New Release Books by Rob Thurman

Rob Thurman is the author of Carniepunk: Painted Love (2015), Downfall (2014), Nevermore (2015), Slashback (2013), All Seeing Eye (2012) and other 36 books.

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Carniepunk: Painted Love

release date: Jan 12, 2015
Carniepunk: Painted Love
From Rob Thurman, the New York Times bestselling author of the Cal Leandros, comes this wicked, mind-bending short story—from the Carniepunk urban fantasy anthology.

Downfall

release date: Aug 05, 2014
Downfall
I let it go—all of it. Everything I’d been saving up all my life, building and growing inside me, too much to hold in one half-human body. It pushed and fought to be free with a force that turned me into a bomb with a timer vibrating on zero. I was free. But so was everything I’d fought so hard not to be.... Brothers Cal and Niko Leandros know trouble when they see it—and then proceed to wipe the floor with it. But now it seems their whole world is falling to pieces. Cal’s nightmarish monster side is growing ever stronger, changing Cal physically as well as mentally. Which is exactly what Grimm—Cal’s savage doppelgänger—wants. And when a covert supernatural organization decides that it’s time to put Cal down before he threatens pretty much everything else in existence, the brothers find themselves in a fight they actually might lose. But the dark temptations Cal has denied all his life may prove to be exactly what can save them. Even if he must fall forever…

Nevermore

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Nevermore
People die. Everyone knows that. I knew it intimately as everyone in my life died thanks to my one seemingly harmless mistake. I'd brought down Heaven, lifted up Hell, and set the world on fire, all due to one slip of the memory. I forgot the pizzas... Caliban is a dead man. The Vigil, a group devoted to concealing the paranormal from humanity, has decided Cal has stepped out of the shadows once too often, and death is the only sentence. They plan to send a supernatural assassin into the past to take down the younger, less lethal Cal. But things change when The Vigil makes one last attempt on Caliban's life in the present—and end up destroying everyone and everything he cares about. Now, Cal has to save himself, warn those closest to him, and kill every Vigil bastard who stole his world. But if he fails, he and everyone in his life will be history…

Slashback

release date: Mar 14, 2013
Slashback
The eighth book in the Cal Leandros series that began with Nightlife, Slashback is clever, ironic and hugely entertaining urban fantasy in the vein of Jim Butcher by the New York Times bestselling author, Rob Thurman. I stopped and let them circle me, first because it was intriguing and, second, because, honestly, what could they do? Only knives, but all armed, and that made them even more interesting. Interesting. Fun. Play-time... Taking on bloodthirsty supernatural monsters is how Caliban and Niko Leandros make a living. But years ago - before they became a force to be reckoned with - the brothers were almost victims of a very human serial killer. Almost. Unfortunately for them, that particular depraved killer was working as apprentice to a creature far more malevolent - the legendary Spring-heeled Jack. He's just hit town. He hasn't forgotten what the Leandros brothers did to his murderous protégé. He hasn't forgotten what they owe him And now they are going to pay . . . and pay . . . and pay . . . A dark contemporary fantasy with a humorous edge, Rob Thurman's Slashback should not be missed. Praise for Rob Thurman: 'Supernatural elements put this in the company of Jim Butcher and Charlaine Harris' SFRevu 'A roaring rollercoaster of a read . . . it'll take your breath away' Simon R. Green Rob Thurman lives in Indiana, land of rolling hills and cows. Lots and lots of cows. Nightlife, Moonshine, Madhouse, Deathwish and Doubletake, the previous novels in the Cal Leandros series, are also published by Penguin. Visit Rob at www.robthurman.net.

All Seeing Eye

release date: Jul 31, 2012
All Seeing Eye
The New York Times bestselling author of the Cal Leandros series delivers a bold new supernatural thriller where one man’s extraordinary abilities come with an equally phenomenal cost. Picking up a small, pink shoe from the grass forever changed young Jackson Lee’s life. Not only did its presence mean that his sister Tessa was dead—murdered and stuffed in the deep, black water of a narrow well—but the shoe itself told him so. Tessa’s death triggers an even more horrific family massacre that, combined with this new talent he neither wants nor can handle, throws Jack’s life into a tailspin. The years quickly take him from state homes to the streets to grifting in a seedy carnival, until he finally becomes the cynical All Seeing Eye, psychic-for-hire. At last, Jackson has left his troubled past behind and found a semblance of peace. That is, until the government blackmails him. After Jackson is forced to help the military contain the aftermath of a bizarre experiment gone violently wrong, everything he knows about himself will change just as suddenly as it did with his little sister’s shoe. And while change is constant . . . it’s never for the better.

