New Books (Jan-Feb 2015)

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Featuring: Dave Bara, J.L. Bourne, Peter V. Brett, Patricia Briggs, Royce Scott Buckingham, Ally Carter, Sara B. Elfgren, Chris Evans, Neil Gaiman, Wayne Gladstone, Erika Johansen, Caitlin Kittredge, Michael Moorcock, Naomi Novik, Mats Strandberg, Mark Stay, E.J. Swift, Erika Swyler, Ian Tregillis, Ben Tripp, Will Wiles, Dick Wolf

Dave Bara, IMPULSE (Del Rey UK/DAW Books)

BaraD-LC1-Impulse

A remote solar system

A fragile galactic alliance

An interstellar war is on the brink of eruption…

When the Lightship Impulse is attacked without provocation, Lt. Peter Cochrane, son of the Grand Admiral, is sent to investigate.

His first deep space mission, this isn’t what Peter has spent three years in training for. Surrounded by strangers and following secret orders, is he willing to do what it takes to keep the alliance together? Even mutiny?

This is the first in a new space opera/adventure series, so I’m pretty interested in reading it. I haven’t seen any reviews of it (for UK or US edition), so I don’t know what to expect. I haven’t read much sci-fi recently, save tie-in fiction, so I’m eager to read more. Check back soon for an interview with the author (26th).

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BourneJL-1-TomorrowWarUSJ.L. Bourne, TOMORROW WAR (Gallery)

In this riveting, ultra-realistic novel from J.L. Bourne, a man struggles to survive after the US infrastructure collapses and martial law engulfs the streets of America.

In the not-too-distant future, during an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative unwittingly triggers an incredible event that alters the course of society. A terrible weapon has been unleashed—a weapon that, left to run its course, will destroy the moral fabric of humanity.

In the midst of crisis, the population struggles to survive in a world short on vital resources. Inflation cripples the US economy and post-war armored military vehicles patrol the streets.

One man stands up to push back the overwhelming wave of tyranny triggered by the onset of nationwide martial law. How can he possibly succeed against a high tech and tyrannical enemy that is hell-bent on ripping liberty from the pages of future history?

From the author and military expert who brought readers the riveting horror series Day by Day Armageddon, Tomorrow War is a compelling account of an alternate dystopian America located just down the tracks of oblivion.

I spotted this on NetGalley and it sounded like it might be interesting, and my request was approved. Tomorrow War will be published by Gallery Books in June 2015.

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Brett-DC4-TheSkullThroneUSPeter V. Brett, THE SKULL THRONE (Del Rey)

The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty.

Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all.

But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse. Rather than risk defeat, Arlen cast them both from a precipice, leaving the world without a savior, and opening a struggle for succession that threatens to tear the Free Cities of Thesa apart.

In the south, Inevera, Jardir’s first wife, must find a way to keep their sons from killing each other and plunging their people into civil war as they strive for glory enough to make a claim on the throne.

In the north, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn struggle to forge an alliance between the duchies of Angiers and Miln against the Krasians before it is too late.

Caught in the crossfire is the duchy of Lakton—rich and unprotected, ripe for conquest.

All the while, the corelings have been growing stronger, and without Arlen and Jardir there may be none strong enough to stop them. Only Renna Bales may know more about the fate of the missing men, but she, too, has disappeared…

Pretty much the book that I’ve been most impatiently waiting for… I’ll be reading this next-but-one (I’ll need a genre-break before diving into this to properly appreciate it). The Skull Throne is published in North America on March 31st 2015 by Del Rey (from whom I received the eARC) and Voyager in the UK.

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Briggs-MT-NightBrokenPatricia Briggs, NIGHT BROKEN (Orbit)

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam won’t turn away a person in need, but with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right.

Soon, Mercy learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and will anything to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

On top of this, there’s an even more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man – in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies pile up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her world apart.

I know a lot of people who like Briggs’s novels. This is the eighth novel in the Mercy Thompson series. My series OCD rebels at starting on the eighth book, so I’ve popped the first, Moon Called, on my To-Buy list and will hopefully do so in the near future.

