Take a deep breath and get out your list-making tools. There are more than forty titles for your reading pleasure on the list this week, only one of which is by JR Ward. It may be quite a challenge to pick just one, but do your best! Oh, and did I mention The King, book 12 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, is out tomorrow? Woo-hoo! I’m two books behind with the series but I preordered anyway. I will catch up one of these days.
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Dr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime dedicated to her mother’s dream of finding the long-lost Mona Lisa. When Eos uncovers evidence of Star’s End, the last known location of the masterpiece, she’s shocked when her employer, the Galactic Institute of Historic Preservation, refuses to back her expedition. Eos must trust the most notorious treasure hunter in the galaxy. Dathan Phoenix can sniff out relics at a stellar mile. He takes the adventures that suit him and refuses to become a lazy, bitter failure like his father. When Eos Rai comes looking to hire him, he knows she’s trouble. As Eos and Dathan are pushed to their limits, they discover treasure isn’t the only thing they’re drawn to, but how will their desire survive when Dathan demands the Mona Lisa as his payment? (ebook only)
Juliana Norris, Realm Walker with the Agency, is an Altered. A fact that she runs up against every time she’s forced to work with human police officers, and their species-ist commissioner, on cases they can’t solve themselves. The quality that makes her the best Realm Walker in the business, without boast, is the ability to read magical signatures. When Altered children start going missing with only wild magical signatures as clues, her heritage is the last thing on her mind. She can’t afford such distractions, and she definitely can’t afford to worry about the fact that her mate, master vampire Thomas Kendrick, hasn’t spoken to her since she saved him from a demon. Whoever is kidnapping these children must be very powerful to wield wild magic. (ebook only)
Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance Volume Four, edited by Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan, (March 31, Subterranean)
Throughout his career, Jack Vance showed a fascination not only with having characters solve mysteries in all sorts of dramatic and wondrous situations using their powers of observation, deduction and common sense, but also with the possibility of higher states of mind in play, other realms of existence, even spirit worlds. In his Dying Earth stories with their wizardly spellcasting, eldritch beings and strange dimensions, or in his science fiction tales with the incredible mental powers afforded races like the Green Chasch, the Fwai-chi, the Meks of Etamin 9 besieging the final human strongholds in ‘The Last Castle,’ even given to divergent human peoples on Koryphon, Maske and countless other worlds, or to the likes of his most extraordinary Demon Prince, Howard Alan Treesong, Vance was forever drawn to what else might comprise human (and other) natures in all their myriad forms.
A new era is beginning in the villainous world of H.I.V.E. as civil war looms, forcing Otto and his friends to take sides. Scheming, extorting, menacing, and general evilness are nothing new in the world of villainy, indeed, it’s expected, especially at the Higher Institute of Villainous Education. There have always codes of conduct. In an attempt to purge the Global League of Villainous Enterprises of its more destructive elements, Dr. Nero has underestimated the cunning and resources of those who oppose him. Otto and the rest of the Alpha stream have been sent to begin their most feared exercise, the Hunt, in the icy wastes of Siberia. There is a traitor in their midst. The first strike against Nero will be a strike against the Alpha stream. Villain-kind is on the brink of civil war. (U.S. Release)
While out scouting in southern Indiana, Alessa Duvalier comes across a Kurian Conference being attended by every major military sect the Kurians have in the Midwest. Alessa and her warriors strike and achieve victory, only to discover an even greater threat to humanity. Most of the world’s resistance leaders and the Lifeweavers are gathering for a peace conference in Helsinki, Finland, and the Kurians have already inserted an agent among the delegates. David Valentine is chosen to be head of security for the Army of Kentucky representatives, and Alessa ignores his order to stay behind. She learns that the Kurian agent may be the least of her concerns. For the Lifeweavers themselves are about to reveal something that will devastate the Resistance.
All her life, Samantha Ryan has been haunted by a circle of blood, which she has tried to keep at bay, ever since she escaped a vicious Salem coven of witches as a child. But now her carefully constructed life has given way to the darkness she might have embraced, had she not run away. Angry, focused, and more than willing to use her powers on anyone who gets in her way, Samantha travels to New Orleans to confront Lilith Black, the witch who has been mercilessly shaping events around her for months. But little does Samantha know that her own nightmarish past and Lilith’s are inescapably intertwined, and that what Lilith wants most of all is for Samantha to suffer until her final breath.
Two children have been found dead, their souls torn from their bodies. Two more are missing, and Ethan Morgan’s niece is one of them. Ethan has every intention of bringing her back alive and catching the monster behind these kidnappings. The victims rarely stay alive for more than seven days. Four of those days have already passed. In ten years of working for the Damask Circle, shapeshifter Katherine Tanner has never come across anything that goes after kids the way this monster does. The last thing Kat needs is interference from a cop who has no idea what he’s up against. The greatest threat to Kat may come not from the forces of darkness, but from the man she is beginning to love. Ethan is a werewolf, and the full moon is rising. (U.S. Release)
Three high school students-Eric, Shelly, and Fatima-have one thing in common: “I know your secret.” Each one is blackmailed into bullying specifically targeted schoolmates by a mysterious caller who whispers from their cell phones and holds carefully guarded secrets over their heads. But how could anyone have obtained that photo, read those hidden pages, uncovered this buried past? Thrown together, the three teens join forces to find the stranger who threatens them-before time runs out and their shattering secrets are revealed.
A year ago, Angela Mathers, a talented artist with a tortured soul, enrolled at the Westwood Academy and encountered the angels who haunted her dreams. Then she discovered the dark truth: she is the Archon, a being of supreme power who will determine the fate of the universe. But with such power comes great danger, and for every force seeking to aid Angela there is another burning to stop her. After a scheming demon kidnaps the Book of Raziel, Angela must find her way through a nightmarish game and enter the Door to Hell to rescue her only friend before it is too late. The perilous fate of both Heaven and Hell rests on her success.
Heartbroken but more determined than ever after a tense showdown in the woods, sixteen-year-old Tess once again returns to the safety of her community of Isolationists. Bolstered by new alliances and desperate to protect those she loves, this time she knows she can return stronger and more powerful than ever to take back what is hers. As she trains in combat and grows more confident, Tess receives beautiful letters penned by her forbidden love, the chosen one James, from his prison in Templeton. He is now serving as a bodyguard to the creators, the team of scientists who created artificial life in the first place. And what he has discovered about the true origin of the illness that halted natural life could change everything.
I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. When your life gets swept up by a tornado, you have no choice but to go along. I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. My name is Amy Gumm, and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart. Steal the Scarecrow’s brain. Take the Lion’s courage. Then and only then, Dorothy must die!
In his last audience with the Senatus, Griffin hoped to establish a connection between his water-wielding race and the other elementals. He found himself drawn into an affair with the Chimeran general Keko. When it ended, Griffin was banned from the Senatus and Keko was stripped of her status. Just as Griffin is given a second chance to prove himself worthy of a Senatus seat, he gets a call from Keko. She wants to hear his voice one last time before embarking on a suicide mission to save her people and redeem her name. Members of the Senatus want her stopped. Griffin volunteers to go after her. As he tracks Keko through the Hawaiian wilderness, she leads him to the source of all fire magic. Will the intense power they discover draw them back together or destroy them both?
Welcome to the wide world of paranormal pastimes, where striking out might strike you dead. Editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner are your announcers for this all-new story collection of the most peculiar plays ever made. Sports fans live and die by their teams’ successes and failures, though not literally. But these fourteen authors have written spirited, in more ways than one, new tales of killer competitions that would make even the most die-hard players ask to be benched. Contributing authors include: Jan Burke, Dana Cameron, Adam-Troy Castro, Brendan DuBois, Charlaine Harris, Toni L.P. Kelner, Caitlin Kittredge, William Kent Krueger, Ellen Kushner, Mercedes Lackey, Joe R. Lansdale, Laura Lippman, Seanan McGuire, Brandon Sanderson and Scott Sigler.
When her eccentric aunt passes away, no-nonsense accountant Clare Cermac inherits more than just a small fortune. She receives the gift of communicating with ghosts. While Clare may not believe in spirits, it’s hard to overlook the shadowy talking dog appearing on her bed or spectral cowboys tipping their hats to her in the streets of Denver. When she locks eyes with sexy, and living, Zach Slade, there’s certainly no ignoring him either. A former deputy sheriff, Zach is leaving a painful past behind in Montana for a new life in Denver as a private investigator, a job that has him crossing paths with beautiful Clare. Not that she minds. After the restless ghost of a Wild West gunman demands her assistance, Clare finds herself needing Zach more and more, and not just for help.
