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Heart-racing high-octane and a happy place for many of us, let us help you find your next fuel-injected foray into the fields of battle, espionage, danger, heroism and even history rewritten. 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.
Renowned for his excellent ancient historical thrillers, Manfredi changes gear a little and gives us a dual time tale, Greece 1983, an archaeological dig in 1973, and the ancient world of The Odyssey in the twist. He is an Italian history scholar so you know you are getting the genuine stuff. Personally I love to be educated and thrilled at the same time. He’s good. Comparison: Dan Brown, Wilbur Smith, Christian Jacq.Similar this month: Guy Walters, Jeffery Deaver.
Missing vials of a deadly virus hold a desperate bunch together during a Christmas blizzard. Scary, thrilling, one of his best and totally compulsive. Whatever this man’s subject matter, from mediaeval history, World War II to contemporary thriller, he is always brilliant. All his books are highly recommended to both genders and all ages. Comparison: Clare Francis, Nelson DeMille, Jack Higgins.Similar this month: Guy Walters, Jeffery Deaver.
Stunned and outraged by the extravagant lifestyles of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family , the Crown Prince and heir to the throne recruits France to help him overthrow the Saudi ruler. With the aid of French hunter killer submarines the Prince plans to inflict heavy damage on the massive oil installations and loading docks on the shores of the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, thus destroying the Saudi oil industry and bankrupting the monarch. While the French Special Forces engage in a daredevil operation above and below water, the mysterious Major Jacques Gamoudi marshals yet more ex-French Foreign Legion fighters to take the Southern military base on the Yemen border, then the capital city of Riyadh. Quickly, Admiral Arnold Morgan is asked to take charge of the counter-operation from the White House. In a desperate battle for the desert kingdom, Gamoudi is joined by Morgan's old nemesis, Hamas' General Ravi Rashood. The French intend to assassinate Major Gamoudi, but with the world's oil markets in chaos, the US has one aim - to take him alive and force a confession for what the French have done.
He can be a bit up and down as he revamps some of his old titles which he wrote under a pseudonym back in the 70s. This is a new one, a Sean Dillon one, on the trail of a foiled assassin. If you are a fan then itâ€™s a must, if new to him, Iâ€™d start with Midnight Runner. [difficult to say this isnâ€™t one of his best, I think.]Comparison: Gerald Seymour, Stephen Leather, Frederick Forsyth.Similar this month: Ken Follett, Guy Walters.
A World War II mystery surfaces fifty years later as land is developed in Alderney. This is only Waltersâ€™ third thriller but I do wholeheartedly recommend him. Well written, steeped in historical atmosphere, tense, taut and truly page-turning stuff, he is certainly worth a try.Comparison: Frederick Forsyth, Gerald Seymour, Duncan Falconer.Similar this month: Jack Higgins, Ken Follett.
I do not know what has happened here but suddenly Chris Ryan has changed gear and excelled himself. Recently his books were getting a little tired, but no more. This is really top notch, pacy, well written, feasible and very exciting stuff. Highly recommended. Comparison: Andy McNab, Geoffrey Archer, Gordon Kent. Similar this month: Patrick Robinson, Glenn Meade.
A â€˜Web of Deceitâ€™ it certainly is, a web of complex plots too but clearly a very good book, gripping oneâ€™s attention from start to finish. It is a new direction for the author of Brandenburg and Resurrection Day, half the length, twice as fast, with emphasis on pace and plotting. Good escapist stuff, I rate it highly.Comparison: Kyle Mills, Paul Carson, Vince Flynn.Similar this month: Lee Child, Michael Marshall.
I have watched this author over six books and he just gets stronger and stronger. This is very topical, a man-induced tsunami due to devastate the East coast of America in a race against time, gripping tale. Nice one.Comparison: Clive Cussler, Jack Higgins, Gordon Kent.Similar this month: Chris Ryan, Lee Child.
The perfect hero, Jack Reacher; men want to emulate him, women adore him. I fell in love with him in Killing Floor, eight books ago, when he had just been chucked out of the army, disillusioned, becoming a drifter ready to pounce on the side of right when needed and I’ve watched him develop as time has bashed him about. But now, suddenly, we’re back in 1990 for a prequel to Killing Floor, Reacher is a US military policeman and has to obey orders! He has a mum, we learn more of his brother and we feel for him as the seeds of discontent are planted. For Reacher fans this is a must, those new to Lee Child will have no trouble starting here. It is, after all, the beginning. Then you must read Killing Floor and get hooked for he is one of the best in the adventure/thriller genre - honest, and he is British. Comparison: Gerald Seymour, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben.Similar this month: Michael Marshall, Chris Ryan.
Successful big American, ‘boys-own’ authors, obviously chasing the mega-bucks and with insufficient time in a year to write more than one, possibly two books, have spawned a new genre. I call it the franchise thriller. Tom Clancy started the trend by writing outlines and farming the graft out to various folk, so we had Tom Clancy’s Powerplay by Jerome Preisler and such. They are good fun but not in the same league as the genuine article. Now Clive Cussler jumps on the bandwagon again so this is not Dirk Pitt, it’s Juan Cabrillo in the first of the Oregan Files series but it’s equally fast and furious improbable stuff, just what you need for pure escapism. Comparisons: Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts, Chris Ryan.Similar this month: Kyle Mills, Gerald Seymour.
One of the best of its kind, an exciting quest thriller with a diving expert and underwater photographer as its hero, so lots of interesting detail in its non-stop action plot. Highly recommended.Comparison: Clive Cussler, Gordon Kent, Dale Brown.Similar this month: Vince Flynn, Duncan Falconer.
I am always on the lookout for something a little different in the thriller area and despite not being a new author, this one fills that bill. Itâ€™s big-corporation crime and espionage stuff, very clever with some great twists, good characters, a nice love interest, that does not detract from the central plot but strangely helps to accelerate the pace, and lots of real page-turning addiction. Great stuff. He has written three other novels (High Crimes was filmed with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd). This is his best but enjoy the others too. This title is also available as an Audiobook in CD format.Comparisons: John Grisham, Richard North Patterson, Harlan Coben.Similar this month: Faye and Jonathan Kellerman, Graham Hurley.
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.