Sizzling Summer Reading

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Hey, y’all. I just wanted to take a minute to share some thriller titles with you that I’m really looking froward to over the next four months or so. I’ve read a couple of them already, but I haven’t read them all so I have no idea if they will uphold my expectations (hehe).

Don’t forget–Wolfsbane (Discarded Heroes #3)releases July 1st. So…after you’ve bought that, feel free to buy any of these other novels. ::grins::

I hope you’ll snatch up these great titles and help save an author (hehe).


TARGETS DOWN by Bob Hamer Targets Down is the follow-up to retired FBI agent Bob Hamer’s Enemies Among Us, which Publishers Weekly hailed as “a page-turning roller coaster that feels like Jack Bauer’s 24 without sailing over the top.”

When an FBI wife is critically wounded and two people are found dead on a mountain pass, special agent Matt Hogan is tasked with identifying those responsible. The undercover assignment takes him into the shadow world of Russian organized crime, neo-Nazis, and the sex-slave industry. Matt’s cover is almost blown twice—once by accident, once by incompetence within the FBI ranks—making violence appear to be his only solution. As he confronts evil, Hogan relies not only on the strength of his wife’s faith but his own quest to find God. He also finds terror and terrorism on this heart-pounding journey.



THUNDER IN THE MORNING CALM (Pacific Rim Series) by Don Brown – Lieutenant Commander ‘Gunner’ McCormick is assigned as an intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Force 10, being deployed to the Yellow Sea at the invitation of South Korea for joint exercises with the US Navy. During his pre-deployment briefing, he discovers a TOP-SECRET MEMO revealing rumors that the North Koreans may still be holding a handful of elderly Americans from the Korean War in secret prison camps. As it happens, Gunner’s grandfather, who was a young marine officer in the Korean War, disappeared at Chosin Reservoir over 60 years ago and is still listed as MIA in North Korea. Sworn to silence about what he has read, the top-secret memo eats at him. Gunner decides to spend all his inheritance and break every military regulation in the book to finance his own three-man commando squad on a suicide mission north of the DMZ to search for clues about the fate of his grandfather. Risking his career, his fortune, and his life, Gunner will get his answers, or he will die trying. Don Brown is building a loyal fan base by writing what he knows best: thrillers with heart. A former Navy JAG officer and action officer in the Pentagon, Brown pens action-packed plots and finely-drawn characters that are credible and compelling. Thunder in the Morning Calm is a novel of bravery, duty, and family love that will keep readers of all ages reading straight through to the last page.

PATTERN OF WOUNDS by J. Mark Bertrand – For Detective Roland March, his latest case has become personal. March doesn’t know the young female who was stabbed to death, but he thinks he recognizes the crime scene. Nearly ten years ago, March gained national fame as the subject of a true-crime book. But now this crime scene bears eerie similarities to that one. And whispers begin to emerge that March may have put the wrong man behind bars. Worse, Houston may now have a serial killer on the loose. As more cases emerge that seem connected, and threats against March and those closest to him build, he must solve the case–rescuing not only the city but his own reputation as a homicide cop.

Ronie here – I love J Mark Bertrand’s writing–it has a very classic noir feel to it that is both charming and riveting (if it’s possible to combine those in a murder mystery!).

INSIDE THREAT (A Riley Covington Thriller #4) by Jason Elam and Steve Yohn – Military and NFL veteran Riley Covington can’t sit on the sidelines when danger looms! When homegrown terrorists overrun the National Cathedral, taking senators, congressmen, and their aides—including Khadi Faroughi—hostage, Riley races to the rescue. Can he secure the captives’ freedom before the beheading begins? 384 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

Ronie here – I confess that I have not read any of the Riley Covington novels, but this cover grabbed my attention. I guess I need to check out this series. 😀


KILOTON THREAT by William Boykin and Tom Morrisey – When a high-ranking leader in the Iranian nuclear program converts to Christianity, he seeks refuge in the West—but escape is impossible. Even so, U.S. Special Forces officer Blake Kershaw is assigned to infiltrate Iran and extract the high-value defector. Will he risk his life—and love—to save the world from war?

Ronie here: This book continues Blake Kershaw’s adventures, and I have to say–I thought this one was better than the first. It’s a definite must read!! And can I just say–I am so glad to see Tom Morrisey’s name taking equal billing in this novel. I have massive respect for General Wm. Boykin, but it’s a combined effort–and Tom deserves that!


FORBIDDEN by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee – New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future.

A terrible truth has been revealed to one man: the entire human race has been drained of every emotion except one– fear. To bring life back to the world, Rom must embark on a journey that will end either in his own demise or a reawkening of humanity. But to bring love and passion back into existence will also threaten the powers of the world with the revolution and anarchy that had nearly destroyed them previously.

After happening upon a journal through strange circumstance, Rom’s world is shattered. He learns that humanity long ago ceased to “live,” that it exists today in a living death of emotions. In a terrible risk, Rom exposes himself to the vial of blood folded into the old leather of the journal. His change is fearful and fraught with mind-bending emotion. A once-pious observer of the Order’s passionless statues, he is filled with uncontrollable impulses. He is filled with love.

He is undone, terrified, and alone in the desolate world


TEHRAN INITIATIVE by Joel Rosenberg – The world is on the brink of disaster and the clock is ticking. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah-known as “the Twelfth Imam”-has just arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second holocaust and the annihilation of Israel. The White House fears Jerusalem will strike first, launching a preemptive attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities that could cause the entire Middle East to go up in flames, oil prices to skyrocket, and the global economy to collapse. With the stakes high and few viable options left, the president of the United States orders CIA operative David Shirazi and his team to track down and sabotage Iran’s nuclear warheads before Iran or Israel can launch a devastating first strike.

WAKING HOURS by Lis Wiehl (with Pete Nelson) – All towns have secrets. Some have demons. Welcome to East Salem, a sleepy town with a history older than America where things are just a bit off; where the supernatural bleeds into the everyday. And where a tragic murder mystery is underway. A high school girl is found dead in the town park; and where forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris wants answers. All the suspects were teenagers who were at the party with her the night before–who he last spoke with on their last high school date forever ago. Yet his celebrity status opens doors barred to Dani–so they form an awkward alliance. They soon realize that there’s more to the mystery than murder. And more to the evil they are facing than a mere human killer.

Ronie here: Well, it appears Lis has teamed up with another writer, this time for a speculative series. You might remember Lis’s name from the Triple Threat Novels (Face of Deceit, Hand of Fate, and Heart of Ice). I really enjoyed the stories (“ripped from the headlines” type of novels), but I am a sucker for a really well-done supernatural (since I’m writing that in my closet, so to speak). It will be interesting to see if Pete keeps our interest with his writing/style. I’m curious and anxious for this release!

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