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Sunrise Alley

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School – Samantha Bryton, a brilliant young biotech engineer working on machine intelligence, has retired because of unresolved ethical issues concerning how the industry uses her work. On the beach near her secluded cabin, she finds a shipwrecked man, and it quickly becomes apparent that there is something unusual about him. It turns out that the original Turner Pascal is legally dead, but he has been brought back to life in a technologically enhanced but human-appearing body by the shadowy scientist Charon, who uses illegal and amazingly advanced technology. Self-aware, independent AIs (called EIs if they evolve to that state) are extremely rare and prone to psychological instability, and Sam is one of the few people in the world who understands and can work with them. It is no coincidence that Turner has ended up on her beach in his attempt to escape from Charon. As they flee villains who want to acquire Turner’s technology, the two try to unravel the mystery of the identity of Charon and the true nature of “Sunrise Alley,” a secret society of escaped EIs who may pose a threat to humans. Through many trials and adventures, friendship and sexual attraction gradually develop between Sam and Turner (though she worries about his nonhuman characteristics and dubious legal status). The plot is an epic chase across a near-future landscape, enlivened by twists, complicated puzzles to solve, plenty of intriguing technology, and a strong element of romance._ – Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA_
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From Booklist

Retired biotech engineer Sam finds the wreckage of a yacht, and its lone, male passenger, on her private beach. She is understandably curious about the man, Turner, who, though his body and brain are artificial, insists, on the basis of his memories, that he is human. Unfortunately, the man he recalls is legally dead. That gets Sam’s attention. She retired over ethical disagreements with biotech firms, and Turner is a walking bioethics controversy, created by criminal mastermind and rogue bioengineer Charon, who thereafter captures Turner and Sam, intercepting them as they take refuge with Sam’s high-ranking military friends and imprisoning them at his Himalayan fortress. Thanks to Turner’s cybernetic enhancements, their incarceration doesn’t last long, and they then take temporary refuge in a hideaway, Sunrise Alley, for escaped EIs (systems more advanced than AIs), which have developed in ways their human creators didn’t expect. Eventually, they end up with friends and get on with the issues raised by Turner’s existence. Asaro reinforces her reputation for combining high-tech adventure and romance. Regina Schroeder
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Submissives of the Warlord: A Novel of Future Bondage

A powerful, futuristic tale of bondage and submission by one of the bestselling masters of the genre! In the aftermath of nuclear annihilation, protected villages are the only sanctuaries—but they all have a price to pay for their safety. Lord Michael rules over one such village with an iron fist, and sees it as his destiny to repopulate their new world. Thus he will need women, particularly submissive women who won’t struggle too much when he puts them in bondage. A young woman named Jennifer and her mother, Alexis, seek refuge with Lord Michael—and agree to his terms. They will submit not only to him but to all the men of the village. They do not ask themselves whether they’ve agreed simply so they can find shelter, or whether something in Lord Michael’s demands awakens a deeper need in them. Each chooses a job fitting their skills. Alexis becomes a seamstress, but Lord Harris encourages her to work with leather. He sees in her a creativity and a dark desire to experiment with her newfound submission, fashioning leather garments that are meant to restrain the most reluctant. Young Jennifer seeks out a job that is unheard of. She wants to join the soldiers, an all-male force. In order to be considered, she first has to convince Bishop Roman to get her in to see Lord William, head of the soldiers. She finds success on her knees with him, but not in prayer. Next, she must convince Lord William of her worthiness as a soldier. He finds her worthy of something, but not battle—he is drawn, instead, to her innocence. But Jennifer is cunning as well as lethal, and can make her appearance of innocence work in her favor. At last she succeeds is getting a test: brutal, naked combat until one of the contenders taps out in submission—complete submission. More of Jennifer’s innocence is taken from her, but each time she gets closer to her goal. And is anything truly taken from her at all, or is she giving it gladly for the pleasure? Can she reach her goal, or will the other male soldiers revolt against such sacrilege?

Storm Force

Product Description

The Last Legion sends one of their top intelligence officers behind enemy lines to infiltrate the upper echelon of a ruthless dictator and stop him from spreading his rule across the galaxy….

“Bunch knows how to keep the pace fast, and how to create exciting battlefield mayhem.”-_Publishers Weekly_

Praise for The Last Legion:

“Fans of Bunch’s previous books will not be disappointed.”-SF Site Featured Review

“A powerful piece of military science fiction…starkly real. Bunch’s military tone and sense of atmosphere will delight fans of military SF.”-_Affair de Coeur_

And the novels of Chris Bunch:

“Glorious swashbuckling…Absolutely riveting.”-_Locus_

“Well-written books with complex plots, intrigue, and great descriptive narratives of battle and conflict.”-SF Site Featured Review

