Archive for February, 2011

Absolute Power by David Baldacci

February 24, 2011

Absolute Power by David Baldacci

Author: David Baldacci

Title: Absolute Power

Genre: Action/Suspense/Mystery

Publication Date: 1996

Number of Pages: 469

Geographical Setting: Washington D.C.

Time Period: Present

Absolute Power by David Baldacci

Plot Summary: Jack Graham, a promising and talented Washington D.C. attorney, comes to the aid of an old friend by representing him in court, yet, what he doesn’t know are the surprising and possible world-changing details of the crime.  As the investigation unfolds, the story embarks on a journey of revealing to Jack, just how gritty the crime really is, but even more engaging is who the perpetrator is.  Baldacci works backwards from the scene of the crime in a story intertwined with characters that end up merging in a thought-provoking and dramatic ending.

Subject Headings: U.S. presidents; Political intrigue; Government cover-ups; Washington, D.C.;  Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.); Political Fiction; Thriller; Suspense; Mystery; Detective, Amateur ; Lawyer

Appeal: builds in intensity, dramatic, thought-provoking, political, edgy, character-centered, investigative, descriptive, suspenseful, unexpected, contemporary, urban

3 terms that best describe this book: political, suspenseful, dramatic

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Imperial life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone, By Rajiv Chandrasekaran (current events, political, controversy)

Legacy of Secrecy: the Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination, By Lamar Waldron (presidency, conspiracy theories, government cover up)

Pay to Play: How Rod Blagojevich Turned Political Corruption Into a National Sideshow, by Elizabeth Brackett (current events, state leaders, local topics, conspiracy, political corruption)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

The Firm, By John Grisham (political thriller, action-orientated, lawyers)

The President’s Assassin, By Brian Haig (action-orientated, political, suspenseful)

The Inside Ring, By Michael Lawson (action-orientated, political thriller, involves secret service)

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The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

February 23, 2011

Author: Orson Scott Card

Title: The Lost Gate

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: 2010

Number of Pages: 378

Geographical Setting: U.S.A.

Time Period: Contemporary

Series: Mitherages, vol. 1

Plot Summary:  14 centuries after Loki closed the gates between Westil and Mittlegard (earth), the Families of mages that were once revered as gods have lost much of their power.  Danny North, a member of the same Family as Thor and Loki, is unwanted and believed to be a drekka (a member of the Family with no power).  Danny realizes that he is a Gate Mage and he is in more danger than he ever knew because the Families have sworn an oath to kill all Gate Mages.  He escapes his family compound and embarks on an adventure among ordinary humans.  As he deals with the Family, the mysterious Gate Thief, and the problems faced by ordinary teens with no place to call home, he discovers his true destiny.

Subject Headings:  Magic; Mythology; Contemporary America; Urban Fantasy; Fantasy

Appeal Terms: measured, magical, detailed, lifelike, multiple points of view, recognizable, series, strong secondary characters, well-developed, world-building, imaginative, mythic references, contemporary, accessible, descriptive magical elements

3 terms that best describe this book: magical, world-building, recognizable

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

  1. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell.  Campbell’s study of the phenomenal existence of the mythological Hero found throughout the world.  The Lost Gate is full of references to gods and myths from different cultural groups.
  2. The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths by Padraic Colum.  Here is a retelling of the traditional Nordic myths featuring Odin, Thor, and Loki who are also characters in The Lost Gate.
  3. Don’t Know Much About Mythology: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in human History but Never Learned by Kenneth C. Davis.  An excellent guide to the mythological themes and characters found throughout The Lost Gate.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. An exploration of the sleeping gods and myths that were brought to America by Europeans immigrants and their desire to return to power.
  2. Jumper by Steven Gould.  Davy, a young man who shares Danny North’s ability to teleport, is being chased by those who want to kill him because of his ability.
  3. Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier. The first of Sage of the Light Isles series that follows a Wolfskin warrior in the service of Thor who goes in search of glory for himself and his people.

