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Review of Michael C. Grumley’s Latest Novel, Mosaic

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.  Michael C. Grumley has recently added book #5, Mosaic, to the...

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.  Michael C. Grumley has recently added book #5, Mosaic, to the Breakthrough series.


Michael C. Grumley’s Breakthrough series is a unique scifi/technothriller series that focuses on technology that acts as a translator between dolphins and gorillas. The translator is a sophisticated computer system known as the Inter-Mammal Interpretive System or IMIS. The series also deals with aliens and, in fact, not one alien species but two. The first alien species was introduced in the first book, Breakthrough, and they came to planet Earth to steal some of our water as their home planet had become a barren wasteland. They didn’t mean to take much and thought they would get by without being noticed, but alas, when you fool around with Mother Nature things will go amiss, and they did. Luckily for us humans, a catastrophic event that was to take place as a result of pilfering water from the ocean was circumvented and as a result of this we got to make some alien friends. The second alien species actually visited plant Earth far in the past and left a little gift in the form of embryos of their species being held in some form of stasis. The novels Leap, Catalyst, Ripple and now Mosaic focus on this revolutionary find and what this might mean for us humans.

There are a couple of plots going on at the same time in Mosaic. Li Na Wei, the only human that has been exposed to a ‘specialized’ bacteria that has ties to the alien embryos, is trying to deal with the results of her exposure to the bacteria when she is kidnapped by the CIA. Yes, that is right, the CIA. You would think that the CIA and the US military would be on the same team but in Mosaic that doesn’t seem to be true.  Additionally, the team that was investigating the alien ship at the bottom of the ocean near Trinidad in Ripple, was attacked. One of the members of the team working on getting into the alien vessel became trapped inside and it is up to Alison Shaw and the dolphins to get him out. Mosaic ends with an interesting cliff hanger so it looks like we get to look forward to more of our dolphin friends, Dirk and Sally. Lots of action with good guys, bad guys, and interesting technology, Mosaic is a fun read. If you like animals, aliens, and fascinating technology then I think that Mosaic and the Breakthrough series will be for you. Though it is not necessary to read the whole series first, it would be helpful to read Catalyst and Ripple beforehand.

To learn more about the series check out the Breakthrough series here.


Latest Update On Newest Released And Soon To Be Released Thrillers-March 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 Kevin Tinto – Ice Revelation Expected Release Date 3/15/19 A Leah Andrews & Jack Hobson Novel  Iris Johansen – Dark Tribute Expected Release Date 3/26/19 An Eve Duncan Novel Despite...

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

Kevin Tinto – Ice Revelation

Expected Release Date 3/15/19

A Leah Andrews & Jack Hobson Novel


 Iris Johansen – Dark Tribute

Expected Release Date 3/26/19

An Eve Duncan Novel

Despite her tragic childhood, violin prodigy Cara Delaney has finally found peace in her career as a professional musician and stability in her relationship with her guardians, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy SEAL Joe Quinn. If only Jock Gavin, Cara’s lifelong friend and a man with his own twisted history, would even talk to her, everything would be perfect.

But the carefully constructed life Cara has built for herself is suddenly threatened when she is kidnapped by a mysterious man from her grandfather’s past, setting off a violent chain of events that puts everyone Cara loves in danger. Will Cara become a tribute to her family’s dark past, or will she be able to keep herself and her loved ones alive? 


  Mary Lawrence – The Alchemist of Lost Souls

Expected Release Date 4/30/19

A Bianca Goddard Novel

A dangerous element discovered by Bianca Goddard’s father falls into the wrong hands . . . leading to a chain of multiple murders.

Spring 1544: Now that she is with child, Bianca is more determined than ever to distance herself from her unstable father. Desperate to win back the favor of King Henry VIII, disgraced alchemist Albern Goddard plans to reveal a powerful new element he’s discovered – one with deadly potential. But when the substance is stolen, he is panicked and expects his daughter to help.

