Sunday, June 2, 2013

New This Week - June 2, 2013

Tainted Angel by Anne Cleeland.  US and UK release June 4, 2013.

The very beautiful Vidia is a highly skilled British spy, posing as the mistress of one of the suspected co-conspirators and trying to stay one step ahead of the enemy. Her spymaster, however, suspects she is tainted -- a double agent working for Napoloen, and so he sets up an elaborate trap to shake out the truth. Matters are complicated by Vidia s attraction to Carstairs, her colleague who appears to have his own dark secrets. As the layers of deception are peeled back, she can never be certain which side he s on -- even though he s wound himself around her heart. It s a dangerous game they play, where the slightest misstep could set in motion consequences that could destroy them -- and destroy England. Debut author Anne Cleeland crafts an engaging puzzle for the reader, who is never quite sure whether Vidia is a traitor -- or a hero.

Hannibal:  Fields of Blood by Ben Kane.  UK release June 6, 2013.

Hannibal's campaign to defeat Rome continues as he marches south to confront his enemy. With him is a young soldier, Hanno. Like his general, Hanno burns to vanquish Rome. Never has the possibility seemed so likely. But a stealthy game of cat and mouse is being played as Rome's generals seek to avoid confrontation. Eventually the two armies meet under a fierce summer sun. The place is Cannae - the fields of blood. The battle will go down in history as one of the bloodiest ever fought, a battle in which Hanno knows he must fight as never before - just to stay alive.

With my computer crash, I didn't get a chance to post some of the new releases the last couple of weeks so I've included them below.

Emperor:  The Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden.  UK release May 23, 2013 (will be released in the US in July).

The epic new novel in Conn Iggulden’s bestselling EMPEROR series.

Julius Caesar has been assassinated. A nation is in mourning. Revenge will be bloody.

Rome’s great hero Julius Caesar has been brutally murdered by his most trusted allies. While these self-appointed Liberatores seek refuge in the senate, they have underestimated one man: Caesar’s adopted son Octavian, a man whose name will echo through history as Augustus Caesar.

Uniting with his great rival Mark Antony, Octavian will stop at nothing to seek retribution from the traitors and avenge his father’s death. His greatest hatred is reserved for Brutus, Caesar’s childhood friend and greatest ally, now leader of the conspirators.

As the people take to the streets of Rome, the Liberatores must face their fate. Some flee the city; others will not escape mob justice. Not a single one will die a natural death. And the reckoning will come for Brutus on the sweeping battlefield at Philippi.

Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson.  US and UK reissue May 28, 2013.

With her king a captive and her coffers drained, England is left in turmoil during the Crusades. After the death of her father in the Holy Land, Lady Marian of Ravenskeep finds herself alone--and at the mercy of men vying for her lands and her beauty. Thrust into games of political intrigue, the sheltered knight's daughter soon learns to trust no one. . .

Afforded a hero's homecoming, Sir Robert of Locksley returns from the Crusades a shattered man. In a country he barely recognizes, one torn apart by treachery and betrayal, he finds in Marian a kindred soul. Their quest for justice will take them into the depths of Sherwood Forest, where the dream of a new England will be born. . .

A Chain of Thunder:  A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg by Jeff Shaara.  US release May 21, 2013 (will be released in the UK in July).

Continuing the series that began with A Blaze of Glory, Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle another decisive chapter in America’s long and bloody Civil War. In A Chain of Thunder, the action shifts to the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, in the vaunted “Gibraltar of the Confederacy,” a siege for the ages will cement the reputation of one Union general—and all but seal the fate of the rebel cause.

In May 1863, after months of hard and bitter combat, Union troops under the command of Major General Ulysses S. Grant at long last successfully cross the Mississippi River. They force the remnants of Confederate Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton’s army to retreat to Vicksburg, burning the bridges over the Big Black River in its path. But after sustaining heavy casualties in two failed assaults against the rebels, Union soldiers are losing confidence and morale is low. Grant reluctantly decides to lay siege to the city, trapping soldiers and civilians alike inside an iron ring of Federal entrenchments. Six weeks later, the starving and destitute Southerners finally surrender, yielding command of the Mississippi River to the Union forces on July 4—Independence Day—and marking a crucial turning point in the Civil War.

The Tainted Throne (Empires of the Moghul) by Alex Rutherford.  US release May 28, 2013 (was released in the UK in 2012).

India, 1606. Jahangir, the triumphant Moghul Emperor and ruler of most of the Indian subcontinent, is doomed. No amount of wealth and ruthlessness can protect him from his sons' desire for power. The glorious Moghul throne is worth any amount of bloodshed and betrayal; once Jahangir raised troops against his own father; now he faces a bloody battle with Khurram, the ablest of his warring sons. Worse is to come. Just as the heirs of Timur the Great share intelligence, physical strength, and utter ruthlessness, they also have a great weakness for wine and opium. Once Jahangir is tempted, his talented wife, Mehrunissa, is only too willing to take up the reins of the empire. And with Khurram and his half-brothers each still determined to be their father's heir, the savage battle for the Moghul throne will be more ferocious than even Timur could have imagined.

The Tainted Throne, the fourth installment in Alex Rutherford's internationally bestselling historical adventure series, is set in the Moghul Empire, featuring a culture reminiscent of the Dothraki in A Game of Thrones.


Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

I really like the sounds (and look) of Tainted Angel. That one will be going on my TBR pile for sure.

Marg said...

I have had the Jennifer Roberson book here for ages! One day I will read it.