New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

July 26, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Tantric coconuts : a novel

July 25, 2014
Kincaid, Gregory D., 1957-
New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
292 pages ; 22 cm
"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets Life of Pi meets On the Road meets Travels with Charley in this quirky spiritual journey across the wild highways and byways of America"-- Provided by publisher.

Rescue mode

July 11, 2014
Bova, Ben, 1932-
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, 2014.
421 pages ; 25 cm
"The first human mission to Mars meets with near-disaster when a meteoroid strikes the spacecraft, almost destroying it. The ship is too far from Earth to simply turn around and return home. The eight-person crew must ride their crippled ship to Mars while they desperately struggle to survive. On Earth, powerful political forces that oppose human spaceflight try to use the accident as proof that sending humans into space is too dangerous to continue. The whole human space flight program hangs in the balance. And if the astronauts can't nurse their ship to Mars and back, the voyagers will become either the first Martian colonists--or the first humans to perish on another planet" -- from publisher's web site.

Nobody is ever missing

July 8, 2014
Lacey, Catherine, 1985-
New York : FSG Originals, 2014.
244 pages ; 19 cm
"The story of a young woman who takes a one-way flight to New Zealand, abruptly leaving her stable but unfulfilling life in Manhattan, hurtling herself into the unknown, testing fate by hitchhiking, tacitly being swept into the lives of strangers and sleeping in fields, forests or public parks"-- Provided by publisher.

The catch : a novel

July 7, 2014
Stevens, Taylor.
New York : Crown Publishers, 2014.
358 pages ; 25 cm.
Passing as a man while working at sea for a security company she discovers is part of a gunrunning operation, Vanessa Michael Munroe escapes a pirate attack and agrees to help find her crewmates only to discover that the hijackers were seeking the ship captain under her care.

Cut and thrust

July 3, 2014
Woods, Stuart.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
307 pages ; 24 cm
"A Stone Barrington novel"--Cover.
"Stone Barrington enters the cutthroat fray of politics in the exceptional new thriller from New York Times--bestselling author Stuart Woods. When Stone Barrington travels to Los Angeles for the biggest political convention of the year, he finds the scene quite shaken up: a dazzling newcomer-and close friend of Stone's-has given the delegates an unexpected choice, crucial alliances are made and broken behind closed doors, and it seems that more than one seat may be up for grabs. And amid the ambitious schemers and hangers-on are a few people who may use the chaotic events as cover for more sinister plans. In this milieu of glad-handing and backroom deals, only the canniest player can come out on top. and it will take all of Stone's discretion and powers of persuasion to arrange a desirable outcome"-- Provided by publisher.

Uncaged

July 3, 2014
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014]
407 pages ; 24 cm.
"When an animal rights action at a research lab goes wrong, a terrible secret is exposed, and Shay must find her brother Odin before the researchers at Singular Corp can silence both of them"-- Provided by publisher.

Spartans at the gates

June 27, 2014
Smith, Noble Mason, 1968-
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, [2014].
308 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"Thomas Dunne Books."
"The Peloponnesian War has begun. An army of merciless Spartan invaders have arrived at the gates of Plataea, bent on obliterating the city and its inhabitants. Plataea's oldest allies, the Athenians, are spread too thin in their own campaigns to send help. Cut off and alone, the Plataeans dig in behind their high walls for the coming siege, while the ruthless Spartans gather outside. On a rugged mountain road a young Plataean warrior named Nikias rides to Athens on an urgent quest. He carries with him a bag of ill-gotten gold, hoping to raise an army of mercenaries to help defend his city from the coming Spartan assault. But in the sprawling stronghold of Athens, Nikias encounters perils that prove to be more dangerous than those he has faced on the battlefield. Noble Smith's Spartans at the Gates is a thrilling action-adventure novel set during the war between the great powers of Ancient Greece"-- Provided by publisher.

