Ben Kane Hunting the Eagles (2016) Review

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Hunting the Eagles  (2016)
(The second book in the Eagles of Rome series)
A novel by Ben Kane

Hunting the Eagles (Eagles of Rome)

AN ARMY DEFEATED

AD 14: Five long years have passed since the annihilation of three legions in the wilds of Germania. Although the bones of 15,000 soldiers now moulder in the Teutoburg Forest, not all the Romans were slain in the bloody ambush.

A CENTURION OUT FOR VENGEANCE

Demoted, battle-scarred and hell-bent on revenge, Centurion Tullus and his legionaries begin their fightback. Ranged against them is the charismatic chieftan Arminius, who is gathering thousands of hostile tribesmen, and determined to crush the Romans for a second time.

AN EAGLE RECOVERED

The eagle belonging to Tullus’ old legion is still in enemy hands, but as the Romans’ reprisals take their army deep into German tribal lands, he remains convinced that it is within reach. But Arminius and his warriors are perilously close. As battle begins, Tullus and his comrades know they must fight as never before – just to stay alive…

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Review

Reading a Ben Kane book is always a different experience from all the other Roman books i normally read. There seem to be so many types and styles since Rome became the bedrock of Historical Fiction, from the cut and thrust of the bloody swords and sandals to devious machinations of roman politics and criminal nefarious enterprise and rooting it out with only the tools and minds of the time. But with Ben i always feel you get something totally different. You get undiluted history, told in such an honest personal emotive way that you cannot help but be pulled into the legion, to share the toil and travails of his characters, and hope that you survive to the end.

Once again we Journey with Centurion Tullus, and his surviving men of the 18th. Its 6 years since the disaster that befell Varus in Ben Kane : Eagles at War (Review), the enmity and disgrace burns differently in each man, but in no one stronger than Tullus. The menace that is Arminius has not gone away, Rome has collected its-self and under the generalship of Germanicus is set to exact a terrible revenge. As usual the biggest obstacle in Romes way is its self. Underpaid, under appreciated, and disaffected the legions have had enough, the men want to be heard, they want to fight for Rome, but they want to be appreciated for their pains and for their lives.

Ben Kane gives us a very intimate view from multiple perspectives of the personal opinions and emotions of those involved on all sides of this story. We experience Tullus and his driving need to discard his demons, to make amends for those men he left behind, we feel the raw emotion and love of his men like Piso who cannot truly thank a superior who saved them from a horrific end, but are determined to live up to everything he needs from them. We spend time from the German perspective with Arminius and feel the burning hatred for the Roman interloper, and his constant battle to keep the disparate tribes together to combat the united force that is Rome. We get all this, down to the wet socks, aching legs, rumbling bellies and inner fear, right up to the political maneuvers and crushing of rebellion, this literally is the blood sweat and tears or Roman Fiction.

All this Ben manages  and more, and kept me riveted to the page for every word. You will honestly struggle to find any more real characters in any Roman book.

I highly recommend this and all Ben Kane’s books, if you have not read his work… why?? please go do so, all his titles are listed below.

(Parm)

Series
Forgotten Legion Chronicles
1. The Forgotten Legion (2008)
2. The Silver Eagle (2009)
3. The Road to Rome (2010)
Forgotten Legion Chronicles Collection (omnibus) (2012)
Hannibal
1. Enemy of Rome (2011)
2. Fields of Blood (2013)
3. Clouds of War (2014)
The Patrol (2013)
Spartacus
1. The Gladiator (2012)
2. Rebellion (2012)
Pompeii (with Stephanie Dray, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn and Vicky Alvear Shecter)
A Day of Fire (2014)
Eagles of Rome
The Shrine (2015)
1. Eagles at War (2015)
2. Hunting the Eagles (2016)
Novellas
The Arena (2016)

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The Hatching * Ezekiel Boone * 5 July 2016 *

Gollancz acquire new high-octane thriller by remarkable new talent,
Ezekiel Boone

Best compared to Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park and Max Brooks’s World War Z, Ezekiel Boone’s The Hatching is a brilliantly addictive novel following a cast of diverse characters from around the globe who are pulled together into a desperate fight against an ancient species.

Ezekiel Boone said: “I’m thrilled to join Gollancz. I’m a fan of so many of their writers, and I think The Hatching is going to delight both hard-core Gollancz readers and a wider audience. It’s fun as hell and just scary enough to make you afraid to put it down.”

Gollancz will be publishing The Hatching in hardback, eBook and audio book on the 5th July 2016.

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 Book Description

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A local guide is leading wealthy tourists through a forest in Peru when a strange, black, skittering mass engulfs him and most of the party. FBI Agent Mike Rich is on a routine stake-out in Minneapolis when he’s suddenly called by the Director himself to investigate a mysterious plane crash. A scientist studying earthquakes in India registers an unprecedented pattern in local seismic readings. The Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. And all of these events are connected.

 As panic begins to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at Melanie Guyer’s Washington laboratory. The unusual egg inside begins to crack…An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake. But this is only the beginning of our end…

 

This is certainly one i will be adding to my “must read in 2016” list.

(Parm)

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Parmenion Books Anticipated for 2016

Every year finding the books to read gets harder and harder, and every year i start by trying to put a list together. It seems i only ever scratch the surface, i miss great titles and some just are not announced yet.

So this is NOT a definitive list for the year, its what i know and want to read so far…..and there is some spectacular reading to come this year. (if i have missed anyone please message me, i always need to to update my list and my blog with great new work)

(Parm)

Books to look forward to in 2016:

Furies of Rome

Robert Fabbri

7-Jan-16 Corvus

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AD 58: Rome is in turmoil once more. Emperor Nero has set his heart on a new wife but to clear a path for her, he must first assassinate his Empress, Claudia Octavia. Vespasian needs to tread carefully here – Nero’s new lover, Poppaea Sabina, is no friend of his and her ascent to power spells danger. Meanwhile, Nero’s extravagance has reached new heights, triggering a growing financial crisis in Britannia. Vespasian is sent to Londinium to rescue the situation, only to become embroiled in a deadly rebellion, one that threatens to destroy Britannia and de-stabilise the empire…

Invader

Simon Scarrow

14-Jan-16 Headline

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From the author of the Sunday Times bestsellers BRITANNIA, CENTURION and THE GLADIATOR, and co-author with T. J. Andrews of the Sunday Times bestseller ARENA, comes a tense, action-packed adventure with the Roman army officer Figulus in the heart of barbaric first-century Britannia. Roman Britain, AD 44. The land is far from tamed. A puppet king is doing little to calm the hatred of the native tribes and bring them under Roman rule. Fighting is in Optio Horatius Figulus’ blood. His Celtic ancestry is mocked by his fellow soldiers, but it gives him the toughness essential for survival. That toughness will be tested to the very limit when he is sent on a mission deep in hostile territory. And Figulus understands the Celtic mind. He knows that, even utterly crushed in battle, their warriors routed and the Druids driven from their hill forts, the tribesmen of Britannia will sooner die than surrender. Figulus fought alongside Macro and Cato in Simon Scarrow’s bestselling Eagles of the Empire series. In INVADER, he stands alone. INVADER has previously been published in five separate ebook novellas. This print edition brings the complete series together in one volume.

