Thrillers Book Reviews (page 3)

THE CYCLOPS INITIATIVE by David Wellington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Unremarkable action-adventure that falls on the side of predictability."
Jim Chapel, the one-armed special ops soldier, is back in Wellington's latest action-packed novel. Read full book review >
The Coalition by Samuel Marquis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"An entertaining thriller about a ruthless political assassination."
An FBI agent and an intrepid reporter uncover a vast right-wing conspiracy to gain control of the U.S. government. Read full book review >

Riverside by Brett Burlison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A steamy tale and beguiling thriller, with plenty of local color and some provocative twists."
A young landscaper gets caught up in the drug trade in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Cult of Ku by Bill Fernandez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2016

"An edifying novel that explores cultural conflicts in Hawaii between the world wars that is hampered by an overly ambitious, frequently turbid plot."
Fernandez (Kapa'a, 2015, etc.) incorporates Hawaiian history, folklore, and labor struggles into a 1920-set mystery packed with violence and murder.Read full book review >
Haunting Investigation by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2015

"Engaging characters, one already dead, highlight this loving tribute to the classic detective story."
In Yarbro's (Sustenance: A Saint-Germain Novel, 2014, etc.) mystery/thriller, a journalist in 1924 investigates a possible murder with help from the ghost who's haunting her.
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FALSE POSITIVE by Andrew Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"A dark, enjoyable novel. One of Grant's (RUN, 2014, etc.) better works."
A fast-moving thriller about a flawed cop searching for an abducted child. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN SOLDIER by Brad Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"A realistic page-turner that fills a need for thrills while questioning the complicated process of statecraft."
A counterterrorism operator must bring in a teammate who's gone rogue. Read full book review >
The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"The threat's intangible, but the imagery in this imposing tale is discernibly moody and uncanny.
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In this existential thriller, a college student's disconcerting history class may force her to face troubling memories. Read full book review >
The Bermuda Key by B.R. Bentley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"Not exactly a genre buster but still an enjoyable mystery best devoured immediately after Bentley's first effort."
A suspenseful thriller that weaves together journalistic research and fictional embellishments in a tale of a stolen religious artifact. Read full book review >
THE VERDICT by Nick Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"The suspense never lets up in this terrific courtroom drama. Fans of John Grisham will love it. It's definitely movie material."
A fast-moving British legal thriller filled with tension and surprises. Read full book review >
THE BONE LABYRINTH by James Rollins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Improbable, sure, and complicated enough to try the reader's patience at points. Still, as we've come to expect from Rollins, an altogether satisfying techno-thriller."
Planet of the Apes meets Rocky—or maybe The Big Bang Theory. Read full book review >
KILLING PILGRIM by Alen Mattich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"One of the year's most enjoyable thrillers, this sequel boasts great characters, lived-in dialogue, and stripped-down storytelling that for all its drama couldn't be lighter on its feet."
Forced into a covert operation by a cutthroat female CIA agent, Zagreb police captain Marko della Torre finds himself caught in the cross hairs between opposing factions, with little chance of escaping to safety. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >