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Top Picks for August 2013

Top Picks for August 2013

2013 is shaping up to be a wonderful year for books with highly anticipated releases of Dan Brown’s Inferno and Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed earlier this year. Later this year a myriad of hot titles will be released including: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly Doctor Sleep by […]

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: #6 Wilson by A. Scott Berg

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: #6 Wilson by A. Scott Berg

After a hiatus of more than a decade, A. Scott Berg returns with a full scale biography of Woodrow Wilson. Simply titled Wilson, Berg attempts to explain the vast abilities and contradictions of our 28th President. Beginning with his childhood before the American Civil War, Berg follows the young Wilson, the progeny of a long […]

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #3 Lee Child

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #3 Lee Child

We’ve all heard the expression “art imitates life;” whether it be movies, television, or books; entertainment tend to represent the topics of the day. For example in the action and thriller genre, the movement of terrorism to front page news has brought authors such as Vince Flynn to the forefront with his Mitch Rapp character repeatedly saving […]

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #4 Nelson Demille

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #4 Nelson Demille

A recent trend in books is the movement from traditional espionage novels, such as John le Carre’s famous The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to a more contemporary anti-terrorism novel. This was first made popular by Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character in such classics as Patriot Games, The Sum of All Fears, and […]

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #5 Marc Cameron

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #5 Marc Cameron

John Le Carre has dazzled readers with spy tales for more than fifty years. His most notable work, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel (George Smiley Novels), is among the most famous spy novels in history. For a new generation, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series kept readers’ attention along with […]

Matthew Dunn

Matthew Dunn

Matthew Dunn is mostly new on the scene; his debut novel Spycatcher was released in 2011 featuring super spy Will Cochrane, code name “Spycatcher.” I reviewed Spycatcher here in December 2011 shortly after launching Code 451. I praised Dunn greatly at the time and I stand by my opinions two years later. Matthew Dunn’s novels […]

Top Picks for July 2013

Top Picks for July 2013

Rarely does a month pass that I’m not intrigued by at least a few book releases and July brings an assortment of entertainment from Cris Carter’s Going Deep to action-packed Eye for an Eye by Ben Coes. Whether you’re looking for a quick fun read or a deeper work such as & Sons by David […]

Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno by Dan Brown Dan Brown is back with all his fun and infuriating traits in full effect in a fourth novel featuring Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. As always, Langdon finds himself in the midst of a riddle wrapped in an enigma, etc., seemingly without a clue but fortunately possessing specific knowledge that may well […]

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The more things change the more they stay the same. It has now been 10 years since Dan Brown burst onto the scene with The Da Vinci Code, perhaps the biggest fiction hit of the first decade of the 21st Century. Now Brown is set to release another mega-seller with a further Robert Langdon adventure […]

The Poisoners Handbook by Deborah Blum

The Poisoners Handbook by Deborah Blum

In the second decade of the 20th Century, a male nurse strolled into a New York City police station with something to say. Surrendering to police, the man confessed to murdering 8 nursing home patients with chloroform. It was plainly obvious he was guilty, but proving it turned out to be fiendishly difficult. Distressingly, the […]