Soon after, a woman’s body is found behind the Dim Dragon Inn, an eerie green vapor rising from her breathless mouth. To her grave concern, Bianca has reason to suspect her own mother may be involved in the theft and the murder. As her husband John is conscripted into King Henry’s army to subdue Scottish resistance, Bianca must navigate a twisted and treacherous path among alchemists, apothecaries, chandlers, and scoundrels – to find out who among them is willing to kill to possess the element known as lapis mortem, the stone of death. 


Eliot Peper – Breach

Expected Release Date 5/14/19

An Analog Novel

A hacker is drawn out of hiding and into an epic geopolitical showdown in the frighteningly plausible conclusion to Eliot Peper’s critically acclaimed Analog Series.

When you’ve betrayed your revolutionary cadre, an off-grid fight club on a remote tropical island is a good place to hide—or die.

For notorious ex-hacker Emily Kim, the outcome of each fight makes little difference. Black-market blood sport is the perfect self-imposed penance. But when she stumbles on a plot to overthrow the corporate empire that provides the ubiquitous global feed, Emily discovers her old friends have been targeted. Warning them will force her out into the open, back on-grid, and directly into danger. Emily can’t escape the past. But can she seize the future?

Emily’s quest for redemption spirals into an all-out shadow war. What constitutes justice in a world run by algorithms? The feed—and Emily—must be reinvented. Or destroyed.


 Danielle Girard – Expire

Expected Release Date 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.


Iris Johansen – Smoke Screen

Expected Release Date 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 . . .


David Lagercrantz – The Girl Who Lived Twice

Expected Release Date 8/27/19

A Millenium Novel


Casey Hill – Fallout

Expected Release Date 8/31/19

A Reilly Steel Novel


Just Released  

Simon Beckett – The Scent of Death

Released on 2/21/19

A Dr. David Hunter Novel

It has been a good summer for forensics expert Dr David Hunter. His relationship is going well and he’s in demand again as a police consultant. His life seems to be on an even keel.

But not for long. The call comes from an old associate: a body has been found, and she’d like Hunter to take a look . . .

St Jude’s Hospital now stands empty. Slowly rotting and silently awaiting demolition, the vast, oppressive building’s only visitors have been society’s outcasts, addicts and dealers. And it’s here that the partially mummified corpse has been discovered. Hunter is not sure how long the body has been hidden in the hospital’s cavernous loft, but he’s seen enough to know it’s a young woman. And that she was pregnant.

As the remains are removed for closer examination, a floor collapses revealing a previously sealed off part of a ward. Bricked up inside this hidden chamber are three beds. Two of them are occupied . . .

What other grisly secrets will St Jude’s reveal? The local community is alarmed and the police need answers. For David Hunter, what began as a challenging if straightforward case is about to become a twisted nightmare threatening him and those around him.


Michael C. Grumley – Mosaic

Released on 1/31/19

A Breakthrough Novel

The world is losing hope.

Political and social infighting threaten to destroy the world.  Rancor and hatred only grow stronger, engulfing nations around the globe.  And each day moral and economic strife brings embroiled countries ever closer to war.  

But hope is not dead.  Everywhere, pockets of human kindness and compassion continue to persevere.  Where lives are cherished and virtue endures.  And one small, extraordinary group fights to save us all. 

A team in possession of the mother of all secrets.  The one secret – the one discovery – that could bring the world back from the brink.


James Rollins – Crucible

Released on 1/22/19

A Sigma Force Novel

Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend’s wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak—until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to “unlock” her mind long enough to ask a few questions.

What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest for answers that are connected to mysteries reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history—a Medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches. What they uncover hidden deep in the past will reveal a frightening truth in the present and a future on the brink of annihilation, and force them to confront the ultimate question: What does it mean to have a soul?


