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70+ Action-Packed Books

If you love your books stuffed full to overflowing with fast-moving, non-stop thrills and spills then step this way as we have over 70 action-packed books for you to tackle. These books encourage you to throw yourself in at the deep end and just let go. From historical adventure, through to dynamic espionage, and frantically-paced thrillers, we have packed in as much action as we can find. These first three are all crackers, we've loved from the past few months, but there's plenty more to dive into below!

Chris Hauty’s debut Deep State is an absolute corker of a read and we can’t wait for the second in the series to hit. Deep State is a: “fast-moving, full-on adrenaline hit” with an ex-military and champion boxer intern at the White House trying to stop an assassination plot on the President.

Liberation by Imogen Kealey is based on the true story of Nancy Wake, named by the Gestapo as The White Mouse in the Second World War. A somewhat gung-ho Nancy races through some pretty incredible action with no apparent regard for her own safety.

We continue to rave about The Englishman which delivers: “full-on heart-pounding action, plus smart sharp writing” in what is an absolute reading feast of a book. The start of a new series sees former Foreign Legion Commando Dan Raglan on a hunt that guarantees death. 

We are sure you’ll find some new books to explore as we have some full-on supercharged reading entertainment waiting here just for you.

Deep State

Deep State

Author: Chris Hauty Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2020

A booky health warning should be stamped on this cover… once you start you won’t want to stop! I read right through to 03:30am, until I had devoured every single and absolutely wonderful last drop. Hayley Chill, ex-military and champion boxer, is a new West Wing intern in the White House. When she finds the body of the Chief of Staff, she also finds a clue that it wasn’t the reported heart attack, and everything now points to an assassination plot on the president. The first few pages really sum up Hayley Chill, she is courageous, honourable, and can kick some serious ass. In other words, she is someone you would most definitely want on your side. Chris Hauty has the ability to highlight a life in just a few sentences, adding to the vivid overall picture in my mind. Deep State is a fast-moving, full-on adrenaline hit. Please, please tell me that this is the start of a new series, because I want more! Chosen as a Liz Robinson pick of the month and LoveReading Star Book, because Deep State really is that addictive. Find out more in our Q&A with Chris Hauty!

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Kill A Stranger

Kill A Stranger

Author: Simon Kernick Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/2020

Thrills, chills, and buckets of blood are to be found in this plot-twisty, mesmerising whammy of a read. In order to rescue his kidnapped fiancé, and prevent himself from being framed for murder, Matt has been given full instructions on how he can save her and clear his name. He must kill a target, a stranger, within 24 hours. This is a standalone thriller from a favourite writer of mine, Simon Kernick excels in writing fast-moving, action-packed novels. The prologue sets the tale up beautifully with a DCI announcing three murder suspects and a trail of dead bodies. What follows is a number of people telling their own story, just who, if anyone is telling the truth? This read was a total brain-rush, each short and sharp chapter sucked me in until it ruthlessly spat me out as the next arrived. The plot zipped along while the characters thoroughly messed with my head. As the ending hurtled towards me and landed, I smiled, oh how I smiled, and felt very satisfied indeed. Kill A Stranger is another blockbuster of a read from Simon Kernick, and shoots straight onto our list of LoveReading Star Books.

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The Last Widow

The Last Widow

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/06/2019

An addictive hammer-hard read that just slams with impact, and feels particularly relevant in todays climate. Agent Will Trent and medical examiner Sara Linton have careers where they are expected to run towards danger. However, when they stop to help at a road traffic collision, danger turns towards and overwhelms them. If you haven’t read any of the Will Trent or Grant County Series, not to worry as you can easily step inside and give yourself up to the story. Karin Slaughter’s books though, are so good, you will probably want to hunt down what has come before, so do weigh up whether or not you want to start mid series. The story starts with a blast of action and doesn’t let up. I love the fact that you are expected to keep up. I was immediately hooked, and read the whole book in one fabulous sitting (oh the reading high you get when that happens!). Time repeats itself from different viewpoints which was absolutely fascinating. As I hurtled towards the ending, I had that delicious feeling of not wanting the story to finish, yet being unable to slow down. I just had to know, had to experience, had to feel. ‘The Last Widow’ is fierce, fast, brilliantly compelling storytelling, it’s not only entertaining, it’s also one hell of a provocative read. I just had to choose it to appear as one of our LoveReading star books.   

Audiobooks of the Month
Orphan X

Orphan X

Author: Gregg Hurwitz Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Prepare yourself… for the dramatically intense and exciting new kid on the block, except Evan Smoak isn't a kid, he's a highly trained killer with his humanity surprisingly intact. Smoak has left a top secret programme, he is prepared to put his life on the line to help those in need. The first few chapters completely set the scene, allowing you immediate access to Evan’s mind, to the way he thinks, the way he has to live. The in depth detail of the security and secrecy, and the occasional glimpses of Evan’s past with his mentor, add a compelling new dimension. Gregg Hurwitz has created a ballsy, out there, wonderful hit of escapism, that non the less feels as though it could be real. I punched the air when I realised ‘Orphan X’ is the first in a series, there is most definitely more to come from Evan Smoak and this has all the hallmarks of a series to rival Bourne. This was such an exceptional and exhilarating ride, and I loved every single micro second of it!  Books in The Orphan X Series: 1. Orphan X 2. The Nowhere Man 3. Hellbent 4. Out of the Dark 5. Into the Fire Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.

eBooks of the Month
The Thirty-nine Steps

The Thirty-nine Steps

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2011

A classic and hugely influential thriller and featuring possibly the most exciting and famous chase in fiction.  It's also one of the most filmed, most adapted and best-loved spy thrillers in history.  May 1914, Richard Hannay is asked for help by an American spy who has uncovered an assassination plot. The spy is promptly murdered in Hannay's flat, and Hannay is compelled to flee and prevent the assasination while on the run from the police in Scotland. With an Introduction by Stuart Kelly.

eBooks of the Month
Liberation

Liberation

Author: Imogen Kealey Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2021

A blistering, gripping, and absolutely fascinating novel. Set aside plenty of quality time as I was consumed, and read it all in one heady, breathtaking go. It’s based on the true story of Nancy Wake, named by the Gestapo as The White Mouse, as she evaded their capture by slipping through check points in France during The Second World War. It is almost impossible to comprehend the wartime life of Nancy, it feels as though all of it is brilliant but astonishing fiction. Darby Kealey and Imogen Robertson have created a living, breathing, headstrong woman and I shook my head in wonder and shock at some of her escapades. She’s not perfect, she makes mistakes and at times appears somewhat gung-ho, with no apparent regard for the safety of herself or her team, yet this woman was quite simply incredible. The authors have made changes to timelines and invented some episodes which they fully explain in the Historical Notes. A major film production is underway, and I recommend reading the book just as soon as you can (before the film) as it is fabulous. Nancy Wake has entered my heart, and we just had to choose Liberation as a LoveReading Star Book. Visit our 'Women's Words - 60+ works of feminist-minded fiction' to explore our collection of feminist-minded fiction from around the world, and across centuries.

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Solomon Creed

Solomon Creed

Author: Simon Toyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2016

This is a terrific thriller that really keeps you on your toes. We are introduced to our charismatic hero Solomon Creed as he runs barefoot and skimpily dressed from an air crash in Arizona. With memory loss but a burning knowledge that he must somehow save this small town, he stumbles upon a drug-related plot, a host of ‘baddies’ and a family mystery. It ends with a strange twist, that is improbable and intriguing and I am sure it will be developed in future volumes, for this starts a series. It is hugely enjoyable. One of our Books of the Year 2015.

eBooks of the Month
Cesare: A Novel of War Torn Berlin

Cesare: A Novel of War Torn Berlin

Author: Jerome Charyn Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/11/2020

Exquisitely weaving fact and fiction this heart-rending yet fascinating historical novel is set during a time of clandestine opposition to the Nazis. Chief of the Abwehr, spymaster Wilhelm Canaris, creates an almost mythical figure when he recruits a young man and calls him Cesare. The story centres around  Canaris, Erik (Cesare) and Lisa, the woman who effectively set Erik on his course. Using the real-life Canaris ensured my mind almost played tricks on me, and at times I struggled to remember that this was fiction, as it felt all too real. Jerome Charyn successfully highlights the contradictory nature of Canaris, this is the man who suggested the yellow Star of David in 1935 to identify Jews, but by 1939 and the outbreak of war began attempts to undermine the Nazi regime. There is a raw, almost brutal quality to the all-consuming storyline. Yet this is intoxicatingly readable and the central relationships encouraged me on to the finish. By the end I was mentally shattered, this most certainly isn’t an easy read, but it is enthralling. This novel encouraged me to research the history of Admiral Canaris, to consider the nature of good and evil and how it combines when contained within human nature. Cesare is haunting, traumatic, and yet I wholeheartedly recommend, and include it as one of my Liz Picks of the Month.

