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Definition of "Action and Adventure Genre": You may ask yourself, how does an Action and Adventure ebook differ from a Thriller ebook? Fair question. They may seem similar, but the main aspect of an Action and Adventure ebook is the element of consistent physical danger as a main part of the storyline. So, while our reference to Tom Cruise and, for instance, his Mission Impossible series was slightly tongue-in-cheek, those stories would actually fall into the Action and Adventure genre. Another important aspect of the Action and Adventure genre is that the pace of the novel using action is actually just as important as character building and setting--which makes the genre differ from others in a significant fashion.
Some examples of Action and Adventure bestselling ebooks are James Patterson (most of his Alex Cross novels), Pierce Brown (Red Rising), Tom Clancy (most of his Jack Ryan novels), and A.G. Riddle (The Atlantis Gene).
What would you do if your son became a stranger overnight?
Tired of their cramped London apartment, Aaron and Meera relocate to the idyllic village of Little Crake along with their two children, Noah and Uma. The new cottage looks out over the many miles of woodland beyond. It’s a far cry from their tiny flat and the perfect fresh start.
Until fifteen-year-old Noah wanders alone into the forest. For three days, a search party combs the woods. Aaron braces himself for the worst, convinced his son is lost forever. Until he finds Noah alive, hiding in the hollow of a tree. It feels like a second chance.
But why doesn’t Noah remember those three days in the woods? And why are there strange cuts slashed across his torso? Why did he cover himself in mud and hide away in an old oak tree?
Once a studious and gentle boy, Noah becomes a troublemaker at school. He withdraws from his family, sleepwalks at night, and creates eerie sketches of Dark Valley Forest. Aaron tells himself that Noah just needs time to readjust. He’ll soon be himself again. But Meera believes otherwise. This new version of Noah is harsh and cruel—a complete stranger.
A mother knows when something is wrong with her child. Aaron may be deluded, but she knows the boy who came back from the woods is not their son.
What readers are saying about The Stranger in Our House:
"I flew through this book so fast. I’d not recommend you to read it at night, as I did… but it was really fabulous! Well written and well-researched." -- Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars
"One of those books that will captivate and fully engage you as you read... I highly recommend it!" -- Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars
"I was invested from the first page, and I couldn't read this story fast enough!" -- Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars
"Spooky and kept me on edge to the end!" -- Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars
"This book keeps up such a good pace. There are constantly things happening, and the unsettling, creepy atmosphere is built throughout the book. There are twists and turns, and you just have no idea what's going to happen next.... or what's already happened either since you don't know whose account to believe. It really does get under your skin and has your hair standing on end in parts. It's everyone's worst nightmare and taps into that tiny part of you that does wonder..... what if?!" -- Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars
Have you ever been sick of being the low man on the totem pole?
A trio of mercs feel your pain. Chill, Ivan, and Kortez have been slaving away as mercenaries for years but enough is enough and they are done putting up with being an afterthought.
Striking out alone is a risk, but mercenary work is not exactly in short supply…
Grab this complete series boxed set and join Chill, Ivan, and Kortez on their missions today!
In the depths of a mine-riddled world, the Swarm is stirring. Chitinous hordes boil up from the depths, claiming lives and resources.
Never let a good crisis go to waste, they say.
So what is our intrepid trio to do? Lock and load for thunderous action and the antics of a batch of ne’er do wells with more firepower than good sense!
Included in this boxed set:
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In this spectacular New York Times bestselling father/son collaboration that “barrels along like a freight train” (Publishers Weekly), Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare. One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?
Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanted to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world. Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a woman’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.
One last chance for Glory. One last hope for humanity.
A ship pulled out of mothballs by the original crew, sent to fight a war humanity was losing.
Glory barely survived its last battle twenty years earlier. Captain Drake resigned rather than face court martial. But the enemy is back. Humanity needs everything that can fly.
Maybe it’s not the ship at all, but the crew. They hold the key.
Drake rallies old and young alike to comply with orders so secret, even he wasn’t allowed to see them until after the ship left the junkyard. Would it leave? That was another question. The core hadn’t been fired in twenty years.
The smell of decay filled the massive ship’s corridors. The stench of death lingered, the death of Drake’s crew, a nightmare from long ago.
The Paragon have weapons that humanity couldn’t contemplate. But here they were, suing for peace. The people of Earth jumped at the carrot. The end of war! Could it be too good to be true?
Drake had his orders from an admiral who knew too much. Glory must launch.
And with it, the fate of humanity rested on the shoulders of a broken crew, carrying a weapon like no other, hoping for one clear shot.
One last chance for Glory.
Queen of Suspense and #1 New York Times bestselling writer Mary Higgins Clark brilliantly weaves the mystery of twin telepathy into a mother’s search for a kidnapped child, presumed dead in this “riveting…suspense thriller [that] is certain to send terror into the heart of any parent” (Publishers Weekly).
Hours after throwing a third birthday party for their twins Kathy and Kelly in their Connecticut home, Margaret and Steve Frawley return home from a dinner in New York to discover the police in the house, their daughters missing, and an eight million dollar ransom note. The Frawleys meet the kidnapper’s demands, but the abandoned car they’re led to contains only Kelly, the body of the driver, and a suicide note, saying he had inadvertently killed Kathy and dumped her body in the ocean.
At the private memorial Mass for Kathy, Kelly tugs Margaret’s arm and says that her sister Kathy “wants to come home right now.” More unexplainable occurrences indicate that Kelly is in touch with Kathy, but no one except Margaret believes that Kathy is still alive. As Kelly’s warnings become increasingly specific and alarming, however, FBI agents set out on a search for the kidnappers as Kathy’s life hangs by a thread.
Delving into the well-documented but still unexplained phenomenon of twin telepathy, worldwide #1 bestseller Mary Higgins Clark takes us deep into the minds of her characters while lifting us to the heights of suspense.
Things aren’t always what they seem. Like, what could possibly go wrong on a vacation in the Cayman Islands – a Caribbean haven with beautiful women, plenty of rum, mouth-watering seafood, duty free shopping, and some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world?
Well, murder for one.
When DeeDee, Jake, Al, and Cassie go to Al’s home in the Cayman Islands for a respite from the string of murders they’ve had to investigate in the last year, the last thing they expect is to be involved in is yet another murder. And it’s even harder when it’s Al’s longtime Mafia friend and next-door neighbor, Nicky Luchesse.
This is the ninth book in the popular Northwest Cozy Mystery Series by a two-time USA Today Bestselling Author.
"A well-crafted gangland crime thriller with a fascinating military subplot and a deliciously mysterious villain." -BestThrillers.com
When a covert operation during the Vietnam War ends in tragedy, one of its members resolves to kill the man who betrayed it to the enemy. Now, fifteen years later, he'll finally get his chance.
Chicago, 1987. Home of mediocre baseball teams, gangs that rule the streets, and a Mexican drug cartel that supplies the city with heroin. Chicago Police Detective Marcelle DeSantis and her partner, Bernie Bernardelli, are working a series of heroin-related murders, and their job just got more complicated. The man who sabotaged the Vietnam operation, Robert Thornton, is now the chief enforcer for a Southeast Asian heroin cartel, and after fifteen years overseas he's arrived in Chicago to eliminate the reigning cartel and seize control of the city's heroin trade.
Racing to stop a drug war, Marcelle and Bernie don't realize they're about to be caught in a deadly crossfire: another man is circling in the wings, one of Thornton's soldiers from Vietnam, who's preparing to exact his long-sought revenge against his former mentor. He's the last person anyone would ever suspect, and when he finally makes his move, the paths of these four people will explosively converge.
Comet dust turns the moon a beautiful shade of purple, but it brings fatal consequences: adults across the globe drop dead. Can 13-year-old Abby fight to protect her siblings and survive the apocalyptic nightmare that lies ahead?
800+ 5-star reviews for The Toucan Trilogy (Night of the Purple Moon, Colony East & Generation M)
The tales of this book explore and extend the world established by Ursula K. Le Guin's must-read Earthsea Cycle. "The magic of Earthsea is primal; the lessons of Earthsea remain as potent, as wise, and as necessary as anyone could dream." (Neil Gaiman)
This collection contains the novella "The Finder," and the short stories "The Bones of the Earth," "Darkrose and Diamond," "On the High Marsh," and "Dragonfly." Concluding with an account of Earthsea's history, people, languages, literature, and magic, this edition also features two new maps of Earthsea.