Name: Mike Monahan

Lifeguard by James Patterson

February 23, 2011

Author: James Patterson & Andrew Gross

Title: Lifeguard

Genre: Action/Suspense/Mystery

Publication Date: 2005

Number of Pages: 393

Geographical Setting: Palm Beach, FL; Brockton, Massachusetts (suburb of Boston)

Time Period: Present

Plot Summary: Ned Kelly was offered a deal of a lifetime: help steal three paintings worth $60 million and walk away with $1 million in his pocket.  But he and his friends were beat to the chase, and Ned is the only member of the group still alive.  He must clear his name and the names of his friends while on the run from the FBI.  To add to his growing list of felonies, Ned kidnaps FBI special agent Ellie.  Somehow, Ned convinces Ellie of his innocence and she helps get to the bottom of the missing art.

Subject Headings: Palm Beach, Florida; FBI; Art Theft; Brockton, Massachusetts; Murder; Upper Class v Lower Class; Gin Rummy; Car Theft; Pablo Picasso; Paul Cezanne; Jackson Pollock; Red Sox; Betrayal; High Speed Chase

Appeal: Breakneck pace, told in multiple points of view, humorous characters, suspenseful, short chapters, character-centered

3 terms that best describe this book: beach, art, theft

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

A Life of Picasso: The Prodigy, 1881-1906 by John Richardson (Picasso’s paintings become a character, knowing more would help make sense of some of the lesser explained references)

Madness Under the Royal Palms: Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach by Laurence Leamer (Sordid stories of the real people living in Palm Beach make the conniving characters in Lifeguard more realistic)

FBI 100 Years: An Unofficial History by Henry M. Holden (FBI agent Ellie plays a major role in uncovering the truth)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Dirty Work by Stuart Woods (Protagonist tries to clear her name in a murder investigation)

Silent Joe by T. Jefferson Parker (protagonist seeks revenge for family’s murders)

Tell No One by Harlan Coben (quick pacing and likeable main character)

~Angela Bennett

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

February 23, 2011

Author: Meg Cabot

Title: Insatiable

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Publication Date: 2010

Number of Pages: 451

Geographical Setting: Romania; New York City

Time Period: Present

Plot Summary:Meena hates vampires; they are the taking over the world, one television show at a time.  Too bad her new boyfriend is a real vampire.  Not only a vampire, but the dark prince: Dracula’s eldest son.  She finds out soon enough when a vampire slayer shows up at her home demanding that she tell him where the vampire is.  Meena has unintentionally stepped right into the middle of a vampire civil war and both sides want her for themselves because, up until now, Meena has been keeping her own supernatural secret: she can predict people’s imminent deaths.  Too bad she can’t see her own.

Subject Headings: Vampires; Romania; New York City; Psychic; Death Prediction; Subway; Soap Operas; Bats; Countess; Dragon; Vatican; Rome; Joan of Arc; The Metropolitan Museum; St. George’s Church; Fire; Nuns

Appeal: Satirical, funny, quick paced, light-hearted, romantic.

3 terms that best describe this book: Funny, Vampire, New York City

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Vampires in Their Own Words by Michelle Belanger (Anthology of quotes from vampire characters)

Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism by Marina Warner (Meena compares herself to Joan of Arc subconsciously)

Palatine Guard by Lambert M Tennoe and Mariam T Hensen (The Palatine guard in the book is a band of vampire slayers)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (referenced many times in the novel)

James Patterson Witch and Wizard (quick, Supernatural, suspense, multiple points of view)

The Sookie Stackhouse Series (Witty, Strong female, fast reads)

~Angela Bennett

Innocent Traitor

February 23, 2011

Author: Alison Weir

Title: Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 2006

Number of Pages: 399 p.

Geographical Setting: England

Time Period: 16th Century

Series: n/a

Plot Summary: This novel is a fictional portrait of Lady Jane Grey – a descendant of the infamous King Henry VIII.  The story follows her from her birth through the politically motivated schemes to place her on the throne to finally her nine-day reign as Queen and its resulting tragic end.

