Adrean Darce Brent

Photo courtesy of reviewer  Adrean Darce Brent: Star Trekker ... Dragonrider of a Gold ... Martian-In-Training ... Admirer of Androids ... Liker of “little grey cells” ... Observer of Holmes ... 
   
Book List

Invisible Ellen (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780399167614
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Published: Putnam Adult, 6/2014

One spontaneous act can change a life forever. When twenty-four-year-old Ellen, a broken survivor of the foster care system, impulsively follows blind Temerity and prevents her from being mugged, Ellen’s solitary life cracks. Over the course of the novel, Ellen slowly becomes a participant in and not just an observer/recorder of her world. With violinist Temerity and her anthropologist brother Justice’s help, Ellen affects positive change in the lives of a pregnant neighbor, a shot-up drug dealer, and a harassed co-worker. Along the way these activities transform Ellen, emotionally and physically, allowing her to become more “visible” to herself and others – cutting away her life scars, figuratively and literally. If you have an interest in knowing how humans do/do not connect or in understanding the protectiveness of “invisibility” while traversing through life, Ellen’s story will both enlighten and touch you. Strive for visibility – everyone deserves to be seen. - Adrean


Expiration Day (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780765338280
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Published: Tor Teen, 4/2014

Millennia from now Mister Zog, an extraterrestrial of unknown origin, discovers a diary written by an Earth girl, Tania Deeley, beginninig in the year 2049.  At this time in Earth's history, human births are rare and Tania is a very wanted child.  For those unable to conceive, androids are rented from the Oxted Corporation for eighteen years - "growing" from infancy to late adolescence over that time frame.  Read along with Mister Zog as Tania's life progresses from a naive eleven-year-old interacting with human and android friends, to a knowledgeable young adult with a life-altering decision to make in a world where the human population is declining.  In this science fiction debut novel, William Campbell Powell presents a thought-provoking scenario of what it means to be human and if whatever makes us human can duplicated.  This is a book for anyone who likes androids, journaling and space creatures.


$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781476733807
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 4/2014

Beware the intern!  Instead of the corporate killer instinct, the nondescript young person with perfect coffee making skills may have the killer instinct of the corpse-making kind.  Twenty-five-year-old John Lago is just such an intern, and this is his last assignment before retiring.  Shadow John and absorb his years of knowledge in the assassination business by learing John's rules of engagement and his life story.  Help him uncover the correct executive - out of three potential victims - who is to be killed and along the way, discover whether or not you have what it takes to become an elite assassin.  This intriguing premise will not only appeal to readers who like covert operation and conflicted protagonits, but also to those who crave career options where perfection in coffee brewing is paramount.


The Accident (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385348454
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Published: Crown, 3/2014

In this spin-off from The Expats, the action alternates between New York, Copernhagen, Zurich, and Los Angeles, during the course of one day in which a tell-all book concerning a media mogul's unsavory past makes the rounds of the book publishing and film making industries.  The mogul wants the manuscript suppressed by any means necessary and elicits CIA agent Hayden Gray to carry out his demand.  Pavone takes a dark ops detour where the body count is no barrier.  Assist literary agent Isabel Reed as she shops the anonymous manuscript, and attempts to prevent associates from being murdered.  Of all the agents in NY, why was the book delivered to Isabel?  Who is the author of this truly unauthorized biography?  And what are the connections crossing the paths of everyone involved?  Readers who were thrilled by Pavone's award-wining first book will find the thrills even greater in The Accident.


North of Boston (Hardcover)

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780670015658
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books, 1/2014

This debut mystery revolves around thirty-year-old Pirio Kasparov, New Englander of Russian descent and heiress to a high-end perfume company.  While out lobstering with her fisherman friend Ned, their boat is deliberately rammed by a freighter and only Pirio survives the extreme cold of the North Atlantic.  Sign aboard with Pirio as her exploration for answers starts on the docks of Boston and finishes near the Arctic, with a detour along the way to Florida at the request of the United States Navy - how did Pirio survive in the freezing Atlantic?  This engaging novel interweaves Pirio’s life with subjects such as perfumes, endangered species, alcoholism, and family relationships.  Will Pirio find the why of death on the ocean – both human and animal – and those responsible? This is an intriguing thriller for readers who enjoy the intermingling of social classes, voyages on the seas or life in New England.

