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Thriller Release Update-December 2019

Just to give you an update on the release dates for the newest additions to the series that I have reviewed. Soon to be Released China Girl – Erec Stebbins Expected Release Date 12/8/19 An INTEL-1 Novel NEVER AGAIN.    A fascist administration rounds up undesirables. Terrorist groups strike governmental and religious targets. The Constitution...

Just to give you an update on the release dates for the newest additions to the series that I have reviewed.

Soon to be Released

China Girl – Erec Stebbins

Expected Release Date 12/8/19

An INTEL-1 Novel

NEVER AGAIN. 
 
A fascist administration rounds up undesirables. Terrorist groups strike governmental and religious targets. The Constitution is under assault. But for the scattered members of INTEL 1, the nightmare is just beginning.

Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – Crooked River

Expected Release Date 2/4/20

A Pendergast Novel

Dozens of identical blue shoes are found in the ocean off the southwestern coast of Florida, all with a severed human foot inside, all exhibiting unmistakable signs of violence. They appear out of nowhere one day, floating in on the tide as if appearing out of nowhere.

Called off the tarmac from his return flight back to New York City, Pendergast reluctantly arrives on Captiva Island and is quickly drawn into the mystery. A preliminary pathology report indicates the feet were wrenched from their bodies in the crudest of ways. As the days continue, more wash in until the number tops one hundred.

Soon, Pendergast and his partner, junior agent Coldmoon find themselves squaring off against an adversary more powerful and deadly than they’ve ever encountered.


Kathy Reichs – A Conspiracy of Bones

Expected Release Date 3/17/20

A Temperance Brennan Novel

It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her.

An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.

To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue, working mostly outside the system. That’s because Tempe’s new boss holds a fierce grudge against her and is determined to keep her out of the case. Tempe bulls forward anyway, even as she begins questioning her instincts. But the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the government? And why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade?

With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.

But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes…


James Rollins – The Last Odyssey

Expected Release Date 3/24/20

A Sigma Force Novel

For eons, the city of Troy—whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad—was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the nineteenth century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer’s twin tales of gods and monsters, curses and miracles—The Iliad and The Odyssey—could also be true and awaiting discovery?

In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day climatologists and archaeologists stumble on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half mile below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of even older artifacts—tools of war—dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain’s cabin is a magnificent treasure that is as priceless as it is miraculous: a clockwork gold atlas encircled by an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism is signed with the name of its creator, Ismail al-Jazari, a famous Muslim inventor considered to be the Da Vinci of the Arab world—a brilliant scientist who inspired Leonardo’s own work.

Once activated, the moving globe traces the path of Odysseus’ famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal an underground river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. The map indicates that this subterranean world is called Tartarus, the Greek name for Hell. In mythology, Tartarus was where the wicked were punished and the monstrous Titans of old, imprisoned.

When word of Tartarus spreads—and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there—tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors. The phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer’s tales are all too real—and could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity.

Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread. To prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war, they must cross the very gates of Hell.


Mary Lawrence – The Lost Boys of London

Expected Release Date 4/28/20

A Bianca Goddard Novel

In the twilight years of Henry VIII’s reign, alchemist’s daughter Bianca Goddard uses her skills to aid the living, and help seek justice for the dead . . .
 
While her husband fights the Scots on behalf of King Henry VIII, Bianca Goddard earns her coin by concocting medicines that offer relief to London’s sick. Some unfortunates, however, are beyond any remedies she can provide—like the young boy discovered hanging from a church dripstone. Examining the body, Bianca finds a rosary twisted around the child’s neck. A week later, another boy is found dead at a different church. When Fisk, the impish little son of Bianca’s acquaintance, goes missing, she fears he may become the third victim . . .
 
There are many villains who would prey on wayward, penniless boys. But Bianca suspects the killings are not brutal acts of impulse, but something far more calculated. In her room of Medicinals and Physickes she examines the sole piece of evidence: a sweet-smelling, dark-stained cloth. If Bianca can unravel its secret, reputations and lives will be saved. But the expected hour of the next murder is approaching, and a single misstep may mean another boy is lost forever . . .


