Fantasy and Adventure New Releases: 18 January, 2020

Saturday , 18, January 2020 5 Comments

Counterfeit sorcerers, lost in time explorers, clockwork dancers, and straight from the headlines conspiracies fill this week’s collection of fantasy and adventure new releases.

Alt★Hero:Q #2: Not Dead Enough – Chuck Dixon, Vox Day, and Helix Haze

After federal agent Roland Dane survives the successful assassination of the U.S. Secretary of State in Peru, he makes his way back to the United States in secret with the help of a mysterious organization opposed to the global establishment. But when a famous film star is reported dead just hours after the agent visits his house in the Hollywood Hills, Dane realizes that the reach of the evil that is hunting him extends further than he had ever imagined.

Arkhaven has assembled a first-rate production team to create the Alt★Hero: Q series, which explores the incredible QAnon phenomenon that is sweeping the planet. Set in the superhero world of Alt★Hero, Alt★Hero: Q is an astonishing action tale of everyday heroes taking on corruption and evil on a global scale.

Clockwork Dancer #1 – Jon del Arroz and Mary MacArthur

The British Empire views her as an abomination…

…to be captured or destroyed at all costs!

Alastair has created a monster, at least in the eyes of the Anglican Church and under the laws of Queen Victoria. His clockwork automaton has the spark of life, but little does the outside world know she has a heart of gold.

They must go on the run from Her Majesty’s Secret Service and evade an evil plot by the man who first invented clockwork automatons–who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Clockwork Dancer for his dastardly plans.

Expedition to Eden – J. Manfied Weichsel

The Garden of Eden has been off-limits to mankind since the dawn of time, but deep within a remote mountain range where four mighty rivers begin, history’s original lost world still lies hidden.

This is the story of its discovery, featuring a cast including:

A soldier, spy, and fugitive on the run, he is a man torn between two worlds and two women: a temptress from the world of man and an innocent from the land of Eden!

Paradise might be lost, but this explorer aims to find it. Is he merely a wealthy buffoon, or is he a madman with a sinister agenda?

The explorer’s alluring, brazen daughter. She has a secret reason of her own for wanting to go to Eden, and an ulterior motive for wanting to mate with John.

Set in the aftermath of the Civil War and based on the lives of real historical figures, Expedition to Eden is a thrilling tale of wonders, suspense, romance, and pulse pounding action!

Someone is Aiming for You & Other Adventures – J. D. Cowan

Vigilantes fight from the shadows. In Summerside, Dark Magic poisons the dying city of cultists and gangsters. This is where heroes are made.

A man with a deadly touch, an ex-hitman, a concrete teenager, an invisible myth, and an indestructible knight, are but a few of those who stalk the midnight hour.

In these seven stories you will meet those fighting for the soul of the city, and those hoping to bring it to a brighter future. But is there anything left worth saving in a world of death?

Powers or Magic. Only one will win this war.

StoryHack Action & Adventure #5 – edited by Bryce Beattie

It’s all in an evening’s work when the owner of a speakeasy asks Owan Craig, half-fae private eye, to deal with a little problem. Trouble is, that problem is attached to fae mobsters–just the sort of folks Owan likes to avoid…

Arthur Polaris long ago uploaded to an android body. Now, he’s investigating the disappearance of several other GalSec operatives on a corporation world. The dark secrets he learns might just cost him his life…

A Persian pearl diver decides to cut out the middleman when selling his pearls. He ends up at the mercy of pirates, then slavers, then a sea monster…

StoryHack is back with 9 stories of thrilling fights, strange monsters, and wild adventures. Don’t miss a word of the excitement.

Terrors of Pangaea (Lost on the Last Continent #1) – John C. Wright

Colonel Preston Lost is a man of many talents. One of the youngest to achieve the rank of colonel, Lost found himself unable to return to civilian life after the war. He was a man born at the wrong time. Chivalry was dead, and there were no more crusades or mighty deeds to be done.

