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Holiday Gifts for Every Reader

Holiday Gifts for Every Reader

Happy New Release Day! Here’s what went on sale today.

By His Own Hand by Neal Griffin

Place holder  of - 52 The body of a young man has been found in the woods outside Newberg, dead from a close-range shotgun blast. The gun—his own—lies beside the body.

Certain things don’t add up for Detective Tia Suarez. Where did the fat envelope of cash in his pocket come from? Who called the police to report the body, then disappeared before the cops arrived?

Head On by John Scalzi

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Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

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Avengers of the Moon by Allen Steele

Image Placeholder of - 79 Curt Newton has spent most of his life hidden from the rest of humankind, being raised by a robot, an android, and the disembodied brain of a renowned scientist. Curt’s innate curiosity and nose for trouble inadvertently lead him into a plot to destabilize the Solar Coalition and assassinate the president. There’s only one way to uncover the evil mastermind—Curt must become Captain Future.

The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis

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For Josette Dupre, the Corps’ first female airship captain, it might just be a bullet in the back.

On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the foppish aristocrat Lord Bernat, a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know-how of a thimble.

Night Magic by Jenna Black

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Once, the guilt of having inadvertently let the night magic into the city—and of having killed her onetime best friend—had threatened to destroy her. But now she’s been Nightstruck, and all her grief and guilt and terror have been swept away—along with her conscience. So what if she’s lost her friends, her family, and her home? And so what if her hot new boyfriend is super-controlling and downright malevolent?

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The Atrocities by Jeremy C. Shipp

When Isabella died, her parents were determined to ensure her education wouldn’t suffer.

But Isabella’s parents had not informed her new governess of Isabella’s… condition, and when Ms Valdez arrives at the estate, having forced herself through a surreal nightmare maze of twisted human-like statues, she discovers that there is no girl to tutor.

Or is there…?

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Spirit Circle Vol. 3 Story and art by Satoshi Mizukami

Holiday Gifts for Every Reader

By Jennifer McClelland-Smith

When you were a kid, the holidays were simple. You got a gift for you family members, and maybe a gift for you bestie. Now you’ve got to get gifts for you family, bestie(s), close friends, and do those acquaintances deserve a gift, too? Probably. If there’s a significant other in the picture, well, they definitely need a gift, plus their family and friends, and don’t even get me started on coworkers…Figuring out who you need to get gifts for is a headache. But add in the pressure of figuring out what to get for everyone? Ugh, forget about it.

Fear not! Forge is here to help. Not with figuring out who in your life you need to give a gift to, you’re still on your own there. But when it comes to deciding what to buy for everyone, we’ve got your back. Our handy list of holiday gifts for every reader will definitely save you some shopping time!

Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber

For that friend who owns the comfiest robes, softest cookies and heartiest teas, invite them into this cozy read. Anna Kate returns to small-town Alabama to settle her grandma’s estate and finds herself drawn to quirky townspeople and the magic that abounds. Have snacks close by as you read… the descriptions of the scrumptious offerings of the Blackbird Cafe will be enough to keep every reader’s mouth watering.

48 Hours by William Forstchen

Got a survivalist on your list? Look no further than 48 Hours, the latest from William R. Forstchen, the master of apocalyptic potboilers. A huge solar storm shuts down the electrical grid and threatens humanity itself. A group of ordinary Americans band together to save humanity. It’s an unputdownable page-turner that will set your mind reeling.

 

Darkness at Chancellorsville by Ralph Peters

For your resident Civil War enthusiast…Take a front-row seat for one of the war’s most surprising battles. Ralph Peters is one of the top historical fiction writers out there, and this extensively researched and enthralling epic shows why. Get a fresh perspective on the battle that almost ended the Civil War and trace the steps that led Confederate general Robert E. Lee to embark on the Gettsyburg Campaign.

 

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Sure, this is the obvious choice for your Murderino friend, but Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered is a great read for anyone looking for a fun, funny read full of advice only your older sister could give you. It’s a memoir disguised as a life manual. It’ll have you laughing until you cry. And crying while you laugh. And every combination of laughing and crying you can imagine.

 

Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk

Fill that Game of Thrones-sized hole in your favorite reader’s life with this fresh spin on the myth of Robin Hood. You’ll get to know his merry men and all of the characters that haunt Nottingham Castle in a whole new light. You think you know what to expect, but the twists and thrills in this study of power will keep those pages turning all the way through the thrilling conclusion.

 

A Dog’s Promise by W. Bruce Cameron

If you’ve got a dog-lover on your list, you’re no doubt familiar with the heartwarming works of W. Bruce Cameron. A Dog’s Promise is the follow-up to the wildly popular A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey, both major motion pictures! It’s a new tale of Bailey, a very good dog who is joined by Lacey, another very special dog. Together, they show the love and loyalty only our canine friends can offer.

 

Empire of Lies by Raymond Khoury

It’s a time travel book. It’s an alternate history. It’s a sweeping thriller like you’ve never read before. If you’ve got a reader on your list who loves a book that will keep them thinking, this is the one. Set in a world where the Ottoman Empire conquered Europe in 1683, it’s a race through time for a member of the Sultan’s secret police force and the mysterious tattooed stranger he encounters. It’s a race through time to save the world, or destroy it.

