New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

January 17, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Worst fear

January 16, 2018
Hilton, Matt, 1966- author.
Sutton, Surrey : Severn House, 2017.
236 pages ; 23 cm
"When the body of Tess Grey's former university roommate is found on a rocky Maine beach, having fallen from the cliffs above, the initial verdict is suicide. But why would Chelsea Grace, who was terrified of heights, have chosen to end her life in a way that invoked her very worst fear? Tess determines to find out."--Publisher's description.

Colorado Boulevard

January 10, 2018
Sutton, Phoef, author.
Altadena, California : Prospect Park Books, [2017]
258 pages ; 21 cm.
"When K.C. Zerbe, the honorary brother (and roommate) of LA's toughest bodyguard/bouncer, Crush, is kidnapped, Crush springs into action. Unraveling the mystery takes him to Zerbe's estranged billionaire father, who's obsessed with building California's long-promised bullet train, as well as to Pasadena's famed Rose Parade along Colorado Boulevard. Along the way Crush has to revisit a traumatic event from his teenage years that's come back to haunt him. This third installment in the much-praised Crush series is full of action, suspense, humor, and mystery."-- Dust jacket.

Strong to the bone

January 8, 2018
Land, Jon, author.
364 pages ; 25 cm
Sequel to: Strong cold dead.
Fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong pursues a killer who eluded her grandfather more than half a century earlier, a case that reveals a conspiracy connecting a World War II-era Nazi POW camp and a modern-day neo-Nazi gang.

Moon hunt

January 3, 2018
Gear, W. Michael, author.
414 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
A Forge Book, published by Tom Doherty Associates - t.p. verso.
"A novel of North America's forgotten past"--Jacket.
"What happens when your god goes missing? The lord god of Cahokia has been spirited away to the Underworld and the empire teeters on the brink of disaster as clans fight for control. Night Shadow Star, the god's human sister, and Fire Cat, her warrior bodyguard, are the only two people who can bring him back. They descend into the Sacred Cave where monsters dwell, willing to sacrifice themselves to save their kingdom. What they find makes them question if that sacrifice is worth it"-- from


December 28, 2017
Kahler, A. R., author.
394 pages ; 22 cm
"The Runebinder chronicles"--Cover.
Three years have passed since magic destroyed the world. Those who remain struggle to survive the humanoid monsters called Howls roaming the streets. The Hunters fight back with steel and magic, doing their best to protect what remains of humanity. They have used their elemental magic to keep the Howls at bay, but it's never been enough to truly win the war. Humans are losing.

A darker sea : Master Commandant Putnam and the War of 1812 : a novel

December 22, 2017
Haley, James L., author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
384 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Chronicles the period leading up to the War of 1812 from the perspective of brig commander Bliven Putnam, who disrupts British merchant shipping before an encounter with an old nemesis leads to a reunion.

Heavy freight

December 19, 2017
Brouwer, Sigmund, 1959- author.
163 pages ; 18 cm
Sam hops on a freight train to seek out the dad who abandoned him when he was a baby.

Into the drowning deep

December 14, 2017
Grant, Mira, author.
New York : Orbit, 2017.
vii, 440 pages ; 24 cm
"Seven years ago Atagaris set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a "mockumentary" bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves"-- Provided by publisher.

The city of brass

December 13, 2017
Chakraborty, S. A., author.
532 pages : map ; 24 cm
"A brilliantly imagined historical fantasy in which a young con artist in eighteenth century Cairo discovers she's the last descendant of a powerful family of djinn healers. With the help of an outcast immortal warrior and a rebellious prince, she must claim her magical birthright in order to prevent a war that threatens to destroy the entire djinn kingdom. Perfect for fans of The Grace of Kings, The Golem and the Jinni, and The Queen of the Tearling"-- Provided by publisher.

Beyond the empire

December 13, 2017
Wagers, K. B., author.
New York : Orbit, 2017.
401 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes an excerpt from There before the chaos.
Gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place in the palace. Her sisters and parents have been murdered, and the Indranan Empire is reeling from both treasonous plots and foreign invasion. Now, on the run from enemies on all fronts, Hail prepares to fight a full-scale war for her throne and her people, even as she struggles with the immense weight of the legacy thrust upon her. With the aid of a motley crew of allies old and new, she must return home to face off with the same powerful enemies who killed her family and aim to destroy everything and everyone she loves. Untangling a legacy of lies and restoring peace to Indrana will require an empress's wrath and a gunrunner's justice.

Retribution rails

December 11, 2017
Bowman, Erin, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
374 pages : map ; 22 cm
Companion to Vengeance Road.
Ten years after the events of Vengeance Road, Reece Murphy, who has been forced to join the Rose Riders gang, must work with aspiring journalist Charlotte Vaughn to get free.

Nakiwulo and the circle of Shiva

December 11, 2017
Cholmondeley, Gregory, author.
[United States] : Cholmonco Books/Cholmonco, Inc., 2017.
331 pages ; 23 cm
"Nakiwulo Hayes is a 24-year-old online game designer living in New York. She accepts a job at a defense research facility in North Texas and soon learns that the characters she's been designing are far more real than she thought. Naki is suddenly thrust into a world of geniuses and mind-blowing technology where omnipresent artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and androids really exist and is drawn into a global conspiracy that threatens humanity"--Back cover.

The spark

December 8, 2017
Drake, David, 1945- author.
viii, 337 pages ; 25 cm
In a violent world in which civilization has fallen and monsters roam, a young hero will rise. In the time of the Ancients the universe was united--but that was so far in the past that not even memory remains, only the broken artifacts that a few Makers can reshape into their original uses. What survives is shattered into enclaves--some tiny, some ruined, some wild. Into the gaps between settlements, and onto the Road that connects all human reality and the reality that is not human and may never have been human, have crept monsters. Some creatures are men, twisted into inhuman evil; some of them are alien to Mankind-- And there are things which are hostile to all life, things which will raven and kill until they are stopped. A Leader has arisen, welding the scattered human settlements together in peace and safety and smashing the enemies of order with an iron fist. In his capital, Dun Add, the Leader provides law and justice. In the universe beyond, his Champions advance--and enforce--the return of civilization. Pal, a youth from the sticks, has come to Dun Add to become a Champion. Pal is a bit of a Maker, and in his rural home he's been able to think of himself as a warrior because he can wield the weapons of the Ancient civilization. Pal has no idea of what he's really getting into in Dun Add. On the other hand, the Leader and Dun Add have no real idea of what might be inside this hayseed with high hopes.

Jade city

December 7, 2017
Lee, Fonda, author.
498 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
"Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for -- and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion. Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon's bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation. When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone -- even foreigners -- wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones -- from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets -- and of Kekon itself. JADE CITY begins an epic tale of family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of jade and blood"-- Provided by publisher.

The caldera

December 6, 2017
Flanagan, John (John Anthony), author.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2017]
viii, 355, 59 pages ; illustrations : 24 cm
Includes a bonus short story.
In Hallasholm, Stig is contesting the annual Maktig competition to decide Skandia's greatest warrior. But a late-night knock on the door brings someone Stig never expected to see again, along with a request the Herons are hard-pressed to refuse: a rescue mission of epic proportions. Across the ocean, the southern city-state of Byzantos is plagued by a crew of pirates who've kidnapped the son of Empress Justina. Slipping out of Hallasholm under the cover of darkness, the brotherband sets sail to recover the boy from his kidnappers, heading south to the island of Santorillos where a near-impenetrable fortress stands atop a cliff, surrounded by a lagoon--a caldera--formed by the crater of a volcano. In this explosive seventh book in the action-packed Brotherband Chronicles, the Herons battle pirates amid stormy seas as the fate of an empire rests on their shoulders. -- Provided by publisher.

Don't know Jack

December 4, 2017
Capri, Diane.
New York : Post Hill Press, [2012]
297 pages ; 22 cm
"The hunt for Reacher series"--Cover.
It's been a while since we first met Lee Child's Jack Reacher in Killing Floor. Fifteen years and sixteen novels later, Reacher still lives off the grid, until trouble finds him, and then he does whatever it takes, much to the delight of readers and the dismay of villains. Now someone big is looking for him. Who? And why? Hunting Jack Reacher is a dangerous business, as FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar are about to find out. Otto and Gaspar are by-the-book hunters who know when to break the rules--Reacher is a stone cold killer and a wanted man. But whose side is he on? Only the secrets hidden in Margrave, Georgia will tell them.

