Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

THE HYDRA PROTOCOL by David Wellington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"From Russia with Love meets Dr. Strangelove. Wellington has added a few twists of his own, but the rhetoric—"What could come close to measuring up to the fate of the entire world?"—has changed remarkably little over half a century."
Wellington wants those of you who haven't kept up with the news to know that Cold War relics and new world order infighting have made the former Soviet Union a very dangerous place indeed. Read full book review >
FATAL ENQUIRY by Will Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Cyrus' sixth (The Black Hand, 2008, etc.) is a page-turner in which a more physically imposing Holmes and a more intellectual Watson dominate a thrilling but less-than-mysterious tale."
A villain from his past almost destroys the life of a Victorian private enquiry agent. Read full book review >

QUEEN OF THE DARK THINGS by C. Robert Cargill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Highly impressive while not always fully engaging, though fans of the first book won't be disappointed."
Sequel to Dreams and Shadows (2013), an urban fantasy following the career of young Austin, Texas, wizard Colby Stevens. Read full book review >
THE TAO OF HUMILIATION by Lee Upton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"These 17 tales explore personal and familial relationships with both pathos and humor—and all are well worth reading."
Masterful stories by a writer of great lyrical gifts. Read full book review >
SWORN VIRGIN by Elvira Dones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Cleanly written and informed but worthy of a broader psychological canvas."
A woman lives as a man to escape oppression in her native Albania, but switching back after coming to the United States proves tricky. Read full book review >

THE HIDDEN CHILD by Camilla Läckberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2014

"Fans of Nordic noir will appreciate this taut, twisty mystery enriched with historical detail."
Three months ago, Erica Falck asked a collector of Nazi memorabilia about a medal she found among her mother's effects. Now he's discovered dead from a blow to the head, and the question of who killed him is only the first of many mysteries. Read full book review >
WE WERE FLYING TO CHICAGO by Kevin Clouther
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2014

"Clouther's stories range from moving to boring to downright confusing. Taken together, the collection fails to leave a mark."
The stories in this debut collection cover familiar territory with subtle prose that strives for emotional impact. Read full book review >
THE CORSICAN CAPER by Peter Mayle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"Smooth as the most decadent dessert, with just as many empty calories."
A third volume in the light-as-a-bon-bon adventures of expatriate gumshoe Sam Levitt, his partner in all manners, Elena Morales, and the billionaire friend who cares more about their company and the quality of the wine than protecting his wealth. Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN THE ROAD by Monica Byrne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"This is engrossing and enjoyable despite its minor flaws. Strong, appealing protagonists and an unusual plot make Byrne's literary invention well worth the reader's while."
Byrne's debut novel may be the most inventive tale to come along in years. Read full book review >
LOST FOR WORDS by Edward St. Aubyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"Like a long Monty Python sketch."
And now for something completely different: a broad farce from a British novelist renowned for his literary subtlety and command of tone. Read full book review >
DECOMPRESSION by Juli Zeh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"The gathering suspense is complemented by nuanced characterization in a pleasingly unpredictable work."
Erotic intrigue, deep-sea diving and clients from hell make for a lively mix in this German author's fourth novel (In Free Fall, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
THE HEIRESSES by Sara Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"Perfect for a light beach read, but anyone in search of witty chick lit, hot romance or taut mystery should look elsewhere."
Five privileged young woman, all heiresses to the Saybrook diamond empire, are blessed with every luxury. But the family curse—or a vindictive villain—may end their lives prematurely. Read full book review >