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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.
Written in several voices and dual-time, this is one of those thrillers that you really need to keep your wits about you to sort out who is who and what is what and then it connects … wow. We meet Kara whose mother was killed by a car bomb in Damascus, Mahmoud whom she loves but doesn’t really know it, Reiger who needs a document translated, George who can do just that, and then suddenly we switch to Afghanistan. Finally we have a cat-and-mouse chase across Europe. This is terrific. July 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Four bright university friends turn to professional kidnapping for profit in a failing job market. All goes well with this new business venture until the day they kidnap the wrong man and all hell breaks loose. With both the authorities and a blood-thirsty organized crime outfit on their trail, the loosely criminal entrepreneurs have to do a perilous balancing act to emerge in one piece from the unholy mess. Fast-moving, witty and frightfully imaginative, this is the first in a highly heralded new American series that will appeal to fans of Lee Child, Michael Connelly and other best thriller writers from over the pond. Terrific twists and thrills litter the pages. Sarah Broadhurst's View... Rather like a present day Bonnie and Clyde with events escalating far beyond what was initially thought to be a safe wheeze, it concerns four young American graduates unable to get satisfying jobs who turn to kidnapping to make a living. They take ultra-wealthy people, don’t demand too much so it’s easily affordable and then move on. All goes well until they kidnap the daughter of a Mafia don. Now they have both the FBI and the Mafia after them … Good action, good characters, lots of plot and good fun.
It's been a year since the virulent flu-like pandemic known as SuperSARS wiped out more than 98% of the world's population. Ex-cop Jim Reaper and his small band of trained enforcers have successfully defended the little community of Haven that Reaper founded in North Yorkshire and it has become the hub of trade and cooperation between the dozens of peaceful settlements that comprise most of what's left of northern England. But not to the north, the city of Newcastle has become invested by a feral horde that Reaper knows will sooner or later turn rapacious gaze towards Haven. To the south is a regime called Redemption that claims to be the new seat of British government--claiming Prince Harry as its patron and with a full battalion of regular soldiers to enforce its authority. Reaper decides that what is happening in the south can no longer be ignored, and together with his ruthless young protege Sandra Hinchliffe, sets off to learn about Redemption for himself. Reaper and Sandra are soon embroiled in a bloody struggle for power that threatens to engulf and then enslave most of the country. And then, with Reaper and Sandra far from Haven, the feral horde takes to the road.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Many fans of action adventure thrillers will fondly remember the Destroyer and Doc Savage books of yesterday. The Gabriel Hunt series is an attempt to resurrect the golden age of pulp and its hero, a hardy blend of the aforementioned characters, Indiana Jones and other weapon-wielding super heroes, is pitted against unholy perils, dastardly baddies, seductive sirens and danger on every corner of the planet. Also available are Hunt at the Well of Eternity by James Reasoner, Hunt Among the Killers of Men by David J. Schow, Hunt at World's End by Nicholas Kaufmann, Hunt Through the Cradle of Fear by Charles Ardai and Hunt Through Napoleon's Web by erstwhile James Bond scribe Raymond Benson. The titles say it all! Addictive stuff.
Inspector Arkady Renko was first introduced to us in Gorky Park back in 1981. Interestingly this is only his eighth outing. The style has changed a bit over the years, this is faster, more staccato, and yet still remains wordy and the setting remains as complex and atmospheric as ever. Once again Renko is after the Russian mafia, here with a coded notebook at the plot’s centre and a race-against-time to reveal its secrets. You do not need to have read any of the previous books to enjoy this one. It’s brilliant.
This sweeping historical novel is shaped by the quest for a mysterious relic, guarded through generations, and by one man that might yet save the threatened Byzantine empire. In an age of clashing empires, dark forces from the east are endangering the first light of the western Renaissance. It is an age of ruthless rulers, divided churches, fractured dynasties and intrepid traders. It is an age of great cities like Venice and Constantinople; an age of conquerors like Tamerlane who will drown the world in blood; an age when only a hero of exceptional gifts can make a difference. Luke Magoris is that hero. Born the son of one of the Varangian guards who had sworn to keep the secret relic safe, he will find himself committed to a long journey to discover - and try to avoid - his destiny. He will travel from battle to trading fortune, from horse dealing to captivity, and to the love of three very different women and the unrelenting enmity of two remarkable men. The Walls of Byzantium is the first of a series that will leave you impatient and longing for the next.
