Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Who's On Top: Fiction

Top 5 Fiction:
Hardcover:
1. The English Girl, by Daniel Silva 
2. Inferno, by Dan Brown
3. The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith
4. First Sight, by Danielle Steel
5. And The Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini
Spotlight:
The English Girl 
by Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon: The English Girl.When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister's career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth._

Silva's work has captured the imagination of millions worldwide. His #1 New York Times bestselling series, which chronicles the adventures of art-restorer and master spy Gabriel Allon, has earned the praise of readers and reviewers everywhere. This captivating new page-turner from the undisputed master of spy fiction is sure to thrill new and old fans alike. 

Paperback Trade:
1. Joyland, by Stephen King
2. Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter
3. Fifty Shade Of Grey, by E. L. James
4. World War Z, by Max Brooks
5. Entwined With You, by Syliva Day 
#Spotlight:
The Secret Keeper
by Kate Morton 

The new novel from the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Distant Hours is a spellbinding mix of mystery, thievery, murder, and enduring love.

During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades. From pre-WWII England through the Blitz, to the fifties and beyond, discover the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined.

The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths people go to fulfill them, and the consequences they can have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers, and schemers told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

Paperback Mass-Market: 
1. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
2.  Friends Forever, by Danielle Steel
3. A Game Of Thrones, by Daniel Abraham and Tommy Patterson 
4. 11th Hour, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
5. A Wanted Man, by Lee Child
#Spotlight:
Friends Forever
by Danielle Steel

Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey—full of tests and trials—as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.

FRIENDS FOREVER

Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean—each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them.

As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love.

 In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life—sometimes, if we’re lucky, with a friend forever by our side. 

Ebook: 
1. The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith
2. The English Girl, by Daniel Silva
3. First Sight, by Danielle Steel  
4. Pulse, by Gail McHugh
5. Hunting Eve, by Iris Johansen
#Spotlight: 
The Cuckoo's Calling
by Robert Galbraith  

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Disclaimer: All blurbs come from Goodreads.com, all list come from NYTimes.com.  

1 comment:

  1. Silva's book really blew me away - not because of the writing, the plot, the scenery or the fast paced action, but the utter relevance it has to today's political tensions between the US and Russia. In an interview with the Book report radio show (I listened to an archived version I found on the show's website) Silva confirmed that he likes topical political headlines, this specific book being based on the Russian spies caught on US soil three years ago. Having Snowden in Russia can also only help his book sales, but I'm certain he doesn't have anything to do with that.

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