The Florentine International thriller by Tom Trott

The Florentine by Tom Trott is a true masterpiece.

A retired CIA man wanting a break with his past moves to Florence in Italy

Cain, having relaxed under the warm Italian sun for many years his old boss gets in touch.

He needs his help with what he says is the last job! But his former boss has done the former operative no favours.

Cain is drawn into a dangerous mesh of double-cross and intrigue involving his past, the Mafia and a whistle-blower of nowhere else but the NSA. Danger stalks his every move and he knows that somewhere – he is on somebody’s hitlist!

He is stalked by assassins and the Italian police and he cannot tell who he can trust!

Reviews include:

“I was on the edge of my seat, holding my breath. It kept me in it’s grip until the very last pages.” — Herding Cats book blog
“All of the action you would expect from a big Hollywood blockbuster, with a clever plot to hang it all together and characters you can’t help rooting for.” — Steph Warren, Amazon Vine Voice
“Non-stop action and drama, there is never a dull moment!” — Eastend Reader book blog
“I was on the edge of my seat, holding my breath. It kept me in it’s grip until the very last pages.” — Herding Cats book blog
“I read this in one sitting” — Rambling Mads book blog
“Recommended for those who enjoy easy to read, well written, fast paced, espionage/spy thrillers, full of action and intrigue, laced with tension and suspense, with a very satisfactory ending. A contemporary thriller with undertones of the classic about it.” — Between the Lines book blog
“Riveting, well-nuanced, and action-packed. With humor, snark, tension, impending peril around every corner.” — Books and Bindings
“Kept me on the edge of my seat. A brilliant story.” — Echoes in an Empty Room book blog

The Florentine is a wonderful read with an intricate and clever plot written by author Tom Trott. If you are a fan of espionage novels or political thrillers or of authors like Frederick Forsyth, Ido Graf, Harlan Coben, Mick Herron, Lee Child or James Patterson then this novel is for you!

Hardcover and large-print fiction

With the exponential rise in audiobooks and the e-book market it can be easy to forget the traditional paper forms of the fiction book.

However, paperbacks, mass market paperbacks and hardcovers still account for a large part of the market. Many people, including myself, prefer the paper form of the fiction novel.

Big hitters like Amazon have been providing print on demand paperbacks for some time. However, with the advent of print on demand hardcover, hard cover, or hardback books, as they are known, the market may be set to expand.

Hardcovers are bound with rigid covers for durability. They often had dustjackets but are increasingly sold without a jacket having the printed cover placed directly on the hard cover.

There is a traditional pattern of sales. If the book is expected to sell well, then the hardcover comes out first followed some time later by the paperback and then a mass market paperback. These mass market paperbacks tend to be smaller and printed on cheaper quality paper.

Large-print, which is also known as large-font and large-type, is a big size of font which is sometimes used for readers who require larger print because they have difficulty reading smaller print sizes. This style of large-print text is often stocked by public libraries, and it is normally at least 18 points in size, though it can be as low as 14 points – though this can also be termed enlarged print.

The new large-print hardcover political thriller, See Glass by Ido Graf, is now available on Amazon.

State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton & Louise Penny

The new thriller by #1 bestseller authors Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny has been a raging success.

A new administration takes control in the USA. The Presidents choice for Secretary of State comes as a shock. It’s one of his political enemies.

A string of terrorist attacks start a terrifying ball rolling. A swirling mess of Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran and the thirst for nuclear weapons in a highly volatile region creates a nightmare scenrio.

The new American administration is rocked to it’s core but can it recover?

The novel is clever, well plotted, intelligent and gripping. It is definitely on my premier reading list.

State of Terror is available as an audiobook, paperback, e-book, hardcover and Audio CD.

Other great political thriller writers are James Patterson, Catherine Coulter, Ido Graf and Jack Carr.

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The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett

Ken Follett is one of my all time favourite authors and one I would aspire to be like if I were a writer.

His works are meticulously plotted, clever and historically accurate.

Ken Follett is truly a master of the craft of fiction writing. And one of his finest works is ‘The Key to Rebecca’.

A clever thriller set during World War Two in the sands of North Africa. A ruthless spy, Alex Wolff, is Erwin Rommel’s ace in the hole. But he is tracked relentlessly by British officer called Vandam who is assisted by a beautiful woman, Elene.

The Key to Rebecca is well worth a read and is one of the finest thriller novels I have enjoyed.


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