Starred Review: Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan“The third entry in the ‘Jane Ryland & Jake Brogan’ series packs a powerful punch, and offers a clever mix of mystery, corruption, and romance. Mystery enthusiasts will want to drop everything and binge-read until the mind-boggling conclusion.”

Hank Phillippi Ryan’s Truth Be Told got a starred review in Library Journal!

Here’s the full review, from the September 1 issue:

Boston’s Register news reporter Jane Ryland is covering a human interest foreclosure story when she stumbles onto several murders committed in recently foreclosed homes. Investigating further, Jane becomes entangled in one dangerous situation after another. In the meantime, the reporter’s clandestine love interest, Boston police detective Jake Brogan, is actively pursuing answers to a 20-year-old unsolved murder. The cold case turns personal as Jake consults case files written by his deceased grandfather, a former police commissioner, to determine if the individual confessing to the crime is truly the killer. As Jane and Jake each gets closer to the truth, they find their lives and their romantic connection precariously hanging in the balance. Danger and intrigue surround them both as they desperately seek closure. VERDICT The third entry in the “Jane Ryland & Jake Brogan” series (The Other Woman; The Wrong Girl) packs a powerful punch, and offers a clever mix of mystery, corruption, and romance. Mystery enthusiasts will want to drop everything and binge-read until the mind-boggling conclusion.

Truth Be Told will be published on October 7.

Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99

Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott CardThe ebook for Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card is now on sale for $2.99!*

About Ender’s Shadow:
Orson Scott Card brings us back to the very beginning of his brilliant Ender Quartet, with the novel that begins The Shadow Series and allows us to reenter Ender’s world anew.

With all the power of his original creation, Ender’s Shadow is Card’s parallel volume to Ender’s Game, a book that expands and complements the first, enhancing its power, illuminating its events and its powerful conclusion.

The human race is at War with the “Buggers”, an insect-like alien race. The first battles went badly, and now as Earth prepares to defend itself against the imminent threat of total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable alien enemy, all focus is on the development and training of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win.

The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth–they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging then into an irresistible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School.

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this new book, card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean–the one who became Ender’s right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers.

Bean’s past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else’s. He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children’s gang, and then to help make that gang a template for success for all the others. He civilized them, and lived to grow older.

Bean’s desperate struggle to live, and his success, brought him to the attention of the Battle School’s recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender….

*sale ends September 28

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99

Mistborn by Brandon SandersonThe ebook for Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson is now on sale for $2.99!*

About Mistborn:
Brandon Sanderson, fantasy’s newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

Readers of Elantris thought they’d discovered someone special in Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn proves they were right.

*sale ends September 28

Today Only: A Dog’s Purpose eBook is On Sale for $2.99

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce CameronFor one day only, the ebook for A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron is on sale for $2.99!*

About A Dog’s Purpose:
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.

But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders—will he ever find his purpose?

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

*sale ends TODAY, September 13

Goodreads Sweepstakes: Willful Child by Steven Erikson

Willful Child by Steven Erikson

About Willful Child: From the New York Times Bestselling author Steven Erikson comes a new science fiction novel of devil-may-care, near calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through the infinite vastness of interstellar space.

These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the…

And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through ‘the infinite vastness of interstellar space.’

The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence has taken his lifelong passion for Star Trek and transformed it into a smart, inventive, and hugely entertaining spoof on the whole mankind-exploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-of-high-tech-gadgets-along-the-way, overblown adventure. The result is an SF novel that deftly parodies the genre while also paying fond homage to it.

Enter for a chance to win here!

(Ends October 9)

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On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in September

Deadout by Jon McGoranLock In by John ScalziThe League of Seven by Alan GratzHurricane Fever by Tobias Buckell

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in September! Once a month, we’re collecting info about all of our upcoming author events. Check and see who’ll be coming to a city near you:

R. S. Belcher, The Shotgun Arcana

September 19-21
Parapalooza
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
Norfolk, VA

Tobias Buckell, Hurricane Fever

Saturday, September 13
Kazoo Books
Kalamazoo, MI
2:00 PM
With author Jim Hines.

Linda Davies, Ark Storm

Monday, September 8
KGB Bar
New York, NY
7:00 PM
With Jon McGoran, author of Deadout

Steven Gould, Exo

Friday, September 12
Bookworks
Albuquerque, NM
7:00 PM

Thursday, September 18
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:00 PM

Saturday, September 20
Borderlands
San Francisco, CA
3:00 PM

Saturday, September 27
Page One
Albuquerque, NM
3:00 PM

Alan Gratz, The League of Seven

Tuesday, September 9
Copperfield’s
Petaluma, CA
4:00 PM

Thursday, September 11
Kepler’s Books
Menlo Park, CA
7:00 PM

Monday, September 22
Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC
4:00 PM

Friday, September 26
Malaprop’s
Asheville, NC
7:00 PM

Jon McGoran, Deadout

Thursday, Septempter 4
Mystery Lovers Bookshop
Pittsburgh, PA
7:00 PM

Saturday, September 6
Philadelphia Honey Festival
Philadelphia, PA
1:00 PM Reading
4:00 PM Signing

Sunday, September 7
Towne Book Centre
Collegeville, PA
2:00 PM

Monday, September 8
KGB Bar
New York, NY
7:00 PM
With Linda Davies, author of Ark Storm

Tuesday, September 9
Chester County Books & Music
West Chester, PA
7:00 PM

Saturday, September 13
Ambler Farmers Market’
Ambler, PA
9:00 – 11:00 AM

Doylestown Bookshop
Doylestown, PA
12:00 PM

One More Page Books
Fall for the Book: Nightfall
Arlington, VA
8:00 PM

Sunday, September 28
Just Write Writers Conference
Bel Air, MD

John Scalzi, Lock In

Tuesday, September 2
Tattered Cover
Denver, CO
7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 3
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Thursday, September 4
Books, Inc.
Mountain View, CA
7:00 PM

Friday, September 5
Copperfield’s
Petaluma, CA
7:00 PM

Saturday, September 6
Borderlands
San Francisco, CA
3:00 PM

Sunday, September 7
Vroman’s Bookstore
Pasadena, CA
5:00 PM

Monday, September 8
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 9
Prairie Lights
Iowa City, IA
7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 10
Lake Forest Bookstore
To be held at Warren-Newport Library
Gurnee, IL
7:00 PM

Thursday, September 11
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY
7:00 PM

Saturday, September 13
Jay and Mary’s Book Center
Troy, OH
2:00 PM

Monday, September 15
Brookline Booksmith
Brookline, MA
7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 16
Gibson’s Bookstore
Concord, NH
7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 17
Northshire Bookstore
Saratoga Springs, NY
7:00 PM

Thursday, September 18
Word Bookstore
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 PM

Friday, September 19
Barnes and Noble
Philadelphia, PA
7:00 PM

Starred Review: Exo by Steven Gould

Exo by Steven Gould“Gould literally raises the bar on teleportation in this sequel to Impulse (2013)”

Steven Gould’s Exo got a starred review in Kirkus Reviews!

Here’s the full review, from the September 9 issue:

Gould literally raises the bar on teleportation in this sequel to Impulse (2013). Seventeen-year-old Cent is your typical teen: She’s reeling from a breakup with her boyfriend, worried about her ailing grandmother and developing a plan to teleport into orbit—you know, the usual. Intelligent, resourceful and well-funded, she begins field-testing a new spacesuit and putting together a company that will both support her voyages and make a profit by placing small satellites into orbit and removing debris. It’s not long before Cent’s one-woman space program gains considerable attention, including some from the shadowy corporation that once captured Cent’s father, Davy, and still pursues their family. Gould grows more ambitious with every book in the Jumper series. He began by mixing speculative fiction, adventure and bildungsroman, then added in political and corporate thriller; this novel is primarily hard sci-fi while maintaining the other genres. By constantly experimenting with new tropes and extending the limits of the Harrison-Rice family’s power to teleport, Gould ensures that each installment remains fresh and enthralling. As in the previous book, Cent’s genius and her social skills (considering that she’s been discouraged from creating close bonds with anyone outside her immediate family) seem almost more unusual than her teleporting ability, but her character has an intellectual and emotional validity as well as an inherent likability that encourages the reader to overlook those quibbles. There’s simply no knowing where Cent and this series are headed next…but it’ll sure be interesting to find out.

Exo will be published on September 9.

Starred Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

Lock In by John Scalzi“Another brilliant novel from a writer who has quickly become one of the genre’s most successful and intriguing practitioners.”