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Pieces of Her

Pieces of Her

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/04/2019

Pieces of Her blew me away, it’s sharp, edgy, and compulsive. I foolishly started late in the evening and ended up keeping the early hours company for some time as I simply had to finish it! 31-year-old Andrea finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about her mum Laura when a birthday trip ends in horrific violence, further danger rushes in and Andy desperately needs to find answers. The prologue encourages intrigue to bubble away nicely then, oh my word… chapter one! Chapter one brilliantly sets the scene before exploding in the most shocking way, I gulped, settled further into my chair and braced myself for the experience. Karin Slaughter has the ability to set a tale on fire, she fans the flames, and I needed my wits about me as the time frame changed and left my understanding floating for a while, searching for answers. Andy and Laura are fascinating characters, they challenged my thoughts and feelings in the best possible way. Incredibly stimulating and enthralling Pieces of Her has left me on a heart-hammering high!

eBooks of the Month
The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

Author: Dan Brown Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2009

Fun, fast and very gripping.  You know the story, and if you haven't read it by now then you really should. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘The mega-bestseller that brought Robert Langdon and Dan Brown to the world’s attention, this thriller has it all.  There have been so many copycats but this is the first and the best. Pick it up and you won’t be able to stop reading until you finish.' Judith Welsh, Managing Editor at Transworld

eBooks of the Month
The Nowhere Man

The Nowhere Man

Author: Gregg Hurwitz Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Oh yes! Another adrenaline shot filled book of pure and wonderful escapism. I have to admit to being slightly worried, could the second ‘Evan Smoak thriller’ live up to my expectations? The first few sentences certainly spiked my interest, a few more and I realised what this meant, but I had no idea were it would lead. If this is your first foray, do start with 'Orphan X', the first book in the series is a must read and perfect introduction to Evan. Gregg Hurwitz has slipped a vulnerable edge into his main character, it ensures Evan remains within touching distance, even while killing the bad guys (which he does, rather a lot). The Nowhere Man kicks, punches and shoots his way through this book, he also thinks on his feet, and when off his feet, takes a trip or two down memory lane. I escaped into ‘The Nowhere Man’ in one sitting, and will be keeping watch in the book isle, waiting to see where Evan heads off to next. 

eBooks of the Month
Ben-Hur A Tale of the Christ

Ben-Hur A Tale of the Christ

Author: Carol Wallace Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/07/2016

A galloping adventurous tale is brought back to vibrant life in this updated version of Ben-Hur by the great-great-granddaughter of the author of the novel written in 1880. Judah Ben-Hur grows up in Jerusalem, after a horrific betrayal he becomes a galley slave before escaping a watery death and battling to right the wrong to his family. On his journey Ben-Hur meets Jesus and Balthasar, and while Jesus comes to the fore at the end, this really is Ben-Hur’s story, and what a bold and heroic story it is, too. The sea battle was immense and the famous chariot scene vividly scored the page. I’ve watched the 1959 film version of Ben-Hur so was fully aware of the sweeping epic tale this is, but I really didn't know anything about the book itself, so the foreword and afterword made for compelling reading. Lew Wallace had a fascinating life, in later years he became governor of the (almost) lawless New Mexico Territory, where outlaw Billy the Kid threatened to kill him, and it was during his time here that he wrote Ben-Hur. Wallace later become US minister for Constantinople and travelled widely through the Middle East. I felt in incredibly safe hands when I started this tale, Carol Wallace, herself an author (including historical fiction) has judged the pace and story perfectly, providing excitement, drama, honour and love, ensuring Ben-Hur is a thrilling and thought-provoking tale. The new film version of Ben-Hur is released on Friday 26th August. Click below to view the trailer.

eBooks of the Month
Trust Your Eyes

Trust Your Eyes

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/07/2013

August 2013 Book of the Month. A clever, well-plotted thriller with dozens of characters and plot lines... But how are they all connected? Linwood Barclay, yet again, has written a cracking fast-moving thriller that won’t disappoint. A schizophrenic savant, who has memorised street maps around the world, gets dragged into a dangerous conspiracy and political coverup when he see a woman being murdered on an online map website. Click here to see what our Reader Review Panel thought of Linwood Barclay's novel, A Tap on the Window.

Books of the Month
Palace of Treason

Palace of Treason

Author: Jason Matthews Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2016

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Although written by an ex-CIA agent with all the right background and knowledge at his fingertips, this sequel to the electric Red Sparrow reads like pure pulp or James Bond on adrenaline, ever courting the bounds of reality in a clever, devious way. The affair between CIA maverick Nate Nash, and trained seductress and now double agent Russian beauty Dominika Egorova continues as they attempt to protect their sources and networks and her own treachery against the ruthless henchmen of the KGB, always barely a step ahead of their cruel adversaries and risking their lives at every turn, even if it means betraying each other. This is a world where love has no place and scruples always have be set aside in the interest of the Great Game of spying. Frantically-paced with chase and action sequences in fifth gear, it’s never less than unputdownable. Some readers might find the recipes at the end of every chapter, as in the initial volume, a pleasant bonus. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

eBooks of the Month
Time and Time Again

Time and Time Again

Author: Ben Elton Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2015

It will come as no surprise to learn that Ben Elton has written another remarkable book, ‘Time and Time Again’ however, captures the flag of remarkable and nails instead to the mast, extraordinary. The first chapter seizes your attention, the second captivates it entirely, so rub your hands with glee and settle in for a stonkingly good read. Hugh ‘Guts’ Stanton is an intensely thrilling character, not by any means perfect, oh no, but definitely someone with the ability to change the world, change history even. There is such exceptionally clever writing here, groups of words can seduce and entice, then without warning, gang up and assail your senses. The surprises are also sneaky and capable of leaving you open mouthed in shock. A galloping great read, this is a book to fall in love with, to tell your friends about and as your mind replays the action, you will want it close by to dip into and read again and again.

eBooks of the Month
Killing It

Killing It

Author: Asia Mackay Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Oh, how I thoroughly enjoyed this feisty, entertaining, full-on read. Working mum Alexis returns to the office after maternity leave. She’s one of only a few women agents at Platform Eight, an especially secret part of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. She now has to prove she can fit motherhood around the male dominated world of being a spy. Alexis stamps her personality all over the prologue, convincingly setting the scene. She tells her own story in a fast, tongue-in-cheek, bright tone, and I immediately warmed to her. Firmly on side and by her side as she races through her first operation I smirked and chortled as I read. Asia Mackay balances the theme of working mum with spy just perfectly, and I didn’t question it once. Killing It is uniquely fabulous and full of attitude, The Nursery is next in what will hopefully continue as a series, and just can’t come soon enough.

Black Wind

Black Wind

Author: Clive Cussler Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 27/10/2005

One of the big American authors who has joined the franchise business and let others write from his outlines, but this is the genuine article and stars his larger-than-life superhero Dirk Pitt. The co-author is his son whom I understand is being groomed to take over his father’s mantle with Dirk. How long before son goes solo I don’t know but for the present the collaboration is seamless. This is up to standard. High action adventure that doesn’t let up.Comparison: Stephen Coonts, Chris Ryan. Matthew Reilly.Similar this month: Jeff Rovin (Tom Clancy), Geoffrey Archer.

eBooks of the Month
Binary

Binary

Author: Michael Crichton, John Lange Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/10/2013

I will always be eternally grateful to Crichton and his novel of Jurassic Park as it was the one book that motivated my then teenage son to move away from computer games and other modern temptations and begin reading in earnest. Often dismissed as a mere craftsman of adventure stories, he was much more: a great populariser of science, a unique storyteller and one of the last unputdownables. Early in his career, before the doors of Hollywood opened to him, he wrote 8 superlative thrillers as John Lange and they have finally all been reissued as a handsome set of paperbacks under his name. All were gripping adventures, many set in exotic locales, brimming with suspense and larger than life characters on both sides of the eternal axis of good and evil. Entertainment at its best. Other titles are Grave Descend, Scratch One, Easy Go, Zero Cook, The Venom Business, Odds On and Drug of Choice.

eBooks of the Month
Clean Hands

Clean Hands

Author: Patrick Hoffman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2020

Punchy, sharp, and strong, this is a thriller that delivers in spades. A New York law firm comes under attack when secret documents from a prominent fraud case are lost. Corporate lawyer Elizabeth Carlyle hires ex-CIA officer Valencia Walker to discretely solve the case. Author Patrick Hoffman keeps you on your toes, I was launched straight in, and found that I hit the ground running. Snippets of juicy information are released, and it’s up to you to catch them. The fast moving plot introduces a host of interesting characters and problems that need to be solved. Questions are raised early on and I found myself wondering just who could be trusted. A few deliberate holes and trip wires are left in wait for the unwary, ensuring my mind was sifting through the puzzles as I read. This is one heck of a fascinating, murky and intricate world. The ending came as a shock, and I personally enjoyed the few enticing strands that tempted my thoughts to continue. Clean Hands is an action-packed treat of a read and LoveReading book of the month.

