New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

January 18, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Red Sphinx, or, The Comte de Moret

January 17, 2017
Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870, author.
©2017
xv, 807 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
First published as a serial in the Parisian weekly Les nouvelles, October 17, 1865, to March 23, 1866.
"A sequel to 'The Three Musketeers.'"
Red Sphinx picks up right where the The Three Musketeers left off, continuing the stories of Cardinal Richelieu, Queen Anne, and King Louis XIII and introducing a charming new hero, the Comte de Moret, a real historical figure from the period. A young cavalier newly arrived in Paris, Moret is an illegitimate son of the former king, and thus half-brother to King Louis. The French Court seethes with intrigue as king, queen, and cardinal all vie for power, and young Moret soon finds himself up to his handsome neck in conspiracy, danger, and passionate romance. Dumas wrote seventy-five chapters of The Red Sphinx, all for serial publication, but he never quite finished it, and so the novel languished for almost a century before its first book publication in France in 1946. While Dumas never completed the book, he had earlier written a separate novella, The Dove, that recounted the final adventures of Moret and Cardinal Richelieu. Now for the first time, in one cohesive narrative, The Red Sphinx and The Dove make a complete and satisfying storyline, a rip-roaring novel of historical adventure.

Tomb of the Khan

January 13, 2017
Kirby, Matthew J., 1976-
©2017
343 pages : map ; 21 cm
In Last Descendants Book One, Owen and a group of other teens located the first piece of an ancient and powerful relic long considered a legend--the Trident of Eden. This piece was sought by the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order, but before either organization could take the piece, it was stolen by an unknown, third party. The tenuous relationship between Owen and the teens fractured, with some taking sides with the Templars, and others with the Assassins. Book Two picks up weeks after the events of book 1. There are still two pieces of the Trident of Eden to find, and both groups are determined to not repeat their mistakes. The next piece is said to have been buried with Mongol Warlord Genghis Khan, whose tomb has never been found. Now the teens on either side of the conflict will have to go deep into simulations in war-torn Mongolian China in a race against time to discover the next piece--and ensure their safety--before the others.

Sex, lies & black tie : a moonlight and magnolias novel

January 12, 2017
Calvert, Kris, author.
©2016
373 pages ; 21 cm
"Mac Callahan has left the fast lane of the FBI, trading a firearm for tea parties with his baby girl, and dangerous raids for a game of catch with his son. Still, he fights off a nagging feeling every day. Mac is restless. When the North Star Gala, a charitable affair his wife Samantha has been planning, unexpectedly finds its way to his home in Shadeland, Alabama, he's asked to oversee security for the event filled with Washington insiders, politicians and the elite. The U.S. President and Secretary of State are coming to Lone Oak. Finding his way back to Washington, D.C. to lead the project, he's met head on with his former life as a free-wheeling bachelor and his long-time assistant, Micah. But when Micah's sister goes missing from a college field trip, Mac walks away from the Secret Service and their plans, taking the opportunity to quench his thirst for action and the lead to find the young girl. Expecting an open and shut case, what he discovers is far worse than he could've imagined. Deep in the darkest part of the Internet, a human trafficking ring operates so steeped in anonymity, its patrons are highly protected--all the way to Capitol Hill. Counting down to the black tie event, Mac will face the toughest fight of his life--protecting his family and friends from politicians and government operatives who live above the law and wield the power to ruin and end lives without retribution. When it's a twisted games of sex, lies and clandestine espionage, no one is safe, no one is to be trusted, and no one is truly unknown."--Page 4 of cover.

Rules of the game

January 12, 2017
Frey, James, 1969- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
327, 8 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
With one key remaining to win Endgame, the remaining players desperately search for the final key before the destruction of the world is triggered.

The spartan dagger

January 11, 2017
Guild, Nicholas, author.
©2016
380 pages : map ; 24 cm
"On a cold night, at the outskirts of a peasant village, two Spartan youths wait to perform an ancient rite of passage. A family--father, mother, and their son--approaches, unarmed and defenseless. The young men step into the moonlight and claim their manhood by killing the adults. The boy escapes. The Spartans have no idea how terrible an enemy they have called forth. Nothing could have prepared them for the boy, Protos, whose name means "destined," whose cunning and inborn skill with weapons renders his enemies almost defenseless, and whose heart knows no pity. The Spartans have oppressed his people for centuries, and to break their power is to free all those they hold in subjection. As Protos grows to manhood, he begins to understand that his private war against his parents' murderers is also a struggle for liberation"-- Provided by publisher.

