New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

July 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Beautiful animals : a novel

July 20, 2017
Osborne, Lawrence, 1958- author.
New York : Hogarth, 2017.
287 pages ; 22 cm
"On a summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, two girls make a startling discovery: a young Arab man washed up on shore, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging against across the sea. When a simple plan to help the stranger goes horrifically wrong, all must face the consequences they have set in motion"--Provided by publisher.

China strike : an ICE thriller

July 19, 2017
Rees, Matt, 1967- author.
New York, NY : Crooked Lane Books, 2017.
278 pages ; 24 cm
Confronted with the mystery of thousands of simultaneous car crashes worldwide, ICE Special Agent Dominic Verrazzano must race against time to identify the cybercriminal responsible when Verrazzano determines that a much larger terrorist attack is imminent.

What goes up

July 18, 2017
Kennedy, Katie, 1963- author.
©2017
327 pages ; 22 cm
Teenagers Rosa and Eddie, trainees in a top-secret space exploration and research program, must thwart the aliens' Earth-destroying mission by stealing their spacecraft and traveling extra-dimensionally to an alternate Earth.

Hook's tale : being the account of an unjustly villainized pirate written by himself

July 17, 2017
Pielmeier, John, author.
New York : Scribner, 2017.
275 pages ; 24 cm
"A rollicking debut novel from award-winning playwright and screenwriter John Pielmeier reimagines the childhood of the much maligned Captain Hook: his quest for buried treasure, his friendship with Peter Pan, and the story behind the swashbuckling world of Neverland. Long defamed as a vicious pirate, Captain James Cook (a.k.a Hook) was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining, and entirely truthful memoir. His chronicle offers a counter narrative to the works of J.M. Barrie, a "dour Scotsman" whose spurious accounts got it all wrong. Now, award-winning playwright John Pielmeier is proud to present this crucial historic artifact in its entirety for the first time. Cook's story begins in London, where he lives with his widowed mother. At thirteen, he runs away from home, but is kidnapped and pressed into naval service as an unlikely cabin boy. Soon he discovers a treasure map that leads to a mysterious archipelago called the "Never-Isles" from which there appears to be no escape. In the course of his adventures he meets the pirates Smee and Starkey, falls in love with the enchanting Tiger Lily, adopts an oddly affectionate crocodile, and befriends a charming boy named Peter--who teaches him to fly. He battles monsters, fights in mutinies, swims with mermaids, and eventually learns both the sad and terrible tale of his mother's life and the true story of his father's disappearance. Like Gregory Maguire's Wicked, Hook's Tale offers a radical new version of a classic story, bringing readers into a much richer, darker, and enchanting version of Neverland than ever before. The characters that our hero meets--including the terrible Doctor Uriah Slinque and a little girl named Wendy--lead him to the most difficult decision of his life: whether to submit to the temptation of eternal youth, or to embrace the responsibilities of maturity and the inevitability of his own mortality. His choice, like his story, is not what you might expect"-- Provided by publisher.

Shark Island

July 5, 2017
Jameson, Chris.
New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
312 pages ; 17 cm
"Naomi Cardiff is not one to give up without a fight --and now, after learning about a series of shark attacks in Cape Cod, she's joined a team of scientists to put a stop to the terror. The plan: to lure the sharks to a remote island far from the populated coastline. Meanwhile, a fierce Nor'Easter is underway. In the midst of the storm, an alarming number of Great Whites have come to slaughter the seals in a vicious feeding frenzy. When sharks ram and breach the hull, Naomi and her team must jump ship and swim desperately through a sea of circling fins and gaping jaws to the tiny island. But as the swells from the storm begin to swallow their rocky refuge, how will they manage to make it out alive?"-- Back cover.

The gentleman's guide to vice and virtue

June 30, 2017
Lee, Mackenzi, author.
©2017
513 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Henry 'Monty' Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores."--Provided by publisher.

Badlands

June 29, 2017
Lenhardt, Melissa, author.
New York : Redhook Books/Orbit, 2017.
402 pages ; 21 cm.
"Laura's worst fears have been realized: Kindle has been taken into custody and she is once again on the run. The noose awaits her in New York, but Laura is realizing that there are some things worse than death. Finally running out of places to hide, it may be time for Dr. Catherine Bennett to face her past"-- Provided by publisher.

Soul of the world

June 29, 2017
Mealing, David, 1982- author.
©2017
645 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"A brilliant debut epic fantasy with a unique magic system and unforgettable characters. It is a time of revolution. In the cities, food shortages stir citizens to riots against the crown. In the wilds, new magic threatens the dominance of the tribes. and on the battlefields, even the most brilliant commanders struggle in the shadow of total war. Three lines of magic must be mastered in order to usher in a new age, and three heroes must emerge. Sarine is an artist on the streets of New Sarresant whose secret familiar helps her uncover bloodlust and madness where she expected only revolutionary fervor. Arak'Jur wields the power of beasts to keep his people safe, but his strength cannot protect them from war amongst themselves. Erris is a brilliant cavalry officer trying to defend New Sarresant from an enemy general armed with magic she barely understands. Each must learn the secrets of their power in time to guide their people through ruin. But a greater evil may be trying to stop them"-- Provided by publisher.