Runner is a pulse-pounding, A-grade adventure thriller from acclaimed author Patrick Lee. Sam Dryden was done being a hero. But when, acting on instinct, he hides a terrified young girl from a group of well-armed pursuers, his fate is sealed. Eleven-year-old Rachel can't remember much, but she knows she was imprisoned by the men trying to kill her. And that she is important to them. In Dryden, though, Rachel has found the perfect protector. An ex-soldier with the kind of elite military career he's not at liberty to talk about, Dryden's a man well versed in secrets, and driven to do what's right. But hunted and on the run, it's only as Rachel's memory returns that Dryden begins to fully appreciate the scale of the dangers they face. And then only one thing matters: Don't. Get. Caught. Introducing a fantastic new series character, ex-soldier Sam Dryden. Runner is an outstanding high-concept thriller that grips and entertains like your favourite Hollywood action movie. For those who love Lee Child, Simon Toyne and Dan Brown, Patrick Lee's rollercoaster of a thriller is not to be missed. Praise for Runner: Patrick Lee is a huge talent and Runner is his best book yet - breathless, involving, smart, and completely convincing . (Lee Child). Pure adrenaline rush ...an action-packed novel brimming with complex characters as well as genuine heart. Not to be missed . (Lisa Gardner). An amazing, high speed, hi-octane novel than moves faster than most people can read. Rarely is a story both plot driven and character driven, but Runner does this and more . (Nelson DeMille). I'm going to sue Patrick Lee for giving me whiplash: that's how furiously paced this book is. A terrific cast of characters, unrelenting action - strap in and enjoy the ride . (Jesse Kellerman). Patrick Lee lives in Hudsonville, Michigan. He is the author of three previous novels: The Breach (a New York Times Bestseller), Ghost Country, and Deep Sky.
When the engine of a 737 tears itself apart at Los Angeles Airport, Tom Patrick is in the wrong place at the wrong time - playing poker at a nearby casino. He's been losing at cards and probing pipeline leaks ever since his big mouth led to his fall from grace as the National Transportation Safety Board's top air-crash investigator. Now he can't wait to come in from the cold. Sidelined by the official investigation, Tom starts to dig anyway. And when another 737 crashes for what looks like similar reasons, it's clear that something could be terribly wrong with the world's most popular passenger jet. Risking everything, Tom Patrick sets out on a global paperchase, racing against time and ruthless killers - before planes and people start falling out of the sky like bloody confetti. Brace yourself for high Octane, High Risk. High Rollers.
A riotous ride through alternate history where Churchill died in 1941 and the world followed a very different path to our own after England and Germany sign a peace treaty. There is now a Cold War between the two countries, Adolf Hitler is about to be dethroned by the treacherous head of the SS who wants the world conflict to be triggered again and a lone British assassin with a touch of James Bond and Tarantino embarks on a dizzy mission to decide the fate of the world. Sinister scientists in secret bunkers up to no good, beautiful female resistance heroines being hunted down and a breathless race against time. A dazzling cocktail of pulp thrills for the modern age. You can almost see the movie - in 3D of course... Sarah Broadhurst's view... It is the mid-1950s. Britain and Germany have signed a peace treaty. Germany controls Europe and Britain has kept her empire which now includes Israel. A covert war is being fought by the respective secret service agencies. Churchill has been assassinated and Eden is PM. Our hero is a British agent. Where to start with this romp? I suppose if I tell you it was a runner up for the Terry Pratchett prize last year that will give you some idea as to its inventive nature. Its alternative history with crazy chases and escapes and much, much more. Well written, very smart and hugely enjoyable, this is quality pulpy fun.
Surrounded by evil, how long can one man's good intentions last? February 1941, Berlin: A murderer is on a killing spree. The Murder Squad is in the midst of the biggest manhunt the city has ever seen. Georg Heuser is the idealistic, brilliant young detective set to crack the case. July 1959, West Germany: Lawyers Max Kraus and Paula Siebert are investigating war crimes of unimaginable magnitude committed near the Russian Front, the empire the Nazis called Ostland. The man accused is called Georg Heuser. Assured of his guilt, Paula and Max have only one question left: What has happened to make this good man become a monster?
This begins a World War I spy series where, as a luxury car salesman, Jack McColl has perfect cover for travelling the world and so is ideally placed for spying in China, India, Ireland and no doubt plenty of other places as the series develops. The start is a bit slow. Jack has a relationship with a girl with Irish connections which was supposed to be a passing fling but develops and is in danger of threatening his double life. As I’ve said, a slow start but start you should for Downing is a fine author who will no doubt deliver some great books about Jack McColl for he has already written magnificent World War II spy books, The Station series, starring John Russell. This is the first in a new series from this accomplished writer, perfect for fans of Wilbur Smith or Frederick Forsyth.
Paris, 1938. A shadow edges over Europe. Democratic forces are locked in struggle, while in Spain the war has already begun. Cristian Ferrar, a handsome Spanish lawyer in Paris, is a well-connected man. Ferrar is approached to help a clandestine agency supply weapons to beleaguered Republican forces and agrees, putting his life on the line. Joining Ferrar in his mission is an unlikely group of allies; idealists and gangsters, arms traders and aristocrats, including Max de Lyon, a man hunted by the Gestapo, and the Marquesa Maria Cristina, a refined beauty with a taste for danger. From libertine nightclubs in the City of Light to volatile bars by the docks in Gdansk, Furst paints a spell-binding portrait of a continent marching into a nightmare - and the heroes and heroines who fought back.
Espionage, Sabotage and Pacey Page-turning!
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.
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