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This Month's Featured Books

The Madagaskar Plan
Guy Saville
July 2015 eBook of the Month. Drawing on the Nazis' original plans for the Jews, Guy Saville has meticulously imagined a world-that-nearly-was to tell...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Dear Daughter
Elizabeth Little
A great American thriller debut. Janie Jenkins is released from prison on a technicality. Ten years earlier she killed her mother and is now determined to unravel the mystery of her last words. The world's media is inevitably on her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Half a War
Joe Abercrombie
With a harsh simplicity, ’Half a War’, the last in the ‘Shattered Sea’ trilogy, offers plenty of mystery and mayhem. While each successive book focuses on new main characters, to tie the full story together it is best to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Power Play
Mike Nicol
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. When a private security agency run by and for women is asked by the South African Secret Service to protect two high-flung Chinese businessmen, the lid is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2015
     
War at the Edge of the World
Ian Ross
A well-written and interesting account of the Romans in Britain to join the many. It begins a series, Twilight of Empire, set here in AD305 and features an old Roman campaigner, Aurelius Castus, who feels he’s been put out to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/06/2015
     
The Corners of the Globe
Robert Goddard
The second part of a period spy trilogy which has Book One finishing “to be continued” and now Book Two ending on a terrible cliff hanger one can hardly wait for the third … but wait we must. I might...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
My Name is N
Robert Karjel
Jo Nesbo meets Homeland in this sophisticated debut literary thriller about a Swedish security force agent sent to the U.S. for a special assignment, which delivers a breathtaking global twist on the darkly riveting narrative tradition of Nordic noir.
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Seeker
S. G. MacLean
Winner of the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015. A complicated, thrilling tale with many threads all leading to a Royalist plot to assassinate Oliver Cromwell. Our hero, Damien Seeker, is the leader of a group of soldiers fiercely loyal to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy
Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
An action-packed adventurous tale with an added magical touch of the mystical dancing across the pages. A treat of three books in one, we follow brave and capable Lizzy from the age of 14 as she struggles to break a...
Format: Paperback / softback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
The Suicide Club
Andrew Williams
1917 and a British intelligence officer, Sandy Innes, injured whilst working as a labourer behind German lines, is asked to return to the front to help prepare others for spying behind lines where they are often dropped by balloon, an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Hunt
Tim Lebbon
Compelling and addictive really don’t do The Hunt by Tim Lebbon justice and while the subject matter of the book, humans hunting other humans for sport, is pretty distasteful I challenge anyone to not romp through the book desperate to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed Blood and Steel
Harry Sidebottom
A fabulous foray into the past, AD238 is the Year of the Six Emperors and makes for a fascinating and compelling tale. This is the second in the ‘Throne of...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Dacre's War
Rosemary Goring
June 2015 Book of the Month. Historical fiction with a punch of realism and a twist of scheming political intrigue, several characters...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Day Four
Sarah Lotz
Walking in the footsteps of Stephen King, Lotz follows up on her impressive horror breakthrough The Three with yet another literal descent into unimaginable dread with this gripping...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Final Minute
Simon Kernick
An action-packed page-turner with a pace that is relentless. A recurring nightmare troubles Matt Barron once he surfaces from his three-month coma after a traumatic car accident. The other horror...
 
 

Vagabond
Gerald Seymour
June 2015 eBook of the Month. The great thriller writer returns to Northern Ireland, the setting of his first novel, Harry’s...
 
 

An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his...
 
 

Fortress
Andy McNab
Famous for his Gulf War memoir Bravo Two Zero which gave him the basis for his SAS character Nick Stone, McNab has now created a new series character, Tom...
 
 

Into a Raging Blaze
Andreas Norman
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2015. Swedish crime gives way to Swedish spy! It also raises questions about disclosing secrets, what is “not in the public interest”. Indeed, what...
 
 

The Kill Switch
James Rollins, Grant Blackwood
If your idea of a great read is a pacy, rip roaring thrilling adventure featuring a hard man hero and his faithful canine companion then this is the novel for...
 
 

The King Without a Kingdom
Maurice Druon
The world of fiction and fact merge in this feast of historical intrigue, bloody battle and cankerous corruption. Translated from French, visit the beginning of the Hundred Years War; with...
 
 

A Vision of Fire
Gillian Anderson
X-Files’ star’s first foray into fiction is the start of a futuristic series that reads more like a TV series than a book and leaves you very up in the...
 
