The Templar Concordat by Terrence OBrien

When the truth is your greatest danger, and the enemy knows the truth, things can only go downhill when the enemy finally gets the proof. And that’s the proof the Hashashin get when they steal what the Vatican doesn’t even know it has. Now the infallible decrees of two Twelfth Century popes and three kings, stolen by the Hashashin, threaten to catapult the bigotry, bias, and religious blood baths of the Third Crusade straight into the Twenty-First Century. When Templars Sean Callahan and Marie Curtis are drawn into the mess, they face an ancient enemy that has already nearly won the battle, a newly elected Mexican pope being undermined by entrenched Vatican powers, world class scholars who will sell their prestige to the highest bidder, and terrorists lingering over lattes in sidewalk cafes. Moving from Rome to London, Switzerland, and Saudi Arabia, Callahan and Curtis are desperate to find some way to stem the success the Hashashin are having enlisting the majority of moderate Muslims in their Jihad. Out maneuvered at each step by the Hashashin, only a last ditch roll of the dice has any chance of success. But it’s the only chance they have.”If you loved the idea of Dan Brown’s bestsellers, but weren’t socrazy about all the arty esoterica, Terrence O’Brien’s The TemplarConcordat could hit your sweet spot….” Kindle Nation Daily “I loved this book and am still kicking myself for resisting its sirencall for so long. The history and details woven skillfully into the action and well rounded characters made for an exciting read…” -Sandra Gilbert      122,000 words – appx 400 pages

Author: Terrence OBrien

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
150 reviews

Forty Days at Kamas by Preston Fleming

Inspired by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s account of a Soviet labor camp revolt in Gulag Archipelago, Volume III, the story of FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS follows political prisoners and security officials at a corrective labor camp in Kamas, Utah, where inmates seize control during the summer of 2024.SYNOPSIS:Kamas, Utah. 2024. In the totalitarian dystopia that America has become after the Unionist Party’s rise to power, the American West contains vast Restricted Zones dotted with ghost towns, scattered military garrisons and corrective labor camps where the regime disposes of its real and suspected enemies. Kamas is one such camp.On a frigid March night, a former businessman from Pittsburgh, Paul Wagner, arrives at a labor camp in Utah’s Kamas Valley, a dozen miles east of the deserted resort town of Park City, which prisoners are dismantling as part of a massive recycling project.When Wagner arrives, he is unaware that his eleven-year-old daughter, Claire, has set off to Utah to find him after becoming separated from her mother at the Philadelphia Airport. By an odd quirk of fate, Claire has traveled on the same train that carried her father into internal exile.Only after Wagner has renounced all hope of survival, cast his lot with anti-regime hard-liners and joined them in an unprecedented and suicidal revolt does he discover that Claire has become a servant in the home of the camp’s Deputy Warden. Wagner is torn between his devotion to family and loyalty to his fellow rebels until, on the eve of an armored assault intended to crush the revolt, he faces an agonizing choice between a hero’s death and a coward’s freedom.In FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS, author Preston Fleming offers a stirring portrait of a man determined to survive under the bleakest of conditions and against formidable odds. Fleming’s gift for evocative prose brings the characters and events to life in a way that arouses emotional tension while also engaging the reader’s intellect with fundamental questions about the future of American society.

Author: Preston Fleming

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
237 reviews

Elixir by Ted Galdi

Meet 14-year-old Sean Malone. He has an IQ above 200, a full-ride scholarship to one of the country’s top universities, and more than one million dollars from his winning streak on Jeopardy. However, Sean wishes he could just be normal.

But his life is anything but normal. The US government manipulates him, using him as a codebreaker in pursuit of a drug lord and killing innocent people along the way.

For reasons related to his personal security, Sean finds himself in Rome, building a new life under a new name, abandoning academics, and hiding his genius from everyone. When he’s 18 he falls in love. The thrills begin again when he learns that his girlfriend is critically ill and it’s up to him to use his intellect to find a cure, a battle pitting him against a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company and the demons of his past.

Elixir is a story about identity, secrets, and above all, love.

Author: Ted Galdi

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
205 reviews

Seven Unholy Days: A Thriller by Jerry Hatchett

CAN ONE MAN BRING ABOUT ARMAGEDDON?

CAN ONE MAN STOP HIM?

Tech celebrity Matt Decker is on top of the world. Then the computerized U.S. power grid that he designed suffers a cyber-attack that was supposed to be impossible. The United States is in chaos. People are dying. And the trouble is only beginning.

Praise from international bestseller James Rollins:

“A simple glitch in a power grid heralds the beginning of a madman’s scheme to bring about a biblical apocalypse. Written in a staccato style that will leave readers breathless and flipping pages long into the night, Hatchett’s…novel, SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS, is a thriller not to be missed!”

