Saturday, December 17, 2011

Notable New Book Releases [Dec. 11 - Dec. 17]

These are the new releases that caught my eye this week. What did I miss? Be sure to tell me what books you were excited about this week!

The Trip by Aaron Niz
Publication Date: December 13, 2011

[This was a random Amazon find. After looking up Aaron Niz, I discovered an interview where he said "My ideal reader would be someone that enjoys thrillers and a fast-paced, creepy read." There you have it.]

It starts out innocently enough.

A group of fraternity brothers embark on their annual trip to the woods of New Hampshire, planning to spend a weekend partying in an isolated cabin.

But soon after the group arrives, they find their car tires slashed. And without cell phone reception or internet, the brothers realize their isolation is all too real. Someone wants to make sure they stay in the cabin --- and when the first dead body appears, it won't be the last.

As the body count rises, paranoia and suspicion mount and the group begins to suspect everyone and everything around them. In the end, nobody can predict just how twisted this weekend of brotherly love will end up...

At approximately 32,000 words, THE TRIP is a pulse-pounding, page-turning descent into madness, written by bestselling suspense author Aaron Niz.

The Theatre of Curious Acts by Cate Gardner
Publication Date: December 15, 2011

[Expect a review next week for this one! It is doing good things to me.]

Returned home from the Great War, his parents and brother in their graves, Daniel walks a ghost world. When players in a theatre show lure Daniel and his friends, fellow soldiers, into a surreal otherworld they find themselves trapped on an apocalyptic path. A pirate ship waits to ferry some of them to the end of the world, helmed by Death. Already broken by war, these men are now the world's only hope in the greatest battle of all.

Baal by Robert McCammon
Publication Date [Ebook Release]: December 15, 2011

[McCammon's first novel - released as an ebook.]

Baal was Robert McCammon’s first novel, a debut that would lead to some of the finest popular fiction of our time. Written at the age of 25 and published as a paperback original in 1978, it has been out of print for years. This deluxe new edition from Subterranean Press will give McCammon’s many readers — both newcomers and longtime fans — the opportunity to trace the development of an extraordinarily talented man.

The story begins with a horrific rape on the streets of New York City. Nine months after that violation, a most unusual child is born. His name is Jeffrey Harper Raines, but he quickly assumes his true name — and true purpose — as Baal, a new incarnation of the ancient prince of demons. The narrative recounts his lethal progress through the 20th century, which begins with the destruction of his earthly “family.” From there, Jeffrey/Baal moves to a doomed Catholic orphanage, where he unleashes carnage on an unprecedented scale, then out into the wider world, where he embraces his destiny as the Prophet of the Damned, generating a legacy of chaos, violence, and despair.

Baal is very much a young man’s book, raw and brimming with emotion. Listen closely and you’ll hear the voice of a gifted storyteller struggling to be born. In 1980, the career that would encompass Swan Song, Boy’s Life, and The Five still lay waiting several years down the road. This is where it began.


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  1. I will have to check these out. I love the Santa riding through the corner of your banner. Cute.
    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

  2. Wow, these look right up my alley! Thanks for putting it on my radar; I think the one that jumps out at me right away is The Theatre of Curious Acts.


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