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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.
When you can't get your Tom Clancy fix try this big American high-tech thriller. He's not in the same league as Clancy but he spins a fast, pacy yarn.
When the National Security Agency’s invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls in its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage – not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released would cripple U.S. intelligence.Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves… Bizarre True Facts‘In large cities, Americans are photographed on the average of 20 times a day. Everything you charge is in a database that police, among others, can look at. Supermarkets track what you purchase and sell the information to direct-mail marketing firms. Your employer is allowed to read your E-Mail, and if you use your company's health insurance to purchase drugs, your employer has access to that information. Government computers scan your E-Mail for subversive language. Your cell phone calls can be intercepted, and your access numbers can be cribbed by eavesdroppers with police scanners. You register your whereabouts every time you use an ATM, credit card, or use EZ PASS at a toll booth. You are often being watched when you visit web sites. Servers know what you're looking at, what you download, and how long you stay on a page. A political candidate found his career destroyed by a newspaper that published a list of all the videos he had ever rented. Most "baby monitors" can be intercepted 100 feet outside the home. Intelligence agencies now have "micro-bots" -- tiny, remote control, electronic "bugs" that literally can fly into your home and look around without your noticing. Anyone with $100 can tap your phone. A new technology called TEMPEST can intercept what you are typing on your keypad (from 100 feet away through a cement wall.) The National Security Agency has a submarine that can intercept and decipher digital communications from the RF emissions of underwater phone cables.
One very much for the holiday club reader mixing sex, sun and drugs into a wacky thriller, Ibiza based. It is the third from him and they are great fun. The Big Issue summed it up brilliantly, â€œa contemporary trash classicâ€.
Michael DobbsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ first novel, House of Cards, launched the career of the villainous Francis Urquhart, one of the most memorable fictional characters of recent years, who was immortalized by Ian Richardson in three award-winning BBC TV series. His books have foretold the downfall of Prime Ministers and the growing turmoil within the Royal Family. His recent novels, featuring Tom Goodfellowe, are Goodfellowe MP, The Buddha of Brewer Street, and Whispers of Betrayal, which with eerie prescience ahead of September 11th told of how a small group of trained and motivated people could hold an entire city to ransom.For more than two decades Michael Dobbs has been at the right hand of political controversy. He was at Mrs ThatcherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s side as she took her first step into Downing Street as Prime Minister, and was a key aide to John Major when he was voted out. His experiences have led him to be described as Ã¢â‚¬ËœWestminsterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s baby-faced hit manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and Ã¢â‚¬Ëœa man who, in Latin America, would have been shotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.His highly acclaimed recent book, WinstonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s War, was a novel about the extraordinary relationship between Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain and the young Soviet spy, Guy Burgess. It was shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book of the Year Award and is to be made into a feature film.He was both Chief of Staff and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and has a doctorate in defence studies. He has also been Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi and a regular presenter of BBC TVÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœDespatch BoxÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
Linking historical and mythical events, The Last Legion is a thrilling novel set around the collapse of the Roman empire. the Last Legion have the task to free Emperor Romulus Augustus. You won't want it to end. It has been adapted into a film which is coming out next year, starring Colin Firth.
You’ve no doubt seen the film, but the book is so much darker it has to be read. This will scare you far more than any special effects because not only are Crichton’s descriptions of this genetically engineered park terrifying he looks much more in to the significance of tampering with cloning and the people who have no care except for their own selfish ideas and wishes. Humans can sometimes be more scary than dinosaurs!
March 2012 Guest Editor Alan Bradley on Patrick O'Brian... Beginning with “Master and Commander” this beautifully-written series follows the fortunes of a most unlikely couple of companions: Jack Aubrey, a large, bluff and not overly-refined sea captain, and Stephen Maturin, a Catalan ship’s doctor and part-time spy. Their lives, their wives, their loves and tragedies are etched in loving and unforgettable detail.
Another Crichton novel that made it to the big screen but the film does not do it justice. Somehow Crichton has a knack for making the unbelievable seem completely plausible – gorillas fluent in sign language??? We believe it! Set in the dark jungles of the Congo another thoroughly absorbing read.
March 2013 Guest Editor Charles Cumming on The Ipcress File... I love Deighton’s witty, ironic style, particularly in the Harry Palmer books, and wanted to capture some of that atmosphere in the early part of A Foreign Country. The chapter in which the reader first encounters Thomas Kell was heavily influenced by Ipcress, now of course better known as the classic 60s spy thriller starring Michael Caine.
An informant claims to have information about the whereabouts of the man entrusted by the Tsar with hiding his gold. As the news of the informant reaches Stalin, however, the man is knifed to death. Stalin summons Pekkala to the Kremlin and orders him to solve the murder. To accomplish his mission, he must return to Borodok, the notorious Gulag where he himself spent many years as a prisoner. There, he must pose as a inmate in order to unravel the mystery...As he returns to the nightmares of his past, is this a mission too far for the great Pekkala?
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.