Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

The Complete Martin Forn Series by Matt Wilk
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"All the perks of a sturdy spy tale, marred by some stumbles."
A former Interpol operative and Green Beret comes out of retirement to battle terrorists, a cult, and a Russian crime syndicate in this trilogy of thrillers. Read full book review >
Bughouse by Joseph H. Baskin
Released: Aug. 25, 2016

"A slow immersion into chaos that's torture for the protagonist but sheer enjoyment for readers."
In Baskin's debut thriller, a prison psychiatrist becomes a patsy for a white supremacist gang leader looking for a way out of jail. Read full book review >

Riven by Jane Alvey Harris
Released: Aug. 24, 2016

"A whirlwind narrative about an imaginative heroine that uses fantasy to offer salvation from abuse."
In this debut fantasy thriller, a teen's real life begins to overlap with a colorful world she thinks she's invented. Read full book review >
Devil in False Colors by Jack Winnick
Released: Aug. 24, 2016

"A novel with formidable villains and plentiful action and suspense."
Two government operatives investigate a series of anti-Semitic murders that apparently involve Islamic State terrorists in Winnick's (East Wind, 2015, etc.) latest series thriller.Read full book review >
THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"This is Gross' best work yet, with his heart and soul imprinted on every page."
The author of One Mile Under (2015) changes genres with a heart-pounding thriller set in the bowels of Auschwitz. Read full book review >

THE JUDGE by Farin Powell
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"A gem of a legal thriller, full of plot twists and juicy secrets."
In Powell's (Roxana's Revolution, 2013, etc.) legal thriller, a judge known for administering harsh sentences suffers a punishment of his own. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Storey's first novel moves along well enough, but the way he strings together violent action scenes has a paint-by-numbers quality."
Newly sprung from three years in a Juárez prison, school-of-hard-knocks product Clyde Barr answers an SOS call from his sister Jen, who is being held in the Colorado mountains by a big-time drug supplier. Read full book review >
RISE THE DARK by Michael Koryta
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Again proving himself one of today's top thriller writers, Koryta creates edgy suspense not with trickery but with characters who test the limits of their courage."
Having escaped certain death in Indiana's scariest caves in Last Words (2015), private investigator Mark Novak returns to his old haunts in Montana in pursuit of the man who murdered his wife in Cassadaga, Florida—a strange town known for its psychics. Read full book review >
DAMAGED by Lisa Scottoline
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"As usual with the firm of Rosato & DiNunzio (Corrupted, 2015, etc.), the complications aren't worked out nearly as carefully as they're piled up, and fans who race nonstop through the last hundred pages will be doing both themselves and Scottoline a favor."
Mary DiNunzio, the second-best attorney in Philadelphia, is about to walk down the aisle when she gets sucked into the very real possibility of becoming a mother, or at least a foster mother, first. Read full book review >
And Wind Will Wash Away by Jordan A. Rothacker
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A penetrating, provocative tale of a detective who psychoanalyzes as often as he investigates."
An Atlanta detective, hoping to explain his mistress's fiery death, dives into a world rife with strange religious beliefs in Rothacker's (The Pit, and No Other Stories, 2015, etc.) unconventional thriller.Read full book review >
STING by Sandra Brown
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Brown moves her besieged female characters around to different locations but persists in employing the same tired trope over and over in books saved only by her smooth writing and savvy dialogue chops."
A rock-jawed bad guy and a sexy entrepreneur feel the mutual heat in Brown's latest story of a damsel in distress and her tarnished knight. Read full book review >
CURIOUS MINDS by Janet Evanovich
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"What's missing from the usual Evanovich solo and duet performances is low comedy. Beneath the obligatory trappings of the hero's non sequiturs and pet armadillo, there's surprisingly little in this wildly overscaled caper to tickle the funny bone."
Nancy Drew meets Goldfinger in this series kickoff from the indefatigable Evanovich and Emmy-winning TV writer Sutton. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >