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.
In February 2012 Frederick Forsyth was announced as the winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger 2012. Chair of the CWA Peter James said, “Frederick Forsyth is a hugely deserving recipient and The Day of the Jackal remains one of the greatest thrillers of our times. He has set a new standard of research-based authenticity with his writing, which has had a major influence both on my work and on many of my contemporaries in the crime and thriller field. We are very thrilled that he has accepted this award.” Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2011. The twelfth novel from this master of thriller writing. In the Cobra, ex CIA man Paul Devereaux is given a licence to stop the drug cartels by whichever means necessary. Forsyth is a great researcher and doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of the world of the drug barons. A great thriller, action packed and thought provoking.
If you betray a Fellowship you are a dead man...Raven and the Wolfpack plough the sea-road in pursuit of the Saxon traitor, Ealdred, who has left the Fellowship for dead and fled to the Frankish Emperor Charlemagne and the promise of untold riches. Sailing in search of revenge, the pagan Norsemen venture into the heart of a Christian empire that would wipe their kind from the face of the earth, a place where danger lies in wait around every bend of the great river up which they travel. A young man with no memory and a blood-tainted eye, Raven has found friendship and purpose amongst this fierce band of warriors. Having proved himself in battle, he is now certain that Viking blood flows in his veins, but to survive this adventure, his cunning must be as sharp as his blade...
The thrilling, blood-stirring, blood-soaked new chapter in the story of Raven and his fellow Viking warriors. This is the third in the Raven series which just gets better and better with each new instalment. If you like Bernard Cornwell but don't get enough of him then do try Giles Kristian, he won't disappoint.
The jaw-dropping unputdownable new novel from the guy who co-authored five No. 1 James Patterson bestsellers including Judge and Jury and Lifeguard. Now a bestselling novelist in his own right with hit thrillers The Blue Zone and Reckless. There is little doubt this will go the same way.
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on The Day of the Jackal... I have big respect for Frederick Forsyth. There have been very few lurches in direction for thriller writers in the last half century. Ian Fleming changed direction with the Bond books, but Freddie set the tone with ‘Day of the Jackal’ and he has had a wheelbarrow load of imitators but no equals. The style demands detail and authenticity but is never mechanical: it is one of those stories that keeps new readers, and the old ones who dip back in every few years to repeat the pleasures, up half the night. A real page turner. Matthew Dunn, author of The Spycatcher, on The Day of the Jackal... I read the book when I was a teenager and was captivated by the notion that a single man could be employed to kill a president and thereby allow for a regime change in France. Seen largely from the perspective of the assassin The Jackal, the book follows his meticulous preparations, while being pursued by French agencies, leading to the moment he has Charles de Gaulle in the crosshairs of his custom made sniper rifle. We know he won’t kill him (de Gaulle died of natural causes in old age) but that doesn’t matter because the book isn’t about whether the assassination will succeed, but rather how could it happen. A thriller masterpiece.
Shortlisted for the RNA Comtemporary Romantic Novel Award 2012. April 2011 Debut of the Month. The portal to an alternate world was the start of all her troubles - or was it? When Eve Carpenter lands with a splash in the Thames, it's not the London or England she's used to. No one has a telephone or knows what a computer is. England's a third world country and Princess Di is still alive. But worst of all, everyone thinks Eve's a spy. Kate Johnson on the inspiration for The Untied Kingdom... 'I blame tuberculosis. I don’t think the BCG injection is routinely given in schools any more, but when I was 13 everyone had to go through the ritual of the agonisingly big needle, the sore swelling, the huge scab, and the inevitable dead arm from someone who thought it was funny to punch you there. But when I explained this to my Texan friend Amy, who happens to be a nurse, she said she’d never heard of it. She looked it up in her medical books, and related to me, with much hilarity, that it was an injection given only in third world countries. “Did you know you live in a third world country?” she asked me. “Well, it’d explain the transport system,” I replied.' Click here to read the full article.
Scarred by the death of a fellow agent last year, Special Agent Vin Cooper volunteers for the most dangerous job going: personal security for bent politicians in Afghanistan. But when his principal is blown up by a suicide bomber, Cooper is reassigned. Now he's babysitting a pair of spoilt hip-hop superstars, flown to a top-secret base in Rwanda to perform a sympathy gig for the US military. It's bad enough that the pair, once lovers, now hate each others guts. But then their UN chopper is forced down into the Congo jungle and things take a serious turn for the worse. Surrounded by enemy fire, Cooper has to think quickly as his principals are dragged away. Now he's trapped in the Congo without radio or supplies. He'll risk his life to save his superstars: that's his job. But who is he fighting? And why is he here?
Russia's intentions are aggressive. They want to control more of Europe. The Kremlin is threatening to invade Ukraine, a country vital to the West's oil and gas supplies. On the ground, in the seething pit of rumour and fear that is the city of Odessa, on the shore of the Black Sea, two top secret agents are searching for ways to prevent the horrors of invasion and war. Anna Resnikov, ex KGB, and Logan Patterson must negotiate the knife-edge of diplomacy and intimidation that pervades every corner of every street, cafe and back ally. They need information, the gold currency of espionage. The CIA is exerting heavy muscle and MI6 is influencing hearts and minds and both have their own agendas. Are there assassins on Anna and Logan's tail? And will they get to them before they uncover the identity of the deep, deep throat, known as the Blind Spy, who seems to have all the answers?
A gripping high-concept thriller for fans of Dan Brown and Sam Bourne from the author of The Genesis Secret and The Marks of Cain. In the silent caves of deepest France, young archaeologist Julia Kerrigan unearths an ancient skull, with a hole bored through the forehead. After she reveals her discovery, her colleague is killed in suspicious circumstances. Meanwhile, in the jungles of south-east Asia photographer Jake Thurby is offered a curious assignment by a beautiful and determined Cambodian lawyer who is investigating 'finds' at the mysterious 2000-year-old Plain of Jars. 'Finds' which the authorities have gone to great lengths to keep secret. No one knows why. Back in England, an aged professor has been brutally and elaborately murdered. The murder remains unsolved. And it soon becomes clear that those who seek to unlock the compelling puzzle will be risking very much more than their lives.
A powerful and moving debut novel of one man's search for redemption deep in the badlands of South America...
One of our Debuts of the Year 2011. March 2011 Debut of the Month. A vivid and gripping historical thriller set in Elizabethan England introducing Giordano Bruno, philosopher, scientist and spy for all fans of C.J.Sansom and The Name of the Rose. Stalking a cunning and determined killer through the shadowy cloisters of Oxford, Bruno realizes that even the wise cannot always tell truth from heresy. But some are prepared to kill for it. 'Heresy has everything - intrigue, mystery, excellent history and haunting sense of place. The beginning of a wonderful new detective series'Kate Mosse
Frank Meyer had got out of 'the life' safely. He had put an end to his mercenary days, turned over a new leaf and settled down with his wife and children. It had been a hard decision but, encouraged by his boss and friend Joe Pike, he had walked away. Ten years later, a group of armed men break into his Los Angeles home and brutally gun down him and his family. It's a vicious, cold and professional job. The crew leave no trace behind except the bodies. But they have made one catastrophic, and almost certainly terminal, mistake - Joe Pike. Because Pike is now determined to hunt down and eliminate everyone involved in the attack, one by one. And it doesn't matter that, as he starts to investigate, he discovers that these criminals are bigger and better organised than he ever could have imagined, because they are about to learn the first rule...Don't make Joe Pike mad...
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.
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