Books of the Month
Elevator Pitch

Elevator Pitch

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Oomph, my stomach went into free-fall as I read this clever, on-point, and absolutely thrilling tale. Manhattan’s elevators have been taken over, as the death toll rises and Manhattan comes to a stop, a journalist and two New York Detectives investigate. The prologue sets a chilling scene, I knew what was coming, it was peek through fingers time! Linwood Barclay adds new characters to the boiling pot without missing a beat. Layers of intrigue coupled with heart pounding action ensured I was on high alert at all times. As the tale slid forward, chimes and occasionally towering bells of realisation rang out. I adore Linwood Barclay’s books, I always throw myself in with abandon and know I can just enjoy a stunningly good read. Elevator Pitch is a flaming humdinger of a novel, it’s one of those, where at the end and I thought back, I slapped my hand to my head and exclaimed “of course!”. Dynamic and because it is just so readable, I’ve added Elevator Pitch as one of my Liz Robinson picks of the month.

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month
The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife

Author: Karin Slaughter Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/06/2020

A hard-hitting, fast-moving slicing wow of a book. An old case is reopened when new evidence appears, and a violent predator hunts his next victim. It’s no secret that I get jump-up-and-down excited about Karin Slaughter’s novels. She has the most wonderful ability to pitch full-on sharp storytelling and blasts of drama alongside thoughtfully handled social issues and relationship dilemmas. This could easily be read as a standalone, however there are two series that link to this novel, Will Trent and Grant County. Both series are just too good to miss, and I highly recommend them. For those who have read both sets, in this particular book time slides along a different path in order to make two time frames work. The author’s note perfectly explains why at the end, but (big but), make sure you don’t read the author’s note until you have read every last drop of the novel! Will Trent and Sara Linton work with the rest of the team, while the past runs alongside and does some serious meddling. Please note there are some fairly graphic descriptions of medical examinations and brutal attacks within the novel. Karin Slaughter doesn’t shy away from highlighting a distressing subject matter, which she mentions in her notes and the last part of her acknowledgments. While graphic, it is not gratuitous, and I felt every word that made me wince was necessary. The Silent Wife is another winner of a read, it sent goosebumps skittering down my arms and this, her twentieth novel, has been chosen as a LoveReading Star Book, Book of the Month, and Liz Pick.

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Prey

Prey

Author: Michael Crichton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2006

Another good read from Michael Crichton. . He always comes up with a good “what if?” premise and this one is just as thought provoking as his others. It might take a little bit more effort to get past some of the science speak but once this book gets going its fast action pace sweeps you along to a great finale.

eBooks of the Month
Broken Promise

Broken Promise

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2016

Linwood Barclay is ace at dreaming up disturbing scenarios and then letting them play out in increasingly creepy ways. This time, the author of No Time for Goodbye (a huge seller in 2008) gives us David Harwood, a newspaper reporter who's out of a job, and living back with his parents and his son Ethan in his hometown of Promise Falls. In typical Barclay style, the author lets us know from the off that things are about to go horribly wrong: "A couple of hours before all hell broke loose, I was in bed, awake since five, pondering the circumstances that had returned me, at the age of forty-one, to my childhood home." When he visits his cousin Marla, who is still grieving the death of her baby, he finds her taking care of a little boy the same age her own son would have been, and claiming she was given him by an "angel". But there's blood by her front door, and when David tracks down the baby's real home, he finds the body of a woman. The first in a new series to be set in Promise Falls, Broken Promise is fast-paced and fun, ramping up to a thoroughly unsettling, clever conclusion.  Books in The Promise Falls Trilogy:1. Broken Promise2. Far from True3. The Twenty-Three Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.

eBooks of the Month
Wicked Game

Wicked Game

Author: Matt Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2016

A breathless and perfectly-paced thriller of a particularly explosive nature, introducing Royalty Protection Team cop Robert Finlay whose own SAS past returns to the surface after a series of colleagues are murdered. The author's own previous real-life experience in the military and then the police provides the book with a thick veneer of realism which it wears lightly but keeps the plot on the right side of credibility, unlike so many SAS action adventure-type thrillers publishers have been deluging the market with. Finlay is a fascinating character with a deceptively normal home life and quickly attracts the reader's sympathy. Anchored in the uncertainties of the present and recent past (terrorism, political turmoil, Ireland, Iran) but with a strong moral compass, this could be the beginning of a great series and a likeable British action character. Maxim Jakobowski One of our Books of the Year 2016. Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016.   The LoveReading view... Fall headlong into a gripping and absolutely cracking story, featuring an ex-SAS, turned Met Police Officer, battling for his life. This is the first in the ‘Robert Finlay series’ and the debut novel by Matt Johnson, who has experienced one hell of a career himself. In fact, when you read the information about the author at the beginning of the book, it immediately puts a whole new spin on what you're about to read. The whammy of a prologue sets the story in 2001, you are then introduced to Bob Finlay, who is settling down into family life and a new role within the police when events take an unexpected and horrifying turn. Johnson turns his knowledge into the most fabulous and readable story that just zings along with authenticity and exhilarating attitude. I’m excited to be in at the start of what promises to be a fabulous new series, and honestly can’t wait for the next! ~ Liz Robinson April 2016 Debut of the Month. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Wicked Game was written by ex-Met Police Officer Matt Johnson as therapy for the PTSD he suffered after witnessing several horrific London bombings, and being present at the murder of his colleague Yvonne Fletcher. He subsequently self-published this book, and achieved extraordinary sales and reviews. We’ve worked with Matt to rewrite and polish this thriller for the trade, and the results are staggering. Not only is this a compelling, revealing and action-packed thriller, but the authentic dialogue and the inside knowledge that Matt invests in the highly orchestrated plot and well-drawn characters are simply spine-tingling. Telling the story of an ex-SAS man whose carefully concealed past comes back to haunt him, putting his family, his colleagues and his new life in jeopardy, this is a vividly written novel that has bestseller written all over it.' ~ Karen Sullivan, Publisher, Orenda Books Books in the Robert Finlay Trilogy: 1. Wicked Game 2. Deadly Game 3. End Game Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.

eBooks of the Month
Where Dead Men Meet

Where Dead Men Meet

Author: Mark Mills Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Absolutely thrilling… this is a fast-paced, firecracker of a read, set in Europe as the Second World War is brewing. Why is Luke Hamilton, intelligence officer at the British Embassy in Paris the target of an assassination attempt? As Luke tries to outrun his pursuers he begins to uncover the secret of his past. The words set the action so clearly in my mind, it didn't feel as though I was looking back in time, it actually felt as though I was there. Mark Mills allows you more knowledge than the characters, consequently, the tension skyrockets as the story constantly accelerates forward. An artful balance is maintained, at no point does this feel out of control as there are moments of stillness, of contemplation and anticipation. I reached the end and felt very satisfied indeed, ‘Where Dead Men Meet’ just begs to be continued as a series, please say it will be, please! ~ Liz Robinson

eBooks of the Month
The Englishman

The Englishman

Author: David Gilman Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/07/2020

Klaxon alert! Discover full-on heart-pounding action, plus smart, sharp writing in this absolute reading feast of a book. Travelling from Africa to the UK and ending in Russia, former Foreign Legion Commando Dan Raglan is on a hunt that guarantees death. This is the first in what promises to be a smash-hit spy thriller series and I already can’t wait for the next book. The prologue throws you straight into October 2019 with a man running through a frozen Russian forest while bullets whip towards him. Chapter one turns to 2013 and from here we get to know Dan Raglan. As an introduction, it’s spot on, within pages I was on board and by his side. Author David Gilman is a former firefighter, paratrooper, and photographer and now writes full time. His words build a vivid picture, this world feels authentic and I read with full confidence. I was so involved in the unfolding story that my thoughts didn’t skim backwards or forwards, I purely existed in each moment as it hit. And boy, each moment lands with ferocious intensity. Shockwaves of action expanded and the storyline tripped me with unexpected developments. Even though I had read the prologue, the ending still came with a whammy. LoveReading Book of the Month - tick, LoveReading Star Book - tick, one of my personal Picks of the Month - tick! The Englishman comes with a tremendous thumbs up from me, more please!

