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!

A terribly sad day for anyone who reads or who writes!

Henry Patterson, author of countless novels including The Eagle has Landed, has died. One one the very finest fiction novelists of all time.

The Eagle has Landed is one of his finest novels. A story about a plot to kidnap Churchill by the Nazis. Via Himmler, a group of disgraced paratroopers are tasked with the near impossible task. A work of genius which translated seamlessly into one of the most iconic WW2 war films ever. Patterson published the novel in 1975 under the pseudonym Jack Higgins and the legend was born.

The Eagle has Landed is a work of genius from a grandmaster of the fiction writers world.

I chose to write in part because of the novels of Henry Patterson, Alistair MacLean and Ian Fleming and I owe them a great debt. Not just because they inspired me, but because they gave me great joy over many years. I only wish I could have met him and asked him a few questions. Though he inspired me to write, sadly I could never reach the level of excellence he displayed …but I can hope and try!

My condolences to Mr Patterson and his family. They must be very justly proud of that great man!

Hard Road by J. B. Turner

Hard Road by J. B. Turner is a great red from an intriguing author. The writer lives in the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

The fiction book details the exploits of a shadowy black-ops specialist named Jon Reznick. This operative is an complex character who’s wife died on 9/11. He is in the pay of the American government though the chain of command is murky. Reznick is tasked with making a hit which he has been told must look like suicide. It is well within his skill-set.

Reznick is wrong footed when he finds out who the target is and finds himself escaping with the target. The political plot has fascinating and unique twists and threats to national security. The book is masterfully crafted by this thriller writer.

Hard Road is a great introduction to the work of thriller writer J. B. Turner. It is available as a Kindle e-book, Audiobook and paperback on Amazon. Read this book and you will soon want to read more of his works.

Near Dark by Brad Thor

Brad Thor is one of my favourite fiction authors. His thrillers are clever, intelligent and written in a very engaging style.

Brad Thor is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and with good reason. Once more Scot Harvath returns for his many reader fans.

An enormous bounty has been placed on the head of America’s top spy. Why? The spy is up against it and must evade his hunters while he tries to understand what is going on!

Scot Harvath has lost those closest to him including his new wife. If he is to survive and solve the mystery then he must call on those who can help him or his life will be brief.

It is impossible to trust anyone, but he must if he is to survive. He puts his trust in the Norwegian intelligence operative and beautiful Sølvi Kolstad. With her help he may just live a long life.

Brad Thor at his finest!

When you read a thriller by Brad Thor keep in mind that the dangers and risks which play out in your mind as you read these beautifully crafted novels are as nothing compared to the true life bravery of the population in Ukraine. It is hard not to admire them!

Near Dark by Brad Thor is a must read!

The Locked Door by Freida McFadden

Freida McFadden, fiction writer, is the author of the psychological thriller, The Locked Door.

A father killing women brutally in the basement of the house. His young daughter, oblivious and floors above but eventually the police come knocking. It’s not long before the father is banged up in jail permanently.

Eventually the daughter grows up and becomes a top surgeon. She tries to forget her past and hides the fathers crimes. Nobody knows about him.

However, one of her patients is murdered. Bad as that is, she is shocked to find that the murder was a copycat of her serial murderer fathers crimes.

Is she being set up for the crimes of the father? Someone must know!

A perfect thriller with an incredible twist. Fiction at its finest!

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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Fighter in Lingerie by Penelope Sky

Women in Lingerie

Penelope Sky is the Californian author who has turned her writing into an online and offline sensation. She is a USA Today Bestselling Author and also a New York Times Bestseller Author who has sold more than a million copies of her books which are now being translated into multiple languages. A parallel could be drawn with the other successful women’s author of the Fifty Shades of Grey books, E L James.

The lingerie series of books, fifteen at the present count have been hugely successful and are propelling this talented author into the fast lane.

Fighter in Lingerie follows the obsession of a vicious crime lord, Bosco Roth, and his infatuation with a frightened woman. She is scared but he is not the type of person to give up easily.

The lingerie series is… Well worth a read!

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