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Bookmarks: Recently released novels

Published: Saturday, May 26 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

Here are some novels that have crossed our desks recently.

HARDBACK

"THE THIEF: An Isaac Bell Adventure," by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, G.P. Putnam's Sons, $27.95, 408 pages (f)

Two scientists aboard the Mauretania are rescued from abduction by detective Isaac Bell, but aren't so lucky the second time. One of the scientists dies over their new invention that could revolutionize business and popular culture. War is looming and espionage agents can be ruthless. Set in the 20th century.

More hardback books recently released:

"THE DOG WHO DANCED," by Susan Wilson (f): Mack, a gray and black Shetland sheepdog, brings out the best in people, including his owner Justine, who lost her mother at a young age and her father focused more on her stepbrother than her. During a cross country trip, she loses Mack. The dog finds a couple whose daughter committed suicide, and they begin to feel hope after taking Mack in.

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Audio clip from "The Dog Who Danced"

"MONDAY MORNINGS," by Dr. Sanjay Gupta (f): Surgeons answer for failings at the Morbidity and Mortality conference. Through the lives of five surgeons, the author, a practicing neurosurgeon, shows how they push their abilities and confront both personal and professional failings, often at M & M conferences.

"BLOWOUT," by Sen. Byron L. Dorgan and David Hagberg (f): This thriller revolves around the country's dependence on oil as a lab researching alternative fuel sources is targeted for an attack, and the sheriff and a journalist are both drawn to the case. Includes strong and some vulgar language.

"THE HOPE VENDETTA," by Scott Mariani (f): In this thriller, Ben Hope has decided to put down his gun, but is convinced to help find his professor friend's daughter, who is a archeologist. He asks his friend to take the case, but is drawn in and finds that a biblical artifact she was working with disappeared as they work to avoid global catastrophe.

"SECRETS OF THE FIRE SEA," by Stephen Hunt (f): In this Victorian-era steampunk novel, Hannah's carefree life on Jago is abruptly ended when her guardian is murdered, apparently for a secret — one that the killer believes was passed along to Hannah.

"THE REEDUCATION OF CHERRY TRUONG," by Aimee Phan (f): Cherry Troung's family escaped from Vietnam and her older brother was later exiled there in disgrace. Years later, Cherry wants him to come back to the U.S., but he's happy in Vietnam, and Cherry works to uncover her family's past and secrets in travels that take her to France, Vietnam and the U.S.

"THE BOOK OF JONAS," by Stephen Dau (f): A former international aid worker pens this novel about a boy from a Muslim country who was rescued by a relief worker and adopted the name Jonas when he comes to the U.S., where he clashes with his adoptive Christian family and is bullied at school. Through therapy with Paul, Jonas is connected with Rose, the mother of the soldier who helped save Jonas, as she continues to look for her missing son.

"RANGE OF GHOSTS," by Elizabeth Bear (f): In the first of the Eternal Sky trilogy, a civil war rages as sons and grandsons compete to lead the empire and Temur flees his uncle's attempts on his life. He teams up with a nomadic tribeswoman, newly made wizards and a tiger woman, and the four of them seek to foil his uncle.

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