Every few months, I like to spotlight some upcoming books I’m looking forward to. And after a slow winter, there are several books coming out this spring that I have my eye on.
The Furies, by Mark Alpert
For centuries the Furies have lived among us. The ancient clan dwelled peacefully in the villages of France and Germany until the 1500s, when they were denounced as witches and massacred by the thousands. They fled first to England and then to America, settling in the woods of northern Michigan, which at the time was a mostly unexplored wilderness. They established Haven, their refuge, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and for the next four hundred years they lived in seclusion and guarded their secrets. Their biggest secret is what caused the witch hunts that nearly destroyed the clan. The Furies share a rare genetic mutation, a chromosomal anomaly so terrifying it must be hidden at all costs.
Now, though, the family’s survival is threatened. A chance encounter with a beautiful woman named Ariel has led John Rogers into the middle of a secret war among the Furies. As John flees across the country with the mysterious woman, he becomes trapped in the battle between a rebellious faction of the Furies and the clan’s elders. The grand prize in this war is a chance to remake the human race.
Thomas Dunne Books / Mark Alpert
The Target, by David Baldacci
#3 in the Will Robie series
The President knows it’s a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel.
Together, Robie and Reel’s talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don’t trust the pair. They doubt their willingness to follow orders. And they will do anything to see that the two assassins succeed, but that they do not survive.
As they prepare for their mission, Reel faces a personal crisis that could well lead old enemies right to her doorstep, resurrecting the ghosts of her earlier life and bringing stark danger to all those close to her. And all the while, Robie and Reel are stalked by a new adversary: an unknown and unlikely assassin, a woman who has trained her entire life to kill, and who has her own list of targets – a list that includes Will Robie and Jessica Reel.
Grand Central Publishing / David Baldacci
The Kill Switch, by James Rollins & Grant Blackwood
#1 in the Tucker Wayne series
The mission seems simple enough: extract a pharmaceutical magnate from Russian soil, a volatile man who holds the secret to a deadly bioweapon. But nothing is as it appears to be. A conspiracy of world-shattering scope unravels as Tucker and Kane struggle to keep one move ahead of their deadly enemies.
From the frozen steppes of Russia to the sun-blasted mountains of South Africa and Namibia, a biological threat millions of years in the making strikes out at the heart of America. All that stands in the way from a global apocalypse: one man and his dog. But can even Tucker and Kane thwart an ecological menace out of the ancient past to save the world’s future?
William Morrow / James Rollins / Grant Blackwood
The Lincoln Myth, by Steve Berry
#9 in the Cotton Molone series
September, 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: Save thousands of American lives? Or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever?
The present: In Utah, the fabled remains of Mormon pioneers, whose 19th century expedition across the desert met with a murderous end, have been uncovered. In Washington, D.C., the official investigation of an international entrepreneur, an elder in the Mormon church, has sparked a political battle between the White House and a powerful United States senator. In Denmark, a Justice Department agent, missing in action, has fallen into the hands of a dangerous zealot – a man driven by divine visions to make a prophet’s words reality. And in a matter of a few short hours, Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase.
All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington, and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence. It’s just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind, ever since he retired from the Justice Department. But once he draws enemy blood, Malone is plunged into a deadly conflict – a constitutional war secretly set in motion over 200 years ago by America’s Founding Fathers.
From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah, the grim specter of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power. Malone risks life, liberty, and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincoln – while the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance.
Ballantine Books / Steve Berry
My biggest Anticipation post yet! Baldacci, Berry, and Rollins always put out a new book each spring, but the surprise addition to the list was Mark Alpert’s The Furies. I love books that mix science with the paranormal, and the summary for this one grabbed me immediately. I actually have an ARC, but I’ve been waiting until closer to the release date to read it. Still, it’s nice knowing I can read it any time I want (so I guess that one’s less anticipation and more self-restraint).
I’m hoping I’ll have time to re-read the previous Will Robie books in April, because they’re a little fuzzy in my mind, but I’m not sure if that will happen. I do remember liking the first better than the second, so we’ll see how this third one goes.
The Tucker Wayne series is a new spin-off from the Sigma series. I loved Tucker and Kane in Bloodline, so I’m thrilled that they’re getting their own adventures… but less thrilled about the co-author. As much as I love his books, I really don’t want one of my favorite authors to become another James Patterson.
And I really enjoyed the last Cotton Malone novel, so The King’s Deception is going to be hard to top. Once again, just have to wait and see.
What upcoming releases are you looking forward to?