Category Archives: Action

SEA OF GREED

Title:  Sea of Greed

Author:  Clive Cussler

After the explosion in the Gulf of Mexico destroys three oil rigs trying two revive a dying field, Kurt Austin and the NUMA Special Projects team are tapped by the President of the United States to find out what’s gone wrong.  The trail leads them to a brilliant billionaire in the alternative energy field.  Her goal is the end of he Oil Age; her comp[any has spent billions developing the world’s most advanced fuel ell systems.  But is she an environmental hero…or a rogue genetic engineer?

The NUMA crew discovers that the oil fields are infected with a bacteria that is consuming the oil before it can be pumped out of the earth—a bacteria originally lost decades ago when two submarines vanished in the Mediterranean.

With hired killers on his trail, can Austin locate a submarine that’s remained hidden for more than fifty years?  And even if he can, can the biological terror that’s been unleashed be stopped?

 

THE ICE MAN

 

Title:  The Ice Man

Author:  P. T. Deutermann

In 1942, off the port city of Nazaire in occupied France, a United States Navy S-class submarine assigned to the Royal Navy lurks just outside the borders of the minefield protecting a German U-boat base.  Lieutenant Commander Malachi Stormes, the boat’s skipper, patrols dangerously close to the minefield entrance and manages to trap and sink three outbound U-boats in one spectacular attack.  Britain decorates him, and the U.S. Navy promotes him and then gives him command of a brand-new class of submarine, a fleet boat called Firefish.  Based in Perth, Australia, having been driven out of the Philippines by the Japanese juggernaut, the Perth boats are the only American forces capable of hitting the Japanese in the western Pacific.

Stormes with his cold, steely-eyed focus on killing Japanese ships, is an enigma to his officers and crew, especially when it becomes clear that he is willing to take huge chances to achieve results.  Firefish sinks more ships than any Perth boat on her first war patrol, but Stormes’s  unconvential tactics frighten his crew.  Driven by a past steeped in the whiskey-haunted violence of the Kentucky coal fields, with psychological scars that torment his sleep and close him off from personal relationships, Stormes is nicknamed the Iceman.  His crew is proud of their boat’s accomplishments but wonder if their iron-willie skipper will bring them home alive.

With intense action and featuring authentic submarine tactics in the early years of the Pacific war, The Iceman continues P.T. Deutemann’s masterful, award-winning cycle of thrillers set during World War II.

 

WHISKEY WHEN WE’RE DRY

Title:  Whiskey When We’re Dry

Author:  John Larison

In the spring of 1885, seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned and alone on her family’s homestead.  Desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbors, she cuts her hair, binds her chest, saddles her beloved mare, and sets off across the mountains to find her outlaw brother, Noah, and bring him home.  On her quest, Jess a talented sharpshooter, lands in the employ of the territory’s violent, capricious Governor, wh9ose militia is hunting Noah–dead or alive.

Wrestling with her brother’s outlaw identity, and haunted by questions about her own, Jess must outmaneuver those who underestimate her to become a hero in her own right.

Told in Hess’s wholly original and unforgettable voice, Whiskey When We’re Dry is a stunning achievement, a propulsive quest for salvation and family, and a reckoning with the myths entwined with our history.

NAVIGATOR

Title:  Navigator

Author:  Stephen Baxter

As Willian the Conqueror’s men attempt to stamp out the flames of rebellion, a prophecy is uttered.  A bedraggled woman in a ruined chapel speaks of civilizations in conflict, armed by the engines of God.

And that prophecy proves to be true as the fearsome war between Christianity and Islam leaves its mark across the land.  In Spain, where Moore and Christian live side by side, a rogue priest dreams of the final defeat of Islam, for he has found a rent in the tapestry of time, a point where agents from the future once tampered with the past and changed history—using diabolical weapons of destruction.

For centuries, the conflict ebbs and flows, moving from one part of the known world to the next.  Men of vision, weary of the strife, are drawn to the West, to whatever may lie across the endless sea.  And in 1492, one such explorer seeks the funding for his voyage while a mysterious Weaver plots to unravel the strands of time and stop him.

 

 

THE KREMLIN CONSPIRACY

Title: The Kremlin Conspiracy

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg

SEPTEMBER 1999
A series of apartment bombings in Moscow Shock the world. The Russian government immediately blames Chechen terrorist, and Oleg Kraskin–a sharp young lawyer in love with the president’s daughter–has no reason to doubt it. Yet when he joins the First Family of Russia, and the president’s personal staff, he has no idea how radically the bombings will one alter the course of world events. Or what role he himself will play.

SEPTEMBER 2001
Just after the Twin Towers and the Pentagon are attacked, Marcus Ryker enlists in the Marines and is scent to Afghanistan to defend his country. In time, he joins the United States Secret Service and works his way up to the elite Presidential Protection Detail. It’s his dream job, until a tragic accident causes him to rethink his priorities.

