Mailbox Monday – Oct 29
Well I haven’t done one of these mailbox type posts in a while so this is more like covering the last month rather than just the last week. The majority of the books are ones I’ve sourced via Netgalley with two received from publishers. Apart from a couple of titles that are due early in 2013 most are available now. Each will have a couple of brief words from me about them before I reproduce the marketing descriptions below.
I caught a few minutes of Timecop recently and it sprung to mind again immediately on receiving this book though I could equally call on The Butterfly Effect or similar and probably none of those comparisons would be welcomed. Anyway a new to me author so I cannot comment on his previous works but this one is a bit of stretch for me as the time travel sci-fi element takes me out of my usual hunting grounds.
Description: Zed is an agent from the future. A time when the world’s problems have been solved. No hunger. No war. No despair. His mission is to keep it that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course – especially The Great Conflagration, an imminent disaster in our own time that Zed has been ordered to protect at all costs. But what will happen when Zed’s present begins to take precedence over a perfect future? One that may have more cracks than he realizes?
Another new to me author albeit one that just about qualifies as I have a trilogy sitting in the TBR pile. Not always sure that I favour CIA / MI5 etc type novels as the James Bond type characteristics can sometimes leave me cold but here’s hoping for the best.
Description: Meet Austin Clay, the CIA’s best-kept secret. There has always been a need in the spy game for operations outside the realm of legality-covert missions so black no one in the American government, and almost no one in intelligence itself, is aware of their existence. The left hand can’t know what the right hand is doing. Austin Clay is that right hand, executing missions that would be disavowed by his own government were he ever to be compromised. His team consists of only his trusted handler and himself. His missions are among the most important and dangerous in U.S. history. Clay is sent to track down a missing American operative, a man who was captured outside of Moscow, in the Russian countryside. Soon he discovers the missing officer is only the beginning of the mission, and finds himself protecting a desperate woman who believes a mole has penetrated the top levels of the U.S. government, throwing the international balance of power into jeopardy. With blistering pace, international intrigue, and a high-stakes plot that spans continents, THE RIGHT HAND introduces a new hero, from the novelist whose work the New York Times Book Review has proclaimed “devastatingly cool.”
The Devil Doesn’t Want Me
One that I chose based on the title alone and one that apart from the description reproduced below I know absolutely nothing.
Description: A hit man with a crisis of conscience faces his biggest challenge yet: protecting an innocent victim against deadly forces during a desperate run for the coast in Eric Beetner’s thrilling novel. For the last seventeen years, Lars has been on a job for a prominent East Coast crime family. His task: kill Mitch the Snitch. Mitch is living in witness protection and has eluded Lars for almost two decades. But changes are afoot in the family back east, and a young gun named Trent has been sent to replace the aging gun for hire. With his old boss gone, Lars realizes he has lost the desire to kill his long-time target. When things come to a head with Trent, Lars must go on the run with Mitch’s teenage daughter Shaine, trying to stay one step ahead of angry and vengeful mobsters as well as his own dark past. With Trent, FBI agents, and even more hired muscle on their trail, Lars and his new sidekick must stay one step ahead of their pursuers by any means necessary, creating a cross country trail of wreckage and mayhem from Albuquerque to L.A.
A well know author and series that I wanted to sample but given that I cannot always indulge my preference to start from the beginning of a series given the number of worthwhile series out there it just makes more sense to jump in here. Here’s to a change of location.
Description: Chief Inspector Mario Silva and his team have a heavy work load with several high-profile cases. First, a suicide bombing that was apparently the work of a militant Islamist group. Then, a gubernatorial candidate is assassinated in broad daylight at a campaign rally. Could the cases be related? To complicate Silva’s investigation, a criminal with a very bad grudge against the Chief Inspector has been released from prison and is plotting ugly revenge.
Another Netgalley selection where the cover just sort of jumped out at me but I like the outline below.
Description: Meet Junior Bender, quick talking burglar turned ad-hoc private eye for Hollywood crooks. Junior Bender is a Los Angeles burglar with a magic touch. Since he first started breaking into houses when he was fourteen years old, he’s never once been caught. But now, after twenty-two years of an exemplary career, Junior has been blackmailed by Trey Annunziato, one of the most powerful crime bosses in LA, into acting as a private investigator on the set of Trey’s porn movie venture, which someone keeps sabotaging. The star Trey has lined up to do all that’s unwholesome on camera is Thistle Downing, America’s beloved child star, who now lives alone in a drug-induced stupor, destitute and uninsurable. Her starring role will be the scandalous fall-from-grace gossip of rubber-neckers across the country. No wonder Trey needs help keeping the production on track. Junior knows what that he should do—get Thistle out and find her help—but doing the right thing will land him on the wrong side of LA’s scariest mob boss. With the help of his precocious twelve-year-old daughter, Rina, and his criminal sidekick, Louie the Lost (an ex-getaway driver), Junior has to figure out a miracle solution.
I chose this because I really enjoyed Michael Koryta’s The Prophet earlier this year and found the coincidence in the title appealing. Book 2 of a series, I gather.
Francis Ackerman Jr. is one of America’s most prolific serial killers. Having kept a low profile for the past year, he is ready to return to work – and he’s more brutal, cunning, and dangerous than ever.
Scarred from their past battles, Special Agent Marcus Williams cannot shake Ackerman from his mind. But now Marcus must focus on catching the Anarchist, a new killer who drugs and kidnaps women before burning them alive.
Marcus knows the Anarchist will strike again soon. And Ackerman is still free. But worse than this is a mysterious figure, unknown to the authorities, who controls the actions of the Anarchist and many like him. He is the Prophet – and his plans are more terrible than even his own disciples can imagine.
With attacks coming from every side, Marcus faces a race against time to save the lives of a group of innocent people chosen as sacrifices in the Prophet’s final dark ritual.
I’ve had mixed feelings about the Irish books I’ve read this year but I enjoyed Neville’s first, alternatively known as “The Ghosts of Belfast” and “The Twelve” but have missed out on the intervening ones so about time I gave him another try and of course the fact that he’s Irish and the book is set in Ireland doesn’t hurt either.
Description: Ireland, 1963. In the weeks leading up to a visit from President John F. Kennedy, Lieutenant Albert Ryan hunts for a serial killer targeting German nationals. His boss wants the killing to end quickly and quietly lest a shameful secret be exposed: the dead men are former Nazis granted asylum by the Irish government after World War II. As Ryan travels deeper into a complex network of former Nazis and collaborators, it becomes clear that Hitler’s favorite commando, the colonel once called “the most dangerous man in Europe,” is next on the hit list. With time running out, Ryan’s loyalty is torn between country and conscience as he is forced to protect the men he fought against twenty years before.