New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

September 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The lady rogue

September 16, 2019
Bennett, Jenn, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
372 pages : map ; 24 cm
1937. Theodora has read every book in her father's library, has an impressive knowledge of the world's most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn't have is her father's permission to join him in his treasure hunts. His protégé Huck Gallagher, gets to go instead. When Huck returns from an expedition without her father, the two set out to rescue him. Armed with her father's travel journal, they must find a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler. But in the misty Carpathian Mountains, they aren't the only ones searching for the ring. A secretive occult society is hunting for it... and will go to any lengths to possess it. -- adapted from jacket

The first stone

September 16, 2019
Jensen, Carsten, 1952- author.
Seattle : AmazonCrossing, 2019.
569 pages : map ; 24 cm
Previously published as Den forste sten by Gyldendal in Denmark in 2015.
"Dispatched to fight the Taliban as part of the NATO forces, the soldiers of the Third Platoon arrive in a desert hell intent on testing their courage and endurance. Among them are the charismatic platoon leader Schrøder, a former games designer fascinated by the imaginative potential of war; Colonel Steffensen, whose negotiating tactics will have deadly consequences; Sidekick, the LifeLogger whose online "war memorial" will blur into horror; and the hardened but vulnerable Hannah, who must bury her womanhood - or sacrifice her soul. Confronted by a betrayal that no military training could prepare them for, the soldiers must embark on a desperate mission to track down an enemy whose methods are as murderous as they are unfathomable. As the hunters become the hunted, the mission turns into a depraved, hallucinatory voyage into an Afghanistan they never knew existed. With the Third Platoon's most fundamental notions of good and evil called into question, survival becomes their only mission"--Publisher description.

The gryphon heist

September 12, 2019
Hannibal, James R., author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
396 pages ; 22 cm
"A rookie CIA officer makes a reluctant agreement to work with a former assassin and an elite team of thieves to breach a high-altitude data vault hovering in the mesosphere in the most daring heist ever conceived."--Provided by publisher.

To the lions a novel

September 10, 2019
Watt, Holly, author.
386 pages : map ; 24 cm
A journalist must follow the clues, no matter how far that takes her. Casey Benedict, star reporter at the Post, has infiltrated the lives and exposed the lies of countless politicians and power players. Using her network of contacts, Casey is always on the search for the next big story, no matter how much danger this might place her in, no matter what cost emotionally. Tipped off by an overheard conversation at an exclusive London nightclub, she begins to investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy young British man, whose death has left his fiancée and family devastated. Casey's determined hunt for the truth will take her from the glitz of St-Tropez to the deserts of Libya and on to the very darkest corners of the human mind.

This tender land : a novel

September 9, 2019
Krueger, William Kent, author.
450 pages ; 24 cm
1932, Minnesota. The Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O'Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent's wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own. --Provided by publisher.

After the flood : a novel

September 5, 2019
Montag, Kassandra, author.
417 pages : map ; 24 cm
A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, rising floodwaters have obliterated America's great coastal cities and then its heartland, leaving nothing but an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water. Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Artic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.

Run, hide, fight back

September 4, 2019
Henry, April, author.
New York : Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2019.
241 pages : map ; 21 cm
When a deadly shooting breaks out in a Portland shopping mall, six teens ends up trapped behind a store's security shutter: Miranda, Cole, Javier, Parker, Amina and Grace. To her own surprise, Miranda finds the others looking to her as their leader. The group has only three choices: Run, hide, or fight back. The wrong decision will have fatal consequences. The only thing the group has is common is that they all want to live. But not all of them will survive. -- adapted from jacket and page [1] of text


August 19, 2019
Adamov, Bob.
Wooster, Ohio : Packard Island Publishing, c2019.
271 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"Prequel to Assateague Dark"--Inside dust jacket.
"From Put-in-Bay to Key West to Cuba. In 1928 a Pinkerton detective in a Ford trimotor plane chases a Flagler treasure train to Key West during the Okeechobee Hurricane. Neither makes their destination. Put-in-Bay's investigative reporter, Emerson Moore, learns of this mystery during a visit to Bellevue, Ohio's train museum. Working on a Cuba to Key West drug trafficking story, Moore goes undercover in a Key West bar, hoping to connect with a powerful Cuban drug lord while he also investigates the plane's and train's disappearance. Amidst several murder attempts, Moore finds himself challenged to survive - especially when two characters appear from Moore's past who could reveal his true identity. Assisted by a Cudjoe Key defense contractor, Moore is transported covertly to Cuba There he encounters a seductive Georgia woman searching for her lost brother, a DEA agent, and the two team up to infiltrate the drug lord's lair in the towering Sierra Maestra mountains. After a series of mishaps, a seriously wounded and barely alive Moore flees down the mountainside into the jungle with his pursuers hot on his heels. Will he survive this deadly adventure?"--Inside dust jacket.