Forty acres : a thriller

June 26, 2014
Smith, Dwayne.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
372 pages ; 24 cm
"A thriller about a Black society with a secret"-- Provided by publisher.

Artemis awakening

May 23, 2014
Lindskold, Jane M.
New York : Tor, 2014.
304 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"The distant world Artemis is a pleasure planet created out of bare rock by a technologically advanced human empire that provided its richest citizens with a veritable Eden to play in. All tech was concealed and the animals (and the humans brought to live there) were bioengineered to help the guests enjoy their stay. But the Empire was shattered in a horrific war; centuries later humanity has lost much of their advanced technology, and Artemis is a fable told to children. Until young archeologist Griffin Dane finds intriguing hints that send him on a quest to find the lost world. Stranded on Artemis after crashing his ship, he encounters the Huntress Adara and her psych-linked companion, the puma Sand Shadow. Their journey with her will lead Dane to discover the planet's secrets...and perhaps provide a key to give unimagined power back to mankind" -- From publisher's web site.

Point of direction : a novel

May 16, 2014
Weaver, Rachel, 1974-
Brooklyn, NY : Ig Publishing, [2014]
233 pages ; 21 cm
"An ABA Indies Introduce Pick! Hitchhiking her way through Alaska, a young woman named Anna is picked up by Kyle, a fisherman. Anna and Kyle quickly fall for one another, as they are both adventurous, fiercely independent, and in love with the raw beauty and solitude of Alaska. To cement their relationship, they agree to become caretakers of a remote lighthouse perched on a small rock in the middle of the deep channel-a place that has been uninhabited since the last caretaker mysteriously disappeared two decades ago. What seems the perfect adventure for these two quickly unravels, as an uncertain danger lurking in the surrounding waters, as well as painful secrets from their pasts, threatens to end their relationship. and maybe even their lives! A psychological thriller set against the cold, rugged landscape of coastal Alaska, Point of Direction is an exquisite and striking literary debut. "-- Provided by publisher.

The chronicle of Secret Riven

May 15, 2014
Domingue, Ronlyn.
New York : Atria Books, [2014].
385 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: The Mapmaker's War, 2013.
"An uncanny child born to brilliant parents, befriended by a prince, mentored by a wise woman, pursued by a powerful man, Secret Riven has no idea what destiny will demand of her or the courage she must have to confront it in the breathtakingly epic, genre-spanning sequel to The Mapmaker's War"-- Provided by publisher.

Ghost ship : a novel from the NUMA files

May 14, 2014
Cussler, Clive.
New York : Putnam Adult, 2014.
440 pages ; 24 cm.
"The tenth entry in the NUMA Files series, by the author of ZERO HOUR and THE STORM"-- Provided by publisher.

The year she left us : a novel

May 13, 2014
Ma, Kathryn.
New York : Harper, 2014.
pages cm

Sniper's honor : a Bob Lee Swagger novel

May 12, 2014
Hunter, Stephen, 1946-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
416 pages ; 25 cm.
"Bob Lee Swagger is in love--with a woman who died 70 years ago. Ludmilla "Mili" Petrova was a great Russian sniper in World War II until she disappeared on a mission and was virtually erased from history. When Kathy Reilly of the Washington Post encounters a brief mention of Petrova in an old Russian propaganda magazine, she begins building a story around the legendary female sniper, who was once dubbed Die Weisse Hexe--The White Witch--and lauded by enemies and comrades alike. Mili's luxurious blonde hair and statuesque figure belied her fierce resolve to avenge the deaths of her husband and family by joining Stalin's Army and using her sharpshooting expertise to defeat Hitler's organization--ideally from the top down. There is very little on record for Reilly to mine for her profile, which only makes her want to dig deeper, enlisting her friend and former marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger to parse out the scarce details of Mili's astonishing military service. The more Swagger learns about the circumstances of Mili's last mission, the more he reveres the beautiful Russian heroine and longs to have known a fellow sniper with such courage and skill. And the more he believes her disappearance was no accident, and that Mili Petrova, while an essential player in Stalin's master plan, was merely a pawn in some larger conspiracy. But why would the Russian government go to such great lengths to erase one of their own decorated, legendary soldiers from history? And why, when Swagger joins Kathy Reilly on a research trip to the Carpathian Mountains, is someone trying to kill them for what they might find?"-- Provided by publisher.

