New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

November 13, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Pendragon's heir

November 12, 2019
Bond, Lori, author.
318 pages ; 21 cm.
"Elaine Taylor has a stereotypical suburban life: a stay-at-home mom, an accountant dad, a normal start to her junior year of high school. Sure, sometimes images pop into Elaine's head--images that stay with her until she draws them--but that isn't weird. That's artistic inspiration. But it turns out her "artistic inspirations" predict the future, and Elaine's regular world falls apart. Having been identified as a powerful Seer and kidnapped from the school parking lot, Elaine finds herself trapped in a world of superheroes, secret government agencies, and terrorist groups. Now, instead of her typical suburban life, Elaine becomes the permanent house guest of the eccentric superhero Pendragon and his wife. Elaine's days are filled with robotic Knights of the Round Table, combat training, and honing her psychic skills. Still, since Elaine plans on surviving her new life, she'll do whatever it takes--even learn to fight in robotic armor and make friends with the too-hot for his own good spy assigned to her for her safety. And if she has to endure another kidnapping attempt? That isn't weird. That's the life of a superhero."--Provided by publisher.

The devil in paradise : Captain Putnam in Hawaii

November 7, 2019
Haley, James L., author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
414 pages ; 24 cm.
In this third volume of the Bliven Putnam Naval Adventure series, Captain Putnam returns, venturing into the Pacific to fight pirates in Malaya and match wits with the royals in Hawaii.

Final option

November 1, 2019
Cussler, Clive, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
390 pages ; 24 cm
When the CIA realizes the identities of three American spies in Brazil have been compromised, they turn to Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon to rescue the agents. What seems a routine operation turns out to be a trap designed by Juan Cabrillo's greatest enemy, a man driven by hate to seek the ultimate revenge. At the heart of the plot is a state-of-the-art ship that is identical to the Oregon: same weaponry, same technology, same ability to evade capture. The only thing it doesn't have is Cabrillo and his talented crew. But will they be enough to go up against the one ship that rivals their own? The crew of the Oregon must piece together a series of disturbing events, including the mysterious sinking of a nuclear attack submarine and the possible discovery of a WWI-era weapon that was thought to be lost in the jungles of Brazil, in the ultimate game of cat and mouse.

The memory thief

October 23, 2019
Mansy, Lauren, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Blink, [2019]
319 pages : map ; 22 cm
Map on liner papers.
Includes discussion questions.
When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, Etta Lark rejoins the rebel group she swore off years earlier.

The deserter : a novel

October 21, 2019
DeMille, Nelson, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
530 pages : color maps ; 24 cm
When Captain Kyle Mercer of the Army's elite Delta Force disappeared from his post in Afghanistan, a video released by his Taliban captors made international headlines. But circumstances were murky: Did Mercer desert before he was captured? Then a second video sent to Mercer's Army commanders leaves no doubt: the trained assassin and keeper of classified Army intelligence has willfully disappeared. When Mercer is spotted two years later in Caracas, Venezuela by an old army buddy, top military brass task Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor of the Criminal Investigation Division fly to Venezuela and bring Mercer back to America, dead or alive. Brodie knows this is a difficult mission, made more difficult by his new partner's inexperience and by his suspicion that Maggie Taylor is reporting to the CIA.

The fall

October 21, 2019
Nix, Garth.
New York : Lucas Books/Scholastic Inc., 2000.
195 pages ; 20 cm.
Tal has led a sheltered life in a mysterious castle of seven towers, but all that changes when danger strikes.


October 17, 2019
Nix, Garth.
London : HarperCollins Children's, 2008.
233 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published: New York: Scholastic, 2000.

The fandom rising

October 17, 2019
Day, Anna (Young adult fiction writer), author.
Frome, England : Chicken House, 2019.
277 pages ; 20 cm.
It's a year since Violet, Alice and Katie escaped from the dystopian world of The Gallows Dance Nate's been stuck in a coma ever since. Violet re-enters The Gallows Dance, determined to bring her brother home. After an argument that threatens to destroy their friendship, Alice stays behind. But when a rogue fan-fiction writer emerges online writing dark new chapters set in the world her friends are trapped in Alice is the only one with the power to save the story...

