New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

August 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The pasha of cuisine : a novel

August 17, 2018
Ersin, Saygın, 1975- author.
New York : Arcade Publishing, 2018.
281 pages ; 24 cm

Ball lightning

August 16, 2018
Liu, Cixin, author.
©2018
384 pages ; 25 cm
Originally published in 2005 by Sichaun Science & Technology Press in Chengdu, China.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
When Chen's parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of this mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier. While Chen's quest for answers gives purpose to his lonely life, it also pits him against soldiers and scientists with motives of their own: a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry, and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his single-minded pursuit of knowledge.

Mysterium

August 16, 2018
Froderberg, Susan, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
271 pages : illustrations, map; 22 cm
"The story of a dangerous expedition up Mount Sarasvati in India that tests all of the climb's members"--Provided by publisher.

Magdalena Mountain : a novel

August 16, 2018
Pyle, Robert Michael, author.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, 2018.
388 pages ; 21 cm
At the center of this story of majesty and high mountain magic are three Magdalenas--Mary, a woman whose uncertain journey opens the book; Magdalena Mountain, shrouded in mystery and menace; and the all-black Magdalena alpine butterfly, the most elusive of several rare and beautiful species found on the mountain. And high in the Colorado Rocky Mountain wilderness, sharing the remote territory of the Erebia magdalena butterfly, lives the enigmatic Oberon, a reluctant de facto leader of the Grove, a diverse community of monks who share a devotion to nature. Converging in the same wilderness are October Carson, a beachcomber-wanderer in pursuit of the alpine butterflies he collects for museums; James Mead, a young graduate student intent upon learning the ecology of this seductive creature; and Mary Glanville, who also seeks the butterfly but can't remember why. While the mystery surrounding Mary takes a menacing turn, their shared quest pulls them deeper into the high mountain wilderness, culminating in a harrowing encounter on the stony slopes of Magdalena Mountain.

Avalanche

August 13, 2018
Lackey, Mercedes, writer, editor, creator.
Riverdale, NY : Baen, 2018.
685 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Baen Books original"--T.p. verso.
"Ultima Thule has been destroyed but not before destroying Metis. The Metisians that escaped the destruction of their secret city must find somewhere safe without getting snapped up by various world governments. Now attacks are happening all over the Earth. The heroes of ECHO and CCCP have to save the world but first, they have to save each other. And the avalanche has begun"--Provided by publisher.

Maiden voyage : a Titanic story

August 13, 2018
Jane, Sarah, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2018]
247 pages ; 21 cm
Isabella is shocked when her parents book her passage on the incredible Titanic and inform her that she'll be sailing by herself. She is given an envelope and told the contents will explain everything, but she is forbidden from opening it until the boat reaches the U.S. Lucille is worried over her mother's poor health, and her father is always distracted, never around. Left to her own devices, Lucille discovers some dangerous secrets that could tear her family apart. Abby is desperate. She's all her little brother has in the world, and her only hope is start a new life in New York. But the only way to do that is to smuggle her little brother aboard the Titanic and hope they can last the week without him getting caught.Three girls, three different classes on the ship, yet their pasts and futures are more intertwined than they know--and their lives are about to be forever changed over the course of the Titanic's maiden voyage. That is, if they don't all drown in secrets first.

Genius : the revolution

August 7, 2018
Gout, Leopoldo, author.
©2018
259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Serpentine

August 3, 2018
Hamilton, Laurell K., author.
New York : Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.
486 pages : color illustration ; 24 cm.
Illustrations on endpages.
A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita's fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it's the first trip she gets to take with just wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it's not all fun and games and bachelor parties... In this tropical paradise Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes. When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse--her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There's a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that's rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret--if she survives at all, that is...-- Provided by publisher.

Catwoman : Soulstealer

August 3, 2018
Maas, Sarah J., author.
©2018
360 pages ; 24 cm
"Selina Kyle's coming-of-age-story as she claws her way to the top of Gotham City's criminal underbelly and becomes Catwoman"--Provided by publisher.