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Excerpt: Darkness at Chancellorsville by Ralph Peters

Excerpt: Darkness at Chancellorsville by Ralph Peters

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Placeholder of  -37Centered upon one of the most surprising and dramatic battles in American history, Darkness at Chancellorsville recreates what began as a brilliant, triumphant campaign for the Union—only to end in disaster for the North. Famed Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson bring off an against-all-odds surprise victory, humiliating a Yankee force three times the size of their own, while the Northern army is torn by rivalries, anti-immigrant prejudice and selfish ambition.

This historically accurate epic captures the high drama, human complexity and existential threat that nearly tore the United States in two, featuring a broad range of fascinating—and real—characters, in blue and gray, who sum to an untold story about a battle that has attained mythic proportions. And, in the end, the Confederate triumph proved a Pyrrhic victory, since it lured Lee to embark on what would become the war’s turning point—the Gettysburg Campaign (featured in Cain At Gettysburg).

Darkness at Chancellorsville by Ralph Peters is on sale on May 21, 2019. Please enjoy the following excerpt!

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Late morning, April 29
Germanna Ford on the Rapidan River, Virginia

Amid green leaves and birdsong, in a world scented by sawdust and quick water, Corporal Bill Smith watched and listened and waited, letting the officers have their way with the visitor. Didn’t do any good to interfere, but he had to know what the fuss was all about. The pair of captains—two men assigned to do the job of none—weren’t always inclined to share what little they knew, even with each other. And Smith had a bridge to build, since nobody with rank on his collar seemed able and willing to do it.

The withered farmer shifted his weight from leg to leg, a parody of a soldier undone by the camp trots.

“Yankees, I tell you,” the old man all but shouted. “Passels of ’em, crossing at Kelly’s Ford ever since last night.”

In that disdainful voice of his, a voice bred to raise hackles, Captain Tyler said:

“Sure now. We’re grateful for your concern, sir.” He touched his hat as if to tip it, but didn’t. “Any Yankees this side of the Rappahannock won’t be nothing but scouts wearing out their horses.”

The old man flushed crimson. “Damn me, boy . . . I seen me enough of you folks and them’uns to tell a man on a horse from one afoot. And I’m telling you Yankee infantry come across, thick as the legions of Hell. And they’re headed this way, fast as cloven hooves can bring ’em along.” He reached out to calm his sweated mule, which had taken up his excitement, then turned back to the captain with fresh fierceness. “You been warned, boy. Be it on your head. You done been warned.”

“Had any Yankees crossed that river in force, we would’ve had word.” Tyler’s voice cut, managing to imply not only that the farmer was a fool, but that he might have made his breakfast of applejack.

To soften the sting of Tyler’s tone, his fellow captain—another of the army’s abundance of Smiths—told the old man, “Warning taken, sir. Much obliged. We’ll keep us a proper lookout, thank you kindly.”

Rope-muscle forearms quivering, the farmer all but spit. “You don’t believe me neither, sonny. Figure me for an old fool.” He shook a head carved by decades of sun and wind. “Ain’t none so blind as them what will not see.”

The farmer jacked himself back into his saddle. His mule still heaved. “Reckon I’ll go on home and see if the Yankees et what little was left.” He cast a hard look at the pair of captains. “And thank you for your fine defense of Virginia.”

Corporal Smith didn’t share the disinterest of the officers. Mannerly rivals one to the other, Tyler of his scorned 12th Virginia and Captain Smith of the 41st had been detailed because they could best be spared by their regiments. The party had been dispatched the week before, at the Cavalry Corps’ request, two understrength com- panies, along with a handful of carpenters and pioneers entrusted to Smith and his stripes, and a shiftless pack of Posey’s Mississip- pians. A hundred and forty heads when the roll was called, their task was to erect a new bridge on the foundations of one destroyed in the last year’s campaigning. The captains treated the mission as a lark, a chance to call at neighboring plantations, and even the sergeants weren’t much minded to help, so the serious doings had fallen to Smith and his boys.

And Corporal Bill Smith didn’t trust the Yankees. He’d learned in fights behind the schoolyard privy not to trust man or boy he couldn’t see plain to his front. He knew the country folk around these parts, too, he’d studied them in his ranging. They weren’t much given to fits like town folk were. That old farmer had seen enough of something to launch him ten hard-rump miles atop a mule.

Smith nodded at the captains, not quite saluting, and turned back to his task. Stuart’s staff had sworn to provide the plans and guide the construction, but Captain Collins, the Cavalry Corps’ engineer, had contented himself with pointing out the plain-to-see old foundations before taking himself off to Culpeper again.

That was what came of handing over infantrymen to the cavalry: nothing good, ever.

Left to themselves with inadequate tools, Smith’s men had peeled off crusted shirts and turned the run-down mill on the south bank into their workshop as well as a headquarters, a laboring few as the many watched. Now, at last, the stringers were placed or readied, the final planks trimmed, and the first two spans completed from the north bank, almost a wonder. He’d had to bring down the full weight of his not-much-of-a-rank to get even the best men to work with vigor, though, since the ford was a pleasant refuge, far from the usual duties, with apple and peach blossoms prettying the world and the river an invitation to bare-ass tomfoolery as men soaked off layers of filth or soothed their itches.

