Category Archives: Thriller

The books of Mary Stewart – part 1

Mary Stewart is perhaps best known for her five Arthurian novels, beginning with The Crystal Cave (which I haven’t read, and thus am not going to write about now), but I first came across her ‘romantic-suspense’ novels some time ago … Continue reading

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Bear Island – Alistair MacLean

(HarperCollins 2009, originally published 1971) Bear Island begins on board a ship, the Morning Rose, battering her way through the rough seas north of Shetland in late October. Apart from its crew (and ship’s doctor – and narrator – Christopher … Continue reading

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Zodiac – Neal Stephenson

(Grove Press 1988) This is one of Stephenson’s early speculative thrillers, though it’s not until a fair way through the book that the future-prediction becomes apparent. Sangamon Taylor lives in a low-rent house in Boston with a few others; he’s … Continue reading

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Epitaph for a Spy – Eric Ambler

(Penguin Modern Classics 2009, originally published in 1938) In Eric Ambler’s left-leaning spy thrillers, his protagonists tend to be ordinary men thrust into terrifying situations. In Epitaph for a Spy, Josef Vadassy is a Hungarian refugee and language teacher living … Continue reading

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Haunted – Kelley Armstrong

(Orbit 2005) Eve Levine is a half-demon black witch – and dead. She’s living out a rather pleasant ghost-world after-life where she’s able to see living people when she wants: even if they can’t see her. She’s even able to … Continue reading

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The Blue Zone – Andrew Gross

(HarperCollins e-book 2007) The book begins by telling us what the Blue Zone is – a state wherein the US Marshals responsible for the protection of witnesses in the Witness Protection Program do not know where their charges are, or … Continue reading

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The Hunt for Red October – Tom Clancy

This was Tom Clancy’s first published novel, set during the Cold War amid high tensions between the USA and the Soviet Union, and the first of many books to feature Jack Ryan. The book begins in Russia, with the departure … Continue reading

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Discussion – books by Dornford Yates

I’ve often tried to reason out why I enjoy Dornford Yates’s books so much, since there are things about them which I really don’t approve (Germanophobia, anti-Semitism, appalling attitudes towards the working classes, and so on) – “the school of … Continue reading

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