Friday, August 5, 2011

Read Alike: Vince Flynn

Vince Flynn is known for his novels of international intrigue and political crisis with complex missions full of technical details and fast-paced action. Flynn’s hero, CIA agent Mitch Rapp is independent, moral and heedless of danger. Even though he tends to focus more on plot than on character, Flynn does succeed at capturing the intensity between his main characters. The first book in the Mitch Rapp series, Transfer of Power, finds Rapp trying to stop an insurrection when a gang of terrorist seizes control of the White House. Kill Shot, book 12 in the Mitch Rapp series is scheduled to be released on October 11, 2011. If you enjoy political suspense stories; spy fiction and suspense stories may we suggest the following:

Ghost Dancer by John Case

Photojournalist Mike Burke carried his camera into every war zone and hellhole on earth and came back with the pictures (and battle scars) to prove it. When his helicopter crashed and burned in Africa, he decided it was time to stop dancing with the devil. But neither danger, nor the devil, is done with him yet. An ocean away, Jack Wilson leaves prison burning for revenge. He, too, dreams of starting life over, only Jack's dream is the rest of the world's nightmare. Driven by his obsession with a Native American visionary, and guided by the secret notebooks of Nikola Tesla, Wilson dreams of the Apocalypse and plans to make it happen.

Fade by Kyle Mills

A former Navy SEAL who speaks perfect Arabic, Salam al-Fayed (a.k.a. “Fade”) had been one of the deadliest weapons in America’s arsenal until a mission gone wrong put a bullet in his back, requiring risky surgery the government refused to pay for. Embittered by a wound that could one day immobilize him, Fade isn’t exactly cooperative when Homeland Security insists on putting him back on the payroll. But they’re not taking “no” for an answer and what is meant to be a foolproof deception turns into an explosive bloodbath. It falls to an estranged friend of Fade’s named Matt Egan to clean up the mess made by his superiors. But it isn’t going to be easy because Fade is gunning for the men who set him up. And Matt is at the top of the list.

The Patriot's Club by Christopher Reich

Thomas Bolden grew up on the streets, his childhood a blur of fragmented memories. But now he’s managed to put his past behind him, find the woman he wants to share his life with, and carve out a successful career on Wall Street. Until, in the blink of an eye, his world is turned upside down. A bizarre kidnapping sends him fleeing for his life, his face everywhere on the TV news, and a violent, shadowy organization is framing him for crimes he did not commit. But as Bolden survives one violent, harrowing hour after another, he makes a series of startling discoveries: about a mysterious woman wanted for murder; about an astounding secret rooted in history; about a conspiracy lurking in the darkest corners of corporate America and a deadly plan that only he can stop.

Prepared for Rage by Dana Stabenow

A terrorist filled with resentment; an FBI analyst challenged to be three steps ahead of the intelligence; a Coast Guard captain assigned to keep watch; an astronaut who takes her job very seriously; the paths of all of these characters converge on one clear morning in Florida. NASA is preparing to launch the space shuttle, this time with a high-paying visitor on board as a guest, and the FBI and the Coast Guard are doing everything they can to help the launch go off without a hitch. But one Pakistani man with a bottomless personal grudge and the commitment of many zealous men behind him is determined to strike back at the most visible target he can find.

The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor

On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the President of the United States has been kidnapped and his Secret Service detail massacred. Only one agent has survived, ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath. He doesn't buy the official line that Middle Eastern terrorists are behind the attack and begins his own campaign to find the truth and exact revenge. But now, framed for murder by a sinister cabal, Harvath takes his fight to the towering mountains of Switzerland and joins forces with beautiful Claudia Mueller of the Swiss Federal Attorney's Office. Together they must brave the subzero temperatures and sheer heights of treacherous Mount Pilatus where their only chance for survival lies inside the den of the most lethal team of professional killers the world has ever known.

These authors also write suspense fiction: Christopher Whitcomb, Steve Alten, David Baldacci, Stella Rimington, Brad Meltzer, Brian Haig, Daniel Silva, Nelson DeMille and David Poyer.

Please stop by the Recommendations Desk on the first floor, check out NoveList Plus on the library's website, or visit W. 11th & Bluff next week for more reading suggestions. Or submit a Personal Recommendations request, and we'll create a reading list just for you!

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