Authority

May 2, 2014
VanderMeer, Jeff.
New York : FSG Originals, 2014.
341 pages ; 19 cm.
"A novel"--Cover.
"In the second volume of the Southern Reach Trilogy, questions are answered, stakes are raised, and mysteries are deepened. In Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer introduced Area X--a remote and lush terrain mysteriously sequestered from civilization. This was the first volume of a projected trilogy; well in advance of publication, translation rights had already sold around the world and a major movie deal had been struck. Just months later, Authority, the second volume, is here. For thirty years, the only human engagement with Area X has taken the form of a series of expeditions monitored by a secret agency called the Southern Reach. After the disastrous twelfth expedition chronicled in Annihilation, the Southern Reach is in disarray, and John Rodriguez, aka "Control," is the team's newly appointed head. From a series of interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and hours of profoundly troubling video footage, the secrets of Area X begin to reveal themselves--and what they expose pushes Control to confront disturbing truths about both himself and the agency he's promised to serve. And the consequences will spread much further than that. The Southern Reach trilogy will conclude in fall 2014 with Acceptance"-- Provided by publisher.

The three emperors : an Ethan Gage adventure

May 2, 2014
Dietrich, William, 1951- author.
New York : Harper, [2014]
373 pages : map ; 24 cm

Young God

May 2, 2014
Morris, Katherine Faw, 1983-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
195 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"A spare, stylized outlaw tale of a thirteen-year-old girl in Appalachia who takes over her father's drug dealing business - and an explosion of the rules of literary regionalism and moral convention, pitched as WINTER'S BONE meets Kill Bill"-- Provided by publisher.

The silk map

April 30, 2014
Willrich, Chris, 1967-
Amherst, New York : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books [2014]
445 pages : map ; 23 cm
"A Gaunt and Bone novel"--Title page.
"The stories of a pair of fantasy adventurers who've dared the impossible quest of forging a happy life together. Gaunt and Bone are an unusual heroic team in an atypical fantasy landscape, motivated less by a desire to battle evil or by greed but out of very personal motivations, devotion to each other, and a desire to rescue a lost son"-- Provided by publisher.

The furies : a thriller

April 18, 2014
Alpert, Mark, 1961-
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, [2014].
312 pages ; 24 cm.
"For centuries, they have lived among us. When they were discovered, they were called witches, vampires, or devils and sentenced to a quick death. They are human just like us, except for a rare genetic quirk that has granted them immortality. Now, a chance encounter with a beautiful woman has led John Rogers into the middle of a secret war between the immortals. She needs his help in the battle between a rebellious group and their elders. The grand prize in this war is eternal life. The Furies weaves cutting-edge science into a far-ranging thriller, showing how a simple genetic twist could have inspired tales of witchcraft and sorcery, and how the paranormal could be possible"-- Provided by publisher.

Transformers classified : the complete mission

April 17, 2014
Windham, Ryder.
New York : Little, Brown, 2014.
471 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
"3 books in 1"--Cover.
Book one : Switching gears -- Book two : Battle mountain -- Book three : Satellite of doom.
"When Kevin Bowman stumbles upon two giant robots battling in the dust of the Nevada desert, he gets swept up into the adventure of a lifetime. Along with his new friends, the Autobots, the twelve year-old looks for answers regarding his older brother's disappearance and uncovers a secret program that sends satellites to track incoming Cybertronians. But is the operation meant to protect Earth or aid in a Deception invasion? Can Kevin save his family and the planet?"--P. [4] of cover.