“Thoughtful and well-crafted.” -_Publishers Weekly_

“Excellent fantasy adventure.”-_Science Fiction Chronicle_

• 3rd novel in The Last Legion

State of Wonder

Amazon.com Review

Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2011: In State of Wonder, pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Marina Singh sets off into the Amazon jungle to find the remains and effects of a colleague who recently died under somewhat mysterious circumstances. But first she must locate Dr. Anneck Swenson, a renowned gynecologist who has spent years looking at the reproductive habits of a local tribe where women can conceive well into their middle ages and beyond. Eccentric and notoriously tough, Swenson is paid to find the key to this longstanding childbearing ability by the same company for which Dr. Singh works. Yet that isn’t their only connection: both have an overlapping professional past that Dr. Singh has long tried to forget. In finding her former mentor, Dr. Singh must face her own disappointments and regrets, along with the jungle’s unforgiving humidity and insects, making State of Wonder a multi-layered atmospheric novel that is hard to put down. Indeed, Patchett solidifies her well-deserved place as one of today’s master storytellers. Emotional, vivid, and a work of literature that will surely resonate with readers in the weeks and months to come, State of Wonder truly is a thing of beauty and mystery, much like the Amazon jungle itself. –Jessica Schein


Amazon Exclusive: Elizabeth Gilbert Interviews Ann Patchett

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love, as well as the short story collection Pilgrims—a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the 1999 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award-nominated journalist, she works as writer-at-large for GQ.


Elizabeth Gilbert: As your close personal friend, I happen to know that you traveled to the Amazon to conduct research for this novel, and that you sort of hated the Amazon–can you share a little about that?

Ann Patchett: I absolutely loved the Amazon for four days. It was gorgeous and unfamiliar and deeply fascinating. Unfortunately, I stayed there for ten days. There are a lot of insects in the Amazon, a lot of mud, surprisingly few vegetables, too many snakes. You can’t go anywhere by yourself, which makes sense if you don’t know the terrain, but I enjoy going places by myself. I can see how great it would be for a very short visit, and how great it would be if you lived there and had figured out what was and wasn’t going to kill you, but the interim length of time isn’t great.

EG: Didn’t I hear that you have a sort of magical story about a friend who is also a writer, who was also once going to write a book about the Amazon? Can you share this miraculous tale? Also, is your writer friend pretty?

AP: This friend of mine, who happens to be you, is gorgeous, and much taller in real life. Yes, you were writing a novel about the Amazon, and then you decided not to write a novel about the Amazon, and then I started writing a novel about the Amazon, and later when we compared notes (your book dismissed, mine halfway finished) they had remarkably similar story lines, to the point of being eerie. I thought this must be because it was an incredibly banal idea and we had both come up with a generic Amazon novel, but then you told me that ideas fly around looking for homes, and when the idea hadn’t worked out with you it came to me. If this is true I think your name should be on the cover. It would increase sales significantly.

EG: Readers of your prior work–particularly the luminous Bel Canto–will be delighted to see that opera makes an appearance in this novel, as well. In fact, one of the most dramatic scenes in the book takes place at the opera. Is that a wink and a nod to loyal readers, or just an expression of your own deep and abiding musical passions?

AP: It’s a wink and a nod to Werner Herzog and his brilliant Amazon film “Fitzcarraldo” which opens at the opera house in Manaus where the aforementioned scene takes place. I had very little experience with opera when I wrote Bel Canto, and since then it’s become a huge part of my life. It was fun to write a scene set at the opera now that I know what I’m talking about.

EG:_ State of Wonder_ a rollicking adventure story, full of peril and bravery and death-defying action. I personally know you to be a homebody who likes to bake muffins for neighbors. How the heck did you pull off this wildness so convincingly? Was it as invigorating to write as it is to read?

AP: Ah, the life of the mind. All the adventure I need I can dream up in my kitchen. I love writing outside of my own experience, making imaginary worlds. If I wrote novels based on my own life I would not be making a living at this. I also love to write a strong plot. I want things to happen in my books, I want to be thrilled. I always think about Raymond Chandler. I’m sure I’m getting the phrasing wrong but the general idea is that when things get slow, bring in a man with a gun. If you can’t find a gun, a poison arrow works just as well.

EG: The cover is a work of beauty. Authors are not always so lucky. Tell us how you managed such a miracle?

AP: When I first started writing this book, I came downstairs one night and found my husband listening to “Horowitz at Carnegie Hall”. The album cover has a very lush filigreed border. I had two thoughts: first, I have an amazing husband who thankfully held onto his Horowitz LPs; second, that the album cover had the exact the feeling I wanted for my book–half jungle, half Baroque period. When I was finished writing the novel I sent the album to my editor, who sent it to the art department. They understood exactly what I was talking about.

From Booklist

Marina Singh gave up a career as a doctor after botching an emergency delivery as an intern, opting instead for the more orderly world of research for a pharmaceutical company. When office colleague Anders Eckman, sent to the Amazon to check on the work of a field team, is reported dead, Marina is asked by her company’s CEO to complete Anders’ task and to locate his body. What Marina finds in the sweltering, insect-infested jungles of the Amazon shakes her to her core. For the team is headed by esteemed scientist Annick Swenson, the woman who oversaw Marina’s residency and who is now intent on keeping the team’s progress on a miracle drug completely under wraps. Marina’s jungle odyssey includes exotic encounters with cannibals and snakes, a knotty ethical dilemma about the basic tenets of scientific research, and joyous interactions with the exuberant people of the Lakashi tribe, who live on the compound. In fluid and remarkably atmospheric prose, Patchett captures not only the sights and sounds of the chaotic jungle environment but also the struggle and sacrifice of dedicated scientists. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The award-winning, New York Times best-selling author’s latest novel is being supported with an author tour, a national advertising campaign, blogger outreach, and a reading-group guide. –Joanne Wilkinson