Neither Marcus nor Oleg is aware of just how much they themselves will change history when their paths cross.

Russia’s president is rising czar determined to restore his country to her former greatness–and he will stop at nothing to do so. Even risk nuclear war.

Now Marcus has to make the most important decision of his life. Would it ever he right to assassinate a single leader if it could prevent a genocide? If it is, then everything he’s learned to protect our president, he’ll need to take out theirs.

CHICAGO

Title: Chicago

Author: David Mamet

From His perch at the Chicago Tribune, Mike Hodge–scarred veteran of the Great War–had gotten to know the underbelly of the metropolis like few others, Politicians, gangsters, prostitutes, bootleggers, opium addicts, jazz musicians, and con artists–he’d observed them all. So perhaps he should have known better when he fell for Annie Walsh, whose family was on preferred terms with those who preferred the back alley.

Then again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh should have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge.

A big-shouldered, big-trouble thriller set in a mobbed-up 1920s Windy City, Chicago is the first novel in more than two decades from David Mamet, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of the Untouchables and Wag the Dog and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross. Across the canvas of a city peopled by the corrupt, the cynical, and the deceived, Mamet crafts a wicked and tough saga of retribution and double=cross. Mixing some of hid most brilliant fictional creations with actual figures of the era (among them Al Capone), he explores–as no other writer can–questions of honor, deceit, devotion, and revenge.

Set in his hometown, Chicago is the book that David Mamet has been building up to for his whole career. From its opening fusillade to its astonishing conclusion, Chicago is that rarest of literary creations: a book that combines spectacular elegance of craft with a kinetic wallop as fierce as the February wind gusting off Lake Michigan.

CHICAGO

Title: Chicago

Author: David Mamet

From his perch at the Chicago Tribune, Mike Hodge–scarred veteran of the Great War–had gotten to know the underbelly of the metropolis like few others. Politicians, Gangsters, prostitutes, bootleggers, opium addicts, jazz musicians, and con artists–he’d observed them all. So perhaps he should have known better when he fell for Annie Walsh, whose family was on preferred terms with those who preferred the back alley.

The again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh should have known better that to trifle with Mike Hodge.

A big-shouldered, big-trouble thriller set in a mobbed-up 1920’s Windy City, Chicago is the first novel in more than two decades from David Mamet, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The untouchables and Wag the Dog and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross. Across the canvas of a city peopled by the corrupt, the cynical, and the deceived, Mamet crafts a wicked and tough saga of retribution and double-cross. Mixing some of his most brilliant fictional creations with actual figures of the era (among them Al Capone), he explores–as no other writer can–questions of honor, deceit, devotion, and revenge.

Set in his hometown, Chicago is the book that David Mamet has been building up to for his whole career. From its opening fusillade to its astonishing conclusion, Chicago is the rarest of literary creations: a book that combines spectacular elegance of craft with a kinetic wallop as fierce as the February wind gusting off lake Michigan.

THE ARMAGEDDON FILE

Title: The Armageddon File

Author: Stephen Coonts

Was the last election stolen?

And if so–who did the stealing–and why?

The answer lies in the Cryptic “Armageddon File.”

But that file is deadly.

National bestselling author Stephen Coonts is a master thriller writer–The flight of the Intruder, Liberty’s Last Stand–at the top of his game in The Armageddon File, a story ripped from the nation’s headlines, CIA Director Jake Grafton and CIA Agent Tommy Carmellin race to discover who might have attempted–or succeeded– to steal the last presidential election.

A string of dead bodies, rigged voting machines, and a conspiracy that seems to lead in divergent directions–from the uppermost reaches of the FBI to foreign powers, from high finance to organized crime–are only part of this gripping story of cross and double-cross that leads to a shattering climax.

THE WHISPERING ROOM

Title: The Whispering Room

Author: Dean Koontz

These are the words that ring in the mind of mild mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun–just before she takes her own life, and many others, in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.

In the words of her husband’s inexplicable suicide–and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals–Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But the ruthless people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue–and become the nation’s most wanted fugitive–in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough.

Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have n9owhee to run when her shadow falls across them.

SOME KIND OF HERO

Title: Some kind of Hero

Author: Suzanne Rrockmann

Suzanne Brockmann’s signature mix of high-octane action and electrifying passion leaves readers breathless–and eager for more of her ultrasexy operatives. Now the author USA Today hails as “the reigning queen of military suspense” makes an explosive return to her best selling Troubleshooters series.

Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Green. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe–until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller–or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes–and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still working alongside Pete has its own perils–like letting the heat between them rise out of control, intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps….or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.