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Looking for your next literary adrenaline rush? Or to live vicariously through a thrill-seeking hero/heroine? Have a look at the titles in our Action/Adventure/Spy section for the latest danger and intrigue-filled novels.
This wasn’t the only book on the fated mission behind enemy lines in the first Gulf War, there was Peter Ratcliffe’s The Eye of the Storm and Chris Ryan’s The One That Got Away, but there was something about McNab’s story that captured the public’s imagination. I think it was the publisher’s brilliant publicity which had McNab with his face blacked out and then once read, folk started talking for this really is unputdownable. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘Bravo Two Zero was the original non-fiction thriller - it's been much imitated but never bettered. Action-packed, visceral, exciting and with genuine peril, it's perfect!' Bill Scott-Kerr, Publisher at Transworld
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.
Love is much more than just '0s' and '1s' in this highly paced novel about high tech match making. All is not well in Eden - when an apparently 'perfect' couple are found dead - seemingly from a double suicide?Comparison: Michael Crichton, Nelson de Mille, Ken Follet. Similar this month: Allan Folsom, Jeff Abbott.
Global warming, melting ice, rising water and, ingeniously, refugees chain ships together to make a largely self-sufficient, 30-mile across floating island. Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes and the earth is indeed doomed. Climate control is managed from outer-space and big business. We see all this through the lives of some ordinary people in one of the best and eeriest reads of its type. It’s terrific.Comparison: Michael Crichton, Richard Doyle.Similar this month: None but try Andy Remic, Clive and Dirk Cussler.
A prolific writer of ancient history adventures who always spins a good yarn (some a bit far-fetched, but hey, they are fun), sets his latest in Sicily in 412 BC. It is the story of Dionysius, this one steeped in historical fact as this complex Tyrant is sympathetically portrayed.Comparison: Christian Jacq, Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell.Similar this month: Steven Pressfield, Stel Pavlou.
A great big fat book, 896 pages, but written in short, breathless chapters that leave you racing to the next so you really donâ€™t feel the length. Interlinking the past and the future with Russian undertones and too many strands to detail here, it really is a most compulsive read. Highly recommended.Comparison: Nelson de Mille, David Baldacci, Frederick Forsyth.Similar this month: Martin Cruz Smith, Stel Pavlou.
I must wax lyrical a moment. If you are a lover of the sprawling epic, if you appreciate an historical novel steeped in ideas, speculation and fact, if you love a good swashbuckling read or if you just want to lose yourself in another world, then this magnificent trilogy is for you. But you must start at the beginning. They are called The Baroque Cycle and cover European history during the years of enlightenment, covering much of the late 17th and early 18th centuries and they are truly stunning. Begin with Quicksilver, move on to The Confusion and feel bereft when you finish this one.Comparison: None. Unique but try Iain Pears and Andrew Miller.Similar this month: None but historically you’ll love Steven Pressfield and for a mystery try Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
Jeff Rovin writes to an outline created by Tom Clancy and has carved out quite a nice little niche for himself. He does all the Op-Centre series I believe and while youâ€™re waiting for the genuine article, this is good fill-in, escapist stuff.Comparison: Matthew Reilly, Duncan Falconer, Patrick Robinson.Similar this month: Clive Cussler, Geoffrey Archer.
For pure invention of plot and characters I cannot praise it enough. For page-turning power and suspense, it’s top rate. For all lovers of something unusual, it’s a must.Moving effortlessly back and forth over the centuries, two powerful souls feel compelled to kill each other. But why? This is a thrilling and highly plausible tale of reincarnation that reaches back to the Trojan Wars and forward to today as each must remember his past, seven times over. Comparison: Dan Brown, Michael Crichton, John Connolly.
Tense and exhilarating, this book just kept getting better with every page. The pleasant slow start creating characters and atmosphere builds to a climax that literally took my breath away. You know itâ€™s coming but are shocked anyway, along with the characters. In essence itâ€™s a thriller but with a very human story. The portrayal of wilderness fire-fighting is quite outstanding. An exceptional read.Comparison: Nicholas Evans, Michael Marshall, Patricia Tyrrell.Similar this month: None but try Stel Pavlou, Martin Cruz Smith.
You may be familiar with Richard Sharpe from his many books or from the television series. But Cornwell is a prolific writer, he has written on the American Civil War, the Arthurian period, the Druids and even Regency romantic adventure. Now he tackles the Vikings and Alfred the Great. Through a fictional observer, Uhtred, we manage to follow all the major events during a twenty year period. Ingeniously, as the lad is tossed from one side to the other, the contrast of the lifestyles and conflicting beliefs of the two sides are beautifully drawn. A very fine book indeed. Highly recommended.Comparisons: Conn Iggulden, Wilbur Smith, Valerio Massimo Manfredi.Similar this month: Harry Bingham, Simon Scarrow.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 April 2010. A writer who had more titles on the BBC’s Big Read Top 100 than any other living author, only Charles Dickens matched him. At the start Pratchett was categorised comic fantasy for he sets his Discworld books in an alternative universe and peoples them with witches, wizards and the like. It is a stage upon which he places his players in situations that enables him to mirror our world and therefore pinpoint its faults, idiosyncratic traits, ludicrous bureaucracy or just plain prejudices, injustices, stupidity and the like, i.e. he has developed into one of the most important satirists writing today. This astute masterpiece tears into the postal service. Truth did the same for the newspaper industry. Monstrous Regiment is one of the best books on war and gender you are likely to come across. He is a man who needs reading. His next Discworld, Thud, comes into hardback at the same time.Comparison: Jasper Fforde, Douglas Adams, Robert Rankin.Similar this month: None but try Haruki Murakami or Stephen Donaldson.
Let Bernard Cornwell sweep you back to Arthurian times, or into the heat of battle with Richard Sharpe. Sail the high seas with Patrick O'Brian. Raise your pulse-rate with Michael Crichton. Experience the adrenaline of combat with Andy McNab. Feel the clear and present danger of Tom Clancy's thrilling Jack Ryan stories... Live on the edge with Lee Child's itinerant hero Jack Reacher? Navigating your way through all the twists and turns of this roller-coaster genre can be an adventure in itself.
So, let us help you find your next fuel-injected foray into the fields of battle, espionage, danger,heroism and even history rewritten. From Dan Brown, Tom Clancy and Ken Follett to Wilbur Smith, David Gibbins and Stieg Larsson, you’ll be over the waves, under the radar, up mountains, outside the law, beyond help, dicing with danger, battling monsters, rescuing the stricken, flying through flack, laying mines, playing political parlour-games, conning Congress, kidnapping commandos clashing with conquistadors and crossing swords with Crusaders … and all from the safety of your favourite chair.