Espionage in Print
October 17, 2019
Anderson, Eric C. HORUS: A novel. Adam Dunn Inc. September '19. $23.95. Third in the New Caliphate Trilogy. Trying to recover from his last encounter when "megalomaniacs battled zealots and America was caught in the crossfire," the President of the U.S. fears the possibility of nuclear war. Forced to work together once again, Army Special Forces Major Faheem and Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant More must intervene when warlords and fanatics begin a march across the Middle East, ISIS and the Caliph go on the run, and a Turk tries to revive the Ottoman Empire. Also in the game are the Kurds and poison gas is being deployed. Europe is burning and a cyber-criminal is trying to destory whatever he can. To top it off the two men learn that North Korea is selling cruise missiles to terrorists. Will they be able to stablize the situation and save the world before it's too late?
Bond, Mike. GOODBYE PARIS. Big City Press. June '19. $15.95. Third in the Pono Hawkins series. Special Forces vet Pono Hawkins is forced back into action when he finds out that an ISIS terrorist he thought was dead, got his hands on a nuclear weapon and planned to use it on Paris. Pono, who was a prisoner of the terrorist, is the only one still alive who can recognize the man. Pono rushes to Paris and joins forces with US and French intelligence as they try to thwart the imminent attack while trying to avoid getting killed. "Based on the author's years of experience with terrorism and Middle East wars, and his deep knowledge of French and US intelligence and military operations, GOODBYE PARIS is a stunning thriller, an entrancing love story, and an exciting account of anti-terror operations from Paris and Morocco to Afghanistan."
Brown, Dale. THE KREMLIN STRIKE: A Novel. William Morrow. May '19. $28.99. Fifth in the series. "In this exciting, visionary, and all-too-plausible next chapter in the legendary Dale Brown's New York Times bestselling techno-warfare series, Brad McLanahan and the Iron Wolf Squadron must fight the Russians on a dangerous, untested battlefield: outer space. The previous administration's ineffective response to the growing Russian threat has left America vulnerable. Setting a bold course for America's defense, the decisive and strong new president, John Dalton Farrell, intends to challenge Russian aggression head on. Brad and Patrick McLanahan and the formidable Iron Wolf Squadron - including the recently injured Nadia Roz, rested and back to fighting form thanks to a pair of state-of-the-art prosthetic legs - are ready and eager to join the battle. But even with their combined forces, the Russian menace may prove too great for the Americans to overcome. Done with provocative skirmishes and playing for small stakes, the Russian president has set his sights on the ultimate prize: controlling the entire world. Expanding beyond earth's bounds, the Russians have built a new high-tech space station and armed it with weaponry capable of destroying US satellites as well as powerful missiles pointed at strategic targets across earth. Devising a cunning plan of attack, Brad, Nadia, and the Iron Wolf warriors will take to the skies in their advanced space planes to destroy the space station, check the Russians' plan for dominance, and save the world. But is it already too late?" Available in paperback. February '20. $9.99.
Chierici, Paco. LIONS OF THE SKY. Braveship Books. April '19. $26.99. Sam Richardson, fighter pilot extrodinaire, is finishing his last tour as an instructor when he's ordered to teach one more class. He doesn't think much of the 'new kids' who are about to graduate and the way they see their planes as expensive toys. They don't see what Sam does, trouble coming from the East that will bring global problems. He knows the graduates will be placed into danger over the China Sea where they will have to fight to survive. Simultaneous release in trade paperback. $10.99.
Downing, David. THE DARK CLOUDS SHINING. Soho Crime. March '19. $16.95. Fourth in the four book Jack McColl Series. In the last book of the series Jack McColl is in Soviet Russia towards the end of the civil war where the Bolsheviks are now in power. Jack only agrees to go back to Russia, where he is a wanted man, in exchange for a get out of jail card. Ex-Secret Service spy has been imprisoned for assaulting a police officer. He is disillusioned, angry at his own country, and no longer interested in being a spy. But he accepts the dangerous assignment to spy on MI5 to find out if they were involved in an assassination plot. The target is somebody Jack wants to keep alive, but he'd just as soon see the MI5 agent dead. He knows he might be walking into a trap - and has no idea this mission will unite him with his lost love, Caitlin.
Dugoni, Robert. THE EIGTH SISTER: A Thriller. Thomas & Mercer. April '19. $24.95. First in the Charles Jenkins series. "A pulse-pounding thriller of espionage, spy games, and treachery by the New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series. Former CIA case officer Charles Jenkins is a man at a crossroads: in his early sixties, he has a family, a new baby on the way, and a security consulting business on the brink of bankruptcy. Then his former bureau chief shows up at his house with a risky new assignment: travel undercover to Moscow and locate a Russian agent believed to be killing members of a clandestine US spy cell known as the seven sisters. Desperate for money, Jenkins agrees to the mission and heads to the Russian capital. But when he finds the mastermind agent behind the assassinations - the so-called eighth sister - she is not who or what he was led to believe. Then again, neither is anyone else in this deadly game of cat and mouse. Pursued by a dogged Russian intelligence officer, Jenkins executes a daring escape across the Black Sea, only to find himself abandoned by the agency he serves. With his family and freedom at risk, Jenkins is in the fight of his life - against his own country." Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Brilliance Audio.