An odd bunch they were, his fellow Virginians, especially the Southsiders: They’d fight like demons, but faced with manual labor they grew indolent, an attitude Smith himself had never adopted. Couldn’t afford to, not like those white-glove boys. Born South-side himself, he’d gone west, to Nashville, for new chances and honest work, returning only when the war came calling.

The only thing that had made the soldiers move with manly speed had been the abrupt discovery of a wasps’ nest.

Mindful folk contended that the South—the true South—began below the James, and Bill Smith believed they were right.

Of course, the Mississippians were far worse, prideful and front-porch lazy to a man. Fight a duel before they’d pick up a shovel. And not just the gentlemen. As soon kill a slightful cousin as a Yankee.

“Carey, Nelson,” the corporal barked at a pair working on the third span, “pull that plank back up and lay it right. Darkies would do a better job than that.”

Bare-chested and scarred and Irish as Saturday sin, Private Carey teased him back: “Ain’t none of your black bucks left you, Corporal dearie. They’re all traipsed off up north to Yankee heaven.”

He grinned with amber teeth.

Wonder if I shouldn’t take ten or twelve men and have a look,” Captain James Smith, Jr., told his rival company commander. “Push out two, three miles along the road. Just to be certain.”

“Might not be unwise,” Captain Tyler agreed.

“Could be a raid.”

“Reckon that’s possible.” Tyler put on an among-us-officers smile. “Corporal Smith won’t be happy, you take any men away from his precious work, though. Best holler back to the mill and roust some do-nothings.”

Captain Smith waved off the concern. “Take too long. Besides, Billy Smith thinks all officers walk on water. He won’t fuss.”

Noon, and the warmth had thickened, drawing the last winter’s chill from a soldier’s bones. Corporal Smith had no intention of letting the work detail rest, though. Hadn’t earned their bacon. They could curse him all they wanted, complaint was a soldier’s right. But the bridge was going to be finished sooner, not later.

He’d been relieved when Captain Smith drew off ten men for a picket. That farmer. Couldn’t get the fellow out of his head. That’s all they’d need, to get surprised by a multitude of Yankees.

He decided to shuttle his crew back to the south bank a few at a time, to take up their arms and come back again. Wouldn’t pay to leave his best men defenseless and caught on the wrong side of the river. If some Yankee patrol with high ambitions did try to spring a surprise, his men could see them off, Smith reckoned, as long as they had their rifles close to hand. But hammers and saws wouldn’t do.

He didn’t intend to raise the matter with Captain Tyler. Just do everything quiet-like. If Tyler noticed and got up on his high horse, he could say, “Sir, I tried to do what I knew you’d do, have the boys ready. Been studying on your lessons, trying to learn some.”

Tyler would gobble that up like cherry pie.

Only officer Smith much cared for was Little Billy Mahone, a man hard enough to regulate Southsiders. Serving under Little Billy might not be the safest spot in a war, but it was satisfying.

The brigade commander wasn’t anywhere close, though. And trouble of some dimension was headed their way, if Smith was a judge. Maybe not today, maybe that farmer had been seeing spooks, after all, but the weather had turned at last and that meant trouble. Despite on-and-off rain, the roads were firm enough to carry artillery. The Yankees wouldn’t sit still, no matter the licking they’d taken at Fredericksburg. Memories didn’t stretch that far in a war.

Just more and more of the blue-bellies, that was the curse, as if those Northern mills could turn out men as easy as they made woolens. He’d watched their numbers swell all winter, across the Rappahannock, Yankee soldiers thickened by fine greatcoats. While his lean brethren shivered.

The corporal noted that Captain Tyler had lingered out in the road, staring after the vanished detail, arms folded and pondering. An officer with nothing to do was a danger to man and beast. Smith decided to entertain the captain before Tyler turned his attention to the bridge and fuddled the doings.
As the corporal neared, the captain said, “Ah, Smith! We making progress? Looks like it, to my untutored eye.”
There was something about Tyler that just made a fellow want

to knock him down. But Smith only nodded. “Right fine progress, Captain. Done tomorrow, Lord willing.”

Tyler’s eyes took on a strained look that any corporal could read: The captain was in search of a question that would demonstrate concern and show authority.

“The bridge . . . it will bear the weight of artillery, Corporal Smith?”

“Wouldn’t drag siege guns across it, sir. But she’ll bear up under horse artillery well enough.”

“That’s all that’s been asked.” Tyler squared his shoulders. “You’re to be commended.”

Smith knew exactly who would be commended, if things went well. But he nodded his thanks.

A horseman emerged from a far grove at a gallop.

“That’s not Jimmy Smith,” Tyler declared.

No, it wasn’t Captain Smith returning, but someone in a gray coat who’d taken enough of a fright to ruin his horse. Coming on as if pursued by an army of ghostly riders. In naked daylight.

The fugitive was a junior engineer from Stuart’s staff, Lieutenant Price, whom the men had renamed “Priceless.” Every few days he rode out to find a flaw in the bridge’s construction.

Now the lad was transformed. Hat lost, coat blackened by sweat and flesh scared hot, the lieutenant took to shouting like a fool.

“Yankees! Yankees coming! Yankees!”

His horse bled at the flanks. Green foam spattered Smith and doused the captain.

“Calm down, Price,” Tyler ordered. “And gentle that horse, for God’s sake.”