Star Books
Never Saw it Coming

Never Saw it Coming

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2013

February 2013 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. With pacy plots and a pared down writing style Linwood Barclay continues to deliver very human thrillers, stocked with real characters drawn from small town America, that you can consume in a single sitting. A small time hustler, who poses as a psychic, gets much more than she bargained for when one of her supposed ‘visions’ is a little too near the truth. Another cracking thriller full of twists, turns and surprises from Canadian author Linwood Barclay.

eBooks of the Month
Once A Pilgrim

Once A Pilgrim

Author: James Deegan Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/01/2018

February 2018 Debut of the Month. Simply superb, this is a dark, gritty and stormingly fast read with real attitude. Formerly of the SAS, John Carr is now working in private security for a Russian, however the past is stalking him, ready to take his legs, and his life. If I tell you that the author James Deegan spent 17 years in the SAS and was described by his commanding officer as one of the most operationally experienced SAS men of his era, it should tell you all you need to know about the validity of his voice. The book begins with the CV of John Carr, it really sets the tone, gives you an understanding of his background, allowing the story to explode from the get-go. James Deegan delivers short punchy sentences, simply told, yet the words took hold of me, dumped me in the middle of the action, made my breath stop and my heart race. Once A Pilgrim bristles with energy and authenticity, it is an addictive, absolute whammy of read and I loved it - highly recommended.

Star Books
One Shot

One Shot

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2006

I can not praise this author and his wonderful creation, Jack Reacher, enough. Every book (and there are nine) is top-rate. This starts with the brutal slaying of five ordinary people, a quick arrest and then the arrival of Jack Reacher … utterly self-sufficient, independent, defender of the weak, laconic, highly intelligent, in fact the ultimate male hero. The plot unfolds at a satisfying pace with plenty of unexpected yet highly plausible twists. Sinister villains lurk, then become fully developed characters, and the tension holds up right to the end of the final showdown, no loose ends anywhere. In fact, as I’ve said, top-rate but then I’m a committed fan. You’ve got to become one too.Similar this month: Craig Russell, Chris Cleave.Comparison: Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, A J Quinnell.

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Killer Intent

Killer Intent

Author: Tony Kent Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/2018

What a great start to a thriller that just gets better and better for the book opens with what appears to be an attempted assassination of the US President in Trafalgar Square during a ceremony to respect the dead of both countries. It is here we are introduced to a professional killer, Joshua, whose role is to protect the ‘real’ killer, McGale, so we get both men shooting, killing or fleeing. It is all captured on TV by an American reporter and her experienced cameraman. Through fast action, clever double-crossing and a high body count, we shift to Ireland. Here, naturally, past terrorism problems cloud the scene and the plot thickens. This is the sort of tale you really cannot say too much about so I will finish with saying it is riveting with a good Irish and political plot, plenty of twists and turns, some love interest and well-drawn characters reminiscent of Le Carré’s Smiley novels, and that is praise indeed.  Surprisingly it is a first novel but the author has excellent credentials, he is a criminal barrister and an ex-heavyweight boxer! It begins a series I’m glad to say.  ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Robert Ludlum's The Janus Reprisal

Robert Ludlum's The Janus Reprisal

Author: Jamie Freveletti, Robert Ludlum Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2012

September 2012 eBook of the Month. With a contemporary plot, mind-boggling pace and lots of techno gadgets The Janus Reprisal is the ninth in Ludlum's Covert-One series, perhaps best known for the The Ares Decision. More perilous adventures for Lt. Col. Jon Smith of the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Disease who is trying to stop a biological attack on World Heath Organisation.

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No Safe House

No Safe House

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2014

October 2014 Book of the Month. A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that.  It concerns the Archer family, Terry, Cynthia and daughter Grace.  Seven years ago (first book) they suffered an ordeal which is still affecting their lives.  Grace has an unsuitable boyfriend, possibly tied up with a gang of criminals.  With plenty of murder (little gore) and short, sharp chapters across the characters as the action jumps about, this is quick, easy reading, highly compulsive.  The suspense is cleverly portrayed and the reader manipulated through the story by a very accomplished writer.  Excellent stuff.

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Every Man a Menace

Every Man a Menace

Author: Patrick Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2018

Riveting, raw and gritty, this is a story that rockets around like a ball in pinball wizard’s championship run. Focusing on some of the players in a drug smuggling ring, this tale crosses oceans, and proves how cheap life can be when greed takes over. Patrick Hoffman’s first novel was shortlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Ian Fleming (best thriller) Award, this is his second novel, and another winner. There is a real earthy feel to the writing, I felt as though I was balancing on a serrated edge, viewing the action from an external position, yet also completely in the moment. I could see humanity in action with the characters, could almost see their thoughts taking place, and feel their emotions. As the end came closer, and the snare grew ever tighter, so the story came full circle. Every Man a Menace is a chilling, short and sharp, utterly engrossing read, and I loved it. ~ Liz Robinson

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Highfire

Highfire

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2021

This high-octane, smart, whip-sharp novel is one heck of a reality and fantasy clash. It perhaps shouldn’t work, but it does, it really really does and has popped itself on my list of favourite reads. Meet Vern, he is currently hiding out in a Louisiana swamp, he doesn’t trust anyone, loves his vodka, has a thing for Flashdance, oh, and he’s a dragon. Having lived a few thousand years he really doesn’t need the escalating feud between Squib Moreau and crooked Officer Hooke to spoil his peace and quiet. This is the first novel for adults from the bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer. I feel as though Highfire has been waiting for me, to welcome it to my bookshelves. The balance between the different genres is beautifully done. Different emotions skittered through me as I read, there’s violence aplenty, and some wicked smirks waiting to be found too. Highly entertaining and exciting, Highfire is my kind of book, in fact if you could marry books, I’d be Mrs Highfire in no time!

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Out of the Dark

Out of the Dark

Author: Gregg Hurwitz Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/07/2019

A hard-hitting fabulous continuation in a must-read series, for me the Orphan X thrillers are pure addictive escapism at its very best. Evan may be an assassin, he also has a heart, if you haven’t yet met him, I advise starting with the first in the series Orphan X. I’m quite sure you could read 'Out of the Dark’ as a standalone, but I think the pleasure comes from getting to know Evan from the very beginning. Evan has made a decision, that he must kill the President of the United States. Jonathan Bennett is a president born of corruption, greed, and lies, a president with a history that links with Evan’s own, the top secret Orphan Program, where orphans become trained killers. Gregg Hurwitz has created a crazy high-octane read, the first action sequence is a doozy, the style of writing ensured I didn’t observe it, but I oh how I felt it! Out of the Dark didn’t just capture my attention, it blasted, hammered, and shaped it, a highly recommended read.

The One Man

The One Man

Author: Andrew Gross Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Something of a departure for erstwhile James Patterson collaborator Andrew Gross, and a powerful, breathless thriller with a difference. It's 1944 and the American nuclear programme is stalling and the presence of a brilliant scientist imprisoned in Auschwitz sees Nathan Blume, a Polish exile in America most reluctantly agreeing to return to his place of birth and infiltrate the concentration camp to extricate the man. Add to this that his own family was exterminated by the Nazis and he makes a surprise, unsettling encounter once smuggled into Auschwitz and doesn't even know if the scientist he is seeking is even still alive and the task appears impossible, not counting on a Nazi investigator who gets a whiff of the plan. Harrowing camp scenes handled with care, an edge of the seat plot with a bittersweet ending, all in all a thriller with a courageous difference that will not leave the reader indifferent. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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The Saracen's Mark

The Saracen's Mark

Author: S. W. Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2020

An absolute belter of a read and another fabulous addition to the Jackdaw Mysteries series. It’s 1593, Nicholas is recruited by the Queen’s spymaster to travel to Marrakech, while Bianca has to deal with the plague knocking at her door. What a fabulous series this has shaped up to be, start with The Angel’s Mark and follow with The Serpent’s Mark before reading this, to get the full benefit of the tale so far. I just gobbled up the pages as the story fairly roars along battling spies and pirates en route. Marrakech is absolutely fascinating, the descriptions of the plague made me shiver, and the relationship between Nicholas and Bianca edges ever closer. S. W. Perry ensures the sights, smells and sounds of London and Morocco entered my very being. I love this series, it is so, so readable, and I have chosen The Saracen’s Mark as one of my Liz Robinson Picks of the Month.

