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Books of the Month

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 centurion, Lucius Tullus, and places him against the German tribesmen...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

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 bit of a shock to find Blake and Avery...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
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
     
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 appeared in 1966 (and was actually filmed with Laurence Harvey...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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. It’s a joy to read the interplay between the two...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
     
Vagabond
Gerald Seymour
The great thriller writer returns to Northern Ireland, the setting of his first novel, Harry’s Game, for this, his thirtieth book. He is ace and once hooked you’ve got lots to indulge in to find your favourite. Here we...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
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 well and I found it truly engaging. It is basically...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 in the action in this exciting tale. It’s a time-slip...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Nobody Walks
Mick Herron
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Dead Lions, Herron's second Slough House spy thriller was, justly rewarded with the CWA Gold Dagger and his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/03/2015
     
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 series) his imaginative SF trilogy, concluding with this volume, following...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
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 doesn't feel as though the author has overly embellished this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/03/2014
     
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 now races ahead to Oswald who witnessed the death of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/05/2015
     
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. This, however, is another kettle of fish, the debut volume...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 is memory loss. He is recuperating at his sister’s and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
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 tale of the cruise from hell (or should it be...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
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 the Caesars’ series, it’s best to start at the beginning...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
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 threats from outside Rome too. The story hinges round a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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. In his new book, they both appear again. Following the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
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 a brain aneurysm and was obviously ill when working on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 first if you can then come to this magnificent work....
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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, who seems to be an even bigger conman than Mike...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 to see Reacher over here. The army needs his help...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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 well known Shannara series, you don't need prior knowledge, but...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2015
     
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 son, also called Uhtred. A clever ploy. Perhaps the series...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
The Seeker
S. G. MacLean
Shortlisted for 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
     
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 brilliant series it should be savoured! It follows the brothers...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Havana Sleeping
Martin Davies
Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015. A tale of early espionage and skulduggery that spills over from London to Cuba. George Blackhouse is immensely flattered when promoted and...
 
 

The Honours
Tim Clare
April 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Quite simply breathtaking, it’s all too easy...
 
 

The Golem of Hollywood
Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
This slightly weird but intensely wonderful crime novel has more than a whiff of fantasy weaving through the hard edged gritty hunt for a killer. The ancient tale of Cain...
 
 

Hunter-Killer
Chris Ryan
A horrifyingly sad note starts the action here for terrorists are using Down Syndrome youngsters to act as decoys in their devastating plans. The kids are left guarding a suitcase...
 
 

Inside Enemy
Alan Judd
Charles Thoroughgood is now boss of MI6. Fans will welcome him back, newcomers will get more out of this with a bit of background knowledge but it is not strictly...
 
 

Reader Reviewed I Can't Begin to Tell You
Elizabeth Buchan
April 2015 Book of the Month. A major departure for Elizabeth Buchan for this is an espionage tale set mostly in Denmark...
 
 

Child 44
Tom Rob Smith
This is a brilliant first novel from an exceptional writer. Set in Stalinist Russia, it is a tight and gripping tale of an MGB officer who starts to question his...
 
 

Private Vegas
James Patterson
The ninth in his Private series sees Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, in heaps of trouble, mostly in LA, despite the title. You’ve got three or four sub-plots running...
 
 

The Whitehall Mandarin
Edward Wilson
Praised as the thinking man's John Le Carre, Wilson has a natural touch for the intrigues of intercontinental spying like no other. His new thriller revisits the darkest days of...
 
 

Kill Fee
Owen Laukkanen
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A third successful outing for Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens and his occasional FBI special agent and...
 
 

Invisible Streets
Toby Ball
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. US author Ball is slowly building an intriguing body of work that stands head and shoulders apart...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


The Serpent Papers
Jessica Cornwell
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Talent runs in the blood as the granddaughter of John Le Carre makes her debut with...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Holy Spy
Rory Clements
A galloping good yarn, stuffed full to the brim with double crossing intrigue, yet intelligently braced against historical fact and figures. The mostly cool, calm and collected spy John Shakespeare...
 
 

The Leopards of Normandy: Devil
David Churchill
The first in a trilogy of William the Conqueror. With four pages of Personnae and over 500 pages of story you really do get a huge slice of history which,...
 
 

Glow
Ned Beauman
Named by Granta as one of the 20 best novelists of his generation, this is Beauman’s third novel and something of a departure for him. A complex, sophisticated, modern thriller...
 
 

Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims
Toby Clements
A novel of the Wars of the Roses which is becoming the new Tudors, if you get my meaning, i.e. the new favourite period for historical novelists. This is the...
 
 

The Lincoln Myth
Steve Berry
The ninth in Berry’s Cotton Malone series and though they’re fun, so worth reading, they’re designed as standalone books so don’t have to be read in order. This one delves...
 
 

Mightier Than the Sword
Jeffrey Archer
The fifth volume in the Clifton Chronicles being the life of the Barringtons. The last finished with the IRA trying to sabotage their new Atlantic liner. Arch enemies reappear, Giles...
 
 

Pyramid
David Gibbins
Another of the famed archaeologist Jack Howard’s great adventures. Set mostly in present day Egypt with the unrest taking over the country, resulting in horrendous acts of cruelty and murder....
 
 

Reader Reviewed Rome's Lost Son Vespasian VI
Robert Fabbri
The sixth in this magnificent series. Claudius’ actions and behaviour worsen, his wife is plotting for her son Nero to succeed him, Vespasian is sent to Britain when Caractacus is...
 
 

Toxic
Jamie Doward
A frightening thriller showing how easy it might be for the stock market to be manipulated by the unscrupulous. It is a complicated tale of an Arab prince and supporter...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Kingdom
Robyn Young
Fans of Robyn Young will know of her superb research for this is the concluding volume of an epic trilogy of Robert the Bruce, so the first half of the...
 
 

The Bootlegger Isaac Bell #7
Clive Cussler
A franchised collaboration which does show for it lacks the depth of a straight Cussler but if you are looking for an easy, escapist, undemanding read then this is fine....
 
 

The Cairo Affair
Olen Steinhauer
Steinhauer is, in my opinion, one of the unsung masters of the murky Mittel-Europa spy thriller but his new book abandons the penumbra of Furst and le Carre...
 
 

In Dark Service
Stephen Hunt
Stephen Hunt is a masterful writer and I don’t know why he is not more popular. Well, this is the book to launch him to new heights. Old fans, here’s...
 
 

Kolymsky Heights
Lionel Davidson
Maxim Jakubowski March 2015 Highly Recommended. Lauded quite rightly by Philip Pullman, who supplies a new introduction, as the best thriller...
 
 

The Abrupt Physics of Dying
Paul E. Hardisty
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Extremely topical, what with its principal protagonist, oil engineer Claymore Straker, in flight from a dodgy past,...
 
 
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