Fantasyland meets Army Rangers, space elves lie, and the Wild West gets strange in this week’s new releases.
Bedlam (Dragon Wars #16) – Craig Halloran
Blind-sided by the enemy is one thing, but side-blinded by your own cuts twice as deep.
The mission is simple, lay low until the time to reveal themselves comes, but when a quick trip for a hot meal leads into the heart of unexpected danger, Grey Cloak and Dyphestive must suffer severe consenquences.
Talon undertakes a treacherous journey into the bowels of the Nether Realm to find the Flaming Fence and recover the Dragon Helm. But there is a betrayer among them and one slip and the last hope to defeat Black Frost will be lost forever.
Guardian (War Angel #1) – David Hallquist
A war between the planets would be unthinkably destructive, yet Jovian Republic Navy pilot Michael Vance is recalled to his host carrier for just that reason.
The Jovian Republic Navy relies on an elite corps of warriors to fight their battles anywhere in the air, on land, or in space. They’re known by a simple name: Angels. These cybernetically enhanced warriors pilot the giant Guardian exo-frames that are able to fight in nearly any environment. In their prime, they were the best…but that day is long past. Now the old Guardian frames are obsolete, and Michael’s flight goes to war already down one member due to a training accident.
Even worse, the Angels will have to fight the best forces the Solar System has to offer. The Saturnine Union seeks to dominate the system and transform everyone into cybernetic drones under the control of the Saturn Undermind. Utterly ruthless, relentless, and with terrifying technology, the other planets can’t stop Saturn…only Jupiter can. If it’s lucky.
The Angels are on the way…but will they be enough?
Hit & Fade (Forgotten Ruin #2) – Jason Anspach and Nick Cole
As an overwhelming army of skeletons, wraiths, ghouls, and other dark creatures—all serving a powerful undead sorcerer—advance against Forward Operating Base Hawthorn, the Rangers must now do what they do best: go on the extreme offense.
It’s time to Hit and Fade. Attack, withdraw, and outmaneuver the enemy.
PFC Talker, attached to the weapons team section of a Ranger recon patrol led by Captain Knife Hand, recounts the harrowing attempt to destabilize this surreal and horrific nightmare force with everything the snipers, master breachers, and stone-cold killers of the Ranger regiment have in their bag of lethal tricks.
Abating, channelizing, and leading the enemy into a series of devastating traps involving everything from kinetically violent ambushes to immensely explosive crater munitions, the Rangers strike at the enemy as death personified, fading like ghosts only when the dead are dead once again.
When facing Rangers, even nightmares are afraid.
Home on the Strange (Cowboys & Cthulhu #2) – David J. West
Louis L’Amour Meets Lovecraft Again!
Porter Rockwell is hunting for a missing girl near a haunted mountain but is forced into tagging along with unfriendly cavalry troopers. The cavalry doesn’t seem very intent on finding her alive or administering justice, wanting only vengeance on the suspected Indian renegades. When they get attacked by inexplicable means, it becomes every man for himself.
But Porter isn’t about to roll over and let madness take him. He has a job to do, and nobody can handle death the way he does. He’ll find the girl, administer justice, and get to the bottom of the haunted mountain’s terrible mystery, no matter who or what gets in his way.
Legend of the Sky Sword (Fall of Wizardoms #2) – Jeffrey L. Kohanek
The Seers are blind to prophecy, or so it seems until a nightmarish vision shocks everyone. A darkness comes. Should it claim the elves, it will advance until it consumes the southern wizardoms.
To stave off impending doom, misfit heroes embark on a quest for a magical sword not seen in millennia.
The newborn princess of Pallanar is abducted, triggering a desperate search. Her wizard father will do anything to rescue her. Who is behind it and what will his efforts cost?
Toppled thrones send two wizardoms into chaos. The ambitious strive to claim power while new gods rise to replace the old. What can it all mean?
The Singularity War (Singularity Sunrise #5) – Kit Sun Cheah
Two AIs struggle for supremacy.
Eden, the ghost in a decentralized global supercomputer network, sworn to empower and liberate its users. Zhi Zun, the electronic emperor of China, with the power of life and death over a billion subjects.
At stake is the future of humanity: a future of coexistence between man and machine, or a future of eternal slavery to cold algorithms.
To decide the fate of the world, James Morgan and his team of Lithsmen must penetrate China and drive a dagger into Zhi Zun’s heart. Standing in their way is the most powerful national security state in the history of humanity, backed by a machine superintelligence beyond human comprehension.
An impossible mission—for anyone other than the Lithsmen.
But when machine superintelligences go to war, is there still a place for the human soul?
Space Battle (Space Race #2) – Nathan Hystad
The race has ended. The new prize is survival.
In the aftermath of the thwarted alien invasion, Arlo teams up with his old nemesis to seek a potential ally. With the creation of FTL outfitted Racers, they’re finally able to cross great distances in a short period of time.
What they find at Refuge is shocking. Aided by their new friends, Arlo must fight his way home, bringing information vital to Earth’s continued existence.
At least now it’s two against one.
The Space Battle is on.
They Called Me Mad – J. Pal
I was in my garage when the space elves addressed the whole world.
They didn’t call themselves space elves, of course. Most humans struggled to pronounce Khjurhnalva, so we opted for the easier version. They had a message for us: forces that had eradicated their species’ males were now heading for Earth.
Hungry for our resources, the alien hordes annihilate everything that stands in their way. The space elves offered us access to the System and asked for very little in return. After all, cooperation was vital to the survival of both our species.
I, Mathew Alexander Dunphy, know all of the above is bullshit. I saw the truth with my own eyes and heard it from their beautiful, delicate, deceitful mouths. No one believes me, though. They call me mad.
What reason could the space elves have to lie?