New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

July 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The darkest hour

July 28, 2016
Richmond, Caroline Tung, author.
©2016
307 pages ; 22 cm
After the Nazis killed my brother on the North African front, I volunteered at the Office of Strategic Services in Washington to do my part for the war effort. Only instead of a desk job at the OSS, I was tapped to join the Clandestine Operations--a secret espionage and sabotage organization of girls. Six months ago, I was deployed to German-occupied France to gather intelligence and eliminate Nazi targets.

Heroes of the frontier : a novel

July 26, 2016
Eggers, Dave, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
385 pages ; 23 cm
Josie and her husband have split up, she's been sued by a former patient and lost her dental practice, and she's grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancée's family, Josie makes a run for it, figuring Alaska is about as far as she can get without a passport. Josie and her kids, Paul and Ana, rent a rattling old RV named the Chateau, and at first their trip feels like a vacation: They see bears and bison, they eat hot dogs cooked on a bonfire, and they spend nights parked along icy cold rivers in dark forests. But as they drive, pushed north by the ubiquitous wildfires, Josie is chased by enemies both real and imagined, past mistakes pursuing her tiny family, even to the very edge of civilization.

To the bright edge of the world : a novel

July 26, 2016
Ivey, Eowyn, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
417 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
"In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads an exploratory expedition up the Wolverine River and into the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return. As they map the territory and gather information on native tribes, whose understanding of the natural world is unlike anything they have ever encountered, Forrester and his team can't escape the sense that some great, mysterious force threatens their lives. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Sophie chafes under the social restrictions of a pregnant woman on her own, and yearns to travel alongside her husband. She, too, explores nature, through the new art of photography, unaware that the coming winter will test her own courage and faith to the breaking point." -- adapted from book jacket.

Fetching sweetness

July 26, 2016
Mentink, Dana, author.
Eugene Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2016]
221 pages ; 21 cm
It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author's valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent. But Agnes's canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.

Winter's fire

July 26, 2016
Kristian, Giles, author.
©2016
310 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Norway, AD 785 - a vow of vengeance must be kept . . . Sigurd Haraldarson has proved himself a great warrior . . . and a dangerous enemy. He has gone a long way towards avenging the murder of his family. And yet the oath-breaker King Gorm, who betrayed Sigurd's father, still lives. And so long as he draws breath, the scales remain unbalanced. The sacred vow to avenge his family burns in Sigurd's veins, but he must be patient and bide his time. He knows that he and his band of warriors are not yet strong enough to confront the treacherous king. They need silver, they need more spear-brothers to rally to the young Viking's banner - but more than these, they need to win fame upon the battlefield. And so the fellowship venture west, to Sweden, to fight as mercenaries. And it is there - in the face of betrayal and bloodshed, on a journey that will take him all too close to the halls of Valhalla - that Sigurd's destiny will be forged. There, in the inferno of winter's fire . . .

Behind the throne : the Indranan war: book 1

July 22, 2016
Wagers, K. B., author.
New York : Orbit, 2016.
423 pages ; 21 cm
Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.

The dragon round

July 19, 2016
Power, Stephen S., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
320 pages : map ; 24 cm
"A swashbuckling adventure with a dark side for fans of George R.R. Martin and Naomi Novik--when a ship captain is stranded on a deserted island by his mutinous crew, he finds a baby dragon that just might be the key to his salvation"-- Provided by publisher.

