RaveChicago Daily Herald\"David Baldacci introduces readers to FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine in his latest thriller, Long Road to Mercy, that hopefully is the start of a new series featuring her adventures ... Baldacci excels as a storyteller when it comes to FBI agents with baggage. He also knows how to craft a complex and compelling case for his stellar heroes to solve. Baldacci is at the top of his game here. The final reveal is both exciting and shocking. Readers will fall in love with Atlee, and hopefully Baldacci will bring her back soon.
Anthony J. Tata
RaveBooklistPower and wealth could destroy the world in Tata’s latest thriller. Jake Mahegan and his team of operatives are the best of the best, but how do you battle an opponent with money, connections, and a team of professional hackers? ... Tata has taken elements of the world’s political stage and mixed them brilliantly with a virtual treatise on cybersecurity. Throw in a charismatic villain steering the game, and you have all the elements in place for a classic, high-adventure technothriller ... This is the best thriller yet by the former brigadier general.
PositiveAssociated Press\"The novel starts more slowly than typical Lee Child narratives. But the two stories eventually collide in a surprising way, and the last third of the novel is tense and exciting, invoking elements of \'Psycho\' mixed with Stephen King.\
RaveBooklistMills took over the popular Mitch Rapp series after Vince Flynn passed away in 2013, and he has done an outstanding job of carrying the torch ... In the world of black-ops thrillers, Mitch Rapp remains the gold standard. Mills has embraced the high-concept-thriller style and continues to exceed expectations ... A guaranteed best-seller, and deservedly so, at least for devotees of adventure-driven political thrillers.
PositiveThe Washington PostUnger knows how to craft a tale that not only incorporates characters that feel real, but also weaves a baffling puzzle that keeps readers guessing. For a story that is steeped in grief and darkness, Unger’s steady hand keeps hope shining throughout, so it’s not difficult to enjoy this captivating thriller.
Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
RaveThe Associated PressCussler and action-adventure fans will love this latest Oregon Files novel. New characters to the team are most welcome, and the sheer insanity of the story line will keep readers guessing about what’s going on until the last page of the book. Chapter one has the pacing of the climax of other thriller novels, and the pace from that fast start does not let up until the end. Shadow Tyrants is one of the better entries in Cussler’s world.
Hank Phillippi Ryan
PositiveNew Jersey Herald\"...Mercer Hennessey was a well-respected news writer but she gave it up to be with her family. She was a loving wife and devoted mother, but an accident changed everything and now she\'s a widow. She knows she needs to pick herself up but doesn\'t dare take that first step back to the real world. When her former boss offers her the chance to write a tell-all book about a significant trial, Mercer can\'t refuse. A television feed from the courtroom to her living room will allow her to stay private while also rediscovering the joy of writing. The issue Mercer has to grapple with is the case itself. Ashlyn Bryant is accused of murdering her young daughter ... Ryan is an expert at telling a story that invokes suspense with emotional resonance. Strong feelings like grief, anger and love ooze off the page while realistic characters make the reader care about every tiny detail of the story. And just when it starts to lean toward being predictable, Ryan throws in a huge twist to completely upend the narrative.
Jussi Adler-Olsen, Trans. by Steve Schein
PositiveThe Associated PressThe novel’s vast cast of characters showcases the turbulent fight for justice and what’s right for the country, while some use the power struggle for their own purposes. In the midst of this horror is a beacon of hope. Adler-Olsen writes as if he’s lived in the United States his entire life, and the novel reads as if it were written recently, not years ago. This thought-provoking and timely political thriller shows the author can craft more than compelling crime scenarios.
RaveThe Associated PressElements that are in play are somewhat visible to savvy thriller readers, and the novel echoes a classic movie from the 1960s. Proving that Barclay is a master of manipulation, he pulls a genuinely unexpected twist that throws everything revealed up to that point entirely out the window. This thriller then kicks into high gear as it becomes a race for answers and justice. The author has cast this novel with a group of realistic characters that add to the festivities showcasing a grand design. Predictable becomes unpredictable in this compelling book that echoes the best of Harlan Coben.
S M Stirling
MixedBooklist OnlineStirling asks an interesting question in this thriller ... Stirling has a gift for world building, but by focusing on a secret spy organization called the Black Chamber... rather than making more use of the historical figures and events of the time, the end result is less compelling than it might have been ... [Black Chamber] well may develop into a strong series, if Stirling does a better job of melding fictional and historical elements.
RaveAssociated Press NewsAuthor Robert Dugoni has multiple stories that weave into a beautiful narrative. What makes A Steep Price stand out is the authentic feel of how it feels to work as a police officer in a major city. With relevant and timely issues, including the treatment of women in the workplace and how some cultures believe in the practice of arranged marriage, the result is another outstanding novel from one of the best crime writers in the business.
Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
PositiveAssociated Press...another entertaining and diverting read from a true legend in the adventure business. Unlike the other series in the Cussler brand of novels, the NUMA Files runs the closest to invoking the classic feel of James Bond reimagined as an oceanographer.
PositiveThe Washington TimesJane Hawk, the compelling heroine of The Silent Corner, returns in another terrifying Dean Koontz conspiracy thriller ... The character of Jane Hawk is arguably the best character Koontz has created. Knowledge of The Silent Corner helps put some of the narrative in perspective, but it\'s not necessary to fall under the author\'s spell.