Doubletake

release date: Mar 06, 2012
Doubletake
Half-human/half-monster Cal Leandros knows that family is a pain. But now that pain belongs to his half-brother, Niko. Niko's shady father is in town, and he needs a big favor. Even worse is the reunion being held by the devious Puck race-including the Leandros' friend, Robin- featuring a lottery that no Puck wants to win. As Cal tries to keep both Niko and Robin from paying the ultimate price for their kin, a horrific reminder from Cal's own past arrives to remind him that blood is thicker than water-and that's why it's so much more fun to spill.

Silver and Salt

release date: Apr 17, 2014
Silver and Salt
For the First Time in One Volume... From furry to fey, shifters to Sidhe, monsters to madmen, and ex-divine to ex-demonic, this collection of supernaturally-spun tales by NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling Author Rob Thurman is bound by the spilled blood of both family and the most fatal of enemies. Includes two anthology favorites, as well as an original CAL LEANDROS story that takes you through The Windy City as only a fourteen-year-old half-monster facing a fully human one could. It's winner take all and life itself is the bet.

Madhouse

release date: Aug 02, 2012
Madhouse
The next book in the Cal Leandros series that began with Nightlife, Madhouse is a clever and hugely entertaining urban fantasy in the vein of Jim Butcher by New York Times bestselling author, Rob Thurman. 'My brother had spent a lifetime - mine, at least - telling me that I was normal, that I wasn't a monster. With his help, I'd finally realized that as long as I could remain who I was, I could survive what I was. It was only bad genes . . .' Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, aren't exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency. Who could have guessed that business would dry up in New York City, where vampires, trolls, and other creepy crawlies are all over the place? But now there's a new arrival in the Big Apple. A malevolent evil with ancient powers, dead set on making history with an orgy of blood and murder, is on a human killing spree. And for Cal and Niko, this is one paycheck they're going to have to earn . . . if they survive to collect it. But this evil might be too much for even Cal and Niko to handle, and to take it on, Cal will have to call forth the powerful talents he inherited from his unhuman father's side of the family . . . A stunning urban fantasy with a deeply humorous edge, Rob Thurman's Madhouse is not to be missed. 'Supernatural elements put this in the company of Jim Butcher and Charlaine Harris. Fans of dark urban fantasy will certainly want to follow Cal's adventures. Recommended' SFRevu 'A roaring rollercoaster of a read . . . it's sharp and sardonic, mischievous and mysterious' Simon R. Green Rob Thurman lives in Indiana, land of rolling hills and cows. Lots and lots of cows. Nightlife, the first novel in the Cal Leandros series is also published by Penguin. Visit Rob at www.robthurman.net

Basilisk

release date: Aug 02, 2011
Basilisk
Stefan Korsak and his genetically-altered brother have evaded the Institute for three years. When they learn the new location of the secret lab, they plan to break in and save the remaining children there. But one of the little ones doesn't want to leave. She wants to kill...

Blackout

release date: Mar 01, 2011
Blackout
When half-human Cal Leandros wakes up on a beach littered with the slaughtered remains if a variety of hideous creatures, he's not that concerned. In fact, he can't remember anything-including who he is. And that's just the way his deadly enemies like it...

Deathwish

release date: Aug 02, 2012
Deathwish
The fourth book in the Cal Leandros series that began with Nightlife, Deathwish is clever, ironic and hugely entertaining urban fantasy in the vein of Jim Butcher by the New York Times bestselling author, Rob Thurman. 'How I felt the mental stirrings of a bloodthirsty heritage when I passed through the gray light wasn't my favourite topic . . . the Auphe nature wasn't mine. I wouldn't let it be. And if I said that to myself over and over and sprinkled around enough frigging fairy dust, maybe it would be true.' Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, are barely getting by with their preternatural detective agency when the vampire Seamus hires them. He's being followed, and he wants to know by whom. But the Leandros brothers have to do more than they had planned when Seamus turns up dead (or un-undead). Worse still is the return of Cal's nightmarish family, the Auphe. The last time Cal and Niko faced them, the Auphe were almost wiped out. Now they want revenge. Cal know that before the Auphe get to him, they will try to destroy everything and everyone he holds dear. Because for the Auphe, Cal's pain is a pleasure. And they're feeling good. A dark contemporary fantasy with a humorous edge, Rob Thurman's Deathwish should not be missed. Praise for Rob Thurman: 'Supernatural elements put this in the company of Jim Butcher and Charlaine Harris' SFRevu 'A roaring rollercoaster of a read . . . it'll take your breath away' Simon R. Green Rob Thurman lives in Indiana, land of rolling hills and cows. Lots and lots of cows. Nightlife, Moonshine and Madhouse, the previous novels in the Cal Leandros series, are also published by Penguin. Visit Rob at www.robthurman.net.