Return of the Temujai

October 17, 2019
Flanagan, John (John Anthony), author.
337 pages ; 24 cm.
"Companion to the bestselling Ranger's Apprentice."
"The Herons are home in Skandia, but the usually peaceful country is in danger. The Temujai--ruthless warriors from the Eastern Steppes--have never given up on their ambition to claim Skandia for their own...and now they're on the move. Hal and his crew will have to brave the treacherous icy river and rapids to stop them, no matter the cost"

High stakes

October 16, 2019
Dobbyn, John F., author.
310 pages ; 24 cm.
"An authentic Stradivarius violin turns up in Romania. A Stradivarius is rare enough, but this one is even more special. It is thought to hold the code disclosing the location of a treasure hidden in the fifteenth century. The violin is steeped in haunting mystique: it is believed to have been hidden by Vlad Dracula, whose historic tyranny led to the fabrication of the myth of vampirism. Russian, Chinese, and Romanian gangs centered in Boston want the code and all of them are hot on the trail. Violence is their language--brutality, their technique. And who is hired to see that the treasure lands in the rightful place? None other than Michael Knight with a little help from his senior law partner Lex Devlin and his crony, Billy Coyne, Boston's deputy district attorney. Michael uses the thin leverage of his knowledge about the violin to keep each of the three gang leaders at bay, while he follows the chain of historic clues from a violin shop in the Carpathian Mountains to a gangster-infested nightclub in Bucharest, to a university in Istanbul, and back to the gang headquarters of the three competing criminal organizations. Secrets from the past and present collide along the perilous shuttle between Boston and Romania. In the end, what is the righteous solution?"--Provided by publisher.


October 15, 2019
Woods, Stuart, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2019.
311 pages ; 24 cm
"Stone Barrington must trap a ruthless defector in this heart-stopping thriller from fan favorite Stuart Woods"-- Provided by publisher.

A dream so dark

October 10, 2019
McKinney, L. L. (Leatrice L.), author.
New York : Imprint, 2019.
404 pages ; 22 cm
Continues the dark adventures of Alice, whose efforts to save her Wonderland friends are complicated by a Nightmare-summoning poet's schemes to raise the dead.

Ghost fire

October 10, 2019
Smith, Wilbur A., author.
New York, New York : Zaffre, 2019.
409 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Inseparable since birth and growing up in India, Theo and Connie Courtney are torn apart by the tragic death of their parents. Theo, wracked with guilt, strikes a solitary path through life. Haunted by the spirits of lovers and family members, he is determined to atone for his mistakes. He seeks salvation in combat and conflict, joining the British in the war against the French and Indian army. Believing herself abandoned by her brother, and abused and brutalised by a series of corrupt guardians, Connie vows never to let any man own her. Instead, she uses her beauty to manipulate her way to France, where she is welcomed into high society. But Connie once again finds herself at the mercy of vicious men, whose appetite for war and glory lead her to the frontlines of the French battlefield in North America. As the siblings find their destinies converging once more, they realise that the vengeance and redemption they both desperately seek could cost them their lives."--Publisher description.

The brilliant dark

October 8, 2019
Beiko, S. M., author.
Toronto : ECW Press, [2019]
547 pages ; 21 cm
"It's been seven years since the Denizens, people with elemental powers, were unmasked, and seven years since Roan Harken and Eli Rathgar disappeared into the Brilliant Dark. Marked by Darklings and Death alike, Saskia is a mechanically minded Mundane, raised by Barton and Phae on daring stories about Roan Harken. But the world Roan left behind is in turmoil. The Darklings now hang in the sky as a threatening black moon, and with the order-maintaining Elemental Task Guard looking to get rid of all Denizens before they rebel, Saskia's only option is to go into the Brilliant Dark and bring Roan and Eli back. But nothing is ever that simple. The Brilliant Dark is the final, thrilling chapter in this series about gods, monsters, and the people who must decide if they're willing to pay the ultimate price to protect the family they found . . . in a world that may not be worthy of saving."-- Provided by publisher.