Download the chapter sampler of Hungry, a dystopian romance from H. A. Swain. In Thalia’s world, there is no need for food, everyone takes medication (or “inocs”) to ward off hunger. It should mean there is no more famine, no more obesity, no more food-related illnesses, and no more war. At least that’s what her parents, who work for the company that developed the inocs, say. But when Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that most people live a life much different from hers. Worse, Thalia is starting to feel hunger, and so is he, the inocs aren’t working. Together they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food. (ebook only)
Nick Gautier is tired of his destiny. He doesn’t want to be the son of a demon who’s fated to end the world. He just wants to be normal and have normal problems like everyone else. When he gets sucked into an alternate reality where his mother has married his mentor and his Atlantean god best friend has become a human geek, he begins to understand that no life is free of pain, and that every person has a specific place in the universe, even the son of a hated demon. He sees that his powers aren’t the curse he thought they were, and that the world needs a champion, especially one its enemies can’t imagine rising up to defend the ones he should destroy. Old enemies and new friends square off for a battle that will either restore Nick to his real world, or end him forever.
As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he’s a member of the Execution Underground, and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he’s ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her. The piece of her heart Allsun O’Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation, and her biggest mistake. Now, as they’re swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsun’s life is worth sacrificing his own, and the future of humanity itself. (ebook only, paperback released in May 2014)
The Kingdom Keepers’ senior year in high school is almost over. For more than three years, things have been quiet. Their battles are long behind them, they agree, the threat to the Disney realm silenced albeit at great cost. But inside the catacombs of the Aztec temple where Finn Whitman faced down his nemesis, the monstrous Chernabog, a new threat brews. Deception and betrayal rock the Kingdom Keepers as the merciless group of Disney villains known as the Overtakers stage an unexpected comeback. But a discovery by the Keepers provides them with one hope of victory-a lost icon. It was believed to be gone forever. The Keepers have one last chance to preserve the heart of the Kingdom, Disneyland, from a terrifying destruction decades in the making.
Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t a secure career. It’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident. When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again, Guild headquarters, to investigate the death of her uncle. Going back when I’m unwanted is dangerous. The Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died. His madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. When an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death.
Cajeiri has his young guests from the starship, three young folk entranced by weather and trees and creatures with minds of their own. Now safety is foremost: Cajeiri’s grandfather has been assassinated, hostile Assassins Guild invaded Great-uncle’s house, and now Bren Cameron, paidhi-aiji, who was sent to keep the aiji’s son safe, has more than the young guests on his mind. The aiji-dowager knows who’s to blame for the attacks, and they’re going after him. Bren Cameron has the pieces now, of a decades-old plot that’s been threaded through Guild actions going back before his arrival on the continent, and more, he knows the person responsible is going to find out he knows. If they don’t move, the other side will. The lives of the boy, the guests, the entire ruling family are at stake.
The imperial princess has been offered in marriage to the Prince of Inya as part of an alliance needed to ensure Kjall’s military prowess. Despite having been hurt in the past by men using her to gain power, Celeste finds herself falling for the fire mage. Prince Rayn has no intention of allying his country with the militaristic Kjallans. His political enemies at home may be the greater threat. The princess’s beauty and intelligence catch him off guard, throwing an unexpected and dangerous hurdle in the way of his plans. As a deadly political plot threatens Rayn’s life, the attraction between Celeste and Rayn ignites into a sizzling affair. To save her people and herself, Celeste will have to discover if Rayn’s intentions are true or risk having her love burn her yet again.
Archivist Emmet Dennison has fallen from grace. Instead of extracting the memories of the dead, he finds himself assigned to protect Nicola Tesla, a woman who is as mad as she is brilliant. Nicola Tesla hasn’t met a man like Emmet Dennison before, intelligent, insightful and full of anger. She has no desire to pursue a relationship. Her life is her work and no distraction, no matter how attractive, will get in her way. Thomas Edison intends to grow his influence and take control of New London’s underbelly. When Nicola and Emmet are kidnapped by Edison and become pawns in his plot, their feelings for each other grow. Edison unleashes his creations on New London, putting Nicola in danger and forcing Emmet to choose between saving her life or saving his soul.
