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This week’s topic is: Ten Most Anticipated Debuts of 2015
Bry: Man, I’m not sure! I haven’t heard of anything so far coming out this year that I’m over the moon about yet, but there is plenty of time for that. In the interim, here are the books currently on my ARC shelf, and their summaries.
1. Killers of the King: The Men who Dared to Execute Charles I by Charles Spencer: On August 18, 1648, with no relief from the siege in sight, the royalist garrison holding Colchester Castle surrendered and Oliver Cromwell’s army firmly ended the rule of Charles I of England. To send a clear message to the fallen monarch, the rebels executed four of the senior officers captured at the castle. Yet still, the king refused to accept he had lost the war. As France and other allies mobilized in support of Charles, a tribunal was hastily gathered and a death sentence was passed. On January 30, 1649, the King of England was executed. This is the account of the fifty-nine regicides, the men who signed Charles I’s death warrant. Recounting a little-known corner of British history, Charles Spencer explores what happened when the Restoration arrived. From George Downing, the chief plotter, to Richard Ingoldsby, who claimed he was forced to sign his name by his cousin Oliver Cromwell, and from those who returned to the monarchist cause and betrayed their fellow regicides to those that fled the country in an attempt to escape their punishment, Spencer examines the long-lasting, far-reaching consequences not only for those who signed the warrant, but also for those who were present at the trial and for England itself.
2. The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle: Boston, winter of 1885. A string of kidnappings plagues the snow-laden city of Boston while a murderer runs amok, hunting and killing the unborn babies of the city’s social elite. A powerful group called the Valentine Society controls the city’s police department, and the people of Boston’s last hope for justice lies in the hands of a man who mysteriously washes ashore from a distant foreign land, battered and bruised. To complicate matters, he doesn’t remember who he is or where he’s from.
3. Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale: Ever hungry for land and gold, the Emperor has sent Praetor Gaius Marcellinus and the 33rd Roman Legion into the newly discovered lands of North America. Marcellinus and his men expect easy victory over the native inhabitants, but on the shores of a vast river the Legion clashes with a unique civilization armed with weapons and strategies no Roman has ever imagined. Forced to watch his vaunted force massacred by a surprisingly tenacious enemy, Marcellinus is spared by his captors and kept alive for his military knowledge. As he recovers and learns more about these proud people, he can’t help but be drawn into their society, forming an uneasy friendship with the denizens of the city-state of Cahokia. But threats—both Roman and Native—promise to assail his newfound kin, and Marcellinus will struggle to keep the peace while the rest of the continent surges toward certain conflict.
4. Maximus by Richard L. Black: General Maximus is commander of Rome’s finest legions. He has known violence his entire life. When he and his best friend, Androcles, return from a long, bloody campaign, Maximus finds himself questioning his life. Word has reached Rome of a man named Jesus who is causing a stir in faraway Judea. Maximus and Androcles are sent to ascertain the truth of the situation. Disguised as a Jew, Maximus slowly begins to understand the true teachings of Jesus in this epic story of one man’s faith-building journey to find the purpose of life.
5. God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican by Gerald Posner: God’s Bankers has it all: a rare exposé and an astounding saga marked by poisoned business titans, murdered prosecutors, mysterious deaths of private investigators, and questionable suicides; a carnival of characters from Popes and cardinals, financiers and mobsters, kings and prime ministers; and a set of moral and political circumstances that clarify not only the church’s aims and ambitions, but reflect the larger dilemmas of the world’s more recent history. And Posner even looks to the future to surmise if Pope Frances can succeed where all his predecessors failed: to overcome the resistance to change in the Vatican’s Machiavellian inner court and to rein in the excesses of its seemingly uncontrollable financial quagmire. Part thriller, part financial tell-all, this book shows with extraordinary precision how the Vatican has evolved from a foundation of faith to a corporation of extreme wealth and power.
Fry: Okay, so clearly these are all YA. I should probably try to branch farther into the adult fantasy, science fiction and urban fantasy categories, but I’ve been so far outside that loop, I barely know where to begin.
1. Sabaa Tahir – AN EMBER IN THE ASHES : I want this book like burning, like air. You had me at fantasy based Rome.
2. Victoria Aveyard- Red Queen: Dystopian X-men with political intrigue? I don’t understand the mashup, but I want it.
3. Karen Bao- Dove Arising : Suspense book, on the moon. Yiss.
4. Melinda Salisbury- The Sin Eater’s Daughter: Everything about the synopsis is what I want. I’m currently reading it as of writing this and I have to say, its a bit heavy on the pre-beNeding!Sansa. You know, if Sansa could kill people by touching them.
5. Lee Kelly- City of Savages: Oh, how I’m always into Mad Max style dystopians.