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Sea Castle

The series never ceases to be fascinating, making characters sink or swim as lives are on the line and the story veers in unexpected direction. Required reading for any suspense fan.
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The Blood of Patriots and Traitors

Readers who enjoyed the first novel will want to see how Geller’s life and career play out, but there is not much here for newcomers. What could be a classic in the spy genre, complete with a timely idea, doesn’t live up to its initial promise.
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Holmes Coming

“Sherlock in modern times” has been done, but having the actual character adapt to modern times is a fresh take on the detective. Johnson nails Holmes’s voice, and his relationship with a new doctor to tell his story is fun and engaging. Fans of the original adventures of Sherlock Holmes will enjoy.

Heat 2

This novel takes time to tell the story while slowly ratcheting up the suspense to nearly uncomfortable levels. Gardiner and Mann are legends, and this book will be a best seller that leads the cry for a film version.

The 13th Hour: Chaos

The twists and turns are nonstop, and knowledge of the previous book is not necessary to enjoy this thrill ride. Doetsch’s previous novels have been both high concept and imaginative, and this one is no exception. Nothing in the novel is predictable, and readers who enjoy the work of Blake Crouch will find a new favorite author.

The Gatekeeper

Though the author, who’s worked for decades in journalism and politics, has written this thriller under a pseudonym, it is clear that they know how to write a gripping and compelling story. It’s a mixture of the best black op novels like a Brad Thor or Mark Greaney, with a hint of the TV show Leverage. Dez has a bright future ahead, and this one is a true keeper.
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Hostile Intent

Drake is a skilled operative who has fun while dealing with serious scenarios, making him seem more human than superhero. The intricate level of who’s-doing-what-to-whom adds twists. Readers who enjoy the world of special ops should add Bentley to their reading pile.
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Box 88

There is clearly another Kite adventure coming, and it is necessary to address how this novel “ends.” Fans of spy novels in the style of John le Carré and Daniel Silva should enjoy.

Island of Thieves

Hamilton has written his best “Van Shaw” book to date with this slow-burn tale that takes his main character in unexpected directions. Van is torn between wondering whom he can trust and keeping his known allies safe. High stakes, a genuinely complex plot, compelling characters, and excellent writing make this another winner from Hamilton. Fans of Daniel Silva and Gregg Hurwitz should add Van Shaw to their list of go-to characters.
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