The battle of Hackham Heath

January 4, 2017
Flanagan, John (John Anthony), author.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2016]
346 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: The tournament at Gorlan.
A prequel series to: Ranger's apprentice.
When the former Baron Morgarath escaped to avoid punishment for treason, an uneasy peace fell on Araluen. But Morgarath, now in hiding, is already planning his next move, recruiting an army of savage, overpowering beasts known as Wargals. Newly crowned King Duncan knows he must assemble his troops for battle.

Onslaught : the war with China - the opening battle

December 30, 2016
Poyer, David, author.
©2016
309 pages ; 25 cm.
Sequel to: Tipping point.
"The latest in David Poyer's acclaimed novels about the modern Navy and Marine Corps, Onslaught chronicles Dan Lenson's latest challenge as the U.S. Navy struggles to hold Taiwan, Korea, and Japan against a massive Chinese offensive. The prize: domination of Asia and the Western Pacific. As the United States' computer, satellite, and financial networks are ravaged by coordinated digital attacks, China and its associated powers begin to roll up and intimidate American allies, launching invasions of India, Taiwan, South Korea, and Okinawa. USS Savo Island, captained by Dan Lenson, is one of the few forces left in its way. With a fractured crew under attack from an unknown assailant aboard their own ship, and facing missile launches from above and below the sea's surface, can Dan and his scratch-team task force hold the line against an overwhelming enemy? Or will the U.S. lose the Pacific--and perhaps much more--to an aggressive and expansionist new Chinese Empire? The most explosive novel yet in the long-running Dan Lenson series, Onslaught begins an utterly convincing scenario of how a global war with China could unfold"-- Provided by publisher.

Below the belt : a Stone Barrington novel

December 29, 2016
Woods, Stuart, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
325 pages ; 24 cm.
Subtitle taken from jacket.
"Newly ensconced in his Santa Fe abode with a lovely female companion, Stone Barrington receives a call from an old friend requesting a delicate favor. A situation has arisen that could escalate into an explosive quagmire, and only someone with Stone's stealth and subtlety can contain the damage. At the center of these events is an impressive gentleman whose star is on the rise, and who'd like to get Stone in his corner. He's charming and ambitious and has friends in high places; the kind of man who seems to be a sure bet. But in the fickle circles of power, fortunes rise and fall on the turn of a dime, and it may turn out that Stone holds the key not just to one man's fate, but to the fate of the nation."--Amazon.com

After the crown

December 21, 2016
Wagers, K. B., author.
©2016
402 pages ; 21 cm.
"Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule. When peace talks turn violent and Hail realizes she's been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help from an old boss and some surprising new allies, she must risk everything to save her world"-- Provided by publisher.

Star Wars, Catalyst : a Rogue One novel

December 12, 2016
Luceno, James, 1947- author.
©2016
330 pages ; 24 cm.
War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine's top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic's, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key. Galen's energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic's debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor's tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic's web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

Arcanum unbounded : the Cosmere collection

December 7, 2016
Sanderson, Brandon, author.
New York : Tor Books, 2016.
671 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Originally published individually as ebooks on Tor.com and elsewhere, except for Edgedancer.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
The Selish system. The Emperor's soul ; The hope of Elantris -- The Scadian system. The eleventh metal ; Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes twenty-eight through thirty ; Mistborn: secret history -- The Taldain system. White Sand -- The Threnodite system. Shadows for silence in the forests of Hell -- The Drominad system. Sixth of the Dusk -- The Rosharan system. Edgedancer.
Sanderson has created a series of linked worlds that together create the imagined realms know as the Cosmere. This collection of stories represent six of these planets and their distinct magic systems. The author has included charts, illustrations, notes and secrets to help you on your journey across the cosmos.

The turncoat's gambit

December 6, 2016
Cremer, Andrea R., author.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2016]
324 pages : map ; 22 cm
"In an alternate nineteenth-century America, Charlotte is on the run from both the empire and the revolution. Now she must figure out whom she trusts, once and for all"--Provided by publisher.

