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By Christopher Paolini. 2020
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a brand new epic novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author… of Eragon, Christopher Paolini. Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds. Now she's awakened a nightmare. During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she's delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move. As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn't at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human. While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity's greatest and final hope . . .
By Michael McBride. 2020
&“McBride writes with the perfect mixture of suspense and horror that keeps the reader on edge.&” —Examiner IT LIVES. In… a research hangar in Virginia, a Unit 51 team studies an ancient but long-dormant virus that can transform human physiology—and turn it into something else. . . IT MUTATES. In the Amazon rainforest, a newly evolving life form known as Subject Z acquires the ability to think conceptually, build elaborate traps, create new carriers—and spawn a new race . . . IT SPREADS. In Mexico and Turkey, the men and women of Unit 51 race to uncover a global link between the mutations: a connection as ancient as the oldest tombs on earth—and as alien and unknowable as the universe itself. But time is running out. The infected are growing in number. And the nightmare is going viral .&“This novel is for everyone who&’s still a little scared of the dark . . . a very good sci-fi/thriller.&” —The Oklahoman on Subhuman &“Thriller powerhouse McBride begins his Unit 51 series . . . evoking feelings of shock and terror.&”—Publishers Weekly on Subhuman Visit us at www.kensingtonbooks.com
By Ryan Lockwood. 2013
Breathtakingly frightening and hugely entertaining. . .a knockout debut. Ryan Lockwood is a talent to watch! --Tripp Whetsell, NY Daily… NewsIn the bestselling tradition of Jaws, from the depths of the sea comes a new kind of terror. In all his years as a professional diver, Will Sturman has never encountered a killing machine more ferocious than the great white shark or as deadly as the piranha. Now, off the coast of California, something is rising from the deep--and multiplying. Voracious, unstoppable, and migrating north, an ungodly life form trailed by a gruesome wake of corpses. With the help of the brilliant and beautiful oceanographer Valerie Martell, Will finds himself in a race against time to stop the slaughter--by a predator capable of devastating the world's oceans. Pray it kills you quickly."In this brilliantly terrifying debut, Ryan Lockwood snaps hold of you and doesn't let go. . .with nerve-tingling suspense, BELOW is a thriller you won't easily put down--or forget." --Kevin O'Brien, New York Times bestselling author"Absolutely terrifying. . .and all the more frightening because it could happen." --Marc Cameron, author of State of Emergency
By Zack Parsons. 2012
A visionary tour de force, Liminal States begins in 1874, out on the wilder edges of the New Mexico Territory,… where Gideon Long stumbles toward his certain death, shot by his nemesis, Warren Groves, during a botched train robbery. But a mysterious white dog draws Gideon into a cave, leading him on a course that will alter a nation's history. . . Over a hundred years later, the promise of America has grown twisted beyond recognition. Two sworn enemies are still alive, immortalized by the foreign alchemy of an alien presence. Their feud has unknowingly set the stage for humanity's end. An invasion is well under way, unseen, unstoppable. Between submission and death, freedom is a distant whisper. . . A bold mashup of imagination and innovation, Liminal States is truly a story without limits.