Special Forces: A Guided Tour of U.S. Army Special Forces

### Amazon.com Review
The seventh in a series of books by Tom Clancy offering in-depth “tours” of the U.S. military, *Special Forces* surveys the soldiers who “are perhaps America’s most professional and capable warriors.” Who are they? They are the men–and only men, for women are not allowed to become SF soldiers–who are “specially selected, specially trained, specially equipped, and given special missions and support.” The Army Special Forces–known to much of the public as Green Berets–are often the first troops on the scene in a crisis. They’re also incredibly versatile: “If you’re looking for a Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger, don’t expect to find them in today’s Army Special Forces.” That’s because specialized missions–involving anything from psychological operations meant to undermine enemy morale to guerilla warfare in remote jungles–require flexibility. “Specialized missions (paradoxically) require a broad range of general capabilities and skills,” which means SF soldiers, “while physically fit, tend to be more balanced (like triathletes) than specialized (like marathoners and weightlifters).”
Clancy and his coauthor, John Gresham, describe how SF soldiers are recruited, trained, and assigned. There are plenty of interesting notes about SF culture: They don’t especially like being called “Green Berets,” for instance, even though most units carry a copy of the John Wayne movie
*Special Forces* is replete with Clancy’s tough-guy prose: “The overall media presentation of the Army Special Forces has generally been one of contrived crap.” And the book is essentially a celebration of a premier fighting force, rather than a critical treatment of it. But this is not necessarily a weakness. *Special Forces* will appeal to anybody interested in the modern military, and it may bring civilians closer than they’ll ever come to these important troops. *–John J. Miller*
### From Publishers Weekly
His now legendary reputation in military circles gives Clancy as complete access to events and sources as any civilian can expect. This is the seventh in Clancy’s series investigating key institutions of the contemporary U.S. armed forces (Armored Cav; Fighter Wing; etc.), and the most comprehensive overview of the U.S. Army Special Forces available to general readers. Clancy, writing with regular series collaborator John Gresham, begins with a softball-tossing interview of Gen. Hugh Shelton–books like Clancy’s are not written by antagonizing four-star generals–and the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman establishes Special Forces evolution from the “snake eaters” of the Vietnam era to the “quiet professionals” described in the rest of Clancy’s mostly first-person narrative. The first person is a big selling point here; discussions of equipment, “extreme” training and what Special Forces detachments actually do in peace, war and the gray areas in between are based on Clancy’s own reportage often enough to maintain the “guided tour” conceit. Special Forces are shown training Venezuelan internal security forces, acting as coordinators for fire-support missions in Kuwait, cooperating with conventional U.S. units and, in a near-future scenario, defeating a nuclear-tipped terrorist revolution in Indonesia. Clancy’s language slips into jargon often enough to confuse the target audience of interested generalists, and others may be disturbed by the implications of a military instrument able to do the things described here. But despite the drawbacks, Clancy remains a consummate storyteller, and this book is no exception to his oeuvre. (Feb.)Forecast: Pluses: It’s a book by Tom Clancy in a series that regularly debuts on paperback bestseller lists. Minuses: It’s not really a start-to-finish narrative, but a collection of field notes, albeit highly detailed and often compelling ones. Nitpick: the repeated phrase from title to subtitle reads badly.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Sojourn

Now in paperback, the third installment in the classic tales of the Legend of Drizzt. When a lone drow emerges from the Underdark into the blinding light of day, the **Forgotten Realms** world will be changed forever.
### From the Back Cover
Here for the first time in one volume is R.A. Salvatore’s The Dark Elf trilogy, the stirring epic that recounts the tortured beginnings and early struggles of Drizzt Do’Urden, one of the most beloved characters of the Forgotten Realms setting.
### About the Author
R.A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959 and still makes his home there. He has published numerous Forgotten Realms novels with Wizards of the Coast, Inc., most of which have been New York Times best-sellers. He is also known as the best-selling author of the Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones novelization from Del Rey.

So Sure of Death

Liam Campbell has lost more than most men lose in a lifetime: his wife and young son are dead – victims of a tragic accident; his budding career is in a deep freeze ever since five people died on his Anchorage watch. Demoted from sergeant to trooper, exiled to Newenham, a town teeming with fiercely independent Natives, he lives on a leaky gillnetter moored in Bristol Bay, brooding on how to put down roots on dry land again and rekindle his relationship with bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard, who won his heart long ago, and then broke it.
Then word arrives from Kulukak: The fishing boat Marybethia is adrift, victim of a shipboard fire. Flying out with Trooper Diana Prince, his new assistant and pilot, Liam arrives to find the horribly burned bodies of a family of local fishers and their crew. Was it a terrible accident? Or a cover-up of something worse? Even for the small town of Newenham, things are getting out of hand. And only Liam can uncover the truth…