New Book Releases: Week of April 19, 2011

I have to say, this seems like a really slow week for books. One thing I did find interesting this week is that two books—the latest from James Frey and a short story from Steve Berry—are available almost exclusively as ebooks (a limited number of copies of Frey’s book are being printed, but it’s primarily available as an ebook). Fans of David Baldacci will be happy to know that he’s written his sixth book featuring ex-Secret Service agents Sean and Michelle. And I’ve also included Fables Volume 15, which I forgot to include on last week’s list.

The Sixth Man by David Baldacci
Available April 19, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
After the #1 New York Times bestsellers Split Second, Hour Game, Simple Genius, and First Family, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in their most shocking case: a high stakes struggle where the relentless needs of national security run up against the absolute limits of the human mind.


Edgar Roy-an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy’s attorney, Sean’s old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered.

It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy’s past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.

The Devil’s Gold (Short Story) by Steve Berry
Available April 18, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

This 48-page short story is available, for now, only as an ebook (by the way, it’s only .99). If you want to read a print version, you’ll have to wait until the spring of 2012 when it will be published in the paperback version of The Jefferson Key.

From the publisher:
The New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key brings you a short story that takes readers on a perilous hunt for . . . The Devil’s Gold

Once he was called the Sphinx, a man so inscrutable that neither his adversaries nor fellow intelligence operatives could predict his next move. Now a contract agent with a secret mission, Jonathan Wyatt has gone rogue. For eight years he’s been plotting. Waiting. Scheming to kill Federal agents Christopher Combs and Cotton Malone, whom he blames for the loss of his career. But as Wyatt prepares for a final confrontation in a remote South American village, he makes a discovery that stretches back to the horrors of World War II, to the astounding secret of a child’s birth, to Martin Bormann and Eva Braun—and to a fortune in lost gold.

Eve by Iris Johansen
Available April 19, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
The #1 bestselling author delivers the first in a trilogy that will begin to answer questions that have haunted her legion of fans for over a decade, in her newest novel of breathtaking suspense

Eve Duncan’s mission in life is to bring closure to the families who have experienced the agony of a missing child. As a forensic sculptor, she is able to piece together bones, create a face, and bring an identity to a child who would have otherwise gone unidentified…maybe forever. Eve is brilliant, and driven, and tormented–because her own daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her years ago. And Eve has never discovered what happened to her. But now a name from the past resurfaces, thanks to CIA agent Catherine Ling who knows all too well what it’s like to lose a child.

After teaming up with Agent Ling to find her missing son, Eve and Catherine share a bond forged by their mutual pain. Now, Catherine challenges Eve with a name: John Gallo. A man from Eve’s past. A man, seemingly raised from the dead, whose whereabouts are unknown. Could Gallo be the missing piece to the puzzle that has haunted Eve for years? Why was he in Atlanta just before Bonnie’s disappearance? With a brilliant narrative that goes back to Eve Duncan’s early life, exploring her history and motivations like no other novel before, Eve reveals long-guarded secrets and is guaranteed to leave Johansen fans panting for more—soon to come in Quinn (October 2011).

The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey
Available April 22, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
For two thousand years people have spent their lives waiting, praying, fighting, begging, and going to war for the Messiah. They continue to do so, every minute of every day, every day of every year. And yet, as far as we know, the Messiah has never come.

How would a man like Jesus be perceived if he appeared today? How would he live, what would he say, what would he preach and believe? How would society react to him, and what would they to do him? And though he may be the Messiah, he is not the man that has been prayed for over the course of the last two thousand years. He believes religion is a fraud, government is a sham, and that love should be a choice, regardless of gender. He is, as Christ was, everything that religious leaders and government officials fear, what they speak against, and what they destroy. He did not burn books, or picket doctor’s offices, or spend his time in religious institutions. He simply preached a message. Love your fellow man.

Written from the perspective of his family, friends, and followers, in the same way the story of Jesus Christ was told in the New Testament, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible is the story of Ben Zion Avrohom, also known as Ben Jones, also known as the Messiah, also known as the Lord God.

In THE FINAL TESTAMENT OF THE HOLY BIBLE James Frey, America’s most controversial bestselling writer, has written the most compelling and provocative work of his career.

Eona by Alison Goodman
Available April 19, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
Eon has been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. The renegades are on a quest for the black folio, stolen by the drug-riddled Dillon; they must also find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power and the black folio if he is to wrest back his throne from the selfstyled “Emperor” Sethon. Through it all, Eona must come to terms with her new Dragoneye identity and power – and learn to bear the anguish of the ten dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered. As they focus their power through her, she becomes a dangerous conduit for their plans. . . .

Eona, with its pulse-pounding drama and romance, its unforgettable fight scenes, and its surprises, is the conclusion to an epic only Alison Goodman could create.

Fables Vol. 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham
Available now (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
Rose Red, sister of Snow White, has finally hit rock bottom. Does she stay there, or is it time to start the long, tortuous climb back up? The Farm is in chaos, as many factions compete to fill the void of her missing leadership. And there’s a big magical fight brewing down in the town square, right under her window.




Also publishing this week:

Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark
Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood by Ice-T and Douglas Century
Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft by Paul Allen
Quicksilver: Book Two of the Looking Glass Trilogy (Arcane Society: Looking Glass Trilogy) by Amanda Quick
Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 10: The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan
Reading My Father: A Memoir by Alexandra Styron
The Black (Morpheus Road) by D.J. MacHale
The Body in the Gazebo: A Faith Fairchild Mystery by Katherine Hall Page
The Last Apprentice: Rage of the Fallen by Joseph Delaney
The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker
The Tragedy of Arthur: A Novel by Arthur Phillips
Twilight Prophecy (Children of Twilight) by Maggie Shayne

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