Alternate routes

August 3, 2018
Powers, Tim, 1952- author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, [2018]
277 pages ; 24 cm
"Something weird is happening to the Los Angeles freeways--phantom cars, lanes from nowhere, and sometimes unmarked offramps that give glimpses of a desolate desert highway--and Sebastian Vickery, disgraced ex-Secret Service agent, is a driver for a covert supernatural-evasion car service. But another government agency is using and perhaps causing the freeway anomalies, and their chief is determined to have Vickery killed because of something he learned years ago at a halted Presidential motorcade. Reluctantly aided by Ingrid Castine, a member of that agency, and a homeless Mexican boy, and a woman who makes her living costumed as Supergirl on the sidewalk in front of the Chinese Theater, Vickery learns what legendary hell it is that the desert highway leads to--and when Castine deliberately drives into it to save him from capture, he must enter it himself to get her out. Alternate Routes is a fast-paced supernatural adventure story that sweeps from the sun-blinded streets and labyrinthine freeways of Los Angeles to a horrifying other world out of Greek mythology, and Vickery and Castine must learn to abandon old loyalties and learn loyalty to each other in order to survive as the world goes mad around them"-- Provided by publisher.

The point

July 31, 2018
Dixon, John, 1969- author.
New York : Del Rey, [2018]
308 pages ; 25 cm
"What if you had a power you had to hide from everyone--until now? A secret training program at West Point is turning misfits into a new generation of heroes. Welcome to The Point, future leaders of the Posthuman Age. New cadets, society is not ready for you. The oldest, fiercest fear is ignorance. The general population would burn you at the metaphysical stake. Here, you will train alongside other posthumans. You will learn to control and maximize your powers and to use them for the greater good. You will discover camaraderie and purpose. You will become a part of something bigger than yourselves: the Long Gray Line. Scarlett Winter has always been an outsider, and not only because she's a hardcore daredevil and born troublemaker--she has been hiding superhuman powers she doesn't yet understand. Now she's been recruited by a secret West Point unit for cadets with extraordinary abilities. Scarlett and her fellow students are learning to hone their skills, from telekinetic combat to running recon missions through strangers' dreamscapes. At The Point, Scarlett discovers that she may be the most powerful cadet of all. With the power to control pure energy, she's a human nuclear bomb--and she's not sure she can control her powers much longer. Even in this army of outsiders, Scarlett feels like a misfit all over again, but when a threat arises from the school's dark past that endangers her fellow students at The Point, duty calls and Scarlett must make a choice between being herself and becoming something even greater: a hero"-- Provided by publisher.

Four dominions

July 17, 2018
Lustbader, Eric, author.
New York : Forge, 2018.
367 pages ; 25 cm.
The end of days has been predicted for the last two thousand years. But now, without warning, it is upon us. Braverman 'Bravo' Shaw, member of a secret Franciscan splinter sect, has survived a battle as old as time itself: the battle between good and evil. Working with his once-blind sister, Emma, and his confessor, Fra Leoni, Bravo went to war with the Fallen, Lucifer's advance guard and emerged with The Book of Deathly Things-- Lucifer's first and last Testament. Now, back in New York, the book's secrets have revealed themselves to Emma. With the testament stolen by Bravo, Emma realizes the Fallen army will awaken fully. And come to claim what is theirs.

Mortal threat

July 17, 2018
Tata, A. J. (Anthony J.), 1959- author.
©2015
304 pages ; 23 cm
Medical school student Amanda Garrett and American doctors working secretly in Africa have found a cure for the Ebola and Human Immunodeficiency Viruses. Leaders of the Islamic State want the cure so they can show the world Islam is a benevolent religion that all Africans should follow.

Mystic dragon

July 16, 2018
Denzel, Jason.
New York, NY : Doherty Associates, 2018.
480 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Seven years have passed since lowborn Pomella AnDone became an unlikely Mystic’s apprentice. Though she has achieved much in a short time, as a rare celestial event approaches, Pomella feels the burden of being a Mystic more than ever. The Mystical realm of Fayün is threatening to overtake the mortal world, and as the two worlds slowly blend together, the land is thrown into chaos. People begin to vanish or are killed outright, and Mystics from across the world gather to protect them. Among them is Shevia, a haunted and brilliant prodigy whose mastery of the Myst is unlike anything Pomella has ever seen. --Jacket.

The brink of darkness

July 10, 2018
Giles, Jeff, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2018.
341 pages ; 24 cm
"X is determined to break the lords' hold on him once and for all, but being stripped of his power pushes him toward a darkness he's never experienced and a past he's never known. The secrets that surface could be the key to reuniting X and Zoe ... or they could mean the destruction of everything they have been fighting for"--Provided by publisher.

The supervillain and me

July 10, 2018
Banas, Danielle, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2018.
310 pages ; 22 cm
Abby Hamilton's older brother moonlights as a superhero, but she has no interest in following in his footsteps--until a "supervillain" called Iron Phantom saves her life and warns her that not everyone in the "hero" world is who they seem to be. Now, Abby's the one who'll need to leap into action and save the day.