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2008

A 2013 World Book Night selection.   One of Dan Snow's favourite books.   Marcus Sedgwick, July 2010 Guest Editor, says:"I continually list this book in my top five, because it's my belief that most people haven't actually read it, and know it only from bowdlerised abridgements, which is a shame because the real thing is powerful, dark and above all, scary."June 2010 Guest Editor Michael Morpurgo remembers:A terrifically exciting tale of a dead man’s map, mutinous pirates, skulduggery and buried treasure that will be thoroughly enjoyed by a child if read aloud to them from the age of 5 upwards.  It’s such a gripping adventure that children are sure to pick it up again to read alone when they’re a little older.  It’s the story of Jim Hawkins who discovers a map in an old sea chest but little does he know of the danger and excitement which lie ahead when sets sail for Treasure Island in search of treasure.What Michael Morpurgo says of his favourite children's book:'This was the first proper book I read for myself.  Jim Hawkins was the first character in a book I identified with totally. I was Jim Hawkins. I lived Treasure Island as I read it.  And I loved it.  Still do. I wish I'd written it.'Treasure Island in a nutshell:Black spot moment.  Sea dog dies.  Jim finds map.  Ship sets sail.  Pirates on board.  Island is found.  Madman in cave.  Two rival camps.  Battle for map.  Dig up chest.  Treasure is gone.  Gunn has gold.  Head back home.  Silver runs off. Jim writes book.

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Deep Dirty Truth

Deep Dirty Truth

Author: Steph Broadribb Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2019

Are you ready for a heart-pumping shooting from the hip read? Do prepare yourself as once you start you just won’t want to stop! Bounty hunter Lori Anderson has plenty of good old fashioned gumption, yet is as modern a character as you could wish to find. Lori has just 48 hours in which to snatch a male in protective custody with the FBI, if she doesn’t, her family will be killed by the Miami Mob. This is the third in the ‘Lori Anderson’ series, I really do recommend starting at the beginning with the fabulous Deep Down Dead which was Steph Broadribb’s debut. Lori thinks with viper-like speed, speaks with strength and acts from her gut. Steph Broadribb has constructed a thoroughly believable world full of substantial yet flawed characters. I quite simply love this series, I leap in with total faith and just let myself go. Deep Dirty Truth is a thrilling, assertive and energetic read, go on I dare you, grab yourself a copy.

Books of the Month
The Boy Who Saw

The Boy Who Saw

Author: Simon Toyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2018

April 2018 Book of the Month In Solomon Creed we were introduced to a mysterious hero, a Jack Reacher/Superman cross with shades of Jason Bourne.  This is his second adventure which, if you’ve not read the first you will certainly be compelled to do so after this.  He is an unusual and involving hero who may or may not be linked to an ancient tomb some 4000 years old or the holocaust now 70 years ago.  He has no memory but an inner drive to do things the reason for which he has no inkling.  I love him.  Here he knows he must save a boy and in doing so unearths a sinister plot with links to the German Reich and the end of the war.  It opens with a gruesome murder of an old Jewish tailor and it is this man’s grandson Solomon must save.  Along with the child’s mother they flee across France in search of three other Jews who survived with the old tailor.  Wonderful chase scenes, near capture, many tense moments and lots of action before they do eventually find one of the other survivors.  Now comes the twist as the plot is turned on its head and an extraordinary confession is revealed.  Wonderful stuff.  We learn lots more about Solomon.  He has escaped a mental institution and is under the care of a Doctor Megellen who does seem awfully sinister!  The plot thickens.  Solomon has extraordinary mental abilities of memory and smell plus fighting skills and superfast reactions.  There is indeed a great mystery surrounding the man which definitely draws you into wanting the next.  Let’s hope it is not too long in coming.  Hugely compelling and highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Books of the Month
Robert Ludlum's The Ares Decision

Robert Ludlum's The Ares Decision

Author: Robert Ludlum, Kyle Mills, James Cobb Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/09/2012

The latest in the exciting Covert-One series features a top-secret team of political and technical experts fighting global corruption and conspiracy.In Uganda a special forces team is wiped out by farmers who have seemingly supernatural strength and serious rage issues. Is this a one off random event or is there something darker and more deliberate at work. Is your enemies enemy always your friend?Complex global plotting, taut and action packed it won’t disappoint.

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Hearts of Stone

Hearts of Stone

Author: Simon Scarrow Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2016

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 prologue set in 1938 highlights three young friends (two Greek and one German) on an archaeological dig, from then on in, the book switches between 2013 and the war years of 1940 and 1943. The three main characters are tossed into a sea of conflict, it feels as though they have little choice in the decisions and actions they take. The writing is quite matter of fact and not overly descriptive, giving the impression of a truthful recounting rather than a work of fiction. The chapters set in 2013 create a natural pause between the tales of the battling friends and also slaps your awareness with how quickly the world moves on, yet stays in many ways exactly the same. This is an action packed novel full of interest, it also contains a hushed stillness and encourages thought and reflection making for a captivating read. ~ Liz Robinson   Click here to see Britannia by the same author.

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The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity

Author: Robert Ludlum Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2010

The Bourne Identity is one cracking start to a truly fabulous trilogy. I have read all of Robert Ludlum’s books, including the Bourne Trilogy, and they sit on my shelves just waiting for the next time I re-read them. Robert Ludlum had a truly masterly hand, his novels are action-packed, full of intrigue, and feel completely believable even when allowing the reader to truly escape this world. The Bourne series: 1. The Bourne Identity2. The Bourne Supremacy3. The Bourne Ultimatum4. The Bourne Legacy (with Eric Van Lustbader)5. The Bourne Betrayal (with Eric Van Lustbader)6. The Bourne Sanction (with Eric Van Lustbader)

Worth Dying For

Worth Dying For

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2011

One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. Jack Reader - you have got to meet him, women fall for him, men want to emulate him, I just love him, and you will too.  At the end of the last book, 61 Hours, we were left not knowing if he lived or died, a bad situation to be in awaiting the next book!   Shortlisted for the ITV3 People's Bestseller Dagger 2011.   The Lovereading view... Has Jack Reacher finally met his match? 61 Hours ended with Reacher trapped in a desperate situation from which escape seemed impossible. Even for him. Was that really the end of the road for the maverick loner?     Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 28 October 2010.   January 2011 Guest Editor Lisa Gardner on Lee Child... His series character, Jack Reacher, remains the ultimate modern-day lone gunman, a former military cop who can find any problem in any small town and solve it (with maximum fire power) in twenty four hours or less. Lee has breathed authenticity into his character, enabling you to admire Reacher’s military prowess even as you worry about his self-imposed isolation. The result is an action hero with a heart.

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The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

Author: Alexandre Dumas, Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2003

So incredibly entertaining, this is a novel I can read again and again. Discover adventure, betrayal, revenge and love between the pages of a drama filled belter of a read. Yes, I love this book, and it is one of my favourite classic reads. Visit our '50 Classics Everyone Should Read' collection to discover more classic titles.

