New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

July 11, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.
©2019
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.
©2018
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.
©2018
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.
©2019
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.

Alex Rider, secret weapon : seven untold adventures from the life of a teenaged spy

June 28, 2019
Horowitz, Anthony, 1955- author.
©2019
329 pages ; 22 cm.
Alex in Afghanistan -- The man with eleven fingers -- Secret weapon -- High tension -- Tea with Smithers -- Christmas at gunpoint -- Spy trap.
"A short story collection that expands the universe of teen spy Alex Rider from author Anthony Horowitz"--Provided by publisher.

Alpha and omega

June 26, 2019
Turtledove, Harry, author.
©2019
467 pages ; 25 cm
"What would happen if the ancient prophecy of the End of Days came true? It is certainly the last thing Eric Katz--a secular archeologist from Los Angeles--expects to discover during what should be a routine dig in Jerusalem. But perhaps higher forces have something else in mind. For when a sign presaging the rising of the Third Temple is located in America and a dirty bomb is detonated in downtown Tel Aviv, events conspire to place a team of archaeologists in the tunnels deep under the Temple Mount. And there, Eric is witness to a discovery of such monumental proportions that nothing will ever be the same again"-- Provided by publisher.

Marah Chase and the conqueror's tomb

June 25, 2019
Stringer, Jay, author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2019.
307 pages ; 24 cm
"Once a rising star in the field of archaeology, Marah Chase is now a black-market treasure hunter, her services available to the highest bidder. But when she's caught "rescuing" relics in Syria before they're destroyed by war, an MI6 officer named Joanna Mason approaches her with an offer she can't refuse: help save the world or rot in prison. All Chase has to do is find Alexander the Great's lost tomb, recover an ancient weapon of mass destruction he may have used to conquer the earth, and destroy it before the bad guys can get it. Among those adversaries are a powerful church that believes in a forgotten epoch of advanced alien technology, the white supremacist thugs in its employ, and the rival archaeologist who recently left Chase for dead. Chase can't resist a challenge--or the British spy recruiting her. There's just one problem. If Chase has any hope of unearthing Alexander's tomb before the forces hot on her heels do, she'll need the help of the one person she's been afraid to see since her fall from grace: Zoe Forrester, the heir to a hidden journal that holds the key--and Chase's ex-girlfriend" -- Dust jacket.

River of night

June 25, 2019
Ringo, John, 1963- author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen, 2019.
362 pages ; 24 cm
"Late of the Bank of the Americas where Tom Smith used to be the global managing director for Security, he and his fellow survivors watched New York City burn. His plan to the save New York long enough to find a cure for the zombie virus hadn't survived the bloody scrimmage between angry cops, cunning gangsters, and rapacious City officials. Now only millions of infected humans, driven mad by the high infectious tailored rabies virus, inhabited the city. But Tom and some trusted allies were able to stay one step ahead and escaped offshore. Now they're holed up in a safe house in coastal Virginia and it's time to breakout. Between him and his objective, one of the bank's prepared evacuation camps in the Cumberland Valley, are hundreds of miles of clogged roads, burnt-out towns and howling mobs of infected humans who know only hunger. He must corral his motley team, complete with middle-schoolers, to navigate the treacherous landscape. And yet he feels his odds are good. But there's always someone smarter. And they like things just the way they are."--Provided by publisher.

Island of magical creatures

June 24, 2019
West, Tracey, 1965- author.
©2019
120 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"NETFLIX a Netflix original series"--Page 1 of cover.
"Her mission is to protect Etheria. But she can't do it alone. After the battle of Bright Moon, the Horde army has retreated. But Adora knows they'll soon be back. Now the Princess Council is searching for a way to make the Rebellion stronger. Then they discover a First Ones mural that shows an island full of animals with magical powers. Are these magical creatures real― and will they help the Rebellion? Adora and her friends set out on a quest to investigate. But they aren't the only ones on Etheria looking to strengthen their cause ..."-- Amazon.

