The Panther

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Nelson DeMille
The Panther
Another thriller, full of technical details and seemingly extensive research. This follows what seems to be a formula by the author – the daring exploits of wisecracking detective, John Corey, and his perfect, beautiful wife, Kate Mayfield, as they hunt down a terrorist leader in the Middle East. There were parts that made me think that DeMille could turn a trip to the grocery store into a techno-thriller, and parts where Detective Corey’s attitude, which is frequently sexist, grated on the nerves. The book does, however, make you wonder when hearing news about the Middle East.

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Three Stations

From Eileen Effrat
author: Smith, Martin Cruz
 Three Stations
Arkady Renko, Moscow’s homicide investigator extraordinaire, is still on the job after 30 years.  Politically and socially things have not changed much in those thirty years.  Putin’s “New Russia” is just as corrupt  as Renko’s  first police investigation in Gorky Park.  Only the bureaucrats names have changed.  In the series 7th book, a baby is abducted and a dead prostitute is found at Three Stations.  Or is she a prostitute? Renko suspects the two crimes are related. As he probes the world of Moscow’s rich and famous and its underworld of drug dealers, thugs, and homeless street urchins, he uncovers a sophisticated web of death and kidnapping.

As always, Smith ‘s dark sense of humor adds a touch to this suspense thriller.

The Dead Travel Fast

Ftrom Rosemarie Jerome
author: Raybourn, Deanna
The Dead Travel Fast
Theodora Lestrange wants to be a writer.  When her childhood friend, Cosmina, invites her to Transylvania she sees it as an opportunity to explore the world beyond Scotland.  Cosmina told her stories of vampires, werewolves, strange rituals and exotic landscapes, this would be the perfect place for inspiration.  She soon realizes that legend and truth are entwined and murder and secrets abound.  Who do you trust when everyone has a motive to kill?  Is falling in love with a monster?  Can she escape?  Does she want to?  This gothic suspense will keep you guessing till the end and beyond.

Hush, hush

From Catherine, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Fitzpatrick, Becca
Hush, hush 
The book Hush, Hush is about a high school student named Nora Grey. She leads a normal life until Patch, her new biology partner, steps in. Everywhere she goes, Patch seems to be right behind her. And Patch knows things about Nora that she would never tell anyone; not even her best friend, Vee. Strangest of all, Nora is attracted to Patch in both a scary and comfortable way. When she meets Elliot, the transfer student from Kinghorn Prep, she stars to wonder what made him transfer from
a private school to a public school. After doing some background research, Nora finds out things that scare her even more than Patch does. Now she has to choose between two guys, both of them frightening and probably dangerous. On top of that, Nora thinks that somebody is following her and trying to hurt her. When Nora uncovers more truth about the people she goes to school with, the stakes get higher, and in the end, Nora’s own life might be at risk.

Hunger Games

From Monica Salo
author: Collins,Suzanne
Hunger Games
In this engrossing, futuristic story set in North America, a 16 year old girl named Katniss takes the place of her younger sister to represent the District 12 in the Hunger Games.  The capitol of the districts keeps order by demanding two young representatives from each all 12 districts, to compete in their game.  Competing meaning that only one person is able to win and that is the surviving participant from all the twelve districts.  They are forced to eliminate their competitors in a controlled area with unnatural and harsh conditions, while the people of all the districts watch this competition on television.   This is a fast moving adventure story with riveting suspense and great character development that will have you looking forward for the sequel.

Gateway

From Cindy, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Shinn, Sharon
Gateway
The novel, Gateway, by Sharon Shinn is an amazing novel to read and I highly recommend it. For a science fiction/fantasy book, it was really good, even for someone who usually enjoys realistic fiction books as opposed to fantasies.

The novel is about a girl, named Daiyu who is transported to another world, called Jia, which is ruled by the evil prime minister, Chenglei. She was sent there on a mission to send Chenglei, a servant of the God who created his iteration(world) and became evil, back to his original world. The majority of the book talks about her training for the plan she intends to carry out, all the while adding in bits of suspense,romance, and action. It’s a book that had an equal amount of drama and action, and the ending just adds a nice touch. I would rate it a 10 out of 10. It was truly a great read.

The Black Hand

from Rosemarie Jerome
author: Will Thomas
The Black Hand
This is the fifth book in the Barker & Llewelyn series which includes:  Some Danger Involved, To Kingdom Come, The Limehouse Text, and The Hellfire Conspiracy.  Set in Victorian London, the series contains all the elements for an enjoyable read; it has action, romance, humor, intrigue and quirky characters that you just love reading about.  Each book deals with a different ethnic group, so you discover a part of London society that is not often covered in historical thrillers.  Thomas Llewelyn gains more shocking insights about his elusive employer with each book, so that adds to the fun.  The Black Hand takes you into the mirky world of the Mafia.  Baker & Llewelyn, who are private enquiry agents, are asked to assist the Thames Police with their murder investigation.  When it is discovered that each victim received a cryptic Black Hand message prior to their death, the Mafia becomes a suspect and our heroes become a target.