Blaine McFadden endured six long years in the brutal Velant prison colony, exiled for murder. War devastated his homeland of Donderath and destroyed the magic on which the Ascendant Kingdoms relied. Now Blaine and a small group of fellow exiles have returned to a lawless wasteland, where unrestrained magic storms wreak havoc and monsters roam free. Yet, amidst the chaos, rumors persist of a new magic that could restore the kingdoms. But the key lies with a dangerous, ancient ritual and a group of vanished survivors. Now McFadden’s only hope is a small, desperate, quickly rallied army. Together they must make one last stand knowing that if they fail, the civilization of the Ascendant Kingdoms dies with them.
Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. This is a sweeping and harrowing novel about a girl who can’t read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity. What choices will she make? How will she build a future on an earth ravaged by climate change?
A year after young engineering student Rip Cantrell discovered the first flying saucer buried deep in the sands of the Sahara, another saucer is brought up from the bottom of the Atlantic. One of the technicians, Adam Solo, an alien marooned on Earth for a thousand years, steals the saucer, hoping to summon a starship to rescue him. The stolen saucer has damaged communications gear. Solo goes to Rip Cantrell and his partner and Rip’s uncle, for help in summoning a starship. As a terrified world fearful of space invaders approaches meltdown, big pharma moguls and their thugs are hot on the trail of the foursome. It may be the arriving aliens who offer limitless possibilities. Rip and Charley face an incredible decision.
Yulia’s father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she’s captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she’s thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can trust no one, not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for her attention, and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.
The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress have been killed inside a locked and guarded room. The sole witnesses to the crime, guards who broke down the doors, hearing the screams from within, have gone mad with terror, babbling about ghosts, and things worse than ghosts. Dispatched to Korous by the queen, master spies Alec and Seregil find all the excitement and danger they could want, and more. For an ancient evil has been awakened there, a great power that will not rest until it has escaped its otherworldly prison and taken revenge on all that lives. And only those like Alec, who have died and returned to life, can step between the worlds and confront the killer, even if it means a second and all too permanent death.
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. A prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined. She begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods. There is a rebellion brewing. Her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader. As Cécile becomes involved in the political games of Trollus, she becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.
Marked by Life and Death magic, Shame Flynn and Terric Conley are “breakers”, those who can use magic to its full extent. Most of the time, they can barely stand each other, but they know they have to work together to defeat a common enemy, rogue magic user Eli Collins. Backed by the government, Eli is trying to use magic as a weapon by carving spells into the flesh of innocents and turning them into brainless walking bombs. To stop him, Shame and Terric will need to call on their magic, even as it threatens to consume them, because the price they must pay to wield Life and Death could change the very fate of the world, and magic itself.
Twenty years ago, the mysterious death of his aunt left Aaron Holbrook orphaned and alone. He abandoned his Arkansas hometown vowing never to return, until his seven-year-old son died in an accident, plunging Aaron into a nightmare of addiction and grief. He returns to the hills of his childhood, to Holbrook House. Holbrook House is but a shell of what it once was, a target for vandals and ghost hunters who have nicknamed it “the devil’s den.” Aaron doesn’t believe in the paranormal, at least, not until a strange boy begins following him wherever he goes. Aaron begins to wonder if he’s losing his mind. A festering darkness lurks at the heart of Holbrook House. A darkness that grins from within the shadows, delighting in Aaron’s sorrow, biding its time.
Plans that have been shaped for over a thousand years will finally be executed when dragons awake and the gates between worlds are thrown open. Daniel and Freya, along with Alex, Vivienne, and the knight Ecgbryt, join together with the inhabitants of Nidergeard to confront the forces allied against them. Nidergeard lies exposed and the army that the dark wizard Gad has been gathering over the past years, made from giants, dragons, trolls, and yfelgopes, is finally assembled and ready to invade the nation. All that stands in their way is the Langtorr, the last standing structure in Nidergeard, and its inhabitants. The fate of Britain, and the world, all centers around the events of a single day, a day when the mystery of what lies behind The Fearful Gates is revealed.
The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. When his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. He has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment. He can trust nobody. He must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend, and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne, or his life.
After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle, with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything, and everyone, at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response, or the distance it creates between them. The question is, will true love win out, or tortured legacy take over?