With stories as perennial and universally beloved as The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of The Rings—but also unlike anything but themselves—Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea novels are some of the most acclaimed and awarded works in literature. They have received accolades such as the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, the Nebula Award, and many more honors, commemorating their enduring place in the hearts and minds of readers and the literary world alike.
Join the millions of fantasy readers who have explored these lands. As The Guardian put it: "Ursula Le Guin's world of Earthsea is a tangled skein of tiny islands cast on a vast sea. The islands' names pull at my heart like no others: Roke, Perilane, Osskil . . ."
The Earthsea Cycle includes:
Dragons are slaves.
Using stolen magic, the human Kingdom of Rolm has risen to power on the backs of the world's most formidable predator, but that is about to change. Bayloo is the first of the free dragons. Born into slavery, his shackled mind has awoken to find a human giving him orders and his race enthralled to an evil king. The world shall now face the rage of dragons.
Experience a fearsome struggle of magic and cunning between humans and dragons, where victory will determine the fate of the world.
A fantasy epic.
"The world building of Brandon Sanderson and the wit of Mark Lawrence!" -- Fierce Fantasy
9 Books and over 2000 pages of magic, deranged chaos, and werewolf shenanigans fill this expansive urban fantasy omnibus collection.
Welcome to the Vilokan Asylum of the Magically and Mentally Deranged.
I'm Doctor Cain. I'll be supervising your treatment plan.
Yes, before you ask, I am that Cain.
I've come a long way since I became the world's first murderer.
I'm now a licensed psychiatrist.
What is it you just asked? You heard that I was cursed?
Yes, I'm also the world's first werewolf...
But don't worry. I have it under control.
It won't interfere with your progress at Vilokan Asylum.
The Curse of Cain
Cain and Angel
The Mark of Cain
Cain and the Cowl
Cain and the Cauldron
The Wrath of Cain
What are readers saying about The Vilokan Asylum of the Magically and Mentally Deranged?
★★★★★ At the very least, and I hate to tell you this, Mr. Monroe, but I don’t think they can get any better than this. Unfortunately, that means it’s all downhill from here…. (Amazon Reviewer, Crazy Cain)
★★★★★ Ever wonder what happened to Cain after he killed Abel, let alone his relationship with Seth and his parents ? In this non canonical fictional extension of Bible, supernatural and horribly bad DAD jokes you find out. (Amazon Reviewer, The Curse of Cain)
★★★★★ As I frequently mention whenever I review a Theophilus Monroe book, I LOVE HIS BOOKS!!! As with all his books, I devoured it in a few hours, impossible to put down! I love how he takes a topic we're all familiar with and totally turns it on it's head! Adding a new twist on Cain and Abel is one of my favourite. We all know that particular story and how it ended, right? Wrong! Yes, Cain DOES kill Abel, but Theo breathes new life into this account, what we know still stands as truth, but with so much more interesting aspects. (Amazon Reviewer, Cain's Cobras)
★★★★★ Can't get enough of Cain! I was on an emotional roller-coaster with this book and reached for my tissue box by the end. Happy tears or sad tears?? I'm not saying. Buy with one click and find out. You won't regret it. (Amazon Reviewer, The Wrath of Cain)
A collection of nineteen short stories from the Nebula and Hugo Award–winning author of The Iron Dragon’s Daughter and Stations of the Tide
Written over the course of a decade, Tales from Old Earth contains nineteen masterful pieces of short fiction—including the Hugo Award–winning stories “The Very Pulse of the Machine” and “Scherzo with Tyrannosaur;” the World Fantasy Award–winning novella “Radio Waves;” Hugo Award finalists “The Dead,” “Radiant Doors,” and “Wild Minds;” and World Fantasy Award finalist “The Changeling’s Tale”—as well as an introduction by Bruce Sterling.
From pure fantasy to hard science fiction, this finely crafted collection from one of the greatest science fiction writers of his generation promises to stretch readers’ minds far beyond ordinary limits. These tales are guaranteed to delight and are an excellent introduction to this highly praised author.
Katie Maddison never wanted to learn how to kick a demon's ass, all she was doing was helping a fellow university student with his Chem homework.
She just trusted people too much.