By Tonia Brown. 2010
Everybody's looking for something. Captain Rose Madigan of the airship The Merry Widow is looking for a paying job for… her all-female crew. Gabriella Upstairs, her newest recruit, is looking for a reason to be glad she's on board. And Madam Ruby of the Red House Bordello is looking for the secret laboratory of a missing mad scientist--and is willing to hire the airship. When they find the lab and its single occupant, Atom Loquacious, danger and passion start steaming up. Everybody's got a secret. Captain Rose is secretly too ethical to complete this job. Gabriella's secretly attracted to Atom. Madam Ruby's secretly hungry for power. And the secret Atom is hiding might just threaten the lives of everyone on board.34,219 Words
By Kaitlin R. Branch. 2012
Sometimes, ya just gotta let your hair down. Mache Harcming is an airfoil pilot having a bad day. Forced to… make an emergency landing on an unmarked dirigible, he discovers a genius inventor, Valeria. She is beautiful, fascinating, and unlike any woman he has ever known before. Sheís also dangerous. Mache is certain f the CEO of her company, Elthgo Inc., discovers his presence aboard her aircraft, he will die. But Valeria begs him to stay. And stay he does, hiding in the vents of the airship whenever the CEO visits. How can he refuse such a beautiful woman? More importantly, how long will the ruse last before he's found out? WARNING: Brief torture scene.32,000 Words
<p>YOUR MONEY BACK OR YOUR LIFE . . . <p>Protect America’s shores with your very own nuclear submarine! Constructed from… durable fiberboard material, this submersible is large enough for two kids! Sail off into imaginative international intrigue for just $1.99! <p>If this toy doesn’t float your boat, return it for a full refund! With her son’s heart set on piloting his own nuclear submarine, Rosemary Lanchester orders the craft advertised on the back of a comic book. <p>What arrives is more sub-standard than submarine, but her son loves the cheap piece of cardboard. Until he and a friend nearly drown when they take the sub for a deep sea dive in the swimming pool. <p>Enraged, Rosemary reports the toy’s manufacturer to the Better Business Bureau. The company’s customer service center retaliates with threatening phone calls. Then her son and husband mysteriously disappear. <p>To save her family, Rosemary tracks down the company’s headquarters with the help of her brother—a survivalist with enough toys of his own to wage an all-out war. And she still wants her $1.99 refunded.
By Megan Morgan. 2014
Whatever June Coffin says, goes--literally. And it's not just because she's a chain smoking rebel. As a Siren, June has… the ability to force people to obey any command she voices. But in a world where those with supernatural powers quickly become lab rats for science, she'd rather look out for herself than fight on the front lines...until her similarly gifted twin brother, Jason, is captured by Chicago's Institute of Supernatural Research. To save Jason, June has no choice but to enter a hidden world of conspiracy, murder--and strange bedfellows--including a widowed paranormal advocate whose memory June accidentally erased, and a fiery paranormal separatist leader. Soon the lines between attraction and strategic alliance become blurred. But in a city exploding with paranormal crossfire, and her brother's life at stake, June will have to face her inner demons and finally take a stand.74,357 Words
By Sylvia Ryan. 2014
They'll escape New Atlanta or die trying. Brave, beautiful, and not easily controlled--even within a dictatorship--Laila Lewis has finally attained… the prestige of an Emerald designation. Now only one thing is keeping her from her life's goal of retrieving the Declaration of Independence and other priceless artifacts from the wild unknown of the Onyx Zone: the six weeks of training necessary to ensure her survival outside the city walls. But she won't be going it alone... After a year as a designated Emerald, rugged, sensual ex-cop Rock Rodgers is finally prepared to leave New Atlanta for good. Six weeks of training is the only thing standing between him and his next mission: to disappear into the freedom of the Onyx Zone where the long-armed rule of the Gov can't reach him. But when the chemistry between him and Laila reaches a boiling point, with captivity just one false move away, will he have to escape on his own--or risk everything for a woman more tempting than freedom...82,000 Wordsplicit sexual language and content, m/f, and elements of BDSM that may be objectionable to some readers.82,000 Words
By Sandra Cox. 2015
Some teens go to the Caribbean on spring break. Piper goes to save the world. Piper Dunn isn't who you… would call a normal teenager. For one thing, she doesn't want anyone to know she was born with a blowhole. Even stranger, she has two love interests. Joel, a fellow dolphin-human hybrid, and Tyler, a human. It's hard to choose when a mad scientist is hot on Piper's trail. Worse, she's trapped in the Bermuda Triangle. And . . . wait for it . . . Angel, her test-tube daughter, is apparently a real-deal reincarnation. It all adds up to an impossible situation, with happy endings all but lost at sea. Unless, of course, a voodoo high priestess casts a spell or two . . .