Cruel Crown

Victoria Aveyard

21-Jan-16 Orion

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Two women on either side of the Silver-Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.

Queen Song

Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary – how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince; the birth of a new prince, Cal; and the potentially deadly challenges that lie ahead for her in royal life.

Steel Scars

Diana Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black-market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation – Mare Barrow.

This audio edition also features an extract from the new Red Queen novel, Glass Sword.

For the Most Beautiful

Emily Hauser

28-Jan-16 Doubleday

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Three thousand years ago a war took place that gave birth to legends – to Achilles, the greatest of the Greeks, and Hector, prince of Troy. It was a war that shook the very foundations of the world. But what if there was more to this epic conflict? What if there was another, hidden tale of the Trojan War? Now is the time for the women of Troy to tell their story. Thrillingly imagined and startlingly original, For the Most Beautiful reveals the true story of true for the first time. The story of Krisayis, daughter of the Trojans’ High Priest, and of Briseis, princess of Pedasus, who fight to determine the fate of a city and its people in this ancient time of mischievous gods and mythic heroes. In this novel full of passion and revenge, loyalty and betrayal, bravery and sacrifice, Emily Hauser breathes exhilarating new life into one of the greatest legends of all – in a tale that has waited millennia to be told. “Brings ancient Troy wildly, raucously, passionately alive.” (Manda Scott, author of Boudica).

Zero-G

Rob Boffard

19/01/2016 Orbit

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ZERO-G is the nonstop sequel to Rob Boffard’s Tracer, a brutal, gripping thrill-ride, where the hero moves like lightning and the consequences for failure are deadly.

The clock is ticking down again for Riley Hale.

She may be the newest member of Outer Earth’s law enforcement team, but she feels less in control than ever. A twisted doctor bent on revenge is blackmailing her with a deadly threat. If Riley’s to survive, she must follow his orders, and break a dangerous prisoner out of jail. To save her own skin, Riley must go against all her beliefs, and break every law that she’s just sworn to protect. Riley’s mission will get even tougher when all sectors are thrown into lock-down. A lethal virus has begun to spread through Outer Earth, and it seems little can stop it. If Riley doesn’t live long enough to help to find a cure, then the last members of the human race will perish along with her.

The future of humanity hangs in the balance. And time is running out.

Impact Due out Aug 2016

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Morning Star: Red Rising Trilogy 3 (The Red Rising Trilogy)

Pierce Brown

11-Feb-16 Hodder

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Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied – and too glorious to surrender.

Glass Sword

Victoria Aveyard

11-Feb-16 Orion

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If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare’s blood is red – the colour of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from the prince and friend who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by the Silver king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red and Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

Tom Swan and the last of the Spartans part 1

Christian Cameron

18-Feb-16 Orion

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Fifteenth-century Europe. Tom Swan is not a professional soldier. He’s really a merchant and a scholar looking for remnants of Ancient Greece and Rome – temples, graves, pottery, fabulous animals, unicorn horns. But he also has a real talent for ending up in the midst of violence when he didn’t mean to. Having used his wits to escape execution, he begins a series of adventures that take him to street duels in Italy, meetings with remarkable men – from Leonardo Da Vinci to Vlad Dracula – and from the intrigues of the War of the Roses to the fall of Constantinople.

Saints Blood

Sebastian De Castell

07/04/2016 Jo Fletcher Books

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How do you kill a Saint?

Falcio, Kest, and Brasti are about to find out, because someone has figured out a way to do it and they’ve started with a friend.

The Dukes were already looking for ways out of their agreement to put Aline on the throne, but with the Saints turning up dead, rumours are spreading that the Gods themselves oppose her ascension. Now churches are looking to protect themselves by bringing back the military orders of religious soldiers, assassins, and (especially) Inquisitors – a move that could turn the country into a theocracy. The only way Falcio can put a stop to it is by finding the murderer. He has only one clue: a terrifying iron mask which makes the Saints vulnerable by driving them mad. But even if he can find the killer, he’ll still have to face him in battle.

And that may be a duel that no swordsman, no matter how skilled, can hope to win.

One Mans Flag

David Downing

9-Mar-16 Thorndike

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The follow-up to Jack of Spies, Soho’s lead spring ’14 title. Jack McColl, a Scottish car salesman who moonlights as a spy for His Majesty’s Navy, takes listeners on an epic adventure across the world on the eve of World War One.

India, 1915. Jack McColl is on a reconnaissance mission to better defend the British Empire against Bengali terrorists and their German allies. In England, meanwhile, Jack’s former lover, Caitlin Hanley, witnesses the execution of her brother for a treasonous plot that Jack helped foil. His execution has only intensified Caitlin’s involvement in the cause of Home Rule. An uprising in Dublin will bring Caitlin and Jack back together as lovers – and enemies.

Follows the paperback release of Jack of Spies as well as a specially commissioned and designed paperback reissue of all six of the Station series books. Primed by David Downing’s upcoming first-ever US tour, getting him into more stores and augmenting his fan base. David Downing is not only one of Soho Crime’s cult best sellers, with sales of his Station series mushrooming every year, but also a critical darling.

Set in a provocative moment in history and depicts the Irish Republican movement, the American suffrage movement, Indian uprisings against the British Raj, the rise of German antagonism, and other fascinating historical handles.

Altar of Blood

Anthony Riches

10-Mar-16 Hodder

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The ninth novel in the thrilling Empire sequence leads Centurion Marcus Aquila and the Tungrians to the battlefield that was one of Rome’s most disastrous defeats. The Tungrians have no sooner returned to Rome than they find themselves tasked with a very different mission from their desperate exploits in Parthia.