The Martyr's Curse

The Martyr's Curse

Author: Scott Mariani Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2015

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 of the ‘Ben Hope’ series, it can easily be read as a stand alone book, if you do start here, be prepared to hunt down the other novels in the series once you've finished. Hope is haunted by his actions in the past and attempting to find the path of redemption, the action kicks off and he finds himself hurtling forward in a different direction. Hope as ever, goes on the attack and on this occasion has a terrifying adversary who has just one thing on his particularly deranged mind. With riveting non stop action, this is an exciting entertaining read of pure escapism. ~ Liz Robinson

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Deep Blue

Deep Blue

Author: Alan Judd Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/01/2017

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A Charles Thoroughgood spy thriller, authoritative, action-packed and, as ever, all-too topical. The second volume in the series, Legacy, is soon to be on TV and will surely bring much needed attention to an undervalued spy series by an author who is still better known for his automotive adventures and journalistic background. Detailing an unsteady collaboration between MI5 and MI6 when a protest group linked to a major political party is planning acts of terrorism and sabotage which connects with a Cold War case in Charles' own past. Elegant writing, an urbane and imperfect spook in the driving seat whom we have begun to know well over the series as he ages and matures like fine wine, and an unsettling attention to political realities, past and present, on a par with Le Carre, Charles Cumming and other ingenious experts of the genre make this a good read indeed. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth The Remarkable Voyage of Scientific Discovery into the Heart of Our World

Journey to the Centre of the Earth The Remarkable Voyage of Scientific Discovery into the Heart of Our World

Author: David Whitehouse Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/04/2015

A history of exploration beneath the surface of our planet, a remarkable voyage of scientific discovery over the past 150 years. Whitehouse's enthralling journey vividly charts all we are able to understand about the mysteries of the deep Earth. His book encompasses the history of our planet and the latest findings about its inner core, allowing us to embark on an adventure that brings us closer to the enigma of our existence. 

Robert Ludlum's The Janson Command

Robert Ludlum's The Janson Command

Author: Robert Ludlum, Paul Garrison Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/01/2013

Fans of the Jason Bourne books will love this series featuring Paul Janson, an ex-Navy SEAL and former member of a U.S. government covert agency called Consular Operations, now using his unique blend of skills for what he describes as ‘the greater good’. The original, The Janson Directive, was published in 2002 and the baton has been picked up author Paul Garrison. In The Janson Command we find Paul rescuing a doctor from some West African rebels - but is he really helping the right side? Full of pace, drama and heart-stopping surprises and twists, we can’t wait for the next adventure.

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Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once

Author: Harlan Coben Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2016

An outrageously stunning read, that takes a tight hold from the outset and continues to squeeze until the shockingly intense end. Maya, a former Army Captain, finds herself caught up in a nightmare scenario after her husband is gunned down and events start to spiral out of control. Harlan Coben writes with a masterly hand, descriptions shot straight into my minds eye and the tale continued to twist and writhe with intrigue. Powerful and addictive, clever and memorable, ‘Fool Me Once’ is a brilliantly escapist read, the story whips along, and I just had to read it in one sitting.

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The Bone Field

The Bone Field

Author: Simon Kernick Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2017

A series? By Simon Kernick? Yes please! Two faces, who were unknown to each other in previous books, join forces in this powerful, fast moving and intoxicating tale. Trouble starts to hunt Ray Mason down after he promises a grieving couple justice, he tells his own story over five days in a no-nonsense direct style. The two main characters are a wonderfully maverick pair, yet their moral compass, while occasionally directionally challenged, remains steadfast. Simon Kernick piles on the tension as he sets events in motion, each link tightens and burns with energy. A vivid, striking hit of complete escapism, ‘The Bone Field’ is an action-packed and mind-gripping start to a new series that promises to deliver in spades. ~ Liz Robinson January 2017 Book of the Month.

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The Witness

The Witness

Author: Simon Kernick Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/06/2016

Simply unputdownable, this is a thrilling tale, and as you read, it just keeps getting better and better. Jane is witness to a terrible crime, and suddenly finds herself with information about a terrorist attack, maverick DI Ray Mason from the Met Counter Terrorism Command is on the case. Mason may be the figment of Simon Kernick’s imagination, but oh, how I hope there is someone just like him out there in reality! While Jane and Ray tell their tales in the first person, both flick back to moments that shaped their lives, helping you to get to know them, to understand how they tick. Kernick expertly builds layers upon layers of intrigue and tension, just as everything starts to fall into place, even more action barges in and delivers a good kicking. Perfect for anyone who likes an adrenaline rush, ‘The Witness’ is a spectacularly fast moving and  captivating read.

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Crisis

Crisis

Author: Frank Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/01/2017

January 2017 Debut of the Month. This is a fabulous, heavyweight whammy of a debut novel. The BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner has entered the world of the spy thriller, and with his background, knowledge, and experience, a dramatic, fiercely captivating novel awaits. Ex Special Boat Service commando turned MI6 operative Luke Carlton fights to save his country from catastrophic attack. This feels incredibly authentic, Luke isn't a perfect spy, mistakes are made, yet the pages ring with attitude and conviction. Frank Gardner moves around the world seemlessly, I found myself completely immersed in the sights and sounds of each country. If this is the start of a series (please say it is), with a likeable and charismatic leading man, and a fabulous supporting cast, it could run and run. I read ‘Crisis’ in one breathtaking sitting, powerful and mesmerising, the action runs full tilt through the storyline, making for one heck of a read. ~ Liz Robinson Click here to read a Q&A with Frank Gardner about this book.

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Cross Justice

Cross Justice

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

The rather wonderful and fascinating Alex Cross returns in his 23rd novel, ‘Cross Justice’. I  almost forgot I was supposed to have my reviewing hat on and just sank into the depths of the story. A character makes a beguiling and disturbing entrance in Florida, just how are they going to be linked to Alex Cross as he returns to his childhood hometown in North Carolina? With tension running sky high as Alex and Bree attempt to locate a lurking truth, new information threatens the whole family. With short, fast moving chapters the story drives along at a cracking pace. James Patterson writes with sensitivity yet a powerful punchy and precise style. Full of secretive twists and turns, this is an enjoyably dynamic and riveting read. ~ Liz Robinson

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A Question of Time

A Question of Time

Author: James Stejskal Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2021

A thrilling, riveting, and whip-smart novel that feels as though you are being served a slice of Cold War military history. When a CIA asset in East Germany is compromised, a team of unconventional warfare specialists are charged with extracting him. This is the first in the Snake Eater Chronicles by James Stejskal who spent 35 years in the US Army Special Forces and CIA. He is now an author (previously writing non-fiction), military historian, and conflict archaeologist. These stories are based in reality using his real-world experience and the author himself calls it “faction”. This is an absolutely fascinating read, all the cogs within the CIA and Special Forces machine spin into action. The Cold War history of Berlin, different characters, methods and processes are included and explained without upsetting the flow of what is a gripping story. I didn’t question, I quite simply read and believed. A Question of Time is a fabulous start to a series that promises to deliver in spades and it comes with a whopping thumbs up from me.  

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Solitude Creek

Solitude Creek

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Feel the fear of the victims and witnesses, hear the thoughts of the cunning and extremely intimidating perpetrator, turn the final page and find yourself wanting to read it all over again… this is an explosive and riveting novel. You don't have to have previously read any other ‘Kathryn Dance’ thrillers, although this will certainly encourage you to. The author is more than capable of running rings around your imagination and thought processes, remember, if you work something out, it’s only because you've been allowed to. There are some wonderfully clever moments where expected action is suspended and anticipated outcomes transformed. Occasionally a chapter will leave you hanging, you want to race ahead, to find out what has just happened, while at the same time consume every word to ensure absolutely nothing is missed. Deaver creates a stimulating and challenging world for Kathryn Dance to manoeuvre through and dares you to keep up in this fabulously intense thriller of a read.~ Liz Robinson

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A Fatal Game

A Fatal Game

Author: Nicholas Searle Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2019

In a bold, compelling and challenging novel, I found just under 250 pages of pure and utter reading pleasure. British Intelligence Officer Jake Winter is under huge pressure after recruiting a young male who has been enlisted in a terrorist plot. Can he foil the terrorists while at the same time answering questions from an enquiry into an earlier bombing which targeted rush-hour commuters? I found Jake to be absolutely fascinating, he sits centre stage in this story in such an understated way. Nicholas Searle regularly slingshots new characters into the fray ramping up the intensity, creating an almost unbearable tension. The severity of the situation is highlighted as each additional character helps to build a picture which alters, expands, and provokes. The ending is hugely powerful and I sat in contemplation for a while afterwards. You will quite possibly see me hanging off a few rooftops shouting about A Fatal Game. It comes as so highly recommended from me, I have chosen it as a Star Book, and a Liz Robinson Pick of the Month. 

