Books by Lee Wood

Lee Wood, acclaimed author of Looking for the Mahdi and three other novels, was born in Connecticut. She currently lives abroad.


KINGDOM OF SILENCE by Lee Wood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"Wood, who made her bones in science fiction, has now produced two exemplary police procedurals that are authentic and appealingly character-driven."
Something is killing the best animals in England. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF LIES by Lee Wood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 5, 2006

"A mystery with elements of espionage and political thrillers, and a long and leisurely series kickoff from popular sci-fi author Wood (Master of None, 2004, not reviewed, etc.). Rewarding stuff for the patient reader, but not for every taste."
A layered and labyrinthine murder puzzle lifts a depressed rural policeman out of a personal and professional funk. Read full book review >
BLOODRIGHTS by Lee Wood
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Mostly sword, with a little sorcery, from the author of Faraday's Orphans (1997), etc. P'ter Terhune, the usurper Warrior-Priest of Adalon, ordered the slaughter of all young children in a futile attempt to destroy his half-brother R'bert's heirs. Antonya, however, escaped to be raised by her mother's distant cousin, the monk Father Andrae, while secretly nursing her ambition to overthrow the despotic P'ter and the equally wicked Priests of the Faith. Ready at last, Antonya maneuvers the huge warrior Kerric Myro into becoming her champion—her aims suit him, since his own wife and son were murdered by the Faith. By manipulation, subterfuge, and flattery, they conquer territories and build a power base. In the Oracular City, meanwhile, another struggle is taking place. Those fed to the Oracle's magical fire die in agony to produce prophesies, but P'ter's nephew, the saintly G'walch, believes he's destined to Walk the Fire and live. The Oracle's hateful Keeper, K'ferrin, despises P'ter. K'ferrin's grandson, the gentle scribe B'nach, loathes the old man but assists with his plotting and spying, thankful not to be fed to the Oracle himself. Eventually, Antonya grows powerful enough to pose a threat to P'ter. He captures her and, with defender Kerric seemingly dead, tortures her until she's grabbed by K'ferrin. Antonya seizes her chance to scheme and beguile, and once more resume her upward march. Deftly rendered but utterly familiar: dÇjÖ vu all over again. Read full book review >
FARADAY'S ORPHANS by Lee Wood
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

In Wood's second outing (Looking for the Mahdi, 1996), the Earth's magnetic field declined, vanished, then reversed; with nothing to hold it in place, the ozone layer dispersed, allowing hard ultraviolet radiation to blast the surface, while the icecaps melted and refroze. Smaller cities enclosed themselves in protective domes and survived; large cities couldn't and didn't. Now, in 2242, safe, prosperous Pittsburgh is attempting to reoccupy the domed but abandoned cities Erie and Harrisburg. Because of the climatic upheavals, brutish, predatory Rangers, and fuel shortages, roads are impassable, so there's plenty of work for pilot Berkeley Nielsen and his ancient, patched-up helicopter. Angry, gloomy Berk, his marriage falling apart, volunteers to explore ruined Philadelphia for overlooked old oil dumps. When feral children attack Berk and wreck his chopper, he's rescued by young, scrappy survivor Sadonya, whose skills ``cooking'' up drugs and potions allow her to play rival gang leaders Squeeze and Mouse off against one another—until Squeeze dies, the balance of power shifts, and Sadonya must escape the city with Berk. And when, after various dreadful adventures, the pair—they loathe each other—reach Pittsburgh, Berk finds he can no longer be content to live inside its dome. The fresh, harrowing details and spunky heroine compensate somewhat for the creaky plotting, treacherous, repellent hero, and highly improbably windup. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR THE MAHDI by Lee Wood
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

A former hotshot news correspondent and Middle East expert for GBN Global News, Kay Bee Sulaiman has long since retired behind a desk. So when she's approached by her boss and Central Defense Intelligence to deliver a package to the unstable, repressive Middle East country of Khuruchabja, she balks—until she learns that the package is handsome John Halton, a ``fabricant'' (android) linguist and intended bodyguard for Khuruchabja's pro-West Sheikh Larry. One snag: She must masquerade as a man, as she did on her previous tour of duty covering a local war. Halton admits that he's under CDI control and owes loyalty to his owner of record—who, until Sheikh Larry takes possession, is Kay Bee. Also part of the package is a microchip carried by Halton, which some bad guys immediately attempt to relieve the pair of—a chip containing an artificial intelligence that, projecting itself holographically, claims to be the Archangel Gabriel searching for the Mahdi! Gabriel promptly rewrites its own programming and escapes into the computer network. Numerous complications later, Kay Bee and Halton must flee for their lives, since everyone from the CDI to Khuruchabjan reactionaries seem to want them dead. Persuasive double-dealing and paranoia, with a solidly informative Middle East backdrop: a highly encouraging science fiction/thriller debut. Read full book review >