PositiveThe Associated PressKoontz has written another stellar tale with Hawk. She’s easy to root for, and The Crooked Staircase is a gripping read for almost 500 pages, though in retrospect, not much really happens to propel the story too far forward. With at least two more novels coming with Hawk, hopefully Koontz will give this saga closure soon while pursuing other potential opportunities for her to shine under different circumstances. The story line does veer a bit into the torture realm this time around, bringing up some disturbing images to go with her crusade. Even with all of this in mind, The Crooked Staircase is a page-turner to dive into this summer.
PositiveAssociated PressBaldacci is a wonderful storyteller, and he incorporates wonderful characters into baffling conspiracies ... he takes on small-town America, capturing both good and bad elements. He demonstrates why these small towns are worth saving. It’s a theme he has explored before, but it still has potency and relevance.
PositiveAssociated Press\"...a quirky, wholly original — and at times baffling — novel that tackles an Irish myth and gives it a contemporary spin, mixing it with legends and stories from other worlds ... Duchovny masters dialogue and various monsters and mythologies to weave this tale that’s probably not for everyone. While rooting for Emer and Con to find happiness, readers will also question fate and reality. Miss Subways reads like a hybrid of the TV show Twin Peaks and the 1998 film Sliding Doors merged with a love letter to New York City. A wild and unpredictable journey from Duchovny’s bold imagination awaits readers.\
RaveThe Mercury NewsMeltzer weaves a stellar tale of history, government-insider knowledge, and thrills to deliver his best book in years. At times the violence is intense — and the villains are borderline comic book — but Meltzer’s steady hand knows how to balance a fine line between compelling and discomforting. Since Zig and Nola are both artists in their own unique way, the visuals and narrative are even more intense than one would expect in a thriller.
The Escape Artist is the rare novel that one wants to read fast while also needing to go slow to savor every word.
RaveBooklistRollins’ latest Sigma Force novel is one of the best in the series ... The mix of science, history, and high-concept adventure is always first-rate in a Rollins novel, and that’s true here as well, even with killer wasps in the mix — and don’t forget those bones and Alexander Graham Bell! Rollins raises the stakes even higher by daring to present the wasps’ point of view in several scenes. Go with him, and you’ll agree that he pulls it off beautifully. Devotees of Clive Cussler and Steve Berry are no doubt reading Rollins already, but if they’re not, what’s keeping them?
James Lee Burke
PositiveThe Washington PostThe ending is a bit jumbled with who did what to whom with an ever-increasing body count, and even Robicheaux himself is in a bit of a quandary about the entire adventure. In the scheme of things, it doesn’t matter. The poetic writing and depth of the major characters balances out everything. Reading one of Burke’s novels is truly an immersive experience, with every ache and anguish feeling gut-wrenchingly real. It has been almost five years since the last Dave Robicheaux novel, and it was absolutely worth the wait.
RaveThe Associated PressChild delivers another classic Jack Reacher tale with The Midnight Line ... Child has written another compelling and moving novel featuring the iconic American hero who never stops until he’s satisfied with the results. While the story is bold and mysterious, the empty landscape with few individuals living in the area spotlights Reacher’s loneliness.
PositiveThe Washington TimesPeter Swanson tells an engaging story of a woman battling severe anxiety who decides to radically change her life –– and the horrifying results that follow –– in Her Every Fear ... When the novel focuses on Kate, the writing and story line shine. Swanson made the decision to give other points of view, including the cousin and Alan, and their narratives lag a bit ...a sole focus on Kate’s perspective would have made it a classic. Either way, Swanson has crafted an effective and compulsive thriller.
Kate Winkler Dawson
RaveThe Associated Press...a stellar examination of a turbulent time in the city’s history ... Dawson’s background in documentaries and journalism makes this journey more than just a retelling of the facts. She tracked down people who lived it, and now readers will vividly experience that period as well.
PositiveThe San Francisco ChronicleA charter boat captain in Key West, Florida, gets an offer he can't refuse in Nelson DeMille's latest novel … [Mac is] in desperate need of financial help since the bank loan for his vessel is quite extensive, not to mention living in Key West. Jack, his partner and first officer on various jaunts, is old and quite cranky, so they're a perfect match to work together … The Cuban Affair feels authentic and real, and it provides knuckle-white tension mixed in with levity.
PositiveThe Minneapolis StarKaren Dionne takes a standard story involving the kidnapping of a woman and the life she experiences with her captor and elevates it to a new level ... The way the story unfolds both captivates and disturbs. Since Helena is telling the story, she brings a lack of understanding and naivety to the tale that makes everything more vivid in the reader's mind. Her past and eventual realization of what's truly going on makes this novel resonate. The present day and Helena's eventual confrontation with her estranged father is necessary for closure, but at the same time, it's a bit of a letdown. The story's finale is a bit unnecessary since by then everyone loves Helena and we care more about her growth than revenge. That aside, Dionne has written a book that invokes raw emotion mixed in with the turning of pages.
PositiveThe Minneapolis Star TribuneStrong characters and stellar writing make this a wonderful mix of small-town life with the supernatural.
PositiveSalonPhilbrick has the ability to take seemingly dry facts of history and turn them into exciting prose. The players come alive and their motivations are clear. The people he chronicles are legends, so revealing to the reader what makes them human, foibles and all, helps make sense of the events that transpired and why they acted the way they did.