A Gambling Man by David Baldacci

David Baldacci’s new crime thriller paperback is a must read for fans of his and for those who do not know him.

A Gambling Man is set in the 1940s in California it has a lusciously noir feel to it.

The book is the second book in his series about Aloysius Archer who is a former convict. The book captures the sense of a bygone age.

If you like fiction works by David Baldacci then why not try the political thriller See Glass by Ido Graf available on Amazon in ebook, paperback and audiobook.

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The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz

The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz has just been released.

A long lost novel written in 1938 about Nazi Germany and the treatment of Jews has become a best-seller. The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz is a must read for those wishing to appreciate the horrors through a contemporary viewpoint.


The novel follows the journey of Otto Silbermann who must flee with his family from the Nazis following the increasing violence surrounding Kristallnacht.


The book, The Passenger charts his hurried escape taking train after train criss-crossing Germany in order to find a border he can cross to freedom.


This classic novel by Boschwitz gives a great sense of the tremendous fear of discovery which so many of those people suffered and the consequences that would follow if the Nazis discovered them.

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Find Them Dead by Peter James

Find Them Dead is the next in the Roy Grace detective series by Peter James.


Peter James is ban award winning detective thriler writer. His Roy Grace detective books are completely addictive and atmospheric.. While a Brighton gangster is being tried for conspiracy to murder there is a person in the courtroom who is watching the jurors carefully. The thugs compatriots are wondering which two jurors they will try to influence to throw the verdict. Roy Grace begins to investigate a murder which soon appears to have links to the gangsters trial, The stakes are high and danger is ever present. The cat and mouse plot is a real page turner.

Peter James is a top-notch thriller writer and is well worth a read.

Origin by Dan Brown

Origin by Dan Brown

Origin by Dan Brown

Origin by Dan Brown.

Dan Brown writes another in the Robert Langdon series following on from Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno.

It is a novel full of twists and turns which keeps you guessing. Langdon, the well-known Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, is invited to Bilbao in Spain to an event at the Guggenheim Museum. Edmond Kirsch, a former student of Langdon, is to give, what he calls, a major announcement which, ‘will change the face of science forever’ and which will answer two of life’s most enduring questions…’Where did we come from?’ and ‘Where are we going?’

The billionaire is a futurist who puts forth incredible high-tech inventions and who makes spectacular predictions.

The event turns to chaos and Kirsch’s controversial discoveries are at risk of being lost.

Langdon is shocked and is forced to escape Bilbao with Ambra Vidal, the director of the museum who worked with Kirsch to organise the event. In search of a secret password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret, they escape to Barcelona. Two world religious leaders, Jewish Rabbi Yehuda Köves, and Islamic Imam Syed al-Fadl are killed.

Langdon is under constant threat from fanatics and an enemy that will not stop. The Spanish throne is implicated in this race to uncover Kirsch’s incredible discovery.

Dan Brown is a highly inventive writer and Origin is sure to be another success for this great writer of thriller fiction.

Absolute Power by David Baldacci

Absolute Power

Absolute Power by Baldacci

Absolute Power thriller was written by David Baldacci.

The novel opens when a professional burglar named Luther Whitney, breaks into the home of a billionaire in an upmarket Virginia suburb.  While trying to rob the house he sees the United States President and the wife of the billionaire having wild sex. While Whitney is watching their passionate sex becomes violent ending in the woman being killed as the Secret Service burst in on them. Whitney saw the killing through a large two way mirror door that concealed a closet room. In this hidden room the billionaire would sit watching as other men had sex with his wife. Whitney made his escape, but the Secret Service had already found out that someone had been watching. The Secret Service orchestrates a campaign to implicate Whitney in the murder of the billionaire’s wife. The agents try to track down Whitney, who goes on the run – though he wants to make sure the real culprit is exposed.

A very clever, believable plot that is a real page turner. David Baldacci is a master of his thriler craft and many of his books are available in ebook, audiobook and paperback formats.

Absolute Power was made into a film starring Clint Eastwood.

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The King of Torts by John Grisham

King of Torts thriller by John Grisham

King of Torts thriller by John Grisham

John Grisham’s The King of Torts is, as one might expect,  a legal suspense novel which was published in 2003 and which remained in the top 15 of the New York Times Best Sellers list for more than 20 weeks having been in first place initially.

The thriler novel centres around a lawyer, Clay Carter and what can be, the sordid world of the class action. Mr Carter doesn’t earn much working for the Office of the Public Defender, though he has high aspirations. Reluctantly, he takes on the case of Tequila Watson, a man accused of a random street killing. A random murder in Washington, D.C. sees the case of Tequila Watson pass before Mr Carter who reluctantly takes it on. He does not know why he killed Pumpkin, his friend.

However, the case is set to change Mr Carter’s life and fortunes. A shady individual, oddly named Max Pace, alerts Clay to a conspiracy that has been perpetuated by a pharmaceutical company. They have been conducting medical trials on recovering drug addicts. However, worryingly they have not obtained their consent first. Tequila was one of the unlucky ones to be part of a trial and doubly unlucky in that Tarvan, the drug, does not work in 10% of cases. Though it does not work in those few cases it has an unpleasant side effect in that it leads patients to commit random murders.

Max Pace is used by the drug company to make contact with Clay in an effort to keep a lid on their unsavoury practices and to keep victims quiet by paying them off with muchos dineros. Though Clay is concerned with the process he soon turns into a convert when he sees the vast sums of money to be made. Clay’s fortunes don’t come from winning cases but from forcing the pharmaceutical companies to settle out of court at the earliest point. He departs from the Public Defenders Office taking some colleagues and setting up his own firm.

Clay begins his slide into a murky world as Max Pace gives him insider information on other dangerous drugs that he may be able to profit from.  Clay rapidly reaches the dizzy heights among other established tort lawyers in the city. Clay’s meteoric rise, however, comes to the notice of the authorities and he is soon under investigation for such things as insider trading to name but one.

Clay’s luck rapidly changes as he is badly beaten up and hospitalised and as one of his biggest cases loses and his unhappy clients turn on him and begin to sue. Despondent, he eventually flees to England with his girlfriend, Rebecca.

Though I did enjoy the rollercoaster ride of The King of Torts fiction novel by John Grisham it did in parts seem to lose momentum. The plot is good, the characters strong and the novel flows, but it is just not totally convincing. However, that said, it is still a great read for a thriller while soaking up some rays on a tropical beach.

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The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth

The kill list by Frederick Forsyth

The kill list by Frederick Forsyth

What can I say about Forsyth!….a giant of a writer who’s meticulous research just oozes out of the pages. I live in expectant anticipation for each new novel. Frederick Forsyth is a true master of the thriller genre.

The Kill List is highly topical, scarey and cleverly plotted. A terrorist who delivers online radical sermons and who has come to be known as The Preacher has incited some Muslims to carry out assassinations. A retired US Marine general is one of their victims, but his son is a terrorist hunter.

The terrosit hunter enlists the helps of a teenage computer geek with Asperger’s Syndrome. The young man never leaves the loft of his family home though he is a genius when it comes to the internet.

The novel races between the USA and Somalia with detailed subplots involving warlords, pirates and special forces.

Forsyth has an intense knowledge of all he writes of which is ever evident.

Frederick Forsyth is at his best in this fiction novel and shows the true mastery he has attained through skill and exceptional hard work.

Don’t miss out on this great fiction novel.

Wat kan ik zeggen over Forsyth!…een reus van een schrijver wiens nauwgezette onderzoek gewoon uit de pagina’s druipt. Ik leef vol verwachting uit naar elke nieuwe roman. Frederick Forsyth is een ware meester van het thrillergenre.

The Kill List is zeer actueel, eng en slim geplot. Een terrorist die online radicale preken houdt en die bekend is komen te staan ​​als The Preacher, heeft sommige moslims ertoe aangezet om moorden te plegen. Een gepensioneerde generaal van de Amerikaanse mariniers is een van hun slachtoffers, maar zijn zoon is een terroristenjager.

De terrosietenjager roept de hulp in van een tienercomputernerd met het syndroom van Asperger. De jonge man verlaat nooit de zolder van zijn ouderlijk huis, hoewel hij een genie is als het om internet gaat.

De roman racet tussen de VS en Somalië met gedetailleerde subplots met krijgsheren, piraten en speciale troepen.

Forsyth heeft een intense kennis van alles wat hij schrijft, wat altijd duidelijk is.

Frederick Forsyth is op zijn best in deze roman en toont het ware meesterschap dat hij heeft bereikt door vaardigheid en uitzonderlijk hard werken.

Mis deze geweldige fictieroman niet.

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Storm Troop by Leo Kessler

Storm Troop military thriller by Leo Kessler

Storm Troop military thriller by Leo Kessler

Leo Kessler, aka Charles Whiting, was a prodigious military writer who died in 2007, writing some 350 fiction and non-fiction books – quite astonishing. Many of his great novels are detailed on the wonderful Fantastic Fiction site which I visit so often. I remember many happy days in my youth reading his novels of courage and danger set across the background of a wartorn Europe. He wrote mainly war novels that were exciting and easy reading.

Storm Troop is the first of the nine WW2 Stormtroop Edelweiss novels which were to detail the exploits of the crack German Mountain Troops who took as their emblem the beautiful Edelweiss flower of the high European alps. The Edelweiss was highly prized by young men who climbed into the mountains to retrieve them for their beloved.

In this Leo Kessler military fiction book the Edelweiss battalion sail through rivers and canals from their base in Bavaria down through France and into the Med. They travel from here to the Greek island of Leros where they land and attack British and Italian positions in the mountains just prior to an airborne assault by German parachutists and German troops who are landed from ships. This is a fast paced, WWII, fictitious, fun tale of danger among Greek islands during the war and is well worth a read. Leo Kessler is one of those writers who can very quickly hook a reader.

Leo Kessler, alias Charles Whiting, byl úžasný vojenský spisovatel, který zemřel v roce 2007 a napsal asi 350 beletristických a non -fiction knih – docela úžasné. Mnoho z jeho velkých románů je podrobně popsáno na nádherné stránce Fantastická fikce, kterou tak často navštěvuji. Pamatuji si mnoho šťastných dnů v mládí, kdy jsem četl jeho romány o odvaze a nebezpečí zasazené do pozadí válečné Evropy. Psal hlavně válečné romány, které byly napínavé a snadné na čtení.

Storm Troop je první z devíti románů Stormtroop Edelweiss, které měly podrobně popsat exploze trhliny německých horských vojsk, které si za svůj znak vzaly krásný květ Edelweiss ve vysokých evropských Alpách. Edelweiss byl velmi ceněn mladými muži, kteří vylezli do hor, aby je získali pro své milované.

V této knize Leo Kessler vojenské beletrie prapor Edelweiss proplouvá řekami a kanály z jejich základny v Bavorsku dolů přes Francii a do Med. Cestují odtud na řecký ostrov Leros, kde přistávají a útočí na britské a italské pozice v horách těsně před leteckým útokem německých parašutistů a německých vojsk, kteří přistávají z lodí. Je to rychlá, fiktivní a zábavná pohádka o nebezpečí mezi řeckými ostrovy během války a stojí za přečtení.

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Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

The eye of the needle by Ken Follett

The eye of the needle by Ken Follett

The Eye of the Needle is a WWII spy thriller written by Ken Follett. The fiction novel was first published in 1978 by Penguin and was originally called Storm Island. This book was Follett’s first success and in 1979 he won the Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America.  The novel was made into a film in 1981 with Donald Sutherland.

During WWII the Allies tried to convince the Nazis that the D-Day landings were to be at Calais and not in Normandy. They made up a fictitious First United States Army Group (FUSAG) to this end, with fake tanks, buildings and dummy radio traffic to give the impression of an army ready to land at Calais.   In 1940 London Henry Faber is a German spy, called the needle, die Nadel’ in German, named for the stilleto knife he uses to kill people. Faber kills his landlady after she catches him making a radio call to Germany. The espionage novel tells of David and his wife Lucy. He is an ex-RAF pilot who is diabled and they have moved to Storm Island off the coast of Scotland.

MI5 has recruited or hanged all German spies except Faber who is very cunning.  Godliman and his assistant Bloggs work for MI5 and are trying to catch him.

Faber is sent by the Nazis to check FUSAG is real and he finds in fact that it is a deception. Faber then heads to Scotland to rendevous with a German Uboat to escape with the information back to Germany. Faber is tracked to Scotland by MI5. After stealing a boat to get to the sub he is shipwrecked on Storm Island.   David and Lucy care for him but he kills David after he finds out about him being a spy. Lucy, who was unhappy in her marriage is getting out of the bath and about to put on her lingerie when Faber walks in and sees her naked. After this they fall for each other and Lucy sleeps with Faber Lucy finds her husband’s body and realizes that Faber has killed him.   Faber tries to radio the Nazis information about FUSAG but Lucy blows the electricity in the cottage to cut the radio. Unable to send a radio message and unable to kill Lucy who he now loves, Faber tries to escape down the cliff to swim to the waiting U-boat. Lucy throws a rock down on him and after one hits him he falls to his death.

The RAF then attack the Uboat. MI5 send a false radio message with Faber’s call sign to trick the Germans into believing that the invasion will be at Calais. Bloggs comforts the Lucy and then eventually gets married to her.

Ken Follett is an enthrawlling writer and I would strongly recommend his novels to you.

If you enjoy The Eye of the Needle then try See Glass by Ido Graf on Amazon. One of the best espionage books.

The Eye of the Needle hè un thriller spia di a Seconda Guerra Mundiale scrittu da Ken Follett. U rumanzu di fizzione hè statu publicatu per a prima volta in u 1978 da Penguin è era chjamatu à l’origine Storm Island. Stu libru hè statu u primu successu di Follett è in u 1979 hà vintu u Premiu Edgar per a Migliore Novella di i Scrittori Misteri di l’America. U rumanzu hè statu fattu in un filmu in u 1981 cù Donald Sutherland.