Seven stones to stand or fall : a collection of Outlander fiction

June 26, 2017
Gabaldon, Diana, author.
©2017
xvi, 526 pages ; 25 cm.
The custom of the army -- The space between -- A plague of zombies -- A leaf on the wind of all hallows -- Virgins -- A fugitive green -- Besieged.
A collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories and featuring character Jamie Fraser.

The bone queen : Pellinor : Cadvan's story

June 20, 2017
Croggon, Alison, 1962- author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017.
x, 404 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Cadvan of Lirigon, one of the most brilliant Bards of his generation, has been exiled for a terrible crime that unleashed the power of the Bone Queen and wrought destruction across Annar. Meanwhile, in Lirigon, several unnerving events suggest that the Dark is growing in strength again, and that the Bone Queen may yet lurk in the world. Cadvan must once again face the evil that almost destroyed him.

That crazy perfect someday

June 20, 2017
Mazza, Michael, author.
Brooklyn, New York : Turtle Point Press, [2017]
304 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A gutsy female surf pro pushes against wild odds for what she wants-- with deep surprises about who she is."--Provided by publisher.

Beyond the sea : an Event Group thriller

June 19, 2017
Golemon, David Lynn, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2017.
307 pages ; 25 cm.
"The Soviet battle cruiser Simbirsk, which launched in June 1940 and was reported sunk in 1944 with the loss of all hands, is still sailing the open sea. January of 2017: American Los Angeles class submarine U.S.S. Houston is tracking a surface target that is not listed as part of the Russian navy's response to the NATO maneuvers. What they find will set in motion the answers to one of the great mysteries of World War II. With the Russian navy bearing down on the Houston and international tensions running high, the United States Navy declares the Soviet-era derelict legal salvage under international law. With the world's most powerful navies going toe-to-toe in the North Atlantic, the President of the United States calls upon the one organization that has a chance to figure out why this ship is in this time, in this place--Department 5656, also known as the Event Group. When the Group arrives, they are confronted by three warships of the Russian Navy who have come to claim Russian property. The two groups meet and soon discover that the ancient battle cruiser is not a derelict at all, but fully functional with a mysterious apparatus that sent the original crew to their deaths. In the midst of their warfare in the tossing seas, both navies are sent into a realm of unimaginable terror--an alternate world of water, ice, and death. The Event Group has a new mission when relics of the fabled Philadelphia Experiment surface in Beyond the Sea, the twelfth thrilling hit in New York Times bestselling author David L. Golemon's Event Group series"-- Provided by publisher.

Moving the palace

June 16, 2017
Majdalani, Charif, 1960- author.
©2017
198 pages ; 21 cm.
First published in French in 2007 as Caravansérail. Copyright ©2007 Éditions du Seuil. Translation copyright ©2017 Edward Gauvin.
"This book has been translated with the assistance of the Sharjah International Book Fair Translation Grant Fund." - CIP
"At the dawn of the 20th century, a young Lebanese explorer leaves the Levant for the wilds of Africa, encountering an eccentric English colonel in Sudan and enlisting in his service. In this lush chronicle of far-flung adventure, the military recruit crosses paths with a compatriot who has dismantled a sumptuous palace in Tripoli and is transporting it across the continent on a camel caravan. The protagonist soon takes charge of this hoard or architectural fragments, ferrying the dismantled landmark through Sudan, Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula, attempting to return to his native Beirut with this moveable real estate. Along the way, he encounters skeptic sheikhs, suspicious tribal leaders, bountiful feasts, pilgrims bound for Mecca and T.E. Lawrence in a tent. This is a captivating modern-day Odyssey in the tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Paul Theroux." -- back cover.

Sartor

June 16, 2017
Smith, Sherwood.
[United States] : Twelve Tower Books, [2014]
299 pages ; 23 cm.
In this sequel to The Spy Princess, Lilah, newly made a princess, teams up with Atan, the hidden princess of the oldest country in the world, Sartor, to free the kingdom from a century of enchantment. Capture, escape, a forest beyond time, ancient beings, civilizations secreted in caves, and a deadly enemy await the girls. Atan knows that if she survives, the challenges facing a fifteen-year-old queen are only beginning.

Forever and a death

June 15, 2017
Westlake, Donald E, author.
©2017
463 pages ; 23 cm
Two decades ago, the producers of the James Bond movies hired legendary crime novelist Donald E. Westlake to come up with a story for the next Bond film. The plot Westlake dreamed up--about a Western businessman seeking revenge after being kicked out of Hong Kong when the island was returned to Chinese rule--had all the elements of a classic Bond adventure, but political concerns kept it from being made. Never one to let a good story go to waste, Westlake wrote an original novel based on the premise instead--a novel he never published while he was alive.

The Himalayan codex

June 15, 2017
Schutt, Bill, author.
©2017
384 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"An R.J. MacCready novel"--T.p.
Zoologist and adventurer Captain R. J. MacCready journeys to post-World War II Tibet to search for a legendary creature that may hold the secret to humankind's evolutionary future.

