The new suspense anthology, FaceOff, just came out this week, and it’s such a great concept, with a ToC made up of some of the biggest names in suspense. Luckily, I’ve got a copy to give away to one lucky winner (US only)! So, check out the book and the giveaway details, and good luck!
Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide!
In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). All of the contributors to FaceOff are ITW members and the stories feature these dynamic duos:
So sit back and prepare for a rollicking ride as your favorite characters go head-to-head with some worthy opponents in FaceOff—it’s a thrill-a-minute read.
Please welcome Stephen Baker to the blog! His brand new book, THE BOOST, just came out, and he stopped by to chat about it, and more!
Congratulations on your new book, THE BOOST! Will you tell us a little more about it and what inspired you to write it?
My previous book was the “biography” of the IBM Jeopardy computer, Watson. The book raised all kinds of interesting questions about how we’re going to use our brains in the future, and much of the knowledge work we’ll be offloading onto computers. I figured at the time, and I still believe, that eventually we’ll have some kind of cognitive tools working in very close coordination with the brain, if not inside it. It seemed like the perfect premise for a book.
I’d written a previous novel, still unpublished, called Donkey Show. It takes place on the border, where I used to live. (And it pops up in the book.) So I figured this would extend the same story.
Will you tell us more about your protagonist Ralf, and why you think readers will root for him?
Ralf is a genius, but he’s painfully shy. He comes from a fractured family, and he spends loads of time in the virtual world. In fact, he has a problematic relationship with his girlfriend, Ellen, and he actually finds it easier to fraternize online with people who look like her than with the flesh-and-blood Ellen. I think many people in modern life share some of Ralf’s problems and manias. Ralf, I should add, means well. And he risks his life to save the United States from a disastrous situation. So I think he earns his stripes as hero, though he does most of his work with his brain.
The hubs enjoyed Dreamwalker by CS Friedman, and I happen to have an extra galley, so I thought I’d give it to you! Check out the book, and the giveaway details, and good luck!
All her life Jessica Drake has dreamed of other worlds, some of them similar to her own, others disturbingly alien. She never shares the details with anyone, save her younger brother Tommy, a compulsive gamer who incorporates some aspects of Jessica’s dreams into his games. But now someone is asking about those dreams…and about her. A strange woman has been watching her house. A visitor to her school attempts to take possession of her dream-inspired artwork.
As she begins to search for answers it becomes clear that whoever is watching her does not want her to learn the truth. One night her house catches on fire, and when the smoke clears she discovers that her brother has been kidnapped. She must figure out what is going on, and quickly, if she and her family are to be safe.
Following clues left behind on Tommy’s computer, determined to find her brother and bring him home safely, Jessica and two of her friends are about to embark on a journey that will test their spirits and their courage to the breaking point, as they must leave their own world behind and confront the source of Earth’s darkest legends – as well as the terrifying truth of their own secret heritage.
Lots of great titles under $5 in Mystery and Suspense this week! As usual, be sure to double check before you click the BUY button!
You know the drill! All of these Kindle titles are under $5, but do double check when before you click the Buy button. Enjoy!
Brilliance by Marcus Sakey (Thomas & Mercer, 2013)-Nick Cooper is an agent for a group called Equitable Services, and they are tasked with eliminating terrorists. It’s a clandestine group, but other than that, sounds pretty straightforward, right? Not so much. In fact, the terrorists that Nick and his group hunts are very special. They’re called abnorms, or “brilliants”, and they make up a very small part of the population, but they can wield amazing power. It’s only been about 30 years since the discovery of the first abnorms; people with very special abilities. These abilities aren’t supernatural, but they are quite amazing and they’re measured in tiers. Tier 1 abnorms are the sharpest of the sharp, and so on…you get the idea. Nick Cooper happens to actually one, and his ability includes being able to read what people will do next, in the smallest twitch of a muscle or most subtle of glances. Even though he hunts others like him, he truly believes that he’s only hunting the most dangerous of abnorms, those that aren’t above killing innocent people, and he’s dedicated to this task. His ultimate quarry, however, is an activist that calls himself John Smith. He was a respected voice among the abnorms until he massacred over 70 innocents in a restaurant, and now he’s the “gas men’s” ultimate target. After Cooper is unable to stop a bombing of the new Stock Exchange, one that kills over 1,000 people, he seems it as a unique opportunity to go after John Smith, but this mission will test Cooper like he’s never been tested before, and alter everything he’s ever believed in.