Camp Valor

July 10, 2018
McEwen, Scott, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2018.
323 pages ; 21 cm
Fourteen-year-old Wyatt avoids a prison sentence by agreeing to spend three months in a secret government training camp for teenage agents, but when enemies try to root out Camp Valor's secrets, Wyatt and his friends have to put their training into practice to protect their country.

The price you pay : a novel

July 9, 2018
Truhen, Aidan, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
277 pages ; 22 cm
"In this audacious, lightning-paced thriller, a smart-mouthed, white-collar drug dealer--a hilariously irreverent antihero--seeks revenge when an unknown enemy takes out a contract on him. All is good in the life of Jack Price. His drug operation is the Amazon of cocaine trafficking, and no one can breach his complex security system. But then: his downstairs neighbor is professionally executed. That the murder is a sign for Jack becomes perfectly clear a few days later when he arrives home and is beaten to a bloody pulp by a squad of enforcers. Now revenge is on his mind, and he reaches out to his ex-Soviet associate. Unfortunately, she's just taken a gig with the Seven Demons, the most feared underground assassination squad in the world--and Jack is their next target. Anyone else would disappear as soon as they learned they were being targeted by the Seven Demons. But Jack Price cannot abide a betrayal. With the help of his contacts in a deep web network called Poltergeist, he fakes a getaway and begins scouting the Demons. He intends to take them out one by one."-- Provided by publisher.

Age of war

July 3, 2018
Sullivan, Michael J., 1961- author.
New York : Del Rey, [2018]
xiii, 420 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"What does it mean if the gods can be killed? The epic fantasy series that started with Age of Myth and Age of Swords continues. In Age of War, the battle between humankind and the cruel, god-like beings who once ruled them finally ignites. And it will be up to Persephone--the first woman to lead her tribe--to become the hero that the world needs"-- Provided by publisher.

A big ship at the edge of the universe

June 27, 2018
White, Alex (Novelist), author.
New York : Orbit, 2018.
473 pages ; 21 cm.
"Furious and fun, the first book in this bold, new science fiction adventure series follows a ragtag group of adventurers as they try to find a legendary ship that just might be the key to clearing their name and saving the universe"-- Provided by publisher.

Revenant gun

June 22, 2018
Lee, Yoon Ha, 1979- author.
Oxford, UK : Solaris, an imprint of Rebellion Publishing Ltd., 2018.
427 pages ; 20 cm.
"Shuos Jedao is awake... and nothing is as he remembers. He's a teenager, a cadet--a nobody--in the body of an old man; a general in command of an elite force. And he's the most feared, and reviled, man in the galaxy. Jedao carries orders from Hexarch Nirai Kujen to re-conquer the fractured pieces of the hexarchate. But he has no memory of ever being a soldier, let alone a general, and the Kel soldiers under his command hate him for a massacre he can't remember committing. Kujen's friendliness can't hide the fact that he's a tyrant. And what's worse, Jedao and Kujen are being hunted--by an enemy who knows more about Jedao than he does himself..."-- Back cover.

The unbinding of Mary Reade

June 20, 2018
McNamara, Miriam, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2018]
267 pages ; 22 cm
In 1719, seventeen-year-old Mary Reade, who has spent most of her life disguised as a boy, decides to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack.

The high climber of Dark Water Bay

June 20, 2018
Arden, Caroline (Writer of young adult fiction), author.
©2018
219 pages ; 23 cm
Orphaned in 1929 Lizzie, twelve, is sent to a Vancouver logging camp where the camp boss, a scoundrel, gives her a perilous job while seeking ransom from her absent uncle.

The thousand deaths of Ardor Benn

June 18, 2018
Whitesides, Tyler, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2018.
773 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Ardor Benn is no ordinary thief. Rakish, ambitious, and master of wildly complex heists, he styles himself a Ruse Artist Extraordinaire. When a priest hires him for the most daring ruse yet, Ardor knows he'll need more than quick wit and sleight of hand. Assembling a dream team of forgers, disguisers, schemers, and thieves, he sets out to steal from the most powerful king the realm has ever known. But it soon becomes clear there's more at stake than fame and glory -Ard and his team might just be the last hope for human civilization"-- Provided by publisher.

The legend of Greg

June 13, 2018
Rylander, Chris, author.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
337 pages ; 22 cm.
"Greg Belmont learns he's anything but ordinary when he discovers he's a real, live, fantastical dwarf and sets off on the adventure of a lifetime"-- Provided by publisher.

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