Iris Johansen – The Persuasion

Expected Release Date 6/2/20

An Eve Duncan Novel

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy Seal Joe Quinn are about to give Seth Caleb their trust for the most important duty of his life: keeping their daughter, Jane MacGuire, safe at any cost. Because Jane’s talent as an artist has brought her to the attention of a madman.

Seth, Jane’s longtime ally and fierce protector, is determined to keep her out of danger, but that becomes nearly impossible when Jane is forced to take matters into her own hands and confronts the man who wants her for himself…and wants Seth Caleb dead.

As Jane and Seth chase down their blood-thirsty adversary, they finally commit to one another — in the culmination of the love story that fans have been waiting for. As the two come face-to-face with danger, one thing is made clear: it will take both of them working together to confront and defeat this evil.


Nick Thacker – The Mendel Paradox

Expected Release Date 6/20/20

A Harvey Bennett Novel

A small village in Switzerland is rocked by a gruesome death.

Nearby, a woman disappears, and locals wonder if the events are related.

And in the surrounding forests, accounts of a strange and shadowy murderer begin to appear.

A company in Switzerland has been working on bringing the future of medicine and surgery into the present. Their successes have been stacking up for over a decade, and their next project promises great things.

…Until things start to go awry.

Genetic engineering meets conspiracy technothriller in this nonstop, fast-paced action-adventure novel. A perfect blend of suspense, mystery, and thriller adventure for the armchair traveler.


Casey Hill – Fallout

Expected Release Date 10/31/20

A Reilly Steel Novel


Just Released

The Savage Deeps – Timothy Johnston

Released on 11/19/19

A Rise of Oceania Novel

War has come to the darkest depths of the deepest oceans.

Mayor Truman McClusky of Trieste City is at war with the world’s superpowers. Laying claim to the resources of the ocean and its floor is the only way to survive in a world where Global Warming and rising sea levels ravage the surface. But when a Trieste City spy ends up dead―his body beaten beyond recognition―Mac realizes that his city is in mortal danger. The occupying force in Trieste knows more about his plans for independence than he thought, and they will stop at nothing to control Trieste and her people.

Mac flees with a small team that includes scientist and newcomer to the underwater city, Dr. Manesh Lazlow. Together they head for a secret base in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where they plan to create new technologies to fight the superpowers for dominance over the oceans. But the French have picked up Mac’s scent and will stop at nothing to kill him. Mac must elude the French, protect his citizens against sabotage and spycraft, and discover the identity of a spy in his midst if he is going to save his city and compete with the superpowers. But he’s just a tiny player in the grand scheme of ocean politics. . . .

. . . unless he can get his new deep-sea engine working. With it he’ll be able to forge deeper than any other sub in the oceans. And if that happens, then all hell is about to break loose.

At six kilometers down.


Nick Thacker – The Cain Conspiracy

Released on 11/30/19

A Harvey Bennett Novel

In Peru, an entire village population disappears overnight.

Nearby, Vicente Garza has been working on something in a top-secret base.

Harvey Bennett wants to find out what it is.

For years Garza has been building his private security firm, Ravenshadow, and he has been working with scientists and investors to bring new defense technology into the world — and sell it to the highest bidder.

He’s outdone himself this time, and the results are terrifying.

Harvey “Ben” Bennett and his Civilian Special Operations team travel to Peru to figure out what it is Garza’s been working on, and then figure out how to stop him.

When they get there, they quickly realize that things are not what they seem. Their fears turn to terror when they find out that not only can they not stop it…

They also cannot escape it.

Science, religion, and history collide… in a terrifying finale.


Nick Thacker & Jim Heskett- The Lethal Bones

Released on 10/15/19

A Harvey Bennett Prequel Novel

A drifter looking for direction.

A beautiful temptress with an offer.

Will lady luck bring Ben fortune, or a bullet to the back of the head?

Harvey “Ben” Bennett is lost, wandering, looking for his purpose.

But a cryptic call from an old friend drags him to Denver and introduces him to a mysterious woman with a proposal. It’s one he can’t refuse, but it also puts him in the line of fire from a group of dangerous hitmen.

Running for his life, Ben now sees danger everywhere he looks. He doesn’t know who to trust, and now the people after him have involved his family, as well.

