New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

September 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Charmcaster

September 19, 2018
De Castell, Sebastien, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, Hachette Book Group, 2018.
415 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Shadowblack.
"Kellen's life as an outlaw spellslinger is about to get a lot worse. In Gitabria, a miraculous discovery draws spies from all over the continent willing to kill to get their hands on it. Swept up in the race for power, Kellen is forced to join the pursuit. But the invention holds a dark secret--one that could spark a war."-- Provided by publisher.

I do not trust you

September 18, 2018
Burns, Laura J., author.
New York : Wednesday Books, 2018.
313 pages ; 22 cm
Memphis "M" Engel is stubborn, graced with an almost absurd knowledge of long lost languages and cultures, and a heck of an opponent in a fight. Ashwin "Ash" Sood is a little too posh, a little too good looking, and has way too many secrets. He desperately wants the ancient map M inherited from her archaeologist father, believing it will lead him to a relic with the power to destroy the world. The two form an uneasy partnership, crisscrossing the globe in their search. But through it all, M can never be sure: Is she traveling with a friend or enemy?

Stowaway

September 14, 2018
Withers, Pam
Ontario, Canada: Dundurn, [2018]
200 pages ; 21 cm.
"When Owen's parents leave him on his own for a week, the sixteen-year-old gets bored and hatches a crazy idea: sneaking on to the yacht that's visiting the sleepy Pacific Coast island where he lives, and stowing away on an adventure! Once on board the vessel, though, Owen quickly finds out this is anything but innocent fun. The ship is packed with teenagers from Central America, and it looks like Owen has stumbled into a people-smuggling operation. The uninvited guest begins to feel like a closely watched prisoner. Complications pile up, and as things head from bad to worse, a haunting incident from Owen's past tightens its grip on him. There's only one way to break free and make his way home. Owen and the first mate, Arturo - a former street kid - must work together to commandeer the boat and win the trust of those on board. But who's friend and who's foe in the shifting tides? Both Owen and Arturo learn to redefine family and trust by the end of their adventure."--Provided by publisher.

And the ocean was our sky

September 10, 2018
Ness, Patrick, author.
©2018
158 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt. Led by the formidable, dangerous Captain Alexandra, they fight in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself. With their relentless Captain leading the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.

Timeless

September 10, 2018
Salvatore, R. A., 1959- author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
xiii, 382 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"Centuries ago, in the city of Menzoberranzan, the City of Spiders, the City of Drow, nestled deep in the unmerciful Underdark of Toril, a young weapon master earned a reputation far above his station or that of his poor house. The greater nobles watched him, and one matron, in particular, decided to take him as her own. She connived with rival great houses to secure her prize, but that prize was caught for her by another, who came to quite enjoy the weapon master. This was the beginning of the friendship between Zaknafein and Jarlaxle, and the coupling of Matron Malice and the weapon master who would sire Drizzt Do'Urden. R. A. Salvatore reveals the Underdark anew through the eyes of Zaknafein and Jarlaxle--an introduction to the darkness that offers a fresh view of the opportunities to be found in the shadows and an intriguing prelude to the intriguing escapes that lie ahead in the modern-day Forgotten Realms. Here, a father and his son are reunited and embark on adventures that parallel the trials of centuries long past as the friends of old are joined by Drizzt, Hero of the North, trained by Grandmaster Kane in the ways of the monk. But the scourge of the dangerous Lolth's ambitions remain, and demons have been foisted on the unwitting of the surface. The resulting chaos and war will prove to be the greatest challenge for all three"-- Provided by publisher.

Shadow tyrants

September 5, 2018
Cussler, Clive, author.
©2018
387 pages ; 24 cm
Nearly two thousand years ago, an Eastern emperor charged a small group with safeguarding a body of knowledge and secrets powerful enough to change the history of mankind. They went down in legend as the Nine Unknown Men--and now two rival factions of the descendants are fighting a mighty battle. Both sides think they are saving the world, but one of them is willing to use horrifying means to accomplish its goals. Now is up to Cabrillo and his team of expert operatives to stop both of them from the destructive path they're on, and save the earth from a dynasty of terror.

Thirst of steel

August 28, 2018
Kendig, Ronie, author.
©2018
459 pages ; 22 cm.
Tox Russell must complete his final mission before he can begin his life with Haven Cortes: retrieve the ancient sword of Goliath and destroy the Arrow & Flame Order. The AFO is determined to have the sword, and they are blackmailing part of the Wraith team to do it. Will Ram's secret be exposed before its ramifications tear the team apart?

Seafire

August 24, 2018
Parker, Natalie C., author.
New York : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.
374 pages ; 22 cm
After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet. But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all...or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

The thirty-one kings : Richard Hannay returns

August 24, 2018
Harris, Robert J., 1955-
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
212 pages ; 24 cm
June 1940. As German troops pour across France, the veteran soldier and adventurer Richard Hannay is called back into service. In Paris an individual, code-named 'Roland,' has disappeared and is assumed to be in the hands of Nazi agents. Only he knows the secret of the Thirty-One Kings, one upon which the future of Europe depends. Hannay is dispatched to Paris to find Roland before the Germans overrun the city. On a hazardous journey across the battlefields of France Hannay is joined by old friends and new allies as he confronts a ruthless foe who will stop at nothing to destroy him.

Bloody rose

August 21, 2018
Eames, Nicholas, author.
New York : Orbit, 2018.
546 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Girls just want to have fun."--Cover.
"A standalone adventure featuring a band of female mercenaries in the world of Kings of the Wyld from author Nicholas Eames. Live fast, die young. Tam Hashford has always dreamed of living through glory days of her own. With a renowned mercenary for a mother and an illustrious bard for a father, battles and adventure seem the only way to really live. So when she learns that the most revered mercenary crew in Grandual is in need of a bard, she grabs her lute and goes on tour. Led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam and her new band embark on a mission that will earn them everlasting fame -- or certain death"-- Provided by publisher.

The Red Fox Clan

August 20, 2018
Flanagan, John (John Anthony), author.
©2018
346 pages ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: Royal Ranger: A New Beginning.
"The mysterious Red Fox Clan, a group of anarchists all donning fox masks, have threatened Castle Araluen and question Princess Cassandra and Madelyn's succession to the throne. Will they succeed in unseating Cassandra and Madelyn and take the throne for themselves?"-- Provided by publisher.

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.

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