The Asset by Saul Herzog

The Asset by Saul Herzog is a superb novel which keeps you guessing until the end!

Lance Spector is finished with the CIA. He had his fill of the government and the military and their dishonesty.

Chance plays a trick as a top secret Russian mission makes a ground-breaking discovery. Coming from pathogens within frozen mammoths they have managed to make a super-weapon. They have a weapon that can halt the USA and Nato.

Then out of nowhere a vial arrives at the headquarters of the CIA with no known sender and a note. It says, “I will only speak to Lance Spector.”

The Asset by Saul Herzog is a great spy thriller and is part of the new Lance Spector series.

It is the perfect match for people who enjoy Brad Thor‘s Scot Harvath, Ido Graf‘s Adam Wolf, Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher, Robert Ludlum‘s Jason Bourne and Vince Flynn‘s Mitch Rapp.

Saul Herzog is a pen name for one of the top modern authors. Saul Herzog’s plots are a mix of espionage, realism, and action.

His fiction novels are available s paperbacks, e-books and audiobooks. If you want to choose one to start on then read The Asset.

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The Cellist by Daniel Silva

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“The Cellist” is a thriller novel by Daniel Silva, set in the world of international espionage and political intrigue. The story follows the main character, Gabriel Allon, who is an art restorer and a secret agent for the Israeli intelligence agency.

The novel begins with Gabriel being called out of retirement to investigate the murder of a cellist in London. The cellist, who was a close friend of Gabriel’s, was killed in a terrorist attack while performing in a concert. Gabriel is tasked with finding out who was behind the attack and bringing them to justice.

As Gabriel investigates the murder, he discovers that the cellist was not the intended target of the attack, but was caught in the crossfire. The real target was a British politician who was also at the concert. Gabriel sets out to find out who was behind the attack and why they wanted to kill the politician.

As Gabriel delves deeper into the case, he finds that the attack is connected to a larger plot that involves a group of radical Islamic extremists who are planning to carry out a major attack in Europe. The group is being led by a mysterious figure known only as “The Panther,” who is a master of disguise and is able to evade detection.

Gabriel works with his team of agents to track down the Panther and his associates. They are able to gather intelligence on the group and their plans, but they struggle to find out where and when the attack will take place.

As the tension builds, Gabriel and his team are forced to race against the clock to stop the attack and prevent a major catastrophe. Along the way, they encounter many obstacles and challenges, including corrupt government officials and powerful enemies who are determined to stop them.

The novel is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. The characters are well-developed and the plot is complex and intricate, with many twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. The setting of the story is also very realistic, with detailed descriptions of the locations and the political climate that add depth and realism to the story.

At the end of the story, readers will be left on the edge of their seats as the final confrontation between Gabriel and the Panther takes place, and the fate of Europe hangs in the balance. The Cellist is a perfect read for anyone who is a fan of thrillers and espionage novels.

Daniel Silva is a bestselling author of espionage and thriller novels. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1960, but spent much of his childhood in California. Silva began his career as a journalist, working for United Press International (UPI) and CNN. He covered the Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In 1997, Daniel Silva wrote his first novel, “The Unlikely Spy,” which became a bestseller. The book was a spy thriller set during World War II, and it was followed by several other bestselling novels in the same genre. Silva’s most famous character is Gabriel Allon, a former Israeli intelligence officer who becomes an art restorer. Many of Silva’s novels feature Allon as the main character, including “The Kill Artist,” “The English Assassin,” “The Confessor,” “A Death in Vienna,” “The Messenger,” “The Secret Servant,” “The Defector,” “The Rembrandt Affair,” “Portrait of a Spy,” “The Fallen Angel,” “The English Girl,” “The Heist,” “The English Spy,” “The Black Widow,” “The New Girl” and “The Order.”

Daniel Silva’s novels are known for their richly detailed settings, complex plotlines, and well-crafted characters. His writing has been praised for its authenticity, and he has been credited with bringing a new level of realism to the spy thriller genre. Silva’s novels have been translated into more than 30 languages, and they have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Silva’s novels are also known for their exploration of current political and social issues, such as the rise of Islamic extremism and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Silva’s books have been praised for their ability to provide insight into these issues while also entertaining readers.

Silva has won several awards for his writing, including the Barry Award for “The Secret Servant,” the Edgar Award for “The Confessor,” and the Nero Award for “The Messenger.”

Daniel Silva lives with his wife and children in Florida. When not writing, Silva is a passionate art lover and traveler. He is also an avid fan of sports, especially football and soccer.

In summary, Daniel Silva is a bestselling author of espionage and thriller novels, known for his richly detailed settings, complex plotlines and well-crafted characters. He’s famous for his Gabriel Allon series, which have been praised for its authenticity and exploration of current political and social issues. He’s won multiple awards and his novels have been translated into over 30 languages. He lives in Florida with his family, and is a passionate art lover, traveller and sports fan.

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Espionage novels from the top authors

Espionage novels are a genre of fiction that focus on the world of spies and espionage. These novels often depict the secret agents and intelligence agencies that operate behind the scenes, and the complex web of political and personal motivations that drive them.

One of the most well-known espionage novelists is John le Carré, whose books have been adapted into films and television shows such as “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”. Le Carré’s novels are known for their realistic and gritty portrayal of the intelligence community, and the moral ambiguities that come with the spy game.

Another prominent writer in the espionage genre is Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond series. The Bond novels, which have been adapted into a long-running film franchise, are known for their fast-paced action and over-the-top gadgetry. Unlike le Carré’s novels, the Bond books often feature a clear-cut good versus evil dynamic, with Bond as the ultimate hero fighting against the forces of evil.

There are also many contemporary writers in the espionage genre, such as Daniel Silva, whose Gabriel Allon series features a former Israeli intelligence officer as the protagonist. Silva’s novels often tackle current political issues and are known for their detailed research and accurate portrayal of the inner workings of the intelligence community.

Espionage novels often explore the theme of betrayal and the question of what it means to be a patriot. Characters in these novels are frequently torn between their loyalty to their country and their own personal beliefs and moral code. In le Carré’s novels, for example, the main characters are often caught in a struggle between their duty to their country and their own sense of what is right.

The genre of espionage novels also frequently deals with themes of deception and the manipulation of information. Spies in these novels often use false identities and rely on misdirection to achieve their goals. In the James Bond novels, for example, Bond is known for his ability to outwit his enemies by using clever trickery and deception.

Espionage novels also often feature complex and nuanced villains. In le Carré’s novels, the enemy is often a faceless, shadowy organization rather than a single person. In the James Bond novels, the villains are often wealthy and powerful individuals with their own motives and agendas.

One of the hallmarks of espionage novels is their attention to detail and accuracy when it comes to the technology and tactics used by spies. Many authors in this genre conduct extensive research to ensure that their depictions of spycraft are as realistic as possible. This attention to detail helps to create a sense of realism and credibility in the novel, drawing the reader further into the story.

Espionage novels have been a popular genre for many years and continue to attract a dedicated readership. These novels offer a glimpse into the shadowy world of spies and espionage, and provide a thrilling read for those interested in political intrigue and the inner workings of the intelligence community. Whether it’s the gritty realism of John le Carré‘s novels, the multi-twist plots of Ido Graf or the over-the-top action of the Ian Fleming James Bond series, espionage novels have something to offer for readers of all tastes.

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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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