Now, she will be the new weapon in a war she had no idea existed with warriors wielding both weapons and supernatural abilities.
Demon Hunters, Demon Fighters ... Known as The Damned.
Join Katie in this complete series boxed set which contains new short stories at the end of each book.
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One of the most powerful Demon's in Hell can't defeat his sister, so he sets her up to be sacrificed and killed.
The only problem? The human she possesses retained her sanity and together they might be a catalyst to change the future of the war.
This complete series includes:
NOTE: This book contains cursing. Perhaps humorous cursing, but cursing nonetheless. If this offends you, I suggest you don’t read this book.
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Ancient evils stir. Deals must be brokered. But who can be trusted?
On the fringes of civilization, the town of Sanctuary embarks on a mission to legitimize its existence and that of its half-breed inhabitants.
Tasked with helping secure the future of the town, four young adventurers soon discover that armies of orcs and hobgoblins are far from the only threats to peace on the frontier.
Dragons are rumored to once again fly, and an imprisoned god returns to plague the world.
What hopes do they have in the face of such foes?
Unlikely alliances must be forged and rivalries put aside. But not all friends are what they seem …
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Gritty, eloquent, and teaming with plot twists!
Saristavros’ debut to The Fateful Force series is an unrivaled combination of immersive worldbuilding, gripping action sequences, haunting necromancy, and diverse fantasy races that will enthrall even the pickiest fantasy readers!
The Fierce Force consists of:
Zom, a half-orc fighter who hunts full-blooded orcs for vengeance
Akke, a deceptive and cunning half-elf female bard, skilled in illusion spells
Ailuros, an adventure-junkie panthor (Catman) ranger, skilled in tracking and hunting
Osho, a human monk serving the God of the Dead, skilled in hand-to-hand martial arts
Self-driving vehicles finally arrive. But so do the terrorists. A thought-provoking thriller about artificial intelligence and the self-driving revolution.
You’ll be forced to consider how you’d react if you were cornered and trapped in a terrifying life-threatening situation.
Fed up with slogging through the treacherous LA traffic to get to work, Jake Bendel and a cunning team of experts create a roadway system for self-driving cars -- preventing thousands of traffic deaths and reducing commute times from hours to minutes. For three months, no traffic congestion. No accidents. No fatalities. People finally feel safe in their cars. But should they?
Especially when the dark side of humanity sees this as a chance to destroy the United States. A Syrian terrorist group weaponizes the system and devises a scheme to kill more Americans in one day than the 407,000 + U.S. soldiers killed in World War II.
Viktor, a tormented psychopath and the mastermind behind this ruthless attack, is driven by the voices in his head who guide his every move. While he and his brothers mercilessly annihilate Americans, Viktor plants evidence that convinces the public Jake is the architect behind the most heinous terrorist attack in U.S. history.
But one rogue FBI agent believes Jake is innocent. Together they unearth a mole deep inside the FBI, go off the grid, and hash through a trail of hidden clues to stop Viktor from slaughtering millions of unsuspecting American drivers in a matter of minutes.
The clock is ticking. Can they stop him in time to prevent another savage bloodbath?
Civil Terror: Gridlock will grab you by the throat and pull you into a vicious struggle that will define the fate of the world for generations to come. If you like Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, or Jon Grisham, you’ll love J. Luke Bennecke.
One of NPR’s 50 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the Decade: A fifteenth-century palace mapmaker must hide his powers in the time of the Inquisition . . .
Award-winning author G. Willow Wilson’s debut novel Alif the Unseen was an NPR and Washington Post Best Book of the Year and established her as a vital American Muslim literary voice. Now she delivers The Bird King, an epic journey set during the reign of the last sultan in the Iberian peninsula at the height of the Spanish Inquisition.
Fatima is a concubine in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain. Her dearest friend, Hassan, the palace mapmaker and the one man who doesn’t leer at her with desire, has a secret—he can draw maps of places he’s never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan’s surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan’s gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls? As the two traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety, The Bird King asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.
