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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.
A classic and hugely influential thriller and featuring possibly the most exciting and famous chase in fiction. It's also one of the most filmed, most adapted and best-loved spy thrillers in history. May 1914, Richard Hannay is asked for help by an American spy who has uncovered an assassination plot. The spy is promptly murdered in Hannay's flat, and Hannay is compelled to flee and prevent the assasination while on the run from the police in Scotland. With an Introduction by Stuart Kelly.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 11 November 2010. Bernard Cornwell, King of the historical action adventure has picked on an extraordinary battle in history -The Penobscot Expedition - that has fascinated the author for years, and will now fascinate his readers. Told from both sides of the battle, the main characters are all real figures from history. Based on diaries, letters and court transcripts, we meet many of the war’s greatest heroes. It’s Summer 1779, a British force of fewer than one thousand Scottish infantry were sent to build a garrison in the State of Maine. The war of Independence was in its third year and no other British troops stood between Canada and New York. The State of Massachusetts was determined to expel the British, but when they sent a fleet of forty vessels to captivate, kill and destroy they underestimated their enemies; calm in battle and ready for victory. It’s historical action and adventure at its very best and will be eagerly awaited by his millions of readers and new readers too.
June 2011 Book of the Month. The first of a new epic story from the author of the ‘Tyrant’ series. A historical novel, set in Greece but written in the modern and, it has to be said, American idiom (for example 'some Euboeoan bastard hit me on the head' and 'it didn't take me long to know, honey, that I was dead'). But this is an observation not a criticism - for it is the modernity of the writing that makes this story race along as quickly as any contemporary novel. No laborious grind through ancient history this. Pure escapism in every sense, this book is well worth a read. The Long War Series:1. Killer of Men2. Marathon3. Poseidon's Spear
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 28 May 2011. James Bond returns in a contemporary new thriller by Number One bestselling author Jeffery Deaver. CARTE BLANCHE takes place in the present day over a short period of time, and sees Bond visit three or four exotic locations around the globe, one of which is Dubai.
A naive British academic encounters a Russian oligarch in the Caribbean and the spider's web of global espionage unwinds in waves around them. The ambiguities of the secret world brought up to date. Le Carre at his best. If you like John Le Carre try Charles CummingMaxim Jakubowski recommends: The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming Author shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2011. The Lovereading view... This is Le Carre at his spellbinding best. His characters are so richly sketched and brilliantly imagined and there is no one to beat him for the quality of his dialogue which just slips off the tongue and into one’s subconscious but in such a way that it will never be forgotten. Le Carre has proven here that he’s not just the King of the Cold War but also of the modern, murky and sometimes rather nasty world in which we now live.
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. A terrific thriller set in the arms dealing world amid the Serbo-Croat atrocities twenty years ago. It is Seymour's 26th novel so you have a lot more to choose from, and you should for he is one of the best thriller writers we have. A must read. June 2011 Book of the Month. The Lovereading view... ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold’, or so the saying goes, and when a group of Croatian villagers think they have found out who betrayed them during the Serb/Croat war 18 years ago they plot their revenge. Another suspense filled thriller from a great story teller.
Trevanian was a bestselling author in the '70s and '80s and this is a new edition of his 1979 bestselling novel to introduce new readers prior to a sequel Satori - being published this autumn but written by Don Winslow. In Shibumi, Hel, a creative genius and a reluctant assassin must face his most dangerous enemy whose ruthless power is terrifying to behold...
May 2011 Book of the Month. Set in America's highest security prison, a high-concept race-against-time thriller featuring elite body-guard Ryan Lock. The unrelenting pace and the brilliant plot make this a great fun read that should not be missed.
The gripping new action thriller from New York Times bestselling author and former FBI agent Noah Boyd. Steve Vail has brains, brawn and balls and is back for his latest mission. This is an author whose thrillers stand out from the crowd for their originality of plot and non-stop action.
1718: Puppeteer John Chandagnac has set sail for Jamaica to recover his stolen inheritance, when his ship is seized by pirates. Offered the choice to join the crew, or be killed where he stands, he decides that a pirate's life is better than none at all. Now known as Jack Shandy, this apprentice buccaneer soon learns to handle a mainsail and wield a cutlass - only to discover he is now a subject of a Caribbean pirate empire ruled by one Edward Thatch, better known as Blackbeard. A practitioner of voodoo, Blackbeard is building an army of the living and the dead, to voyage together to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth awaits...
Thirty years in the making, this towering, critically acclaimed and huge international bestseller written by someone who served in Vietnam is now available in paperback. That it has taken so long for a novel set during the Vietnam war to come about is testament to the difficulty of coming up with a book that does justice to an abhorrent period of world history. Set aside some time as this is a book that will take over your life as you read it.
Returning to the Sanctuary of the Redeemers, Thomas Cale is told by the Lord Militant that the destruction of mankind is necessary; the only way to undo God's greatest mistake. Cale seemingly accepts his role in the ending of the world: fate has painted him as the Left Hand of God, the Angel of Death. Absolute power is within his grasp, the terrifying zeal and military might of the Redeemers a weapon for him to handle as simply as he once used a knife. But perhaps not even the grim power that the Redeemers hold over Cale is enough - the boy who turns from love to poisonous hatred in a heartbeat, the boy who switches between kindness and sheer violence in the blink of an eye. The annihilation that the Redeemers seek may well be in Cale's hands - but his soul is far stranger than they could ever know.
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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