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BuckinghamRS-ImpasseUSRoyce Scott Buckingham, IMPASSE (Thomas Dunne)

A man is left to die in Alaska while on an “adventure vacation” and must somehow survive to get his revenge on those who betrayed him.

Forty and facing a mid-life crisis, Stu Stark has lost his mojo. He simply gave up after being fired from his prestigious job as a prosecuting attorney for losing the biggest case of his career. So when Stu’s best friend gifts him a one-week trip into the Alaskan wilderness to rediscover his manhood, Stu thinks it just might do him some good. But after a horrible week, Stu is crushed when he realizes that no one is coming back for him. Dying, Stu is found by a grizzled old hunter who informs that winter has set in, and they’re not going anywhere for a while.

So begins Stu’s training to become the man he never was… and to get revenge on those who betrayed him.

This is Buckingham’s first adult novel, although I am not familiar with his YA work. It sounds interesting, and a little different from my usual thriller fare. Impasse is due to be published in North America by Thomas Dunne in March 2015.

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CarterA-ER1-AllFallDownAlly Carter, ALL FALL DOWN (Scholastic)

Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay–in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

Don’t know much about this one, but I picked it up on a whim – sounded like a different approach to the international thrillers of which I am usually a fan. Could be interesting.

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CouplandD-MicroserfsDouglas Coupland, MICROSERFS (Harper Perennial)

They are Microserfs — six code-crunching computer whizzes who spend upward of sixteen hours a day “coding” and eating “flat” foods (food which, like Kraft singles, can be passed underneath closed doors) as they fearfully scan company e-mail to learn whether the great Bill is going to “flame” one of them.

But now there’s a chance to become innovators instead of cogs in the gargantuan Microsoft machine. The intrepid Microserfs are striking out on their own — living together in a shared digital flophouse as they desperately try to cultivate well-rounded lives and find love amid the dislocated, subhuman whir and buzz of their computer-driven world.

Douglas Coupland is getting a fair amount of press at the moment in Canada — there are two (possibly three) art installations in the city and you always see his books well-stocked in the various (dwindling in number) bookstores about town. In fact, I was having a conversation with Alyssa after we passed his latest installation (a big bust of his head on which you are encouraged to stick your chewing gum) when I mentioned that I really should read more of his work. Especially Microserfs, which is the novel that broke him out, I believe. So, I went and picked it up. Hopefully I’ll read it soon, as a non-SFF pick when I’m getting genre-fatigue.

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Sara B. Elfgren & Mats Strandberg, THE CHOSEN TRILOGY (Hammer)

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One night, when a strange red moon fills the sky, six school girls find themselves in an abandoned theme park, drawn there by a mysterious force. A student has just been found dead. Everyone suspects suicide. Everyone – except them.

In that derelict fairground an ancient prophecy is revealed. They are The Chosen Ones, a group of witches, bound together by a power, one which could destroy them all. But they soon learn that despite their differences they need each other in order to master the forces that have been awakened within them.

High school is now a matter of life and death. Because the killing has only just begun.

This sounds like an interesting trilogy: Scandinavian horror/supernatural thriller. Haven’t read any of that before. The trilogy includes The CircleFire and The Key (the latter is published on January 29th). Check back soon for an interview with the authors.

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EvansC-OfBoneAndThunderUKChris Evans, OF BONE AND THUNDER (Titan)

Channelling the turbulent period of the Vietnam War and its ruthless pitting of ideologies, cultures, generations, and races against each other, military historian and acclaimed fantasy writer Chris Evans takes a daring new approach to the traditional world of sword and sorcery by thrusting it into a maelstrom of racial animus, drug use, rebellion, and a growing war that seems at once unwinnable and with no end in sight. In this thrilling epic, right and wrong, country and honor, freedom and sacrifice are all put to the ultimate test in the heart of a dark, bloody, otherworldly jungle.

In this strange, new world deep among the shadows under a triple-canopy jungle and plagued by dangers real and imagined, soldiers strive to fulfill a mission they don’t understand and are ill-equipped to carry out. And high above them, the heavy rush of wings slashing through the humid air herald a coming wave of death and destruction, and just possibly, salvation.

I really like the sound of this novel. I’ll be reading it ASAP.