“Yankees . . .”

“Talk sense. Cavalry? Infantry? How many?”

Smith held out his canteen. Price gulped water and choked, but calmed himself.

“Cavalry, sir. A right plenty.”

Smith gestured for the lieutenant to hand back the canteen: A good canteen was ever harder to come by. Price took another swal- low and gave it over.

Tyler looked at Smith but questioned himself. “How the devil did they . . .” He turned again to the lieutenant. “Didn’t you see Captain Smith? He—”

“Didn’t see nobody, sir. ’Least, nobody in gray.”

Faced by the prospect of combat, the captain woke to his purpose. The Virginia gentry might not care to work but loved to fight.

Tyler pivoted sharply, barking orders for the work crew to stop and retrieve their arms.

Smith didn’t tell him the order had been given, didn’t want to break the spell of command. It was time to let Tyler earn his pay. If a paymaster ever showed up.

Ignoring the lieutenant now, the captain wheeled on Smith. “I’m going back over to set up a proper defense. You deploy the work crew around the bridge, keep any raiders from torching it. When they’re set in, come over yourself. I want you by me.”

“Might want to send someone else out to have a look, sir. In case Captain Smith . . .”

Tyler nodded, with no more fuss about rank. “Robertson’s the best man on a horse.”

The captain strode off toward the rowboat, snapping orders as he passed the men. Smith looked up at the still-mounted lieutenant.

“I was you, sir, I’d make my way on back to General Stuart, report what you’ve seen.”

“I should stay and fight,” the boy insisted.

Stepping close enough to get a noseful of horse stink, Smith said, “Lieutenant, there’s a mile of difference between gallantry and stupidity. You go on back to Stuart and make yourself useful.”

They beat back the Yankee patrol with surprising ease. Smith reckoned there were at least two companies of Union cavalry present, but even fighting dismounted they stayed near the road, as if preparing to flee from the very start. He’d been ready to recross the river, orders be damned, and fight beside his crew, but the men who’d been hauling and hammering minutes before proved sufficient to send the Yankees reeling back to wherever they came from.

“Not much to that, was there?” Captain Tyler said. “I suppose you can get back to work.”

They stood on what remained of the mill’s upper floor, looking northward through a skeletal window frame, past the river, over the fields, and into the scrub oaks and waste pines. There was nothing more to see, the Yanks had gone high-tail.

Pleased with the one-sided skirmish, Tyler added: “That poor old fellow meant well, he did his duty. But you can’t rely on civilians to count soldiers.” He smiled, almost as if Smith were his equal, a confidant. “Civilians do multiplication, not addition.”

The corporal nodded. But the gesture was meaningless. He was fixed on thinking. Something didn’t make sense.

“Didn’t expect to find us here, that’s plain,” the captain continued. “Figured they’d use the ford and be on their way.”

Smith dipped his chin again, another bit of nothing, then he said: “They went quits awful easy. I didn’t see one man fall.”

“They’re on a scout, they weren’t looking for a rumpus.”

“Yes, sir. Still . . .”

The captain smiled warmly, pleased with the wonders of spring and his superiority. “Don’t go getting the jumps on me, Corporal Smith. I rely on you to keep the men steady.”

But Bill Smith had stopped listening. For a second that seemed a lifetime, he just stared.

“Oh, Jesus.”

The captain followed his line of sight. Not one, but two Yankee infantry regiments had stepped from the far trees in a line of battle. With flags unfurled.

And that was the least of it. The mill stood at a loop in the river, outflanked on both sides from the northern bank. No one had ever thought they’d have to defend it.

Now the undergrowth teamed with blue-coated skirmishers who’d worked around the flanks.

It was not going to be a good day.

They fought. As long as they could. Longer than was sensible. Smith watched as the Yankees scooped up his work crew. On the south bank, the remainder of the detachment fired and reloaded as swiftly as experienced hands could work, determined to extract a price from anyone who tried to cross. But converging Yankee lines of fire drove heads down and hearts faltered.

“Where’d all them sumbitches come from?” The comment from a private summed up every soldier’s thoughts.

Clouded with smoke, the ruined mill stank of gunpowder. Smith looked toward the captain, who clearly struggled with the only decision left in the world: whether to save what men he could or to continue defending the ford.

“Captain, it’s useless,” Smith told him. “They’re everywhere, there’s too many.”

“They’re not everywhere. Not yet.” Tyler’s voice sounded firm and determined. But his hands quivered as he tried to reload his revolver.

“Hell they ain’t,” Smith hollered, casting rank aside. A daring peek through the window frame revealed Yankees crowding onto the south bank, too. Closing the trap. “They’re already over here, we’ve got to go, sir.”

The captain nodded but couldn’t form the words. Bullets stung the interior walls and ricocheted. Even the best soldiers cowered and made themselves small.

“Captain,” Smith tried again, voice severe, “we have to get out. Someone has to tell General Mahone.”

“Surely,” Tyler muttered, as if pondering other matters entirely. Then he snapped back to life and shouted: “Clear out. Everybody. Clear out, just run for it.”

A lieutenant added an eager voice to the order. Smith hollered, too. But the men clung to the walls, dazzled by the volume of bullets seeking them. Even hard kicks and curses couldn’t move them.