Moonshine

release date: Mar 01, 2012
Moonshine
Cal and his half-brother Niko's lives are settling back to normal after stopping their bloodthirsty relatives from bringing about the apocalypse. They've found a new apartment and even gainful employment by starting an investigative agency in partnership with a glamorous Upper East Side vampire. Of course, their clientele tends to be a little . . . unusual, but their money spends just the same. Their latest job is undercover work for the Kin - New York's werewolf mafia - to sniff out proof of a set-up by a rival. The location is Moonshine, a gambling club for the otherworldly and Cal figures it will be an easy in-and-out sort of job. But as Niko likes to point out, nothing is more dangerous than overconfidence and when a brawl gets out of hand, it looks like he's right. Are Cal and Niko being set up themselves? And by people whose bite is much worse than their bark . . .

Chimera

release date: Jun 01, 2010
Chimera
View our feature on Rob Thurman’s Chimera.New from the national bestselling author of Roadkill A sci-fi thriller that asks the questions... What makes us human... What makes us unique... And what makes us kill? Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak's younger brother was kidnapped. Not a day has passed that Stefan hasn't thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he has finally found him. But when he rescues Lukas, he must confront a terrible truth-his brother is no longer his brother. He is a trained, genetically-altered killer. Now, those who created him will do anything to reclaim him. And the closer Stefan grows to his brother, the more he realizes that saving Lukas may be easier than surviving him... Watch a Video

Nightlife

release date: Nov 10, 2011
Nightlife
'There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I've know that since I can remember, just like I've always known that I was one . . . Well, half of one anyway.' Cal Leandros is 19. He eats junk food, he doesn't clean up after himself and fights with his half brother Niko. It's a fairly normal life, but for the fact that Cal and Niko are constantly on the run. Cal's father has been after him for the last four years. And given that he's a monster whose dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares they really don't want him and his entire otherworldly race catching up with them. But Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they've always wanted him - he is the key to unleashing their hell on earth. Meanwhile the bright lights of the Big Apple shine on, oblivious to the fact that the fate of the human world will be decided in the fight of Cal and Niko's lives . . .

Roadkill

release date: Mar 02, 2010
Roadkill
New from the national bestselling author of Deathwish It's time to lock, load, and hit the road... Once, while half-human Cal Leandros and his brother Niko were working on a case, an ancient gypsy queen gave them a good old-fashioned backstabbing. Now, just as their P.I. business hits a slow patch, the old crone shows up with a job. She wants them to find a stolen coffin that contains a blight that makes the Black Death seem like a fond memory. But the thief has already left town, so the Leandros brothers are going on the road. And if they're very, very lucky, there might even be a return trip...

Trick of the Light

release date: Sep 01, 2009
Trick of the Light
View our feature on Rob Thurman’s Trick of the Light.When Trixa learns of a powerful artifact known as the Light of Life, she knows she’s hit the jackpot. Both sides—angel and demon—would give anything for it. But first she has to find it. And as Heaven and Hell ready for an apocalyptic throwdown, Trixa must decide where her true loyalty lies, and what she’s ready to fight for. Because in her world, if you line up on the wrong side, you pay with more than your life…

Fetch

release date: Nov 26, 2013
Fetch
Fetch drowned in the same boating accident as the others. The difference is he came back. The chilling supernatural thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of the Cal Leandros series. When the Mississippi claimed the riverboat of teenagers that night, it was a miracle anyone survived. One young man in particular died before the doctors brought him back. He fully recovers, but inexplicably can’t remember his birth name. When people say it, or he writes it or tries to read it, “Fetch” is all that comes through. Well, maybe not all… The accident was eight years ago, and Fetch has gotten used to his new name. He has a good life going in the small town he’s grown up in and loves. He sees a future unmarred by the events of the past. But when strangers with the darkest of intentions come to town, Fetch’s friends and neighbors begin to die one by one. And with that, the full impact of that long-ago tragedy comes to light. Fetch finds out just what he is and what he’s to become. Nothing can stop him now.

Everwar

release date: Dec 06, 2016
Everwar
The newest Cal Leandros novel from Rob Thurman—New York Times bestselling author of Nevermore and Downfall. You want to know what it's like being dead? I'll tell you. Yeah, I'll tell you all about it, everything you didn't want to know and then I'll tell you more. Because death is easy, dying's a bitch, but there's worse than both. Worse than your tiny little minds could dream of... There’s nothing like being dead to give someone a new purpose in life. Cal Leandros has been there, done that, and decided that death just wasn’t his style. Now he’s back. Stuck eight years in the past; trying desperately to save his younger self and everyone he cares about; and playing a killer game of hide-and-seek with a godlike lunatic with murderous powers, a hair-trigger temper, and a true passion for blood, pain, and death eternal. And unless Cal can keep both his mind and body together—without descending into complete soul-rending insanity—the next time he ends up dead, he’s going to stay that way...

Hodgenville 200 Years in Lincoln's Birthplace

release date: Oct 06, 2018
Hodgenville 200 Years in Lincoln's Birthplace
A history of Hodgenville Kentucky, frontier settlement, Abraham Lincoln's birthplace, effects of the Civil War, the churches, county and communities and the people who shaped them.
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