David Baldacci – The Target

David Baldacci The Target

About the book: The president of the United States 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 ensure that while the two assassins succeed, they will not survive. As they prepare for their mission, which will take them deep into the dark territory of the prison camps in North Korea, Reel faces a crisis that could well lead enemies right to her doorstep, resurrecting the ghosts of her past 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.

About the author: David Baldacci is one of the world’s favorite storytellers. He made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. David’s novel Wish You Well was turned into a feature film starring Ellen Burstyn and Josh Lucas. In total, David has published 27 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. His fantasy novel for younger readers, The Finisher, has been optioned for film by Sony Pictures. David has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

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Kevin Rose – Young Money

Young Money coverKevin Roose author of Young Money by Jening ChangBecoming a young Wall Street banker is like pledging the world’s most lucrative and soul-crushing fraternity. Every year, thousands of eager college graduates are hired by the world’s financial giants, where they’re taught the secrets of making obscene amounts of money– as well as how to dress, talk, date, drink, and schmooze like real financiers. YOUNG MONEY Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits YOUNG MONEY is the inside story of this well-guarded world. Kevin Roose, New York magazine business writer and author of the critically acclaimed The Unlikely Disciple, spent more than three years shadowing eight entry-level workers at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and other leading investment firms. Roose chronicled their triumphs and disappointments, their million-dollar trades and runaway Excel spreadsheets, and got an unprecedented (and unauthorized) glimpse of the financial world’s initiation process. Roose’s young bankers are exposed to the exhausting workloads, huge bonuses, and recreational drugs that have always characterized Wall Street life. But they experience something new, too: an industry forever changed by the massive financial collapse of 2008. And as they get their Wall Street educations, they face hard questions about morality, prestige, and the value of their work. YOUNG MONEY is more than an exposé of excess; it’s the story of how the financial crisis changed a generation-and remade Wall Street from the bottom up. The book is a New York Times bestseller, Fox TV has optioned it for a series, and author Kevin Roose was the featured interview last week on The Daily Show, with Jon Stewart. To hear out interview with Kevin Roose, click on the grey podcast bar below.

Joshua Zeitz – Lincoln’s Boys

Joshua Zeitz largeLincoln's Boys coverA timely and intimate look into Abraham Lincoln’s White House through the lives of his two closest aides and confidants

Lincoln’s official secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay enjoyed more access, witnessed more history, and knew Lincoln better than anyone outside of the president’s immediate family. Hay and Nicolay were the gatekeepers of the Lincoln legacy. They read poetry and attendeded the theater with the president, commiserated with him over Union army setbacks, and plotted electoral strategy. They were present at every seminal event, from the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address—and they wrote about it after his death.

In their biography of Lincoln, Hay and Nicolay fought to establish Lincoln’s heroic legacy and to preserve a narrative that saw slavery—not states’ rights—as the sole cause of the Civil War. As Joshua Zeitz shows, the image of a humble man with uncommon intellect who rose from obscurity to become a storied wartime leader and emancipator is very much their creation.

Drawing on letters, diaries, and memoirs, Lincoln’s Boys is part political drama and part coming-of-age tale—a fascinating story of friendship, politics, war, and the contest over history and remembrance.

Mike Mullin : Sunrise is a superb ending to the Ashfall trilogy

mike mullin 300Sunrise coverMike Mullin has been building fans since the arrival of Ashfall, the first novel in his trilogy about the scary aftermath to an eruption of the very real super-volcano that lies under Yellowstone Park. Part post-apocalypse survival story, part coming-of-age novel, part action adventure and with an appropriate touch of romance, Ashfall was both a critical and popular success. He followed that with Ashen Winter, which expanded the story in a highly satisfactory way. Now, with Sunrise, Mullin has really stepped up his game. The storyline is more complex, brings in more elements, adds some can’t-forget’em scenes and a thoroughly satisfying ending that follows some startling plot twists. Mullin is exploring some of the same territory as the best of Heinlein’s juveniles did, and earns a spot alongside them. This is the Good Stuff. Most highly recommended.