The lost civilization of Suolucidir

July 18, 2016
Daitch, Susan, author.
San Francisco : City Lights Publishers, 2016.
310 pages ; 21 cm
First collapse -- Silent, deserted, fallen cities -- The book of smoke -- Hilliard and Congreaves.
"A series of archeological expeditions unfolds through time, each one looking for the ruins of a fabled underground city-state that once flourished in a remote province near the border of present-day Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Sealed off for centuries by seismic activity, Suolucidir beckons with the promise of plunder and the glory of discovery, fantasies as varied as the imaginations of her aspiring modern-day conquerors. As the tumult of the twentieth century's great wars, imperial land grabs and anti-colonial revolutions swirl across its barren, deserted landscape, the ancient city remains entombed below the surface of the earth. A succession of adventurers, speculators and unsavory characters arrive in search of their prize, be it archeological treasure, oil, or evidence of crimes and punishments. Intrigue, conspiracies, and counter-plots abound, and contemporary events interfere with each expedition, whether in the form of the Axis advance, British Petroleum, or the Revolutionary Guards. People disappear, relics are stolen, and the city closes in upon itself once more. A satiric, post-colonial adventure story of mythic proportions, The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir takes place against a background of actual events, in a part of the world with a particular historical relationship to Russia and the West. But though we are treated to visual "evidence" of its actual existence, Suolucidir remains a mystery, perhaps an invention of those who seek it, a place where history and identity are subject to revision, and the boundaries between East and West are anything but solid, reliable, or predictable"-- Provided by publisher.

Clear to lift

July 12, 2016
Wilson, Anne A, author.
New York : Forge, 2016.
316 pages ; 25 cm
"When she is assigned to a new search and rescue team, Navy helicopter pilot Lt. Alison Malone meets mountain guide Will during a dangerous mission, a man who shows her that it is never too late to start living."--Provided by publisher.

Ghost sniper

July 12, 2016
McEwen, Scott, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2016.
405 pages ; 25 cm.
"In the next thrilling installment of the non-stop action Sniper Elite series from the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper, a top secret band of elite warriors are forced to take a side in the Mexican narco wars. Bob Pope, the director of an American secret intelligence anti-terrorist program, loses contact with his most trusted operative, Navy Master Chief Gil Shannon, fearing him dead when a mission to take out a Swiss banker who is channeling funds to Muslim extremists goes awry. But when an American politician and her convoy are assassinated in Mexico City by the Ghost Sniper--an American ex-military gunman for hire employed by Mexico's most ruthless drug cartel-- Pope must turn to retired Navy SEAL Daniel Crosswhite and the newest Sniper Elite hero, ex-Green Beret Chance Vaught, to track down the assassin and expose the corrupt officials behind the murderous plot. The newest heart-pounding Sniper Elite thriller takes you on an action-packed adventure to both sides of the Atlantic, filled with the intrigue and movie-worthy warfare fans of the series have come to know and love"-- Provided by publisher.

Rampage

July 12, 2016
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
325 pages ; 24 cm.
"Teen activist Shay and her brother Odin are closing in on Singular Corp. and ready to shut down the evil conglomerate once and for all"-- Provided by publisher.

The last adventure of Constance Verity

July 5, 2016
Martinez, A. Lee, author.
©2016
365 pages ; 22 cm
"Granted a wish at birth, Constance Verity has become one of the world's great adventurers. A master of exotic martial arts and a keen detective, she is in possession of a collection of strange artifacts, which are mostly kept in unlabeled boxes in her apartment. Constance has spent the past twenty years saving the world, and she's sick of it. She wants an office job and a boyfriend who isn't going to get killed by who knows what, and she's figured out the way to get them: she's going to kill her fairy godmother--Grandmother Willow--who granted the wish--and reset her life. The problem is, saving the world is Constance's destiny. She's really good at it, and there are forces at work to make sure she stays in the job. Then again, it's also her destiny to have a glorious death."-- Book jacket.

Age of myth

June 28, 2016
Sullivan, Michael J., 1961- author.
New York : Del Rey, [2016]
xiii, 409 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"A new series set in the world of the Riyria Chronicles. In the land of the Rhune, trees can tell the future and the gods are beyond reproach. But when Raithe's father is slain, he does the unthinkable--he kills a god. From this act, rises the legend of the God Killer, the seeds of a rebellion, and the question of whether the gods are really immortal after all"-- Provided by publisher.