Ordered to cross the river Rhenus into barbarian Germany and capture a tribal priestess who may be the most dangerous person on the empire’s northern border, they are soon subject to the machinations of an old enemy who will stop at nothing to sabotage their plans before they have even set foot on the river’s eastern bank.

But after their Roman enemy is neutralised, they face a challenge greater still. With two of the Bructeri tribe’s greatest treasures in their hands, they must regain Roman territory by crossing the unforgiving wilderness that was the graveyard of Roman imperial strategy 200 years before. And capture by the Bructeri’s vengeful chieftain and his warband can only end in one way – a horrific sacrificial death on the tribe’s altar of blood.

Those Below: The Empty Throne 

Daniel Polansky

10-Mar-16 Hodder

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For centuries beyond counting, humanity has served the Others, godlike Eternals who rule from their cloud-capped mountain city, building a civilization of unimagined beauty and unchecked viciousness.

But all that is about to change. Bas Alyates, grizzled general of a thousand battles, has assembled a vast army with which to contend with the might of Those Above. Eudokia, Machiavellian matriarch and the power behind the Empty Throne, travels to the Roost, nominally to play peacemaker – but in fact to inspire the human population toward revolt.

Deep in the dark byways of the mountain’s lower tiers, the urchin Pyre leads a band of fanatical revolutionaries in acts of terrorism against their inhuman oppressors. Against them, Calla, handmaiden of the Eternals’ king, fights desperately to stave off the rising tide of violence which threatens to destroy her beloved city.

The story begun in Those Above comes to a stunning conclusion in this unforgettable battle for the hearts and minds of the human race, making The Empty Throne the most exciting epic fantasies of recent times.

 

Snakewood

Adrian Selby

17-Mar-16 Orbit

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A LIFETIME OF ENEMIES HAS ITS OWN PRICE

Mercenaries who gave no quarter, they shook the pillars of the world through cunning, chemical brews, and cold steel.

Whoever met their price won.

Now, their glory days are behind them. Scattered to the wind and their genius leader in hiding, they are being hunted down and eliminated.

One by one.

A groundbreaking debut fantasy of betrayal, mystery, and bloody revenge.

Tom Swan and the last of the Spartans part 2

Christian Cameron

17-Mar-16 Orion

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Fifteenth-century Europe. Tom Swan is not a professional soldier. He’s really a merchant and a scholar looking for remnants of Ancient Greece and Rome – temples, graves, pottery, fabulous animals, unicorn horns. But he also has a real talent for ending up in the midst of violence when he didn’t mean to. Having used his wits to escape execution, he begins a series of adventures that take him to street duels in Italy, meetings with remarkable men – from Leonardo Da Vinci to Vlad Dracula – and from the intrigues of the War of the Roses to the fall of Constantinople.

Hunting the Eagles

Ben Kane

24-Mar-16 Preface

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AN ARMY DEFEATED

AD 14: Five long years have passed since the annihilation of three legions in the wilds of Germania. Although the bones of 15,000 soldiers now moulder in the Teutoburg Forest, not all the Romans were slain in the bloody ambush.

A CENTURION OUT FOR VENGEANCE

Demoted, battle-scarred and hell-bent on revenge, Centurion Tullus and his legionaries begin their fightback. Ranged against them is the charismatic chieftan Arminius, who is gathering thousands of hostile tribesmen, and determined to crush the Romans for a second time.

AN EAGLE RECOVERED

The eagle belonging to Tullus’ old legion is still in enemy hands, but as the Romans’ reprisals take their army deep into German tribal lands, he remains convinced that it is within reach. But Arminius and his warriors are perilously close. As battle begins, Tullus and his comrades know they must fight as never before – just to stay alive…

The last Mortal Bond

Brian Staveley

24-Mar-16 Tor

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The trilogy that began with The Emperor’s Blades and continued in The Providence of Fire reaches its epic conclusion, as war engulfs the Annurian Empire in Brian Staveley’s The Last Mortal Bond

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

But the three imperial siblings at the heart of it all–Valyn, Adare, and Kaden–come to understand that even if they survive the holocaust unleashed on their world, there may be no reconciling their conflicting visions of the future.

The Immortal Throne

Stella Gemmell

24-Mar-16 Transworld / Bantam

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The emperor is dead… long live the emperor!
The fervent hope of the victorious rebels and the survivors of the uprising that liberated the City from tyranny is that the accession of Archange to the imperial throne will usher in a new era of freedom, peace and stability. If only that were so…
As the the City struggles to return to something resembling normal life after the devastation brought on by the rebellion, word arises of a massive army gathering to the north. No one knows where it has come from or who leads it, but it soon becomes apparent that its sole purpose is to destroy the City and annihilate all – man, woman and child – who live within its battered walls. And while warriors go forth to fight and die on the battlefield in defence of their homeland and all that they believe in, bitter family feuds and ancient rivalries, political and personal betrayals, and mindless murder surface within the palaces and corridors of power: it seems the City is under siege – from both without and within . . .
With this new novel, Stella Gemmell brings the astonishing story of the City to a spectacular climax and confirms her place as a master of the genre.

The Mortal Tally

Sam Sykes

31-Mar-16 Gollancz

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The heart of civilization bleeds.

Cier’Djaal, once the crowning glory of the civilized world, has gone from a city to a battlefield and a battlefield to a graveyard. Foreign armies clash relentlessly on streets laden with the bodies of innocents caught in the crossfire. Cultists and thieves wage shadow wars, tribal armies foment outside the city’s walls, and haughty aristocrats watch the world burn from on high.

As his companions struggle to keep the city from destroying itself, Lenk travels to the Forbidden East in search of the demon who caused it all. But even as he pursues Khoth-Kapira, dark whispers plague his thoughts. Khoth-Kapira promises him a world free of war where Lenk can put down his sword at last. And Lenk finds it hard not to listen.

When gods are deaf, demons will speak.

The Map of Bones

Francesca Haig

7-Apr-16 Harper

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The second book in Francesca Haig’s incredible Fire Sermon series.
They were born together and they will die together.
One strong Alpha twin and one mutated Omega; the only thing they share is the moment of their death.
The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families as soon as their mutation becomes clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts.
The Alphas are the elite. Once their weaker twin has been cast aside, they’re free to live in privilege and safety, their Omega twin far from their thoughts.
Cass and Zach are both perfect on the outside: no missing limbs, no visible Omega mutation. But Cass has a secret: one that Zach will stop at nothing to expose.
The power to change the world lies in both their hands. One will have to defeat the other to see their vision of the future come to pass, but if they’re not careful both will die in the struggle for power.

