Thrillers Book Reviews (page 8)

SPIDER 2-3 by Robert Vallier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2015

"A tense, complex, and cleverly plotted work of international suspense with more than enough heroic gusto for future promised installments."
A hotbed of deception, terrorism, and global intrigue fuels this debut thriller. Read full book review >
The Betrayal by John Kalkowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2015

"A convincing teenage protagonist and an ending that should leave readers impatiently awaiting a follow-up."
Having helped stop a terrorist attack the year before, 15-year-old Will Conlan may now be a target for revenge in Kalkowski's (Red Cell, 2010) latest thriller.Read full book review >

HOST by Robin Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Essentially a rewrite of Cook's first blockbuster, Coma (1977), plugging in big pharma and amoral Russian oligarchs as 21st-century villains."
Blending a witch's brew of weird science and unbridled greed, Cook's (Cell, 2014, etc.) newest medical thriller will boost the blood pressure of anyone facing hospitalization.Read full book review >
More Than Love Can Love by Michael Angliss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2015

"When the Retimer has a mission and an enemy, explosive action rapidly follows."
The seventh in Angliss' (In the State I'm In, 2015, etc.) espionage series finds its Australian protagonist on assignment to thwart an African drug lord while falling in love with his agent-aide.Read full book review >
THE IMMORTAL HEIGHTS by Sherry Thomas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Delivers on all the grand epic sweep, lush prose, and overwrought emotion promised by the first two volumes; if that's the sort of thing you like, this is the sort of book you'll love. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Thomas wraps up her trilogy with a grandiose finale, plus a hearts-and-flowers denouement. Read full book review >

Haunting at the Truitt Hotel by Selinda Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A novel that offers a moving love story but fails to deliver strongly imagined and integrated supernatural elements.
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A fusion of paranormal thriller and time-travel romance, this debut novel follows a writer who travels to upstate New York to work on a bed-and-breakfast guide and finds himself inexplicably back in 1945. Read full book review >
North Beach by Miles Arceneaux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2015

"Charlie eventually gets his shot in the ring, but the selfless, obstinate protagonist is already a champ."
In the fourth of Arceneaux's (Ransom Island, 2014, etc.) Gulf Coast thriller series, a 15-year-old athlete hopes to clear his professional boxing pal of a murder charge.Read full book review >
IF YOU WRONG US by Dawn Klehr
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 8, 2015

"An intricate psychological page-turner that explores the darker side of vengeance and reads like Gone Girl through a teen lens. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
Within the crumbling city of Detroit, two grief-stricken teens discover a tenuous thread that ties their personal tragedies together and concoct a sinister plan for vengeance. Read full book review >
PAYBACK by Jonnie Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2015

"The latest from Jacobs (Lying With Strangers, 2013, etc.) is long on suspense but short on surprise as it plunges toward its creepy but entirely predictable conclusion."
A single indiscretion threatens a businesswoman's family and friends. Read full book review >
SATURN RUN by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure."
Quite a departure for Sandford, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth's gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. Read full book review >
Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2015

"A signature Cash creation, full of both mayhem and heart."
From the author of Pokergeist (2015) comes a tale of teenagers at a theme park featuring actual zombies, vampires, and werewolves.Read full book review >
Tales for the Train by J. John le Grange
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"Pain, loneliness, humiliation, and grief underlie these atomized, broken lives."
The nine interconnected stories in this novella, set in a small Japanese town, center on a suicide. 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 >