All posts by Keith Brownlow

THE BORDER

Title:  The Border

Author:  Don Winslow

What do you do when there are no borders?  When the lines you though existed simply vanish?  How do you plant your feet to make a stand when you no longer know what side you’re on?

The war has come home.

For more than forty years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America’s longest conflict: the war on drugs.  His obsession with defeating the world’s most powerful, wealthy and lethal kingpin–the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adan Barrera–has left him bloody and scarred, cost him the people he loved, even taken a piece of his soul.

Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster he has created thirty more, who are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico.  And not just there.

Barrera’s final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America.  Throwing himself into the gap to stem the deadly flow.  Keller finds himself surrounded by enemies, men who want to kill him, politicians who want to destroy him, and worse, the unimaginable–as incoming administration that’s in bed with the very drug traffickers Keller is trying to bring down.

Art Keller is at war not only with the cartels, but with his own government.  And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined.  Now he learns the final lesson: There are no borders.

In a study that moves from the deserts of  Mexico to Wall street, from the slums of Guatemala to the marbled corridors of Washington, DC, Winslow follows a new generation of narcos, the cops who fight them, street traffickers, addicts, politicians, money launderers, real estate moguls, and mere children fleeing the violence for the chance of a life in a new country.

The Border is an unflinching portrait of modern America, a story of–and for–our time.

WE MUST BE BRAVE

Title:  We Must Be Brave

Author:  Frances Liardet

December 1940:  As German bombs fell on Southampton, England the city’s residents flee to the surrounding villages.  In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly married Ellen Parr finds a girl asleep, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus.  Little Pamela, it seems, is entire alone.

Ellen has always believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home, the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she and her husband, Selwyn, had dreamed for themselves.  As the war wages on, love grows where it was least expected, surprising then all.  But with the end of the fighting comes the realization that Pamela was never theirs to keep.

A story of courage and kindness, hardship and friendship, We Must Be Brave is a luminous and profoundly moving novel about the people we rescue, and he ways in which they rescue us in return.

JUDGMENT

Title:  Judgment

Author: Joseph Finder

It was nothing more than one-night stand.  Juliana Brody, a judge in the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, is rumored to be in consideration for the federal circuit and maybe someday, the highest court in the land.  While at a conference in a Chicago hotel, she meets a gentle, vulnerable man and has an unforgettable night with him–something she’s never done before.  They part with an explicit understanding that this must never happen again.

But back home in Boston, Juliana realizes that this was no random encounter.  The man from Chicago proves to have an integral role in a case she’s presiding over-a sex-discrimination case that’s received national attention.  Juliana discovers that she’s been entrapped, he night of infidelity captured on video.  Strings ae being pulled in high places, a terrifying conspiracy unfolds that will turn her life upside down.  But soon it becomes clear that personal humiliation–even the possible destruction of her career–is the least of her concerns, as her own life and the lives of her family are put in mortal jeopardy.

In the end, turning the tables on her adversaries will require her to be as ruthless as they are.

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SECRET SIX

Title:  George Washington’s Secret Six

Author:  Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger

The American Revolution is well under way in 1776, but things are looking bleak for General George Washington and his Continental Army.  With Washington’s hasty retreat from New York City in August, many think the war might soon be over.  After all, how on earth is this ragtag group going to defeat its enemy, the well-trained and well-funded military of the largest empire in history?

But Washington soon realizes he can’t win with military might.  Instead, he must outsmart the British, so he creates a sophisticated intelligence network: the top-secret Culper Spy Ring.  Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger tell the fascinating stories of these long unrecognized spies: a reserved merchant, a tavern keeper, a brash young longshoreman, a curmudgeonly Long Island bachelor, a coffeehouse owner, and a mysterious woman.

This vivid and accessible y9oung readers adaptation of the New York Times bestseller features and exclusive new introduction, extensive back matter, and eye-catching art throughout.  Chronicling a crucial moment in American history, this historical thriller will excite and inspire the next generation of patriots.

SPACE IS HARD GRAB A HELMET

Title:  Space is Hard Grab a Helmet

Author:  M. K. England

Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices.  so it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.

But Nax’x one-way trip back to  Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy.  Nax and three others washouts escape–barely–but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization.  And the perfect scapegoats.

On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.

They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.

OATH OF OFFICE

Title:  Oath of Office

Author:  Tom Clancy

Freedom may have finally arrived in Iran.  As protests break out across the county, the media rejoices over the so-called Persian Spring.  Western leaders ae ecstatic.  Members of Congress and the Cabinet clamor to back the rebels.  Only President Jack Ryan remains wary.