By J. T. Nicholas. 2018
The Sickness unto Death The Synth revolution has come at last. The supposedly synthetic beings humans crafted to do their… dirty work for them have fully actualized their own humanity—and they no longer acquiesce in their enslavement. Victory in the struggle to tear down the institutions of oppression seems just a matter of time. But the halls of power are not so easily shaken—and a counterstrike is inevitable. Former Detective Jason Campbell has pledged his life to the Synthetic cause. So when a mysterious virus starts wiping out Synths left and right—and shows signs of mutating to target everyone else—he must lead a race against time to prevent the outbreak of the most horrific plague the world has ever seen. If he succeeds, he’ll expose the moral bankruptcy of the depraved elites who will stop at nothing to restore the old order. If he fails, it could mean the end of life on this planet. For both Synth and Human.
By Manda Benson. 2010
Hijacking a woman's spacecraft is definitely not the way to win her heart. Gerald Wolff is a convict blackmailed into… hijacking the ship belonging to Jed, a star Archer and descendant of one of the highest Blood lineages in the known galaxy, while he is but an outcast half Blood. Jed has found Equilibrium by adhering to a strict code. Wolff's intrusion into her ship and her life upsets the balance of her obsessively controlled world. His very presence confuses her, yet they must work together in order to discover why they are being hunted, and to stay one step ahead of their pursuers. Content Warning:Violence, sex, foul language, science85,686 Words
By Courtney Milnestein. 2020
Above, us, in the dark shadows of the outer solar system, there is the shape of something unknown, something unspeakable.… It waits, it bides its time, and as the days of summer grow longer, so does its voice grow louder.On the quiet island of Sarah Ann in the Pacific Ocean, home of the renowned Firmament Foundation, awkward teenager Eirian Calohan has come in search of the mystery of their father's recent demise. Instead, they are confronted with the stark contrast between languid life on the tiny island and an unspeakable cosmic horror.Together with their new friends, they set out to unravel the truth surrounding the death of their father and to also uncover just what it is that the Foundation has reached out to in the dark eternal night of the distant void.
By Ryan Wieser. 2018
The Hunters of Infinity have guarded the Daharian galaxy for ages, but when betrayed, they can become a vicious enemy… . . . Jessop, the first woman to join the Hunters, has finally been reunited with those who mean the most to her. In her quest for vengeance, she has left many embittered and betrayed, chief among them Kohl O’Hanlon, the Hunter who once loved her. Now, as the feared Falco Bane leads his forces into the Hunters’ territory, Kohl attempts to retaliate, flooding their infamous Shadow City with his own followers. Jessop must fight a war on two fronts, testing her commitment to the ones she loves and challenging her abilities as the most elite warrior among the Hunters. With the future of Daharia’s leadership at stake, Jessop is determined to protect those closest to her at all costs . But when allies turn into adversaries, the real threat comes from a place least expected . . .
By Lance Erlick. 2019
Most Wanted Android A uniquely intelligent AI, Synthia is coveted by the most devious domestic and foreign cabals. Dangerously independent,… she becomes ruthlessly hunted … Evolving into the perfect weapon, humaniform AI Synthia Cross has been on the run six months and counting. She found a most unexpected ally in Maria Baldacci, a street-smart activist fighting the nascent threat of the singularity. Synthia is everything Maria fears and abhors. But Synthia’s also the only one who can help Maria battle against the creation of an android army. But the forces against them are growing—a threat more invasive than anything Synthia has encountered before. An insidious artificial intelligence she can’t identify, can’t control, and appears much smarter than her seeks to use her to escape … “Erlick ramps up the tension and action while simultaneously introducing an enjoyable thematic conundrum on the possibilities of an AI apocalypse. . . . A fast, entertaining continuation that bodes well for the series.” —Publishers Weekly on Unbound
By Eric L. Harry. 2019