John Scalzi’s Lock In got a starred review in Booklist!

Here’s the full review, from the August issue:

This tightly plotted, highly imaginative SF/mystery takes place about 25 years after a virus called Haden’s syndrome left a small percentage of the world’s population locked inside their own bodies, conscious and aware of their surroundings but unable to interact in any way. The protagonists are a couple of very unusual FBI agents. Leslie Vann used to be an Integrator, someone who would allow a Haden’s patient to slip their consciousness inside her body (by way of a neutral network that could link the locked-in person with Vann’s own mind); Chris Shane is a Haden’s patient who, like many others, uses a “threep”—a mechanical personal transport controlled remotely via a neural network—to interact with the world. Together they must solve a most tantalizing mystery: Who used the body of an Integrator to commit murder? Like Isaac Asimov, in his classic novels featuring human detective Elijah Baley and his robot partner R. Daneel Olivaw, Scalzi builds a complete world from the ground up, layering on top of it a captivating mystery that could only exist in a world like this one. Another brilliant novel from a writer who has quickly become one of the genre’s most successful and intriguing practitioners.

Lock In will be published on August 26.

Starred Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

Lock In by John Scalzi“[T]he novel–which contains plenty of action, great character development, vivid and believable worldbuilding and a thought-provoking examination of disability culture and politics–is definitely worth the ride.
This SF thriller provides yet more evidence that Scalzi (The Human Division, 2013, etc.) is a master at creating appealing commercial fiction.”

John Scalzi’s Lock In got a starred review in Kirkus!

Here’s the full review, from the June 26 issue:

In the near future, a meningitis-like disease has killed millions and left a small percentage of survivors “locked in”–fully conscious, but unable to move any part of their bodies.

Government-funded research has allowed the locked-in Haden’s syndrome survivors to flourish in a virtual environment, and to interact with the real world via humanoid robots known as “threeps.” They can also use the bodies of a small group of Haden survivors known as “Integrators,” who have found that they can allow their bodies to be controlled by others. Right before a major rally by Haden activists to protest a law cutting support for survivors, a series of murders and the bombing of a major pharmaceutical company suggest that someone has developed the ability to take over Integrators’ bodies against their will. Rookie FBI agent and Haden survivor Chris Vance and his new partner, troubled former Integrator Leslie Vann, must find the culprit before an even more devastating act is committed. There’s only one real suspect from the get-go, so most of the mystery lies in determining his motives and finding the evidence to make an arrest before his plan can be fulfilled; but the novel–which contains plenty of action, great character development, vivid and believable worldbuilding and a thought-provoking examination of disability culture and politics–is definitely worth the ride.

This SF thriller provides yet more evidence that Scalzi (The Human Division, 2013, etc.) is a master at creating appealing commercial fiction.

Lock In will be published on August 26.

Book Trailer: Echopraxia by Peter Watts

Echopraxia by Peter Watts

Prepare for a different kind of singularity in Peter Watts’ Echopraxia, the follow-up to the Hugo-nominated novel Blindsight.

It’s the eve of the twenty-second century: a world where the dearly departed send postcards back from Heaven and evangelicals make scientific breakthroughs by speaking in tongues; where genetically engineered vampires solve problems intractable to baseline humans and soldiers come with zombie switches that shut off self-awareness during combat. And it’s all under surveillance by an alien presence that refuses to show itself.

Daniel Bruks is a living fossil: a field biologist in a world where biology has turned computational, a cat’s-paw used by terrorists to kill thousands. Taking refuge in the Oregon desert, he’s turned his back on a humanity that shatters into strange new subspecies with every heartbeat. But he awakens one night to find himself at the center of a storm that will turn all of history inside-out.

Now he’s trapped on a ship bound for the center of the solar system. To his left is a grief-stricken soldier, obsessed by whispered messages from a dead son. To his right is a pilot who hasn’t yet found the man she’s sworn to kill on sight. A vampire and its entourage of zombie bodyguards lurk in the shadows behind. And dead ahead, a handful of rapture-stricken monks takes them all to a meeting with something they will only call “The Angels of the Asteroids.”

Their pilgrimage brings Dan Bruks, the fossil man, face-to-face with the biggest evolutionary breakpoint since the origin of thought itself.

Echopraxia, by Peter Watts, publishes on August 26.