“Wilson has a deft hand with myth and with magic, and the kind of smart, honest writing mind that knits together and bridges cultures and people.” —Neil Gaiman, author of Norse Mythology
“A triumph . . . one of the best fantasy writers working today.” —BookPage
“A treasure-house of a novel, thrilling, tender, funny, and achingly gorgeous. I loved it.” —Lev Grossman, author of the Magicians trilogy
When Gavin comes to in a hospital with no memory of how he got there, he soon finds himself being escorted into an RPG psychotherapeutic marvel to heal his immuno-compromised body as well as to treat emotional traumas preventing him from becoming a truly powerful and effective person.
That RPG marvel takes place in a quantum-created alternate reality called Xenxu, a lush, immersive utopia with its own AI citizens, laws, and culture, where humans are the guests. Along his journey, he will be assisted by several mentors, both AI and human, and even future versions of himself. A powerful feminine alien presence also takes a primary role in his unfolding.
As Gavin earns both mental and physical upgrades, he undergoes superhero-like exercises, earning many achievements in the game world and unlocking new abilities in the real world. But he soon realizes something dark is happening in the background when a shadowy military organization begins stalking him.
Gavin finds himself at the center of a mystery bigger than he could have ever imagined. One thing is for certain: he’s being groomed for something big, and when alternate realities begin bleeding into the real world, he alone may hold the key to saving humanity.
Armed with incredible, mind-bending powers, his destiny will culminate in a final mission that is out of this world.
A new age science fiction book with an epic storyline, Mythion blends multiple genres. It’s near future social fiction, a mystery, a thriller, and it also has an epic love story. With many layers to it, this is a thinking person’s scifi but also a tale that action cravers will enjoy.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.
Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.
It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.
One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.
Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.
Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.
The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.
Speak again the ancient oaths:
Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.
and return to men the Shards they once bore.
The Knights Radiant must stand again.
Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages
Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning
Other Cosmere novels
The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent
The Rithmatist series
Other books by Brandon Sanderson
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Ever since a devastating magical war tore apart Ada Fletcher's homeworld, she and her family have lived undercover on the low-magic Earth. Stuck in a dead-end job in London, Ada has spent her life hiding both her true identity and her forbidden magic from the Inter-World Alliance: the organisation that polices the Passages between Earth and its magical neighbours.
At least until a high-ranking Alliance official is murdered, and Ada is arrested as the main suspect.
Kay Walker, grandson of the Inter-World Alliance's late founder, expects to spend his first week as an Alliance employee hunting rogue monsters in the Passages, not solving his supervisor's murder. However, the main suspect is a fierce young woman with dangerous magic from a world that should no longer exist… and the closer Kay gets to uncovering the truth, the higher the body count rises.
The last thing Ada wants to do is help the infuriating Alliance guard who arrested her, but it soon becomes clear that the Alliance knows too much about Ada's homeworld — and her magic. More, in fact, than she knows herself. One thing's certain: she's not the only one keeping secrets, and trusting the wrong person might cost more than her life.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Together in one volume—the first three books in the world’s most beloved science-fiction series!
On a beautiful world called Pern, an ancient way of life is about to come under attack. Lessa is an outcast survivor—her parents murdered, her birthright stolen—a strong young woman who has never stopped dreaming of revenge. But when an ancient threat reemerges, Lessa will rise—upon the back of a great dragon with whom she shares a telepathic bond more intimate than any human connection. Together, dragon and rider will fly, and Pern will be changed forever.
Since Lessa and Ramoth, her golden queen dragon, traveled into the past to bring forward a small army of dragons and riders to save their world from deadly alien spores, fear and desperation have spread across the land. But while the dragonriders struggle with threats both human and otherworldly, a young rider named F’nor and his brown dragon, Canth, hatch a bold plan to destroy the alien scourge at its source—the baleful Red Star that fills the heavens and promises doom to all.
THE WHITE DRAGON
Never in the history of Pern has there been a dragon like Ruth. Mocked by other dragons for his small size and pure white color, Ruth is smart, brave, and loyal—qualities that he shares with his rider, the young Lord Jaxom. Unfortunately, Jaxom is also looked down upon by his fellow lords, and by other riders as well. His dreams of joining the dragonriders in defending Pern are dismissed. What else can Jaxom and Ruth do but strike out on their own, pursuing in secret all they are denied? But in doing so, the two friends will find themselves facing a desperate choice—one that will push their bond to the breaking point . . . and threaten the future of Pern itself.