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Posts Tagged ‘thriller’

The Lion’s Game

Nelson DeMille has a winning formula with his character, John Corey, and the interplay between the former NYPD detective and federal intelligence agencies. The Lion’s Game has John Corey on what seemingly was a routine mission to help escort a prisoner from the airport.  Things went terribly wrong and it is up to Corey’s detective work and his instincts to find the fugitive.  Some of the characters from Plum Island are back though you certainly don’t need to have read that book to enjoy this one.

The Fallen Angel

“He was below average in height – five foot eight, perhaps, but no more – and had the spare physique of a cyclist.  The face was long and narrow at the chin, with wide cheekbones and a slender nose that looked as though it had been carved from wood.  The eyes were an unnatural shade of green”

High Crimes

A Boston upscale family enjoys a quick family meal at the local mall.  As they leave the restaurant their lives are shattered forever.  How is that for a tease?  One of the difficult things for me in doing a book review for novels is to give some sense of the story without divulging too much.  I don’t personally even read the inside of the dust jacket as they often give away the first fourth of the book. High Crimes is no different as it really spills a lot of the proverbial beans.

Double Eagle

Gold is worse poison to a man’s soul, doing more murders in this loathsome world, than any mortal drug.

– – William Shakespeare

The sudden and unexpected appearance of perhaps the rarest coin, the double eagle, leads FBI agent, Jennifer Browne, on a trail from Fort Knox to France and Turkey and many places in between.  In The Double Eagle the investigation dips into the seedy underworld of black market of stolen artifacts and brings Browne together with an elusive former CIA agent who now works as a specialist acquiring works of art.

The Fifth Angel

Imagine that one of your children has been kidnapped, abused, and found alive, but not really alive.  Imagine that you have been a successful criminal prosecutor and watch the “justice system” offer more protection to the criminal than the victim.  Imagine knowing that the person who did this to your child will get out of jail long before your child recovers.  Imagine if you know enough to realize that you cannot do anything about the evil person yourself because you’d be the natural suspect and couldn’t risk not being there for your daughter.  Imagine if you had access to information about other, similar savages that you could not be connected to.

Last Testament

There seems to have been Mid-East “peace” talks as long as I can remember and there have even been some agreements.  The accords don’t last long much like the peace.  Author Sam Bourne uses yet another peace accord as the backdrop for his thriller The Last Testament.  The novel centers around archaeology, Jerusalem, a female mediator, Iraq, and some really bad people.  Overall this was a very enjoyable work.  Perhaps the best compliment is that I gave up a couple hours of sleep last night finishing the story.  I am tired this morning, but it was well worth the sleepiness, however, Bourne never quite reaches the pinnacle of many other thrillers.  Some of the twists just don’t really fit even though they are twists.  I also was a little disappointed by the “bad guy” and thought Bourne’s choice was a little too easy.

Full Black

Released in the heat of the summer of 2011, Full Black adds more heat as super agent Scot Harvath is once again thrust in the middle of a vast terrorist network.  Their intent is the same, but the methods and leaders may surprise you.  Author Brad Thor hits another home run in this latest thriller as Harvath and company race across the globe struggling to prevent further attacks.  The list of perpetratorstouch on all of America’s “enemies;” China, Russia, Middle East, Britain, and Globalists.  All Harvath knows is that his security is compromised hence the need to go “full black” refering to deep deep cover. 

Portrait of a Spy

About a month ago I get my edition of Costco Connection in the mail and was excited!  No there’s wasn’t a sale on batteries (actually there was), but news of the upcoming release of Daniel Silva’s new novel, Portrait of a Spy, feature heroic Gabriel Allon.  I fastidiously set the date on my Droid calendar and planned to drive to Costco on the release day to pick up my copy.  I arranged my reading plan so that I could start the book that night.  I was excited on the drive that day.  When I got there the book was no where in sight.  Frustrated, I rechecked my calendar and it was July 12 yet there was no book.  I used the power of my Verizon unlimited data package to search Mr. Silva’s website only to find out that I had gotten the date wrong and was a week early,

Buried Secrets

The latest Nick Heller thriller is another winner by author Joseph Finder. Buried Secrets brings Heller into the world of the super rich as he tries to rescue the daughter of a close friend and his mother’s former employer.  Joseph Finder has become one of my favorite thriller authors and his latest novel does not disappoint.  I love to find a novel that almost forces me to drop everything and read and read and read. 

Foreign Influence

The frightening thing about Brad Thor’s novels is the shear number of ways that terrorists could hit the United States.  Scot Harvath is back to foil major attempts to hit Americans here and abroad.  Harvath struggles with his age (fortyish), his desire for a family, and his deep hatred of jihadists as he travels the globe hunting down the Islamic fundamentalist organization plotting destruction.