Eventually he realizes the offer he couldn’t refuse might turn out to be one he won’t survive…


Thriller Release Alert!-The Savage Deeps

Timothy S. Johnston has released today his second book from his Rise of Oceania series, The Savage Deeps. In Johnston’s series, climate change has forced humanity to live among the fish.  But living in a world under the sea is not always easy, and defending it against those that still live on the surface is...

Timothy S. Johnston has released today his second book from his Rise of Oceania series, The Savage Deeps. In Johnston’s series, climate change has forced humanity to live among the fish.  But living in a world under the sea is not always easy, and defending it against those that still live on the surface is paramount to their survival. However, the citizens of Trieste City will do what the need to secure their way of life.

War has come to the darkest depths of the deepest oceans.

Mayor Truman McClusky of Trieste City is at war with the world’s superpowers. Laying claim to the resources of the ocean and its floor is the only way to survive in a world where global warming and rising sea levels ravage the surface. But when a Trieste City spy ends up dead―his body beaten beyond recognition―Mac realizes that his city is in mortal danger. The occupying force in Trieste knows more about his plans for independence than he thought, and they will stop at nothing to control Trieste and her people.

Timothy S. Johnston

Mac flees with a small team that includes scientist and newcomer to the underwater city, Dr. Manesh Lazlow. Together they head for a secret base in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where they plan to create new technologies to fight the superpowers for dominance over the oceans. But the French have picked up Mac’s scent and will stop at nothing to kill him. Mac must elude the French, protect his citizens against sabotage and spycraft, and discover the identity of a spy in his midst if he is going to save his city and compete with the superpowers. But he’s just a tiny player in the grand scheme of ocean politics . . .

. . . unless he can get his new deep-sea engine working. With it he’ll be able to forge deeper than any other sub in the oceans. And if that happens, then all hell is about to break loose.

At six kilometers down.

Available on e-book

Will be available on paperback and hardbound on December 10


Thriller Release Update-November 2019

Just to give you an update on the release dates for the newest additions to the series that I have reviewed. Soon to be Released The Savage Deeps – Timothy Johnston Expected Release Date 11/19/19 A Rise of Oceania Novel War has come to the darkest depths of the deepest oceans. Mayor Truman McClusky of...

Just to give you an update on the release dates for the newest additions to the series that I have reviewed.

Soon to be Released

The Savage Deeps – Timothy Johnston

Expected Release Date 11/19/19

A Rise of Oceania Novel

War has come to the darkest depths of the deepest oceans.

Mayor Truman McClusky of Trieste City is at war with the world’s superpowers. Laying claim to the resources of the ocean and its floor is the only way to survive in a world where Global Warming and rising sea levels ravage the surface. But when a Trieste City spy ends up dead―his body beaten beyond recognition―Mac realizes that his city is in mortal danger. The occupying force in Trieste knows more about his plans for independence than he thought, and they will stop at nothing to control Trieste and her people.

Mac flees with a small team that includes scientist and newcomer to the underwater city, Dr. Manesh Lazlow. Together they head for a secret base in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where they plan to create new technologies to fight the superpowers for dominance over the oceans. But the French have picked up Mac’s scent and will stop at nothing to kill him. Mac must elude the French, protect his citizens against sabotage and spycraft, and discover the identity of a spy in his midst if he is going to save his city and compete with the superpowers. But he’s just a tiny player in the grand scheme of ocean politics. . . .

. . . unless he can get his new deep-sea engine working. With it he’ll be able to forge deeper than any other sub in the oceans. And if that happens, then all hell is about to break loose.

At six kilometers down.


Nick Thacker – The Cain Conspiracy

Expected Release Date 11/30/19

A Harvey Bennett Novel

In Peru, an entire village population disappears overnight.

Nearby, Vicente Garza has been working on something in a top-secret base.

Harvey Bennett wants to find out what it is.

For years Garza has been building his private security firm, Ravenshadow, and he has been working with scientists and investors to bring new defense technology into the world — and sell it to the highest bidder.

He’s outdone himself this time, and the results are terrifying.

Harvey “Ben” Bennett and his Civilian Special Operations team travel to Peru to figure out what it is Garza’s been working on, and then figure out how to stop him.

When they get there, they quickly realize that things are not what they seem. Their fears turn to terror when they find out that not only can they not stop it…

They also cannot escape it.