Author: Jerry Hatchett

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
545 reviews

JET by Russell Blake

Code name: JetTwenty-eight-year-old Jet was once the Mossad’s most lethal operative before faking her own death and burying her Israeli intelligence identity forever.But the past doesn’t give up on its secrets easily.When her new life on a tranquil island is shattered by a brutal attack, Jet must return to a clandestine existence of savagery and deception to save herself and those she loves. A gritty, unflinching roller-coaster of high-stakes twists and shocking turns, JET features a new breed of protagonist that breaks the mold.Fans of Lisbeth Salander, SALT, and the Bourne trilogy will find themselves carried along at Lamborghini speed to a conclusion as jarring and surprising as the story’s heroine is unconventional.This is the first* novel in the JET series. The series is composed of the following books:JET – Ops Files (prequel) JET – Ops Files, Terror Alert (prequel)JET *JET – BetrayalJET – VengeanceJET – ReckoningJET – LegacyJET – JusticeJET – Sanctuary JET – SurvivalJET – Escape  + + +Q & A w/ Russell BlakeQ: How would you describe JET?Russell: The elevator pitch? Kill Bill meets Bourne. The longer version would be that JET follows the saga of a young woman who thought she had left a brutal covert life behind her, but finds herself having to go back into that world when she is attacked by enemies from her past.Q: How does JET differ from your other novels?R: I’ve never written anything nearly as lightning-paced. It’s completely and joyously over the top in the way a Bond film is. I wanted this to read like being in a Scarab, slamming through the waves at ninety miles per hour – a rush that just doesn’t stop. I’m really happy with the way it turned out. But having said that, what’s weird about JET is that even though it’s brimming with action, crafting artful prose was a priority for me, and I think I struck a balance that’s unusual and evocative. Whatever it is, it seems to work,Q: JET’s character is different than the other female protagonists you’ve written. What inspired her?R: I got this idea when I was writing Silver Justice for a total kick-ass, take-no-prisoners, over the top female operative – sort of a female Jack Bauer crossed with James Bond, but way more deadly. From that idea came the seeds of an incredible story with more twists and surprises than I’ve ever tried for. But it also has a different sensibility. If there’s such a thing as literary fiction action thrillers, I guess this might be it.Q: Why the Mossad?R: I wanted something that was exotic and had the reputation as highly effective, but wanted to avoid the usual CIA or KGB operative. And she’s way too no-nonsense for MI6. That didn’t leave a lot of choices. So the Mossad it was. I’d written an ex-Mossad operative once before in The Voynich Cypher & I think I sort of automatically leaned in that direction, and before I knew it the book was written.Q: Your work has been described as cinematic. Why?R: That’s how I think. I see each episode or scene in my head, and then I write what I see. I try to provide enough depth so the reader is with me, but not so much that page flipping to get to the next good part is required. But I see each chapter as a scene – it’s just how my brain works. I’m a creation of a modern world, raised on images and films, so I think that naturally affects my storytelling. Certainly the JET books are. Mission Impossible comes to mind.Q: Will there be more JET?R: Absolutely. The series is now up to eight novels, including the prequel to this one, JET – Ops Files, which lays out how it all began. How many more JET novels will there be? Hard to say. When I get tired of writing them I’ll be sure to let everyone know…Q: You mention Kill Bill and Bourne. How is JET similar?R: I loved Tarantino’s take because it was so completely overblown in every way. Deliberately so. I wanted JET to read like that film played, but with a story more like Bourne. 

Author: Russell Blake

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
1114 reviews

Devil’s Lake (Bittersweet Hollow Book 1) by Aaron Paul Lazar

After two years of brutal captivity, Portia Lamont has escaped and returned to her family’s Vermont horse farm—only to find her parents gone to New York to try an experimental treatment for her mother’s cancer, and her childhood friend Boone Hawke running the farm.

Like the rest of her family, Boone has never given up hope that Portia would return. But when she turns up battered, skinny as a twelve-year-old boy, afraid of everything and unable to talk about what happened, he does the only thing he can—try to help her heal. He summons the town doctor and Portia’s parents, and sets out to put this beautiful, broken woman back together again.

Through her family’s love and Boone’s gentle affection, Portia gradually comes back to herself, and starts to fall for her old friend in a whole new way. But one thing threatens her fragile hope for recovery: The man who took her promised that if she ever escaped, he’d kill her. Slowly. And someone is definitely watching her…waiting to make his next deadly move.

Author: Aaron Paul Lazar

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
82 reviews

Justification for Murder (The Darcy Lynch Series Book 1) by Elin Barnes

How far would you go to get something you desperately need?