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Gaiman-TriggerWarningUSNeil Gaiman, TRIGGER WARNING (William Morrow)

“We each have our little triggers… things that wait for us in the dark corridors of our lives.” So says Neil Gaiman in his introduction to Trigger Warning, a remarkable compendium of twenty-five stories and poems that explore the transformative power of imagination.

In “Adventure Story” — a thematic companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane — Gaiman ponders death and the ways in which people take their stories with them when they die. “A Calendar of Tales” is comprised of short pieces about the months of the year — stories of pirates and March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale “The Case of Death and Honey.” Also included is “Nothing O’Clock,” a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the beloved series in 2013, as well as the never-before-published “Black Dog,” a haunting new tale that revisits the world of American Gods as Shadow Moon stops in at a village pub on his way back to America.

Gaiman, a sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, entrances with his literary alchemy and transports us deep into an undiscovered country where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday is incandescent. Replete with wonder and terror, surprises and amusements, Trigger Warning is a treasury of literary delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul.

New short story anthology from Neil Gaiman, so of course I was interested (plus millions of others, I’m sure).

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GladstoneW-NotesOnTheInternetApocalypseWayne Gladstone, NOTES FROM THE INTERNET APOCALYPSE (Thomas Dunne)

When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard, following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment. But there are rumors that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters “poke” each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine and the perverted fulfill their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club. With the help of his friends—a blogger and a webcam girl, both now out of work—Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?

For those of you wondering if you have WiFi right now, Wayne Gladstone’s Notes from the Internet Apocalypse examines the question “What is life without the Web?”

This sounded quirky and interesting, so I picked it up. The sequel, Agents of the Internet Apocalypse, is due to be published in July 2015.

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HeadleyMD-MagoniaMaria Dahvana Headley, MAGONIA (Harper)

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

All the doctors can do is give her drugs and hope they keep her alive. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of the medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. The sickness catches up with her.

Aza is lost to our world.

And found, by another.

Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power. And she can use it to change the world.

As she navigates her new life, Aza discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. In Aza’s hands lies the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

I love the cover, and have been waiting for this ever since the author tweeted it. Hopefully get to this ASAP. It’s published in North America by Harper on April 28th, 2015.

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JohansenE-2-InvasionOfTheTearlingUSErika Johansen, THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING (Harper)

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

This is the sequel to The Queen of the Tearling, one of 2014’s big releases. Sadly, I haven’t managed to get around to reading the first book… I’ve heard very mixed things about the first novel, but I’m intrigued nonetheless. I’ll do my best to get caught up in a timely manner. The Invasion of the Yearling is due to be published in June 2015 by Harper in the US, and July 2015 by Bantam Press in the UK.

Also on CR: Interview with Erika Johansen

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KittredgeC-HC1-BlackDogCaitlin Kittredge, BLACK DOG (Voyager)

Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss.

As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger… or die trying.

But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava…

This looked interesting, and has some blurbs from authors whose work I’ve enjoyed in the past. (Never a sure-fire way to pick a new read, but it can help.) I also wanted to get this read before the sequel, Grim Tidings, was published in… well, August 2015. So I have some time. That being said, I knew of Kittredge already, because she’s writing Coffin Hill for Vertigo Comics, and I’ve been really enjoying that (review of volume two soon).

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Moorcock-SWF1-WhisperingSwarmUSMichael Moorcock, THE WHISPERING SWARM (Tor)

Almost anyone who has read or written Science Fiction or fantasy has been inspired by the work of Michael Moorcock. His literary flair and grand sense of adventure have been evident since his controversial first novel Behold the Man, through the stories and novels featuring his most famous character, Elric of Melniboné, to his fantasy masterpiece, Gloriana, winner of both the Campbell Memorial and World Fantasy, awards for best novel.

Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Michael Chabon all cite Moorcock as a major influence; as editor of New Worlds magazine, he helped launch the careers of many of his contemporaries, including Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, and J. G. Ballard.

Tor Books now proudly presents Moorcock’s first independent novel in nine years, a tale both fantastical and autobiographical, a celebration of London and what it meant to be young there in the years after World War II. The Whispering Swarm is the first in a trilogy that will follow a young man named Michael as he simultaneously discovers himself and a secret realm hidden deep in the heart of London.

