Category Archives: Drama

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.

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.

 

 

 

THE RAIN WATCHER

Title:  The Rain Watcher

Author:  Tatiana De Rosnay

Linden Malegarde has come home to Paris from the United States.  It has been years since the whole family was all together.  Now the Malegarde family is gathering for the seventieth birthday of Linden’s father, Paul.

The members of the Melegarde family ae on edge, holding their breath, afraid one wrong move will shatter their delicate harmony.  Paul, the quiet patriarch, and internationally renowned arborist obsessed with his trees and little else, has always had an uneasy relationship with his son.  Lauren, his American wife, is determined that the weekend celebration will be a success.  Tilia, Linden’s blunt older sister, projects an air of false fulfillment.  And Linden himself, the youngest, uncomfortable in his own skin, never quite at home no matter where he lives–an American in France and a Frenchmen in the United States–still fears that, despite his hard-won success as a celebrated photographer, he will always be a disappointment to his parents.

Their hidden fears and secrets slowly unravel as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster and the Seine bursts its banks and floods the city.  All members of the family will have to fight to keep their unity against tragic circumstances.  In this profound and intense novel of love and redemption,  de Rosnay demonstrates all he writer’s skills not only as an incredible storyteller bur also as a soul seeker.

FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE

Title:  Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Author:  Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogota, but the threats of kidnapping, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation.

When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in maid from the city’s guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to befriend the aloof teenager.  But Petrona’s mysterious behavior conceals a powerful yearning.  She is a young woman crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the riptide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction.  As both girls’ families scramble to maintain stability amid the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal.

Inspired by the author’s own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of the willful Chula and the achingly hopeful Petrona, Fruit of the Drunken Tree portrays two very different but inextricably linked coming-of-age stories.  In lush prose, Rojas Contreras has written a powerful testament fo the impossible choices women and girls are often forced to make in the face of violence and to the unexpected connections that can blossom out of desperation.

WHISTLE IN THE DARK

Title:  Whistle in the Dark

Author:  Emma Healey

Jen and Hugh Maddox have just survived every parent’s worst nightmare.

Relieved but still terrified, they sit by the hospital bedside of their fifteen-year-old daughter, Lana, who was found bloodied bruised, and disoriented after going missing for four days during a mother-daughter vacation in the country.

Lana won’t tell anyone what happened, and the police think the case is closed.  But Jen can[t leave it alone.  Lana is distant, hostile, and acting strangely; she stops going to school and always sleeps with the light on.

Jen is sure the answer lies in those four missing days.  Lana seems equally sure she’ll never speak of it.  Terrified of losing her all over again,  Jen has to do something.  But jhow do you rescue someone who has already been found?

Asking how well you can know even those closest to you, Whistle in the Dark is masterfully drawn, thought-provoking, and psychologically complex tale that affirms Emma Healey’s status as a writer at the top of her game.

 

 

COME SUNDOWN

Title:  Come Sundown

Author:  Nora Roberts

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers who want to ride horses in the apple-crisp air or couples holding weddings under the wide-open sky.  A little more than thirty thousand acres, it is home to four generations–and behind the scenes, Bodine Longbow does all she can to keep things running with the help of her siblings, the staff, and the new hire, Cullen Skinner.

But not far away, an aunt Bodine has never met lives in her own twisted version of a family, one no one knows about, one she never chose.  Years ago, Alice was a rebellious eighteen-year-old who ran off looking for freedom and adventure.  Now she cowers in fear, rarely seeing the sunlight, her mind shattered by a man who views her–and her offspring–as his rightful property.  The Longbows don’t talk about Alice anymore.  Many quietly presume that she is long dead.

Then a young bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow.  It’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them, and it will not be the only murder to unnerve this peaceful town.  But the greatest shock is yet to come when Alice returns–and the threat that follows in her wake will test the bonds that hold Bodine to this place and these people, and thrust her into a darkness she could never have imagined.

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.

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.