Time of the twins

December 5, 2016
Jenner, Kendall Nicole, 1995- author.
New York : Regan Arts, 2016.
363 pages ; 24 cm.
"Lex, an impulsive military cadet, and Livia, a pampered Airess, have just found out they are twins, which is against the law in the great City of Indra. Now they are leaving behind the only world they have ever known: for Lex it was the dark world of the Hub below the surface of Indra, where she survived the brutal Orphanage to become an elite member of Indra's Population Control Forces, and for Livia, it was a life of luxury on the sky island of Helix, where she was brought up to be a Proper Indrithian Young Woman. With help from the charming and handsome Kane, Lex's best friend and Livia's newfound love, and Zavier, a gruff rebel who would prefer to leave them all behind, they make the grueling trek through the dangerous underground tunnels toward the Outlands beyond the dome of Indra in search of the mother they thought was dead. When they finally reach the Outlanders' colony, they discover their mother holds the key to unlocking, their past, and they must confront an ancient prophecy, "The Time of the Twins." The prophecy claims they are the long-awaited "twin saviors," destined to save the City of Indra from the oppressive High Council who have long reigned over all of its people. Will Lex and Livia agree to be a part of their mother's dangerous plan and take on the daunting role of "twin saviors"? Will they trust their mother and put themselves in jeopardy to save countless lives? It's a responsibility they never asked for... but one that may prove impossible to ignore" -- Dust jacket flap.

Return of the Continuums

December 1, 2016
Brody, Jennifer, author.
©2016
417 pages ; 22 cm.
Myra and her friends form an unlikely alliance in hopes of surviving long enough to reach the First Continuum, to learn the secret behind humanity's destruction and the hope for its survival.

Brigands M.C.

November 22, 2016
Muchamore, Robert, author.
©2009
406 pages ; 22 cm.
Originally published in 2009.
Every CHERUB agent comes from somewhere. Dante Scott still has nightmares about the death of his family, brutally murdered by a biker gang. Dante is given the chance to become a member of CHERUB, a trained professional with one essential advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them. But when Dante joins James and Lauren Adams on a mission to infiltrate Brigands Motorcycle Club, he's ready to use everything he's learned to get revenge on the people who killed his family!

Wayward heroes

November 17, 2016
Halldór Laxness, 1902-1998, author.
Brooklyn, New York : Archipelago Books, 2016.
467 pages ; 18 cm
"Published in 1952, Wayward Heroes is part of the body of works for which Laxness was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1955. It is a masterfully written tragicomedy about the oath-brothers Thorgeir and Thormod, inspired by the old Icelandic sagas Saga of the Sworn Brothers and Saga of Saint Olaf. The brothers fight for glory, raid for treasure, and seduce women against the backdrop of a new cult of Christianity. But where the old sagas depict their heroes as glorious champions, Laxness does the opposite. As Thormod avenges Thorgeir's death, he demonstrates the senselessness of violence and the endlessly cyclical nature of obsession"-- Provided by publisher.

The shores of Tripoli : Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates

November 17, 2016
Haley, James L., author.
©2016
448 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Maps on endpages.
"A novel"--Cover.
It is 1801 and President Thomas Jefferson has assembled a deep-water navy to fight the growing threat of piracy, as American civilians are regularly kidnapped by Islamist brigands and held for ransom, enslaved, or killed, all at their captors' whim. The Berber States of North Africa, especially Tripoli, claimed their faith gave them the right to pillage anyone who did not submit to their religion. Young Bliven Putnam, great-nephew of Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam, is bound for the Mediterranean and a desperate battle with the pirate ship Tripoli. He later returns under legendary Commodore Edward Preble on the Constitution, and marches across the Libyan desert with General Eaton to assault Derna--discovering the lessons he learns about war, and life, are not what he expected.