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The Twenty-Three

The Twenty-Three

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Oh, yes, it’s finally here, and it’s quite simply fabulous! I’ve been eagerly awaiting the last in the ‘Promise Falls’ trilogy, each book has ramped up my expectation for the next, and I was literally dancing in my seat when I got hold of ‘The Twenty-Three’. Chapter one, once again is a statement of intent, two sentences, 19 words, and you know you're in for a thrilling, chilling ride. People are dropping like flies in the town of Promise Falls, Detective Barry Duckworth hasn't got time to think, let alone eat. There are surprises at every corner and the story is drenched in tension. Linwood Barclay wields a sledge hammer full of impact, yet it’s his ability to point you in the direction of the small things, the subtle, the hidden, that I really admire. As with life, all the threads aren't left in a neat and tidy row, there are a few left unfinished, left free, to float in your mind, and creep up on you long after you've finished. ‘The Twenty-Three’ is a zig-zagging, mind-gripping, wonderfully entertaining read, and I loved every exhilarating second of it. Members of our consumer reader review panel were lucky enough to ask Linwood Barclay some questions about his writing. Check out the Q&A video in Author area below. The Promise Falls Trilogy:1.Broken Promise2.Far from True3.The Twenty-Three

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Wolves in the Dark

Wolves in the Dark

Author: Gunnar Staalesen Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2017

A ferociously gripping read from a Norwegian writing legend. Private investigator Varg Veum is in serious trouble, child pornography is found on his computer, from prison he starts to pull all the pieces together in a quest to discover who has planted evidence and why they want to take him down. This novel is set after ‘Where Roses Never Die’, yet delves back in time to when Varg was in a pit of pain. Gunnar Staalesen allowed me to have my suspicions, yet kept my mind on high alert as the past cases are explored. This is at times an uncomfortable read, yet fascinating, thrilling, and action packed too. Varg sits on the edge of official, and dangles his legs over lawful, yet his morality is clear to see and feel. ‘Wolves in the Dark’ is another profound, dark, yet enjoyably readable tale from Staalesen and I can thoroughly recommend joining this series. ~ Liz Robinson Click here to read a Q&A with Gunnar Staalesen about this book.

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Into the Fire

Into the Fire

Author: Gregg Hurwitz Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/07/2020

You really couldn’t pack any more action into this captivating and thoroughly entertaining novel. I’ve been in on the Orphan X series from the beginning and it’s a must-read series for me. Evan Smoak, former government assassin codenamed Orphan X, now known as the Nowhere Man, takes on one last mission. This is the fifth book in what has been an outstanding series so far, will it be the last? As usual, the first chapter hits hard and keeps running, I was on high alert throughout and in the back of my mind I was wondering just how it was all going to end. There are some lovely light notes in the form of Dog, and the interaction with Joey adds some zing. The plot keeps expanding, and I was almost out of breath trying to keep up with Evan. Into The Fire by Gregg Hurwitz is just as enthrallingly readable as the rest of the series has been, earning it one of my Liz Robinson picks of the month.

Audiobooks of the Month
Hunter Killer

Hunter Killer

Author: Brad Taylor Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2021

A full-on “wrecking machine” from the get go, take a deep breath and just fall right on in to this action thriller. Taking place over a week, the Pike Logan series continues with Pike under threat; his team are being targeted and he will do anything to protect them. This is my first foray with The Taskforce and it won’t be my last. Even though I joined an already established series, I felt right at home. If you are also new, let me tell you a little about the author Brad Taylor, and you will know all you need to about the tone and authenticity of these novels. He served for more than 21 years in the US Army, retiring as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel. He has conducted operations all over the world, and his final assignment was as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Citadel in Charleston. He holds a Master’s of Science in Defence Analysis with a concentration in Irregular Warfare. If you are looking for a new action series and haven’t yet met The Taskforce, then look no further. In 2011 Brad Taylor published his debut One Rough Man which launched the Pike Logan series and now contains over twenty books and novellas. I was sucker-punched at the outset of this novel and as a newbie may have been racing to catch up, but that only added to the tension. The notes at the end are fascinating reading as the author explains how the novel came into being.  Hunter Killer allows you to enter a hidden world of fast moving action from the comfort of your armchair, it’s a whammy of a novel and thoroughly entertaining.

eBooks of the Month
First Response

First Response

Author: Stephen Leather Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/02/2016

March 2016 Book of the Month. Completely and brilliantly captivating, it all feels scarily real! Over several hours, in central London, at various locations, hostages are taken and held by men wearing explosive vests. As the emergency services respond, Supt Mo Kamran finds himself in command of the incident. The action starts immediately and doesn't let up. Time and events speed by, every second, every word matters. Stephen Leather keeps piling blazing suspense on top of biting tension, I felt on edge as clever, clever writing flashes between locations, people and their thoughts, feelings, views and beliefs. Every character is relevant, you are introduced to an awful lot of them, but it works, oh how it works. This is provocative stuff, it is all too believable and I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading fiction. Because it is so busy, I didn't have time to stop and think, I just read and read, totally consumed. When the ending arrived, I almost felt out of breath, and exclaimed in admiration at this truly fabulous read. ~ Liz Robinson

eBooks of the Month
The Angry Sea

The Angry Sea

Author: James Deegan Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/01/2019

This is a "throw yourself in and let yourself be carried on a rolling monster of a wave" type of read. I knew I was in completely safe hands, both in terms of credibility and storyline. It is no secret that I loved James Deegan’s debut Once A Pilgrim, it is one of my star books for 2018 so I had high expectations for The Angry Sea. The book starts with a horrific terrorist attack and John Carr vaults from relaxing on a beach into immediate action. If you haven’t yet met John Carr, do go back and start at the beginning with Once A Pilgrim, this is a series worth being in at the get-go. Carr is an unapologetically full-on action figure capable of both icy cold decision making and roaring hot reaction. The author is himself a former Sergeant Major in the SAS and was described as one of the most operationally experienced SAS men of his era. I didn’t once stop or question what I was reading, I just sank into the short snappy chapters, I breathed in, consumed, and lived in every moment. The Angry Sea is a full on gutsy, action-packed read that delivers one heck of a punch, highly recommended and one of my picks of the month. If you want to find out more about James, read Putting Authors in the Picture #5: James Deegan.

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month
Far from True

Far from True

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/09/2016

A wonderfully stimulating and thrilling read, hold on tight as you dive in! This is the second in the ‘Promise Falls’ trilogy and I really do recommend starting with ‘Broken Promise’ as ‘Far From True’ is a full on blast from the outset, and you need to be prepped and fully warmed up. Chapter one is a statement of purpose, of intent. Certain residents in the town of Promise Falls are haunted, trapped and tortured by the past, Private Investigator Cal Weaver and Detective Barry Duckworth find themselves embroiled in a hunt, but neither are entirely sure what it is they're looking for. In a deluge of characters and storylines, Cal tells his own tale, making it very personal and adding a new dimension. There is a lot going on, however the short chapters ensure you're on board for all of the action, as layers upon layers are added to the fray. ‘Far From True’ is so marvellously and deviously twisty that my head nearly span off my neck, I simply didn't want it to end, and felt exhilaration and disbelief as I turned the last page.  Members of our consumer reader review panel were lucky enough to ask Linwood Barclay some questions about his writing. Check out the Q&A video in Author area below. The Promise Falls Trilogy:1. Broken Promise2. Far from True3. The Twenty-Three

eBooks of the Month
Star of Africa

Star of Africa

Author: Scott Mariani Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Quite simply, the most ferocious and brutal book in the ‘Ben Hope’ series yet, and it’s a page turning stunner of a read. ‘Star of Africa’ is the first part of a new two book sequence, and I rubbed my hands with glee when it arrived on my desk. Just in case this is the first time you've met Ben Hope, he's most definitely someone you would want on your side in times of trouble, he’s a ruthless predator, capable of extreme violence, yet he has a heart. The brutal prologue sets the scene as mercenaries take an item from a wealthy family in Oman, the first few chapters see Ben setting out on a rescue mission, a mission unlike any other he will have experienced. Scott Mariani has filled ‘Star of Africa’ with non-stop action, and I gobbled this book up in one sitting, along the way I winced, flinched and cheered Ben on. The second in the sequence, ‘The Devil’s Kingdom’, really can’t come soon enough!

eBooks of the Month
Cradle and All

Cradle and All

Author: James Patterson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/12/2016

January 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. A book to make you flinch! Virulent diseases and natural disasters are sweeping the world, the church and a private investigator seek out the truth behind the reports of two pregnant virgins, can they possibly be linked? ‘Cradle and All’ is a reimagined telling of a previous James Patterson novel ‘Virgin’ which was written in 1980. The story touches various lives, including investigator Anne who speaks in the first person. Anne’s tale centres the story, I felt a connection to her, which made the events feel as though they were within touching distance. The short chapters made my mind flicker, and question my thoughts and feelings. Spinning from good to evil, hope to despair, ‘Cradle and All’ is an action-packed tale, which moves quickly and creates a tense atmosphere, ensuring a thrilling read. ~ Liz Robinson

eBooks of the Month
Kill the Father

Kill the Father

Author: Sandrone Dazieri Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/08/2017

