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Alternate Routes

(2018)
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A New Novel From Award-Winning Master of Fantasy and Science Fiction Tim Powers. A modern ghost story as only Tim Powers can write it.

Something weird is happening to the Los Angeles freeways - phantom cars, lanes from nowhere, and sometimes unmarked offramps that give glimpses of a desolate desert highway - and Sebastian Vickery, disgraced ex-Secret Service agent, is a driver for a covert supernatural-evasion car service. But another government agency is using and perhaps causing the freeway anomalies, and their chief is determined to have Vickery killed because of something he learned years ago at a halted Presidential motorcade.

Reluctantly aided by Ingrid Castine, a member of that agency, and a homeless Mexican boy, and a woman who makes her living costumed as Supergirl on the sidewalk in front of the Chinese Theater, Vickery learns what legendary hell it is that the desert highway leads to - and when Castine deliberately drives into it to save him from capture, he must enter it himself to get her out.

Alternate Routes is a fast-paced supernatural adventure story that sweeps from the sun-blinded streets and labyrinthine freeways of Los Angeles to a horrifying other world out of Greek mythology, and Vickery and Castine must learn to abandon old loyalties and learn loyalty to each other in order to survive as the world goes mad around them.

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About Alternate Routes:
"Powers continues his run of smashing expectations and then playing with the pieces in this entertaining urban fantasy. . . . this calculated, frenetic novel ends with hope for redemption born from chaos. Powers' work is recommended for urban fantasy fans who enjoy more than a dash of the bizarre." - Publishers Weekly

About Tim Powers:
"Powers writes in a clean, elegant style that illuminates without slowing down the tale. . . . [He] promises marvels and horrors, and delivers them all." - Orson Scott Card

"Other writers tell tales of magic in the twentieth century, but no one does it like Powers." - The Orlando Sentinel

". . . immensely clever stuff.... Powers' prose is often vivid and arresting . . . All in all, Powers' unique voice in science fiction continues to grow stronger." - Washington Post Book World

"Powers is at heart a storyteller, and ruthlessly shapes his material into narrative form." - The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

Tim Powers won the World Fantasy Award twice for his critically acclaimed novels Last Call and Declare. Declare also received the International Horror Guild Award. His novel On Stranger Tides inspired the Monkey Island video game series and was sold to Disney for the movie franchise installment Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. His book The Anubis Gates won the Philip K. Dick award and is considered a modern science fiction classic and a progenitor of the Steampunk genre. Powers won the Dick award again for straight science fiction post-apocalypse novel Dinner at Deviant's Palace. Many of his novels, such as Last Call, and Alternate Routes, upcoming from Baen Books, are so-called "secret histories," which use real historical events in which supernatural and metaphysical elements influence the story in weird and compelling manners. Powers grew up in Southern California and studied English at Cal State Fullerton, where he met frequent collaborators James Blaylock and K. W. Jeter, as well as renowned science fiction author Philip K. Dick, who became a close friend and mentor. Powers is a practicing Catholic who claims "stories are more effective, and more truly represent the writer's actual convictions, when they manifest themselves without the writer's conscious assistance. I concern myself with my plots, but I let my subconscious worry about my themes." Powers still resides in Southern California with his wife, Serena.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Tim Powers promises marvels and horrors, and delivers them all." - Orson Scott Card


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Hardback Editions

August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Alternate Routes
Author(s): Tim Powers
ISBN: 1-4814-8340-4 / 978-1-4814-8340-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
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August 2019 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Alternate Routes
Author(s): Tim Powers
ISBN: 1-4814-8427-3 / 978-1-4814-8427-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
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