Book Haul – 2 February 2023

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Book Haul post so I figured I would try quickly update everyone on all the awesome books I have recently received.  I have been having an absolutely fantastic weeks for book, as I have been lucky enough to receive several incredible and amazing new novels from some of my local publishers.  These include some truly awesome new releases, including some of the top releases from 2023.  I am extremely keen to check out all of the books below and they should make for some amazing reads.

Burner by Mark Greaney

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The first book that I recently received is Burner, the latest Gray Man novel from the master of the spy thriller Mark Greaney.  This is one of my most anticipated books of 2023 and I cannot wait to see what crazy adventure the character ends up in.

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Downfall by Louise Carey

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The next book I have received is the epic cyperpunk thriller from intriguing new author Louise Carey, Downfall, which follows on from the outstanding novels, Inscape and Outcast and wraps up the very cool Inscape series.  I am currently reading Downfall at the moment and it is proving to be an excellent and deeply enjoyable read.

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Dead of Night by Simon Scarrow

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One of my favourite historical fiction authors Simon Scarrow returns with another fantastic historical murder mystery Dead of Night.  Following on from the awesome book, Blackout, Dead of Night sees the last honest cop in Berlin try to solve a series of murders against the wishes of his Nazi masters.  I always have an outstanding time with Scarrow’s writing, so I know I am going to love this book.

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The Voyage of the Forgotten by Nick Martell 

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I also received a physical copy of the new Nick Martell book, The Voyage of the Forgotten.  I actually listened to the audiobook version of this book last year, and it ended up being one of the best books I enjoyed in 2022, although I really need to get a review up for it soon.  However, it is nice to get a paperback copy of this book ahead of the Australian release, especially with that stunning cover.

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Fire With Fire by Candice Fox

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One of Australia’s best murder mystery writers, Candice Fox, returns with another intriguing crime fiction novel, Fire With Fire.  Following two desperate parents who hold a LAPD crime lab hostage in order to find out what happened to their daughter, Fire With Fire sounds pretty damn awesome and I look forward to reading it.

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The Last Orphan by Gregg Hurwitz

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My year wouldn’t be complete without another entry in the epic Orphan X series, so I was very excited to get a copy of Hurwitz’s new book, The Last Orphan.  Following Hurwtiz’s government assassin turned vigilante as he is forced to participate in one more mission for the president, The Last Orphan promises to be pretty exceptional and I look forward to reading it.

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I Will Find You by Harlan Coben

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One of the major crime fiction authors who I have never had a chance to read before is the highly regarded bestselling writer, Harlan Coben, who has been killing it recently with amazing books.  I managed to get an early copy of his new novel, I Will Find You, and I am hoping to read it next, not only to experience Coben’s writing style, but also because it has an amazing plot behind it of a man escaping prison to find the son he is accused of murdering.  I cannot wait to get to the bottom of this cool mystery and I am sure I will love it.

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The Tyranny of Faith by Richard Swan

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Richard Swan follows up his beloved 2022 novel, The Justice of Kings, with the intriguing sequel The Tyranny of Faith, which sees the series’ supernatural lawmen attempt to unwrap political intrigue in the capital.  I had a wonderful time with the first book and I cannot wait to see how Swan follows it up.

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3 Days to Live by James Patterson

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I have really been enjoying some of James Patterson’s fantastic novels lately, so I was very happy when I received a copy of his short story collection 3 Days to Live.  Featuring three intriguing short stories, each of which contains its own unique crime, 3 Days to Live is sure to be an exceptional read and I am hoping to dive into soon.

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The Helpdesk by Shane Dunphy

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A fun sounding thriller about a husband and wife duo who lose everything due to a sinister help-desk agent.

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How to Kill a Client by Joanna Jenkins

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A compelling debut from Australian author Joanna Jenkins, How to Kill a Client sounds like an amazing book and I look forward to checking it out.

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In the Upper Country by Kai Thomas

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A moving historical fiction novel about an escaped slave on trial for murdering a bounty hunter in Canada.  This book is set to dive into the Underground Railroad, and more, and I look forward to finding out more about this fascinating piece of history.

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Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim

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Another awesome debut novel I recently picked up was the compelling young adult fantasy novel, Spice Road, by Australian author Maiya Ibrahim. Set in a magical desert kingdom, Spice Road will follow a desperate magical warrior as she tries to find her rogue brother and regain her reputation.  An epic sounding read that I am very intrigued to try out.

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The Ugly Truth by L. C. North

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Another outstanding 2023 debut is the twisty and unique crime fiction read The Ugly Truth by L. C. North.  This tricky novel will dive into the troubled lives of celebrities and follow a unique drama as the whole world watches.  I love the concept behind this book and I am sure it is going to be an outstsanding read.

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Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

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The final book on this list is the compelling and insightful young adult murder mystery, Promise Boys by Nick Brooks.  Following three troubled teen boys who must find out who really killed their principal, Promise Boys dives into a ton of tough topics and should prove to be both exciting and moving.

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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.

Book Haul – 19 December 2022

I have been having an absolutely fantastic weeks for book, 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, including some exceptional upcoming releases from 2023.  I am extremely keen to check out all of the books below and they should make for some amazing reads.

Headcase by Jack Heath

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The first book I recently received was the epic new Hangman novel by Canberran author Jack Heath, Headcase, which I have already had the very great pleasure of reading.  The fourth book in the Hangman series, which previously featured Hideout, Headcase continues to follow the escapades of Timothy Blake a crazed cannibal and brilliant investigator, who is dragged into a CIA investigation of a dead Chinese astronaut found in the NASA complex at Housten.  Heath, who also wrote the impressive book, Kill Your Brother (one of my favourite Australian books of 2021), did a remarkable job with Headcase and the ensuing mystery is particularly clever and compelling.  Throw in some excellent characters with some very distinctive quirks, and this was an outstanding read.  I was also very happy that my review for Hideout was quoted at the front of the book, and I am hoping to get my review for Headcase up very soon.

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Red Winter by Marc Cameron (Based on the works of Tom Clancy)

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I also recently received and read the fantastic new Jack Ryan book by Marc Cameron, Red Winter.  A new addition to the expanded universe originally started by Tom Clancy, Red Winter presents a whole new Cold War adventure for Jack Ryan, this time taking him to East Berlin as he attempts to recruit a Stasi agent with knowledge of stolen military secrets.  Red Winter is an excellent and very exciting spy thriller and I had a wonderful time getting my first taste of Clancy’s espionage universe.

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Red Dirt Road by S. R. White

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I was particularly happy to receive a copy of the 2023 Australian crime fiction novel, Red Dirt Road by S. R. White.  The sequel to White’s first two novels, Hermit and Prisoner, Red Dirt Road will bring back his excellent detective protagonist and set her to investigate another compelling outback murder.  This time, the detective is trapped in a remote, outback town and must figure out who killed two people when everyone she meets is a potential suspect.  I am sure that this is going to be an epic read and I can’t wait to dive into it soon.

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Hunting Time by Jeffery Deaver

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Next, we have the cool sounding thriller by iconic author Jeffrey Deaver, Hunting Time.  The fourth book to feature Deaver’s intriguing protagonist, Colter Shaw, Hunting Time sees Shaw attempting to find and save a woman and her daughter who are on the run from her abusive ex-husband and two deadly hitmen.  However, his new target doesn’t want to be found and it will take all of Shaw’s skills to work through her many tricks and evasion strategies, hopefully before the monsters chasing her finally catch up.  I love the sound of this great book, especially as it will follow multiple people taking part in the same hunt, and I imagine this is going to be a pretty epic read.

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The House of Now and Then by Jo Dixon

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Another great 2023 Australian novel I recently received is the unique debut from new author Jo Dixon, The House of Now and Then. Featuring a combination mystery/drama narrative, The House of Now and Then will see a haunted woman, hiding from her own past, dive into the history of the house she is sheltering in, and attempt to work out what happened to the three young people who lived there 30 years before.  This will no doubt be a compelling and deeply moving piece of Australian fiction and I look forward to reading it in the new year.

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Cold People by Tom Rob Smith

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Perhaps one of the most intriguing novels I recently received is the fantastic science fiction thriller, Cold People by Tom Rob Smith.  After Earth falls to a mysterious, alien force, humanity is given 30 days to reach shelter in the one place humans will be allowed to exist, Antarctica.  Following a handful of people who take this journey, Cold People looks set to be a powerful and epic read which will feature a particularly distinctive and awesome setting.  I am already quite intrigued by this compelling book and I can’t wait to dive into it soon.

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Going Zero by Anthony McCarten

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I was also very lucky to grab an advanced proof of the very cool sounding science fiction thriller, Going Zero by award winnning screenwriter Anthony McCarten.  Going Zero has a very awesome story to it that sees 10 people attempt to go off the grid and hide from a new piece of advanced spyware for a big monetary prize.  However, when one participant proves particularly adept at hiding from the technology, the company behind it will put everything they have into finding her before she ruins their potential billion dollar contract. I love the idea of this exceptional sounding book, especially as it reminds me a bit of that reality show Hunted, and I am hoping to read this very soon.

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A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon

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The final book I recently received is the awesome fantasy novel A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon.  The prequel to her epic novel, The Priory of the Orange Tree, A Day of Fallen Night will return to her world of dragons and follow all new conflicts and wars.  A massive book with an elaborate story (and an exceptional cover), A Day of Fallen Night is sure to be one of the more popular fantasy releases of 2023, and I am hoping that I will be able to fit this into my reading schedule.

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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.

Book Haul – 22 November 2022

I have been having an absolutely fantastic week for book, 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.

Death to the Emperor by Simon Scarrow

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The first book I recently received was the latest historical epic from the master of Roman historical fiction, Simon Scarrow, with Death to the Emperor.  The 21st book in his amazing Eagles of the Emperor series (which has previously featured such awesome reads like The Blood of Rome, Traitors of Rome, The Emperor’s Exile and The Honour of Rome), Death to the Emperor puts Scarrow’s long-running protagonists in the middle of Boudica’s rebellion in Britannia.  I have actually already read this amazing book and it proved to be particularly captivating and action-packed.  Review to follow soon.

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Retribution by Sarah Barrie

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Next up is the outstanding Australian thriller Retribution by Sarah Barrie.  A sequel to Barrie’s dark 2021 read, Unforgiven, Retribution presents several intriguing, interlocked cases that tie into the events of the last book and sees her maverick protagonist once again try to take down the deadly antagonist from Unforgiven. I have already started reading this fantastic novel and I can’t wait to see how the various cases unfold.

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Usagi Yojimbo: Volume 37: Crossroads by Stan Sakai

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I was exceedingly happy to receive a copy of the new Usagi Yojimbo volume, Crossroads, this week.  As most readers will know, I am a massive fan of Stan Sakai’s outstanding Usagi Yojimbo comic series, and I was extremely happy that Sakai released a second volume this year.  Crossroads, which I read the second it was delivered, is another amazing read with two epic stories to them.  Loaded with action, incredible artwork and fantastic characters, this was another impressive outing from Sakai that I had a wonderful time reading.

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Silver Queendom by Dan Koboldt

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The next book I was lucky enough to receive is the fantastic and fun fantasy novel, Silver Queendom by Dan Koboldt.  I absolutely love the sound of Silver Queendom which sees a scrappy group of conman attempt to pull off an impossible heist to save their skins.  There is nothing about this book’s plot that I do not love, and I am very excited to see how this fantasy heist novel pays off.  I already know I am going to have an awesome time with this book, and I am hoping to check it out next.

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The Resemblance by Lauren Nossett

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I was also lucky enough to receive a copy of a fantastic new debut novel with The Resemblance by Lauren Nossett.  Set in a college town, this book will see a police detective dive into the corrupt world of fraternities and sororities as she attempts to solve a curious murder of a college student run over by someone who looks exactly like him.  This sounds like quite an intriguing read, and I look forward to diving into this elaborate case, which will no doubt provide some interesting insights into the crazy world of elite university students.

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Private Beijing by James Patterson and Adam Hamdy

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I have been getting a few James Patterson books recently, and the latest is the compelling Private Beijing, which Patterson cowrote with Adam Hamdy.  This is the 17th book in Patterson’s The Private series which follows a group of private investigators, and his latest book will see the Beijing office of the agency come under attack, forcing Private’s leader, Jack Morgan, into action.  I haven’t had a chance to check out this series before, but I am very keen to try now, especially as this sounds like quite a fun spy thriller.  I look forward to getting through more of Patterson’s books this year and I am sure I am in for an excellent time with Private Beijing.