Subject Headings: Grey, Jane; Queens – Great Britain; Great Britain – History; Edward VI; Henry VIII; Catholicism; Protestantism; Royalty

3 terms that best describe this book: Moving, Dramatic, Leisurely Paced

3 Similar Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

  1. Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery by E.W. Ives.  This nonfiction book takes a detailed look at the life and death of Lady Jane Grey.  For those interested in the factual details of Jane Grey’s accession to the British throne this book is a must-read.
  2. Bloody Mary: The Life of Mary Tudor by Carolly Erickson.  Like Weir, Erickson writes about British history.  Although her work is nonfiction, Carolly’s style is narrative and accessible to the everyday reader.  For readers interested in nonfiction Tudor history with a novelistic approach this will be an informative read.
  3. Disraeli: The Victorian Dandy who became Prime Minister by Christopher Hibbert.  Although Hibbert’s work does not focus entirely on British history or the royal family he does share a similar style to Weir.  Like Weir, Hibbert’s books contain a wealth of personal detail and his style lends itself to a quick and enlightening read.  For readers who enjoyed the scandals – both political and personal – in Innocent Traitor this book will prove similar.

3 Similar Fiction Works and Authors:

  1. The Glass Virgin by Catherine Cookson.  Another work of Historical Fiction set in Great Britain; this character-driven novel also explores male/female relationships and provides similar drama.
  2. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber.  Also set in Great Britain, this novel explores male/female relationships from the perspective of a prostitute in London during the 1870’s.  This differs from Innocent Traitor in which the main character is of noble birth, but readers may still enjoy the richly-detailed story.
  3. The Rebels of Ireland by Edward Rutherford.  While the setting is different – Ireland vs. England, readers of historical fiction may still enjoy the detailed story and perspective of the noble characters found in each novel.  Additionally, this novel addresses the Catholic/Protestant conflict during the 16th century which can also be found in Innocent Traitor.

Name: Liz Humrickhouse

Dirty Blonde

February 23, 2011

Author: Lisa Scottoline

Title: Dirty Blonde

Genre: Legal Thriller

Publication Date: 2006

Number of Pages: 354

Geographical Setting: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Time Period: Contemporary

Plot Summary:
Judge Cate Fante has just been appointed to federal court, and though she has some lingering doubts about her readiness for the position, she is passionate about the law, justice, and the Philadelphian citizens she serves. While she appears to have it all – a successful career, a loving stockbroker boyfriend, a fabulous home, and a caring best friend – Cate Fante also leads a seamy double life.

When a high-profile Hollywood plagiarism case lands in her jurisdiction, Cate makes a controversial ruling that ends in a shocking murder-suicide. Her darkest secrets catch up to her when it’s revealed that the murdered television producer was developing a new series starring a thinly fictionalized version of her. The sudden tabloid exposure not only threatens her career and her relationships, but places her life in jeopardy.

Subject Headings:
Women judges, Philadelphia, Federal court, Murder, Double lives, Television production, Friendship

Appeal: Fast-paced, page-turning, action-oriented, contemporary, urban, linear, plot twists, gritty, dramatic, familiar characterization, flawed characters, suspenseful, jargon, resolved ending

3 terms that best describe this book: page-turning, breezy, suspenseful

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors
The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller #1) by Michael Connelly
Lawyer Mickey Haller finds himself in over his head when he takes the defense of Louis Roulet, a high-paying client whose case ends up challenging Haller’s sense of ethics, especially when a close friend is murdered for getting too close to the truth.
Similarities: Legal thriller, character-driven, fast-paced, morally conflicted lead characters

Motion to Suppress (Nina Reilly #1) by Perri O’Shaugnessy
After losing her husband and her job, attorney Nina Reilly relocates to Lake Tahoe and takes up the case of Misty Patterson, a barmaid accused of murdering her husband, juggling the drama of court with her own personal drama.
Similarities: Legal thriller, strong female protagonist, fast-paced

Prior Bad Acts (Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska #3) by Tami Hoag
Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are assigned to protect Judge Carey Moore after a controversial ruling. When Judge Moore goes missing, the case takes several unexpected turns.
Similarities: Women judges as characters, plot twists, suspenseful

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors
Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787 by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier
Profiles the fifty-five men who convened in Philadelphia to create the U.S. Constitution and how they worked through personality and ideological clashes to draft the famous document.
Similarities: Takes place in Philadelphia, focuses on the creation of law

Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice by Joan Biskupic
Chronicles the life and career of the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court
Similarities: Features a prominent woman judge

Too Late to Say Goodbye: A True Story of Murder and Betrayal by Ann Rule
Investigates the suspicious death of Jenn Corbin, whose murder was initially ruled a suicide.
Similarities: Murder investigation, gritty tone

Name: Cassie Carbaugh


Shanghai Girls

February 23, 2011

https://i2.wp.com/www.lisasee.com/shanghaigirls/files/2011/01/ShanghaiGirls_cover.jpgAuthor: See, Lisa

Title: Shanghai Girls

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 314 p.

Geographical Setting: Shanghai, China and Los Angeles, United States

Time Period: 1937-1957

Series: Not Applicable

Plot Summary: Two sisters, Pearl and May Chin, are beautiful girls who live life to the fullest in 1937 Shanghai. Unfortunately for the girls, their father has arranged marriages for them to reconcile his debts. Additionally, the Japanese open fire on China. Under great difficulty, Pearl and May immigrate to the United States to meet up with their husbands, but suffer countless delays and tragedies. Many historical characters and events fill the book. The engaging narrative, with powerful descriptions, well-developed characters, and heart wrenching events, creates a richly detailed account.

Subject Headings: Sisters, Fiction ; Chinese, United States, Fiction; Immigrants, United States, Fiction; Family secrets, Fiction; Chinese, California, Los Angeles, Fiction; Arranged marriage, Fiction; Historical fiction.

Appeal: Engrossing, measured, deliberate; atmospheric, candid, dangerous, evocative, introspective, melancholy, moving, thoughtful, unsettling; detailed character development, detailed secondary character(s) development, realistic, sympathetic; family-centered, linear, resolved ending, thought-provoking; intimate; classic, unpretentious.

3 Terms that Best Describe this Book: Character-centered, bittersweet, detailed setting.

Similar Fiction Authors and Works:

Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, examines a Chinese coming-of-age story during World War II. Similar theme, complete with family relationships, but with a multi-layered plot.

Tania James, Atlas of Unknowns, follows two sisters immigrating from India, but in a more contemporary setting.

Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses, is a true-life novel set in the American West at the turn of the 20th century. Comparable with respect to character development and frame detail.

Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Rhoda Janzen, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress : A Memoir of Going Home, follows the introspective journey of a Mennonite who returns to her childhood roots.

Christopher Buckley, Losing Mum and Pup : A Memoir, examines Christopher’s self-discovery after losing his parents in his fifties.

Hanan Shayka, The Locust and the Bird : My Mother’s Story, examines Shayka’s mother’s arranged marriage and experiences in the 1930s.

Carlen DeThorne

Author: See, Lisa

Title: Shanghai Girls

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 314 p.

Geographical Setting: Shanghai, China and Los Angeles, United States

Time Period: 1937-1957

Series: Not Applicable

Plot Summary: Two sisters, Pearl and May Chin, are beautiful girls who live life to the fullest in 1937 Shanghai. Unfortunately for the girls, their father has arranged marriages for them to reconcile his debts. Additionally, the Japanese open fire on China. Under great difficulty, Pearl and May immigrate to the United States to meet up with their husbands, but suffer countless delays and tragedies. Many historical characters and events fill the book. The engaging narrative, with powerful descriptions, well-developed characters, and heart wrenching events, creates a richly detailed account.

