Tuesday, July 10, 2012

More Summer Reads

Ahh…summer reading…at a lakeside cottage, in the mountains, or at home in a hammock in the shade…so relaxing. Here are some ideas for that reading escape.

Wicked City, Ace Atkins
    Atkins usually takes an actual incident and embellishes it into a novel. Phenix City, Alabama was dubbed the wickedest city in America in 1955 by “Look” magazine.  It was a stew of organized crime and corruption.  And then the machine killed the wrong man.  Atkins’ novel is peopled by an extraordinary cast of characters, both real and fictional.

Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel, Jeffery Deaver
    James Bond, in his early thirties and already a veteran of the Afghan war, has been recruited to a new organization. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independently of MI5, MI6 and the Ministry of Defense, its very existence deniable. Its aim: To protect the Realm, by any means necessary.  A Night Action alert calls James Bond away from dinner with a beautiful woman. Headquarters has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week. Agent 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever necessary to fulfill his mission.

Envy the Night, Michael Koryta
    In the seven years since he learned that his U.S. marshal father led a double life as a contract killer, Frank Temple III has mostly drifted through life. But when he learns that Devin Matteson, the man who lured his father into the killing game only to later give him up to the FBI, is returning to the isolated Wisconsin lake that was once sacred ground for their families, it is a homecoming Frank cannot allow.

Fever Dream, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
    Yesterday, Special Agent Pendergast still mourned the loss of his beloved wife, Helen, who died in a tragic accident in Africa twelve years ago.  Today, he discovers she was murdered.  Tomorrow, he will learn her most guarded secrets.

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