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Final Target by John Gilstrap

Final Target by John Gilstrap (Jonathan Grave #8)

I also love it when old friends like Scorpion, Boxers and Mother Hen return to the page.

I’ve written about this series before when Friendly Fire came out last year. Grave is a hostage rescue specialist who only gets the impossible assignments, always behind the curtain with no rules and ultimate deniability.

In Final Target, Scorpion’s mission this time:

“Drop into the Mexican jungle, infiltrate a drug cartel’s compound, and extract a kidnapped DEA agent. But when Jonathan Grave and his partner, Boxers, retrieve the hostage and return to the exfil point, all hell breaks loose. Ambushed, abandoned, and attacked on all sides, their only hope of survival lies inside a remote orphanage where innocent children have been targeted for death. ”

If you love the Mystery-Thriller-Suspense genre, you’ll love Jonathan Grave and Final Target.


Zero Sum by Barry Eisler

Zero Sum by Barry Eisler (John Rain #9)

I love John Rain and I’m glad to see Barry Eisler is keeping him on the page. He is a skilled assassin, but one with a heart and soul … and values that rarely accompany his profession … although you may be understandably dubious about what values John Rain embodies.

In any case, you definitely don’t want to mess with him.

– “In Zero Sum, Rain returns to Tokyo in 1982 after a decade of mercenary work in the Philippines. A young John Rain learns that the killing business is now controlled by Victor, a half-Russian, half-Japanese sociopath who has ruthlessly eliminated all potential challengers. Victor gives Rain a choice: kill a government minister or die a grisly death. But the best route to the minister is through his gorgeous Italian wife, Maria, a route that puts Rain on a collision course not only with Victor but with the shadowy forces behind the Russian’s rise to dominance—and the longings of Rain’s own conflicted heart.” [Amazon]

I highly recommend the 8 novels in Barry Eisler’s John Rain series, starting with the first one, A Clean Kill in Tokyo.

I also love his new series that started with Livia Lone … who is one tough cookie!

If you’re looking for a little action … and for someone who doesn’t wait for the system to deliver justice deserved … John Rain is your man.


Herman Wouk

Herman Wouk is Still Writing at the Age of 102

You may not remember Herman Wouk, but if you’re a fan of this genre, you’ve probably read one or both of The Caine Mutiny or The Winds of War, that great story of World War II that debuted in 1971 and became a huge TV series in 1983.

Herman Wouk is still writing at the age of 102, and when I watched him in this video update, he remains as articulate in speech and writing as you can imagine for anyone, let alone anyone near his age. Remarkable!


The Switch by Joseph Finder

The Switch by Joseph Finder

I’ve always enjoyed Joseph Finder’s books and I don’t think I’ve missed any.

Like most writers in this genre, he’s created a recurring hero, Nick Heller, a Special Forces intelligence investigator (who does not appear here), but the majority of his novels are standalones.

In The Switch, a simple mix up throws one innocent man into the crosshairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions.

“Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in the TSA security line at LAX. He doesn’t notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it’s too late. Tanner’s curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files.” (JosephFinder.com)


Camino Island by John Grisham

Camino Island by John Grisham

If you read anything in the Mystery-Thriller-Suspense genre, you must have read something from John Grisham, so if you’re waiting, here’s his summer Beach Read.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year and now has over 300 million books in print worldwide.

In Camino Island, A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars.

  • “Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.
  • Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets.
  • But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it.” Amazon

You can see a short video of Grisham’s conversation about his book at Book Expo, or see more here about what he calls his “beach read”.