Nelson DeMille is one of those novelists who can grab your attention with the book jacket. His latest bestseller, The Panther, starts with an interesting quote: “You came to Yemen for adventure and knowledge. And you have found both…you have learned that in Yemen death comes.”
Much to his chagrin, antiterrorist agent John Cory has been assigned to Yemen to find the terrorist behind the 2000 USS Cole bombing, the mastermind known as the Panther. His wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, has come along for the ride. Both are suspicious that John's real purpose in Yemen is not to find the Panther, but rather act as bait to lure him out of hiding.
You may remember John and Kate from Nelson DeMille's other books, The Lion’s Game and The Lion. John recently killed the terrorist called the Lion, and now the Panther wants his revenge. But his partners on this mission from the CIA and the State Department may have a different agenda. Making this book even more enjoyable is John's constant irreverence and chatter. Like DeMille's previous bestsellers, The Charm School and Plum Island, The Panther will have you on the edge of your seat wishing for more.
And speaking of more, I just can't get enough of Brad Meltzer. I've previously reviewed two of his nonfiction books, but his true gift is writing suspense thrillers. His latest novel, The Fifth Assassin, is just that. Previous bestsellers, including The Inner Circle, introduced us to his unlikely hero, Beecher White, a young archivist at the National Archives.
Beecher is an improbable member of the Culpa Ring, a secret spy ring of ordinary citizens whose mission is to protect the President of the United States. For you history buffs out there, the Culpa Ring really did exist. It was a spy ring established by George Washington during the Revolutionary War to get secret British military plans. Several of Washington's key victories were due to information provided by the Culpa Ring.
In The Fifth Assassin, Beecher and his small band try to stop a presidential assassination. What makes this task even more challenging is that it may be planned by the same organization that assassinated four previous presidents. (So there may be some truth to the Conspiracy Theory after all.) Is Beecher really trying to prevent the assassination or is he part of the plot? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out.
It's always fun to find a new author whose books really excite you. I had never read a Jack Reacher book until I saw Lee Child's latest book in this series, A Wanted Man, on the New York Times bestseller list. My interest was piqued when I saw an advertisement for a movie titled Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise. I'm happy to say that the Jack Reacher books are significantly better than the movie. (Sorry Mr. Cruise, but you just didn't pull this one off.)
The twists and turns of A Wanted Man will have you wondering who is really responsible for a senseless murder in a small town. Reacher learns there is more that meets the eye when he hitches a ride with three seemingly ordinary people. Who are they and what connection do they have to the murder? You'll find out sooner or later.
I hope these three books provide you with some “thrilling” reading.