A huge, almost sprawling thriller awaits, yet one that is ferocious, intense, and so, so readable. Set in Italy, Dante Torre and Captain Columba Caselli, both tortured souls, are enticed into the investigation of a child who has gone missing after his mother was beheaded. This is a complex case, filled with action, it quickly gains momentum. Every now and then a pause in proceedings, ‘before’ sections, allow access to the detailed brutality that defines Columba and Dante. Sandrine Dazieri has created a pair of fascinating leading characters, I was by their side and on their side. This is a fairly lengthy read, but I didn't want it to put it down as I raced through and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. ‘Kill The Father’ felt satisfyingly complete, and yet I was left wanting more, what a truly fabulous start to a new series. ~ Liz Robinson

eBooks of the Month
Strangers

Strangers

Author: Paul Finch Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/09/2016

Whoohee, this is a fierce, adrenaline rush of a read, and it packs a huge punch of attitude. PC Lucy Clayburn is desperate to get onto CID, she finds herself undercover and in danger when she joins the Serious Crime Division as they attempt to stop a female serial killer. The prologue, four years before the main story, launches this action-packed blast of a tale, it’s full on from the get go and doesn't let up. Paul Finch is a former police officer and journalist, the mix ensures a fascinating read. He keeps the tension as taut as barbed wire, and has the ability to set every scene blazing in your mind's eye. ‘Strangers’ is highly entertaining, exciting, and I gobbled this up in one thrilling charge of a read. ~ Liz Robinson

eBooks of the Month
Forever and a Day

Forever and a Day

Author: Anthony Horowitz Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2019

I was excited (of the jumping up and down variety) when Forever and a Day appeared in my letterbox, I am a HUGE 007 fan and can announce that this novel perfectly slots into place. The Ian Fleming Estate and Ian Fleming Publications asked Anthony Horowitz to continue the Bond series in 2015 with Trigger Mortis, after he had so successfully stepped into the world of Sherlock Holmes. Now comes Bond as the new boy on the block, Forever and A Day is the prequel to Casino Royale and original Ian Fleming material appears. This is how James Bond came into being as an agent and he does so in spectacular style. The first sentence is a humdinger, I was immediately on board and continued to read with pure enjoyment. Anthony Horowitz skilfully sets up the world of Bond, balancing the established with his own style quite beautifully. If you are a lover of the original series, I can vouch for this book, if you have only watched the films, I can vouch for this book. Forever and a Day is an exciting action-packed adventure of a read, it exceeded my (already high) expectations, earning it one of my picks of the month.

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month
Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2017

November 2017 Book of the Month A clever, thrilling, wild and unstoppable ride from beginning to end. I was hoping, really, really hoping that the ‘Promise Falls trilogy’ would continue past the third book, and quite literally jumped up and down with glee when I heard it had. You could read ‘Parting Shot’ as a standalone, however I recommend starting with the trilogy, as it is superb and leads into this book. Private Investigator Cal Weaver and Detective Barry Duckworth are back in action, Cal deviating from investigation into protection and Duckworth trying to solve a confusing case involving retribution. Delving into the horrors of on-line trolling, abuse, and worse, Linwood Barclay has hit the nail right on the head of a disturbing trend and then hurled it into a vortex. I was hooked from the get-go and as the tale spiralled and began to weave together, took a deep breath and held on tight. ‘Parting Shot’ is a clever, disturbing, gripping read and I can whole-heartedly recommend it. Liz Robinson  

eBooks of the Month
Front Runner

Front Runner

Author: Felix Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2016

The latest addition to the ‘Francis Thriller’ series is an action-packed journey through the horse racing world. Jefferson Hinkley from ‘Damage’ has returned for another case, yet this can still very easily be read as a standalone novel. With plenty of violence and possible fraud on the cards, Jeff, an investigator for the British Horse Racing Authority tells his own story in a direct, no-nonsense style. He’s like a cat with nine lives, and bounces back from numerous set backs. Felix Francis has provided plenty of explanations for the racing novice, ensuring the setting is easy to settle into and feels authentic. With plenty of spills and thrills, ’Front Runner’ is an entertaining, and readable novel. ~ Liz Robinson

eBooks of the Month
The Never Game

The Never Game

Author: Jeffery Deaver Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/05/2019

A breathtaking, riveting, fabulous reading experience awaits in this absolute belter of a thriller. Colter Shaw starts to investigate the case of a missing student, it appears that the kidnapper is playing a game that is about to turn deadly. The prelude sounded a klaxon, the chapter heading and dramatic content ensured I was on full alert. Each short, wonderfully written chapter added layer upon intricate layer and increased the tension. Jeffery Deaver is a master storyteller, his stories are so incredibly easy to read yet wonderfully clever. This book is full of intoxicating action, I also found myself wondering and considering as my thoughts and feelings were thoroughly provoked. Colter Shaw is someone you would want on your side, a hunter with humility and empathy. I am sooo excited that this is the start to a new series, I simply can’t wait to find out more about Shaw! ‘The Never Game’ is a book you can escape into and fully immerse yourself in until you have to come up for air - absolutely wonderful! Books in the Colter Shaw Thriller Series: 1. The Never Game 2. The Goodbye Man 3. The Final Twist

Books of the Month
Where Dead Men Meet

Where Dead Men Meet

Author: Mark Mills Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/2016

December 2016 eBook of the Month. Absolutely thrilling… this is a fast-paced, firecracker of a read, set in Europe as the Second World War is brewing. Why is Luke Hamilton, intelligence officer at the British Embassy in Paris the target of an assassination attempt? As Luke tries to outrun his pursuers he begins to uncover the secret of his past. The words set the action so clearly in my mind, it didn't feel as though I was looking back in time, it actually felt as though I was there. Mark Mills allows you more knowledge than the characters, consequently, the tension skyrockets as the story constantly accelerates forward. An artful balance is maintained, at no point does this feel out of control as there are moments of stillness, of contemplation and anticipation. I reached the end and felt very satisfied indeed, ‘Where Dead Men Meet’ just begs to be continued as a series, please say it will be, please! ~ Liz Robinson

eBooks of the Month
The Boy from the Woods

The Boy from the Woods

Author: Harlan Coben Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2020

A classically fabulous action-packed read from a master storyteller. When a teenager goes missing a famous criminal attorney and a former solider and security expert find themselves involved in the hunt to find her. This is a standalone novel (or fingers crossed could even be the start to a new series), though you may note it does contain a character from elsewhere. I adore Harlan Coben’s novels, you can throw yourself in and allow the world he creates to consume you. Here a seemingly simple premise spins into one heck of a mind-twisting knock-out selection of sub plots. The storyline builds, opening up pathways you had no idea were in front of you. There are a range of interesting characters on offer, from the wonderful Hester Crimstein (yes she’s back and I seriously want her in my life) to the straightforward yet enigmatic Wilde. Even with all the characters and multiple threads, I can hand on heart say that I didn’t lose my way, or wonder who was who. I just sat and soaked up the atmosphere and believed in the story. The Boy in the Woods is pure reading entertainment, and I’ve chosen it as one of my Liz Picks of the Month.

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month
Find You First

Find You First

Author: Linwood Barclay Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

A thrilling reading feast awaits in this absolute belter of a read by one of my favourite authors. When a tech billionaire learns he has a terminal illness he begins to track down the children he never knew, but a killer is also on their trail. Linwood Barclay is one of the most consistently fabulous authors around, and each new title becomes my new favourite. I can just throw myself in, knowing that each time I’m going to get a sucker-punch read. Here the prologue holds huge intrigue before ripping back time to three weeks earlier. This is a story that builds tension and suspense with almost every page, and I read well into the night in order to finish in one exhilarating sitting. The characters got inside my head, the storyline held me captive. A LoveReading Star Book, Find You First is the real deal, it’s incredibly readable, thought-provoking, and hugely entertaining!  The LoveReading LitFest invited Linwood Barclay to the festival to talk about Find You First. You can view the event by subscribing to the LitFest programme for as little as £6 per month - or you can pay per view. For just £2, go, see Linwood in conversation with Julia Wheeler and find out why everyone is raving about this star book. Check out a preview of the event here

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