New Book Releases: Week of February 15, 2011


The book getting the most buzz this week in Jonathan Evison’s West of Here, which has critics raving about the epic tale of a fictional town in Washington State. I’m looking forward to picking up volume 1 of the True Blood graphic novel, which is based on the TV show rather than Charlaine Harris’ books. And Sandie is currently reading Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton, and she says it’s excellent. So check out the new book releases for this week.

Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
Available February 14, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
In the seventh book in the bestselling series, evil scientists are still trying to convince Max that she needs to save the world, this time by providing the genetic link in speeding up the pace of evolution. Worse, they’re trying to convince her that her perfect mate is Dylan, the newest addition to the flock. The problem is that, despite herself, Max is starting to believe it.

Fang travels the country collecting his own gang of evolved humans, but the two separate flocks must unite to defeat a frightening doomsday cult whose motto is Save the Planet: Kill the Humans. And this time, the true heroine, for once, might just be little Angel.

True Blood Volume 1: All Together Now by Alan Ball, et al.
Available February 15, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
Blood and sex mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte’s, when Sookie and her friends are trapped by a vengeful spirit who feeds on shame. People die and dirty secrets are revealed as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette and are all coerced to dig deep and tell painful memories from their past – those things we all have locked within us that we never tell another living soul! Bon Temps, Louisiana has never been stranger, or more twisted, in a story co-plotted by True Blood series creator Alan Ball, with a script by David Tischman (Bite Club) and Mariah Huehner, and lush art by David Messina (Star Trek: Countdown).

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Available February 15, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
First there are nightmares.

Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

Then come the memories.

When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie’s power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie’s memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

Now she must hunt.

Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember.

Desires of the Dead: A Body Finder Novel by Kimberly Derting
Available February 15, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.

Violet can sense the echoes of those who’ve been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she’d turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike’s tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.

Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark Series, Book 9) by Kresley Cole
Available February 15, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
HE VOWED HE’D COME FOR HER . . .
Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives.

SHE AWAITS HIS RETURN . . .

When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals—unaware that he belongs to their world.

TO SATE A DESIRE MORE POWERFUL THAN DEATH . . .

Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?

West of Here by Jonathan Evison
Available February 15, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
Set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington State’s rugged Pacific coast, West of Here is propelled by a story that both re-creates and celebrates the American experience—it is storytelling on the grandest scale. With one segment of the narrative focused on the town’s founders circa 1890 and another showing the lives of their descendants in 2006, the novel develops as a kind of conversation between two epochs, one rushing blindly toward the future and the other struggling to undo the damage of the past.

An exposition on the effects of time, on how something said or done in one generation keeps echoing through all the years that follow, and how mistakes keep happening and people keep on trying to be strong and brave and, most important, just and right, West of Here harks back to the work of such masters of Americana as Bret Harte, Edna Ferber, and Larry McMurtry, writers whose fiction turned history into myth and myth into a nation’s shared experience. It is a bold novel by a writer destined to become a major force in American literature.

Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg
Available February 15, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
Former WikiLeaks Insider and Spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg Authors an Exposé of the “World’s Most Dangerous Website”

In an eye-opening account, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman of WikiLeaks, reveals never-disclosed details about the inner workings of the increasingly controversial organization that has struck fear into governments and business organizations worldwide and prompted the Pentagon to convene a 120-man task force. In addition to Germany and the U.S., Inside WikiLeaks will be published simultaneously in 12 other countries.

Under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, Domscheit-Berg was the effective No. 2 at WikiLeaks and the organization’s most public face, after Julian Assange. In this book, he reveals the evolution, finances, and inner tensions of the whistleblower organization, beginning with his first meeting with Assange in December 2007. He also describes what led to his September 2010 withdrawal from WikiLeaks, including his disenchantment with the organization’s lack of transparency, its abandonment of political neutrality, and Assange’s increasing concentration of power. What has been made public so far about WikiLeaks is only a small fraction of the truth. With Domscheit-Berg’s insider knowledge, he is uniquely able to tell the full story. A computer scientist who worked in IT security prior to devoting himself full-time to WikiLeaks, he remains committed to freedom of information on the Internet. Today he is working on a more transparent secret-sharing website called OpenLeaks, developed by former WikiLeaks people, to be launched in early 2011.

33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners by Jonathan Franklin
Available February 15, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
Having had unparalleled access to the Chilean mine disaster, award-winning journalist Jonathan Franklin takes readers to the heart of a remarkable story of human endurance, survival, and historic heroism.

33 Men is the groundbreaking, authoritative account of the Chilean mine disaster, one of the longest human entrapments in history. Present from day one of the mine collapse, Franklin obtained a coveted “Rescue Team” pass and reported directly from the front lines of the rescue operation, beyond police controls, for six weeks.

Based on more than 110 intimate interviews with the miners, their families, and the rescue team, Franklin’s narrative captures the remarkable story of these men and women, in details shocking, beautiful, comedic, and heroic. Gripping and raw with never-before-revealed details, 33 Men is a true story that reads like a thriller.

Also publishing this week:

A Heartbeat Away by Michael Palmer
And Furthermore by Judi Dench
History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life by Jill Bialosky
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Storm Front Volume 2 – Maelstrom by Jim Butcher, et al.
Lucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts
On Borrowed Time by David Rosenfelt
Red Wolf: A Novel by Liza Marklund
The Highly Effective Detective Crosses the Line: A Mystery by Richard Yancey
The Omega Theory: A Novel by Mark Alpert
True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself by Janet Jackson and David Ritz

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  • http://www.daemonstv.com/ Sandie

    Yes! I confirm Angelfire is excellent and my review will be up tomorrow in time for the release :)

    I also have Desires of the Dead on my to read pile at home but right now I’m reading the first book in the series, The Body Finder, which I’m enjoying so far. Hope to have reviews for both books soon too.

    I’m curious about West of Here, although I’m not sure if it’s the type of book I would enjoy, so I’ll wait to hear more what other people think.

    Finally, I’d be curious to hear what you think of the True Blood comic.

    Thanks for the list!