After the fall

June 21, 2019
Myers, E. C. (Eugene C.), 1978- author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2019]
295 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title: RWBY.
A year after the destruction of Beacon Academy, Team CFVY answers a distress call and are forced to relive their former battles, from both the fall of Beacon and from everything that came before.

Star path

June 20, 2019
Gear, W. Michael, author.
©2019
457 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Cahokia recovers from a year of chaos following a near civil war and the god incarnate, Morning Star, has declared that his human sister Night Shadow Star and her slave Fire Cat must make a dangerous journey to far off Cofitachequi. For an old threat has arisen on the other side of the great eastern mountains - their brother, Walking Smoke, a madman who is convinced that he is the true deity destined to rule Cahokia.

The warrior maiden

June 7, 2019
Dickerson, Melanie, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2019]
314 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a fresh reimagining of the classic Mulan tale. Mulan isn't afraid to pretend to be a son and assume her father's soldier duties in war. But what happens when the handsome son of a duke discovers her secret? Mulan is trying to resign herself to marrying the village butcher for the good of her family, but her adventurous spirit just can't stand the thought. At the last minute, she pretends to be the son her father never had, assumes his duties as a soldier, and rides off to join the fight to protect the castle of her liege lord's ally from the besieging Teutonic Knights. Wolfgang and his brother Steffan leave Hagenheim with several other soldiers to help their father's ally in Poland. When they arrive, Wolfgang is exasperated by the young soldier Mikolai who seems to either always be one step away from disaster . . . or showing Wolfgang up in embarrassing ways. When Wolfgang discovers his former rival and reluctant friend Mikolai is actually a girl, he is determined to protect her. But battle is a dangerous place where anything can happen--and usually does. When Mulan receives word that her mother has been accused of practicing witchcraft through her healing herbs and skills, Mulan's only thought is of defending her. Will she be able to trust Wolfgang to help? Or will sacrificing her own life be the only way to save her mother?"-- Provided by publisher.

The beholder

June 6, 2019
Bright, Anna, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
429 pages ; 22 cm
After a public humiliation, Selah sets sail across the Atlantic in order to find a life partner among the European royal houses who can help secure the future of her Potomac people, a journey that sees her interacting with figures from legend and mythology.

The oracle

June 5, 2019
Cussler, Clive, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
399 pages ; 24 cm
"The husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team of Sam and Remi Fargo return in a new adventure as they search for an ancient scroll--which carries a deadly curse--in this thrilling addition to Clive Cussler's bestselling series. In 533 A.D., the last Vandal ruler in North Africa consults an oracle on how to defeat the invading Byzantine army. The oracle tells the king that a high priestess cast a curse upon the Vandal Kingdom after a sacred scroll was stolen. In order to lift the curse, the scroll must be returned to its rightful home. But the kingdom falls before the scroll is found, leaving its location a great mystery. until a current day archeological dig, funded by Sam and Remi Fargo, uncovers some vital clues. The search for the ancient scroll is put on hold when the Fargos learn that a shipment of supplies intended for their charitable foundation's school has been stolen, and they travel to Nigeria to deliver new supplies themselves. But their mission becomes infinitely more complicated when they run afoul of a band of robbers. The group takes Remi and several students hostage, and there are signs that the kidnapping is related to the missing scroll. The Fargos need all their skills to save the lives of the young girls at the school before they uncover the hidden treasure. and lift the deadly curse"-- Provided by publisher.

When we were lost

May 30, 2019
Wignall, Kevin, author.
London : Little, Brown , 2019.
306 pages ; 24 cm
When a plane bound for Costa Rica crashes in deep jungle, the tail section breaks free and nineteen teenagers miraculously survive. Joel Aspinall, son of a local politician and student rep on the school's council, is quick to take on the mantle of leadership, to organize everyone until a rescue party arrives. But the plane was crashed on purpose, no one knows where they are and no rescuers are coming. To make things worse, Joel's decisions lead to more people dying, and he's determined to wait it out. Tom Calloway didn't want to be on this trip. Tom doesn't want to bond with his classmates--he isn't the bonding type. He'd rather they just left him alone, and he's always been unfriendly enough that they've been happy to oblige. But that was before the crash. Now he finds himself building the friendships he's always tried to avoid. And despite his determined efforts to be left alone, he begins to see that he might be the one to challenge Joel and pull off another miracle, by getting all the survivors to safety.