--Adrean


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ISBN-13: 9780765334794
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Published: Tor Books, 1/2013

BEST BET BOOK OF 2013

Welcome aboard the Universal Union's flagship Intrepid - is this real life on a spaceship in the 25th century or truly a horrible Star Trek-inspired mess of a television show in the 21st century?  Five low-ranking officers newly assigned to the Intrepid are determined to discover the truth.  In their desperation to avoid being the obligatory "redshirt" death on away missions, the newbies discover human good luck charms, a magic healing box, and a "yeti" living in the cargo tunnels.  Fans of Star Trek (and other good science fiction) will be amused by the cliched plots, questionable extraterrestrial animals, as well as the always popular time travel solution.  Though plausible "science" is missing in Redshirts, just relax, turn off you communicator, and immerse yourself in life on the Intrepid.  Oh, and be sure to have a cup of coffee while reading - it's vital for your on board survival.


The Expats (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780770435721
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Published: Broadway Books, 1/2013

BEST BET BOOK OF 2013

If “Nobody dreams of living in Luxembourg,” why are the Moores moving to this wealthy European country from Washington, D. C.? On the surface Dexter (husband, father and computer genius), has landed a lucrative contract with a local bank to provide computer security services. Doubt-ridden Kate (wife, mother and CIA agent), is not completely convinced of the motivation behind the unexpected uprooting of the family. Though she questions how well she knows Dexter, Kate has her own secrets that she desperately needs to keep from him. And who are the two other expat Americans that enter their lives so quickly? Come and journey through Kate’s perspective from Paris to Berlin to Amsterdam in search of the truth. And along the way, discover this multi-layered tale of domestic deception, spousal suspicion and international intrigue that will keep you guessing until the final pages.


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ISBN-13: 9780345536730
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Published: Bantam, 4/2013

BEST BET BOOK OF 2013

This third entry in the Maggie Hope series - following Mr. Churchill's Secretary (MWA Edgar Award nominee) and Princess Elizabeth's Spy - continues the WWII espionage adventures of this British-born, American-raised UK spy.  This time Maggie finds herself behind enemy lines on her first undercover assignment after finishing spy school.  Testing her mettle in the face of real danger in Berlin brings Maggie face-to-face with an unresolved and complicated aspect of her family's history of spies.  At the completion of her mission and on her own initiative, Maggie decides to take the opportunity to work for a high-ranking Nazi official in order to obtain first-hand information on one of Germany's operations - Compassionate Death.  A must read for anyone interested in female protagonists, the UK, or the intricacies of family relations during wartime.


Crooked Numbers (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781250009005
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Published: Minotaur Books, 10/2013

BEST BET BOOK OF 2013

Return to the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn and catch up with former cop_turned schoolteacher, Raymond Donne, whom readers first met in Sacrifice Fly. The sequel is Crooked Numbers, a baseball term referring to when a team – say the Boston Red Sox – scores two or more runs in an inning. This time Ray becomes involved in investigating a former student’s murder and another teenager’s suicide. Are the tragic deaths connected or coincidental? Although Ray’s “catcher’s interference” annoys the police, Ray made a promise to the murdered boy’s mother and he intends to keep it. Search with Ray as he pursues the truth by talking to a gang leader, visiting an Upper West Side private school, bird-watching in Central Park and analyzing pharmaceuticals. If you enjoy mysteries set in New York and with diverse characters, then this latest Raymond Donne story is a double straight up the middle.


$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781451659283
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Published: Scribner, 8/2013

BEST BET BOOK OF 2013

Multiple Exposure introduces readers to London-based news service photographer Sophie Medina. Her undercover CIA agent husband, Nicholas Canning, is missing and she must find the reason behind his apparent abduction. Sophie’s quest takes her from London to Washington, D. C. and the collision of oil wells, Fabergé eggs and political blackmail. While photographing an art exhibition, Sophie overhears conversations that lead her in unsafe directions in her search for the truth. Ride along with Sophie on her Vespa as she outpaces physical threats from a Russian businessman and struggles with trust issues from the not-very-forthcoming CIA. Is her husband dead or alive? For readers who enjoy espionage mysteries with political overtones along with a touch of the art world, this debut series is picture perfect for you.