 

The Martyr's Curse
Scott Mariani
The all action hero Ben Hope is back, which can only be a good thing… unless of course he’s got a score to settle with you. Although this forms part...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Hearts of Stone
Simon Scarrow
With a foray into more recent history than Simon Scarrow’s previous novels, the Greek Resistance in World War Two is brought vividly and violently to life in ‘Hearts of Stone’....
 
 

The Silk Tree
Julian Stockwin
A non-stop, action packed adventure from 549 AD spanning the fascinating Roman and Chinese empires. Nicander and Marius are unlikely companions and after the Ostrogoths have sacked Rome, find themselves...
 
 

Ghost Ship
Clive Cussler, Graham Brown
The 12th in the NUMA series and one of the best. They are a state of the art marine research organisation with a great team led by Kurt Austin....
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Brothers' Fury
Giles Kristian
The second book in a new English Civil War series, you shouldn’t read this unless you’ve read book one, The Bleeding Land, but only because this is such a...
 
 

A Colder War
Charles Cumming
In his splendid previous spy thriller A Foreign Country, Cumming introduced once-disgraced and now covertly back in the fold operative Thomas Kell and MI6’s first female head Amelia Levene....
 
 

Reader Reviewed Iron and Rust
Harry Sidebottom
AD235, a year in Rome when six emperors each killed off his predecessor along with his family and supporters so claiming power himself. It was a frightening, uncertain time with...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Eagles at War: (Eagles of Rome 1)
Ben Kane
May 2015 Book of the Month. Having given us Hannibal and Spartacus, this excellent historical adventure author now features an experienced Roman...
 
 

The Empty Throne
Bernard Cornwell
The latest novel to feature Uhtred of Bebbonburg, surely one of historical fiction’s most charismatic characters. Uhtred is getting old now so Bernard Cornwell has the prologue narrated by his...
 
 

The High Druid's Blade
Terry Brooks
Settle in for a rollicking good yarn; discover a tale stuffed full of adventure, sorcery, survival and heroics. The author has set this book within the world of his...
 
 

Personal
Lee Child
Jack Reacher’s nineteenth adventure; if you haven’t met him yet what has kept you so long? You are certainly in for a treat. Normally based in America, it is interesting...
 
 

A Cruel Necessity
L. C. Tyler
Len Tyler has, until now, been best known for his humorous Ethelred and Elsie series, in which a mid-list crime writer and his intrepid agent solved perky crimes with aplomb....
 
 

The Directive
Matthew Quirk
A high stakes heist of the Federal Reserve! Great. Lawyer Mike Ford, whom we first met in The 500, is an ex-conman with a big heart and a brother, Jack,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Oswald: Return of the King
Edoardo Albert
A triumphant continuation of the ‘Northumbrian Thrones’ trilogy; these tales are bringing to life a forgotten time, when being a King was a dangerously unpredictable job to hold. The story...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Edwin: High King of Britain
Edoardo Albert
Travel back to a time where fact weaves freely with fiction, to a land of warring kings and battling religions in this completely captivating slice of historical fiction. It really...
 
 

News from the Clouds
Robert Llewellyn
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Considering the author's track record and fame as an actor (Kryten in the classic Red Dwarf...
 
 

Nobody Walks
Mick Herron
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015....
 
 

The Infidel Stain
M. J. Carter
May 2015 eBook of the Month. Another impressive and enthralling investigation by the newest and most original investigating team in town. It’s...
 
 

A King's Ransom
Sharon Penman
Picking up from Lionheart, this continues the story of Richard I as he leaves the Holy Land in 1192 and is captured on the way home. Do read that...
 
 

Labyrinth
Kate Mosse
I was privileged to visit Kate in her Carcassonne retreat and be shown the numerous locations she used throughout this novel; the exact tower, steps, house, street etc that feature...
 
 

The Stolen Ones
Owen Laukkanen
Beware, not for the faint-hearted! We have Balzano and Byrne of The Killing Room picking up a cold case with little paperwork attached as the previous detective died suddenly of...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Three
Sarah Lotz
A story told in journalistic style as a series of interviews, blogs, recorded conversations and official reports. As a style that can be irritating but Lotz pulls it off extremely...
 
 

The Strangler Vine
M. J. Carter
Absolutely riveting and fascinating in equal measure, the author seamlessly merges a fictional thrilling quest within the history of India and the East India Company during the mid 19th century....
 
 

A Dandy in Aspic
Derek Marlowe
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A most welcome reissue of an important and until now forgotten Cold War spy classic that first...
 
 
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