From Stephen King’s latest mystery to Billy Connolly’s funniest read yet, we’ve got 10 books that he won’t be able to put down all summer.
Scarecrow and The Army of Thieves, by Matthew Reilly. Macmillan, $44.99.
At an abandoned Soviet base in the Arctic, the battle to save the world has begun…
The Secret Base – It is a top-secret base known only as Dragon Island. A long-forgotten relic of the Cold War, it houses a weapon of terrible destructive force, a weapon that has just been re-activated…?A Renegade Army – When Dragon Island is seized by a brutal terrorist force calling itself the Army of Thieves, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and there are no crack units close enough to get there in time to stop the Army setting off the weapon.?One Small Team – Except, that is, for a small equipment-testing team up in the Arctic led by a Marine captain named Schofield, call-sign SCARECROW. It’s not a strike force; just a handful of Marines and civilians. It’s not equipped to attack a fortified island held by a vicious army. But Scarecrow will lead the team in anyway, because someone has to.
Mawson, by Peter FitzSimons. Random House, $49.95
Sir Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, remains Australia’s greatest Antarctic explorer. On 2 December 1911, his Australasian Antarctic Expedition left Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below Australia, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. He was on his way to fulfil a national dream he had first conceived three years earlier, while on his first trip to the frozen continent on the Nimrod expedition under the leadership of the charismatic Anglo-Irishman Sir Ernest Shackleton.??Even as Mawson and his men were approaching Antarctica, two other famous Antarctic explorers were already engaged in nothing less than a race to become the first men to reach the South Pole. While Roald Amundsen of Norway, with his small team, was racing with dogs along one route, England’s legendary Scott of the Antarctic, with his far larger team, was relying primarily on ponies and ‘man-hauling’ to get there along another. As Mawson and his men make their home on the windiest place on earth and prepare for their own record-breaking treks, with devastating drama to be their constant companion, the stories of Amundsen and Scott similarly play out.??With his trademark in-depth research, FitzSimons provides a compelling portrait of these great Antarctic explorers. For the first time, he weaves together their legendary feats into one thrilling account, bringing the jaw-dropping events of this bygone era dazzlingly back to life.
The Litigators, by John Grisham. Hodder/Stoddard, $29.99.
Oscar Finley: street cop turned street lawyer.Wally Figg: expert hustler and ambulance-chaser. David Zinc: Harvard Law School graduate. Together, this unlikely trio make up Finley & Figg: specialists in injury claims, quickie divorces and DUIs. None of them has ever faced a jury in federal court. But they are about to take on one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the States.
David gave up his lucrative career at Chicago’s leading law firm for this: the chance to help the little guy stand up to the big corporations. But if Finley & Figg have right on their side, why do his new partners feel the need to carry guns in their briefcases David thought he was used to cut-throat law from his days at Rogan Rothberg, but this is something else. He knows he was right to get out. He just may live to regret his new choice of firm…
Zero Day, by David Baldacci. Macmillan, $29.99.
John Puller is a former war hero and now the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. He is a loner with few possessions by preference, but he has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable determination for finding the truth. His father was the most decorated U.S. Marine in history, but now resides in a nursing home far from his battlefield glory. Puller’s older brother, also a military vet, is serving a life sentence in Leavenworth Penitentiary.
Puller is called out to a remote, rural area far from any military outpost to investigate into the brutal murder of a family in their home. The dead husband was in the army and the wife worked for a Pentagon contractor. The local homicide detective, a woman with personal demons of her own, clashes with Puller over the investigation. What neither of them knows is what is waiting for them across the street from the murdered family’s home. Absolutely nothing, and nobody, Puller’s so far seen in this small town, are what they seem. He is truly one man against an overwhelming force.
The Impossible Dead, by Ian Rankin. Orion, $32.99.
Malcolm Fox and his team from Internal Affairs have been sent to Fife to investigate whether fellow cops covered up for a corrupt colleague, Detective Paul Carter. But what should be a simple job is soon complicated by intimations of conspiracy and cover-up – and a brutal murder, a murder committed with a weapon that should not even exist.
Man Lab, by James May. Hodder, $35.00.
James May’s mission to save modern man…Thirty years ago, men were resourceful, practical and dependable, but not anymore. Today we have lost the once familiar skills all men had – the skills to build things, make things and mend things. In Man Lab, James May leads a team of today’s lost male souls on the slight muddy but invigorating path to enlightenment.
Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, by Walter Isaacson. Little Brown, $45.00.
From bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs’ family members, key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.
Billy Connolly’s Route 66, by Billy Connolly. Sphere, $35.00.
Having always dreamed about taking a trip on the legendary Route 66, Billy Connolly is finally heading off on the ride of a lifetime. Travelling all 2,488 miles of this epic road, known as ‘The Main Street of America’, the Big Yin will share the experiences of the countless travellers who have taken the journey before him. The tales he’ll gather on the way, from the skyscrapers of Chicago through the Wild West badlands of Oklahoma and Texas, and on to the beaches of the Pacific coast, will tell the story of modern America. And they might just inspire a few readers to get on their bikes as well.
11.22.63, by Stephen King. Hodder, $34.99.
A riveting, high-stakes political story like Under the Dome, a love story like Bag of Bones, a 1950s community like It, Stephen King’s incredibly ambitious, heart stoppingly dramatic time travel novel, 11/22/63 is a “What if…” story like no one’s ever read before – a one thousand page tour de force. What If you could go back in time and change the course of history? What If the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination?
11/22/63, the date that Kennedy was shot – unless . . .With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.
Devil’s Gate: Numa Files, by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. Penguin, $39.95.
Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala and the rest of the NUMA® Special Assignments Team are back . . . and they just may have met their match.??A Japanese cargo ship cruises the eastern Atlantic near the Azores – when it bursts into flames. A gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster – but their boat explodes. What on earth is happening? What does it have to do with the kidnapping of a tip scientist from the streets of Geneva. With the defection sixty years ago of a mysterious Russian? With the discovery of an extraordinary underwater graveyard of ships and planes littered across the sea floor???As Austin and Zavala and the rest of team rush to investigate, they find themselves drawn into the extraordinary ambitions of an African dictator, the creation of a weapon of almost mythical power, and an unimaginably audacious plan to extort the world’s major nations. The penalty for refusal? The destruction of the world’s greatest cities. Starting with Washington, DC…Filled with the high-stakes suspense and boundless invention that are unique to Cussler, Devils Gate is one of the most thrilling novels yet from the grand master of adventure.
What are you getting the men in your life for Christmas?