Winters Fire

Giles Kristian

7-Apr-16 Transworld

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Norway, AD 785 – a vow of vengeance must be kept . . .
Sigurd Haraldarson has proved himself a great warrior . . . and a dangerous enemy.
He has gone a long way towards avenging the murder of his family. And yet the oath-breaker King Gorm, who betrayed Sigurd’s father, still lives. And so long as he draws breath, the scales remain unbalanced.
The sacred vow to avenge his family burns in Sigurd’s veins, but he must be patient and bide his time. He knows that he and his band of warriors are not yet strong enough to confront the treacherous king. They need silver, they need more spear-brothers to rally to the young Viking’s banner – but more than these, they need to win fame upon the battlefield.
And so the fellowship venture west, to Sweden, to fight as mercenaries. And it is there – in the face of betrayal and bloodshed, on a journey that will take him all too close to the halls of Valhalla – that Sigurd’s destiny will be forged. There, in the inferno of winter’s fire . . .
The Vikings return in this thrilling, thunderous sequel to Giles Kristian’s bestselling God of Vengeance.

The Last Legionnaire (Jack Lark 5)

Paul Collard

7-Apr-16 Headline

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After years fighting for Queen and country, and for his own survival, Jack Lark finds his way back to his mother’s gin palace. But life as a soldier has changed him almost beyond recognition, and London is no longer the city he remembers.

In a desperate moment, he makes a mistake that leads him back to where he swore he’d never return – the battlefield…

The 14th Colony

Steve Berry

7-Apr-16 Hodder

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The explosive new Cotton Malone thriller by the international bestseller Steve Berry.

People say the Cold War is coming back.

For some, it never went away.

Shot down over Siberia in what was to be a simple meet-and-greet mission, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States.

Before escaping, Malone learns that Zorin is headed for North America to join another long-term sleeper embedded in the West.

Armed with a Soviet weapon long thought to be just a myth, Zorin is aided by a shocking secret hidden in the archives of America’s oldest fraternal organization, the Society of Cincinnati. Past presidents used this group’s military offensive – including advice on the invasion of what was to be America’s 14th Colony – Canada.

Inauguration Day for a new President of the U.S.A. is only hours away. Zorin’s deadly plan is timed to bring about political chaos.

In a race against the clock from Russia to the White House itself, Malone must not only battle Zorin, he must also confront his deepest fear, a crippling weakness that he’s long denied but one that now jeopardizes everything. Steve Berry’s trademark mix of fact, fiction, history and speculation is all here in this fast-paced and utterly compelling new thriller.

The Leopards of Normandy: Duke: Leopards of Normandy 2

David Churchill

21-Apr-16 Headline

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William the Bastard, boy Duke of Normandy, is alone in a world filled with enemies. His father, Robert, is dead and the men chosen to protect William are falling prey, one by one, to a conspiracy controlled and manipulated by a man who has spent a lifetime being mocked and ridiculed, but now burns with the need to be feared and obeyed.

In England, two women, equally matched in their beauty, strength and limitless ambition, seek power through their sons. They wield no swords and command no armies but their struggle for the Crown is as bitter as any war. And between them stands Godwin, Earl of Wessex, seeking to build a dynasty that will outlast them all.

One day, William will join the struggle for dominion over England. But for now he must fight just to survive, to reach manhood and then to impose his will on those who would oppose him. Including the young woman he wants for his wife.

War Hawk

James Rollins

21-Apr-16 Orion

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A former army ranger, Tucker Wayne and his war dog, Kane, are thrust into a global conspiracy that threatens to shake the foundations of American democracy in this second exciting Sigma Force spinoff adventure from New York Times best-selling authors James Rollins and Grant Blackwood.

Tucker Wayne’s past and his present collide when a former army colleague comes to him for help. She’s on the run from brutal assassins hunting her and her son. To keep them safe, Tucker must discover who killed a brilliant young idealist – a crime that leads back to the most powerful figures in the US government.

From the haunted ruins of a plantation in the Deep South to the beachheads of a savage civil war in Trinidad, Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a mystery that leads back to World War II, to a true event that is even now changing the world…and will redefine what it means to be human.With no one to trust, they will be forced to break the law, expose national secrets, and risk everything to stop a madman determined to control the future of modern warfare for his own diabolical ends. But can Tucker and Kane withstand a force so indomitable that it threatens our very future?

The Rifleman

Oliver North

3-May-16 Threshold Books

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The man who has “been there, done that” in other wars immerses you in a ripping saga of courage, tenacity, and intrigue torn from the pages of a Revolutionary War soldier’s journal. Nathaniel Newman is a volunteer with Morgan’s Riflemen, an elite infantry unit of Virginia sharpshooters who fought with the cutting-edge military technology of the day: long rifles. As North turns the pages of Nathaniel’s captivating diary, he reveals how the struggle to forge a new, independent nation was nearly lost by traitors, cowards, and the faint of heart. Brother against brother, friend against friend, neighbor against neighbor, this sweeping and meticulously researched novel of our nation’s fight for liberty explores the bravery and perseverance of those who fought and won the bloody battles – and how treachery and betrayal threatened victory in a brutal test of arms.

King of Ashes (The War of Five Crowns, Book 1)

Raymond Feist

5-May-16 Harper

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2016 will mark the publication of Feist’s first non-Midkemia based book for many years. KING OF ASHES is the first book in the planned WAR OF FIVE CROWNS trilogy and draws influences from medieval history and Arthurian legend.

Fire 

CC Humphreys

5 – May-16 Century

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First came Plague, now comes Fire. The epic tale of the hunt for a serial killer threatening London’s rich and poor during the Great Fire of London. Perfect for fans of S J Parris and C J Sansom.

1666.

The Great Plague has passed. Londoners celebrate survival in different ways. They drink. They gamble. They indulge in carnal delights.

But 666 is the number of the Beast, the year foretold when Christ will return. A gang of fanatics – the Saints – choose to hasten that prophesied day. They will kidnap, rape, murder. Above all, they will kill a king.

Two men – the highwayman William Coke and the thief-taker Pitman – are recruited to stop them.

Then in the early hours of September 2nd, 1666, something starts that will overtake them all…

London’s a tinder box. Politically, sexually, religiously. Literally. It is about to burn.

Conspiracy

Iain Gale

5- May-16 Heron

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Wellington has handed Keane his least favourite job: he is to get himself captured by the French, escape from captivity once in France and make his way to Paris to work undercover there. There are rumours of unrest against Napoleon’s regime and Keane’s task is to work out which, if any, the British should support.

