Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Who's On Top: Fiction


This Week's Spotlight:
Hardcover:
DEEPLY ODD
by Dean Koontz 

In the sixth Odd Thomas thriller from master storyteller Dean Koontz, its reluctant hero – a young fry cook with the gift of seeing the dead and the soon-to-be dead – is drawn once more into a murderous encounter.

Coming across a sinister truck driver in the quiet Californian coastal town where he lives, Odd has a vision of three innocent children who will be horribly slaughtered by this man.

Realising that his intent is now known, the truckie tries to kill Odd, but fails and flees. Odd takes pursuit, and soon discovers that he's up against not a single twisted murderer, but a network of evil men and women whose identities and motivations are mysterious and whose resources seem almost supernatural.

Paperback Trade:
THE ALCHEMIST
by Paulo Coelho 

PAULO COELHO'S enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom points Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transformation power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

Paperback Mass-Market:
A WANTED MAN
by Lee Child 

Reacher is back! A Wanted Man is a new masterpiece of suspense—from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child.

Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, eyes on the road. Another man next to him, telling stories that don’t add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride east to Virginia.

An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there.

All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat—to both sides at once.

In Lee Child’s white-hot thriller, nothing is what it seems, and nobody is telling the truth. As the tension rises, the twists come fast and furious, keeping readers guessing and gasping until the explosive finale.

A single story arc: 61 HOURS, WORTH DYING FOR and now A WANTED MAN. Simply a man trying to get to a warm, sexy voice he heard over the phone lines coming from Virginia...

Ebook:
AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED
by Khaled Hosseini

 An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.


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Top 5 Fiction:
Hardcover:
  1. INFERNO, by Dan Brown
  2. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini
  3. DEEPLY ODD, by Dean Koontz
  4. ZERO HOUR, by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
  5. THE HIT, by David Baldacci

Paperback Trade:
  1. WORLD WAR Z, by Max Brooks
  2. BEAUTIFUL RUINS, by Jess Walter
  3. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
  4. THE ALCHEMIST, by Paulo Coelho
  5. ZOO, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Paperback Mass-Market:
  1. A WANTED MAN, by Lee Child
  2. SEA GLASS ISLAND, by Sherryl Woods
  3. LEOPARD'S PREY, by Christine Feehan
  4. BIG SKY SUMMER, by Linda Lael Miller
  5. ENDER'S GAME, by Orson Scott Card

E-Book:
  1. INFERNO, by Dan Brown
  2. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini
  3. THE FOREVER OF ELLA AND MICHA, by Jessica Sorensen
  4. THE HIT, by David Baldacci
  5. BEAUTY FROM SURRENDER, by Georgia Cates

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