Sport fishing and big game hunting became first a pastime, then an obsession, but the times were against him, and the nations outlawed such sport, as they did anything dangerous, rare, or worthy of manhood. Basically, anything he saw as “fun” or “challenging.” His aerospace plane had, at first, been merely another pastime.

And then he saw the unidentified flying object.

Lost didn’t think of himself as reckless. He believed in preparation, proper equipment, and patience in stalking the prey. But, in reality, he was not a cautious man. If he was, he wouldn’t have followed the spaceship into the black storm clouds above the Bermuda Triangle.

Now he’s at the end of time, having crash-landed on Pangaea Ultima with few supplies and no way of returning home. But Lost is a man of many talents, and anything should be possible for him. Or, is it possible that this time, Lost has met his match?

The Throne of Darkness (The Counterfeit Sorcerer #4) – Rob Kroese

A hooded man, his face marred by a mysterious black brand, walks the Plain of Savlos. Some say he has the power to summon demons. Others say he is the only one who can vanquish them. His name is Konrad, and he has a secret…

Once an ordinary soldier, his life was forever changed by a fateful meeting with a dying sorcerer. Now he is all that stands between civilization and the creeping evil of the shadow world.

Imprisoned by the powerful Cult of Turelem, Konrad the Sorcerer is given a chance at redemption when an apparition of a long-dead prophetess haunts the land. Konrad’s investigation of the ghost leads him to the foreboding mountain fortress of Magas Komaron, where a mysterious ally instructs him in the secrets of sorcery. But can Konrad stop the mad sorcerer Bolond before it is too late?

Witch’s Oath (The Children of D’Hara #4) – Terry Goodkind

Richard knew that there would be no help coming. It was all up to him to stop the threat or Kahlan would die.

They all would die.

Nine companions – Richard, Kahlan, the witch woman Shale and six Mord-Sith, Rikka, Vale, Cassia, Nyda, Berdine and Vika – are hunting a warlock in the waterlogged depths of the People’s Palace. It will take all their skills to close on their quarry, but do any of them understand the true power of a Witch’s Oath?

While my masterwork, Sword of Truth, concluded with WARHEART – 20 languages and 26 million books sold – I was burning to tell readers more about Richard and Kahlan. For that reason, this new series starts immediately after the ‘Sword of Truth’ books ended. Without skipping a beat, readers will plunge back into Richard and Kahlan’s lives, with new episodes releasing every three months.

So it is that I want to welcome you all back into the Sword of Truth world with many of the characters besides Richard and Kahlan, such as the Mord-Sith, that we have come to love. Learn what the star shift has done to their world and what monsters now lurk in shadows. I promise an arresting, beautiful, and sometimes tragic adventure that will keep you glued to this irresistible story.’Terry Goodkind.

Wizard’s Education (Apprentice to Master Series #2) – James Eggebeen

New tests await. It’s time to take control.

When Lorit’s friend and mentor goes missing, he has no choice but to seize the leadership of the Wizards’ Council to win their support. He must undertake the life and death challenges on his own, to become a Master Wizard even though the trials have been subverted by the Temple.

The evil Wizard Priests have bound his partner, the Sorceress Chihon, in their plan to turn her into their next High Priestess. Can Lorit avoid the traps the Temple has set for him and free his friends, or will he fall to their treachery and face them as enemies?  

  • John E. Boyle says:

    Alt Hero Q 2, an anthology by J.D. Cowan and a new Storyhack? Plus something new from J.C. Wright? Sounds good to me!

    Thanks for the links!

  • Thanks for including StoryHack!

  • J. Manfred Weichsel says:

    Thanks for including Expedition to Eden!

  • JD Cowan says:

    Thanks for the inclusion!

  • Mary M says:

    It’s an honor to be mentioned here among such masters. It was a Castalia House post that led to my collaborating with Jon Del Arroz, and I hope to continue to make comics in the Pulprev spirit.

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