Read-Alikes for ‘Eruption’ by Michael Crichton & James Patterson | LibraryReads

Eruption by Michael Crichton & James Patterson is the top holds title of the week. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

Eruption by Michael Crichton & James Patterson (Little, Brown) is the top holds title of the week. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

With a million-copy first printing, two blockbuster names join forces as Patterson completes a novel that Crichton began researching and writing years before his death. Plot details are thin, but the throughline involves a volcanic eruption predicted to destroy the Big Island of Hawai‘i and long-held, explosive military secrets.—LJ Reviews

Sierra Six by Mark Greaney (Berkley)

Back when he was the junior member of a CIA action team (and known as Sierra Six), Court Gentry, a.k.a. the Gray Man, helped messily eliminate a terrorist leader who now appears to be very much alive; next in Greaney’s No. 1 New York Times best-selling series.—Barbara Hoffert

In the Blood by Jack Carr (Emily Bestler: Atria)

In Carr’s In the Blood, a Mossad operative known to former Navy SEAL James Reece is killed in a plane explosion (she herself had just completed a targeted assassination), but searching for the culprit might mean walking into a trap.—Barbara Hoffert

Chameleon by Remi Adeleke (Morrow) 

DEBUT Former Navy SEAL Adeleke carves out a spot in the crowded thriller genre with this electrifying debut. Elite and clandestine CIA Black Box units consist of “Chameleons,” tactical operatives trained to create mission-defined characters; “Ghosts,” skilled at surveillance and burglary; and “Wind,” pilots and drivers who can operate and repair any vehicle that moves. When ruthless South African ex-commando Lucas DeGroot begins kidnapping high-profile hostages around the world, personally tormented Nigerian-born Chameleon Kali Kent and his close-knit unit are ordered to track down DeGroot, neutralize his mercenary army, and free the hostages. Clean and well-plotted with smoothly paced chapters, the story is sharp and fast-moving, but readers may balk initially at the continual barrage of gun-brand names and munition details. There is little character development, but the focused action more than compensates as the tale reaches a satisfying and unexpected ending. VERDICT A good beach or vacation read that will have readers rooting for another book in the “Black Box” series. Perfect for Jack Carr, Mark Greaney, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan fans.—James Woods Marshall

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