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New Releases: 7/9

New Releases

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

Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre

Image Placeholder of - 31When Araceli Flores Harper is sent to stay with her great-aunt Ottilie in her ramshackle Victorian home, the plan is simple. She’ll buckle down and get ready for college. Life won’t be exciting, but she’ll cope, right?

Wrong. From the start, things are very, very wrong. Her great-aunt still leaves food for the husband who went missing twenty years ago, and local businesses are plastered with MISSING posters. There are unexplained lights in the woods and a mysterious lab just beyond the city limits that the locals don’t talk about. Ever. When she starts receiving mysterious letters that seem to be coming from the past, she suspects someone of pranking her or trying to drive her out of her mind.

To solve these riddles and bring the lost home again, Araceli must delve into a truly diabolical conspiracy, but some secrets fight to stay buried…

Null Set by S. L. Huang

Image Place holder  of - 84Math-genius mercenary Cas Russell has decided to Fight Crime(tm). After all, with her extraordinary mathematical ability, she can neuter bombs or out-shoot an army. And the recent outbreak of violence in the world’s cities is Cas’s fault—she’s the one who crushed the organization of telepaths keeping the world’s worst offenders under control.

But Cas’s own power also has a history, one she can’t remember—or control. One that’s creeping into her mind and fracturing her sanity…just when she’s gotten herself on the hit list of every crime lord on the West Coast. And her best, only, sociopathic friend. Cas won’t be able to save the world. She might not even be able to save herself.

The Sum of All Shadows by Eric Van Lustbader

Place holder  of - 98The Final Battle is here.

For millennia, Lucifer—the Sum of All Shadows—has been rebuilding his influence. At long last, he is ready to enact his ultimate revenge against Heaven. To do that, he must first annihilate the world and its inhabitants.

Standing in his way is one extraordinary family: the Shaws.

To save the world, Bravo and Emma Shaw have recovered the lost Testament, battled across continents, and fought adversaries both powerful and terrifying. But nothing that has come before can prepare them for the Final Battle. As predicted centuries ago, the End Times has arrived. Lucifer, heading an infernal army, means to destroy the Shaws once and for all. Now, racing to find the lost treasure of King Solomon’s alchemical gold, Bravo and Emma must put their trust in strangers in strange lands.

But even if they are successful, their lives may still be forfeit…

The Toll by Cherie Priest

Placeholder of  -47Take a road trip into a Southern gothic horror novel.

Titus and Melanie Bell are on their honeymoon and have reservations in the Okefenokee Swamp cabins for a canoeing trip. But shortly before they reach their destination, the road narrows into a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car.

Much later, Titus wakes up lying in the middle of the road, no bridge in sight. Melanie is missing. When he calls the police, they tell him there is no such bridge on Route 177 . . .


Drop by Drop by Morgan Llywelyn

Poster Placeholder of - 88In this first book in the Step By Step trilogy, global catastrophe occurs as all plastic mysteriously liquefies. All the small components making many technologies possible—navigation systems, communications, medical equipment—fail.

In Sycamore River, citizens find their lives disrupted as everything they’ve depended on melts around them, with sometimes fatal results. All they can rely upon is themselves.

And this is only the beginning . . .


Reflections on the End of the Testament Series

The Sum of All Shadows is the final book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Eric Van Lustbader’s thrilling Testament series. As the end draw nears, Lustbader shares his reflections on the start of the series and how it has all led to this epic conclusion.

The Sum of All Shadows will be available on July 9.

Poster Placeholder of - 51By Eric Van Lustbader

There was never a time when I wasn’t fascinated by myth. When I sat down to write The Testament, my goal was not so much to write a novel along the lines of Tomb Raider, but, after much research, to explore the ancient history of artifacts that lay somewhere between truth and myth.

This I did, but when, a number of years later, I returned to the saga of the Shaw family, times had changed and I with it. It seemed to me that the canvas I had created with the first novel was no longer big enough. What was happening in America and, indeed, the entire world dictated that Bravo and Emma Shaw needed to take on a creeping malevolence that seemed to have invaded our world from virtually every direction. The former antagonists seemed to me to be inadequate for what I saw happening in the world.

To a greater or lesser extent, my novels have always been reflections of current – and, sometimes, future events. I felt as if my world – the world I knew and loved – was under threat of invasion. The ideals I espoused – the ideals I learned from my parents, teachers, and professors – were being systematically destroyed by tyrants, bigots, and a pervasive and frightening ignorance. That people should willingly embrace ignorance was astonishing and terrifying to me. How was I to reflect that in The Testament novels?

