I have been having an absolutely fantastic couple of weeks for books, as I have been lucky enough to receive several incredible and amazing new novels from some of my local publishers. These novels include some truly awesome new releases, some of which rank amongst my top books of 2022. I am extremely keen to check out all of the books below and they should make for some amazing reads.
Blowback by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
The first book I was lucky enough to receive was Blowback by the wonderful team of James Patterson and Brendan DuBois. A clever and interesting new thriller about a power-hungry US president who uses his position to launch an insane course of action against the rest of the world. This was an excellent and action-packed book that takes the reader on a very wild ride. I have already finished it off and I will hopefully get a review together for it soon.
I was also lucky enough to receive a copy of All of Our Demise, which I have just started reading. The sequel to last year’s fantastic All of Us Villains, the team of Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman have done an excellent job of continuing the narrative here, expanding on the death tournament concept and taking the compelling, damaged protagonists on an even darker journey. I can’t wait to see how this epic book comes to an end, and I am very confident this will turn out to be one of the best young adult novels of 2022.
I was extremely happy to receive a copy of Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir out of the blue. The third book in The Locked Tomb series, Nona the Ninth continues the excellent storylines about spacefaring necromancers started in the previous two novels. I have loved the outstanding and elaborate first two entries in the series, Gideon the Ninth (one of my favourite debuts of 2019) and Harrow the Ninth (one my favourite books and audiobooks of 2020), and I cannot wait to see how this complex series continues. I have very, very high expectations for Nona the Ninth and I know I am going to have an exceptional time reading it.
There are few books in 2022 I am as excited for as The Bullet that Missed by comedian Richard Osman. The sequel to The Thursday Murder Club (one of my favourite debuts of 2020) and The Man Who Died Twice (one of my favourite books and audiobooks of 2021), The Bullet that Missed promises to be another exceptional and captivating mystery novel with some amazing characters and a fantastic sense of humour to it. I have no doubt that this will be another five-star book and I will hopefully read it soon.
There have been some great Star Wars tie-in novels coming out this year but one of the ones I have been most interested in checking out is The Princess and the Scoundrel by Beth Revis. Set immediately after the events of Return of the Jedi, The Princess and the Scoundrel will show the wedding and honeymoon of Han Solo and Princess Leia, all set to the backdrop of the formation of the New Republic. I can’t wait to see what happens in this awesome sounding book and I reckon it will be one of the top Star Wars novels of 2022.
Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris
I was very happy to also receive a copy of the new Robert Harris book, Act of Oblivion, which I reckon is going to be really interesting. Harris has been tearing it up with some fascinating historical fiction novels lately, including the 2020 release V2, and I really like the sound of Act of Oblivion. Based on real historical events, Act of Oblivion will follow two of the men responsible for the death of Charles I as they attempt to hide from the English in the American colonies. I love this impressive concept and I am very excited to see Harris’ take on these historical fugitives.
Lion by Conn Iggulden
I was in the mood for some awesome historical fiction, so I went out and grabbed a copy of Lion by Conn Iggulden. The follow-up to Iggulden’s last two novels, The Gates of Athens and Protector, Lion will continue to tell the story of ancient Athens, this time showcasing the rise of Pericles. I have had an exceptional time reading the previous books in this series and I cannot wait to see how Iggulden continues it.
No Country for Girls by Emma Styles
I was extremely intrigued by one of the cool books I received in the last week with the Australian thriller No Country For Girls by Emma Styles. Set in the Australian outback, this awesome sounding book will follow two strangers who get thrust into a deadly situation and must flee into the wild bush to survive. I really love the sound of this book’s amazing story and I am very curious to find out how this fantastic novel goes.
The Killing Code by Ellie Marney
Another compelling novel I received was the young adult, historical murder mystery, The Killing Code by Australian author Ellie Marney. Set during World War II, this book follows several American codebreakers as they attempt to find out who is murdering their colleagues. The Killing Code has a fantastic and very appealing narrative, and I am very keen to check out Marney’s writing style.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Volume One by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Dan Duncan and more
The final book I recently grabbed was the awesome first volume of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IDW comics. I have been a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise for a long time, primarily the television series, and I have been meaning to check out some of the comics for ages, especially considering how much I enjoy the related Usagi Yojimbo comics. As such I splashed out and grabbed volume one of the IDW run on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is the current version of the comics. Including Issues #1-12 of the series, as well as a couple of character-focused issues, this proved to be an excellent introduction to this current series. I had a brilliant time getting through this comic, and it was interesting to see this new take on the characters and the universe. Featuring a great writing team in Kevin Eastman (one of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creators) and Tom Waltz, as well as art from Dan Duncan, this was an excellent and impressive comic, and I will try and do a Throwback Thursday post about it soon.
Well, that’s the end of this latest Book Haul post. As you can see I have quite a bit of reading to do at the moment thanks to all these awesome books that have come in. Let me know which of the above you are most interested in and make sure to check back in a few weeks to see my reviews of them.