Durante a Seconda Guerra Mondiale l’Alliati anu pruvatu à cunvince i Nazis chì l’atterrissimi di u ghjornu D avianu da esse in Calais è micca in Normandia. In questu scopu, anu fattu un fittiziu Primu Gruppu di l’Armata di i Stati Uniti (FUSAG), cù falsi serbatoi, edifici è trafficu radio fittiziu per dà l’impressione di un’armata pronta à sbarcà in Calais. In u 1940 Londra Henry Faber hè un spia tedescu, chjamatu agulla, more Nadel ‘in alimanu, chjamatu per u cultellu stilleto ch’ellu usa per tumbà a ghjente. Faber tomba a so padrona di casa dopu ch ella u chjappi fendu una chjama à a radiu in Germania. U rumanzu di spionaghju conta di David è di a so moglia Lucy. Hè un ex-pilotu di a RAF chì hè diablatu è si sò trasferiti in Storm Island à a costa di a Scozia.

MI5 hà recrutatu o impiccatu tutti i spii tedeschi eccettu Faber chì hè assai astutu. Godliman è u so assistente Bloggs travaglianu per MI5 è cercanu di cattallu.

Faber hè mandatu da i Nazis per verificà chì FUSAG hè reale è trova in fattu chì hè un ingannu. Faber poi si dirige in Scozia per rendevous cun un Uboat tedescu per fughje cù l’infurmazioni in Germania. Faber hè tracciatu in Scozia da MI5. Dopu avè arrubatu una barca per ghjunghje à u sottumessu hè naufragatu in Storm Island. David è Lucy si primuranu di ellu ma ellu tomba à David dopu ch’ellu hà sapiutu ch’ellu era un spia. Lucy, chì era infelice in u so matrimoniu, esce da u bagnu è hè in traccia di mette a so biancheria quandu Faber entra è a vede nuda. Dopu questu si lampanu l’uni per l’altri è Lucy dorme cun Faber Lucy trova u corpu di u so maritu è ​​capisce chì Faber l’hà tombu. Faber prova à trasmette l’infurmazioni naziunali nantu à FUSAG ma Lucy soffia l’elettricità in a casetta per taglià a radio. Incapace di invià un missaghju radio è incapace di tumbà Lucy chì avà ama, Faber prova à scappà per a scogliera per natà finu à l’U-boat chì aspetta. Lucy lancia una roccia nantu à ellu è dopu à unu u colpisce, cade à morte.

Dopu a RAF attacca u Uboat. MI5 manda un falsu missaghju radio cù u segnu di chjama di Faber per ingannà i tedeschi à crede chì l’invasione serà in Calais. Bloggs cunsuleghja Lucy è dopu si marita cun ella.

Ken Follett hè un scrittore appassiunante è vi raccomanderei vivamente i so rumanzi.

Se vi piace L’Ochju di l’Aguila allora pruvate See Glass di Ido Graf nant’à Amazon. Unu di i migliori libri di spionaggio.

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The Vivero Letter by Desmond Bagley

The Vivero Letter by Desmond Bagley

The Vivero Letter by Desmond Bagley

The Vivero Letter was written in 1968 by Desmond Bagley.

The fiction story starts as Jeremy Wheale’s brother is killed by a hit man sent by the Mafia. The tragedy revolves around a 16th century gold tray which is a family heirloom. Wheale travels from Devon in the south of England to Mexico and from there to the tropical rain forests of the Yucatán Peninsula. Wheale works with two archeologists as they try to find a legendary hoard of Mayan gold. The treasure is from the lost city of the Mayas, Uaxuanoc.   The Mob are on the trail of Wheale, as are the Chicleros, a deadly group of convict mercenaries as Wheale begins to mistrust his two archeologist friends.

A superb book with lots of action, a clever plot and great locations. Desmond Bagley wrote some of the best highly entertaining thrilers and action & adventure.

Viverobrevet av Desmond Bagley

Viverobrevet skrevs 1968 av Desmond Bagley.

Skönlitteraturen börjar när Jeremy Wheales bror dödas av en hitman som skickats av maffian. Tragedin kretsar kring en guldbricka från 1500 -talet som är ett arv till familjen. Wheale reser från Devon i södra England till Mexiko och därifrån till de tropiska regnskogarna på Yucatánhalvön. Wheale arbetar med två arkeologer när de försöker hitta en legendarisk skara med maya -guld. Skatten är från den förlorade staden Mayas, Uaxuanoc. Mobben är på spåret av Wheale, liksom Chicleros, en dödlig grupp av dömda legosoldater när Wheale börjar misstro sina två arkeologvänner.

En suverän bok med massor av action, en smart handling och bra platser. Desmond Bagley skrev några av de bästa mycket underhållande thrillrarna och action och äventyr.

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