Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers. William Morrow, 2012. Print Length: 533 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 stars (15 reviews). Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"London, winter of 1862, Adelaide McKee, a former prostitute, arrives on the doorstep of veterinarian John Crawford, a man she met once seven years earlier. Their brief meeting produced a child who, until now, had been presumed dead. McKee has learned that the girl lives - but that her life and soul are in mortal peril from a vampiric ghost. But this is no ordinary spirit; the bloodthirsty wraith is none other than John Polidori, the onetime physician to the mad, bad, and dangerous Romantic poet Lord Byron. Sweeping from the mansions of London's high society to its grimy slums, the elegant salons of the West End to the pre-Roman catacombs beneath St. Paul's Cathedral, Hide Me Among the Graves blends the historical and the supernatural in a dazzling, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride - a modern horror story with a Victorian twist." - harpercollins.com.
Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris. Ace, 2012. Print Length: 335 p. Amazon customer rating: 3 stars (84 reviews). Text-to-Speech: Enabled. This is book eleven in the author's Southern Vampire series, following Dead in the Family. If you wish to read the series from the beginning, start with Dead Until Dark.
"Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see - like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet - Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard - especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank. Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong..." - Publisher.
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King. A Dark Tower Novel. Scribner, 2012. Print Length: 322 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (68 reviews). Text-to-Speech: Disabled. This is book eight in King's Dark Tower series that began with The Gunslinger.
"King returns to the Mid-World of his Dark Tower series in this gory but hopeful set of nested tales. As gunslinger Roland Deschain and his companions quest toward the Dark Tower, Roland tells a story of his early days as a gunslinger, hunting down a murderous shape-shifter on a rampage. Within that tale is a fairy tale Roland tells to a young boy about Tim, a very brave boy tricked into a dangerous quest by an evil man. Tim’s adventure is pitch-perfect, capturing both the feel of Mid-World and the perilous nature of a fairy story. Its placement within the quest works beautifully, and it propels the story of the shape-shifter and the child who holds the key to its identity. Even those who aren’t familiar with the series will find the conclusion both satisfying and moving." - Publishers Weekly.
Double Share by Nathan Lowell. Ridan Publishing, 2012. Print Length: 315 p. Amazon customer rating: 5 stars (5 reviews). Text-to-Speech: Enabled. This is book four in the author's Solar Clipper series, following Quarter Share, Half Share, and Full Share.
"In his first assignment as an officer, Ishmael Horatio Wang finds himself fresh out of school, wet behind the ears, and way out of his depth. Aboard the William Tinker the senior officers are derelict and abusive, the crew demoralized and undisciplined, and change unwelcomed and dangerous. Can Ishmael use what he learned aboard the Lois McKendrick to help the crew find the ship’s heart? Or will he discover that bucking the system may come at too high a price?" - Publisher.
Star Wars: Scourge by Jeff Grubb. LucasBooks, 2012. Print Length: 322 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (5 reviews). Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secretive, peril-packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed - and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery. Now his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, wants answers, even as he fights to erase doubts about his own abilities as a Jedi. What Mander gets is immersion into the perilous underworld of the Hutts as he struggles to stay one step ahead in a game of smugglers, killers, and crime lords bent on total control." - Publisher.
Battleship by Peter David. Del Rey, 2012. Print Length: 304 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 stars (1 review). Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"During a routine naval drill at Pearl Harbor, American forces detect a ship of unknown origins that’s crashed in the Pacific Ocean. Lieutenant Alex Hopper, an officer aboard the USS John Paul Jones, is ordered to investigate the ominous-looking vessel - which turns out to be part of an armada of ships that are stronger and faster than any on Earth. And that’s when the Navy’s radar goes down. Ambushed by a ravenous enemy they cannot see, a small U.S. fleet makes their last stand on the open ocean, armed with little more than their instincts, to defend their lives - and the world as we know it." - Publisher.
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