I didn’t originally plan for this to be a Waiting on Wednesday post, it just sort of worked out that way. So I figured, why not link up? Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine.
These are three best-selling authors who’ve been publishing thrillers for years, and you can usually count on them for an entertaining story. This spring (and, okay, early summer) brings their next batch of new releases.
The Hit, by David Baldacci
#2 in the Will Robie series
Will Robie is a master of killing.
A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. Government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst — enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.
No one else can match Robie’s talents as a hitman… no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she’s gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.
To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive. Only a killer can catch another killer, they tell him.
But as Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a larger threat, a threat that could send shockwaves through the U.S. government and around the world.
The King’s Deception, by Steve Berry
#8 in the Cotton Malone series
Cotton Malone and his fifteen-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his old boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. After a gunpoint greeting in London in which both the fugitive and Gary disappear, Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown — an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.
At its heart is the Libyan terrorist convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103, who is set to be released by Scottish authorities for “humanitarian reasons.” An outraged American government wants that stopped, but nothing can persuade the British to intervene.
Except, perhaps, Operation King’s Deception.
Run by the CIA, the operation aims to solve a centuries-old mystery, one that could rock Great Britain to its royal foundations.
CIA Operative Blake Antrim, in charge of King’s Deception, is hunting for the spark that could rekindle a most dangerous fire: the one thing that every Irish national has sought for centuries — a legal reason why the English must leave Northern Ireland. The answer is a long-buried secret that calls into question the legitimacy of the entire 45 year reign of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch, who completed the conquest of Ireland and seized much of its land. But Antrim also has a more personal agenda, a twisted game of revenge in which Gary is a pawn. With assassins, traitors, spies, and dangerous disciples of a secret society closing in, Malone is caught in a lethal bind. To save Gary he must play one treacherous player against another — and only by uncovering the incredible truth can he hope to stop the shattering consequences of the King’s Deception.
The Eye of God, by James Rollins
#9 in the Sigma Force series
The crash of a U.S. military research satellite in the remote wilds of Mongolia triggers an explosive search for the valuable cargo it holds: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy, the energy connected to the birth of our universe. But the last blurry image from the falling satellite captures a chilling sight: a frightening look into the future, a view of a smoldering eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin.
At the Vatican, a mysterious package arrives for the head of Pontifical ancient studies, sent by a colleague who had vanished a decade earlier. It contains two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA testing reveals both are from Genghis Khan — the long-dead Mongol king whose undiscovered tomb is rumored to hold the vast treasures and knowledge of a lost ancient empire.
Commander Gray Pierce, and Sigma — joined by a pair of Vatican historians — race to uncover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery bound in the roots of Christianity’s origins, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.
I’ll be reading these as soon as I can, which of course depends on how quickly the library gets them through processing after the release date. This typically takes about a week, but I’ve seen books ready to go the next day, and I’ve seen them take over a month, so there’s really no telling. The good news is that I’m first on the waiting list for both the Baldacci and the Berry, so as soon as they’re ready, they’re mine.
Rollins, on the other hand, is one of the few authors whose books I’ll buy without having read them first, so I’ll have my hands on that one right when the bookstore opens.
There’s another notable thriller coming out soon. You probably know the book I’m talking about, and you’ve certainly heard of the author. I’m saving it for another day, though, since I have a little more to say on that subject.
What upcoming releases are you looking forward to?