New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

August 17, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A promise to kill : a Clyde Barr novel

August 16, 2017
Storey, Erik, author.
New York : Scribner, 2017.
269 pages ; 24 cm.
Clyde Barr, the drifter with lethal skills, is alone again, wandering the highways of the American West in search of something to believe in. As summer turns to autumn, he trades his car for a horse and heads for the mountains, planning to clear his head and regain his edge with some hunting. But when he runs across an elderly sick man-- a Ute Indian from a nearby reservation-- Clyde's dream of solitude is quickly dashed. On the reservation, Clyde finds the old man's daughter, Lawana, and grandson, Taylor, as well as a group of menacing bikers called Reapers running wild in the economically depressed, half-abandoned village. Gripped by the desire to do good in a hard world, Clyde offers to stay on Lawana's ranch to help out until her father is released from the hospital. He controls himself around the bikers, even when he sees them harass a few Native American women but when the Reapers attack a local boy Clyde has to do something. As tensions rise between the locals and the Reapers, Clyde's efforts to protect the reservation become a fight for his, Lawana's, and Taylor's lives.

Black Light Express

August 16, 2017
Reeve, Philip, author.
©2016
336 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to Railhead.
"Black Light Express" was originally published in English in 2016. This edition is published by arrangement with Oxford University Press."
Zen Starling, a small-time thief, and Nova, an android girl come from the Network Empire, whose stations are scattered across the galaxy and linked by the K-gates and the sentient trains travel at light speed between them--but the gate through which they just passed was a new one, and they have no way of knowing into what danger it might have led them.

The Savior's Game

August 15, 2017
Chercover, Sean, author.
©2017.
272 pages ; 22 cm.
"Daniel Byrne is haunted by the future. Literally. It happened to his uncle. It happened to the woman he loves. And now it's happening to him. It started as a voice only he could hear. Then he found himself visiting another world. A world both familiar and strange. A world inextricably linked to our own. And the things he sees there, come true-- here. It's a power others are willing to kill for. There's no one Daniel can trust. Nowhere to hid. Chased across the globe by mysterious assassins, he struggles to decipher the visions plaguing him. Visions of miracles and massacres, conspiracy and catastrophe. And behind it all, a powerful adversary the likes of which we've never seen before. One thing that's clear-- the universe is warning him of a cataclysmic change, an event that is either a bloody Armageddon or a shining new beginning. Daniel thinks he can see the answer-- and maybe even change the outcome, before it's too late. But there is a fine line between messiah and madman."--Amazon.com

Barely legal : a Herbie Fisher novel

August 2, 2017
Woods, Stuart, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
357 pages ; 24 cm.
"The protege will become the hero: now is the time of Herbie Fisher. Under the tutelage of Stone Barrington, Herbie Fisher has transformed from a bumbling sad sack into a capable man about town and the youngest partner at the white shoe law firm Woodman & Weld. Now all of his training will be put to the test as he finds himself embroiled in his most daring adventure to date"-- Provided by publisher.

Age of swords

July 21, 2017
Sullivan, Michael J., 1961- author.
New York : Del Rey, 2017.
xiv, 470 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Age of Swords continues the epic story of the war between humankind and the elves--and of ordinary people becoming legendary heroes. It introduces a set of new characters: the dwarves, whose magical weaponcraft could decide the war. It's up to our heroes to win over the dwarves to the side of humankind...or else lose the war forever"-- Provided by publisher.

No good deed

July 21, 2017
Connolly, Kara, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2017]
344 pages ; 22 cm
"Ellie is USA's best shot at Olympic gold in archery, but one wrong turn in Nottingham on her day off from the trials and she's somehow been transported back to the Middle Ages. Amidst an evil sheriff who wants to lock her up, a knight who might not be who he says he is, and an assassination plot, she must not only find her way back to the present, but fight to survive and not change history"-- Provided by publisher.

The ends of the world

July 21, 2017
Hall, Maggie, 1982-
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
309 pages ; 22 cm.
Avery West has the Circle-- but has lost everything else: her mother, the family she'd just found, and the one boy she trusted. When disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world, they'll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great's tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world's salvation-- or destruction.