Nothing works out as planned. Keane, bereft of most of his loyal team, finds himself in an unknown, confusing political and social world. Even those contacts given to him by Wellington seem dubious and amid the ex-Jacobites, disillusioned Americans, complex Irish and ambitious French republicans, whom can Keane trust in his own double agent role? And which of them will turn Keane over to the tumbrils?

This vivid novel shows not only the complexity of life behind the lines in any war but gives a wonderful portrait of the seething society of Paris under Bonaparte’s regime.

League of Dragons

Naomi Novik

19-May-16 Harper

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Napoleon’s invasion of Russia has been roundly thwarted. But even as Capt. William Laurence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the retreating enemy through an unforgiving winter, Napoleon is raising a new force, and he’ll soon have enough men and dragons to resume the offensive. While the emperor regroups, the allies have an opportunity to strike first and defeat him once and for all – if internal struggles and petty squabbles don’t tear them apart.

Aware of his weakened position, Napoleon has promised the dragons of every country – and the ferals, loyal only to themselves – vast new rights and powers if they fight under his banner. It is an offer eagerly embraced from Asia to Africa – and even by England, whose dragons have long rankled at their disrespectful treatment.

But Laurence and his faithful dragon soon discover that the wily Napoleon has one more gambit at the ready – one that that may win him the war, and the world.

Fire and Sword

Harry Sidebottom

19-May-16 Harper

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The third book in Sidebottom’s epic series set in third century Rome; a dramatic era of murder, coup, counter-rebellions and civil war.

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Hawkwood

Jack Ludlow

19-May-16 A&B

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The Hundred Years’ War is over and newly-knighted Sir John Hawkswood is headed for France to make his fortune as a freebooter. Violence and extortion are rife, and the freebooters will stop at nothing to capture the Papal City of Avignon. This is only the beginning: Italy beckons, and with it, yet more battles against rival mercenaries, powerful cities and the Papal State.

Departure

AG Riddle

19-May-16 Harper Voyager

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En route from London to New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they’ve crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home? Five passengers seem to hold clues about what’s really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Shroeder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw, the son of a billionaire philanthropist. As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they’re letting on – answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past – to save our world …or end it.

A Blade of Black Steel

Alex Marshall

26-May-16 Orbit

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After five hundred years, the Sunken Kingdom has returned, and brought with it a monstrous secret that threatens to destroy every country on the Star.

As an inhuman army gathers on its shores, poised to invade the Immaculate Isles, the members of the Cobalt Company face an ugly choice: abandon their dreams of glory and vengeance to combat a menace from another realm, or pursue their ambitions and hope the Star is still there when the smoke clears.

Five villains. One legendary general. A battle for survival.

Emperors Revenge

Clive Cussler

31-May-16 GP Putnam

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Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon face their toughest challenge yet when a violent bank heist during the Monaco Grand Prix decimates the Corporation’s accounts. To get the money back, Juan joins forces with an old friend from his days in the CIA so they can track down a rogue hacker and a ruthless former Ukrainian naval officer. It is only after the hunt begins that the enormity of the plan comes into focus: the bank theft is just the first step in a plot that will result in the deaths of millions and bring the world’s economies to a standstill. The catalyst for the scheme? A stunning document stolen during Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Russia. But two hundred years later, it may be the thing that brings Europe to its knees.

The Wheel of Osheim

Mark Lawrence

2-Jun-16 Harper

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All the horrors of Hell stand between Snorri Ver Snagason and the rescue of his family, if indeed the dead can be rescued.
For Jalan Kendeth getting back out alive and with Loki’s Key is all that matters. Loki’s creation can open any lock, any door, and it may also be the key to Jal’s fortune back in the living world.
Jal plans to return to the three Ws that have been the core of his idle and debauched life: wine, women, and wagering. Fate however has other, larger, plans…
The Wheel of Osheim is turning ever faster and it will crack the world unless it’s stopped. When the end of all things looms, and there’s nowhere to run, even the worst coward must find new answers.
Jal and Snorri face many dangers – from the corpse-hordes of the Dead King to the many mirrors of the Lady Blue; but in the end, fast or slow, the Wheel of Osheim will exert its power.
In the end it’s win or die.

Quint

Robert Lautner

2-Jun-16 Harper

TBC

The Hanging Tree

Ben Aaronovitch

16-Jun-16 Gollancz

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A tour of what remains and an insight into what once was with a liberal sprinkling of folklore, myth and violent crime. Each of Ben Aaronovitch’s previous Peter Grant novels has been a Sunday Times Top Ten HB best seller, and The Hanging Tree looks set to repeat the feat.

The Hanging Tree was the Tyburn gallows which stood where Marble Arch stands today. Oxford Street was the last trip of the condemned. Some things don’t change. The place has a bloody and haunted legacy, and now blood has returned to the empty Mayfair mansions of the world’s super rich. And blood mixed with magic is a job for Peter Grant.

Peter Grant is back, as are Nightingale, et al, at the Folly and the various river gods, ghosts and spirits who attach themselves to England’s last wizard and the Met’s reluctant investigator of all things supernatural.

City of Mirrors

Justin Cronin

16-Jun-16 Orion

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In life I was a scientist called Fanning. Then, in a jungle in Bolivia, I died. I died, and then I was brought back to life….

Prompted by a voice that lives in her blood, the fearsome warrior known as Alicia of Blades is drawn towards one of the great cities of The Time Before. The ruined city of New York. Ruined but not empty. For this is the final refuge of Zero, the first and last of The Twelve. The one who must be destroyed if mankind is to have a future. What she finds is not what she’s expecting. A journey into the past. To find out how it all began. And an opponent at once deadlier and more human than she could ever have imagined.

The publishing phenomenon that began with the astonishing worldwide best sellerThe Passage now comes to its epic conclusion.

The earthly Gods

Nick Brown

16-Jun-16 Hodder

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Imperial agent Cassius Corbulo is about to go rogue. His bodyguard, Indavara, has been kidnapped and has seemingly vanished off the face of the earth. Having spent weeks trying to discover his fate, Cassius’s time is up: his superiors want him to return to duty.

But when an old ally’s daughter is enslaved, he feels obliged to repay a long standing debt. Refusing the offer of a prestigious post, Cassius – and his Christian servant Simo – join nomadic chieftain Kabir and a trio of warriors, determined to rescue the missing girl. Now operating outside the law, the unlikely band journey across the perilous plague-ridden hinterland of Asia Minor, hunting the slavers. But these are no common criminals, and Cassius finds himself up against ruthless, cunning men with powerful friends and a lot to lose.