False horizon

August 15, 2019
Reid, Joseph (Joseph Patrick), author.
291 pages ; 21 cm
"A commuter flight has fallen from clear skies over West Virginia, its wing sheared off at twenty thousand feet. Air marshal Seth Walker is called to the mountains of Appalachia to investigate. But what he stumbles into is a ground war as unpredictable and combustible as a mason jar full of nitroglycerin. Before he can even start searching for what might have downed the plane, Walker finds himself caught in the confounding--and deadly--cross fire between drone-deploying ecoterrorists, unstable frackers, ruthless drug smugglers, and armed miners pushed to the breaking point. The escalating mystery takes a personal turn as Seth gets closer to the truth about the money, power, and politics motivating everyone involved--including those Seth believed he could trust. Can he dodge the danger lurking in every hill and holler long enough to discover what may be the biggest threat of all?" -- Provided by publisher.

No good deed : a thriller

August 14, 2019
Swain, James, author.
323 pages ; 21 cm
"A disturbing missing-person case reunites ex-Navy SEAL Jon Lancaster and FBI Agent Beth Daniels. Skye is just one of a dozen young women who have disappeared from Florida without a trace. Beth can do more than just imagine their fear. She was a victim herself--a trauma that's strengthened her fight for justice.Then Lancaster uncovers a scrap of evidence, and the mystery begins to unravel. But the lead comes with a personal sting: the involvement of his estranged brother, Logan, an ex-con recruited into the shepherding of human trade. The only way for Logan to shed his demons is to come clean. For Lancaster and Daniels, that means being drawn, secret by secret, into a dangerous underground world. With time running out, three damaged pasts will collide; more secrets will spill; and Lancaster, Daniels, and Logan will have to fight to save themselves first if they ever hope to find the girls alive."--Publisher.

Green Arrow's perfect shot

August 13, 2019
Lyga, Barry, author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2019.
241 pages ; 21 cm.
"When the Green Arrow needs help tracking down a sinister bomber in Star City, speedster Barry Allen is out the door in a flash. But as the Flash saves the day with his friends on Team Arrow, a huge dimensional rift appears over his hometown of Central City--and thousands of refugees with superspeed come pouring out. Can the combined skills of Team Arrow and the Flash's friends at S.T.A.R. Labs manage the chaos long enough to stop the rift from tearing their universe apart?"-- Provided by publisher.

Start here

August 12, 2019
Doller, Trish, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
346 pages ; 22 cm.
Willa and Taylor fulfill the dying wish of Finley, who had held their friendship together, by sailing from Ohio to Key West after high school graduation.

The Darwin strain : an R. J. MacCready novel

August 12, 2019
Schutt, Bill, author.
416 pages : map ; 24 cm
Selected bibliography included.
"An R. J. MacCready novel."
"Though the fighting has stopped and Hitler is vanquished, a dangerous new war between America and the Soviet Union has begun. Invaluable in defeating the Nazis, accidental crypto-zoologist R. J. MacCready and Yanni Thorne, an indigenous Brazilian and expert in animal behavior, are working for the Pentagon once again. Sent to a mysterious Greek island in a remote corner of the Mediterranean, they are investigating rumors about a volcanic spring with "miraculous" healing properties that the locals say is guarded by sea monsters from ancient legends. The islanders believe that, like Fatima, the spring is a gift from God. To the Greek Orthodox Church, it is a sign of a deadly evil foretold in apocalyptic texts. Alongside French and Chinese researchers--men who share their strange, blood-stained past--Mac and Yanni discover that the volcanic spring's undersea plumes release an exotic microbe that can transform life with astonishing speed. To find the source of the Volcanic spring, Mac and Yanni must find a way to neutralize "the Dragons of Revelation"--a fearsome aquatic species also known as "Kraken," which are preventing the scientists from exploring deep beneath the sea's surface. Mutating at an astonishing pace, the Kraken have evolved into a chillingly high alien intelligence. As the race to possess the "miracle" microbe heats up, tensions between geopolitics, religion, and ordinary scientists confronted with the unknown escalate into chaos. Mac and Yanni know all too well that one wrong choice can easily set in motion a biological chain reaction that will reach across the decades to enhance--or destroy--everything that lives"--Dust jacket.

