Friday, August 7, 2015

New bestsellers have hit the shelves

Radiant Angel (John Corey Series #7) by Nelson DeMille

DeMille (The Panther, 2012, etc.) follows former NYPD detective John Corey, the bane of Middle Eastern terrorists, after he's contracted to the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Corey's sardonic voice drives this adventure, as he and his team surveil Russian U.N. delegate and SVR Col. Vasily Petrov. There's reason to pay attention: SVR equals Russian CIA. …  In a plot as high-speed as the SAFE-boat Corey uses to chase Petrov, DeMille offers a less-verbose version of Clancy's Sum of All Fears, all while rendering Long Island familiarly and adding sparks between Corey and [wife]Tess. Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action.

Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman

Navajo Tribal cops Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, investigate two perplexing cases in this exciting Southwestern mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of SPIDER WOMAN'S DAUGHTER. … Under the guidance of their mentor, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, Bernie and Chee will navigate unexpected obstacles and confront the greatest challenge yet to their skills, commitment, and courage.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

This is thought experiment as extreme sport, speculation taken so far it seems to verge on something else entirely … we expect setup and payoff on a grand scale [from Neal Stephenson], and on that front he reliably delivers … Although the first two sections touch on politics and governance, in the last section the ambition of the novel ramps up, and widens out to include in its already broad survey topics including race, psychology, interplanetary diplomacy and evolutionary theory. Much of what seemed incidental in the earlier portions becomes, in the last third, the basis for a future civilization, and the way the puzzle fits together is ingenious … Seveneves would be a great way to pass the time while waiting for the end of the world.

The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism--From al Qa'ida to ISIS by Michael Morell with Bill Harlow

"There are few truly 'must read' books out there, but along with Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower, Morell's new THE GREAT WAR OF OUR TIME is one of them. Combine Wright's and Morell's books and you have a history of the rise of Islamist fanaticism vis-a-vis the United States from the end of World War II to the present. Everyone running for president should read both books...This is not a book for partisans (Presidents Bush and Obama both come in for praise and criticism) but one for future decision makers. It is also one for political writers."

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