Kingmaker 3 Divided Souls

Toby Clements

30-Jun-16 Century

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Lent, 1469

The recent wars between the House of York and the House of Lancaster seem over. The Yorkist King Edward sits on his throne in Westminster, while the Lancastrian claimants are in exile or under lock and key in the Tower.
But within the family of York there is discord. The Earl of Warwick conspires against his King, and while to one another’s faces they are all smiles, their household men speak in lies and whispers.
No man comes to court unarmed.
Thomas and Katherine have returned to Marton Hall, the only home they know.
But what lies buried in the past cannot remain so for long, and soon they are forced to take up arms once more in one of the most savage wars in history.
The Wars of the Roses . . .

The Waking Fire

Anthony Ryan

7-Jul-16 Orbit

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The new star of British fantasy returns with The Waking Fire, a thrilling new tale of exploration and adventure, spies and assassins, explosive magic and the battle for empire.

For decades the nation of Mandinor has been protected by the ‘blood blessed’ – men and women able to consume the blood of wild drakes, which grants them fearsome powers. Elite spies and assassins, their loyalty has established Mandinor’s position as the greatest power in the known world.

Yet now a crisis looms. The drake bloodlines are weakening, and conflict with the Corvantine Empire seems inevitable. Mandinor’s only hope of survival lies with the myth of a legendary drake, whose powerful blood might just turn the tide of the war – if it even exists.

The task of hunting down the elusive beast falls to Clayton Torcreek, a petty thief and unregistered blood blessed. He’s handled many valuable things in his time (most of them illegal) but nothing as priceless as his nation’s future.

Yet his mission is doomed to fail, unless Lizanne Lethridge – Mandinor’s greatest spy – can determine the drake’s location. Lizanne must go deep undercover in enemy territory and steal an ancient artefact that might just give her the answers she needs – but only if she can find it first.

Tom Swan and the last of the Spartans part 3

Christian Cameron

7-Jul-16 Orion

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Fifteenth-century Europe. Tom Swan is not a professional soldier. He’s really a merchant and a scholar looking for remnants of Ancient Greece and Rome – temples, graves, pottery, fabulous animals, unicorn horns. But he also has a real talent for ending up in the midst of violence when he didn’t mean to. Having used his wits to escape execution, he begins a series of adventures that take him to street duels in Italy, meetings with remarkable men – from Leonardo Da Vinci to Vlad Dracula – and from the intrigues of the War of the Roses to the fall of Constantinople

Heart of Granite: Blood and Fire

James Barclay

21-Jul-16 Gollancz

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The world has become a battleground in a war which no side is winning. But for those determined to retain power, the prolonged stalemate cannot be tolerated so desperate measures must be taken.
Max Halloran has no idea. He’s living the brief and glorious life of a hunter-killer pilot. He’s an ace in the air, on his way up through the ranks, in love, and with his family’s every need provided for in thanks for his service, Max has everything . . .
. . . right up until he hears something he shouldn’t have, and refuses to let it go. Suddenly he’s risking his life and the lives of all those he cares about for a secret which could expose corruption at the highest levels, and change the course of the war.

One man, one brief conversation . . . a whole world of trouble . . .

The Thorn of Emberlain:

Scott Lynch

21-Jul-16 Gollancz

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A new chapter for Locke and Jean and finally the war that has been brewing in the Kingdom of the Marrows flares up and threatens to capture all in its flames. And all the while Locke must try to deal with the disturbing rumours about his past revealed in The Republic of Thieves. Fighting a war when you don’t know the truth of right and wrong is one thing. Fighting a war when you don’t know the truth of yourself is quite another. Particularly when you’ve never been that good with a sword anyway…

Hereward the Bloody Crown

James Wilde

28-Jul-16 Transworld / Bantam

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1081. And so the bloody battle for the crown of the Holy Roman Empire begins.
In Constantinople, three factions will go to any length…will kill any number…to seize the throne.
Outside the city’s walls, twin powers threaten a siege that will crush the once-mighty empire forever.
To the west, the bloody forces of the most feared Norman warlord are gathering.In the east, the Ottoman hordes are massing and lust for slaughter.
And in the middle of it all, as the sands of time run out, Hereward and his English spear-brothers prepare to make what could be their final stand . . .

Accidental Gods

Manda Scott

July 2016 Transworld

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Capitaine Ines Picaut has only just begun working again. Physically, she has recovered but the fire left invisible scars that are still healing.

When a woman is assassinated in the middle of Orleans, Picaut’s team are called in. But something isn’t adding up. The woman is carrying a fake identity and even Picaut’s tech expert Patrice is struggling to unearth the truth.

As the mystery deepens, Picaut begins to suspect that her Jane Doe may have links to her team. To one member in particular. But she can’t be right, perhaps she has come back to work too early.

Manda Scott weaves an immaculate thriller in present day Orleans with an immersive past in the secret service in both France and England. As the connections between the two plots emerge and identities are revealed, you won’t be able to tear yourself away.

Sons of Blood

Robyn Young

28-Jul-16 Hodder

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The Death of Robin Hood (Outlaw Chronicles)

Angus Donald

4-Aug-16 Sphere

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Plataea

Christian Cameron

11-Aug-16 Orion

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Arimnestos of Plataea was one of the heroes of the Battle of Marathon, in which the heroic Greeks halted the invading Persians in their tracks, and fought in the equally celebrated naval battle at Salamis.

But even these stunning victories only served to buy the Greeks time, as the Persians gathered a new army, returning with overwhelming force to strike the final killing blow.

For the Greeks, divided and outnumbered, there was only one possible strategy: attack. And so, in the blazing summer of 479 BC, Arimnestos took up his spear one final time at the Battle of Plataea.

The Last Horseman

David Gilman

11-Aug-16 Head of Zeus

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Dublin 1899. Lawyer Joseph Radcliffe and his black American comrade Benjamin Pierce were ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ in the Civil War and the Indian Wars; now Radcliffe defends the toughest cases in a troubled city. But a far-off war is raging, the battle between the British and the Boers in South Africa, and, after an argument with his father, Joseph’s son Edward runs away to join the Irish forces there.

When Edward is captured and held as a spy, Radcliffe and Pierce – a black man in a white man’s war – set off to find the young man and bring him back to Ireland. In the harsh South African terrain, the two old soldiers find their survival skills tested to the hilt in this epic tale of heroism and treachery, love and loyalty.