Science, religion, and history collide… in a terrifying finale.


China Girl – Erec Stebbins

Expected Release Date 12/8/19

An INTEL-1 Novel

NEVER AGAIN. 
 
A fascist administration rounds up undesirables. Terrorist groups strike governmental and religious targets. The Constitution is under assault. But for the scattered members of INTEL 1, the nightmare is just beginning.

Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – Crooked River

Expected Release Date 2/4/20

A Pendergast Novel

Dozens of identical blue shoes are found in the ocean off the southwestern coast of Florida, all with a severed human foot inside, all exhibiting unmistakable signs of violence. They appear out of nowhere one day, floating in on the tide as if appearing out of nowhere.

Called off the tarmac from his return flight back to New York City, Pendergast reluctantly arrives on Captiva Island and is quickly drawn into the mystery. A preliminary pathology report indicates the feet were wrenched from their bodies in the crudest of ways. As the days continue, more wash in until the number tops one hundred.

Soon, Pendergast and his partner, junior agent Coldmoon find themselves squaring off against an adversary more powerful and deadly than they’ve ever encountered.


James Rollins – The Last Odyssey

Expected Release Date 3/10/20

A Sigma Force Novel

For eons, the city of Troy—whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad—was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the nineteenth century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer’s twin tales of gods and monsters, curses and miracles—The Iliad and The Odyssey—could also be true and awaiting discovery?

In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day climatologists and archaeologists stumble on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half mile below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of even older artifacts—tools of war—dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain’s cabin is a magnificent treasure that is as priceless as it is miraculous: a clockwork gold atlas encircled by an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism is signed with the name of its creator, Ismail al-Jazari, a famous Muslim inventor considered to be the Da Vinci of the Arab world—a brilliant scientist who inspired Leonardo’s own work.

Once activated, the moving globe traces the path of Odysseus’ famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal an underground river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. The map indicates that this subterranean world is called Tartarus, the Greek name for Hell. In mythology, Tartarus was where the wicked were punished and the monstrous Titans of old, imprisoned.

When word of Tartarus spreads—and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there—tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors. The phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer’s tales are all too real—and could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity.

Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread. To prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war, they must cross the very gates of Hell.


Kathy Reichs – A Conspiracy of Bones

Expected Release Date 3/17/20

A Temperance Brennan Novel

It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her.

An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.

To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue, working mostly outside the system. That’s because Tempe’s new boss holds a fierce grudge against her and is determined to keep her out of the case. Tempe bulls forward anyway, even as she begins questioning her instincts. But the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the government? And why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade?

With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.

But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes…


Mary Lawrence – The Lost Boys of London

Expected Release Date 4/28/20

A Bianca Goddard Novel

In the twilight years of Henry VIII’s reign, alchemist’s daughter Bianca Goddard uses her skills to aid the living, and help seek justice for the dead . . .
 
While her husband fights the Scots on behalf of King Henry VIII, Bianca Goddard earns her coin by concocting medicines that offer relief to London’s sick. Some unfortunates, however, are beyond any remedies she can provide—like the young boy discovered hanging from a church dripstone. Examining the body, Bianca finds a rosary twisted around the child’s neck. A week later, another boy is found dead at a different church. When Fisk, the impish little son of Bianca’s acquaintance, goes missing, she fears he may become the third victim . . .
 
There are many villains who would prey on wayward, penniless boys. But Bianca suspects the killings are not brutal acts of impulse, but something far more calculated. In her room of Medicinals and Physickes she examines the sole piece of evidence: a sweet-smelling, dark-stained cloth. If Bianca can unravel its secret, reputations and lives will be saved. But the expected hour of the next murder is approaching, and a single misstep may mean another boy is lost forever . . .


Casey Hill – Fallout

Expected Release Date 4/30/20

A Reilly Steel Novel


Iris Johansen – The Persuasion

Expected Release Date 6/2/20

An Eve Duncan Novel

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy Seal Joe Quinn are about to give Seth Caleb their trust for the most important duty of his life: keeping their daughter, Jane MacGuire, safe at any cost. Because Jane’s talent as an artist has brought her to the attention of a madman.

