New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

March 14, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Girls burn brighter

March 13, 2018
Rao, Shobha, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2018.
307 pages ; 25 cm
Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them. They are poor. They are driven. And they are girls. When " After her mother's death, Poornima has very little kindness in her life. She is left to take care of her siblings until her father can find her a suitable match. So when Savitha enters their household, Poornima is intrigued by the joyful, independent-minded girl. Suddenly their Indian village doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond the arranged marriage her father is desperate to secure for her. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend. Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India's underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls' perspectives as they face ruthless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within them.--Jacket


March 13, 2018
Grumley, Michael C., author.
484 pages ; 21 cm.
One year ago, a remarkable breakthrough changed what it means to be human. Now from a new research center in Puerto Rico, Alison Shaw and her team are about to stun the world, again. Less than a thousand miles away, a mysterious ship is spotted off the quiet coast of Guyana. Strange circumstances attract the attention of the U.S. Navy, including naval investigators John Clay and Steve Caesare. They soon find that a Chinese crew is making mysterious trips into the jungle under the cover of darkness. Someone has made a surprising discovery beneath the shrouded canopies of South America. One that will change everything. As they race to piece the puzzle together, Clay and Caesare begin to uncover a string of secrets with frightening consequences. The discovery of the century has been made ... and someone is prepared to fight for it.

Ripple : a breakthrough story

March 13, 2018
Grumley, Michael C.
338 pages ; 21 cm.
"It began in Ethiopia, hundreds of thousands of years ago. When a handful of genetic mutations caused evolution to split from the primates. And mankind was born. Now eons later, evidence of more splits from the apes are bing unearthed. And with them a disturbing realization."

Runaways : an original novel

March 8, 2018
Golden, Christopher, author.
348 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 21 cm
After the death of their Super Villain parents, five teenagers are on the run. Nico, Karolina, Gert, Chase and Molly are now in survival mode, hiding out in an abandoned hospital and trying to regain a sense of normalcy. But Super Heroes don't get to be normal. When the Runaways try to rescue a teenage girl from becoming a human sacrifice, their mission gets intercepted by a bunch of punks dressed up as the Pride, aka their parent's former coven.

Caribbean rim

March 6, 2018
White, Randy Wayne.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018.
xx, 310 pages ; 24 cm.
"Murder, sunken treasure, and pirates both ancient and modern send Doc Ford on a nightmare quest in the thrilling new novel in the New York Times-bestselling series. Marine biologist Doc Ford has been known to help his friends out of jams occasionally, but he's never faced a situation like this. His old pal Carl Fitzpatrick has been chasing sunken wrecks most of his life, but now he's run afoul of the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Its director, Leonard Nickelby, despises amateur archaeologists, which is bad enough, but now he and his young "assistant" have disappeared--along with Fitzpatrick's impounded cache of rare Spanish coins and the list of uncharted wreck sites Fitz spent decades putting together. Some of Fitz's own explorations have been a little...dicey, so he can't go to the authorities. Doc is his only hope. But greed makes people do terrible things: rob, cheat, even kill. With stakes this high, there's no way the thieves will go quietly--and Doc's just put himself in their crosshairs"-- Provided by publisher.

Daughter of the Siren Queen

March 6, 2018
Levenseller, Tricia, author.
341 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Daughter of the pirate king.
Alosa is the daughter of the Siren Queen, and her mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he's under her orders. Now Alosa and her crew are in a deadly race with Vordan, the pirate king, to find the treasure.

The traitor's game : book one

March 5, 2018
Nielsen, Jennifer A., author.
388 pages ; 22 cm
After three years in exile Kestra Dallisor has been summoned back to Antora by her father, right-hand man of the seemingly immortal king, Lord Endrick, but she is intercepted and kidnapped by the Coracks who want to use her to get the Olden Blade, which they believe can be used to kill the despot. Simon, one of the rebels with his own grudge against the Dallisors, is assigned to accompany her, but Kestra has her own plans and she does not intend to let anyone get in her way.

The rising sea : a novel from the NUMA files

March 5, 2018
Cussler, Clive, author.
406 pages ; 24 cm.
An alarming rise in the world's sea levels--much larger than could be accounted for by glacier melt--sends Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA scientific team rocketing around the globe in search of answers. What they find at the bottom of the East China Sea, however, is even worse than they imagined: a diabolical plan to upset the Pacific balance of power--and in the process displace as many as a billion people. A rare alloy unlike anything else on earth, a pair of five-hundred-year-old Japanese talismans, an assassin so violent even the Yakuza has disowned him, an audacious technological breakthrough that will become a very personal nightmare for Kurt Austin - from the shark-filled waters of Asia to the high-tech streets of Tokyo to a forbidden secret island, the NUMA team must risk everything to head off the coming catastrophe.