Saint's blood

August 9, 2019
De Castell, Sebastien, author.
xviii, 587 pages ; 21 cm.
"How do you kill a Saint? Falcio, Kest, and Brasti are about to find out, because someone has figured out a way to do it and they've started with a friend. The Dukes were already looking for ways out of their agreement to put Aline on the throne, but with the Saints turning up dead, rumours are spreading that the Gods themselves oppose her ascension. Now churches are looking to protect themselves by bringing back the military orders of religious soldiers, assassins, and (especially) Inquisitors - a move that could turn the country into a theocracy. "--Provided by publisher.


August 9, 2019
Weis, Margaret, author.
478 pages : map, genealogical table ; 25 cm.
"Kate and Sophia and their dragon Dalgren form a desperate plan to free Phillip from prison. Thomas is crowned king and discovers a plot by King Ullr to invade Freya. And Henry is forced to flee to the Aligoes where he makes a discovery that could change the fortunes of his beleaguered nation."--Provided by publisher.


August 5, 2019
Woods, Stuart, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
309 pages ; 24 cm.
"Stone Barrington's crime-fighting adventures continue to lead him around the world in the latest from #1 New York Times-bestselling Stuart Woods"-- Provided by publisher.

Containment : a Sanctuary novel

July 30, 2019
Lix, Caryn, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
483 pages ; 22 cm
Kenzie and her friends learn that more aliens are headed to Earth, and it is up to them to stop the invasion at all costs.


July 25, 2019
Griffin, Paul, 1966- author.
227 pages ; 22 cm
Five teenagers from the elite Hartwell Academy are on their way back to New York from an end-of-summer camping trip in Idaho when they realize that something has gone wrong; one of them has become violently ill, and their private plane has apparently been hijacked and is headed in the wrong direction--and even if they can somehow break into the cockpit and manage to overpower the hijacker, they have no idea how to fly the plane, much less land it.

The lady in the Coppergate Tower

July 19, 2019
Allen, Nancy Campbell, 1969- author.
354 pages ; 22 cm.
"Proper romance"--Publisher's website.
"A steampunk Rapunzel"--Publisher's website.
Hazel Hughes finds romance and danger as she travels to Romania with her employer, Dr. Sam MacInnes, and her uncle, Count Petrescu, in an attempt to save her twin sister, who is slowly going mad inside the Coppergate Tower. Hazel and Sam must fight their way past vampires, clockwork beasts, and their own insecurities as they try to reach her sister in the impenetrable tower before time runs out.

The Ottoman secret

July 10, 2019
Khoury, Raymond, author.
[London] : Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2019.
562 pages ; 24 cm
"As a respected special investigator for the state police, Kamal Agha is committed to keeping the empire safe from threats inside and out. But these are dangerous times. Under the sultan's autocratic regime, no one is beyond suspicion. When a naked man covered in tattoos appears on the banks of the Seine and murders a passerby, Kamal is tasked with tracking him down. But asking too many questions can be a highly risky endeavour - especially when the mysterious man's trail leads Kamal to a secret buried deep in the empire's past, a secret that goes to the very core of the empire's success. A secret the sultan and his security services will do anything to silence. Kamal is forced to question his own loyalty when his own family attracts unwelcome attention from the security services. Soon, he has no choice but to flee. But on the run from the all-seeing organisation where he built his reputation, can he save himself and his family? And, if he does, what might that mean for the existence of the Empire itself? Its past, its present and its future..."--Publisher description.

The shameless

July 10, 2019
Atkins, Ace, author.
446 pages ; 24 cm
"Twenty years ago, Brandon Taylor was thought to be just another teen boy who ended his life too soon. That's what almost everyone in Tibbehah County, Mississippi, said after his body and hunting rifle were found in the Big Woods. Now two New York-based reporters show up asking Sheriff Quinn Colson questions about the Taylor case. What happened to the evidence? Where are the missing files? Who really killed Brandon? Quinn wants to help. After all, his wife Maggie was a close friend of Brandon Taylor. But Quinn was just a kid himself in 1997, and these days he's got more on his plate than twenty-year-old suspicious death. He's trying to shut down the criminal syndicate that's had a stranglehold on Tibbehah for years, trafficking drugs, stolen goods, and young women through the MidSouth. Truck stop madam Fannie Hathcock runs most of that action, and has her eyes on taking over the whole show. And then there's Senator Jimmy Vardaman, who's cut out the old political establishment, riding the Syndicate's money and power -- plus a hefty helping of racism and ignorance -- straight to the governor's office. If he manages to get elected, the Syndicate will be untouchable. Tibbehah will be lawless. Quinn's been fighting evil and corruption since he was a kid, at home or as a U.S. Army Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq. This time, evil may win out."--Page [4] of cover.

Sex, lies, and diamonds : a moonlight and magnolias novel

July 10, 2019
Calvert, Kris, author.
333 pages ; 20 cm.
"Everything's hotter in the South"--Cover.
"After eighteen months in the Mediterranean, newlyweds Polly and Leo Xanthus can barely keep their hands to themselves. The Greek isles have warmed their skin and hearts, but each longs for a life where they never have to hide from the mafia that forced them into seclusion. The Marcello crime family is on the brink of going under. With their revenue streams drying up and the feds ever-present on their tail, aging crime boss Alfonso Balivino looks to steal a diamond owned by his one-time boss, Kostas Xanthus to fund the family. Now, Polly and Leo will be forced to leave their unknown location and find their way home to New Orleans before the Marcello family murders again, forcing them and the ring on Polly's hand out of hiding. But the diamond is more than a stone. It's a puzzle. A password to something monumental. And when Polly and Leo discover it's the key to riches far greater than anyone could imagine, the race is on--not only to stay alive but to stop a heroin empire." - Amazon.

Sex, lies, and champagne : a moonlight and magnolias novel

July 10, 2019
Calvert, Kris, author.
349 pages ; 20 cm.
"Everything's hotter in the South"--Cover.
"FBI Agent and playboy, Tristan Bleu is in deep. Undercover for the last eighteen months, his assignment has been handed down personally from the Director of National Intelligence. Meeting with his contacts in the darkness of a global and elite, members-only sex club, Tristan pursues a dangerous Shadow Broker--a double agent selling U.S. weapon security codes to Russian intelligence. When Champagne magnate, Renè Lebleu reaches out to him, Tristan puts his duties on hold, flying to his birthplace in France to meet a man he's never seen--a father he's never known. Upon arrival Tristan is filled with suspicion, but his animosity, forged by years of abandonment and lies, is quickly put on notice by his father's trusted confidant and bold personal assistant, Henriette--Henry--Tribolet. Meeting his match in the gorgeous and intelligent Henry, Tristan finds it hard to keep up his typical and indifferent air. But Henry Tribolet sees straight through Tristan's steely indifference to the heart of the real man--a man with an enormous capacity to forgive. Caught in a web of lies, Tristan must defend his innocence from a malicious ploy crafted by enemies and insiders while chasing the threats of foreign adversaries across the globe. When Tristan discovers the true nature of the family he never knew, he'll fall deeper into the perilous world of International espionage than ever before--taking Henry with him. What begins with Champagne and trust, will end in deceit and murder"--Amazon.

Sophia princess among beasts

July 8, 2019
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
307 pages ; 25 cm
In a kingdom besieged by hunger, sickness, and war, Princess Sophia must do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves, even if it means she has to confront the beasts she thought only lived in her books.

The iron dragon's mother

July 8, 2019
Swanwick, Michael, author.
365 pages ; 22 cm
"Caitlin of House Sans Merci is the young half-human pilot of a sentient mechanical dragon. Returning from her first soul-stealing raid, she discovers an unwanted hitchhiker. When Caitlin is framed for the murder of her brother, to save herself she must disappear into Industrialized Faerie, looking for the one person who can clear her. Unfortunately, the stakes are higher than she knows. Her deeds will change her world forever."--Publisher description.

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