A fine retribution : an Alan Lewrie naval adventure

June 8, 2017
Lambdin, Dewey, author.
©2017
354 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
"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 midshipman to captain of his own ship and, though on somewhat dubious grounds, a baronetcy. Summer, 1809, and Captain Alan Lewrie, RN, wins fame, glory, and prize-money leading his squadron to victory over four French frigates. Battle damage, though, costs Lewrie his command, ship, and crew. He returns to London a hero, but, as weeks on half-pay turn to months, and no new command is offered, he's forced to lease a house and furnish it, unsure if he will ever go to sea again! At least Lewrie can have his portrait done by Miss Jessica Chenery, an intriguing young lady he takes for his wife, after seven years as a widower. In the midst of newly wedded bliss, an old friend poses a project for landing battalion-sized raids on enemy coasts. Though he never expects it to amount to anything, since it's too novel, Lewrie soon finds himself assigned to lead the proposed raid. Despite the stumbling blocks thrown in his way by his foes in the Navy, it's failure and ignominy, or shining success to prove himself to be won and rub their noses in it!"-- Provided by publisher.

The white road

June 5, 2017
Lotz, Sarah, author.
©2017
290 pages : map ; 24 cm
Desperate to attract subscribers to his fledgling website, ex-adrenaline junkie Simon Newman undertakes two life-risking ventures, one in the notorious Cwm Pot caves and another scaling Everest, that force him to test the limits of his morality and wits in order to survive.

Refuge for masterminds

May 30, 2017
Baldwin, Kathleen, author.
©2017
352 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Exile for dreamers.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"It's 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war. Napleon's invasion of England is underway and someone at Stranje House is sneaking information to his spies. Lady Jane Moore is determined to find out who it is. If anyone can discover the traitor, it is Jane- for, according to headmistress Emma Stranje, Lady Jane is a mastermind. Jane doesn't consider herself a mastermind. It's just that she tends to grasp the facts of a situation quickly, and by so doing, she's able to devise and implement a sensible course of action. Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save the brash young American inventor Alexander Sinclair, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?"--Provided by publisher.

Lotus Blue

May 26, 2017
Sparks, Cat, author.
©2016
377 pages ; 23 cm.
"Powerful war machines of the far-future collide across a barren desert world in this post-apocalyptic debut novel from award-winning Australian author Cat Sparks. Seventeen-year-old Star and her sister Nene are orphans, part of a thirteen-wagon caravan of nomadic traders living hard lives travelling the Sand Road. Their route cuts through a particularly dangerous and unforgiving section of the Dead Red Heart, a war-ravaged desert landscape plagued by rogue semi-sentient machinery and other monsters from a bygone age. But when the caravan witnesses a relic-Angel satellite unexpectedly crash to Earth, a chain of events begins that sends Star on a journey far away from the life she once knew. Shanghaied upon the sandship Dogwatch, she is forced to cross the Obsidian Sea by Quarrel, an ancient Templar supersoldier. Eventually shipwrecked, Star will have no choice but to place her trust in both thieves and priestesses while coming to terms with the grim reality of her past-and the horror of her unfolding destiny-as the terrible secret her sister had been desperate to protect her from begins to unravel. Meanwhile, something old and powerful has woken in the desert. A Lotus Blue, deadliest of all the ancient war machines. A warrior with plans of its own, far more significant than a fallen Angel. Plans that do not include the survival of humanity. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors"-- Provided by publisher.

Thick as thieves : a Queen's thief novel

May 24, 2017
Turner, Megan Whalen, author.
©2017
336 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Maps on lining papers.
"A queen's thief novel."
"Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the Empire. But with a whispered warning the future he envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path"-- Provided by publisher.

Dragon teeth : a novel

May 24, 2017
Crichton, Michael, 1942-2008, author.
©2017
295 pages : map ; 24 cm
Map on endpapers.
The year is 1876. Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America's western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West. They are hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled Yale student William Johnson. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, so he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. Soon William joins forces with Cope and stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. The struggle to protect this extraordinary treasure tests William's newfound resilience, and pits him against some of the West's most dangerous and notorious characters.

Flame in the mist

May 23, 2017
Ahdieh, Renée, author.
©2017
392 pages ; 22 cm.
"The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place —she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort —a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she's within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she's appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love —a love that will force her to question everything she's ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires" --Amazon.com

Umberland

May 18, 2017
Spinale, Wendy, author.
©2017
275 pages ; 22 cm.
Bella, Gwen, and the Lost Boys have escaped to Alnwick Castle, but it is not the safe haven they hoped it would be, for the "cure" for the Horologia virus has mutated into something even worse--so the Duchess Alyssa and Maddox Hadder set out searching for the virus's origin, an extinct poisonous apple, supposedly from a tree at the center of a labyrinth hidden deep within Germany and guarded by monsters.

Seeker

May 17, 2017
Rossi, Veronica, author.
©2017
347 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
After sealing Sebastian in a dark dimension with the demon Samrael, Daryl loses her visions and must rely on her instincts to lead the riders into a shadowy realm where she fears she may have to use evil powers in order to rescue him.

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