David Gilman delivers another historical page-turner, once again he thrills and astounds with his breathtaking battle scenes, drawing on his own first-hand experience of soldiering. This is the Anglo-Boer War told as never before, by a master writer.

Blood upon the Sand

Bradley Beaulieu

18-Aug-16 Gollancz

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In Book 2, The Inverted Thorn, Ceda continues to uncover the riddle of her mother’s book. She finds more clues left to her by her mother, but they are incomplete. She must go to the desert to find the answers to the riddles. In doing so, she comes across the few members of the Thirteenth Tribe, and though they doubt she can make a difference against the Kings, they help her in her quest. The Kings, however, have not been idle. They know that one of their own has been murdered, and the hunt is on to find the culprit. As their hunt comes closer and closer, Ceda unlocks more secrets and kills more of the kings. She also learns that the asirim are tools that have been used by the Kings ever since that dark pact so long ago. Though it sickens Ceda to do so, she uses this same power to thwart Sharakhai’s aggressive northern neighbor in their attempt to take her city for their own.

Saviour of Rome

Douglas Jackson

25-Aug-16 Transworld / Bantam

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AD 72. Titus Flavius Vespasianus, known as Vespasian, is Emperor of Rome, but his grip on power grows increasingly fragile as economic disaster threatens. The enormous riches from his Judaean campaigns are all but spent, legions go unpaid, and the yields from Rome’s vital Spanish goldfields have fallen dramatically since the civil war. Gaius Valerius Verrens is recently married and building a new home when the summons arrives from the Emperor. Vespasian needs a man with the combined skills of a lawyer and a soldier to investigate what is happening in remote, mountainous Asturica Augusta where the authorities claim a bandit called The Ghost is ravaging the gold convoys. But when Valerius arrives in Asturica he faces a much more complex situation. Stalked from the shadows he cannot tell ally from enemy, the exploited native tribes are a growing threat, and the tortured landscape itself seems capable of swallowing him up. Gradually he finds himself drawn into a much wider conspiracy, one that could plunge the Empire into a new conflict and that will place him on a deadly collision course with his old friend and most dangerous adversary, the former gladiator Serpentius.

Dragon and Unicorn

CC Humphreys

27- Sept -16 Doubleday (Canada)

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Dodger of the Revolution

James Benmore

22/09/16 Heron

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The Artful Dodger faces his most dangerous adventure yet as he leaves Dickensian London and finds himself manning the barricades in defence of liberty, fraternity and larceny in the 1848 Paris uprising. For Dodger, life as a criminal kingpin is losing its allure. Leading a gang of petty thieves from the Seven Dials is not as easy as Fagin made it look and after a year in charge Jack Dawkins has been reduced to a shadow of the man who used to be the envy of every pickpocket in London. Opium-addicted and heavy-fingered, Dodger is fast becoming a laughing stock on his own patch until a chance encounter leads him to Paris and a job like nothing he’s had before. In a city alive with rebellion, Dodger must avoid assassins, jilted lovers and revolutionaries, and rediscover his touch if he is to lift his most precious treasure yet. The third in the James Benmore’s acclaimed series continuing the story of the Artful Dodger, this book confirms Jack Dawkins as one of the great fiction characters.

A Tale of the Free

Brian Ruckley

Corsair  March 2016

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The Free are the most feared mercenary company the world has ever known. For years they’ve sold their martial and magical skills to the highest bidder, winning countless victories that have overthrown kings and shaken empires.

Yulan is a newcomer to their ranks, keen to prove himself worthy of the Free’s name. When corsair marauders ravage the Hommetic Kingdom’s coastline, Yulan gets his chance.

His mission is simple: travel to the corsairs’ island fortress, persuade their self-proclaimed king to sign a peace treaty, then head home with sword unbloodied.

Yet the crumbling fortress holds many secrets, and blades speak louder than words. Soon Yulan must fight not just for the glory of the Free, but for his very survival.

Exile June 2016

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Tyrant Sept 2016

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A Torch Against the Night The second book in the Ember in the Ashes series
Sabaa Tahir

Sept 2016

Harper Voyager 

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The Midas Legacy (Wilde/Chase 12)

Andy McDermott

22-Sep-16 Headline

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The twelfth in the fantastic Wilde/Chase series sees Nina following in her late mother’s footsteps as she and husband Eddie search for King Midas’s legacy. Scott Mariani says that McDermott’s adventure thrillers are full of ‘action, adventure and mayhem aplenty’ and if you read Mariani, Clive Cussler or James Rollins you’ll love this.

Nina and Eddie have been enjoying the first couple of years of parenthood, with their adventures taking a backseat to the joys of raising their daughter Macy. With Macy now two though, Nina is eager to combine parenthood with her archaeological adventures and return to work.
In doing so, Nina and Eddie become embroiled in a case in which a woman has apparently been turned to gold. Can it be related to the legend of Midas? In investigating, Nina is forced to confront her past as she makes a discovery that casts her family in a different light and causes her to re-examine her parents’ legacy.

A Plague of Swords

Miles Cameron

20/10/16 Gollancz

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Hero Grown 

Andy Livingstone

20-Oct-16 Harper

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The sequel to the epic HERO BORN

Brann has come a long way since his days as a galley slave. At Lord Einarr’s side, he journeys to the capital of the Empire to warn the Emperor about Loku, a man who will stop at nothing to spread the influence of his depraved cult.

But Loku already has the Emperor in his thrall, and his scheming ensures that Brann is enslaved once more. He is put to work in the fighting pits deep below the city, where a man might escape with his life, but not his soul.

Brann emerges bent on revenge, determined to stop Loku. But first he must fight to recover the man that he once was, to become the hero he is meant to be

The fate of the tearling

Erika Johansen

29/11/16 Harper

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In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies – including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear. To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable – she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy, and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne. Now the endgame begins and the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – will finally be revealed…

 

Son of Night

Mark Alder

24-Nov-16

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Following on from the success of Son of the Morning, which saw him compared to both Bernard Cornwell for the flair of his historical writing and to George RR Martin for his gripping plotting, Mark Alder takes his history of the 100 years war into France as the war between Heaven and Hell swallows up the ambitions of both the French and English crowns.

As the armies mass around Crecy the rivalries between Lucifer, Satan and God become ever deeper and more violent. Combining a cast of larger than life (yet real) characters and a truthful, deeply researched take on the religious beliefs of the time Mark Alder is embarked on a truly unique historical fantasy that will ensure you never see the 100 Years War and the history of medieval Europe in the same way again.