A Mississippian knotted a dirty rag to his rifle’s muzzle, prepared to give up if the officers wouldn’t.

Smith broke from the rear of the mill, leapt a ditch full of huddled soldiers, and ran up through the campsite, past steaming kettles and unhitched wagons, darting away from Yankees thick as rattlesnakes in a den.

The firing slackened considerably as ever more men surrendered. Smith lost sight of the captain, of all but a few fleet privates.

“Give up, Johnny. You’re got, give up. Don’t want to shoot no Christian in the back.”

But Smith ran on, heedless, determined, unreasoning, as if being taken prisoner would be worse than dying.

At last, bleeding and breathless, he got beyond the Yankee shouts and shots. He reckoned they’d bagged enough men to make them happy.

And they had the bridge. It was going to be finished, right soon, by other hands. It grated to think he’d built it for the blue-bellies. As he gained a ridgetop Smith paused and glanced back to the ford.

On the roads and in the fields north of the river, it looked as if the whole Union army had come.

Copyright © 2019 by Ralph Peters

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Two mighty armies blunder toward each other, one led by confident, beloved Robert E. Lee and the other by dour George Meade. They’ll meet in a Pennsylvania crossroads town where no one planned to fight.

In this sweeping, savagely realistic novel, the greatest battle ever fought on American soil explodes into life at Gettysburg. As generals squabble, staffs err. Tragedy unfolds for immigrants in blue and barefoot Rebels alike. The fate of our nation will be decided in a few square miles of fields.

Following a tough Confederate sergeant from the Blue Ridge, a bitter Irish survivor of the Great Famine, a German political refugee, and gun crews in blue and gray, Cain at Gettysburg is as grand in scale as its depictions of combat are unflinching.

For three days, battle rages. Through it all, James Longstreet is haunted by a vision of war that leads to a fateful feud with Robert E. Lee. Scheming Dan Sickles nearly destroys his own army. Gallant John Reynolds and obstreperous Win Hancock, fiery William Barksdale and dashing James Johnston Pettigrew, gallop toward their fates….

There are no marble statues on this battlefield, only men of flesh and blood, imperfect and courageous. From New York Times bestselling author and former U.S. Army officer Ralph Peters, Cain at Gettysburg is bound to become a classic of men at war.

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Assassin’s Run by Ward Larsen

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The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal

Poster Placeholder of - 17 Mary Robinette Kowal continues the grand sweep of alternate history begun in The Calculating StarsThe Fated Sky looks forward to 1961, when mankind is well-established on the moon and looking forward to its next step: journeying to, and eventually colonizing, Mars.

Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but there’s a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic—but potentially very dangerous—mission?

So Say We All: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Battlestar Galactica by Edward Gross & Mark A. Altman

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The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams

Image Place holder  of - 92 Think big guns, smugglers, epic space battles, and a telekinetic girl with all the gifts.

Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.

Hot on her trail is the Pax—a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the pulse.

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Invisible Planets ed. by Ken Liu

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Judgment at Appomattox by Ralph Peters

Written with the literary flair and historical accuracy readers expect from Ralph Peters, Judgment at Appomattoxtakes readers through the Civil War’s last grim interludes of combat as flags fall and hearts break.

A great war nears its end. Robert E. Lee makes a desperate, dramatic gamble that fails. Richmond falls. Each day brings new combat and more casualties, as Lee’s exhausted, hungry troops race to preserve the Confederacy. But Grant does not intend to let Lee escape. . . . In one of the most thrilling episodes in American history, heroes North and South battle each other across southern Virginia as the armies converge on a sleepy country court house.

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The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air – in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations.

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Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor Vol. 4 Story by Hitsuji Tarou; Art by Tsunemi Aosa

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7 Epic Books Based on American History

7 Epic Books Based on American History

A good historical fiction novel will take you back in time and immerse you in a bygone era. And the truly epic ones–sweeping in scope and monumental in scale–will keep you there for a while. If you’re looking for a book that’ll really delve into America’s past in all its sin and glory, here are seven historical epics that bring America’s history to life.

This Scorched Earth by William Gear

Image Placeholder of - 49 The American Civil War tore at the very roots of our nation and destroyed most of a generation. To truly understand the madness and despair of such a horrendous conflict one needs to pick a moment. Or see that war through one family’s eyes.

In rural Arkansas, such was the Hancocks. Devastated by a cruel war, they faced down their personal hells and, in spite of it all, survived.

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Poster Placeholder of - 85 This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is the grandest story ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America.

Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Native Americans and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove is a book to make you laugh, weep, dream, and remember.

The Battle Hymn Cycle by Ralph Peters

Image Place holder  of - 12 In this series beginning with Cain at Gettysburg, Ralph Peters chronicles the major battles of the American Civil War as Union and Confederate, North and South, Blue and Gray, engage in the nation’s most devastating conflict. This sweeping series tells the stories of the flesh and blood men who fought the war that changed American history forever.

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Placeholder of  -28 Inspired by The Odyssey, Cold Mountain is the story of a wounded Confederate soldier who leaves the battlefield to journey home to his pre-war beloved. His journey through the devastated landscape of the soon-to-be-defeated South interweaves with Ada’s struggle to revive her father’s farm, with the help of an intrepid young drifter named Ruby. As their long-separated lives begin to converge at the close of the war, Inman & Ada confront the vastly transformed world that’s arrived..

New York by Edward Rutherfurd

Place holder  of - 86 Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America’s greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga, weaving together tales of families rich and poor, native-born and immigrant—a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall and rise again with the city’s fortunes.

From this intimate perspective we see New York’s humble beginnings as a tiny Indian fishing village, the arrival of Dutch and British merchants, the Revolutionary War, the emergence of the city as a great trading and financial center, the convulsions of the Civil War, the excesses of the Gilded Age, the explosion of immigration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the trials of World War II, the near demise of New York in the 1970s and its roaring rebirth in the 1990s, and the attack on the World Trade Center. New York is a look at American history through the long and exciting life of the world’s second most populous city.

The Son by Philipp Meyer

This novel is an epic, multigenerational saga of power, blood, and land that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the border raids of the early 1900s to the oil booms of the 20th century.

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim.

Bound for Gold by William Martin

Boston rare-book dealer Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline Carrington are headed to California, where their search for a lost journal takes them into the history of Gold Rush. The journal follows young James Spencer, of the Sagamore Mining Company, on a spectacular journey from staid Boston, up the Sacramento River to the Mother Lode. During his search for a “lost river of gold,” Spencer confronts vengeance, greed, and racism in himself and others, and builds one of California’s first mercantile empires.

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New Releases: 1/2/18

New Releases: 1/2/18

Happy New Release Day! Here’s what went on sale today.

The God Gene by F. Paul Wilson

Poster Placeholder of - 23 A million or so years ago, a gene designated hsa-mir-3998 appeared as if by magic from the junk DNA of the hominids who eventually evolved into Homo sapiens. It became a key player in brain development—specifically creativity—and laymen started calling it “the God Gene.” Keith had been tracking this gene through the evolutionary tree, and was excited by an odd blue-eyed primate he brought back from East Africa. But immediately after running the creature’s genetic code, he destroyed all the results and vanished.

Metaltown by Kristen Simmons

Image Place holder  of - 90 The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

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The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis

Jericho’s Road and Hard Trail to Follow by Elmer Kelton

The Skill of Our Hands by Steven Brust and Skyler White

Valley of the Shadow by Ralph Peters

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Alice & Zoroku Vol. 3 Story and art by Tetsuya Imai

Dreamin’ Sun Vol. 5 Story and art by Ichigo Takano

Hatsune Miku Presents: Hachune Miku’s Everyday Vocaloid Paradise Vol. 2 Story and art by Ontama

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New Releases: 8/29/17

New Releases: 8/29/17

Happy New Release Day! Here’s what went on sale today.

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock

Image Placeholder of - 23 Born without the sorcery that is her birthright but with a perspicacious intellect, Isabelle believes her marriage will stave off disastrous conflict and bring her opportunity and influence. But the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and a sorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third. Aided and defended by her loyal musketeer, Jean-Claude, Isabelle plunges into a great maze of prophecy, intrigue, and betrayal, where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies. Step by dangerous step, she unravels the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth more perilous than any deception.

 

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

Poster Placeholder of - 79 It all started the day Amy Anne Ollinger tried to check out her favorite book in the whole world, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, from the school library. That’s when Mrs. Jones, the librarian, told her the bad news: her favorite book was banned! All because a classmate’s mom thought the book wasn’t appropriate for kids to read.

Amy Anne decides to fight back by starting a secret banned books library out of her locker. Soon, she finds herself on the front line of an unexpected battle over book banning, censorship, and who has the right to decide what she and her fellow students can read.

Judgment at Appomattox by Ralph Peters

Image Place holder  of - 39 A great war nears its end. Robert E. Lee makes a desperate, dramatic gamble. It fails. Ulysses S. Grant moves. Veteran armies clash around Petersburg, Virginia, as Grant seeks to surround Lee and Lee makes a skillful withdrawal in the night. Richmond falls.

Each day brings new combat and more casualties, as Lee’s exhausted, hungry troops race to preserve the Confederacy. But Grant does not intend to let Lee escape…

Playing to the Gods by Melanie Rawn

Placeholder of  -99 The boys are at the top of their theatrical game. Their only real competition for the hearts and gold of the public are the Shadowshapers. Nevertheless, the past years of financial struggle, since their manager proved to have been embezzling, have taken a toll on the group’s creativity.

A shocking event brings all that to an end and brings Touchstone back together to create a play that will rattle the ceilings and shatter all the glass in palaces and theaters alike. An ancient conflict will come to a violent conclusion on stage, and all the gods will be watching.

Vicarious by Paula Stokes

Place holder  of - 94 Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. But they’ve escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be.

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A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw

Deacon James is a rambling bluesman straight from Georgia, a black man with troubles that he can’t escape, and music that won’t let him go. On a train to Arkham, he meets trouble — visions of nightmares, gaping mouths and grasping tendrils, and a madman who calls himself John Persons. According to the stranger, Deacon is carrying a seed in his head, a thing that will destroy the world if he lets it hatch.