The Curiosity (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780062221063
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Published: William Morrow & Company, 7/2013

BEST BET BOOK OF 2013

Jeremiah Rice was born in the Nineteenth century, died in the Twentieth century and lived again in the Twenty-first century. From the Arctic to Massachusetts, four voices convey the scientific breakthrough and consequences of restoring life to a human corpse frozen in “hard-ice” for more than a hundred years. Immerse yourself in the alternating perspectives of the forthright scientist Kate Philo; the dishonest reporter Daniel Dixon; the manipulative sponsor Erastus Carthage; and the insightful Judge Jeremiah Rice. Discover how Jeremiah, physically and emotionally, reconnects to life amidst the assaults to his dignity from the scientists of the Lazarus Project, as well as protesters and the media. This debut novel is for anyone who has faced the unexpected and unknown, struggled with the dilemma of justice versus rule, wrestled with the freeing or keeping of love, or debated the pros and cons of the chance to live again.


The Goliath Stone (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780765333230
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Published: Tor Books, 6/2013

It's 2052 and nanites are everywhere. . .and in everyone.  Nanotechnologist Toby Gyler discovers that a former genius-of-an-employee has created nanites that can make physiological changes in humans on a cellular level.  The consequences are primarily beneficial - more healing and reverse aging - but the genius-of-an-employee does have a political and social agenda.  Meanwhile, in space, a nanotechnology experiment launched a generation prior is returning to Earth with a "dinosaur-killing" size of an asteroid that is on a collision course with the planet.  Toby, along with rocket scientist May Wyndham, searches for a way to prevent the destruction of humanity as the asteroid is only days away from reaching Earth.  This is a novel full of wonderfully obscure cultural references (Dr. Bombay) and names (Yellowhorse) with hidden meanings.  Propel yourself in the race to save humans from going the way of the dinosaurs or possibly becoming female teenagers.


Inherit the Dead (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781451684759
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Published: Touchstone, 10/2013

Twenty authors contributed a chapter each to this noir tale. Mystery writers from Mark Billingham to John Connolly to Sarah Weinman introduce readers to former NYPD detective Perry Christo, unjustly forced to resign from his job six years prior to the story. Now he is a barely-getting-by private investigator with an ex-wife and teen-age daughter. Perry is hired by a wealthy Park Avenue woman to find her missing estranged twenty-year-old daughter. The daughter, Angel, stands to inherit several hundred million dollars on her twenty-first birthday in two weeks. Who can Perry trust as he motors from Manhattan to Montauk in search of clues to the woman’s disappearance? The parents? The friends? And who is tailing Perry? Can you figure out the familial twists and deceits as time runs out and a fortune is on the line? Inherit the Dead is for readers who enjoy upper class domestic crimes with all of its intricacies.

Adrean


Code White (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780765331922
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Published: Forge Books, 2/2013

You enter the operating room. The nurse hands you a scalpel. You precisely cut into the exposed human flesh. The loudspeaker crackles a page for Mr. White. Who is Mr. White? He’s not a who, but a what: the hospital’s code phrase for a bomb. Thus begins a day-long trauma in which the performance of a historic surgery is the background and part of the complicated motivational psychology of the bomber. Though I usually experience the unfolding of hospital drama via television and computer screens with its quick story-telling pace, I found the initial, slower rhythm of Code White to be a refreshing way to engage with this futuristic medical suspense story. A human and artificial intelligence collaboration holds the lives of hundreds of people in their hands and minds. Discover how a surgeon and a security officer thwart the overall destructive plan and start a collaboration of their own.


