someone starts killing his fellow bounty hunters in the port of Fairhaven, Drago Appleroot is happy to help his contacts in the City Watch with their investigation--for a reasonable fee, of course. But posing as an assassin-for-hire to draw out the killer attracts the attention of two separate groups from a far-off Elven kingdom whose private war is being fought on the streets of his home town. Pitched into a maelstrom of treachery and lethal politics, Drago is forced into a long and dangerous journey to the heart of the Sylvan Marches, where one determined gnome might just decide the destiny of a kingdom. If he can survive long enough to decide which side he ought to be on."--Amazon website.

Flash points

March 30, 2018
Hagberg, David, author.
316 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A Kirk McGarvey novel"--Cover.
Retired CIA assassin Kirk McGarvey is taking a much needed break. Then a bomb in his car explodes just as he's leaving the vehicle. He barely escapes with his life. The men who went after McGarvey are also after the President of the United States. A controversial candidate, he has just won a heated, heavily contested presidential election. Now his enemies are determined to push him out of office. These men hire a contractor to set up three terrorist assaults in the US as well as other attacks around the globe in hopes of driving him from office. These strikes are at flash points so critical they could incite all-out nuclear war. But the president's enemies have not reckoned on Kirk McGarvey. He has survived their attempt on his life, and he is determined to hunt them down and stop them at all costs. They made a mistake in going after the CIA's #1 assassin.

Nothing but sky

March 29, 2018
Trueblood, Amy, author.
Mendota Heights, Minnesota : Flux, 2018.
280 pages ; 21 cm.
"Grace Lafferty, an eighteen-year-old wing-walker, thrills crowds with barrel rolls and loop-the-loops in hopes of making enough money to get to the 1922 World Aviation Expo"--Provided by publisher.


March 27, 2018
Dibben, Damian, author.
Toronto, Ontario : Hanover Square Press, [2018]
334 pages ; 24 cm
"A wise old dog travels through the courts and battlefields of Europe and through the centuries in search of the master who granted him immortality"--Provided by publisher.

Stone mad

March 23, 2018
Bear, Elizabeth, author.
New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, [2018]
183 pages ; 21 cm
"A book"--Title page verso.
"A Karen Memory adventure"--Cover.
Readers met the irrepressible Karen Memory in Elizabeth Bear's 2015 novel KAREN MEMORY, and fell in love with her steampunk Victorian Pacific Northwest city, and her down-to-earth story-telling voice. Now Karen is back with a new story about spiritualists, magicians, con-men, and an angry lost tommy-knocker--a magical creature who generally lives in the deep gold mines of Alaska, but has been kidnapped and brought to Rapid City. Karen and Priya are out for a night on the town, celebrating the purchase of their own little ranch and Karen's retirement from the Hotel Ma Cherie, when they meet the Arcadia Sisters, spiritualists who unexpectedly stir up the tommy-knocker in the basement. The ensuing show could bring down the house, if Karen didn't rush in to rescue everyone she can.

Girls burn brighter

March 13, 2018
Rao, Shobha, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2018.
307 pages ; 25 cm
Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them. They are poor. They are driven. And they are girls. When " After her mother's death, Poornima has very little kindness in her life. She is left to take care of her siblings until her father can find her a suitable match. So when Savitha enters their household, Poornima is intrigued by the joyful, independent-minded girl. Suddenly their Indian village doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond the arranged marriage her father is desperate to secure for her. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend. Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India's underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls' perspectives as they face ruthless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within them.--Jacket

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