BLACK-EYED SUSANS by Julia Heaberlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Heaberlin takes what could have been the ingredients for just another episode of CSI and turns them into a truly compelling tale of the fragility of memory and elusive redemption."
As the only survivor of a serial killer, Tessa Cartwright has spent the last 20 years trying to forget her past, but when the killer's execution date looms, she begins questioning everything she once believed. Read full book review >
POINT OF BALANCE by J.G. Jurado
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Short on plausibility with a conclusion that feels both rushed and tacked on, the plot piles one silly premise on top of the other until it topples under its own weight."
Jurado dishes up a violent conspiracy reaching all the way to the top in his latest thriller (The Traitor's Emblem, 2011, etc.).Read full book review >

POWER SURGE by Ben Bova
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"With higher stakes and a faster-paced plot, this could have been a gritty political thriller. But as it is, it's a thriller without the thrills, bogged down in talk instead of action."
An idealist from Montana takes on the Washington machine in this near-future novel. Read full book review >
TRAP by Robert K. Tanenbaum
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"But no matter. This is still an enjoyable tale of good vs. evil and the importance of knowing who you are."
A courtroom thriller that's a cut above the author's previous effort (Fatal Conceit, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
COLLECTOR OF SECRETS by Richard Goodfellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An enjoyable first novel that never bogs down as it races to a satisfying finish. Bring on the next installment of Max Travers adventures, please."
A fast-moving and well-researched debut thriller filled with intrigue, conspiracies, and Japanese culture. Read full book review >

ZER0ES by Chuck  Wendig
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An action-packed yet cerebral thriller that lives in that murky nexus between today and the future."
A group of co-opted hackers discovers a secret government experiment gone terribly wrong. Read full book review >
HOSTAGE TAKER by Stefanie Pintoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Readers won't be dazzled by the forgettable Rossi or her team of scalawags, but the galloping storyline and behind-the-scenes view of St. Patrick's make this an addictive read."
After a brutal hostage taker invades St. Patrick's Cathedral, a team of misfits led by the emotionally damaged Eve Rossi takes charge in this fast-paced thriller. Read full book review >
CLEAR BY FIRE by Joshua Hood
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Hood has the foundation for an action-adventure series, with a shoot-first hero in the style of Child's Jack Reacher, Hunter's Bob Lee Swagger, or DeMille's John Corey."
In Hood's debut action adventure, it's tough to cheer for a hard-case hero who tortures with gasoline and a Zippo, but then special-ops warrior Mason Kane had good reason. Read full book review >
NIGHT OF THE COBRA by Jack  Coughlin
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Much like Swanson's dispatch of the Cobra, the book's execution is precise and well-practiced, and a bit too routine."
Marine Corps gunner Kyle Swanson saves the world from yet another band of terrorists. Read full book review >
END TIME by Keith Korman
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Consuming illicit chemicals might increase some readers' tolerance of this clunker. For others, its end time can't arrive a page too soon."
An apocalyptic thriller that will eat your brain. Read full book review >
IRON WOLF by Dale Brown
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"While linked to Brown's previous novel, this fast-paced read has enough explanation to allay confusion as high-tension, all-out action-adventure flames across Eastern Europe."
As a diabolical false-flag scheme fractures the uneasy Ukrainian peace, Brown (Starfire, 2014, etc.) out-Clancys Tom in his latest action thriller.Read full book review >
WOMAN OF THE DEAD by Bernhard Aichner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Gory, explicit, and crammed with dialogue that is often profane as well as curt, this tale of a woman brimming with hate and vengeance won't be for everyone."
Bloody corpses and an intriguing protagonist combine to flesh out Aichner's violent tale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >