Monday, February 13, 2012

You Know It's a Thriller...

Clancy and Then Some
Unfairly described as books for men, novels about the covert world of spies, deadly assassins, and black-ops agents attract their fair share of female readers.  No matter which gender's reader is turning the pages, here's a short list of recent titles by the usual suspects and by authors you may have missed along the way.

Clancy's latest is Locked On, a Jack Ryan thriller.  Pay close attention to the cover and title page, as in with Mark Greaney.

Mark Greaney's latest is Ballistic, the third in Gray Man series.  Main character, Courtland Gentry, is the spy burned in the first book and who 'adjusts' his attitudes in the second and third.  Have fun with this trio.

Barry Eisler's The Detachment is next in the series about John Rain, now a semi-retired assassin.

Full Black is the latest thriller in Brad Thor's Scot Harvath (counter-terrorism operative) series.

If you loved Jo Nesbo's The Snowman, try The Leopard.  Inspector Harry Hole, one of Oslo's finest, investigates a serial killer.

Invincible super-agent Mitch Rapp is back in Vince Flynn's second prequel novel, Kill Shot (after American Assassin), about Rapp's early days with the CIA.

Post 9/11 novel Secret Soldier is Alex Berenson's fifth thriller featuring CIS operative John Wells (after The Midnight House).

Ben Coes' Coup d'Etat (after Power Down) follows series hero Dewey Andreas, a former Delta Force officer, to Pakistan.