A long way from home

March 2, 2018
Carey, Peter, 1943- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
318 pages ; 25 cm
"A new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country-continent as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000 mile race, the Redex Trial. Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in south eastern Australia. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive. With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, who calls the turns and creeks crossings on a map that will remove them, without warning, from the white Australia they all know so well."--Provided by publisher.

The bastard legion

February 28, 2018
Smith, Gavin G., 1968- author.
322 pages ; 20 cm.
Four hundred years in the future, the most dangerous criminals are kept in suspended animation aboard prison ships and "rehabilitated" in a shared virtual reality environment. But Miska Corbin, a thief and hacker with a background in black ops, has stolen one of these ships, the Hangman's Daughter, and made it her own. Controlled by explosive collars and trained in virtual reality by the electronic ghost of a dead marine sergeant, the thieves, gangsters, murderers, and worse are transformed into Miska's own private indentured army: the Bastard Legion. Are the mercenaries just for fun and profit, or does Miska have a hidden purpose connected to her covert past?

Out on the drink

February 26, 2018
Bunn, Bill, 1963-
230 pages ; 21 cm
When Sean Bulger boards an abandoned Russian cruise ship on a dare, he discovers he is soon stranded as the ship is sent adrift, and he gets a first-hand look at the shady world of international piracy.

Blood of a thousand stars

February 23, 2018
Belleza, Rhoda, author.
[New York, NY] : Razorbill, 2018.
356 pages : map ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Empress of a Thousand Skies.
The planets are preparing for war-- and four people will determine the fate of the universe. With a revolution brewing, Rhee is faced with a choice: make a deal with her enemy, Nero, or denounce him and risk losing her crown. Framed assassin Alyosha has one goal in mind: kill Nero. But to get his revenge, Aly may have to travel back to the very place he thought he’d left forever-- home. Kara knows that a single piece of technology located on the uninhabitable planet Wraeta may be the key to remembering-- and erasing-- the princess she once was. Villainous media star Nero is out for blood, and he'll go to any means necessary to control the galaxy.

Iron tide rising

February 21, 2018
Ryan, Carrie, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
338 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Fin and Marrill's final adventure takes them to the Mirrorweb, the heart of the Pirate Stream, where they must confront an old friend who has become their worst enemy"--Provided by publisher.

Madness is better than defeat

February 21, 2018
Beauman, Ned, author.
399 pages ; 25 cm
"This is Borzoi Book."
"Originally published in Great Britain by Sceptre, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, a Hachette UK company, London, in 2017."
"A wild, astonishing novel (by arguably England's most accomplished young writer) about Manhattan and Hollywood in the 1930s, Mayan gods, and a CIA operation gone terribly wrong--and the Booker short-listed Ned Beauman's magnum opus thus far. In 1938, two rival expeditions descend on an ancient temple recently discovered in the jungles of Honduras, one intending to shoot a screwball comedy on location there, the other to disassemble the temple and ship it back to New York. A seemingly endless stalemate ensues, and twenty years later a rogue CIA agent sets out to exploit it for his own ends, unaware that the temple is a locus of conspiracies grander than anyone could ever have guessed. Shot through with insanity, conspiracy, ingenuity, and adventure, showcasing Beauman's anarchic humor, spectacular imagination, and riveting prose, Madness Is Better Than Defeat teases, absorbs, entertains, and dazzles in equal measure"-- Provided by publisher.

Into the fire

February 20, 2018
Moon, Elizabeth, author.
x, 462 pages ; 24 cm.
"As Admiral Kylara Vatta learned after she and a ship full of strangers were marooned on an inhospitable arctic island, the secrets she and her makeshift crew uncovered were ones someone was ready to kill to keep hidden. Now, the existence of the mysterious arctic base has been uncovered, but much of the organization behind it still lurks in the shadows. And it is up to the intrepid Ky to force the perpetrators into the light, and finally uncover decades worth of secrets--some of which lie at the very heart of her biggest family tragedy"-- Provided by publisher.

The lost girls of Camp Forevermore

February 19, 2018
Fu, Kim, author.
249 pages ; 22 cm
"A group of young girls descend on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest, where their days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets, and camp songs by the fire. Filled with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island.But before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home. The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore traces these five girls--Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhan--through and beyond this fateful trip. We see them through successes and failures, loving relationships and heartbreaks; we see what it means to find, and define, oneself, and the ways in which the same experience is refracted through different people. In diamond-sharp prose, Kim Fu gives us a portrait of friendship and of the families we build for ourselves--and the pasts we can't escape"-- Provided by publisher.

Dark tracks

February 14, 2018
Gregory, Philippa, author.
307 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Fools' gold.
Luca and Isolde continue investigating for the Order of Darkness in the fourth book in the Order of Darkness series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.