Keith McCarthy – To Mourn a Mischief

Released on 1/3/19

A John Eisenmenger Novel

The grisly death of a young girl resurfaces after twenty-two years. The coroner’s open verdict comes under scrutiny…

Sasha Grove-Williams hated her wealthy father’s dubious business affairs – and ended up dead on a railway track. But did she jump or was she pushed? That’s the burning question for Chief Inspector Beverley Wharton when a raving answerphone message from the now dementia-suffering coroner of the day falls into her hands.

She and her pathologist lover Dr John Eisenmenger – an expert in forensics – are immediately plunged into a messy world of corruption and violence that seems to envelop everyone.

Who is the father of the Sasha’s foetus that unexpectedly comes to light? How can Beverley be mired in the charge of collusion? What evil will Stephen Grove-Williams not stoop to in order to end the snooping? What will John make of Beverley’s bid to blackmail a villain to feather her own nest? Can science triumph over treachery?


Wesley Chu – The Fall of Io

Released on 1/1/19

A World of Tao Novel

For Ella Patel, sharing her mind with the alien, Io, has been tough, but they’re beginning to trust each other. Of course, it’s not just Io she’s dealing with, but the whole of the alien Prophus high command, and the rest of her new team. Given time, some of them might even be friends… But their enemies, the Genjix, are a constant threat, and it looks like the Prophus may have seriously underestimated them. Someone should really do something about that – but are Ella and Io the right agents for the job?


Timothy S. Johnston – The War Beneath

Released on 1/1/19

A Rise of Oceania Novel

Living and working underwater can be a dangerous thing. First the bulkheads sweat, then there’s a trickle of water . . .

. . . and then in an instant you’re gone. The only thing left is a bloody pulp in the dark water and crushed bone fragments on the seafloor.

And you can’t bolt to the surface in an emergency. . . . The bends will get you.

But that’s not the worst. When you’re living underwater and also working as a spy for your city, that’s when things get really dangerous.

Truman McClusky has been out of the intelligence business for years, working the kelp farms and helping his city Trieste flourish on the shallow continental shelf just off the coast of Florida. Until his former partner shows up, that is, steals a piece of valuable new technology and makes a mad dash into the Atlantic. Before he knows it, Mac ends up back in the game, chasing the spy to not only recapture the tech, but to kill his former friend.

But when he learns the grim truth behind the theft, it sends his stable life into turmoil and plunges him into an even deadlier mission: evade the submarines of hostile foreign powers, escape assassins, and forge through the world’s oceans at breakneck pace on a daring quest to survive, with more lethal secrets than he thought possible in his pocket.

The future of the city depends on McClusky . . . if he can make it back home


Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – Verses for the Dead

Released on 12/31/18

A Pendergast Novel

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI’s New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner.

Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them-along with cryptic handwritten letters-at local gravestones, unconnected save in one bizarre way: all belonged to women who committed suicide.

But the seeming lack of connection between the old suicides and the new murders is soon the least of Pendergast’s worries. Because as he digs deeper, he realizes the brutal new crimes may be just the tip of the iceberg: a conspiracy of death that reaches back decades.


 Nick Thacker & Jim Heskett – The Severed Pines

Released on 12/26/18

A Harvey Bennett (Prequel) Novel

A grisly murder.

An unsuspecting witness.

A conspiracy that’s bigger than anyone thought. 

Harvey “Ben” Bennett is a park ranger volunteer who stumbles across a crime scene. He’s immediately thrust into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, and he must figure out who’s behind it all. 

…Before he becomes the next victim.


James D. Prescott – Extinction Crisis

Released on 12/12/18

An Ancient Origins Novel


With the doomsday ship only days away from impacting the Earth, humanity’s demise seems all but assured. In every corner of the world, news of the impending destruction has led to chaos, looting and the collapse of the rule of law.

As the foundations of civilization crumble around them, Jack and Mia must race to find answers to perhaps the most important questions of all time. Why have the Ateans repeatedly eradicated life on our planet? And could the key to ending the cycle of extinctions be locked somewhere within the Salzburg Chromosome?