The seascape tattoo

June 28, 2016
Niven, Larry, author.
New York : Tor, 2016.
394 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Aros of Azteca, a swordsman, and Neoloth-Pteor, a sorcerer, are deadly enemies who have been fighting for fifteen years. But when the princess Tahlia is kidnapped, Aros must pretend to be a lost princeling and infiltrate the deadliest cabal of necromancers in the world. To save the princess and prevent the most powerful and diabolical spell ever created from destroying the world, he needs Neoloth's help. They can't trust each other. They will betray or kill one another the first chance they get. But each is all the other has. -- adapted from book jacket.

Shooting the sphinx

June 27, 2016
Ludwig, Avram.
New York : Forge, 2016. ©2016
317 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
In Hollywood, Ari Zucker is the stuff of legends, the man who always gets the impossible-to-film shots. In Cairo, however, he faces the most difficult and dangerous challenge of his career: he must photograph, from a helicopter mere feet away, the face of the imperishable Sphinx. The film depends on it. Caught in a web of intrigue and corruption, he must work with the military dictatorship to get the shot. This leads from baksheesh to blackmail and a whole lot more than Ari bargained for.

Pressure

June 22, 2016
Keene, Brian, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
x, 276 pages ; 22 cm
"Off the coast of tropical Mauritius, an ecological catastrophe with global implications is occurring. The ocean's floor is collapsing at a rapid rate. World-champion free diver and marine biologist Carrie Anderson joins a scientific expedition determined to discover the cause-and how to stop it. But what they uncover is even more horrific. Deep beneath the surface, something is awake. Something hungry. Something...cold."-- Provided by publisher.

The pursuit

June 16, 2016
Evanovich, Janet, author.
©2016
304 pages ; 25 cm
"Janet Evanovich, author of the blockbuster Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, writer for the Monk television show, team up once again in their rollicking, New York Times bestselling Fox and O'Hare series! Nicolas Fox, international con man, thief, and one of the top ten fugitives on the FBI's most-wanted list, has been kidnapped from a beachfront retreat in Hawaii. What the kidnapper doesn't know is that Nick Fox has been secretly working for the FBI. It isn't long before Nick's covert partner, Special Agent Kate O'Hare, is in hot pursuit of the crook who stole her con man. The trail leads to Belgium, France, and Italy, and pits Nick and Kate against their deadliest adversary yet: Dragan Kovic, an ex-Serbian military officer. He's plotting a crime that will net him billions. and cost thousands of American lives. Nick and Kate have to mount the most daring, risky, and audacious con they've ever attempted to save a major U.S. city from a catastrophe of epic proportions. Luckily they have the help of an eccentric out-of-work actor, a bandit who does his best work in the sewers, and Kate's dad, Jake. The pressure's on for Nick and Kate to make this work--even if they have to lay their lives on the line. The fifth in the bestselling Fox and O'Hare suspense series that "[mixes] humor from Evanovich and Goldberg's books with the intricate cons seen in the best episodes of Mission: Impossible"-- Provided by publisher.

The invisible library

June 13, 2016
Cogman, Genevieve, author.
New York City : ROC, [2016]
341 pages ; 21 cm.
"Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested--the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something--secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself. Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option--because it isn't just Irene's reputation at stake, it's the nature of reality itself."-- Provided by publisher.

Wintering

June 9, 2016
Geye, Peter.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
299 pages ; 25 cm
The Eide family finds themselves changed forever after their elderly, demented patriarch runs into the wilderness of northern Minnesota in an attempt to reenact a similar adventure sixty years earlier.

Autumn Princess, Dragon Child

June 9, 2016
Hearn, Lian, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
xi, 269 pages : map ; 19 cm
"A self-assured warrior stumbles into a game of Go that turns fatal. An ambitious lord leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands. A stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife to his older brother. A powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne. A woman of the Old People seeks five fathers for her five children, who will go on to found the Spider Tribe and direct the fate of the country. As destiny weaves its tapestry in Lian Hearn's Tale of Shikanoko series, an emotionally rich and compelling drama plays out against a background of wild forests, elegant castles, hidden temples, and savage battlefields in Autumn Princess, Dragon Child. The Tale of Shikanoko, Book One: Emperor of the Eight Islands (April 2016) The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Two: Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (June 2016) The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Three: Lord of the Darkwood (August 2016) The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Four: The Tengu's Game of Go (September 2016)"-- Provided by publisher.