The demon crown

December 1, 2017
Rollins, James, 1961- author.
xvi, 441 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
"Off the coast of Brazil, a team of scientists discovers a horror like no other, an island where all life has been eradicated, consumed, and possessed by a species beyond imagination. Before they can report their discovery, a mysterious agency attacks the group, killing them all, save one: an entomologist, an expert on venomous creatures, Professor Ken Matsui from Cornell University. Strangest of all, this inexplicable threat traces back to a terrifying secret buried a century ago beneath the National Mall: a cache of bones preserved in amber..."-- From the publisher.

Siege line

November 29, 2017
Cole, Myke, author.
354 pages ; 18 cm.
"For the dead, war never ends."--Cover.
The Gemini Cell took everything from Jim Schweitzer: his family, his career as a Navy SEAL, even his life. Hounded across the country, Schweitzer knows the only way he can ever stop running, the only way his son can ever be safe, is to take the fight to the enemy and annihilate the Cell once and for all. But the Cell won't be easily destroyed. Out of control and fighting a secret war with the government it once served, it has dispatched its shadowy Director to the far reaches of the subarctic in search of a secret magic that could tip the balance of power in its favor. Schweitzer must join with the elite warriors of both America and Canada in a desperate bid to get there first--and avert a disaster that could put the Cell in control.

Malice of crows

November 28, 2017
Bowen, Lila, author.
New York : Orbit, 2017.
344 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"The third novel in Lila Bowen's widely-acclaimed Shadow series. The Ranger known as Rhett has shut down a terrible enterprise running on the blood of magical folk, but failed to catch the dark alchemist behind it. And now the Shadow refuses to let him rest. Rhett must make the ultimate transformation if he has any hope of stopping the alchemist or fulfilling his destiny; he must become the leader of a new Rangers outpost. To save his friends, and the lives of countless others, he'll first have to lead them on a mission more dangerous than anything they've ever faced."--Provided by publisher.

Lone wolf

November 20, 2017
Muchamore, Robert, author.
327 pages ; 20 cm.
Fay has spent eighteen months locked up in a Secure Training Centre. Drug deals and rip-offs are the only things this teenager knows. Now she's back on the street, looking to settle old scores. CHERUB agents Ryan and Ning need Fay's knowledge to unearth a major drug importer. They're trained professionals with one essential advantage: even experienced criminals never suspect that children are spying on them. But Fay's made a lot of enemies and she's running out of time.

Jack and Joe

November 14, 2017
Capri, Diane, author.
[United States] : AugustBooks, [2015]
237 pages ; 21 cm.
"When FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar are sent to Fort Bird, North Carolina, to find Jack Reacher, powerful enemies with their back against the wall will stop at nothing to keep the secrets Reacher left behind." [back cover].

The tiger's prey : a novel of adventure

November 13, 2017
Smith, Wilbur A., author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
426 pages ; 24 cm
When his stepfather's gambling debts leave him a marked man, Francis Courtney flees to South Africa with revenge on his mind. His uncle, Tom Courtney, killed Francis's father. Christopher Courtney gave up a privileged position to become a fierce warrior, but his path led to violence and treachery. When the two Courtney men collide, the sins of the father will change the fate of a younger generation.

Typhoon fury

November 2, 2017
Cussler, Clive, author.
436 pages ; 24 cm.
As they hunt for a bunch of paintings worth a walloping half a billion dollars, Juan Cabrillo and the crew aboard the Oregon chance upon a much bigger problem. A Filipino rebel leader is not only using them to finance the insurgency but has discovered a drug developed yet never used by the Japanese during World War II that makes mega warriors of ordinary soldiers. Not so far-fetched given the revelations of Norman Ohler's recent Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich.

Children of the fleet

October 27, 2017
Card, Orson Scott, author.
304 pages ; 25 cm
Dabeet Ochoa is a very smart kid. He's top of his class in every school, but he doesn't think he has a chance at Fleet School, because he has no connections to the Fleet. But then Colonel Graff arrives at his school for an interview, and everything changes.

Gray Wolf Island

October 24, 2017
Neithercott, Tracey author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017]
327 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Rubys sister had one dying wish: that Ruby explore the infamous Gray Wolf Island and find the treasure long rumored to be buried there. Ruby sets off to find it, with only a poem, serving as a treasure map, to guide her and teams up with some local friends, touched by magic but hiding secrets.

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