Sovereign

July 21, 2017
Daniels, April (Young adult author), author.
©2017
315 pages ; 22 cm.
Only nine months after her debut as the superhero Dreadnought, Danny Tozer is already a scarred veteran. Protecting a city the size of New Port is a team-sized job and she's doing it alone. Between her newfound celebrity and her demanding cape duties, Dreadnought is stretched thin, and it's only going to get worse. When she crosses a newly discovered billionaire supervillain, Dreadnought comes under attack from all quarters. From her troubled family life to her disintegrating friendship with Calamity, there's no lever too cruel for this villain to use against her. She might be hard to kill, but there's more than one way to destroy a hero. Before the war is over, Dreadnought will be forced to confront parts of herself she never wanted to acknowledge. And behind it all, an old enemy waits in the wings, ready to unleash a plot that will scar the world forever.

Beautiful animals : a novel

July 20, 2017
Osborne, Lawrence, 1958- author.
New York : Hogarth, 2017.
287 pages ; 22 cm
"On a summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, two girls make a startling discovery: a young Arab man washed up on shore, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging against across the sea. When a simple plan to help the stranger goes horrifically wrong, all must face the consequences they have set in motion"--Provided by publisher.

China strike : an ICE thriller

July 19, 2017
Rees, Matt, 1967- author.
New York, NY : Crooked Lane Books, 2017.
278 pages ; 24 cm
Confronted with the mystery of thousands of simultaneous car crashes worldwide, ICE Special Agent Dominic Verrazzano must race against time to identify the cybercriminal responsible when Verrazzano determines that a much larger terrorist attack is imminent.

What goes up

July 18, 2017
Kennedy, Katie, 1963- author.
©2017
327 pages ; 22 cm
Teenagers Rosa and Eddie, trainees in a top-secret space exploration and research program, must thwart the aliens' Earth-destroying mission by stealing their spacecraft and traveling extra-dimensionally to an alternate Earth.

Hook's tale : being the account of an unjustly villainized pirate written by himself

July 17, 2017
Pielmeier, John, author.
New York : Scribner, 2017.
275 pages ; 24 cm
"A rollicking debut novel from award-winning playwright and screenwriter John Pielmeier reimagines the childhood of the much maligned Captain Hook: his quest for buried treasure, his friendship with Peter Pan, and the story behind the swashbuckling world of Neverland. Long defamed as a vicious pirate, Captain James Cook (a.k.a Hook) was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining, and entirely truthful memoir. His chronicle offers a counter narrative to the works of J.M. Barrie, a "dour Scotsman" whose spurious accounts got it all wrong. Now, award-winning playwright John Pielmeier is proud to present this crucial historic artifact in its entirety for the first time. Cook's story begins in London, where he lives with his widowed mother. At thirteen, he runs away from home, but is kidnapped and pressed into naval service as an unlikely cabin boy. Soon he discovers a treasure map that leads to a mysterious archipelago called the "Never-Isles" from which there appears to be no escape. In the course of his adventures he meets the pirates Smee and Starkey, falls in love with the enchanting Tiger Lily, adopts an oddly affectionate crocodile, and befriends a charming boy named Peter--who teaches him to fly. He battles monsters, fights in mutinies, swims with mermaids, and eventually learns both the sad and terrible tale of his mother's life and the true story of his father's disappearance. Like Gregory Maguire's Wicked, Hook's Tale offers a radical new version of a classic story, bringing readers into a much richer, darker, and enchanting version of Neverland than ever before. The characters that our hero meets--including the terrible Doctor Uriah Slinque and a little girl named Wendy--lead him to the most difficult decision of his life: whether to submit to the temptation of eternal youth, or to embrace the responsibilities of maturity and the inevitability of his own mortality. His choice, like his story, is not what you might expect"-- Provided by publisher.

