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Books of the Month

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 in the Second World War. If you are wanting a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

The Honours
Tim Clare
April 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Quite simply breathtaking, it’s all too easy to become consumed by this beautifully written, vibrantly different and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
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 from much of what his contemporaries in the noir field...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 younger sidekick Carla Windermere (earlier volumes were The Professionals...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
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 the Cold War ands weaves an intriguing web of intrigue,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2015
     
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 superiors and sees through the doctrine of Communist propaganda. Not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 at the same time, some are interwoven, some not. You’ve...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 necessary for the enjoyment of this tale. It is classic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 which then blows up. The case therefore of course had...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 and Abel, followed by the creation of a Golem in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Havana Sleeping
Martin Davies
A tale of early espionage and skulduggery that spills over from London to Cuba. George Blackhouse is immensely flattered when promoted and sent to Havana with his wife to investigate the strange goings-on of various ships in and out of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     

Last Month'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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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,...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

Spark
John Twelve Hawks
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A new anti-hero for Hawks, author of the semi-mystical dystopian adventures of the Fourth Realm Trilogy. Jacob...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Masters of Rome : Vespasian V
Robert Fabbri
This is the fifth in Fabbri’s excellent series charting the life of Vespasian, an ordinary Roman soldier who rose through the ranks of the army and society to ultimately become...
 
 
The Farm
Tom Rob Smith
Fans of Russian thriller Child 44 and familiar with this author will find this new one very different. It is not a thriller and not what I was expecting at...
 
 
The Road to Samarcand Includes Noughts and Crosses, Two's Company and No Pirates Nowadays
Patrick O'Brian
Published to celebrate what would have been Patrick O’Brian’s 100th birthday, this reissue of his first sea-faring novel also includes three short stories which haven’t been in print since they...
 
 
The Great Zoo of China
Matthew Reilly
Modern-day China not only wants to dominate the financial markets but the leisure world too. They want something bigger and better than Disneyworld and so the Great Zoo is born....
 
 
Influx
Daniel Suarez
A science-heavy text with a US Government department set up to monitor new developments in technology, the BTC. It goes rogue and starts taking out anyone who makes a significant...
 
 
Master of War: Defiant Unto Death
David Gilman
Thomas Blackstone takes to the battlefied once more as the Black Prince takes the fight to the French.
 
 
The Last Kind Words Saloon
Larry McMurtry
The publishers dub this a ‘ballad in prose’ and that’s exactly how it feels. We meet ageing Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday outside the Last Kind Words Saloon in Long...
 
 
Ross Poldark
Winston Graham
Winston Graham started writing his famous Poldark series in the 40s and 50s, eventually spinning them into twelve novels (the last published in 2002) a gripping saga of Ross Poldark...
 
 
Winter Siege
Ariana Franklin
The sad loss of this lovely author brought a fine medieval series featuring Adelia Aguilar to a close but this stand-alone, unfinished manuscript was left. Her daughter, Samantha, decided to...
 
 
The Laughing Monsters
Denis Johnson
Freetown, Sierra Leone. A city of heat and dirt, of guns and militia. Alone in its crowded streets, Captain Roland Nair has been given a single assignment. He must find...
 
 
Tamaruq The Osiris Project
E. J. Swift
Fleeing from her family and the elitist oppression of the Osiris government, Adelaide Rechnov has become the thing she once feared, a revolutionary. But with the discovery of a radio...
 
 
Nunslinger: The Complete Series
Stark Holborn
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. When was the last time you read a western? Well, the time has come. Following the Booker-nominated...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Vespasian: Tribune of Rome
Robert Fabbri
First in a red-blooded historical adventure series charting the rise of Vespasian from rural obscurity to Emperor of Rome. A seamless blend of imperial politics, chariot races, sex and sword...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Rome's Executioner
Robert Fabbri
Rome's Executioner: the second instalment in the epic Vespasian series that chronicles the rise from humble origins of one man to fulfil his destiny as one of Rome's greatest Emperors....
 
 
Reader Reviewed False God of Rome
Robert Fabbri
Action, adventure and battle in the third instalment of Robert Fabbri's bestselling Vespasian series: rebellions in the provinces, murders and political manoeuvrings in the Eternal City - and a mission...
 
 
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