Mind Games (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780062135315
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Published: Harper Teen, 2/2013

Let me introduce you to orphaned sisters with extraordinary psychic abilities: blind Annie can "see" the future - although with limitations, and instinctive Fia can determine right from wrong with perfection.  However, the powerful Keane Foundation controls these special lives.  If Fia fails to do what the Foundation wants, then Annie will die.  It's time to take control of their lives and it's up to Fia to do whatever is necessary to achieve that goal.  Will she be able to kill an innocent man?  Is Fia smart enough to outwit and outthink her handlers?  Will either sister survive?  Mind Games takes the reader between the past and present in this up and down futuristic journey to freedom.  This is a story for all who have family they love and know the measures they would take to keep them alive.  And I envision a great read for those with psychic gifts.


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ISBN-13: 9781250014283
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Published: Minotaur Books, 2/2013

Are you a runner?  Do you like London?  Are you curious about how a serial killer's mind works?  If you answer yes to any of the questions, then partner with psychologist Alice Quentin as she races throughout England's capital to discover a copycat torturer and killer of women.  Six years ago, a couple - since apprehended - mutilated and murdered a baker's dozen women.  Now a copycat is using their methods to disfigure and destroy a new set of victims.  Although beset by her own family demons and trust issues, Quentin aids the police in profiling the murderer and discovers uncomfortable connections to her life and the people who inhabit it.  Does she know the killer?  After all, can it be coincidence that Quentin has stumbled over two of the bodies?  Keep pace with Quentin as solves her first crime and discovers unsettling truths about the people surrounding her life.


Farseed (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780765332165
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Published: Tor Teen, 1/2013

Although Farseed has less of a science fiction emphasis in the storyline than the Seed Trilogy's first book, Earthseed, it's worth the read to discover how the planet-born generation is adapting on Home.  Twenty years ago the ship-born established the settlement and Zoheret's rival for leadership, Ho, broke away and started his own.  Now, Ho's daughter Nuy and Zoheret's daughter Leila are on journeys towards each other.  For Nuy, after finding strangers results in her becoming an outcast, it's primarily a solitary search for a way back to the only, albeit meager, life she has known.  While for Leila, in the company of friends and her mother, it's a group quest to find Nuy' strangers and the break-away settlement Ho founded.  Two adolescents, on contrasting treks, meet in unexpected danger and sorrow.  Discover what destiny holds for them on Home.  Those who seek adventure stories will embrace this coming-of-age tale.


Sweet Tooth (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780345803450
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Published: Anchor, 8/2013

After eleven years, McEwan presents a new female protagonist who tells a tale of the less than glamorous life for a woman spy decades ago.  Reminisce along with Serena Frome (rhymes with plume) as she takes the reader back to London circa 1972.  Newly graduated from Cambridge with a degree in math, Serena embarks, thanks to a professor's recommendation, on a career with MI5.  Though it is a career lasting just eighteen months, Serena recounts her first (and last) undercover assignment for the UK's security agency.  Words, not numbers, are Serena's true passion and her knowledge of fiction is ideal for the classified, culture-based project code-named "Sweet Tooth".  It's when her literary target, Tom Healy, becomes her lover that the mission decays.  However, before the twists of the denouement, the literature fan will savor the writings and authors mentioned throughout Sweet Tooth - a pleasure of remembrance and reflection.


Sacrifice Fly (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781250008985
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Published: Minotaur Books, 10/2012

A sacrifice fly occurs when a batter hits a ball into the outfield, which is or is not caught, but does allow a runner on base to score. The batter has “sacrificed” his/her opportunity to become a base runner. In this contemporary Brooklyn-based, baseball-themed, series debut, we meet former cop turned schoolteacher Raymond Donne. Donne inadvertently becomes involved in investigating a murder when one of his students, a star pitcher, goes missing. The murder victim is his student’s ne’er-do-well father, and in attempting to locate his student, Donne is drawn into a life he left years ago. Through mishaps, thugs, muscle therapy, and technology, the solution to the murder is found, along with the student. What is the “sacrifice”? Donne begins changing from the simplistic life he has been leading into one more challenging and, ultimately, satisfying. A good read for fans of New York, baseball, teachers, or cops.