Seth, Jane’s longtime ally and fierce protector, is determined to keep her out of danger, but that becomes nearly impossible when Jane is forced to take matters into her own hands and confronts the man who wants her for himself…and wants Seth Caleb dead.

As Jane and Seth chase down their blood-thirsty adversary, they finally commit to one another — in the culmination of the love story that fans have been waiting for. As the two come face-to-face with danger, one thing is made clear: it will take both of them working together to confront and defeat this evil.


Just Released

Nick Thacker & Jim Heskett- The Lethal Bones

Released on 10/15/19

A Harvey Bennett Prequel Novel

A drifter looking for direction.

A beautiful temptress with an offer.

Will lady luck bring Ben fortune, or a bullet to the back of the head?

Harvey “Ben” Bennett is lost, wandering, looking for his purpose.

But a cryptic call from an old friend drags him to Denver and introduces him to a mysterious woman with a proposal. It’s one he can’t refuse, but it also puts him in the line of fire from a group of dangerous hitmen.

Running for his life, Ben now sees danger everywhere he looks. He doesn’t know who to trust, and now the people after him have involved his family, as well.

Eventually he realizes the offer he couldn’t refuse might turn out to be one he won’t survive…


Nick Thacker – The Book of Bones

Released on 8/28/19

A Harvey Bennett Novel

“They were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown…” Genesis 6:4

Human history is about to change.

What we think we know is a lie.

Corrupt organizations and powerful religions have hidden the truth for centuries.

Now, Harvey Bennett is about to find that truth.

And that truth may kill him.

When Harvey Bennett’s friend is taken as collateral, his mission appears to be simple: find the Book of Bones, a lost dialog of Plato that details the rise and fall of the Atlantean civilization.

But what he soon discovers is that he is not the only one looking for it.

Even worse, he discovers what the Book of Bones describes: a long-lost secret that utterly terrifies him.


David Lagercrantz – The Girl Who Lived Twice

Released on 8/27/19

A Millenium Novel

“What will you do now?”
I shall be the hunter and not the hunted

The girl with the dragon tattoo is finally ready to confront her nemesis, the only woman who is evidently and in many ways her match. Salander will not wait to be hunted. When she strikes it will be a double blow: vengeance for recent atrocities, and the settling of lifelong scores.

For months now Salander has been closing in on her target. She has moved from Stockholm, her hair is newly styled, her piercings are gone. She could pass for any other businesswoman. But not all businesswomen have a Beretta Cheetah beneath their jacket. They do not wield the lethal power of a hacker’s genius. They do not carry scars and tattoos to remind them that they have survived the unsurvivable.

The new episode in David Lagercrantz’s acclaimed, internationally bestselling continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Dragon Tattoo series is a thrilling ride that scales the heights of Everest and plunges the depths of Russian troll factories. It begins with the discovery of Mikael Blomkvist’s number at Millennium magazine in the pocket of an unidentified homeless man who died with the name of a government minister on his lips.

Blomkvist, at extreme risk to himself, tracks down his old friend and will protect her as far as he can. But he is powerless to crush her enemies on his own.

And for Lisbeth Salander, the personal is always political – and deadly.


Thriller Release Alert!-The Lethal Bones

Harvey ‘Ben’ Bennett is not your typical action hero. He is afraid to fly, does not like heights, and desires to be alone living his life in the great outdoors. But he has one characteristic that makes him a reluctant defender from evil, an irresistible need to do the right thing no matter what the...

Harvey ‘Ben’ Bennett is not your typical action hero. He is afraid to fly, does not like heights, and desires to be alone living his life in the great outdoors. But he has one characteristic that makes him a reluctant defender from evil, an irresistible need to do the right thing no matter what the consequences. Bennett, alongside the love of his live, Julie, and ex-military Reggie Red, make up the Civilian Special Operation (CSO) team whose mission is to take up tasks that are out of the jurisdiction of any government entity such as the military, CIA and FBI. But there was a time before the CSO and before Julie which eventually leads him to become a warrior for justice. Nick Thacker alongside author Jim Heskett have released today the third in a prequel series, The Lethal Bones.

Nick Thacker

A drifter looking for direction.

A beautiful temptress with an offer.

Will lady luck bring Ben fortune, or a bullet to the back of the head?

