Category Archives: Action

ARMISTICE

Title: Armistice – The Hot War

Author: Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove is the master of vivid and visionary alternate history. In this, the final book of the blistering trilogy the Hot War, old hatreds and new chances for revenge are unleashed on an already devastated world-as the cold War becomes a roaring inferno.

In 1952 American cities lid in ruins. President Harry Truman, in office since 1945, presides over a makeshift government in Philadelphia, suffering his own personal loss and fearing for the future of democracy in the sake of Hitler’s reign, Germany and America have become allies, and Stalin’s vise hold on power in the USSR persists. Unwilling to trust the Soviet tyrant, Truman launches a long-planned nuclear strike on the city of Omsk–killing Stalin and plunging the Red Army into leaderless, destructive anarchy. Meanwhile, The Baltic states careen toward rebellion, and Poland is seized by rebels bred on war. In a world awash with victims turned victors, refuges, and killers, has Truman struck a blow for peace or fueled more chaos?

As these staggering events unfold, the lives of men and women across battle lines, ethnicities, and religions play out around the globe. In Los Angeles, an extended Jewish family builds a future, while the foul smell of a refugee camp in Santa Monica blows in on the ocean breeze. In Korea, a U.S. fighter struggles to bring his Korean interpreter stateside as a full American. In Siberia, two German women fight for their survival in a guiag–and begin a strange, harrowing journey home.

From the terrifying global chess match between superpowers to the strength of individual human conscience, Armistice captures a world that’s been split to its core by the violence only mankind can create. Through the thunder of battle, the clashes of armies, and the whispers of lovers, how humanity will be rebuilt, and who will do it, are the questions that resound in this marvelous work of imagination and history.

PRICE OF DUTY

Title: Price of Duty

Author: Dale Brown

In a top-0secret location deep in the Urala Mountains, Russian president Gennadiy Gryzlov has built the most dangerous weapon his nation has ever produced–a fearsome tool to gain superiority in Russia’s long-running battle with the West. From inside Perun’s Aeriean intricate network of underground tunnels and chambers that is the heart of the Russian cyber warfare program–Gryzlov is launching a carefully plotted series of attacks on an unsuspecting U.S. and its European allies.

The first strike is aimed at Warsaw, Poland, where Russian malware wipes out the records of nearly every Polish bank account, imploding the country’s financial system and panicking the rest of Europe. When the besieged U.S. president, Stacy Anne Barbeau, fails to effectively combat the Russian threat, Brad McLanahan, on some well-earned R&R with his new Polish girlfriend, Major Nadia Rozek, is called back to duty.

As the Russians” deadly tactics escalate–including full-scale assaults on Europe’s power grid and the remote hijacking of a commercial airliner that kills hundreds of civilians–Mclanahan and his Scion team kick into gear, arming themselves with the most advanced technological weaponry for the epic struggle ahead. A patriot in the mold of his father, the late general Patrick McLanahan, Brad knows fist-hand the price of freedom.

With the world’s fate hanging in the balance, will Scion succeed in turning back Gryzlov before he can realize his terrifying ambition to conquer the world? And what will the toll of victory be?

THE FROZEN HOURS

Title: The Frozen Hours

Author: Jeff Shaara

The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.

June 1950. The North Korean army invades South Korea, intent on uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops, and together they drive the North Koreans back to their border with China.

But several hundred thousand
Chinese troops have entered Korea, laying massive traps for the Allies. In November 1950, the Chinese spring those traps. Allied forces, already battling stunningly cold weather, find themselves caught completely off guard as the Chinese advance around the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. A force that once stood on the precipice of victory now finds itself on the brink of annihilation. Assured by General Douglas MacArthur that they would be home by Christmas, the soldiers and Marines fight for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable–and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one.

The Frozen Hours tells the story of Frozen Chosin from multiple points of view: Oliver P Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, who famously redefined defeat as “advancing in a different direction”; Marine Private Pete Riley, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander Sung Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the American he has so completely surrounded, ever aware that above him, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung watches his every move.

Written with the propulsive force Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, The Frozen Hours transports us to the critical moment in the history of America’s “forgotten War,” when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hinds of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe.

WITHOUT WARNING

Title: Without Warning

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg

After ISIS terrorists attack the U.S. Capitol building during the president’s State of the Union address the entire world waits to se how the most powerful nation on earth will respond. But the Taylor administration is more committed to political correctness than to justice and it falls to other nations to lead the way in hunting down Abu Khalif, the criminal and religious mastermind who heads the Islamic State.

When New York Times journalist J. B. Collins reeling from a tragedy closer to home suddenly finds himself in possession of vital information that could help in the search he is once again thrust into the crosshairs of global politics. But this time it’s personal.

As he joins the hunt for the world’s most wanted and dangerous man, his quest takes him from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Tel Aviv to Cairo to Istanbul and beyond. Through it all he has one goal” find Abu Khalif and hold him accountable for the terrible actions. But the clock is ticking and more attacks are coming. Will Collins locate the ISIS emir before it’s too late? He will stop at nothing to do so. But at what cost?

A Land Remembered

Title: A Land Remembered

Author: Patrick D. Smith

In 1858 Tobias Maclvey abandoned his Georgia farm, loaded his meager possessions and his wife and infant son in a wagon, and headed south into the Florida wilderness to search for a new life. What follows in A Land Remembered is a big, rougy-to7ugh, folksy Florida saga — three generations of the MacIvey family (1858-s1968) from a dirt poor cattle-droving cracker (cattle rancher who cracks a whip) to a Miami real estate tycoon.

But it is also an epic portrayal of the American pioneer will to survive against all odds. And finally it is the story of the land, how at first bare survival is scratched from it and then how it is exploited far beyond human need.

