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Books of the Month

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
Underground Airlines
Ben H. Winters
July 2016 Book of the Month. The premise is that four southern states in America did not abolish slavery and formed a republic within the USA. Tightly controlled borders exist and escaped slaves are ruthlessly hunted...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Ben-Hur A Tale of the Christ by Carol Wallace
Ben-Hur A Tale of the Christ
Carol Wallace
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/07/2016
Subject 375 by Nikki Owen
Subject 375
Nikki Owen
A powerful, penetrating and intensely different read that seizes your attention from the very first page. Nikki Owen cleverly writes in the first person narrative in two different time frames, Maria has Asperger syndrome and we are held on the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
Hearts of Stone by Simon Scarrow
Hearts of Stone
Simon Scarrow
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews
Palace of Treason
Jason Matthews
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
A Game That Must be Lost by Alan Hunt
A Game That Must be Lost
Alan Hunt
A thriller with so many twists and turns, you may just bump into yourself as you do a rapid about turn. This is the second novel featuring Adam White, set in the intriguing world of the British High Commission. This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/03/2016
Deadly Deceit by Jean Harrod
Deadly Deceit
Jean Harrod
A thought-provoking and gripping tale set in the Caribbean, between the pages lurk murder, voodoo, and people smuggling. This is the second in the ‘Diplomatic Crime Series’ after ‘Deadly Diplomacy’, and although it’s my first foray into this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2016
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
The Last One
Alexandra Oliva
July 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. The Post-Apocalyptic setting is so popular today that it is becoming annoying, so it is great to get a book like this one; not only...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
Solomon Creed by Simon Toyne
Solomon Creed
Simon Toyne
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
The Killing Files by Nikki Owen
The Killing Files
Nikki Owen
A piercing, fast-paced and absolutely riveting read, the second book in ‘The Project Trilogy’ lives up to expectations. Having been gripped by the first in the series, I really do recommend starting with ‘Subject 375’ which was previously titled ‘The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

The Printer's Coffin by M. J. Carter

The Printer's Coffin
M. J. Carter
Another impressive and enthralling investigation by the newest and most original investigating team in town. It’s a bit of a shock to find Blake and Avery back in England after...

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

Reader Reviewed Orphan X
Gregg Hurwitz
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...

Star of Africa by Scott Mariani

Star of Africa
Scott Mariani
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...

Fire and Sword by Harry Sidebottom

Fire and Sword
Harry Sidebottom
‘Fire and Sword’ is a powerful addition to the epic ‘Throne of the Caesars’ series. The Year of the Six Emperors continues in bloody and back stabbing style, covering three...

Golden Lion by Wilbur Smith, Giles Kristian

Golden Lion
Wilbur Smith, Giles Kristian
A full on rollicking adventure set on the high seas and coast of east Africa during 1670. If you’ve read all of the sequences in the Courtney series then you...

Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell

Warriors of the Storm
Bernard Cornwell
The ninth novel in ‘The Last Kingdom Series' is as completely compelling and absolutely wonderful as the first. Bernard Cornwell is a master weaver of stories, the threads join...

A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming

Reader Reviewed A Divided Spy
Charles Cumming
June 2016 eBook of the Month. Simply fabulous. ‘A Divided Spy’ slices through theatrics and pierces the essential heart of a spy thriller. This is the...

The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman
Joe Hill
Maxim Jakubowski June 2016 Highly Recommended. Tales of overwhelming pandemics striking our world are like buses: you wait for ages and all of a sudden, like...

Haints Stay by Colin Winnette

Haints Stay
Colin Winnette
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A rare example of a literary western in the now hallowed traditions of Cormac McCarthy and The Sisters Brothers,...

The Searcher by Chris Morgan Jones

The Searcher
Chris Morgan Jones
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The author's third impressive thriller sees Ben Webster, his hitherto leading man, temporarily relegated to the shadows, as he disappears in...

The Unfortunate Englishman by John Lawton

The Unfortunate Englishman
John Lawton
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The second Joe Wilderness spy novel from Lawton, possibly one of the most under-appreciated British espionage writers. Following mishaps in

A Hero in France by Alan Furst

A Hero in France
Alan Furst
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Still set against Furst's familiar background of the dark years of WW2, this new offering full of treachery and intrigue for...

The Month Before's Featured Books

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...

The Seeker by S. G. MacLean

The Seeker
S. G. MacLean
A complicated, thrilling tale with many threads all leading to a Royalist plot to assassinate Oliver Cromwell. Our hero, Damien Seeker, is the leader of a group of soldiers fiercely...

Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden

Reader Reviewed Ravenspur
Conn Iggulden
May 2016 Book of the Month. A stunning conclusion to ‘The Wars of the Roses’ series, ‘Ravenspur’ launches Henry Tudor, while around him Kings battle for...

Trigger Mortis A James Bond Novel by Anthony Horowitz

Trigger Mortis A James Bond Novel
Anthony Horowitz
James Bond returns in this thrilling new adventure from Anthony Horowitz - with Welcoming back familiar faces, including M and Miss Moneypenny, international bestselling author Anthony Horowitz ticks all the...

Moskva by Jack Grimwood

Moskva
Jack Grimwood
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Another new writer who is already well-known to us, this time acclaimed SF author Jon Courtenay Grimwood...

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer
Viet Thanh Nguyen
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the fall of Saigon to the communists and the end of the Vietnam war, a Vietcong...

The Accidental Agent by Andrew Rosenheim

The Accidental Agent
Andrew Rosenheim
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The third novel to feature FBI agent Jimmy Nessheim, of German origin who has been manipulated to...

Chronicles of the Secret Service by Alexander Wilson

Chronicles of the Secret Service
Alexander Wilson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Already the ninth (and final) volume in a series of fascinating vintage reissues from the 1930s, featuring...

Fire by C. C. Humphreys

Fire
C. C. Humphreys
First came Plague, now comes Fire. The epic tale of the hunt for a serial killer threatening London's rich and poor during the Great Fire of London. Perfect for...

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