Intrigue is three levels deep in James Patterson’s new novel, Private: Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, London, Chicago, Paris, Frankfort, Tokyo, Rome. Jack Morgan, owner of Private, a renowned investigation company, is searching for the murderer of his best friend’s wife while an NFL betting scandal involving referees is a priority case taking him to Las Vegas. Now another schoolgirl in the area has been murdered making her number twelve and Private is working on the case pro bono in a controversial arrangement with LAPD.
Jack is suffering from demented dreams as he has flashbacks from a helicopter crash in Vietnam. There is something regarding the helicopter crash that he cannot recall that plagues his waking hours.
Action and multiple storylines keep the pages turning quickly in this thriller.
Robert Whitlow, a practicing attorney in Georgia, has written a legal thriller series, The Tides of Truth, with Deeper Water as the first novel. This series is now complete with the second and third titles being Greater Love and Higher Hope. He has been mentioned as Christian fiction’s John Grisham.
In this first book in the series, Whitlow shares the deep spiritual convictions of law student, Tammy Lynn Taylor, who wins a summer internship in Savannah and ventures far from her protective homeschooled family to experience the challenges of big city law. She is given a case involving a poor fisherman arrested for tying his johnboat to private docks every night. This seemingly simple case for an intern becomes much more complicated and sinister leading Tammy to suspect collusion between senior law partners in a young child’s death. Tammy’s strong convictions generating from a deeply religious family shine through in every situation and are an enlightening aspect of Whitlow’s novels.
Robert Whitlow is also the author of Jimmy, the subject of the previous blog post.
I heard a rumor that the new flick Angels & Demons, based on the book by Dan Brown, is pretty good. If you already read the book and loved it, you might try these titles:
The Burning Road by Ann Benson – A medical thriller that alternates between medieval France during the plague and 2007 America where genetic engineering has gone mad.
An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears – Called a “whopping good read” by Newsweek, this literary thriller goes back to 17th century England. There has been a suspicious death at New College and a young woman is blamed.
The Confessor by Daniel Silva – A search for the truth about Pius XII’s role in the Holocaust leads to murder, ambition, greed, and revenge. Gabriel Allon, a master art restorer and part-time Israeli agent searches for the truth.
The Overseer by Jonathan Rabb – A ruthless group obtains a plan for world domination written by a 16th century monk. Sarah Trent, a government agent, and Xander Jaspers, a young political theorist from Columbia University, seek to subvert the deadly game.
I’m going to scare you; treat you to mysteries that will, hopefully, confound you—Grab hold tight and come into a world where illusion becomes reality and truth is a disguise.” Catherine Coulter
is a quaint little postcard town made up only of old folk who sell the World’s Greatest Ice Cream, a secret recipe that brings lots of tourists into town. Into the Cove comes Sally Brainerd, daughter of murdered Amory St. John of Washington, D.C., seeking sanctuary and also Special Agent James Quinlan who’s undercover and after her. He’s got a murder to solve and he believe’s she’s the key. But is she really?” Catherine Coulter
The Cove is the first book in a thirteen book series titled “The FBI Series.” The latest book is Knockout. The story begins when Ethan Merriweather, a small Virginia town sheriff, goes looking for a missing girl. When he finds her, he realizes that Autumn has brought him a huge problem–a relentless madman who can control others simply by looking at them—a madman who is after her and her mom.
While we are deep into the current political scene and after you have done your research and made your choices, why not enjoy a novel of political intrigue. I found the hours just evaporated along with the miles as I listened to the audio book Dead Watch
by John Sandford on a recent road trip to Colorado. This is not his most current book, but the story couldn’t be more timely with it’s political scandals and time bombs. A former Virginia senator is missing and the current governor and political rival may have a hand in his disappearance. Or did he?
If political scandal is a little too close to home, why not try one of our other audio books. Some of our new titles are:
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry, Sail by James Patterson and Howard Roughan, Plague Ship by Clive Cussler, Swan Peak by James Lee Burke, Faces of Fear by John Saul, Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs, Forbidden by Elizabeth Lowell, The Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks.
The Places In Between by Rory Stewart, (an interesting addition to our One Book/ One Community reading list of Central Asia titles) and The post-American World by Fareed Zakaria.
Another option is to download an audio book to your computer through our website and burn it to cd’s or load it onto your IPod or mp3 player. Use the following link to get started.
We all lead busy lives but technology is helping us enjoy reading while on the go.