This sounds like a really interesting, quirky novel/book – it’s a fantastical fictionalisation of Moorcock’s youth. I think…? I actually have no idea what to expect from this book. Which is a nice position to be in, actually. It is the first novel in the Sanctuary of the White Friars trilogy. I’ll probably read some of his fiction first (most likely the Eternal Champion novels), but I’m looking forward to giving this a try. It is published by Tor Books, and is out now.

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NovikN-UprootedUS2Naomi Novik, UPROOTED (Del Rey)

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

Novik is the author of the massively popular Temeraire series. I remember seeing her speak on a panel at Housing Works in New York, with Hillary Jordan and Myke Cole. I have not, however, read any of her novels before. I think I’ll have to remedy this ASAP, and Uprooted will be the first. Uprooted will be published in North America by Del Rey on May 19th 2015, and by Tor Books in the UK two days later.

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StayM-RobotOverlordsMark Stay, ROBOT OVERLORDS (Gollancz)

To find his father, one boy must defy an empire…

Three years ago, Earth was conquered by a force of robots from a distant world. They have one rule:

STAY IN YOUR HOMES

Step outside and you get one warning before you’re vaporised by a massive robot Sentry, or a crawling Sniper, or a flying Drone. That’s if the vast Cube doesn’t incinerate you first.

But Sean Flynn is convinced that his father – an RAF pilot who fought in the war – is still alive. And when he and his gang figure out a way to break the robots’ curfew, they begin an adventure that will pit them against the might of the ROBOT OVERLORDS.

I don’t know much about this novel, though I have seen mention of it in passing for what feels like a long time. Now that it’s here, I’m really looking forward to giving it a try. It’s the novelisation based on the film of the same name, starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson. Sounds like a lot of fun.

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SwylerE-BookOfSpeculationUSErika Swyler, THE BOOK OF SPECULATION (St. Martin’s Press)

“Dear Mr. Watson, I came across this book at auction as part of a larger lot I purchased on speculation. The damage renders it useless to me, but a name inside it—Verona Bonn—led me to believe it might be of interest to you or your family….”

Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home—a house, perched on the edge of a bluff, that is slowly crumbling toward the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards, and seldom calls.

On a day in late June, Simon receives a mysterious package from an antiquarian bookseller. The book tells the story of Amos and Evangeline, doomed lovers who lived and worked in a traveling circus more than two hundred years ago. The paper crackles with age as Simon turns the yellowed pages filled with notes, sketches, and whimsical flourishes; and his best friend and fellow librarian, Alice, looks on in increasing alarm. Why does his grandmother’s name, Verona Bonn, appear in this book? Why do so many women in his family drown on July 24? Could there possibly be some kind of curse on his family—and could Enola, who has suddenly turned up at home for the first time in six years, risk the same fate in just a few weeks? In order to save her—and perhaps himself—Simon must try urgently to decode his family history while moving on from the past. 

This novel sounds pretty interesting. It’s published in June 2015 by St. Martin’s Press, so it’s not at the top of the TBR mountain, but I am looking forward to reading it as soon as I can.

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SwiftEJ-3-TamaruqUKE.J. Swift, TAMARUQ (Del Rey UK)

Fleeing from her family and the elitist oppression of the Osiris government, Adelaide Rechnov has become the thing she once feared, a revolutionary.

But with the discovery of a radio signal comes the stark realization that there is life outside their small island existence. Adelaide’s worries are about to become much bigger.

Meanwhile, as rumour spreads on the mainland, many head to the lost city of Osiris with their own devious objectives. But in a world where war is king and only the most powerful survive, there can only be one victor…

The epic finale to The Osiris Project. This is a really good science fiction series.

Also on CR: Interview with E.J. Swift; Guest post on Inspiration in Translation; Review of Cataveiro

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Tregillis-AW1-MechanicalIan Tregillis, THE MECHANICAL (Orbit)

The Clakker: a mechanical man, endowed with great strength and boundless stamina — but beholden to the wishes of its human masters.

Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the 17th Century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army. It wasn’t long before a legion of clockwork fusiliers marched on Westminster, and the Netherlands became the world’s sole superpower.