Meanwhile, he has plenty to handle at home.  A deadly strain of flu is ravaging the United States as spring floods decimate the Southeast.  An unethical senator wants to bring down the Ryan presidency and is willing to lean on fab4eicated bot-planted stories to do it.

But the scariest story is the most closely guarded one.  Two Russian nuclear missiles have been hijacked.  The Campus gets their first break when Jack Junior connects with a  rogue Russian intelligence officer in Afghanistan–only to be abducted soon after arriving.  John Clark and the rest of The Campus team race to track the missiles and rescue their colleague.

As sensationalized stories spin out of control and the stolen missiles remain out of reach, President Ryan’s toughest challenge emerges: How do you meet an enemy head on, when he won’t even show you his face.?

OF BLOOD AND BONE

Title:  Of Blood and Bone

Author:  Nora Roberts

It looks like an ordinary life, an everyday family: chores to be done, squabbling at the dinner table, a basketball game or a swim in the peaceful stream.  But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, he world has changed.  Fallon Swift has two loving parents, but her true father died long ago, in what was known as the New Hope Massacre.  The distant city where her mother once dabbled casually in the craft has ben in ruins for years, reclaimed by nature, desolate since the Doom descended and billions grew sick and died.  Traveling anywhere now is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called “Purity Warriors” search for their next victim.  Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted–and as her thirteenth birthday looms, her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.

Now the time has come for Fallon to walk away from her home, into a mysterious shelter in the forest where her training can begin.  Under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries, she will complete three quests: She will learn the old ways of healing, and find powers within herself that she never imagined.  And when he ime is right, she will take up the sword and fight.

For she until grows into the woman she was born o be, the world outside will never be whole again.  The people of New Hope are still standing, clinging to survival–but under constant threat from the darkness.  In the fragments of her vision, she can see them, trying to defeat the suffering and injustice.  She cannot yet join the battle.  for two years, in the idyllic hideaway of their cottage, she must study and spar with her mentor, and come to understand the forces of the light, the magicks of faerie and elf and shifter.  but the time is coming when she must face the darkness too–for the sake of the family she left behind, and all those who have placed their hope and faith in The One.

PET SEMATARY

Title:  Pet Sematary

Author:  Stephen King

Has Stephen King ever conceived a story so horrifying that he was for a time unwilling to finish writing it?  Yes.  Pet Sematary is that story.

As king says in his introduction, “When I’m asked what I consider to be the most frightening book I’ve written, the answer I give comes easily and with no hesitation. Pet Sematary.”

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true.  Yet despite Ludlow’s tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here.  Those trucks on the road outside the Greeds’ beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing….as is evidenced by the makeshift pet cemetery in the nearby woods.  Then there are the warnings to Louis, both real and from the depths of his nightmares, that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard.  A blood-chilling truth is hidden there–one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful.  An ominous fate befalls anyone who dares to tamper with this forbidden place, as Louis is about to discover for himself.

As the story unfolds, so does a nightmare of the supernatural, one so relentless you might not want to continue reading but will be unable to stop.  There’s a reason King put this novel in a drawer for several years, ” thinking I had finally gone too far.”

THE DEADLY DEEP

Title:  The Deadly Deep

Author:  Iain Ballantyne

At the heart of this thrilling narrative lurks danger and power, as acclaimed naval writer Iain Ballantyne reveals some of warfare’s murkiest secrets.  The cast of colorful characters includes an American who devised plunging boats to attack the British, who then switched sides and tried to help the Royal Navy defeat Napoleon: a former monk who created submersible boats to assist the cause of Irish liberation: and a spy who, during the American Civil War, hid Confederate submarine secrets in her bonnet.

The reader is plunged into the epic convoy battles of the twentieth century’s two world wars, when hopes of victory were placed on the shoulder’s of daring young submarine captains, many of whom perished along with the men they commanded.  We learn of efforts by the British to seize Enigma material from U-boats, how Germany’s so-called Grey Wolves were not always brave or invincible, and the role of American submarines in bringing Japan to its knees.

With skill and verve, Iain Ballantyne expertly narrated attacks by Royal Navy X-craft on Tirpitz: Nazi plans to bombard New York with primitive cruise missiles; and episodes when the Cold War era turned hot–not least the sinking of the Belgrano.  This definitive history concludes with a look at the resurgence of submarines as political and military tools and the threat of nuclear annihilation they pose.

HEADS YOU WIN

Title:  Heads You Win

Author: Jeffery Archer

Leningrad, Russia, 1968.  Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from and early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen.  But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying he state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.  At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice.  Should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain?  Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin..

In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander’s future.  During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and thirty years, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world.  As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realize where his destiny lies and accept that he must face the past he left behind in Russia.

With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent fans, this is #1 New York Times bestseller Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious and creative work since Kane & Abel.