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Allison Pataki – The Traitor’s Wife

Allison Pataki author of Traitor's Wife 300The Traitor's Wife cover 300The day we interviewed novelist Allison Pataki capped what had been a golden week for her. It began Feb. 11 when her first novel, The Traitor’s Wife, was released. It drew rave reviews from some of the most respected writers and historians in the country, and the morning of the interview sat at the top of the list for new releases at Amazon and number two of all Amazon books. In that week, she appeared on Fox and Friends, and Katie Couric told The Today Show audience that she couldn’t put it down. The full title of the work is The Traitor’s Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America. It is a work of finely-researched history presented in a page-turning fictional style, and the rave reviews are right on target. It’s a gem of a book, and we hope to see many more from Ms. Pataki.

By the way, if the name Pataki sounds familiar, it’s because she is the daughter of George Pataki, who served a dozen years as governor of New York.

Boo Walker – Turn Or Burn

Cover fromTurn or Burn 300Boo Walker 300Boo Walker has had a colorful career. Here’s the official biography:

He spent his College of Charleston years and a few after in Nashville as a banjoist and songwriter for the avant-garde punchgrass band, The Biscuit Boys. Some hand problems knocked him out of the game, and he stumbled into a position with a short term equity trading firm based out of Mt. Pleasant, SC. To feed his ravenous muse, he began writing his first novel, Lowcountry Punch. Around that time, what started as a passion in wine became a neurosis.

After six years of the Wall Street thing, Boo decided it was time to end his sedentary, computer-driven lifestyle. He grew out a handlebar mustache and moved clear across the country into a double-wide trailer situated on 5 acres of Malbec vines just down the road from Hedges Family Estate on Red Mountain in Washington State. The Hedges family took him in and taught him the art of farming and the old world philosophies of wine. He now travels North America peddling the family’s juice, and chances are you can find him in an airport somewhere working on his next novel.

We’ll add that, like your interviewer, he’s a huge fan of John D. MacDonald’s Travis Mcgee  series character, and his own character, Harper Knox, is equally compelling. You can hear our interview by clicking the grey podcast bar below:

Alex Woolfson – Artifice

ARTIFICE_COVER_FINAL_FRONT 300Alex Woolfson 300Artifice is a fascinating graphic novel that puts a twist on several science fiction themes. Here’s the description of the plot from the Amazon website: Deacon, a prototype android soldier, was ordered by his corporate masters to eliminate a team of scientists who knew too much and he has failed spectacularly. Not only did he let one of his targets live — 19-year-old human outcast, Jeff Linnell — he attacked the team sent to retrieve him. Now the Corporation demands answers and they have employed the brilliant and ruthless robopsychologist Clarice Maven to get them. Deacon seems desperate to conceal the shocking events that took place on Da Vinci 4, but what chance does he have fighting an adversary who can control his every move?

Artifice was written by Alex Woolfson and illustrated by Winona Nelson

Alex Woolfson grew up loving science-fiction and action movies, but never got to see what he really wanted to see—tough genre stories with real heroes who just happened to like other guys. After Alex started a successful career as a filmmaker in the Bay Area, he soon realized the best way to make the “big-budget” adventure stories he craved would be as full-color comics. Inspired by the sci-fi thrillers he loved as a kid, he teamed up with illustrator Winona Nelson to create the science-fiction graphic novel, Artifice.

In addition to writing and publishing comics, Alex enjoys eating other people’s cooking, talking to strangers in the far parts of the world and spending weeks at a time on silent meditation retreat. He currently lives in San Francisco where he is writing scripts for his latest story with gay action heroes, the superhero webcomic The Young Protectors.

You can hear our interview with him by clicking on on the grey podcast bar below the sample art.

winona_nelson 200Winona Nelson, artist for the graphic novel Artifice by Alex Woolfson, has worked in comics, video games, and illustration for the past ten years. She trained in classical realism applied to entertainment art in San Francisco and worked in video game studios before going freelance. She now focuses on comics, fantasy and science fiction book covers, and card game art.

See more  at http://amwcomics.com/artifice-graphic-novel/

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