12.21 (Hardcover)

$28.35
ISBN-13: 9780385341400
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Published: The Dial Press, 8/2012

Friday, 21 December 2012 – the day the world ends. Or does it? Thomason’s 12.21 presents a medical mystery scenario set just days before the ominous date. It’s a quest that begins in the urban landscape of Los Angeles and ends in the jungles of Guatemala. Dr. Gabriel Stanton discovers a new strain of the prion disease. Will he and his team be able to find the cure before the fast-spreading contagion is in every US city? And will the newly discovered Mayan codex in curator Chel Martin’s possession offer clues to the origins of the insomnia-based epidemic and its prevention? Amidst ordering quarantines, committing career-ending actions, and deciphering the codex, Stanton and Martin combine intellects to save the world with little time remaining. Along the way they have help from an ex-spouse, a courageous doctor, and a former mentor. This is a thrilling tale for both medical sleuths and end-of-worlders.


$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780394758251
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Published: Vintage, 8/1988

"The minutes went by on tiptoe, with their fingers to their lips."  For readers of The Lady in the Lake, hours will swiftly fly by, like "racing with death," as they accompany Philip Marlowe on his discoveries of murdered bodies - from the titular lady in a lake, to a sleazebag in a shower, and ending with a ball-buster on a bed.  Along this death-filled journey, noir literature lovers meet a dope doctor, character-challenged cops, an admirable assistant and a conflicted client.  Chandler's fourth outing with Marlowe continues the ironically-speaking private investigator's foray into the criminal elements of Los Angeles in the 1940s.  While in search of a missing woman, Marlow follows the trail of bodies to nearby Bay City (Santa Monica) and San Bernardino.  Join Marlow as he muses "...whether to try handling Lavery with a feather or go on using the back of my hand and edge of my tongue."


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ISBN-13: 9781569479995
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Published: Soho Crime, 1/2011

November 1993.  Paris.  French elections.  European Union treaty.  Marais mutilation and murder.  Welcome to private investigator Aimée Leduc’s world.  Partner with her as she attempts to answer - who killed Lili Stein and why?  Have Fascists from the Occupation returned fifty years later?  Who else will be a victim?  With the help of her computer expert colleague René Friant and the cooperation of police contact Inspector Morbier, Aimée pursues suspects throughout the Fourth arrondissement.  From infiltrating a neo-Nazi group, to hiding out in a museum, to discovering the catacombs, the twists and turns of the Marais reflect the twists and turns of the mystery.  It is a journey from World War II era Paris to fin de siècle City of Light.  Along the way discover how lies from the past reverberate in the present and lead to Murder in the Marais and eventually the revelation of ghosts and the truth.


Dragonsblood (Mass Market Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780345441256
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Published: Del Rey, 6/2006

The dragons of Pern are dying and there is no cure. Dragonsblood is Todd McCaffrey's first Pern novel written on his own and Todd gives the reader double the Pern experience in his solo debut. The story is set in two time eras with two female protagonists on quests – Lorana, a young healer during Pern's "present" (Second Interval/Third Pass) and Wind Blossom, an old geneticist during Pern's "past" (First Pass/First Interval). Lorana is trying to find a place for herself on Pern and is unaware of her destiny with Pern's dragons. This type of personal quest is standard Pern fare and the twist of this quest is put to good use in Dragonsblood.

Wind Blossom is seeking redemption for youthful errors and her foresight regarding the dragons could change her ultimate legacy to be one of honor. Centuries separate these two women, but the intensity of the overriding quest for a dragon cure within both women is strong enough to bridge time. What connects the women?  Is Lorana's density fulfilled? Will Wind Blossom find redemption?  How does her song help?  Will there be enough dragons to fight Thread?  If these quests and questions intrigue you, discover the answers in Todd McCaffrey's Dragonsblood. The dragons of Pern are dying and two women, out of time, are trying to save them. 

--ADB


Ringworld (Mass Market Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780345333926
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Published: Del Rey, 9/1985

Discover a world different from any you have ever known. A marvel of engineering and ingenuity. Come and live aboard a world that challenges your thinking and perceptions of habitable space.