Black Rocks of Morwentstow

John Wilcox

17-Nov-16 A&B

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Dead Mans Steel

Luke Scull

6-Dec-16 Head of Zeus

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The last spark of hope has been extinguished. The Age of Ruin is complete: the Fade have returned to cleanse humanity from the land.

Weakened by war, the surviving Magelords of the Trine are unable to use their magic to repel the elder race. All southerners who wish to live flee east to the Unclaimed Lands, seeking to bring word to the Confederation and its Magelords.

Meanwhile, the people of the Highlands are moving south, pursued by the demons that have overrun their mountain home. The Fade and the denizens of the Abyss hold an ancient enmity for each other. In the face of the threat posed by the demonspawn, will the Fade abandon their crusade and unite with humanity against their mutual foe?

 

Last but not least the Self publishing power houses that are:

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Praetorian 3 SJA Turney Autumn 2016 Victrix

Marius Mules 9 SJA Turney Summer 2016 Victrix

Blood of the Wolf Steve A McKay Summer 2016

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Francesca Haig: THE MAP OF BONES (part 2 of The Fire Sermon series) COVER ART ( #mapofbones )

Francesca Haig
Francesca Haig is a novelist, poet, and academic. She grew up in Tasmania, gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and was a senior lecturer at the University of Chester. The Fire Sermon, her debut novel, is the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies in both Australia and England, and her first collection of poetry, Bodies of Water, was published in 2006. In 2010 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. She lives in London with her husband and son.

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Fire Sermon
1. Fire Sermon (Francesca Haig) + Harper Voyager Blogger event. (2015)
2. The Map of Bones (2016) Release date: 7th April
The above cover art for The Map of Bones is taken from the US site……. what you have all come to see is the new UK cover art… and in my opinion some fantastic work….. keep scrolling

They were born together and they will die together.

One strong Alpha twin and one mutated Omega; the only thing they share is the moment of their death.

The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families as soon as their mutation becomes clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts.

The Alphas are the elite. Once their weaker twin has been cast aside, they’re free to live in privilege and safety, their Omega twin far from their thoughts.

Cass and Zach are both perfect on the outside: no missing limbs, no visible Omega mutation. But Cass has a secret: one that Zach will stop at nothing to expose.

The power to change the world lies in both their hands. One will have to defeat the other to see their vision of the future come to pass, but if they’re not careful both will die in the struggle for power.

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War, Violence, and Killing Characters

Catch up with the latest great blog from Christian Cameron

With Pen and Sword

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Lodovico di Medici, known as Giovanni delle Bande Nere

Everyone knows the trite, oft-repeated slogan.  ‘War is Hell.’  And some know Lincoln’s comment, ‘Military glory–that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood–that serpent’s eye, that charms to destroy… ‘ and we’ve all heard ‘Live by the sword, die by the sword.’  The human race and it’s penchant for violence has coined several thousand worthy slogans about war, death, destruction, and the pointlessness and folly of military adventure.  There’s a host of good quotes here if you want to read for several hours.  I particularly enjoyed Benjamin Franklin’s quotes, but then, I always do.

But… I write in not one but two genres where violence tends to define story arc and serve as the anvil of character building.  There are many reasons for this.  I still find war fascinating, although it is the fascination of the serpent.  I admire good…

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Victoria Aveyard: Red Queen / Glass Sword (Review)

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Victoria Aveyard  is a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists.
Red Queen (2014)
(The first book in the Red Queen series)
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Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood – those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess, and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard – a growing Red rebellion – even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays the only certainty is betrayal.

This sweeping story of palace intrigue, class hierarchy, and deception will keep readers hurtling along, desperate to find out Mare’s fate. Her honesty and determination, quick wit, and no-holds-barred attitude will surely make readers fall in love with her.

Glass Sword  (2016)
(The second book in the Red Queen series)
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If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare’s blood is red – the colour of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from the prince and friend who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by the Silver king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red and Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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This series intrigued me as do quite a few of the YA dystopian series, the concept of a servile race subjugated by one with greater abilities. The concept was very reminiscent of the recent series by  Pierce Brown: Red Rising (Review) .
Victoria Aveyard writes to excite in a very visual dramatic style, this series different from the explosive style of Pierce Brown is measured and for me seems driven around the dropping in of dramatic lines and cliff hanger moments as you would expect from a screenwriter. But it works, the cliff hanging moments drag you from chapter to chapter hunting for meaning to the reds and Mare’s existence and her blood mutation, fighting for salvation.
The Reds are caught up in a world owned by the 1%, very reminiscent of the real world, just with death and enhanced abilities rather than corporate greed, ultimately its all about power. This tale of power and destruction is told in a very personal emotive fashion, the havoc that the twisting world of power and decision making has on Mare is played out across the pages in every agonized decision, the torture between the personal  and the group
objective. Will she ever have a life, can she ever love? She has been tortured on a very emotional and physical level, can anyone come back from that?
As a reader of this type of dystopian series i have to say this is a great concept, yet i hope to see it more fully realised, there is so much spotlight on the people it lacks world building, the mentions of the other nations is too vague and unformed, this may be a device to allow the author freedom to move and expand her world as the writing flows, but for me makes the political landscape too vague.
Don’t let that put you off,this is a series with a huge amount of promise, and already delivers so much. Having read the first two books back to back its very easy to become engrossed in this world and the powers of its inhabitants. I’m very much looking forward to where this series goes next, its gone down a dark rabbit hole…. there may be some light, but its for the author to show the way.
(Parm)
Series
Red Queen
0.5. Queen Song (2015)
1. Red Queen (2014)
1.5. Cruel Crown (2016)
1.5. Steel Scars (2016)
2. Glass Sword (2016)
Red Queen 2-Book Collection (omnibus) (2016)

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The Best books of 2015

With Pen and Sword

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I agree that there’s some false advertising in the title.  First, I admit that many of my choices are books written before Christ was born; second, that they are purely subjectively the best.  Really, what we’re looking at here is my reading habits.  These are the books that I liked best in 2015.

I’ll start with the most brilliant novel I’ve read in a long time… perhaps ever, and certainly within easy memory.  It is Elena Ferrante‘s ‘My Brilliant Friend’ (not pictured) and the second volume ‘The Story of a New Name.’  Now, as I mostly write about military history, I have to assume that most of the folks who read my blog love military history, so I need to offer the following disclaimer.  In the whole of Elena Ferrente, there is not a shred of military history.  The truth is that almost anything I say about these…

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