Duel at Araluen

May 29, 2019
Flanagan, John (John Anthony), author.
©2018
314 pages ; 24 cm.
Maddie, Will Treaty's fearless young apprentice, aided by Hal, Thorn, and the rest of the Heron Brotherband, tries to rescue her mother, Princess Cassandra, who is trapped in Castle Araluen.

Much ado about Lewrie : an Alan Lewrie naval adventure

May 23, 2019
Lambdin, Dewey, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Lewrie loses his ship and his command when he receives news that Vigilance must return to England to be decommissioned and turned over to the dockyards for a complete refit. Lewrie is grounded, put on half-pay, and his crew disperses to look for new positions. It's late Autumn, and being ashore is heavenly, after a time. Lewrie spends time with his wife Jessica, helps his son Hugh find a new ship, and happily marries off Charlotte. Life onshore is quiet until Lewrie finds himself once again in the headlines of the city papers after discovering a dognapping gang and uncovering stolen Bisquits and Rembrants. The headlines should be positive, but soon the tides turn against Lewrie once again. There's never a dull moment for Lewrie. 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 midshipmen to captain of his own ship and, though on somewhat dubious grounds, a baronetcy.

White Peak

May 17, 2019
Frost, Ronan, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
325 pages ; 22 cm
Greg Rask, a dying tech billionaire, has invested millions chasing miracle cures. None of them are worth a damn, but he refuses to give up. Now, he's gathering a team willing to go to the ends of the earth chasing life. Each of Rask's crew has beaten incredible odds to rise from the ashes of their old lives to where they are now. Together, their next task is to retrieve a painting that is believed to hide a map which, if genuine, marks it as a treasure of the Ahnenerbe, the occult wing of the SS, who had devoted dozens of expeditions in search of the three cintamani stones for their combined properties, and the lost city where they were rumored to lay hidden: Shambhala. But a mystical brotherhood sworn to protect the secrets of the ancients―the same secrets that allow its members to defy death―will stop at nothing to ensure that Rask's crew fail.

Tom Clancy's Op-Center. Sting of the wasp

May 16, 2019
Rovin, Jeff, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2019.
345 pages ; 21 cm
"Featuring new rapid crisis team"--Cover.
"After an intelligence failure at Op-Center results in a major terrorist attack, director Chase Williams radically transforms the agency into a ground-breaking new mobile strike force."-- Provided by publisher.

The candle and the flame

May 10, 2019
Azad, Nafiza, author.
℗2019
391 pages ; 22 cm
Fatima lives in the city of Noor, on the Silk Road, which is currently protected by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, from attacks by the violent and ruthless Shayateen djinn--but Fatima was infused with the fire of the Ifrit who died saving her when she was four years old, and when one of the most important Ifrit dies she finds herself drawn into the intrigues of the court, the affairs of the djinn, and the very real dangers of a magical battlefield.

Aurora rising

May 6, 2019
Kaufman, Amie, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]
470 pages ; 22 cm.
Told in separate voices, eighteen-year-old Tyler Jones, top graduate of Aurora Academy, and a group of misfits and troublemakers embark on their first mission with Auri, a stowaway from the distant past.

Dark Shores

May 3, 2019
Jensen, Danielle L., author.
New York : Tor Teen, A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2019.
368 pages ; 22 cm
In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West. Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people's mandate so her friend might escape―a choice with devastating consequences. Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his family, but even they don't know the truth he's been hiding since childhood. It's a secret he'll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him – and the world. When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana's crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely―and unwilling―alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.

King of fools

April 30, 2019
Foody, Amanda, author.
©2019
599 pages : map ; 24 cm.
With bounties on their heads, Enne continues to play the role of both a lady and a street lord, while Levi begins a relationship with the son of a member of the Mafia.

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