Subject Headings: Sisters, Fiction ; Chinese, United States, Fiction; Immigrants, United States, Fiction; Family secrets, Fiction; Chinese, California, Los Angeles, Fiction; Arranged marriage, Fiction; Historical fiction.

Appeal: Engrossing, measured, deliberate; atmospheric, candid, dangerous, evocative, introspective, melancholy, moving, thoughtful, unsettling; detailed character development, detailed secondary character(s) development, realistic, sympathetic; family-centered, linear, resolved ending, thought-provoking; intimate; classic, unpretentious.

3 Terms that Best Describe this Book: Character-centered, bittersweet, detailed setting.

Similar Fiction Authors and Works:

Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, examines a Chinese coming-of-age story during World War II. Similar theme, complete with family relationships, but with a multi-layered plot.

Tania James, Atlas of Unknowns, follows two sisters immigrating from India, but in a more contemporary setting.

Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses, is a true-life novel set in the American West at the turn of the 20th century. Comparable with respect to character development and frame detail.

Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Rhoda Janzen, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress : A Memoir of Going Home, follows the introspective journey of a Mennonite who returns to her childhood roots. Christopher Buckley, Losing Mum and Pup : A Memoir, examines Christopher’s self-discovery after losing his parents in his fifties.

Hanan Shayka, The Locust and the Bird : My Mother’s Story, examines Shayka’s mother’s arranged marriage and experiences in the 1930s.

                                                                                                                        Carlen
DeThorne

The Chili Queen

February 23, 2011

https://i0.wp.com/cc.pbsstatic.com/xl/95/3495/9780312303495.jpgAuthor:  Sandra Dallas

Title:  The Chili Queen

Genre:  Historical Fiction/Western

Publication Date:  September 2002

Number of Pages:  292

Geographical Setting:  New Mexico

Time Period:  1880s

Series (if applicable):  N/A

Plot Summary:

The Chili Queen is a brothel in Nalgitas, New Mexico set in the 1880s.  Addie French is the owner and Madam.  She left her home as a young girl after enduring abuse and hardship at the hands of her stepfather.  She started hustling people for money with sleight of hand tricks.  She then fell into “hooking” at the Chili Queen after getting caught red-handed hustling.  After diligently saving her earnings from the hookhouse, she buys it from the owner.  Now, as the owner of The Chili Queen, she sees herself as the matriarch who takes in strays and gives them an opportunity to make a way for themselves.

On her way home to Nalgitas, a woman named Emma Roby sits next to her on the train.  Emma is in pursuit of a husband with whom she has been corresponding, and is a so-called mail-order bride.  When it turns out that the potential husband is not interested in marrying Emma after seeing her in person, she shows up at the Chili Queen looking for a place to stay and some comfort from the new friend she met.  Not only do her and Addie begin to form a relationship, Emma meets and finds friends in Welcome, the cook and maid and also, Ned Partner, an infamous outlaw and frequent Chili Queen patron.  The four of them hatch a plan to get rich quick in hopes of making each of their dreams come true.

The story is told from all four perspectives and gives the readers an opportunity to get know each character through four different eyes.  The colorful dialogue and descriptive writing really helps set the stage for the Old West.

Subject Headings:  New Mexico; Female friendship; Outlaws; Women; Boardinghouses; Domestic fiction; Historical fiction; Nineteenth Century; House of Prostitution; Bank robbers

Appeal:  Builds in intensity, easy, dramatic, atmospheric, multiple points of view, intriguing, character-centered, romp, historical details of the Old West in the 1880s, intimate, colloquial, witty, bittersweet, homespun, descriptive, award-winning

3 Terms that best describe this book:  swindling, bittersweet, Old West

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’Amour – traveling man thru the Western countryside, personal narrative, making it on your own, social life and customs

The Sundance Kid:  the Life of Harry Alonzo Longabaugh by Donna B. Ernst – history writing, true crime, 19th century outlaws, bank robberies, the West (United States)

The Oregon Trail:  an American Saga by David Dary – history writing, hardships and triumphs of those who migrated west, geographic overview, descriptive

