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Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
Orphan X
Gregg Hurwitz
April 2016 Book of the Month. Prepare yourself… for the dramatically intense and exciting new kid on the block, except Evan Smoak...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
Hunting the Eagles Eagles of Rome by Ben Kane
Hunting the Eagles Eagles of Rome
Ben Kane
April 2016 Book of the Month. A truly wonderful and ferocious slice of historical fiction, this is the second in the ‘Eagles of Rome’ series and takes place from AD 12. I really do recommend starting...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Bloodline by Conn Iggulden
Bloodline
Conn Iggulden
Wonderfully captivating and so very readable, this is historical fiction at its best. ‘Bloodline’ is the third in ‘The War of the Roses’ series, Henry VI is prisoner, his Queen is on the warpath, and the sons of the dead...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Day Four by Sarah Lotz
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: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
Britannia by Simon Scarrow
Britannia
Simon Scarrow
Marching straight into action, Simon Scarrow has created a wonderfully evocative and energetic addition to the ‘Eagles of the Empire’ series. You could read this as a standalone, however I do recommend starting at the beginning with ‘Under the Eagle’....
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Invisible Streets by Toby Ball
Invisible Streets
Toby Ball
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 are doing, having completed with this volume an intricate trilogy in which an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
The Madagaskar Plan by Guy Saville
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 been no holocaust, rather all Jews have been exiled to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carre
Our Kind of Traitor
John le Carre
A naive British academic encounters a Russian oligarch in the Caribbean and the spider's web of global espionage unwinds in waves around them. The ambiguities of the secret world brought up to date. Le Carre at his best. ~
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Final Minute by Simon Kernick
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
The Stealers' War by Stephen Hunt
The Stealers' War
Stephen Hunt
Weyland has been at war. Invaded by a technologically advanced enemy, the cities sacked, and what fragile peace remained torn apart by a civil war. A future Empress is fighting to save her daughter. Jacob Carneham's son is trying to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/03/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Blood and Steel by Harry Sidebottom

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 Rose of Tibet by Lionel Davidson, Anthony Horowitz

The Rose of Tibet
Lionel Davidson, Anthony Horowitz
Following the reissue of 'Kolymsky Heights' comes a most welcome new edition of one of Davidson's most enchanting titles, 'The Rose of Tibet'. In the tradition of H. Rider...

The Night Manager by John le Carre

The Night Manager
John le Carre
In a chilling tale of corrupt intelligence agencies, billion-dollar price tags and the truth of the brutal arms trade, John le Carre creates a claustrophobic world in which no one...

Three in A Bed The Shady World of the Tabloids. Sex. Spies. Entrapment. by Andrew Croker

Three in A Bed The Shady World of the Tabloids. Sex. Spies. Entrapment.
Andrew Croker
March 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. ‘Three In A...

First Response by Stephen Leather

First Response
Stephen Leather
March 2016 Book of the Month. Completely and brilliantly captivating, it all...

Dacre's War by Rosemary Goring

Reader Reviewed Dacre's War
Rosemary Goring
Historical fiction with a punch of realism and a twist of scheming political intrigue, several characters have returned in this commanding sequel to ‘After Flodden’. This is the tale...

Spy Out the Land by Jeremy Duns

Spy Out the Land
Jeremy Duns
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A welcome return for one of spy writing's most captivating characters, British traitor Paul Dark. Now living...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Absolution of Otto Finkel by John R. McKay

The Absolution of Otto Finkel
John R. McKay
An expressive and poignant tale, of six children who meet while on holiday in France in 1928, then as adults face the Second World War from very different perspectives. The...

Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews

Reader Reviewed Palace of Treason
Jason Matthews
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Although written by an ex-CIA agent with all the right background and knowledge at his fingertips, this...

Canary by Duane Swierczynski

Canary
Duane Swierczynski
Sarie, a young 19-years old Philadelphia bright college student is busted for possession of illegal pills kept in the jacket of a handsome friend she's in thrall of and forced...

The 3rd Woman by Jonathan Freedland

Reader Reviewed The 3rd Woman
Jonathan Freedland
A discerning, penetrating novel with a difference; there is the double edged substantial plot of a murder investigation, sitting alongside a political thriller. Originally writing under the pseudonym of

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale

Paradise Sky
Joe R. Lansdale
East Texas pulpster Lansdale never writes a dull book and his new novel proves no exception. This latest wild tale veers sharply towards the western, albeit in a highly picaresque...

Exposure by Helen Dunmore

Reader Reviewed Exposure
Helen Dunmore
February 2016 Book of the Month. A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold...

House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke

House of the Rising Sun
James Lee Burke
From its opening scene in revolutionary Mexico to the Battle of the Marne in 1918, and on to the bordellos and saloons of San Antonio during the reign of the...

Real Tigers by Mick Herron

Real Tigers
Mick Herron
Maxim Jakubowski's February 2016 Book of the Month. The latest instalment in the eventful days and sleepless nights of the denizens of...

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