Pharaoh

November 10, 2016
Smith, Wilbur A., author.
©2016
408 pages ; 24 cm
Map on end pages.
Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded. Taita, the Pharaoh's advisor and hero of Desert God and River God, once again finds himself caught up in a whirlpool of ruthless intrigue that threatens the very foundations of the beloved empire he has pledged his life to protect. Plunged into dangerous and deadly waters more treacherous than the Nile, he must use his intelligence, alchemy, and cunning to protect his Pharaoh and keep safe all he loves. With the timely arrival of an old ally the tide is turned, but Taita is branded a traitor. The new Pharaoh, Utteric, is young, weak and cruel-- and threatened by Taita's influence within the palace.

Odessa sea

November 9, 2016
Cussler, Clive, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
486 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Maps on endpaper.
"A desperate attempt in 1917 to preserve the wealth and power of the Romanov Empire. A Cold War bomber lost with a deadly cargo. Mysterious deaths on the Black Sea linked to modern day smugglers of nuclear materials. At the center of it all is Dirk Pitt and his team from NUMA. As the danger escalates, there's only one man who can avert catastrophe. From London to Washington, from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, the action never stops, as Pitt races to prevent the next global war."--Provided by publisher.

The imagination box

November 1, 2016
Ford, Martyn, 1987- author.
©2015
231 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published in the United Kingdom by Faber & Faber in 2015.
"A ten-year-old orphan discovers a box that can make the things he imagines become real and must keep the contraption from getting into the wrong hands with the help of a professor, his granddaughter, and a well-versed finger monkey"-- Provided by publisher.

Projekt 1065

October 26, 2016
Gratz, Alan, 1972- author.
©2016
309 pages ; 22 cm
It is 1943, and thirteen-year-old Michael O'Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany in Berlin, is also a spy for the British Secret Service, so he has joined the Hitler Youth, and pretending that he agrees with their violence and book-burning is hard enough--but when he is asked to find out more about "Projekt 1065" both his and his parents' lives get a lot more dangerous.

The people of the broken neck

October 26, 2016
Zobal, Silas Dent, author.
Lakewood, CO : Unbridled Books, [2016]
343 pages ; 21 cm
"A special-ops veteran of the war in Afghanistan returns to a broken marriage. When we meet him, he may or may not have killed his estranged wife. He is on the run with his two children-an adolescent boy who is big enough to fight back and an 8-year-old girl who wants to believe her father is a good man. The FBI agent in pursuit has family troubles of his own, including a suicidal daughter, but he can't get back home because of his unnatural obsession with this fugitive and the two children he is dragging with him cross-country. This is a thriller"-- Provided by publisher.

Strong cold dead

October 25, 2016
Land, Jon, author.
©2016
350 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
The terrorist organization ISIS is after a deadly toxin that could be the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. There is a race for the toxin because it also holds the potential to eradicate cancer. At the Indian reservation where a vengeful tycoon is mining the toxin, he is disguising his effort as an oil-drilling operation. Now Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong must face off against a host of adversaries, including a mythic monster culled from Native American folklore that the tribe believes has risen to protect its land.

Conspiracy of ravens

October 25, 2016
Bowen, Lila, author.
New York : Orbit, 2016.
359 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"The sequel to Wake of Vultures, where a rich, secret world is hiding beneath the surface. Nettie Lonesome made a leap -- not knowing what she'd become. But now her destiny as the Shadow is calling. A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And Nettie must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on a dangerous mission that is pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life. When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn't black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?"-- Provided by publisher.

Aerie : a Magonia novel

October 24, 2016
Headley, Maria Dahvana, 1977- author.
©2016
307 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: Magonia.
"The stunning sequel to Maria Dahvana Headley's critically acclaimed Magonia tells the story of one girl who must make an impossible choice between two families, two homes--and two versions of herself. Aza Ray is back on earth. Her boyfriend, Jason, is overjoyed. Her family is healed. She&#x;s living a normal life, or as normal as it can be if you&#x;ve spent the past year dying, waking up on a sky ship, and discovering that your song can change the world. As in, not normal. Part of Aza still yearns for the clouds, no matter how much she loves the people on the ground. When Jason&#x;s paranoia over Aza&#x;s safety causes him to make a terrible mistake, Aza finds herself a fugitive in Magonia, tasked with opposing her radical, bloodthirsty, recently escaped mother, Zal Quel, and her singing partner, Dai. She must travel to the edge of the world in search of a legendary weapon, the Flock, in a journey through fire and identity that will transform her forever." Publisher's descriptions.

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