Detective Darcy Lynch licks his wounds as a desk jockey after an undercover case gone bad. He’s handed a hit-and-run that quickly reveals itself as a brazen attempted murder—exactly the kind of case he was trying to avoid. Why would anyone want Saffron Meadows dead? An unexpected desire to protect her forces Lynch to stick with the case.

Meanwhile, seasoned Detective Erik Sorensen and his intern work a string of bizarre suicides with too much in common to be a mere coincidence. What could drive these people to carve their own flesh out?

As mysterious murders and suspicious suicides stack up in Silicon Valley, Lynch and his colleagues must connect the dots between the cases before more people die and panic spreads. Could all this be part of a cover-up? Is this just a hit man crossing names off of a list, or has one Valley startup gone too far?

Could there ever be a justification for murder?

Author: Elin Barnes

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
203 reviews

THE SOUL FIXER (A psychological thriller) by D.M. Mitchell

The Soul Fixer is currently being considered for a Hollywood movie in conjunction with one of California’s top directors, Dominic Sena (director of Gone in 60 Seconds, Swordfish etc). Watch this space…

Now approaching a quarter of a million downloads, with his acknowledged individual storytelling expertise, D. M. Mitchell pens yet another taut psychological thriller with a difference that twists and turns to its deliciously devious and unexpected conclusion. Discover for yourself why D. M. Mitchell is being hailed as one of the most exciting new writers of thriller and supernatural tales in the UK.

From reviews of The Soul Fixer:

The entire story was gripping all the way to a shocking ending that left me absolutely speechless…

I read the book all in one go in an evening – quite literally couldn’t put it down.

I expected a good read as I’d really enjoyed Mouse by the same author. This book was just as great or better.

Yet another page turner. Brilliant story and had me guessing right to the end.

This author wrote the most excellent, original, supernatural, psychological/thriller I have read in a long time

Susan and Paul Carmichael’s world is devastated when a small-time burglar and drug addict, Eddie Hull, brutally murders their only child, young student Becky Carmichael.

Consumed by grief, they both struggle to come to terms with their tremendous loss. Their fragile relationship under mounting pressure, Susan begins to have dreams about her daughter. She is convinced these are not ordinary dreams; Becky is calling out to her for help. But this revelation only serves to drive a further wedge between the grieving couple.

In desperation, Susan trawls a number of so-called psychics, but is bitterly disappointed by charlatans and fraudsters. When she finally starts to accept that the dreams are a natural part of the grieving process, she meets the mysterious Silas Blake.

He tells her things no one else knows about Becky. Tells her that Becky’s soul is trapped and cannot move on, and that there is an island in the Hebrides called Connalough Point where they will be able to help her. Paul is naturally sceptical, but agrees to go to the island for the sake of their marriage.

They discover Connalough Point is a very secretive place, and every precaution is taken to ensure no one outside learns about its existence. Here they meet Helen Blake, Silas’s wife, and the dour MacLeod brothers.

They also meet the soul fixer…

But slowly they discover the shocking secrets of Connalough Point, the real reasons they are there. With events spiralling down into deceit, terror and murder, it quickly becomes not only a battle for survival, but the steep path to a devastating truth…

Author: D.M. Mitchell

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
140 reviews

Officer Of The Watch (Blackout Book 1) by D W McAliley

A sudden and massive Electromagnetic Pulse attack crashes the American power grid and infrastructure. Captain Joe Tillman, a retired Navy Seal and Officer of the Watch witnesses the attack firsthand and the bloodshed that begins shortly afterwards. Meanwhile, Eric and a group of fellow park visitors in North Carolina are thrust together and must face the first days of desperate chaos as they try to find a safe haven to ride out the coming storm. As modern life and the social order it brings begins to break down, each of these two groups must come face to face with the brutality that resides deep within us all.

This is the first installment of the Blackout Series. Volume 2 is currently in the works, so stay tuned.

You can follow me on Twitter @DWMcAliley1791

Author: D W McAliley

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
105 reviews

CHIMERAS: A Medical Mystery by E.E. Giorgi

*** A Readers’ Favorite Book Award Winner, a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Finalist, and a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree ***
Kill the prey or be killed: it’s in my genes.
A chimera, that’s what I am. And this is my story.

Haunted by the girl he couldn’t save in his youth, and the murder he committed to avenge her, Detective Track Presius has a unique gift: the vision and sense of smell of a predator. When a series of apparently unrelated murders reel him into the depths of genetic research, Track feels more than a call to duty. Children are dying, children who, like himself, could have been healthy, and yet something, at some point, went terribly wrong. For Track, saving the innocent becomes a quest for redemption. The only way he can come to terms with his dark past is to understand his true nature.

Author: E.E. Giorgi

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
90 reviews