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The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok and Shadow on the Sun by Richard Matheson

Navigators of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Say No More by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Stranded by Bracken MacLeod

Sun Born by Kathleen O’Neal Gear & W. Michael Gear

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A Certain Scientific Accelerator Vol. 6 Story by Kazuma Kamachi; Art by Yamaji Arata

Absolute Duo Vol. 1 Story by Takumi Hiiragiboshi; Art by Shinichirou Nariie

Akashic Records of the Bastard Magical Instructor Vol. 1 Story by Tarou Hitsuji; art by Aosa Tsunemi

Don’t Meddle With My Daughter Vol. 1 Story and art by Nozomu Tamaki

Monster Musume Vol. 12 Story and art by OKAYADO

Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn Vol. 8 Story by Masamune Shirow; Art by Rikudou Koushi

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New Releases: 7/3/17

New Releases: 7/3/17

Happy New Release Day! Here’s what went on sale today.

The Damned of Petersburg by Ralph Peters

Placeholder of  -52 Glory turned grim, and warfare changed forever. From the butchery of The Crater, where stunning success collapsed into a massacre, through near-constant battles fought by heat-stricken soldiers, to the crucial election of 1864, The Damned of Petersburg resurrects the American Civil War’s hard reality, as plumes and sabers gave way to miles of trenches.

The Empty Ones by Robert Brockway

Image Placeholder of - 44 The Empty Ones follows Carey and Randall to London where they go to rescue Gus and fight more of these mysterious angel-like creatures, and stumble on a powerful and unexpected ally. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn, who was very nearly beat when last we saw her, continues her fight into the desert of Mexico and the Southwest US, seeking the mysterious gear cult. Once there, she discovers what the gear cult is really up to: trying to ‘pin’ the angels to Earth, focus their attention here, and get as much of humanity as possible “solved”–which, in their minds, is akin to being saved–and in the process discovers something incredible about herself.

Molly’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron

Image Place holder  of - 5 Molly knows that her purpose is to take care of her girl, C.J., but it won’t be easy. Neglected by her mother, Gloria, who won’t allow her to have a dog, C.J. is going through some tough times. Molly’s job is to stay hidden in C.J.’s room, cuddle up to her at night, and protect her from bad people. And no matter what Gloria does to separate them, nothing will keep Molly away from the girl that she loves.

Time Siege by Wesley Chu

Poster Placeholder of - 79 Having been haunted by the past and enslaved by the present, James Griffin-Mars is taking control of the future. Earth is a toxic, sparsely inhabited wasteland–the perfect hiding place for a fugitive ex-chronman to hide from the authorities.

James has allies, scientists he rescued from previous centuries: Elise Kim, who believes she can renew Earth, given time; Grace Priestly, the venerated inventor of time travel herself; Levin, James’s mentor and former pursuer, now disgraced; and the Elfreth, a population of downtrodden humans who want desperately to believe that James and his friends will heal their ailing home world.

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The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol.7 Story and art by Kore Yamazaki

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Occultic;Nine Vol. 2 Story by Chiyomaru Shikura; Art by pako

Plum Crazy! Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat Vol. 1 Story and art by Hoshino Natsumi

Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea Vols. 1-2 Story and art by Mogeko

Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator by Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan

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On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events for July

On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events for July

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt Arabella of Mars BY David D. Levine Clear to Lift by Anne A. Wilson

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in July! See who is coming to a city near you this month.

Levi Black, Red Right Hand

Wednesday, July 27
Eagle Eye Books
Decatur, GA
7:00 PM

Max Gladstone, Four Roads Cross

Wednesday, July 27
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA
7:00 PM
Also with Malka Older.

Neal Griffin, A Voice from the Field

Thursday, July 21
Barr Memorial Library
Fort Knox, KY
12:00 PM

Thursday, July 28
Book Passage
Corte Madera, CA
10:00 AM

Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Hex

Monday, July 11
Brookline Booksmith
Brookline, MA
7:00 PM
Also with Joe Hill and Paul Tremblay.

Tuesday, July 12
Bear Pond Books
Montpelier, VT
7:00 PM
Also with Paul Tremblay, Kristin Dearborn, and Daniel Mills.

Wednesday, July 13
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Friday, July 15
Old Firehouse Books
Fort Collins, CO
6:00 PM
Also with Stephen Graham Jones.

Sunday, July 17
American Bookbinders Museum
San Francisco, CA
6:30 PM
SF in SF – also with Richard Kadrey.

Tuesday, July 19
Dark Delicacies
Burbank, CA
7:00 PM

Wednesday, July 27
Eagle Eye Books
Decatur, GA
7:00 PM
Also with Levi Black.

Saturday, July 30
Malaprops
Asheville, NC
5:00 PM
Also with Jeff VanderMeer.

Jon Land, Strong Light of Day

Tuesday, July 19
Perks & Corks
Hosted by Savoy Bookshop and Café
Westerly, RI
7:00 PM
In conversation with Avram Noble Ludwig.

David D. Levine, Arabella of Mars

Wednesday, July 13
Powell’s Books
Beaverton, OR
7:00 PM

Friday, July 15
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:30 PM

Saturday, July 16
Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum 
Hosted by Shades & Shadows.
Burbank, CA
8:00 PM

Wednesday, July 20
KGB Bar
New York, NY
7:00 PM
Also with Helen Marshall.