Formant, Chris. SAVING WASHINGTON: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and The Battle of Brooklyn. Permuted Press. February '19. $27.00. A fascinating fact-based story about 400 young men who changed history on the battlefield at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. In August of 1776, the men from Baltimore, Maryland fought a much larger British army, helping George Washington and his men to escape. The book traces the events through the eyes of Joshua Bolton and his friend Ben, a freed slave. "Chris Formant's gripping tale blends real-life historical figures and events with richly developed fictional characters in a multi-dimensional world of intrigue, romance, comradeship, and sacrifice, transporting us two-and-a-half centuries back in time to the bustling streets of Baltimore and the bloody, smoke-filled carnage of battle in Brooklyn." Available in trade papberback. December '19. $16.00.
Grossman, Gary & Fuller, Ed. RED HOTEL. Beaufort Books. March '19. $24.95. The timing for the release of this book couldn't be better! After leaving the service, Ex Army Intelligence officer Dan Reilly became an international hotel executive. With total access to the CIA, he becomes involved in tracking the bomber who blew up the front of a Tokyo hotel injuring and killing dozens of people. His investigation leads Dan to believe that the bomber isn't acting alone. As he follows the clues, Dan realizes the bomber is being backed by a global superpower and the bombing could be the beginning of a terrible war.
Herron, Mick. LONDON RULES. Soho Crime. June '19. $15.95. Fifth and last in the Slough House Series. First Desk Claude Whelan has his hands full trying to protect a prime minister while fighting off attacks on several fronts. The MP who arranged the vote on Brexit wants all the glory while his columnist wife, a tabloid reporter, is giving Claude a hard time with the articles she's printing. Add to the list a Muslim who is hiding several dark secrets while running for mayor of the West Midlands, and Claude's deputy who is waiting for him to make a mistake. If that isn't enough, there have been random terror attacks around the country. Things aren't going well at Slough House either, which isn't really unusual. The MI5 satellite office for outcast and demoted spies has a lot of problems of it's own making including the fact that somebody is trying to kill Roddy Ho. A good read that brings a grand end to the series.
Johnston, Peter D. WEAPONS OF PEACE. Goldrook Publishing. April '19. $18.95. Based on the premise that the Nazis were the first ones to develop the Atom Bomb, the book delves into a what if premise inspired by two incidents during World War II. The U.S. top negotiator, recovering from bullet wounds in England convinces his nurse to help him convince Hitler's scientists to help destroy the bomb they created. The ensuing chaos, from a murder in Washington, DC, to a German atomic test and a plot to kill Hitler, "Johnston's expert hand blends real-world historical material with heart-pounding action, unforgettable characters, and precious insights into influence and how the Nazis negotiated their way to power...."
Lutz, John. THE HAVANA GAME. Pinnacle Books. February '19. $9.99. Second in the Thomas Laker series. "With the U.S. seemingly linked to a terrorist bombing in a Baltic nation and a Russian troop buildup just over the border, the covert Gray Outfit sends Thomas Laker to untangle the mess. But after a second attack leaves him out in the cold, Laker's on his own. Five thousand miles away in Miami, Laker's partner and NSA codebreaker Ava North is investigating the murder of a fellow agent. When tracks lead to a Cuban-American billionaire in bed with the Jersey Mob, Ava's superiors want her to lay off. Not a chance. Though oceans apart, Laker and Ava discover their separate missions are tied to one explosive plot. The only way out is to breach all protocol and play by their own rules...."
Silva, Daniel. THE OTHER WOMAN. Harper Paperbacks. February '19. $16.99. Eighteenth in the Gabriel Allon series. "She was his best-kept secret... In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason's name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin's most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West - a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power. Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel's vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance. Gabriel is lured into the hunt for the traitor after his most important asset inside Russian intelligence is brutally assassinated while trying to defect in Vienna. His quest for the truth will lead him backward in time, to the twentieth century's greatest act of treason, and, finally, to a spellbinding climax along the banks of the Potomac River outside Washington that will leave readers breathless."
Woods, Stuart & Hall, Parnell. SKIN GAME. G.P. Putnam's Sons. June '19. $28.00. Third in the Teddy Fay series. "Teddy Fay returns to his roots in espionage. When Teddy Fay receives a freelance assignment from a gentleman he can't refuse, he jets off to Paris on the hunt for a treasonous criminal. But as Teddy unearths more information that just doesn't seem to connect, his straightforward mission becomes far bigger - and stranger - than he could imagine. The trail of bread crumbs leads to secrets hidden within secrets, evildoers trading in money and power, and a global threat on an unprecedented scale. Under the beautiful veneer of the City of Lights, true villainy lurks in the shadows...and Teddy Fay alone can prevent the impending disaster." Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Penguin Audio.
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