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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.
Columbia is meant to be a new beginning in the lives of one couple that decide to adopt. But it is not the new beginning they were expecting. Columbia is a dangerous place, particularly for a foreigner with a wife and daughter to protect. Paul would do anything for Joanna, and now he is going to have to. He's got eighteen hours to get a deadly consignment to an address in New York. He dare not be late. He dare not dial 911. Because if the delivery doesn't arrive, he'll never see his newly created family ever againâ€¦
From the same publisher who brought you Kathy Reichs and Karin Slaughter comes a talented new voice in thriller writing â€“ Craig Russell. The author introduces us to a new detective hero, Jan Fabel - half-Scottish, half-German - a man of conscience and imagination. A man determined to solve the mystery of a killer who is ripping the lungs from his victimsâ€™ bodies. But, how can he track a murderer who leaves no trail, whose victims seem purposefully random and whose motive reaches far beyond greed and lust, into the darkest recesses of the human soul? Comparisons: Mark Billingham, Michael Connelly
I don’t think that Gerald Seymour’s plot-driven thrillers have wavered in their excellence since he started with Harry’s Game and The Glory Boys, but somewhere along his distinguished career he seemed to go out of fashion. Not any more, he is now a ‘must read’ in the spy-thriller area. As an ex-reporter from ITV News, he is always topical and has the sort of authenticity that Frederick Forsyth brings to the genre. This is Al Qaeda based with determined, dangerous men pursued by equally determined, dangerous men. It’s atmospheric, taut, pacy and seriously good stuff. I rate him very highly.Comparisons: Frederick Forsyth, Robert Ludlum, John Le Carré.Similar this month: Kyle Mills, Joseph Finder.
The sixth in his Matthew Hervey series, he of the Sixth Light Dragoons who now returns to the Peninsula in 1826 where the Spanish threaten and Hervey remembers his first taste of military action when he was a young cornet. This is well written, thrilling, adventure stuff packed with detail and incident. Comparisons: Patrick O’Brian, Bernard Cornwell, Julian Stockwin.Similar this month: Gerald Seymour.
Second in the promised trilogy of the first Iron Lady. Historical adventures are a fast growing genre and this series is one of the rising stars
The second in the Jack Absolute series this time as a prequel to the 1st book, Jack Absolute. Brilliant Historical swashbuckling with plenty of damsels in various states of distress
An up-to-the-minute Clancy-style thriller with a compelling British hero, Paul Richter, who is to star in an on-going series. Join him now as the Russians and Al-Qaeda threaten America and team up to take control of Western Europe. It seems only one man can stop them â€¦ thrilling stuff. The author is a trained helicopter pilot who has worked in covert operations and espionage. Comparison: Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts, Patrick Robinson. Similar this month: Stella Rimington, Michael Dobbs.
The third volume in the acclaimed Emperor series, in which the author brilliantly interweaves history and adventure to recreate the life of Julius Caesar - ambition and rivalry, bravery and betrayal - itâ€™s all there, from an outstanding new voice in historical fiction
State of Fear builds on the distinctive blend of fear, fantasy, and authentic cutting-edge science that Crichton is so famous for. But this is all we know as the book was published simultaneously around the world on the 6th of December and prior to that very little information was released. So read it now yourself and decide!
Toby Peter, the Hollywood gumshoe and sleuth to the stars, now has Cary Grant on his books! Together they follow a trail of clues in this great nostalgic yarn.
The first in a new character series from the author of the wonderful The French Executioner. It is 1777, and Jack Absolute is off to crush the American Revolution. There are natural comparisons with the Sharpe novels but Humphreys is his own man, and Jack is a character who will undoubtedly grow. The historical detail is terrific and the action fast paced.
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.