MADNESS HAS GONE VIRAL The world is not the same since the Pandoravirus outbreak changed the essence of human nature.… Those affected by the disease are consumed by adrenal rage. They erupt in violence with the slightest provocation. And now, infected scientist Emma Miller is forging them into an army of merciless killers marching across America. Emma’s twin sister, neuroscientist Isabel Miller, is desperate to avert the chaos that threatens to engulf civilization. But her team has its hands full staying one step ahead of the civil unrest that’s ravaging the country. Noah Miller, the twins’ brother, thought he had created a safe haven for his family in the mountains of Virginia—until the arrival of Emma and her infected followers proved the folly of his plans. The Millers’ conflict is just one of many sweeping the nation. A nation divided into factions. A nation on the precipice of all-out civil war . . . Praise for Eric L. Harry and Pandora: Outbreak “Like Crichton and H.G. Wells, Harry writes stories that entertain roundly while they explore questions of scientific and social import.” —Publishers Weekly “Harry’s vision of an apocalyptic plague is as chilling as it is plausible. This masterful thriller will leave you terrified, enthralled, and desperate for the next entry in the series.” —Kira Peikoff, author of No Time to Die and Die Again Tomorrow “After a devastating epidemic that changes the very nature of humans, two sisters, an epidemiologist and a neurobiologist, hold the key to humanity's survival.” —Library Journal
By Alice Henderson. 2018
In a future laid waste by environmental catastrophe, one woman in a shielded megacity discovers a secret hidden within—and the… nightmare of what lies beyond. The Skyfire Saga Her designation is H124—a menial worker in a city safeguarded against the devastating storms of the outer world. In a community where consumerism has dulled the senses, where apathy is the norm and education is a thing of the past, H124 has one job: remove the bodies of citizens when they pass away in their living pods. <P><P> Then one night, H124’s routine leads her into the underground ruins of an ancient university. Buried within it is a prescient alarm set up generations ago: an extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward earth. When her warning is seen as an attempt to topple the government with her knowledge of science, H124 is hunted—and sent fleeing for her life beyond the shield of her walled metropolis. In a weather-ravaged unknown, her only hope lies with the Rovers, the most dangerous faction on Earth. For they have continued to learn. And they have survived to help avert a terrifying threat: the end of the world is near.
By Elysabeth Williams. 2011
English Three, #1 Can three women stop the destruction of the Tower Bridge? Eliza, Miriam, and Jillian are friends by… fate, employment, and society. In the London of 1894, they receive a directive from their mysterious boss to investigate, and stop, the Countess Wilmont's plot to destroy the newly erected Tower Bridge. Delving into a secret world of masterful training in martial arts, curious new technologies and weaponry, the women are armed and very dangerous. Their investigation reveals a terrible truth about two of their husbands, and along the way they meet three men who will change their world...and show them that gentlemen aren't always what they seem. Content warning: Sex and violence.56,000 Words
By J. T. Nicholas. 2018
“Darkly engrossing, SINthetic shines a stark light on the age-old question, what does it mean to be human?” —Julie Kagawa,… New York Times bestselling author The Artificial Evolution They look like us. Act like us. But they are not human. Created to perform the menial tasks real humans detest, Synths were designed with only a basic intelligence and minimal emotional response. It stands to reason that they have no rights. Like any technology, they are designed for human convenience. Disposable. In the city of New Lyons, Detective Jason Campbell is investigating a vicious crime: a female body found mutilated and left in the streets. Once the victim is identified as a Synth, the crime is designated no more than the destruction of property, and Campbell is pulled from the case. But when a mysterious stranger approaches Campbell and asks him to continue his investigation in secret, Campbell is dragged into a dark world of unimaginable corruption. One that leaves him questioning the true nature of humanity. And what he discovers is only the beginning . . .
By Manda Benson. 2011
Beasts, #1 She killed a man who deserved life, and let live a man who deserved death... Zeta Verity killed… a man who deserved to live, and let a man live who deserved death. Now she has a limited amount of time to stop him and bring justice to Callisto. Born to excel but living in the shadow of her auspicious ancestors, Zeta is posted to the newly terraformed Callisto to work with specially bred horses. Killing a spy in possession of stolen data is just another day's work. She's not impressed by timid and scholarly Vladimir Bolokhovski, who arrives at the research base with a beautiful stallion he has genetically engineered. But when Zeta's superiors start disappearing and an arrest warrant is issued on her for spying, she discovers the man she killed is not what he appeared. Once Verity discovers they're all part of some twisted game, she needs the help of both Vladimir and the dead spy to find and stop the mastermind behind it all. Content warning: Contains horses having sex with horses, humans having sex with humans, and a ménage a trois between a man, a woman, and the ghost in the machine.61,408 Words