Unraveling the mystery will mean journeying deep into the heart of a perilous alien world and facing off against the very beings who created us.


Thriller Release Alert!-The Scent of Death

Simon Beckett has recently released the sixth book from his David Hunter forensic thriller series. It is for now only available in e-book both in the UK and the US (yea!) with the hardbound release to occur on April 18, 2019. For the forensic thriller junkies, the David Hunter series is a must read. It...

Simon Beckett has recently released the sixth book from his David Hunter forensic thriller series. It is for now only available in e-book both in the UK and the US (yea!) with the hardbound release to occur on April 18, 2019. For the forensic thriller junkies, the David Hunter series is a must read.

It has been a good summer for forensics expert Dr David Hunter. His relationship is going well and he’s in demand again as a police consultant. His life seems to be on an even keel. 

But not for long. The call comes from an old associate: a body has been found, and she’d like Hunter to take a look . . .

St Jude’s Hospital now stands empty. Slowly rotting and silently awaiting demolition, the vast, oppressive building’s only visitors have been society’s outcasts, addicts and dealers. And it’s here that the partially mummified corpse has been discovered. Hunter is not sure how long the body has been hidden in the hospital’s cavernous loft, but he’s seen enough to know it’s a young woman. And that she was pregnant. 

As the remains are removed for closer examination, a floor collapses revealing a previously sealed off part of a ward. Bricked up inside this hidden chamber are three beds. Two of them are occupied . . .
What other grisly secrets will St Jude’s reveal? The local community is alarmed and the police need answers. For David Hunter, what began as a challenging if straightforward case is about to become a twisted nightmare threatening him and those around him. 

Available in e-book.


Review of Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child’s Latest Novel, Verses for the Dead

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.  Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have recently added book #18, Verses...

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.  Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have recently added book #18, Verses for the Dead, to the Pendergast series.


One thing that makes a Pendergast novel special is that the crimes that this FBI agent investigates are far from normal. Whether it be dealing with some beast that kills employees at the New York Museum of Natural History in Relic, or uncovering a serial killer who happens to be Pendergast’s great-grand uncle who had discovered the elixir of life and managed to live to be over 100 years old in the Cabinet of Curiosities, or dealing with the destructive trail left by his psychopathic brother Diogenes, a Pendergast novel is never normal. There is always a certain element of mysticism, or touch of science fiction, or a better way to phrase it – out worldly.

Then there is Verses for the Dead. The story begins with what one would expect from a Pendergast novel, women are being killed in Miami with their hearts being removed and later placed on the grave of other women whose cause of death was suicide.  The killer always leaves a note that quotes classic literature and ends it with the moniker ‘Mister Brokenhearts’. With the exception of working with Vincent D’Agosta, Pendergast normally works alone, but on this particular investigation he is assigned a partner. The reason for this is that FBI assistant director Walter Pickett wants to get rid of Pendergast because he is a rogue agent. Even though Pendergast has a reputation of solving the crime, the perpetrators of the crime seem to always turn up dead, something that doesn’t sit well with Pickett. So Pickett finds a partner for Pendergast that can be an informant and hopefully find information that would give reason for Pickett to dismiss Pendergast. Pendergast’s new partner is A.B. Coldmoon and even though they begin their relationship quite awkwardly, they both eventually develop a mutual respect for each other much to the chagrin of Pickett. Eventually, together they solve the mystery. There is a bit of a twist to the mystery but overall it is a relatively normal mystery. No ghosts, no bizarre creatures, no relative that has come back from the dead. Just a good ole fashion mystery which normally I would be thrilled, but this is a Pendergast novel. So I was a little disappointed.