Shark Island

July 5, 2017
Jameson, Chris.
New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
312 pages ; 17 cm
"Naomi Cardiff is not one to give up without a fight --and now, after learning about a series of shark attacks in Cape Cod, she's joined a team of scientists to put a stop to the terror. The plan: to lure the sharks to a remote island far from the populated coastline. Meanwhile, a fierce Nor'Easter is underway. In the midst of the storm, an alarming number of Great Whites have come to slaughter the seals in a vicious feeding frenzy. When sharks ram and breach the hull, Naomi and her team must jump ship and swim desperately through a sea of circling fins and gaping jaws to the tiny island. But as the swells from the storm begin to swallow their rocky refuge, how will they manage to make it out alive?"-- Back cover.

The gentleman's guide to vice and virtue

June 30, 2017
Lee, Mackenzi, author.
©2017
513 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Henry 'Monty' Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores."--Provided by publisher.

Badlands

June 29, 2017
Lenhardt, Melissa, author.
New York : Redhook Books/Orbit, 2017.
402 pages ; 21 cm.
"Laura's worst fears have been realized: Kindle has been taken into custody and she is once again on the run. The noose awaits her in New York, but Laura is realizing that there are some things worse than death. Finally running out of places to hide, it may be time for Dr. Catherine Bennett to face her past"-- Provided by publisher.

Soul of the world

June 29, 2017
Mealing, David, 1982- author.
©2017
645 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"A brilliant debut epic fantasy with a unique magic system and unforgettable characters. It is a time of revolution. In the cities, food shortages stir citizens to riots against the crown. In the wilds, new magic threatens the dominance of the tribes. and on the battlefields, even the most brilliant commanders struggle in the shadow of total war. Three lines of magic must be mastered in order to usher in a new age, and three heroes must emerge. Sarine is an artist on the streets of New Sarresant whose secret familiar helps her uncover bloodlust and madness where she expected only revolutionary fervor. Arak'Jur wields the power of beasts to keep his people safe, but his strength cannot protect them from war amongst themselves. Erris is a brilliant cavalry officer trying to defend New Sarresant from an enemy general armed with magic she barely understands. Each must learn the secrets of their power in time to guide their people through ruin. But a greater evil may be trying to stop them"-- Provided by publisher.

Seven stones to stand or fall : a collection of Outlander fiction

June 26, 2017
Gabaldon, Diana, author.
©2017
xvi, 526 pages ; 25 cm.
The custom of the army -- The space between -- A plague of zombies -- A leaf on the wind of all hallows -- Virgins -- A fugitive green -- Besieged.
A collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories and featuring character Jamie Fraser.

The bone queen : Pellinor : Cadvan's story

June 20, 2017
Croggon, Alison, 1962- author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017.
x, 404 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Cadvan of Lirigon, one of the most brilliant Bards of his generation, has been exiled for a terrible crime that unleashed the power of the Bone Queen and wrought destruction across Annar. Meanwhile, in Lirigon, several unnerving events suggest that the Dark is growing in strength again, and that the Bone Queen may yet lurk in the world. Cadvan must once again face the evil that almost destroyed him.

That crazy perfect someday

June 20, 2017
Mazza, Michael, author.
Brooklyn, New York : Turtle Point Press, [2017]
304 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A gutsy female surf pro pushes against wild odds for what she wants-- with deep surprises about who she is."--Provided by publisher.

Beyond the sea : an Event Group thriller

June 19, 2017
Golemon, David Lynn, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2017.
307 pages ; 25 cm.
"The Soviet battle cruiser Simbirsk, which launched in June 1940 and was reported sunk in 1944 with the loss of all hands, is still sailing the open sea. January of 2017: American Los Angeles class submarine U.S.S. Houston is tracking a surface target that is not listed as part of the Russian navy's response to the NATO maneuvers. What they find will set in motion the answers to one of the great mysteries of World War II. With the Russian navy bearing down on the Houston and international tensions running high, the United States Navy declares the Soviet-era derelict legal salvage under international law. With the world's most powerful navies going toe-to-toe in the North Atlantic, the President of the United States calls upon the one organization that has a chance to figure out why this ship is in this time, in this place--Department 5656, also known as the Event Group. When the Group arrives, they are confronted by three warships of the Russian Navy who have come to claim Russian property. The two groups meet and soon discover that the ancient battle cruiser is not a derelict at all, but fully functional with a mysterious apparatus that sent the original crew to their deaths. In the midst of their warfare in the tossing seas, both navies are sent into a realm of unimaginable terror--an alternate world of water, ice, and death. The Event Group has a new mission when relics of the fabled Philadelphia Experiment surface in Beyond the Sea, the twelfth thrilling hit in New York Times bestselling author David L. Golemon's Event Group series"-- Provided by publisher.