Thursday, July 28
Eagle Harbor Book Co
Bainbridge Island, WA
7:30 PM

Friday, July 29
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Avram Noble Ludwig, Shooting the Sphinx

Tuesday, June 28
Barnes & Noble
New York, NY
7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 19
Perks & Corks
Hosted by Savoy Bookshop and Café
Westerly, RI
7:00 PM
In conversation with Jon Land.

Malka Older, Infomocracy

Wednesday, July 27
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA
7:30 PM
In conversation with Max Gladstone.

Ada Palmer, Too Like the Lightning

Monday, July 11
RiverRun Bookstore
Portsmouth, NH
7:00 PM
Also with Jo Walton.

Tuesday, July 12
Harvard Book Store
Cambridge, MA
7:00 PM
Also with Jo Walton.

Wednesday, July 13
WORD Bookstore
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 PM
Also with Jo Walton.

Ralph Peters, The Damned of Petersburg

Saturday, July 9, 2016
Barnes & Noble
Alexandria, VA
3:00 PM

Tuesday, July 12
E. Shaver Booksellers
Savannah, GA
5:00 PM

Wednesday, July 13
Magnolia Hall
Bluffton, SC
6:30 PM

Sunday, July 31
Southampton Books
Southampton, NY
5:00 PM

Katie Schickel, The Mermaid’s Secret

Thursday, July 7
BookTowne
Manasquan, NJ
6:30 PM

Jo Walton, Necessity

Monday, July 11
RiverRun Bookstore
Portsmouth, NH
7:00 PM
Also with Ada Palmer.

Tuesday, July 12
Harvard Book Store
Cambridge, MA
7:00 PM
Also with Ada Palmer.

Wednesday, July 13
WORD Bookstore
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 PM
Also with Ada Palmer.

Anne A. Wilson, Clear to Lift

Tuesday, July 12
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Thursday, July 14
Barnes & Noble
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Saturday, July 16
Bookworks
Albuquerque, NM
3:00 PM

Tuesday, July 19
Warwick’s Books
San Diego, CA
7:30 PM

Wednesday, July 20
Book Carnival
Orange, CA
7:30 PM

F. Paul Wilson, Panacea

Monday, July 11
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 12
Dark Delicacies
Burbank, CA
7:00 PM

Thursday, July 14
Norcross Cultural Arts Center
Hosted by the Gwinnett County Public Library. Books provided by Eagle Eye Books.
Norcross, GA
7:30 PM

Thursday, July 21
BookTowne
Manasquan, NJ
6:00 PM

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New Releases: 6/28/16

New Releases: 6/28/16

Here’s what went on sale today!

The Damned of Petersburg by Ralph Peters

The Damned of Petersburg by Ralph PetersAs Grant pinned Lee to Petersburg and Richmond, the Confederacy’s stubborn Army of Northern Virginia struggled against a relentless Union behemoth, with breathtaking valor and sacrifice on both sides. That confrontation in the bloody summer and autumn of 1864 shaped the nation that we know today.

From the butchery of The Crater, where stunning success collapsed into a massacre, through near-constant battles fought by heat-stricken soldiers, to the crucial election of 1864, The Damned of Petersburg resurrects our Civil War’s hard reality, as plumes and sabers gave way to miles of trenches.

The Seascape Tattoo by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes

The Seascape Tattoo by Larry Niven and Steven BarnesAros of Azteca and Neoloth-Pteor are the deadliest of enemies: Swordsman and Sorcerer, locked in mortal combat, who have tried to kill each other more times than either can count. But when the princess Neoloth loves is kidnapped, there is only one plan that offers any hope of rescue . . . and that requires passing off the barbarian Aros as a lost princeling and infiltrating the deadliest cabal of necromancers the world has ever seen. They cannot trust each other. They will betray or kill each other the first chance they get. But they’re all each other has.

Shooting the Sphinx by Avram Noble Ludwig

Shooting the Sphinx by Avram Noble LudwigIn Hollywood, Ari Basher is the stuff of legends, the man who always gets the impossible-to-film shots. In Cairo, however, he faces the most difficult and dangerous challenge of his career: he must photograph, from mere feet away, the face of the imperishable Sphinx. The film depends on it, but if Ari damages the ancient Sphinx, he could end up in an Egyptian prison for life or even dead.

Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator by Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant

Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator by Claudia Christian and Morgan GrantA young gladiator fights for justice in a Galactic Roman Empire in Claudia Christian’s and Morgan Grant Buchanan’s Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator

When her mother and brother are murdered, young noblewoman Accala Viridius cries out for vengeance. But the empire is being torn apart by a galactic civil war, and her demands fall on deaf ears. Undeterred, Accala sacrifices privilege and status to train as a common gladiator. Mastering the one weapon available to her—a razor-sharp discus that always returns when thrown–she enters the deadly imperial games, the only arena where she can face her enemies.

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Elsewhens by Melanie Rawn

The First Confessor by Terry Goodkind

Forbidden by Cathy Clamp

Ghostbusters by Nancy Holder

Haze and The Hammer of Darkness by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

And Not to Yield and Bowie by Randy Lee Eickhoff and Leonard C. Lewis

One Year After by William R. Forstchen

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A Certain Scientific Railgun Vol. 11 Story by Kazuma Kamachi; Art by Motoi Fuyukawa

Magika Swordsman and Summoner Vol. 4 Story by Mitsuki Mihara; Art by MonRin

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