The Sleeping Prince : a Sin Eater's daughter novel

May 31, 2016
Salisbury, Melinda, author.
©2016
330 pages ; 22 cm
Using magic to control the golems he has raised, the legendary Sleeping Prince has woken, killed King Merek, and taken Lormere, and many of its people are refugees, including Errin and her sick mother--but there are those who oppose the Prince, and Errin, a skilled apothecary, may hold the key to ending his power.

The Emperor's revenge : an Oregon Files adventure

May 23, 2016
Cussler, Clive, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
451 pages ; 24 cm.
"The new Oregon Files adventure from the #1 New York Times-bestselling grand master of adventure. Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon face their toughest challenge yet when a violent bank heist during the Monaco Grand Prix decimates the Corporation's accounts. To get the money back, Juan joins forces with an old friend from his days in the CIA so they can track down a rogue hacker and a ruthless former Ukrainian naval officer. It is only after the hunt begins that the enormity of the plan comes into focus: the bank theft is just the first step in a plot that will result in the deaths of millions and bring the world's economies to a standstill. The catalyst for the scheme? A stunning document stolen during Napoleon's disastrous invasion of Russia. But two hundred years later, it may be the thing that brings Europe to its knees"-- Provided by publisher.

Casters : frozen session

May 17, 2016
De Marco, Dominic, author.
North Charleston, SC : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.
258 pages ; 25 cm
"Lugaar comes to the capital of Forcette seeking vengeance, but an ill-timed fight leaves him in the royal dungeons. Imprisoned and forced to fight in the coliseum. Any hope of finding the man who killed his father seems lost. While Lugaar battles King Nolan’s gladiator, an explosion rips through the coliseum. In the ensuing chaos, the young man escapes into the city streets. The explosion itself could only come from one source: a rogue Caster. Casters, masters of fire, are considered little more than tools by the human population. Now one has attacked the coliseum, a symbol of King Nolan’s power. Nolan knows he cannot let this challenge to his authority go unanswered, but hasn't forgotten the impetuous young man who fought toe-to-toe with the gladiator. The hunt is on for Lugaar, even as he comes ever closer to the man who slaughtered his father. The first volume in Dominic De Marco’s Casters series, Casters: Frozen Session introduces readers to a society where courtly etiquette exists alongside brutal reality and where a young man begins to realize his destiny is not what it seems."--Amazon.com

Overworld in flames : an unofficial novel

May 13, 2016
Cheverton, Mark, author.
©2016
241 pages ; 21 cm.
Based on the video game Minecraft.
"A Gameknight999 adventure"--T.p.

Beyond the ice limit : a Gideon Crew novel

May 12, 2016
Preston, Douglas J., author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing Large Print, 2016.
518 pages (large print) ; 23cm.
That thing is growing again. We must destroy it. The time to act is now... With these words begins Gideon Crew's latest, most dangerous, most high-stakes assignment yet. Failure will mean nothing short of the end of humankind on earth. Five years ago, the mysterious and inscrutable head of Effective Engineering Solutions, Eli Glinn, led a mission to recover a gigantic meteorite--the largest ever discovered--from a remote island off the coast of South America. The mission ended in disaster when their ship, the Rolvaag, foundered in a vicious storm in the Antarctic waters and broke apart, sinking-along with its unique cargo-to the ocean floor. One hundred and eight crew members perished, and Eli Glinn was left paralyzed. But this was not all. The tragedy revealed something truly terrifying: the meteorite they tried to retrieve was not, in fact, simply a rock. Instead, it was a complex organism from the deep reaches of space. Now, that organism has implanted itself in the sea bed two miles below the surface-and it is growing. If it is not destroyed, the planet will be doomed. There is only one hope: for Glinn and his team to annihilate it, a task which requires Gideon's expertise with nuclear weapons. But as Gideon and his colleagues soon discover, the "meteorite" has a mind of its own-and it has no intention of going quietly...

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