I still highly recommend reading Verses for the Dead as the development in the relationship between Pendergast and Coldman is definitely worth the read. For the most part, this could be read as a standalone novel. For die-hard Pendergast fans, a new character is introduced that is a bit of a blast from the past which won’t mean much if one hasn’t read the earlier novels.

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


Review of James Rollins’ Latest Novel, Crucible

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.  James Rollins has recently added book #14, Crucible, to the Sigma...

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.  James Rollins has recently added book #14, Crucible, to the Sigma Force series.


Crucible is everything that you would expect from a Sigma Force novel, plenty of death defying action, cool technology, and truly evil villains, but this particular addition to the series is a bit different. Witches, artificial intelligence, and a group of religious zealots whose history dates back to the days of the Spanish Inquisition makes up the primary focus of the story but the underlining tone is really about family.

Over the years the Sigma Force team members have gone on high risk assignments knowing full well that they may not survive, accepting that as being part of the job. But a lot has happened to the Sigma Force team since the series first began with Sandstorm and Map of Bones. Painter Crowe married Lisa Cummings, Monk Kokkalis and Kat Bryant are married and now have two young daughters, and even Kowalski has a girlfriend. Also the most surprising coupling is Pierce and Seichan who have historically been lone rebels uncomfortable in becoming too close to anyone. But in Crucible, Pierce and Seichan are not only a couple, but they are about to be parents.  For any parent, the most horrifying thought is the loss of a child and in Crucible, both Monk and Pierce are getting a taste of what they may be like.

Also on the subject of children, one of the best parts of the Crucible is that we get to witness the spectacular birth of an artificial superhuman intelligent (ASI) known as Eve. Rollins does a wonderful job of giving us a glimpse to what it may be like for an ASI in its early development. He also demonstrates that like a child, the manner in which an ASI is treated in its formative phase will ultimately shape it into the ‘adult’ that it will become, which is very important if the human race expects to survive its birth.

Crucible has everything that will please the Sigma Force fan. Most of the Sigma Force novels are overwhelmingly plot driven but I really felt that Crucible focused more on the characters and the bond that holds the Sigma Force family together. I know, it sounds rather mushy, but don’t worry there is still plenty of entertaining thrills.

I would like to thank and William Morrow for my copy of the Crucible.

To learn more about the series check out the Sigma Force series.


Latest Update On Newest Released And Soon To Be Released Thrillers-February 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  Simon Beckett – The Scent of Death Expected Release Date 2/21/19 (UK release date) A Dr. David Hunter Novel It has been a good summer for forensics expert Dr David...

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 

Simon Beckett – The Scent of Death

Expected Release Date 2/21/19 (UK release date)

A Dr. David Hunter Novel

It has been a good summer for forensics expert Dr David Hunter. His relationship is going well and he’s in demand again as a police consultant. His life seems to be on an even keel.

But not for long. The call comes from an old associate: a body has been found, and she’d like Hunter to take a look . . .

St Jude’s Hospital now stands empty. Slowly rotting and silently awaiting demolition, the vast, oppressive building’s only visitors have been society’s outcasts, addicts and dealers. And it’s here that the partially mummified corpse has been discovered. Hunter is not sure how long the body has been hidden in the hospital’s cavernous loft, but he’s seen enough to know it’s a young woman. And that she was pregnant.

As the remains are removed for closer examination, a floor collapses revealing a previously sealed off part of a ward. Bricked up inside this hidden chamber are three beds. Two of them are occupied . . .

What other grisly secrets will St Jude’s reveal? The local community is alarmed and the police need answers. For David Hunter, what began as a challenging if straightforward case is about to become a twisted nightmare threatening him and those around him.


Iris Johansen – Dark Tribute

Expected Release Date 3/26/19

An Eve Duncan Novel

Despite her tragic childhood, violin prodigy Cara Delaney has finally found peace in her career as a professional musician and stability in her relationship with her guardians, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy SEAL Joe Quinn. If only Jock Gavin, Cara’s lifelong friend and a man with his own twisted history, would even talk to her, everything would be perfect.