The sweeping story that emerges is a rich, rugged Florida history featuring a memorable cast to crusty, indomitable crackers battling wild animals, rustlers, Confederate deserters, mosquitoes, starvation and hurricanes and freezes to carve a kingdom out of the swamp. But their most formidable adversary turns out to be greed, including finally their own.

Love and tenderness are here too: the hopes and passions of each new generation, friendships with the persecuted blacks and Indians, respect for the land and its wildlife.

Liar’s Key

Title: Liar’s Key

Author: Carla Neggers

Emma Sharpe is suspicious when retired Special Agent Gordon Wheelock, a legend in FBI art crimes, drops y her Boston office for a visit. Gordy says he’s heard rumors about stolen ancient mosaics, Emma, an art crimes specialist herself, won’t discuss the rumors. Especially since they involve Oliver York, an unrepentant English art thief. Gordy and Emma’s grandfather, a renowned private art detective, chased Oliver for a decade. Gordy knows Wendell Sharpe didn’t give him everything he had on the thief. even now, Oliver will never be prosecuted.

When a shocking death occurs, Emma is drawn into the investigation. The evidence points to a deadly conspiracy between Wendell and Oliver, and Emma’s finace, deep cover agent Colin Donovan, knows he can’t stay out of this one. He also knows there will be questions about Emma’s role and where her loyalties lie.

From Boston to Maine to Ireland, Emma and Colin track a dangerous killer as the lives of their family and friends are at stake. With the help of their friend, Irish priest Finian Bracken, and Emma’s brother, Lucas, the Sharpes and Donovans must band together to stop a killer.

Treachery At Lancaster Gate

Title:  Treachery At Lancaster Gate

Author:  Anne Perry

Gripping and provocative, the latest Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry peers unflinchingly into the corrupt affairs of Victorian society on the brink of the century’s turn.  The world is poised for social and political change, but England holds tight to its traditions, classes, and prejudices.

When an explosion in London kills two policemen and seriously injures three more, many believe that anarchists are the culprits.  But Thomas Pitt, commander of Special Branch, knows the city’s radical groups well enough to suspect that someone with decidedly more personal motives lit the deadly fuse.  As he investigates the source of the fatal blast, Pitt is stunned to discover that the bombing was a calculated strike against the ranks of law enforcement.

But still more shocking revelations await, as Pitt’s inquiries lead him to a member of Parliament hoping for a lucrative business deal, a high-ranking police with secrets to keep, and an aristocratic opium addict seeking murderous revenge.  As he pursues each increasingly threating lead, Pitt fines himself impeded at every turn by the barriers put in place to protect the rich and powerful–barriers that, as they start to crumble, threaten to bury him alive.

 

 

 

 

Forty Thieves

Title:  Forty Thieves

Author:  Thomas Perry

Sid and Ronnie Abel are a first-rate husband-and-wife detective team, both ex-LAPD.  Ed and Nicole Hoyt are married assassins-for-hire living in the San Fernando Valley.  Except for deadly aim with a handgun, the two couples have little in common–until both are hired to do damage control on the same murder case.  The previous spring, after two days of torrential rain, a body was recovered from one of the city’s overwhelmed storm sewers.  The corpse was identified as James Ballantine, a middle-aged African American who worked as a research scientist for a large corporation and was well liked by his colleagues.  But two bullets to the back of the head looked like nothing if not foul play.  Now, with the case turning cold, Ballantine’s former employers bring in the Abels to succeed where the police have failed, while the Hoyts’ mysterious contractors want to make sure that the facts about Ballantine’s death stay hidden, no matter the cost.

As the Abels and Hoyts proceed on their respective missions, both couples find themselves up against an enemy the likes of which they’ve never seen.  Dramatic car chases, illicit affairs, and a notorious ring of Eastern diamond thieves all play into the plot as the book races toward its high-octane climax, and the Abels circle ever closer to the dangerous truth.

 

Hammer-Head Six

Title:  Hammer-Head-Six

Author:  Ronald Fry

Two years before the disastrous events in Lone Survivor, U.S. Army Captain Ronald Fry led an elite Special Forces team into the same remote and notorious region of north-eastern Afghanistan.  In Kunar Province’s Pech Valley, the Green Berets of Hammerhead Six hunted “high-value targets,” seized weapon stockpiles, and dodged Taliban ambushers.  But their greatest success came through unconventional warfare–the men’s efforts to “win hearts and minds” of Afghan villagers.

In a country known as the “Graveyard of Empires,” the Pech stands out as a particularly brutal killing ground, where more than 100 American soldiers have lost their lives.  Huddled in shadow of the Hindu Kush mountains, fiercely independent Pashtun tribesmen have for centuries resisted intrusion.  It was here in 2003, in a place where the line between civilians and armed zealots blurred, that Hammerhead Six established Camp Blessing, the first Special Forces “A” Camp set up since Vietnam.

Captain Ronald Fry, whom locals took to calling the “Red-bearded Commander,” recounts how his team–despite the constant threat of rocket attacks and Taliban fighters–chose to engage locals, respect their economic and cultural norms, and show them, if only for a few fleeting months, that Americans could serve as liberators.  The Green Berets, in keeping with their motto De Oppresso Liber (To Free the Oppressed”0, repaired schools, offered free medical care, helped settle village disputes, trained local security forces, and created an atmosphere of trust.

For the first time, an ungovernable province seemed governable.  But it was not to last.  When Hammerhead Six left the valley in 2004, their successors reverted to a conventional search-and-destroy strategy.  Tragedy would follow.

In Hammerhead Six, Fry recalls the seemingly forgotten accomplishments of his unit–and makes a passionate argument that its mission is a blueprint for how the American military can succeed through unconventional warfare in the wars of the twenty-first century.