Our world had fallen from grace, so that’s where I started. The Fallen tells the story of those angels who rallied around Satan to challenge God. They were defeated and cast down into hell. They were the Fallen. But Evil is never defeated, and the following novels chronicle the resurrection of Evil, its vow to return to our world and conquer humans in its plan to gather a final assault on God in Heaven.

All this may seem quite fanciful on the surface. But this is the battle that we ourselves are waging right at this moment. How to fight back against the reassertion of Evil. I created a historical background for the Shaws and delved into that background to explain the powers Bravo and Emma slowly realize they have—powers that will be a last line of defense against Satan and his army of Fallen angels.

In the end, this is a war that will engage everyone, whether or not they want to participate. This, I think, is true for all of us in our own world, for I feel certain darker days lie ahead for us all, and unless we, like Bravo and Emma, are willing to join the fight, we will find ourselves in dire straits, the kind from which even the cleverest defense is no longer viable.

This last possibility is underscored in The Sum of All Shadows, by a group of near-immortals who for centuries have been judges of mankind, neutral in all ways. But now they find that they can no longer remain above the fray. They are forced out of their centuries-long role; they must choose a side and, by choosing, will live or die to defend that choice.

The Testament series is one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever created. The elements of literary horror which I’ve added to the action/adventure backbone of the novels are simply metaphors for the bleak times in which we currently find ourselves. They are, in my opinion, the best way to get across where we are and where, unless we course correct, we might be headed.

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Five Thrilling Reads Coming From Forge This Year

Five Thrilling Reads Coming From Forge This Year

By Alison Bunis

You know that feeling when the world is about to implode, you’re the only person who knows how to stop it, and you have to drop everything to go on a dangerous mission to save everyone you care about? Where you’re expecting unexpected betrayals, explosions, secret bunkers, dangerous infiltrations, and laboratory samples capable of destroying humanity as we know it? That feeling?

Yeah, me neither. But sometimes I’d like to―without actually experiencing dangers like being chased by assassins or half blown up. Want to join me in some low-risk adventure (no guarantee you’ll be paper-cut free) this year? Check out some of these great thrillers coming soon from Forge.

First Kill by David Hagberg 

Image Place holder  of - 94Loved every book in the Kirk McGarvey series? This next installment won’t disappoint. Never read a Kirk McGarvey book? Don’t worry, First Kill is a great place to start―it’s his origin story. Fresh out of Air Force OSI, young CIA black ops officer Kirk McGarvey gets his first assignment: assassinate a Chilean general who’s tortured and killed more than one thousand dissidents. But Chile’s National Intelligence Agency has been warned that McGarvey’s coming, and someone back home in Washington is helping them make sure he fails…

Exile by James Swallow

Poster Placeholder of - 21What do you get when you cross a vicious Serbian gang whose profits come from fake nuclear weapons, a disgraced Russian general with access to the real thing, a vengeful Somali warlord with a cause for which he’d let the world burn, and a jaded government agency? Only Marc Dane sees the catastrophic answer, and in this breathless race from the skyscrapers of Dubai to the ancient caverns beneath Naples, he might not be able to stop it.

The Sum of All Shadows by Eric Van Lustbader

Image Placeholder of - 74The Testament series concludes with The Sum of All Shadows. Bravo and Emma Shaw have raced around the world and battled adversaries both human and other to fight the ultimate destroyer: Lucifer. Now, to stop his infernal army, they must find the lost treasure of King Solomon’s alchemical gold and cross time itself. But even if they succeed, their lives may still be forfeit…

Assassin’s Revenge by Ward Larsen

Place holder  of - 17It’s every parent and spouse’s worst nightmare. One sunny day in Gibraltar, David Slaton returns to the sailboat he shares with his wife and young son only to find them missing. In their place is a cryptic message: If he wants to see them again, he must eliminate an obscure scientist working for the International Atomic Energy Agency. As he races to unravel the scheme, Slaton finds himself entangled in a deadly nuclear game. Working against him is a band of suicidal terrorists, supported by a North Korean government about to implode. And that small slate of actors face something even more lethal.

Kill Zone by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason

Placeholder of  -97In Kill Zone, a Cold War-era nuclear weapons storage facility is being used to covertly receive more than 100,000 tons of nuclear waste. Only Department of Energy employee Adonia and her team, including a war hero, a senator, and an environmental activist, are allowed access to the facility. But the base was never meant to hold this much waste, and it could easily explode, taking all of Albuquerque with it and spreading radioactivity across the nation. The disaster scenario seems far away―until a small plane crashes at a nearby military base, setting off the facility’s lockdown and trapping Adonia and her team inside…

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