Harvey “Ben” Bennett is lost, wandering, looking for his purpose.

But a cryptic call from an old friend drags him to Denver and introduces him to a mysterious woman with a proposal. It’s one he can’t refuse, but it also puts him in the line of fire from a group of dangerous hitmen.

Running for his life, Ben now sees danger everywhere he looks. He doesn’t know who to trust, and now the people after him have involved his family, as well.

Eventually he realizes the offer he couldn’t refuse might turn out to be one he won’t survive…

Available on e-book


Review of David Lagercrantz’ Latest Novel, The Girl Who Lived Twice

The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels. But writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation.  David Lagercrantz has recently released book #6, The Girl Who Lived...

The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels. But writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation.  David Lagercrantz has recently released book #6, The Girl Who Lived Twice, to the Millennium series.


It became pretty obvious after the last Millennium novel, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, that Lisbeth Salander would need to deal with her evil twin sister, Camilla Salander. Lisbeth knows that as long as her sister is alive she would never be able to live in peace, as Camilla would eventually hunt her down and kill her. In this newest version of the series, Lisbeth decides on a proactive approach by eliminating her sister before she can come after her. However, a botched assassination attempt by Lisbeth only antagonizes Camilla into an all out war. Not only is Lisbeth’s life now at stake but also her close circle of friends. Of course, this brings us to Mikael Blomkvist.

Blomkvist is going through a bit of a slump, but there is nothing like an intriguing story to pursue and a new girlfriend to help him come out of his funk. Blomkvist’s journalistic intuition becomes active when a medical examiner calls him about a local beggar, known for his idiosyncrasies, that appears to have been poisoned.  The beggar had Blomkvist phone number on him and the journalist wants to find out why. His investigation leads him to a convoluted series of events that connects this seemingly simple beggar to the higher echelon of the Swedish government.

I felt that this latest addition read more like a murder mystery than a thriller. There are two plot lines, Blomkvist’s investigation into the beggar’s death and Salander’s battle with her sister. The two plots eventually merge, but only weakly as if Lagercrantz wanted to write a murder mystery but had to somehow get Salander into the picture. If it weren’t for the fact that this is a Millennium novel, I would say that this is a decent novel, but the novels written by Stieg Larrson were special. It is very clear that Larsson put his heart and soul in creating this series by making Blomkvist his alter ego. Lagercrantz, on the other hand, wants to put out a story that would be befitting to Larrson’s legacy yet he doesn’t quite have the passion that Larsson brought to it and you can really tell by the way Lagercrantz portrays Blomkvist in this story. Unfortunately Lagercrantz’ portrayal of Blomkvist at the end made him look quite pitiful.

For hardcore Lisbeth fans, I would say that The Girl Who Lived Twice will be a disappointment. For anyone liking a good mystery/thriller, I would say that you will probably enjoy this latest addition to the series. Haven’t read the rest of the series? No problem, it could be read as a standalone though I would suggest at least reading the previous book, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye.

To learn more about the series check out the Millennium series.


Thriller Release Update-October 2019

Just to give you an update on the release dates for the newest additions to the series that I have reviewed. Soon to be Released Nick Thacker – The Cain Conspiracy Expected Release Date 11/16/19 A Harvey Bennett Novel Vicente Garza and Ravenshadow are still at large.  Entire village populations in Peru have gone missing…...

Just to give you an update on the release dates for the newest additions to the series that I have reviewed.

Soon to be Released

Nick Thacker – The Cain Conspiracy

Expected Release Date 11/16/19

A Harvey Bennett Novel

Vicente Garza and Ravenshadow are still at large. 

Entire village populations in Peru have gone missing…

Ben and Julie and the rest of the CSO crew want to find out why.

Science, religion, and history collide… in a terrifying finale.


The Savage Deeps – Timothy Johnston

Expected Release Date 11/19/19

A Rise of Oceania Novel

War has come to the darkest depths of the deepest oceans.

Mayor Truman McClusky of Trieste City is at war with the world’s superpowers. Laying claim to the resources of the ocean and its floor is the only way to survive in a world where Global Warming and rising sea levels ravage the surface. But when a Trieste City spy ends up dead―his body beaten beyond recognition―Mac realizes that his city is in mortal danger. The occupying force in Trieste knows more about his plans for independence than he thought, and they will stop at nothing to control Trieste and her people.

