Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic jumped out at me, since a lot of authors I read are ones that most people, and even many readers, are unfamiliar with. So, here are my top
ten five authors who I think deserve more recognition.
#1 – Jane Jensen
First and foremost, Jane Jensen. Part of the reason this author isn’t more well-known is that she’s a primarily a computer game designer. She’s written two original novels — Judgment Day and Dante’s Equation, both of which I’ve mentioned here before — as well as others based on her games. I would love to see more from her, but even if she sticks to the gaming world, her books definitely deserve to be more widely read.
#2 – John Hart
If you enjoy gripping family dramas with a twist, John Hart is a must-read. In his first couple books — The King of Lies, Down River — he’s still refining his style, but in The Last Child he creates something really special, and Iron House is great as well. I eagerly await his next novel.
#3 – Raymond Khoury
I actually haven’t read Khoury’s Templar series (three books with a fourth coming this fall), but his stand alones — The Sanctuary and The Sign — are really entertaining reads involving large-scale adventures.
#4 – Boyd Morrison
Morrison is another author whose work I’ve only read some of, though in this case it’s the series I’ve read — The Ark, The Vault, and The Roswell Conspiracy (I haven’t read his latest release yet) — and the stand alones I haven’t gotten to. Morrison is another action and adventure guy, though I’d say his novels have more of a “fun factor” than Khoury’s, which I guess could be good or bad depending on your taste.
#5 – John Verdon
With John Verdon we move away from the globe-trotting, high-stakes novels and back to stories that are a little more intimate, and perhaps more mystery than thriller. His Dave Gurney series — Think of a Number, Shut Your Eyes Tight, and Let the Devil Sleep — is a really great one, and I can’t wait for the series to continue.
Not to say there aren’t many more authors that deserve more recognition than they currently get, but this is, for me, for the authors I’m familiar with, an easier spot to drawn the line; if I added another five, it would probably turn into ten or fifteen. So this is the end of my contribution… at least for right now.
What authors do you think more people should know about?