Three centuries later, it still is. Only the French still fiercely defend their belief in universal human rights for all men — flesh and brass alike. After decades of warfare, the Dutch and French have reached a tenuous cease-fire in a conflict that has ravaged North America.

But one audacious Clakker, Jax, can no longer bear the bonds of his slavery. He will make a bid for freedom, and the consequences of his escape will shake the very foundations of the Brasswork Throne.

It’s the new novel by Ian Tregillis. I am very excited to read this. Kind of like Carlton, below…

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I’m a huge fan of Tregillis’s work, and I still think the Milkweed Triptych is one of the finest trilogies ever written.

Also on CR: Reviews of Bitter SeedsThe Coldest WarNecessary Evil; Guest Post on Origin of the “Gotterelektron”

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TrippB-AccidentalHighwaymanUSBen Tripp, THE ACCIDENTAL HIGHWAYMAN (Tor Teen)

In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher “Kit” Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man’s riding cloak to seek help, and changes the course of his life forever. Mistaken for Whistling Jack and on the run from redcoats, Kit is catapulted into a world of magic and wonders he thought the stuff of fairy tales.

Bound by magical law, Kit takes up his master’s quest to rescue a rebellious fairy princess from an arranged marriage to King George III of England. But his task is not an easy one, for Kit must contend with the feisty Princess Morgana, gobling attacks, and a magical map that portends his destiny: as a hanged man upon the gallows….

Don’t know much about the author or novel, but I saw it and it looked interesting. An impulse buy.

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WilesW-TheWayInnUSWill Wiles, THE WAY INN (??)

The Way Inn is a global chain of identikit mid-budget hotels, and Neil Double is a valued member of its loyalty scheme. Neil is a professional conference-goer, a man who will attend trade fairs, expos and conventions so you don’t have to. This life of anonymised, budget travel would be hell for most, but it’s a kind of paradise for Neil, who has turned his incognito professional life into a toxic personal philosophy.

But Neil is about to change. In a brand new Way Inn in an airport hinterland, he meets a woman – a woman he has seen before in bizarre and unsettling circumstances. She hints at being in possession of an astonishing truth about this mundane world. And then she disappears. Fascinated, and with his professional life unravelling, Neil tries to find the woman again. In doing so he is drawn into the appalling secret that lurks behind the fake smiles and muzak of the hotel…

I can’t remember how I first heard about Will Wiles – someone I follow on Twitter mentioned this novel. After having a look after seeing that mention, I picked up Wiles’s first novel, Care for Wooden Floors. Which I have yet to actually read. This also sounds pretty great, so I hope to get to it very soon. (I say that a lot in this post…)

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WolfD-JF3-TheUltimatumUSDick Wolf, THE ULTIMATUM (William Morrow)

Detective Jeremy Fisk tracks a serial sniper who has mastered state-of-the-art airborne technology to hunt his prey in this chilling thriller…

When a leaker named Verlyn Merritt releases sensitive documents from the NYPD Intelligence Division to WikiLeaks, some of the deadliest criminals have access to Detective Jeremy Fisk’s unlisted home address. Within hours, three mysterious assailants arrive at his Sutton Place apartment. Who are they and why do they want Fisk dead?

Authorities quickly identify and arrest Merritt. But the case takes a sinister twist when an anonymous third party makes threats if authorities don’t release Merritt immediately. Forced from his home and his bank accounts drained, Fisk confronts Chay Maryland, a reporter who has been covering Merritt’s case. Fisk wants the journalist’s help to get close to the leaker—to find out what Merritt really wants and who else is involved.

The investigation is nearly derailed when a serial sniper begins shooting people on the street who seem to have no connection to Merritt’s case. The killer’s aim is eerily accurate—and Fisk believes the shooter might be using a drone rigged with unusual sighting capabilities. Then the sniper contacts the New York Times and promises to kill one person every day, “for the greater good of the citizens of America.

With the clock ticking and millions of lives at stake, Fisk and Chay must find the mastermind before he can wreak havoc on a city paralyzed by fear.

The third novel in Wolf’s thriller series, when I still need to read the first two… I really need to get on to that. It’s published by William Morrow in June 2015, so I have a little time to catch up.

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