Thrillers and Suspense

Corruption of Power

Corruption of Power
Title: Corruption of Power
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Published: December 14, 2015
Author's Twitter: @GeorgeWEccles
Ukraine is only the opening gambit, so far as the Russian President is concerned. With his sights set on territorial expansion and undeterred by the prospect of a new Cold War, he intends first to shift Russia’s economic focus towards the East in order to shield the country from the reprisals that his next move is sure to provoke. The President delegates to his Prime Minister the redeployment of Russia’s vast energy resources, a vital component of his strategy. But when plans for a pipeline to run through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan tilt off-course, it threatens to spread the current conflagration in the Middle East right up to Russia’s own borders. Against a background of political corruption, state-sponsored terrorism and increased Taliban insurgency, the President turns to independent troubleshooter ALEX LEKSIN whose investigations take him from Moscow into one of the world’s most sinister countries, right at the heart of Central Asia.

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The Source

The Source
Title: The Source
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Published: December 15, 2015
Author's Twitter: @Dragonwriter11
The portals are closed. The Evil have lost their pathway between their home and ours. No longer does humanity need to worry about extradimensional bodysnatchers with a thirst for pain and terror pouring through to wreak destruction on Earth. The problem is, while there might not be any new Evil coming through, a whole lot of very powerful, very angry Evil are still stuck on our side. Desperate now, they’re forced to put aside their differences and work together to come up with an ambitious plan to get their pipeline of soldiers up and running. And now they’ve got a dangerous ally on their side: a black mage with a longstanding hatred of Stone. Will Stone and his friends figure out what the Evil are up to before they can set into motion something that can’t be stopped–and that will end up killing thousands of people in the process?

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Penny for Them

Penny for Them
Title: Penny for Them
Published: January 14, 2014
Author's Twitter: @PhilipCatshill
After learning of her stepfather’s death, Penny reveals the secrets that have kept her in hiding for thirty years. Her account begins in 1982, when a jewel robbery brought mayhem and death to central England. The following day, secret agents persuaded Penny to pursue her father’s murderer, Sean Moran. Penny discovered her stepfather, who was a junior minister in the British Government, had conspired with Argentinian agents towards the occupation of the Falklands. While trying to warn the British Government, the adventure takes Penny and Sean to Argentina, where a colonel in the brutal military regime realised Sean had the diamonds from the robbery. After rescuing the badly injured Sean, Penny discovered how her stepfather had engineered the arrest. Having thwarted his plans, her stepfather promised not to rest until he sees her dead body. Penny escaped him, but underestimated the lengths he would go to ensure her death.

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Wrinkled Heartbeats

Wrinkled Heartbeats
Title: Wrinkled Heartbeats
Published: October 19, 2015
Author's Twitter: @templewms
A war hero stumbles into a web of money-laundering, lies, and deadly secrets, including the “Gator Pole,” a painful way to make people disappear in Florida’s famous River of Grass, the Everglades. A very generous offer to buy the hero’s luxury home includes an expiration date on his life. The only person who can save him is the person hired to kill him. For the warrior, one of the bloodiest battles in the history of the Marine Corps becomes a life-threatening allegory in the tropical paradise of the Palm Beaches.

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Chloe The Clone

Chloe The Clone
Title: Chloe The Clone
Published: March 6, 2015
Author's Twitter: @Primordium4
Chloe The Clone is a suspense set in the year 2020.  Part Romancing the Stone (romantic, comedic, with inept bad guys), part Paper Moon (feel good, sentimental, and quirky), Chloe The Clonenevertheless poses a serious story question: what does a man do when he comes to love the child who was cloned to give him a new heart?

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The Chinese Spymaster

The Chinese Spymaster
Title: The Chinese Spymaster
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Published: October 1, 2013
Author's Twitter: @hgtjoa
Espionage as conducted by the Chinese intelligence agency under enlightened spymaster Wang. Mostly set in Asia for a different point of view.   Chinese Intelligence uncovers a North Korean trying to sell a nuclear device. Then they find five other dealers trying to do the same. The buyer is the same in every case--the Pashtuns. Is this a "Pashtun Spring"? A realignment of geopolitical power in Central Asia? A resurgence of Islamist terrorism? In order to anticipate and confront these threats, Spymaster Wang must negotiate through bureaucratic rivalries, as well as personal ambitions, at home and abroad. He reaches for ancient insight into strategies and unorthodox alliances. But the struggle he must undertake cannot cease, and the outcome always remains in doubt. The Spymaster must also confront a vendetta within the Party as well as the determination of his Old Friends and their wives to make him a "match."

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Sea Change

Sea Change
Title: Sea Change
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Published: March 31, 2014
Author's Twitter: @kdlovgren
Prep school finally behind him, Connor returns home to discover his mother’s absence from graduation was only the beginning. She has left on a trip to Europe and not returned. Only Connor can follow the trail to untangle the web of family relationships he’s never understood. Some questions are better left unasked, is his family’s creed. Now that he’s got the guts to ask, is he prepared for where the answers might lead?

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Flank Street

Flank Street
Title: Flank Street
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Published: May 15, 2015
Author's Twitter: @ajsendall
A man with a buried past. A woman with a compulsion for danger. Together, can they con the Sydney underworld and get away with cold-blooded murder?   Flank Street is written from the distorted reality of Micky DeWitt, a shiftless career criminal and world sailor. Micky arrives in Sydney, Australia on his rundown boat, broke and on the lookout for opportunity. He takes a job as barman in Sydney’s red light district, where eventually he’s approached by a woman who needs something stolen from a lawyer’s safe. Nothing is what it seems, as Micky falls into a honey trap that spins his life out of control and pushes him to the edge of insanity.

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A Beautiful Family

A Beautiful Family
Title: A Beautiful Family
Published: May 27, 2014
Author's Twitter: @MarilynCohendeV
When Johannesburg socialite Brenda Silverman dies in mysterious circumstance in her palatial, well secured home, questions are inevitable. Did she commit suicide? Was it an accidental drug overdose? Or did her death have something to do with her husband? Alan Silverman is a handsome, charming businessman with impeccable credentials: a former political activist who fled South Africa in the 1980s and returned to help build the new democracy; a loving husband and devoted father; a pillar of Johannesburg’s orthodox Jewish community; and an intimate of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress elite. He is also a man hiding a terrible secret. Tracy Jacobs, a young journalist, is assigned to cover the story but as her investigations start to uncover cracks in the beautiful Silverman family facade, she finds herself in conflict with her own community. Will Brenda’s inquest finally reveal the truth? Spanning nearly forty years and three continents, A Beautiful Family confirms a horrible reality: that “things like that” can and do happen to people just like us.

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