Mac flees with a small team that includes scientist and newcomer to the underwater city, Dr. Manesh Lazlow. Together they head for a secret base in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where they plan to create new technologies to fight the superpowers for dominance over the oceans. But the French have picked up Mac’s scent and will stop at nothing to kill him. Mac must elude the French, protect his citizens against sabotage and spycraft, and discover the identity of a spy in his midst if he is going to save his city and compete with the superpowers. But he’s just a tiny player in the grand scheme of ocean politics. . . .

. . . unless he can get his new deep-sea engine working. With it he’ll be able to forge deeper than any other sub in the oceans. And if that happens, then all hell is about to break loose.

At six kilometers down.


China Girl – Erec Stebbins

Expected Release Date 12/8/19

An INTEL-1 Novel

NEVER AGAIN. 
 
A fascist administration rounds up undesirables. Terrorist groups strike governmental and religious targets. The Constitution is under assault. But for the scattered members of INTEL 1, the nightmare is just beginning.

Casey Hill – Fallout

Expected Release Date 1/31/20

A Reilly Steel Novel


Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – Crooked River

Expected Release Date 2/4/20

A Pendergast Novel


Dozens of identical blue shoes are found in the ocean off the southwestern coast of Florida, all with a severed human foot inside, all exhibiting unmistakable signs of violence. They appear out of nowhere one day, floating in on the tide as if appearing out of nowhere.

Called off the tarmac from his return flight back to New York City, Pendergast reluctantly arrives on Captiva Island and is quickly drawn into the mystery. A preliminary pathology report indicates the feet were wrenched from their bodies in the crudest of ways. As the days continue, more wash in until the number tops one hundred.

Soon, Pendergast and his partner, junior agent Coldmoon find themselves squaring off against an adversary more powerful and deadly than they’ve ever encountered.


James Rollins – The Last Odyssey

Expected Release Date 3/10/20

A Sigma Force Novel

For eons, the city of Troy—whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad—was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the nineteenth century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer’s twin tales of gods and monsters, curses and miracles—The Iliad and The Odyssey—could also be true and awaiting discovery?

In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day climatologists and archaeologists stumble on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half mile below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of even older artifacts—tools of war—dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain’s cabin is a magnificent treasure that is as priceless as it is miraculous: a clockwork gold atlas encircled by an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism is signed with the name of its creator, Ismail al-Jazari, a famous Muslim inventor considered to be the Da Vinci of the Arab world—a brilliant scientist who inspired Leonardo’s own work.

Once activated, the moving globe traces the path of Odysseus’ famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal an underground river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. The map indicates that this subterranean world is called Tartarus, the Greek name for Hell. In mythology, Tartarus was where the wicked were punished and the monstrous Titans of old, imprisoned.

When word of Tartarus spreads—and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there—tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors. The phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer’s tales are all too real—and could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity.

Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread. To prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war, they must cross the very gates of Hell.


Kathy Reichs – A Conspiracy of Bones

Expected Release Date 3/17/20

A Temperance Brennan Novel

It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her.

An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.

To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue, working mostly outside the system. That’s because Tempe’s new boss holds a fierce grudge against her and is determined to keep her out of the case. Tempe bulls forward anyway, even as she begins questioning her instincts. But the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the government? And why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade?

With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.

But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes…


Mary Lawrence – The Lost Boys of London

Expected Release Date 4/28/20

A Bianca Goddard Novel

In the twilight years of Henry VIII’s reign, alchemist’s daughter Bianca Goddard uses her skills to aid the living, and help seek justice for the dead . . .
 
While her husband fights the Scots on behalf of King Henry VIII, Bianca Goddard earns her coin by concocting medicines that offer relief to London’s sick. Some unfortunates, however, are beyond any remedies she can provide—like the young boy discovered hanging from a church dripstone. Examining the body, Bianca finds a rosary twisted around the child’s neck. A week later, another boy is found dead at a different church. When Fisk, the impish little son of Bianca’s acquaintance, goes missing, she fears he may become the third victim . . .
 