Tom Rob Smith has gotten tons of attention for his trilogy starring Soviet Union security officer Leo Demidov, and his new novel, The Farm, is excellent. Tom was kind enough to stop by and answer a few of my questions, so please give him a warm welcome!
Congrats on your new book, THE FARM! Was it a bit bittersweet to wrap up Leo Demidov’s story and begin with a new character?
I was always sure that AGENT 6 was going to be Leo’s last story. The book was written with that in mind, and I think the ending for is exactly right for Leo. But yes, it’s always sad leaving behind a character I’d spent so long with.
Will you tell us a little more about what inspired the story?
Four years ago I received a phone call from my father telling me that my mother had suffered a psychotic breakdown, she was in an asylum and I had to fly out to Sweden to see her. Several years earlier my parents had retired and moved to a farm in a remote part of Sweden. Needless to say, I was shocked and booked a flight to Sweden but before I could catch the flight my mum called me from a pay-phone, telling me that everything my dad had told me was a lie, she wasn’t mad, he was involved in a criminal conspiracy and she was flying to London to tell me the truth.
I met her at Heathrow airport and brought her back to my apartment in order to listen to her version of events.
In my novel the story I tell is a fictional one, all the characters are my creation, but it’s inspired by the idea of not knowing who to believe – your father, or your mother.
Will you tell us more about Daniel and what you think makes him a compelling character?
Daniel is a young man in his mid-twenties who has never really grown up, he’s adrift and oblivious to difficulties of others. This makes him an interesting person to try and piece together the truth of what has happened because he’s so unqualified for such a role. He also has many secrets of his own.
Here are the new releases in Mystery, Suspense, and Fiction for June 2014.I’ve also included audiobook links where they apply. Enjoy!
June 3rd, 2014:
Here are the new releases in SF, Fantasy, and Horror for June 2014.I’ve also included audiobook links where they apply. Enjoy!
June 3rd, 2014:
The Raven’s Banquet by Clifford Beal (Solaris, May 12th, 2014) Reviewed by Michael Parker- This dark historical fantasy tells the story of Sir Richard Treadwell in two parts. The first, set in 1625, documents his first year as a soldier. Richard has neither the temperament nor inclination to enter into the proper pursuits expected of somebody from his class, namely business or politics, and has decided as a young man to seek his fortune fighting for a noble cause. He has decided to join the protestant Danish army as an officer to fight in Germany against their papist king, the Hapsburg Emperor.
The second strand of the story is set twenty years later during the English Civil War. Sir Richard is arrested by Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army and taken to the Tower of London where he will face trial for treason. It is alleged that Sir William has acted for the catholic cause, urging Duke Frederick of Denmark to petition his father King Christian to come to the aid of his relative Charles Stuart, a pretender to the English throne. Sir Richard knows a guilty verdict means the gallows, and death seems likely, even with his brother’s counsel, not least since the charge is true.
The book’s structure, in which, chapters from the two time periods alternate is highly effective in showing Sir Richard’s downfall. He begins as an innocent naif, and as the realities of war strip away his boyish idealism, we see how he ends bitter and humiliated. The young Sir Richard joins a small troop of cavalry men who teach him there is little bounty to be found in war, and that which there is is not given freely but taken by sacking and looting, and by rape and torture. As his campaign progresses, Richard’s soul is increasingly corroded, initially by sins of omission as he is too scared to intervene as his companions torture a local landowner to find his hidden wealth, then later by sins of commission as he murders his retainer then finally as he betrays the woman who saved his life on the battlefield and has grown to love.