Monday, January 7, 2019

Books I'm Looking Forward To Reading in 2019

With a new year comes a fresh batch of books on the publishing horizon - and, despite having a decent sized tbr (read my Mt. TBR Challenge here) I know I'm going to crack the spine of these upcoming releases I can't wait to read in 2019. 

As always, the list (like my blog) isn't genre-specific, so if you're after just upcoming crime fiction for instance, I suggest checking out the excellent list of 2019's new books by Crime Fiction Lover

The Rap Sheet's Early Rivals for Our Reading Attention is also a great resource for new books due for publication in the early part of 2019. 

In no particular order:

The Border by Don Winslow (February)  
The much anticipated third (and final) Art Keller book which started with The Power of the Dog, and was followed The Cartel

For over forty years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America’s longest conflict: The War On Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world’s most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin—the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Ad├ín Barrera—has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul.

Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster he has created thirty more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico. But not just there.

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig (July)
Basically anything Chuck Wendig writes, I read. Wanderers looks great.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. 

Ravinca by Greg Weisman (April)
In December I read a novella by Brandon Sanderson called Children of the Nameless; a gothic horror set in the seemingly endless fantastical universe that is the tabletop card game, Magic the Gathering, and with Ravinca I looking forward to reading more. 

Planeswalkers, powerful mages from many disparate realities, must unite against the elder dragon Nicol Bolas, who has claimed dominion over Ravnica and is perilously close to completing the spell that will grant him godhood. Now, as dozens of Planeswalkers fight alongside the Gatewatch—led by Chandra Nalaar, Jace Beleren, and Gideon Jura—against Bolas and his relentless army of Eternals, nothing less than the fate of the multiverse is at stake. 

A Bloody Business by Dylan Struzan (April)
I love reading about prohibition era USA in the roarer twenties and events which followed the bloody aftermath on gangland Chicago. Last year I read Get Capone by Jonathon Eig, The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry, Chicago Assassin by Richard J. Shmelter, and Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero by Douglas Perry. A Bloody Business is a must-have. 

In 1919, the National Prohibition Act was passed, making it illegal across America to produce, distribute, or sell liquor. With this act, the U.S. Congress also created organized crime as we know it. Italian, Jewish, and Irish mobs sprang up to supply the suddenly illegal commodity to the millions of people still eager to drink it. Men like Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, Dutch Schultz and Bugsy Siegel, Al Capone in Chicago and Nucky Johnson in Atlantic City, waged a brutal war for power in the streets and on the waterfronts. But if you think you already know this story…think again, since you’ve never seen it through the eyes of one the mobsters who lived it.

This Storm by James Ellory (May)
Unlike a lot of blogs/book reviews I follow, I really liked Perfidia despite the hefty page count. A must-read historical crime novel by one of my go-to authors.

New Year's Eve 1941, war has been declared and the Japanese internment is in full swing. Los Angeles is gripped by war fever and racial hatred. Sergeant Dudley Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department is now Army Captain Smith and a budding war profiteer. He's shacked up with Claire De Haven in Baja, Mexico, and spends his time sniffing out fifth column elements and hunting down a missing Japanese Naval Attache. Hideo Ashida is cashing LAPD paychecks and working in the crime lab, but he knows he can't avoid internment forever. Newly arrived Navy Lieutenant Joan Conville winds up in jail accused of vehicular homicide, but Captain William H. Parker squashes the charges and puts her on Ashida's team. Elmer Jackson, who is assigned to the alien squad and to bodyguard Ashida, begins to develop an obsession with Kay Lake, the unconsummated object of Captain Parker's desire. Now, Conville and Ashida become obsessed with finding the identity of a body discovered in a mudslide. It's a murder victim linked to an unsolved gold heist from '31, and they want the gold. And things really heat up when two detectives are found murdered in a notorious dope fiend hang-out.

Shades of Magic Volume 1: The Steele Prince by V.E. Schwab (March)
Set in the same fantastical world as the Shades of Magic trilogy ( comprising A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light) , the prequel graphic novel adds some extra depth to an already meaty cast of characters and magic infused lore. 

Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic! 

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape. 

There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa... 

Collects Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #1-4.

Star Wars: Queen's Shadow by E.K. Johnston (May)
Ahsoka by E.K Johnston was a lot of fun and I'm interested to see what the author does with Queen Amidala, who, to this point in the new Disney Cannon of fiction hasn't been explored much outside of the films. 

When Padme Naberrie, "Queen Amidala" of Naboo, steps down from her royal position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo's next representative in the Galactic Senate. Padme is unsure about taking on the new role, but ultimately cannot refuse the opportunity to serve her people. 

Together with her loyal handmaidens, Padme leaves her idyllic home for the glistening capital world of Coruscant, where she must learn to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen's shadow...

The Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly (March)
I've been a big fan of Matthew Reilly's books for as long as I can remember and find myself always eagerly anticipating his new Jack West Jr. or Scarecrow novel - whilst The Secret Runners isn't part of either series, it looks great. 

When Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red move to Manhattan, rumors of a coming global apocalypse are building. But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying without a care.

And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York. But this is no ordinary clique - they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future. And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying: the rumors about the coming apocalypse are true . . .

As society crumbles and Skye and Red race to figure out how to use their knowledge to survive the impending annihilation, they soon discover that the chaotic end of the world is a fine time for revenge.

Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox (January) 
The Crimson Lake crime fiction series featuring an odd coupling of interesting characters as private investigators set in Queensland, Australia is fast becoming my favorite Aussie series. Both Crimson Lake and Redemption Point were excellent reads and Gone by Midnight looks set to continue the trend.

Ex-cop Ted Conkaffey is slowing rebuilding his life in Crimson Lake, and getting to know his three-year-old daughter, Lillian. But when he and his PI partner Amanda take on the case of a boy who seems to have literally disappeared into thin air, his job once again threatens everything . . .

Crimson Lake is where bad people come to disappear - and where eight-year-old boys vanish into thin air . . .

Out of the Dark by Greg Hurwitz (January)
The fourth full length novel in the action packed Orphan X series. I really enjoyed Orphan X, The Nowhere Man, and Hell Bent and am sure Out of the Dark will pack just as much punch as those that came before it. A thrill-junkies must-read. 

Someone at the very highest level of government has been trying to eliminate every trace of the Orphan Program by killing all the remaining Orphans and their trainers. After Evan's mentor and the only father he ever knew was killed, he decided to strike back. His target is the man who started the program and who is now the most heavily guarded person in the world: the President of the United States.

But President Bennett knows that Orphan X is after him and, using weapons of his own, he's decided to counter-attack. Bennett activates the one man who has the skills and experience to track down and take out Orphan X―the first recruit of the program, Orphan A.

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