There are many villains who would prey on wayward, penniless boys. But Bianca suspects the killings are not brutal acts of impulse, but something far more calculated. In her room of Medicinals and Physickes she examines the sole piece of evidence: a sweet-smelling, dark-stained cloth. If Bianca can unravel its secret, reputations and lives will be saved. But the expected hour of the next murder is approaching, and a single misstep may mean another boy is lost forever . . .


Just Released

Nick Thacker – The Book of Bones

Released on 8/28/19

A Harvey Bennett Novel

“They were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown…” Genesis 6:4

Human history is about to change.

What we think we know is a lie.

Corrupt organizations and powerful religions have hidden the truth for centuries.

Now, Harvey Bennett is about to find that truth.

And that truth may kill him.

When Harvey Bennett’s friend is taken as collateral, his mission appears to be simple: find the Book of Bones, a lost dialog of Plato that details the rise and fall of the Atlantean civilization.

But what he soon discovers is that he is not the only one looking for it.

Even worse, he discovers what the Book of Bones describes: a long-lost secret that utterly terrifies him.


David Lagercrantz – The Girl Who Lived Twice

Released on 8/27/19

A Millenium Novel

“What will you do now?”
I shall be the hunter and not the hunted

The girl with the dragon tattoo is finally ready to confront her nemesis, the only woman who is evidently and in many ways her match. Salander will not wait to be hunted. When she strikes it will be a double blow: vengeance for recent atrocities, and the settling of lifelong scores.

For months now Salander has been closing in on her target. She has moved from Stockholm, her hair is newly styled, her piercings are gone. She could pass for any other businesswoman. But not all businesswomen have a Beretta Cheetah beneath their jacket. They do not wield the lethal power of a hacker’s genius. They do not carry scars and tattoos to remind them that they have survived the unsurvivable.

The new episode in David Lagercrantz’s acclaimed, internationally bestselling continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Dragon Tattoo series is a thrilling ride that scales the heights of Everest and plunges the depths of Russian troll factories. It begins with the discovery of Mikael Blomkvist’s number at Millennium magazine in the pocket of an unidentified homeless man who died with the name of a government minister on his lips.

Blomkvist, at extreme risk to himself, tracks down his old friend and will protect her as far as he can. But he is powerless to crush her enemies on his own.

And for Lisbeth Salander, the personal is always political – and deadly.


Iris Johansen – Smoke Screen

Released on 7/30/19

An Eve Duncan Novel

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan journeys to Africa to help families torn apart by a violent attack deep in the jungle–but she may be putting herself in more danger than she knows.

A journalist shows up on Eve Duncan’s doorstep with a plea for help. Jill Cassidy has just come from a small African village with a heart wrenching story: half the villagers–many of them children–have been killed in a horrific attack by guerilla soldiers, the bodies burned beyond recognition. Now, the families desperately need Eve’s help to get closure and begin to heal.

But when Eve arrives in the remote jungle, she begins to suspect that Jill’s plea may have been a cover story for a deeper, more sinister plot. Isolated and unsure who she can trust, Eve finds herself stranded in an unstable country where violence threatens to break out again at any moment and with only her own instincts to rely on if she hopes to get home to her family alive . . .


Danielle Girard – Expire

Released on 7/9/19

A Dr. Schwartzman Novel

San Francisco medical examiner Annabelle Schwartzman has spent eight years looking over her shoulder. Stalked by her vengeful ex-husband, Spencer, she’s always known they’d meet again. Has her nightmare come true? Abducted, blindfolded, yoked, and tethered, she’s being held prisoner in an isolated cabin in Idaho. But it’s the unknown that terrifies Annabelle now. Because the man’s voice in the dark, though eerily familiar, is not Spencer’s.

Annabelle’s partner and lover, Inspector Hal Harris, knows in his gut that Annabelle’s disappearance is tied to the past. Except Spencer is fifteen hundred miles away. To save Annabelle, Hal is tracking every move Spencer makes. But is it drawing him closer to finding Annabelle? Or is it luring him farther from her desperate cries for help?

As a cruel game of retribution begins, Annabelle must rely on her wits, her will to survive, and a plan of escape. But time is running out. And her captor’s three chilling words make her fear that the worst is yet to come: sweet dreams, Bella.


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