Casters : human session

February 14, 2018
De Marco, Dominic, author.
North Charleston, SC : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017.
266 pages ; 25 cm
"For those special people known as Casters, the flames are always close. These magicians can use pyromancy to control and unleash the fire burning within them. Their magic can help others, but it can also destroy them. Lugaar has only just discovered his Caster abilities. But in the past week, his entire world has been destroyed. The man he thought was his father isn't, and the man claiming to be that now sits beside him. As Lugaar struggles with this emotional upheaval, he joins in the search for a missing child, Mahon, and his kidnapper, Ontrigus. The abduction isn't the only dark deed happening in the land of Forcette. More and more Casters are appearing, with their own schemes and desires. Past transgressions loom over others as the light finally shines upon them. Asbits and pieces of the past are slowly revealed, a broader picture is now painted about what happened those many years ago. Will those involved be able to withstand the heat brought upon them, or will they burn to the ground?"

The greed

February 13, 2018
Bergstrom, Scott, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2018.
403 pages ; 25 cm
Gwendolyn Bloom is dead. But even armed with a new passport and identity, the danger is far from over. Her father is safe... but Gwen still hasn't untangled all his lies from the truth. Meanwhile, her enemies are closing in with a vengeance.


February 12, 2018
Jae-Jones, S., author.
x, 387 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Devoting herself to her musical career six months after the events of Wintersong, Liesl struggles with her brother's cold withdrawal and her own inability to forget the austere young man who inspired her efforts.

Cutting edge

February 1, 2018
Larsen, Ward, author.
New York : Forge, 2018.
334 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"As a Coast Guard rescue swimmer in Alaska, Trey DeBolt enjoys a rewarding job with limitless adventure. His life is uprooted, however, when his helicopter goes down during a particularly harrowing rescue. Gravely injured, DeBolt awakens weeks later to severe headaches and a battered body. He remembers little about the crash. Most disconcerting of all are his surroundings--he is recovering, not in a hospital, but in a seaside cabin in Maine, thousands of miles from where the accident occurred. Only when his nurse lets slip an unfathomable bit of news does DeBolt realize the depths of his dilemma: he has been officially declared dead, lost in the crash. Half a world away, Shannon Lund realizes something is very wrong. A Coast Guard investigator in Alaska, she uncovers evidence that DeBolt may still be alive. Her search quickly becomes personal, but before she can intervene, chaos erupts outside a cabin in the wilds of Maine"--From dust jacket flap.

The defiant

January 31, 2018
Livingston, Lesley, author.
371 pages ; 22 cm.
When Fallon and her fellow gladiatrices are thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, the only thing that might save them is a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.

You won't know I'm gone

January 30, 2018
Orlando, Kristen, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2018.
310 pages ; 22 cm
"Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother's merciless killer, Santino Torres. When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she's worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she's ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises. But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she's as good as her parents trained her to be, because she'll never find Torres without the Black Angels' help."--Jacket.

Dark state

January 25, 2018
Stross, Charles, author.
349 pages ; 25 cm.
In the near-future, the collision of two nuclear superpowers across timelines, one in the midst of a technological revolution and the other a hyper-police state, is imminent. In Commissioner Miriam Burgeson's timeline, her top level agents run a high risk extraction of a major political player. Meanwhile, a sleeper cell activated in Rita's, the Commissioner's adopted daughter and newly-minted spy, timeline threatens to unravel everything.


January 24, 2018
Lee, Sharon, 1952- author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2018]
435 pages ; 24 cm
Menace from Back Space Looming out of the Dust of Time The Complex Logic Laws were the result of a war waged hundreds of years in the past, when two human powers threw massive AI navies at each other and nearly annihilated themselves. Being human, they blamed their tools for this near miss; they destroyed what was left of the sentient ships, and made it illegal to be, manufacture, or shelter an independent logic. Strangely, however, the Free Ships and other AIs did not turn themselves in or suicide, they merely became wary of humans, and stayed under their scans. A clandestine support network grew up, including hidden yards where smart ships were manufactured, and mentors--humans specially trained to ease a new intelligence into the universe--socialized them, and taught them what they needed to know to survive. Among those with a stake in the freedom of Independent Logics is Theo Waitley, who is somewhat too famously the captain of intelligent ship Bechimo. Theo's brother, Val Con yos'Phelium, presides over a household that has for a generation employed an AI butler. Recently, he approved the "birth" of the butler's child, who was sent, with human mentor Tolly Jones, to rescue or destroy an orphaned AI abandoned at a remote space station. Then there's Uncle, the shadowy mastermind from the Old Universe, whose many projects often skirt the boundaries of law, both natural and man-made - and the puppet-masters at the Lyre Institute, whose history is just as murky - and a good deal less honorable. All have an interest in the newly-awakening Self-Aware Logic that is rumored to have the power to destroy universes. The question is: Who will get to it first?

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