Moving the palace

June 16, 2017
Majdalani, Charif, 1960- author.
©2017
198 pages ; 21 cm.
First published in French in 2007 as Caravansérail. Copyright ©2007 Éditions du Seuil. Translation copyright ©2017 Edward Gauvin.
"This book has been translated with the assistance of the Sharjah International Book Fair Translation Grant Fund." - CIP
"At the dawn of the 20th century, a young Lebanese explorer leaves the Levant for the wilds of Africa, encountering an eccentric English colonel in Sudan and enlisting in his service. In this lush chronicle of far-flung adventure, the military recruit crosses paths with a compatriot who has dismantled a sumptuous palace in Tripoli and is transporting it across the continent on a camel caravan. The protagonist soon takes charge of this hoard or architectural fragments, ferrying the dismantled landmark through Sudan, Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula, attempting to return to his native Beirut with this moveable real estate. Along the way, he encounters skeptic sheikhs, suspicious tribal leaders, bountiful feasts, pilgrims bound for Mecca and T.E. Lawrence in a tent. This is a captivating modern-day Odyssey in the tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Paul Theroux." -- back cover.

Sartor

June 16, 2017
Smith, Sherwood.
[United States] : Twelve Tower Books, [2014]
299 pages ; 23 cm.
In this sequel to The Spy Princess, Lilah, newly made a princess, teams up with Atan, the hidden princess of the oldest country in the world, Sartor, to free the kingdom from a century of enchantment. Capture, escape, a forest beyond time, ancient beings, civilizations secreted in caves, and a deadly enemy await the girls. Atan knows that if she survives, the challenges facing a fifteen-year-old queen are only beginning.

Forever and a death

June 15, 2017
Westlake, Donald E, author.
©2017
463 pages ; 23 cm
Two decades ago, the producers of the James Bond movies hired legendary crime novelist Donald E. Westlake to come up with a story for the next Bond film. The plot Westlake dreamed up--about a Western businessman seeking revenge after being kicked out of Hong Kong when the island was returned to Chinese rule--had all the elements of a classic Bond adventure, but political concerns kept it from being made. Never one to let a good story go to waste, Westlake wrote an original novel based on the premise instead--a novel he never published while he was alive.

The Himalayan codex

June 15, 2017
Schutt, Bill, author.
©2017
384 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"An R.J. MacCready novel"--T.p.
Zoologist and adventurer Captain R. J. MacCready journeys to post-World War II Tibet to search for a legendary creature that may hold the secret to humankind's evolutionary future.

A fine retribution : an Alan Lewrie naval adventure

June 8, 2017
Lambdin, Dewey, author.
©2017
354 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
"Dewey Lambdin is the reigning master of maritime fiction, celebrated as the heir to Patrick O'Brian and C.S. Forester. For over twenty years, his devoted fans have followed the adventures of Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, from his days as a midshipman to captain of his own ship and, though on somewhat dubious grounds, a baronetcy. Summer, 1809, and Captain Alan Lewrie, RN, wins fame, glory, and prize-money leading his squadron to victory over four French frigates. Battle damage, though, costs Lewrie his command, ship, and crew. He returns to London a hero, but, as weeks on half-pay turn to months, and no new command is offered, he's forced to lease a house and furnish it, unsure if he will ever go to sea again! At least Lewrie can have his portrait done by Miss Jessica Chenery, an intriguing young lady he takes for his wife, after seven years as a widower. In the midst of newly wedded bliss, an old friend poses a project for landing battalion-sized raids on enemy coasts. Though he never expects it to amount to anything, since it's too novel, Lewrie soon finds himself assigned to lead the proposed raid. Despite the stumbling blocks thrown in his way by his foes in the Navy, it's failure and ignominy, or shining success to prove himself to be won and rub their noses in it!"-- Provided by publisher.

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