But the carefully constructed life Cara has built for herself is suddenly threatened when she is kidnapped by a mysterious man from her grandfather’s past, setting off a violent chain of events that puts everyone Cara loves in danger. Will Cara become a tribute to her family’s dark past, or will she be able to keep herself and her loved ones alive? 


  Mary Lawrence – The Alchemist of Lost Souls

Expected Release Date 4/30/19

A Bianca Goddard Novel

A dangerous element discovered by Bianca Goddard’s father falls into the wrong hands . . . leading to a chain of multiple murders.

Spring 1544: Now that she is with child, Bianca is more determined than ever to distance herself from her unstable father. Desperate to win back the favor of King Henry VIII, disgraced alchemist Albern Goddard plans to reveal a powerful new element he’s discovered – one with deadly potential. But when the substance is stolen, he is panicked and expects his daughter to help.

Soon after, a woman’s body is found behind the Dim Dragon Inn, an eerie green vapor rising from her breathless mouth. To her grave concern, Bianca has reason to suspect her own mother may be involved in the theft and the murder. As her husband John is conscripted into King Henry’s army to subdue Scottish resistance, Bianca must navigate a twisted and treacherous path among alchemists, apothecaries, chandlers, and scoundrels – to find out who among them is willing to kill to possess the element known as lapis mortem, the stone of death. 


Eliot Peper – Breach

Expected Release Date 5/14/19

An Analog Novel

A hacker is drawn out of hiding and into an epic geopolitical showdown in the frighteningly plausible conclusion to Eliot Peper’s critically acclaimed Analog Series.

When you’ve betrayed your revolutionary cadre, an off-grid fight club on a remote tropical island is a good place to hide—or die.

For notorious ex-hacker Emily Kim, the outcome of each fight makes little difference. Black-market blood sport is the perfect self-imposed penance. But when she stumbles on a plot to overthrow the corporate empire that provides the ubiquitous global feed, Emily discovers her old friends have been targeted. Warning them will force her out into the open, back on-grid, and directly into danger. Emily can’t escape the past. But can she seize the future?

Emily’s quest for redemption spirals into an all-out shadow war. What constitutes justice in a world run by algorithms? The feed—and Emily—must be reinvented. Or destroyed.


Casey Hill – Fallout

Expected Release Date 5/31/19

A Reilly Steel Novel


 Danielle Girard – Expire

Expected Release Date 7/9/19

A Dr. Schwartzman Novel


Iris Johansen – Smoke Screen

Expected Release Date 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 . . .


David Lagercrantz – The Girl who Lived Twice

Expected Release Date 8/27/19

A Millenium Novel


Just Released  

Michael C. Grumley – Mosaic

Released on 1/31/19

A Breakthrough Novel

The world is losing hope.

Political and social infighting threaten to destroy the world.  Rancor and hatred only grow stronger, engulfing nations around the globe.  And each day moral and economic strife brings embroiled countries ever closer to war.  

But hope is not dead.  Everywhere, pockets of human kindness and compassion continue to persevere.  Where lives are cherished and virtue endures.  And one small, extraordinary group fights to save us all. 

A team in possession of the mother of all secrets.  The one secret – the one discovery – that could bring the world back from the brink.


James Rollins – Crucible

Released on 1/22/19

A Sigma Force Novel

Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend’s wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak—until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to “unlock” her mind long enough to ask a few questions.

What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest for answers that are connected to mysteries reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history—a Medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches. What they uncover hidden deep in the past will reveal a frightening truth in the present and a future on the brink of annihilation, and force them to confront the ultimate question: What does it mean to have a soul?