Saucer. Savage planet

March 26, 2014
Coonts, Stephen, 1946-
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
336 pages ; 21 cm.
"Aliens are coming! A year after young engineering student Rip Cantrell discovered the first flying saucer buried deep in the sands of the Sahara, another saucer is brought up from the bottom of the Atlantic. The recovery is funded by a pharmaceutical executive who believes that the saucer holds the key to an anti-aging drug formula that space travelers would need to voyage between galaxies. But one of his technicians, Adam Solo, an alien marooned on Earth for a thousand years, steals the saucer, hoping to summon a starship to rescue him. Unfortunately, the stolen saucer has damaged communications gear. Solo goes to Rip Cantrell and his partner, ex-Air Force test pilot Charlotte 'Charley' Pine, and Rip's uncle Egg, for help in summoning a starship. Meanwhile, as a terrified world fearful of space invaders approaches meltdown, big pharma moguls and their thugs are hot on the trail of the foursome. In a world turned upside down, it may be the arriving aliens who offer limitless possibilities. Rip and Charley face an incredible decision: Do they dare leave the safety of earth to travel into the great wilderness of the universe? Full of UFO's, futuristic technology, edge-of-your-seat flying scenes and unforgettable characters, human and otherwise, Stephen Coonts' Savage Planet is classic storytelling at its best. and pure, unadulterated fun"-- Provided by publisher.

Roosevelt's beast : a novel

March 20, 2014
Bayard, Louis.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2014].
299 pages : map, genealogical table ; 25 cm
"A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt's ill-fated 1914 Amazon expedition--a psychological twist on the smart historical thriller that first put Louis Bayard on the map. 1914. Brazil's Rio da Dúvida, the River of Doubt. Plagued by hunger and suffering the lingering effects of malaria, Theodore Roosevelt, his son Kermit, and the other members of the now-ravaged Roosevelt-Rondon scientific expedition are traveling deeper and deeper into the jungle. When Kermit and Teddy are kidnapped by a never-before-seen Amazonian tribe, the great hunters are asked one thing in exchange for their freedom: find and kill a beast that leaves no tracks and that no member of the tribe has ever seen. But what are the origins of this beast, and how do they escape its brutal wrath? Roosevelt's Beast is a story of the impossible things that become possible when civilization is miles away, when the mind plays tricks on itself, and when old family secrets refuse to stay buried. With his characteristically rich storytelling and a touch of old-fashioned horror, the bestselling and critically acclaimed Louis Bayard turns the story of the well-known Roosevelt-Rondon expedition on its head and dares to ask: Are the beasts among us more frightening than the beasts within?" -- from publisher's web site.

Apocalypse

March 13, 2014
Crawford, Dean.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014].
406 pages ; 24 cm
"This is where the end begins"--Jacket.
"A Touchstone book."

Bracelet of bones

March 10, 2014
Crossley-Holland, Kevin, author.
©2011
313 pages : map ; 21 cm.

Blood and iron

March 10, 2014
Sprunk, Jon, 1970-
Amherst, NY : Pyr, 2014.
427 pages ; 23 cm
"Horace, a soldier from the west, had joined the Great Crusade against the heathens of Akeshia after the deaths of his wife and son from plague. When he washes ashore, he finds himself at the mercy of the very people he was sent to kill, who speak a language and have a culture and customs he doesn't even begin to understand. Not long after, Horace is pressed into service as a house slave. But this doesn't last. The Akeshians discover that Horace was a latent sorcerer, and he is catapulted from the chains of a slave to the halls of power in the queen's court. Together with Jirom, an ex-mercenary and gladiator, and Alyra, a spy in the court, he will seek a path to free himself and the empire's caste of slaves from a system where every man and woman must pay the price of blood or iron. Before the end, Horace will have paid dearly in both"-- Provided by publisher.

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