Exile from Eden, or, After the hole

October 4, 2019
Smith, Andrew (Andrew Anselmo), 1959- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2019]
358 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Grasshopper jungle.
Arek, having lived his sixteen years in a hole with his small family, sets out into a monster-filled world with his friend Mel to find his fathers and, perhaps, another human.

Lethal agent

October 4, 2019
Mills, Kyle, 1966- author.
370 pages ; 25 cm
"A toxic presidential election is underway in an America already badly weakened by internal divisions. While politicians focus entirely on maintaining their own power and privilege, ISIS kidnaps a brilliant French microbiologist and forces him to begin manufacturing anthrax. Slickly produced videos chronicling his progress and threatening an imminent attack are posted to the Internet, intensifying the hysteria gripping the US. ISIS recruits a Mexican drug cartel to smuggle the bioweapon across the border, but it?s really just a diversion. The terrorist organization needs to keep Mitch Rapp and Irene Kennedy distracted long enough to weaponize a deadly virus that they stumbled upon in Yemen. If they succeed, they?ll trigger a pandemic that could rewrite the world order. Rapp embarks on a mission to infiltrate the Mexican cartels and track down the ISIS leader who he failed to kill during their last confrontation. But with Washington?s political elite increasingly lined up against him, he knows he?ll be on his own."--Publisher description.


October 1, 2019
Salvatore, R. A., 1959- author.
xii, 380 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"Forgotten realms."
The daggers of Bregan D'Aerthe -- Every front -- Cultural boundaries -- The afflicted.
"Split between time and two worlds, Zaknafein had always been conflicted. That inner turmoil was magnified by his inferior position as a male dark elf in the matriarchal drow society. Only his status as one of the greatest warriors - as well as his friendship with the mercenary Jarlaxle - kept him sane. When he finally perished, he was content knowing he left behind a legacy as substantial as his son, Drizzt. Except ... someone isn't ready for Zaknafein to be dead. And now he's back, hundreds of years later, in a world he doesn't recognize. His son's companions are not the prideful - and bigoted - males the drow warrior was accustomed to in his previous life. Drizzt's circle includes dwarves, elves, and, perhaps worst of all, a human wife. Struggling to navigate this transformed new world, Zaknafein realizes that some things have not changed: the threat of demons and the machinations of a drow matron no longer content with her family's position in the ranks of Houses. Though he has been displaced in time, Zaknafein is still a warrior. And no matter what prejudices he must overcome, he knows he will do his duty and fight by Drizzt's side to stem the tide of darkness that threatens the Realms."--Provided by publisher.

Steel tide

September 30, 2019
Parker, Natalie C., author.
432 pages ; 22 cm
Caledonia may have lost her crew, and nearly died at the hand of a powerful foe, but she's been nursed back to health by a crew of former Bullets. Calling themselves the Blades, they escaped Aric Athair's clutches and now live a nomadic existence, ready to disappear at a moment's notice should trouble come their way. Caledonia wants to do more than just hide; she wants to find the Mors Navis and her beloved sisters. She wants to convince the Blades that fighting is their only option, that there has to be a life better than the one under Aric Athair's reign, and that finding the women of the Mors Navis is the first step to revolution. --Provided by publisher.

All the devils

September 30, 2019
Eisler, Barry, author.
352 pages ; 22 cm.
"Ten years ago, the daughter of Homeland Security Investigations agent B.D. Little vanished into thin air. So did seven other girls - the crimes all bearing the same signature characteristics. Now the disappearances have begun again. And Agent Little's efforts to investigate are being blocked by forces far above his pay grade. Desperate, he turns to Seattle sex-crimes detective Livia Lone, the most obsessive hunter of predators Little knows. Livia will need that obsessiveness, and a lot more. Because the two men Little is pursuing are fearsome. Both Special Forces veterans with a dozen tours in Iraq between them. Both sadists and serial rapists. And one, the congressman scion of the vice president of the United States - a man who will use all his power to protect his son's secrets and further his own ambitions. The conspirators have all the assets and all the angles. And every reason to believe they'll evade justice, as they always have before. They don't understand that for Livia Lone, justice is only a guideline. Revenge is the rule."--Provided by publisher.