Wesley Chu – The Fall of Io

Released on 1/1/19

A World of Tao Novel

For Ella Patel, sharing her mind with the alien, Io, has been tough, but they’re beginning to trust each other. Of course, it’s not just Io she’s dealing with, but the whole of the alien Prophus high command, and the rest of her new team. Given time, some of them might even be friends… But their enemies, the Genjix, are a constant threat, and it looks like the Prophus may have seriously underestimated them. Someone should really do something about that – but are Ella and Io the right agents for the job?


Timothy S. Johnston – The War Beneath

Released on 1/1/19

A Rise of Oceania Novel

Living and working underwater can be a dangerous thing. First the bulkheads sweat, then there’s a trickle of water . . .

. . . and then in an instant you’re gone. The only thing left is a bloody pulp in the dark water and crushed bone fragments on the seafloor.

And you can’t bolt to the surface in an emergency. . . . The bends will get you.

But that’s not the worst. When you’re living underwater and also working as a spy for your city, that’s when things get really dangerous.

Truman McClusky has been out of the intelligence business for years, working the kelp farms and helping his city Trieste flourish on the shallow continental shelf just off the coast of Florida. Until his former partner shows up, that is, steals a piece of valuable new technology and makes a mad dash into the Atlantic. Before he knows it, Mac ends up back in the game, chasing the spy to not only recapture the tech, but to kill his former friend.

But when he learns the grim truth behind the theft, it sends his stable life into turmoil and plunges him into an even deadlier mission: evade the submarines of hostile foreign powers, escape assassins, and forge through the world’s oceans at breakneck pace on a daring quest to survive, with more lethal secrets than he thought possible in his pocket.

The future of the city depends on McClusky . . . if he can make it back home


Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – Verses for the Dead

Released on 12/31/18

A Pendergast Novel

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI’s New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner.

Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them-along with cryptic handwritten letters-at local gravestones, unconnected save in one bizarre way: all belonged to women who committed suicide.

But the seeming lack of connection between the old suicides and the new murders is soon the least of Pendergast’s worries. Because as he digs deeper, he realizes the brutal new crimes may be just the tip of the iceberg: a conspiracy of death that reaches back decades.


 Nick Thacker & Jim Heskett – The Severed Pines

Released on 12/26/18

A Harvey Bennett (Prequel) Novel

A grisly murder.

An unsuspecting witness.

A conspiracy that’s bigger than anyone thought. 

Harvey “Ben” Bennett is a park ranger volunteer who stumbles across a crime scene. He’s immediately thrust into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, and he must figure out who’s behind it all. 

…Before he becomes the next victim.


James D. Prescott – Extinction Crisis

Released on 12/12/18

An Ancient Origins Novel


With the doomsday ship only days away from impacting the Earth, humanity’s demise seems all but assured. In every corner of the world, news of the impending destruction has led to chaos, looting and the collapse of the rule of law.

As the foundations of civilization crumble around them, Jack and Mia must race to find answers to perhaps the most important questions of all time. Why have the Ateans repeatedly eradicated life on our planet? And could the key to ending the cycle of extinctions be locked somewhere within the Salzburg Chromosome?

Unraveling the mystery will mean journeying deep into the heart of a perilous alien world and facing off against the very beings who created us.


Nick Thacker and M.P. MacDougall- The Icarus Effect

Released on 11/29/18

A Harvey Bennett (Prequel) Novel

He just wants a new life. To escape from it all… but fate has other plans.

Harvey Bennett is no stranger to tragedy.

He’s searching for something. But he’s not sure what. 

Life, unfortunately, keeps getting in the way. 

When tragedy strikes Harvey during a family camping trip, he does the only thing he knows how to do: he runs away.

The Icarus Effect is a coming-of-age story set in the woods and backcountry of the US, following the saga of a young man who just wants to find his place in the world. He’s alone, scared, and stubborn. 

The runaway bestseller The Enigma Strain and the follow-up series of Harvey Bennett Mysteries has fans asking the question: “who is Harvey Bennett?” 

How did Harvey Bennett go from reclusive park ranger to head of the Civilian Special Operations?


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