We engineered a race of superior fighters, the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us. In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Asha and Pax, strangers and enemies, find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city. Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource, information, viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society. Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check. With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other’s secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.
In 1893, young journalist Arthur Shaw is at work in the British Museum Reading Room when the Great Storm hits London. Arthur’s newspaper closes, owing him money, and all his debts come due at once. His fiancé Josephine takes a job as a stenographer. Arthur is given a job lead for what seems to be accounting work, but at a salary many times what any clerk could expect. The workers spend all day performing unnerving calculations that make them hallucinate or even go mad. Things are beginning to look up when a war breaks out between competing magical societies. Josephine joins one of them for a hazardous occult exploration, an experiment which threatens to leave her stranded at the outer limits of consciousness, among the celestial spheres.
Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor. Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold, heir to the Prussian throne. Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen’s Guard. Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician, come up with a plan. The court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone imagines. There is only rule that matters in Eleanor’s court: trust no one.
The summer before Dylan Kennedy’s senior year in high school is turning out to be anything but boring. Killing evil Dark Souls who suddenly have aspirations of taking over the magical realm of Teag because its protective spell is gone? Check. Not even Teag’s King, Dylan’s father, Baun, can stop them. People are dying, and a dark magic that his girlfriend, Kera, received from Baun is growing stronger. Dylan wants to believe Kera is suppressing the darkness that’s in her, but every day he sees that control slip just a little more. Baun sends Dylan to find a powerful magic that stop the Dark Souls, a magic so strong that Baun hid it so no one else could use it. What Dylan doesn’t expect to find along with it are consequences that could end the lives of those closest to him.
Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own. When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. As she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both. Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?
College is supposed to be a time of discovery. Danielle Vaughn never imaged it would be like this: heightened senses, supernatural powers, and a sudden craving for human blood. Dani is a demi-vamp, the daughter of a human psychic and a vampire noble. As Dani’s heritage manifests itself, her thirst for blood is matched only by her hunger for Chase Diedrick. As the son of the Vampire Council’s most powerful ruling family, Chase is already promised to another. There’s no shortage of men who are eager to satisfy her every need, including the alluring vampire Kayden. Her heightened powers of telepathy and telekinesis attract the attention of a rogue vamp who preys on gifted vampires. Dani must seek the Council’s help to quickly master her new vampire life or risk losing it.
After barely surviving a plot to destroy her school and its menagerie of alien patients, could things get worse for novice exoveterinarian Zenn Scarlett? Yes, they could: her absent father has been kidnapped. Desperate to find him, Zenn stows away aboard the Helen of Troy, a starliner powered by one of the immense, dimension-jumping beasts known as Indra. With her is Liam Tucker, a Martian boy who is either very fond of her, very dangerous to her, or both. On the verge of learning the truth about her missing dad, Zenn’s quest suddenly catapults her and Liam thousands of light years beyond known space, and into the dark heart of a monstrous conspiracy.
The fifth omnibus edition of the classic science fiction of A. Bertram Chandler’s John Grimes books and stories in this renowned SF space-faring saga. Contains Into the Alternate Universe, Contraband from Otherspace, The Rim Gods (1969), a story collection, The Commodore at Sea (a.k.a. Alternate Orbits, 1971), four novellas. Pipe-smoking, action-loving spaceship commander Lieutenant John Grimes (think Captain Kirk with more of a navy, salty attitude) moves out of the Federation navy and finds his true calling adventuring along the spaceways of the galactic rim. Number five in the collected adventures of the legendary John Grimes of the Galactic Rim series.
Graham McNeil knows that his pack is unruly, but he’s not sure he can take the next step toward pack stability. After losing his first mate long ago, Graham has worked hard to keep his heart in check. Besides, even if he was inclined to choose a new mate, his girlfriend, Misty, is human, a fact that won’t sit well with Graham’s old-fashioned pack. But Misty is going through a crisis of her own, one that brings danger and death to the pack. With the wolves doubly convinced that there needs to be a shake-up, Graham must now defend his leadership and save the woman he has grown to love, before Shiftertown is pulled into an all-out war.
Otto Behr is a German agent, fighting his Russian counterparts across three millennia, manipulating history for moments in time that can change everything. Only the remnants of two great nations stand and for Otto, the war is life itself, the last hope for his people. But in a world where realities shift and memory is never constant, nothing is certain, least of all the chance of a future with his Russian love.
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