John Birmingham is the master of alternate history adventure - and now he's mastered a new genre with the volcanically fast-paced and wildly inventive Dave Hooper urban fantasy series. The series is anchored by a thrilling high concept: An oil rig opens a rift deep in the ocean that unleashes terrifying monsters into the world. But perhaps its coolest asset is its hero, Dave Hooper, a tough, bleakly funny, down-on-his luck oil rig worker with an unlikely destiny as a monster-slayer and world savior.
"A wild thrill ride of urban fantasy."
John Birmingham is the master of alternate history adventure - and now he's mastered a new genre with the volcanically fast-paced and wildly inventive Dave Hooper urban fantasy series. The series is anchored by a thrilling high concept: An oil rig opens a deep ocean rift that unleashes terrifying monsters into the world.
"the story lacked direction with the main character"
The Horde has been raising hell and leveling cities from New York to Los Angeles, keeping Dave and his fellow monster killer, Russian spy Karin Varatschevsky, very busy. But when the legions of hell invade the small seaside town his boys call home, Dave has to make a call. Save the world? Or save his family? Not as easy a choice as you'd think, since Dave's ex-wife expects to be saved, too.
"Loved it, and I hope the story continues"
In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.
"Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
After the screen of a run-down drive-in movie theater collapses and kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a recent break-in at her father's house. Cal discovers a hidden basement room where it's clear that salacious activities have taken place - as well as evidence of missing DVDs. But his investigation soon becomes more complicated when he realizes it may not be discs the thief was actually interested in....
"I would have given it a 5 , but....."
International best-selling author Linwood Barclay delivers pulse-pounding suspense that puts him among the masters of the genre. A Tap on the Window finds private investigator Cal Weaver making an ill-advised decision to pick up a young female hitchhiker who reminds him of his dead son. But something is off about the girl, and Cal is soon drawn into a host of nightmarish secrets.
"5 Stars for Tap on the Window"
Taking up the mantle from legendary Western author Ralph Compton, Matthew P. Mayo delivers a searing adventure that rockets along like a runaway stagecoach. In Tucker’s Reckoning, Samuel Tucker suffers the deaths of his wife and daughter, then takes to the bottle in paroxysms of grief. After drifting from his native Texas to Oregon, Tucker witnesses a murder, little knowing that the aftermath might give him a new reason to hope - if it doesn’t spell his doom.
In her first novel since The God of War, critically acclaimed author Marisa Silver takes Dorothea Lange’s "Migrant Mother" photograph as inspiration for a breathtaking reinvention - a story of two women, one famous and one forgotten, and of the remarkable legacy of their singular encounter. In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of a road in Central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting the migrant laborers who have taken to America’s farms in search of work....
"Narration does not do this book justice"
In this intense, fascinating story, Burke follows the lives of three young Louisiana men, each of whom finds himself in desperate circumstances. There's Avery Broussard, the last survivor of a family of once-prosperous land owners, who has a weakness for alcohol; J.P. Winfield, a poor singer and guitar player who rises to fame as a country music star, only to be destroyed by drug addiction; and Toussaint Boudreaux, a black longshoreman who moonlights as a heavyweight boxer.
"Excellent early Burke ruined by terrible narration"
Special Agent Gil Martins investigates domestic terrorism for the Houston FBI. He is a religious man who is close to losing his faith; the very nature of his job has led him to question the existence of a God who could allow the things that Gil sees every day. But Gil' s wife, Ruth, doesn' t see things the same way and his crisis of faith provokes a fracture in their marriage. Gil' s world is breaking apart. At the same time, Gil starts to investigate a series of unexplained deaths that bring this crisis of faith into uncomfortable focus. When Esther, a disturbed woman, informs Gil that these men have been killed by prayer, Gil questions her sanity.
"Prayers to a Wrathful God"
After the screen of a run-down drive-in movie theater collapses and kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a recent break-in at her father's house. Cal discovers a hidden basement room where it's clear that salacious activities have taken place - as well as evidence of missing DVDs. But his investigation soon becomes more complicated when he realises the DVDs may contain something even more shocking.
When Luke Warren is involved in a car accident that leaves him in a coma, his family face an impossible dilemma. His daughter, Cara, will fight everything and everyone to save her father's life. But his son, Edward, can't imagine that a man who once ran with wolves could ever be happy with a different life. Now they must choose: Do they keep Luke alive, hoping for a miracle? Or do they let him go?
"Save your time and money!"
The best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars returns to his Pacific Northwest settings -and moves beyond them- in 10 sharply observed, funny, and wise new stories that explore the mysteries of love and unravel our complex desires to connect with others. Ranging from teenage to middle-age, the voices that inhabit Problems with People offer humorous or searing but always tightly focused accounts of the universal quest to understand one another - individually, and as part of our political and historical moment.
When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenaged girl trying to hitch a lift. Even when she starts tapping on his window. But when she says, 'hey, aren't you Scott's dad?' and he realizes she's one of his son's classmates, he can't really ignore her. OK, so giving a ride to a teenage girl might not be the smartest move, but how much harm could it do? Over the next 24 hours Cal is about to find out.
"Not the best Linwood Barclay novel"
Award-winning author Paul Griffin is renowned for his spot-on dialogue and affecting characterization. Stay With Me features the unlikely romance between 15-year-olds CeCe, a sensitive "A" student, and Mack, a high school dropout. With every moment that passes, CeCe and Mack grow closer as they bond over a rescued dog and share their most intimate secrets. But when Mack makes a terrible mistake, their shared vision of the future begins to crumble.
"Fast Paced Urban Novel"
Toussaint Boudreaux, a black docker in New Orleans, moonlights as a prize-fighter in the hope of a better life. J. P. Winfield, a hick with a gift for 12-string guitar, finds his break into showbiz leads to the flipside of the American dream. And Avery Broussard, descendant of an aristocratic French family, runs whiskey after what remains of his land is repossessed....
Gil Martins investigates domestic terrorism for the FBI. He is a religious man but he’s coming close to losing his faith due to the nature of his job. Gil starts to investigate a series of unexplained deaths, and as the evidence mounts, it becomes apparent that they have been killed through prayer. His new-found atheism is severely challenged, and he finds his own life is next on the line.