September 24, 2019
Boehme, Jillian, author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2019.
318 pages ; 22 cm
"If Rain weren't a girl, she would be respected as a Neshu combat master. Instead, her gender dooms her to a colorless future. When an army of nomads invades her kingdom, and a draft forces every household to send one man to fight, Rain takes her chance to seize the life she wants. Knowing she'll be killed if she's discovered, Rain purchases powder made from dragon magic that enables her to disguise herself as a boy. Then she hurries to the war camps, where she excels in her training--and wrestles with the voice that has taken shape inside her head. The voice of a dragon she never truly believed existed. As war looms and Rain is enlisted into an elite, secret unit tasked with rescuing the High King, she begins to realize this dragon tincture may hold the key to her kingdom's victory. For the dragons that once guarded her land have slumbered for centuries ... and someone must awaken them to fight once more"--Amazon.

The fifth column

September 19, 2019
Gross, Andrew, 1952- author.
325 pages ; 24 cm
February, 1939. Europe teeters on the brink of war. In New York City, twenty-two thousand cheering Nazi supporters pack Madison Square Garden for a raucous, hate-filled rally. In a Hell's Kitchen bar, Charles Mossman is reeling from the loss of his job and the demise of his marriage when a group draped in Nazi flags barges in. Drunk, Charlie takes a swing at one with tragic results and a torrent of unintended consequences follows. Two years later. America is wrestling with whether to enter the growing war. Charles's estranged wife and six-year-old daughter, Emma, now live in a quiet brownstone in the German-speaking New York City neighborhood of Yorkville, where support for Hitler is common. Charles, just out of prison, struggles to put his life back together, while across the hall from his family, a kindly Swiss couple, Trudi and Willi Bauer, have taken a liking to Emma. But Charles begins to suspect that they might not be who they say they are. As the threat of war grows, and fears of a "fifth column"--German spies embedded into everyday life--are everywhere, Charles puts together that the seemingly amiable Bauers may be part of a sinister conspiracy. When Pearl Harbor is attacked and America can no longer sit on the sideline, that conspiracy turns into a deadly threat with Charles the only one who can see it and Emma, an innocent pawn.

The starlight claim

September 18, 2019
Wynne-Jones, Tim, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2019.
226 pages ; 24 cm
"Four months after his best friend, Dodge, disappeared near their families' camp in a boat accident, Nate is still haunted by nightmares. He'd been planning to make the treacherous trek to the remote campsite with a friend -- his first time in winter without his survival-savvy father. But when his friend gets grounded, Nate secretly decides to brave the trip solo in a journey that's half pilgrimage, half desperate hope he will find his missing friend when no one else could. What he doesn't expect to find is the door to the cabin flung open and the camp occupied by strangers: three men he's horrified to realize have escaped from a maximum-security prison. Snowed in by a blizzard and with no cell signal, Nate is confronted with troubling memories of Dodge and a stunning family secret, and realizes that his survival now depends on his wits as much as his wilderness skills. As things spiral out of control, Nate finds himself dealing with questions even bigger than who gets to leave the camp alive" --Provided by publisher.

The world on either side

September 17, 2019
Terrana, Diane, 1951- author.
Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Books Publishers, 2019.
276 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
"After the death of her boyfriend, sixteen-year old Valentine stops going to school, quits seeing her friends and, finally, won’t leave her bed. Desperate for her daughter to recover, Valentine’s mother takes her on a trek in Thailand. In the mountains north of Chiang Mai, Valentine finds a world she didn’t know existed, where houses are on stilts and elephants still roam wild. She learns about the Burmese civil war and the relentless violence against the Karen and Rohingya peoples. Then she meets Lin, a mysterious young elephant keeper tormented by his hidden past, and an orphaned elephant calf, pursued by violent poachers. Together, the three flee deep into the jungle, looking for refuge and redemption.

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.

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