Time-traveling Rangers, superheroes in love, living saints, dungeon-delving samurai, and the Black Tide of the undead feature in this week’s newest fantasy and adventure releases.
Armored Heart – J. M. Anjewirden
May returned home from the Second Augment War having left parts of herself behind, emotionally and literally. An inventor at heart, she built herself cybernetic legs to regain her mobility, and then a suit of powered armor to regain a purpose in her life as the superhero Escuda.
But can she balance being a superhero with a love life?
The country’s most celebrated superhero, Steel Patriot, has moved to her town. Sure, Escuda will be able to work with him easily enough, but can May get his attention, while also dealing with a new breed of supervillain on the rise?
Chronicle of Lightning #1 – Shadows Finger
Dai Lin was a mystery from birth, arising from a bolt of blue thunder that descended into a land of the unknown. In this land, there was a distant village, one which had been ravaged by his arrival, a place known as the Windtale Village. Taken in by a small but unusual family of two, he was later raised as one of their own, but while things would seem to be fine, there were changes occurring in their world’s underside, ones that would affect not only themselves but the lives of all beings who exist within this ever so fleeting, and mysterious domain…
This is a story of passion, obsession, and unrequited love, follow along as a child journeys to find his place in a land that rejects his very existence, this is his story, this is the tale of Dai Lin…
Crusader (Saint Tommy, NYPD #5) – Declan Finn
He might be on his last crusade
Still working abroad, Detective Tommy Nolan has a hot tip that leads him to Germany. Women and children are disappearing from Catholic Bavaria. The local police have their hands tied. Tommy is the last hope for answers.
Yet again, Tommy is in over his head. What starts as a sex trafficking ring turns into a terrorist conspiracy to unleash Hell on Europe. To stop it, Tommy must fight Nazi vampires, terrorists, and a swarm of succubi who want him as their next meal. Tommy has always crusaded for justice. But now he might be on his last crusade.
Dead God’s Due (Sins of the Fathers #1) – Matthew P. Gilbert
To stop the end of the world, they must defy a god.
Yazid Valerion is alone with the truth. The apocalypse is coming. But his warnings fall on deaf ears. His people are far more concerned about the wars of today and tomorrow than those of the past.
Eons ago, the Dead God promised a world of ash, and the time of that prophecy is now at hand. His only hope is to cross the sea with his few followers in search of ancient enemies, the Meites, and pray he can sway them to his cause. But the Meites are no mere mortals; they are powerful sorcerers prone to outbursts of destructive terror. Even if he can find them, there’s no guarantee they won’t slaughter him and his men upon first sight.
Perhaps there is no way to change the prophesy of a god. If not, then Yazid will die well. For a warrior knows, it is better to die fighting than trembling in fear of the final blow.
Firestarter (The Valens Legacy #15) – Jan Stryvant
Up until now, Sean has only been fighting battles. He’s been fighting them against the demons coming through temporary gates, demonically backed agencies, magic users, or even just plain crazies. But now, now the war, the real war, is about to start as the date for the main gateway, which will be open for two years, draws near. A gateway through which millions of demons will be coming to conquer the world.
And yet there is just so much still to do. Help and reinforcements are flooding in, but people need to be sorted out, infected were necessary, and trained. Supplies need to be organized, and bureaucrats must be dealt with. Plans must be made and often updated as more and more is learned about their enemies and their allies.
It’s a tall order for a young man who is barely past his twenty-second birthday, lion or not.
Kami no Kishi (Dungeon Samurai #2) – Kit Sun Cheah
Six months after being spirited away to a land filled with deadly monsters, Yamada Yuuki and Hiroshi Matsuo are about to face their toughest challenge yet. They and their fellow samurai must dive deeper into the world-spanning dungeon, going where no man has gone before, in a quest to confront the demon who brought them to its realm.
But as the samurai grow in skill and power, so too do the monsters. Legions of bloodthirsty beasts stalk the shadow-filled halls of the labyrinth, far more dangerous than those on the upper floors. Strange spells echo in the corridors, visiting death and madness to the unwary and the unfortunate. An ocean of agony and suffering lies between the humans and the bottom floor.
To stand fast against the coming onslaught, it is no longer enough for Yamada and Hiroshi to serve as samurai. They must don the mantle of the Kami no Kishi: the Knights of God.
One Helluva Bad Time – Chuck Dixon
You don’t punch a cocktail waitress around Dwayne Roenbach, not even if you are his wealthy mogul boss.
Unfortunately, said boss got him blacklisted for actions that Dwayne knew were entirely appropriate of a retired US Army Ranger.
Now, a phone call from a mysterious benefactor wants Dwayne to pull together a team to help rescue scientists who are lost.
With the kind of money he’s being offered he only asks a couple of questions to make sure the job is legit.
Perhaps he should have asked a few more.
This Epic Adventure spans multiple time periods, gun battles with creatures and people all over the world as well as up and down history as they battle to do what is right.
No matter if Hell is there to greet them in the end.
Bad times or not, these Rangers have no ‘quit’ in them. Everyone and everything needs to get the hell out of their way.
River of Night (Black Tide Rising #7) – John Ringo and Mike Massa
Tom Smith used to be somebody. Now he’s just another refugee, fleeing the smoking ruins of civilization.
Well, maybe not just another refugee.
Late of the Bank of the Americas where he used to be the global managing director for Security, Tom and his fellow survivors watched New York City burn. His plan to the save New York long enough to find a cure for the zombie virus hadn’t survived the bloody scrimmage between angry cops, cunning gangsters, and rapacious City officials.
But Tom and some trusted allies were able to stay one step ahead and escaped offshore. Now they’re holed up in a safe house in coastal Virginia and it’s time to breakout.
Between him and his objective, one of the bank’s prepared evacuation camps in the Cumberland Valley, are hundreds of miles of clogged roads, burnt-out towns and howling mobs of infected humans who know only hunger.
Without a fat checkbook and the team of hired spec-ops mercenaries it used to bring, how will Tom Smith fend off entrepreneurial marauders, a brilliant sociopath or two and a kill-count hungry member of the E-4 mafia?
And if he pulls it off, no one is sure how they will they re-start civilization.