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Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Action, Adventure, Spy and Espionage Books

Heart-racing high-octane and a happy place for hundreds of us, the Action and Adventure novels section is the perfect place for fans of danger, conflict and intrigue.

This Month's Featured Books

Zero World
Jason M. Hough
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Pure entertainment in fifth gear, if not in hyper-spatial overdrive, in this SF thriller where future spies are thrown into as world of the future beyond the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/08/2015
Reader Reviewed Eagles at War Eagles of Rome
Ben Kane
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 of the Rhine (AD9) in the battle of Teutoburg Forest, one of the greatest...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
Tom Clancy's Full Force and Effect
Mark Greaney
Mark Greaney has co-written three of Clancy’s novels so the fact that the master died last year shouldn’t really make a lot of difference here but somehow it has. Maybe because Clancy was not around to give a final edit,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
Dead Lions Slough House
Mick Herron
Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2013.In theory this is the second in a series but it’s easy to read as a standalone. Having said that it and its predecessor are so good they’re certainly both worth reading (and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
Trigger Mortis A James Bond Novel
Anthony Horowitz
James Bond returns in this thrilling new adventure with original material by Ian Fleming. Anthony Horowitz recreates the golden age of Bond, packed with speed, danger, strong women and fiendish villains, in this brilliantly authentic adventure.
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2015

Last Month's Featured Books

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...

Reader Reviewed Solomon Creed
Simon Toyne
September 2015 Book of the Month. There is a confusing, almost rambling feel to this thriller that really keeps you on your...

Claire North
Young adult writer Catherine Webb was also known to pen great fantasy adventures as Kate Griffin, but the revelation she was also Claire North, author of last year's unique

The Serpent Papers
Jessica Cornwell
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Talent runs in the blood as the granddaughter...

Reader Reviewed Holy Spy The New John Shakespeare
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 is...

From Russia with Love James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1957, Fleming's fifth 007 novel finds Bond enmeshed in a deadly game of cross and double cross. A beautiful Soviet spy. A brand-new Spektor cipher machine. Smersh has...

The Month Before's Featured Books

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...

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 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...

All the Old Knives
Olen Steinhauer
Maxim Jakubowski's August 2015 Book of the Month. A man and a woman meet for a drink in a conveniently empty California...

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,...

Barney Campbell
Drawing on the author's own first-hand experience of combat, Rain is a searingly powerful novel in the bestselling tradition of The Thin Red Line and Matterhorn, which is...

Enemy of Rome
Douglas Jackson
Amongst this crowded area of bloody battle and deceit in ancient Rome this series stands out. It is the fifth featuring Valerius, his loyal servant, former slave Serpentius and his...

The Madagaskar Plan
Guy Saville
Drawing on the Nazis' original plans for the Jews, Guy Saville has meticulously imagined a world-that-nearly-was to tell an epic tale of love, revenge and survival. 1953 and there has...

Paradise Sky
Joe R. Lansdale
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. East Texas pulpster Lansdale never writes a dull book and his new novel proves no exception. This...

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...
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Let Bernard Cornwell sweep you back to Arthurian times, or into the heat of battle with Richard Sharpe. Sail the high seas with Patrick O'Brian. Raise your pulse-rate with Michael Crichton. Experience the adrenaline of combat with Andy McNab. Feel the clear and present danger of Tom Clancy's thrilling Jack Ryan stories... Live on the edge with Lee Child's itinerant hero Jack Reacher? Navigating your way through all the twists and turns of this roller-coaster genre can be an adventure in itself

So, let us help you find your next fuel-injected foray into the fields of battle, espionage, danger,heroism and even history rewritten. From Dan Brown, Tom Clancy and Ken Follett to Wilbur Smith, David Gibbins and Stieg Larsson, you’ll be over the waves, under the radar, up mountains, outside the law, beyond help, dicing with danger, battling monsters, rescuing the stricken, flying through flack, laying mines, playing political parlour-games, conning Congress, kidnapping commandos clashing with conquistadors and crossing swords with Crusaders … and all from the safety of your favourite chair.


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A selection of authors who will feature in this Lovereading category include:

Dan Brown 
Tom Clancy 
Ken Follett 
Wilbur Smith 
David Gibbins 
Stieg Larsson