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty – epic story of two friends who are cattle ranchers in the 1800s, character-driven, bittersweet, descriptive, strong sense of place

Work Song by Ivan Doig – historical fiction of the American West, character-driven, bittersweet, homespun

Me and the Boys or The Glorious Adventures of Gini Kincaid:  My Perilous Times in the Territory by Ellen Recknor – historical western stories, humorous, outlaws, women adventurers, 19th century, resourcefulness in women

Name:  Jeannine Kropski

Dead After Dark

February 22, 2011

Author:  Harris, Charlaine

Title: Dead After Dark

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: July 7, 2009

Number of Pages: 327 pages

Geographical Setting: Bon Temps, Louisiana

Time Period: Contemporary

Series: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Plot Summary:  Outwardly, Sookie Stackhouse is your average small-town cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. However, Sookie Stackhouse has a secret; she can hear the thoughts of the people around her.  Hearing everyone’s thoughts can really cramp new relationships, so she doesn’t date much. Then Sookie meets Bill, the first man whose thoughts she cannot hear, and she is intrigued. Bill’s secret isn’t as easy to hide as Sookie’s; Bill is a vampire. A sexually-charged romance blossoms, and soon Sookie and Bill are navigating their way through not only a new relationship, but the challenge of trying to clear a good vampire’s name from the suspect list for the murders streaking Bon Temps.

Subject Headings:  Vampires, Telepathy, Louisiana, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy

Appeal: Easy, Dangerous, Evocative, Gritty, Sensual, Quirky, Strong Secondary Characters, Series (Characters), Graphic, Violent, Sexually Explicit, Imaginative, Accessible

3 Terms that Describe this Book: Sensual, Woman Sleuth, Southern United States Setting

Similar Authors and Works:

–3 Non-Fiction Works and Why:

1. Gay N. Guilford, Louisiana: Off The Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places (Louisiana settings, guides and scenery)

2. Gordon Melton, The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead (vampire history)

3. Alison Owings, Hey Waitress!: The USA from the Other Side of the Tray (commune with Sookie via her profession)

–3 Fiction Works and Why:

1. Keri Arthur, Full Moon Rising (sexually explicit, Guardian Series)

2. Rachel Caine, Ill Wind (female romance with a supernatural being, personal journey)

3. Mary Janice Davidson, Undead and Unwed (vampires, series, supernatural powers)

Name: Jennifer Hovanec

Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard

February 22, 2011

cvr9781416566939_9781416566939.jpg (153×250)Author: Cindy Gerard

Title: Show No Mercy

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 359

Geographical Setting: Argentina

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): Black Ops, Inc.

Plot Summary:  Jenna McMillan is a hotshot international correspondent that recently lost her nerve due to a story that got too personal.  She can’t stop thinking about Gabe, a former CIA special operative that now works for a private security firm.  They both find themselves in Argentina, the site of the former traumatic adventure, and are targeted by someone with an extreme grudge.  Somehow in the mayhem they fall in love.

Subject Headings:  Argentina, private security, CIA, special operative, adventure, romantic suspense, reporting Appeal:  fast paced, dramatic, romantic, sensual, straightforward

3 terms that best describe this book: suspenseful, sensual, thriller

Similar Authors and Works 3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

  1. Mengele: The Complete Story by Gerald Posner:  Gerard does not describe this in detail, but the villains in her book are discovered to be performing human experiments on innocent victims, similar to infamous Dr. Mengele.
  2. The Rough Guide to Buenos Aires:   Provides history and context for the action that takes place in Buenos Aires.
  3. Argentina by Eyewitness Travel: Another travel guide with maps and information about other locations Gerard describes in Argentina.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

  1. Forget Me Not by Marliss Melton:  The first in a romantic suspense series about Navy Seal.
  2. The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks:  A thriller that also features military action and romance.
  3. Lie With Me by Stephanie Tyler: Who knew there were so many military romantic suspense series?  These are all well reviewed and popular on Amazon.

Name: Laura Melton