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Judgement Day by Mali Waugh

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The final book I received a copy of is the awesome 2023 Australian thriller, Judgement Day, by new author Mali Waugh. The debut novel from Waugh, Judgement Day will see a detective investigate the murder of judge, which will bring her to the dark heart of the local legal system.  I am already quite intrigued by this upcoming novel, and I am very excited to already have a copy of this Australian crime fiction debut.

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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.

Book Haul – 13 November 2022

I have been having an absolutely fantastic weeks for book, 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.

Star Wars: The High Republic: Convergence by Zoraida Cordova

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The first book I recently received was the awesome Star Wars novel, Convergence by Zoraida Cordova.  The first adult book in the second phase of The High Republic sub-series, Convergence looks set to be one of the major books of this franchise, providing a major introduction to the wider galaxy in the prequel era while also showcasing some of the key new characters and concepts. I only just finished the very first book in this second phase, Path of Deceit, and it has gotten me pretty excited for the upcoming High Republic offerings.  I can’t wait to see what happens in Convergence, and I have a feeling it is going to be quite an impressive read.

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Friends Like These by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

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I was very excited to receive a copy of the intense young adult thriller, Friends Like These by Jennifer Lynn Alvarerz.  I had an absolutely wonderful time reading Alvarez’s 2021 novel, Lies Like Wildfire, which was one of my favourite debuts of last yearFriends Like These will contain another intriguing narrative around teenagers making terrible mistakes that lead to murder. This time centered around the consequences of a beach party where a viral video prank gets everyone in trouble, Friends Like These promises to be an exceptional read, and I reckon I’ll try to dive into it next.

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The Prisoner by B. A. Paris

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One of the more intriguing books I recently received was the compelling psychological thriller, The Prisoner by acclaimed author B. A. Paris.  Set to follow a woman who knows plenty about survival, The Prisoner will see the protagonist kidnapped by mysterious captors, who lock her in a pitch-black room.  However, as the ordeal continues, the protagonist finds herself feeling safe, especially as it keeps her away from her husband.  I’m very, very curious about this book, mainly because I’m not entirely sure how it is going to unfold.  I am imagining that this is going to be a super-twisty read, and I look forward to seeing just how dark and complex it turns out to be.

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The Warrior by Stephen Aryan

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I was very happy to receive a copy of The Warrior by Stephen Aryan in the last week, which will continue an excellent narrative from a talented author.  The sequel to one of the more entertaining fantasy books of 2021, The Coward, The Warrior will see the protagonist, traumatized hero turned reluctant king, Kell, travel off on another lethal adventure, this time to help a friend. I loved the first book in this clever duology last year and I have no doubt that Aryan has another exciting and heartfelt adventure waiting for us in this cool sequel.

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Dead Man’s Hand by James J. Butcher

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Out of all the books I have recently received, the one that I am particularly curious and excited for is Dead Man’s Hand, and that is mainly because of its author, James J. Butcher.  Butcher is the son of legendary fantasy author, Jim Butcher, and he is breaking into the family business by starting his own urban fantasy series.  Dead Man’s Hand is a very cool sounding book that sees a mediocre witch forced to investigate a murder of one of his powerful peers in order to prove his innocence.  Featuring a very interesting narrative and a cool cover, I have a feeling that I am going to enjoy Dead Man’s Hand and I look forward to finding out how Butcher’s first book turns out.

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The Perfect Assassin by James Patterson and Brian Sitts

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The final book I recently received is the awesomely titled novel, The Perfect Assassin, written by the fantastic team of James Patterson and Brian Stills.  I have been having an incredible time with some of the recent novels Patterson has cowritten, such as 2 Sisters Detective Agency and Death of the Black Widow, and I am looking forward to reading this next one, especially as it has quite an intriguing plot to it.  Connected to classic pulp character, Doc Savage, this book will apparently follow a university professor who is kidnapped by a mysterious woman, who seeks to mold him into something very different.  I am very intrigued by this interesting novel, and I have a feeling The Perfect Assassin is going to be a very entertaining, if slightly bonkers read, and I can’t wait to see how it connects to the old-school adventures from the 1930s.

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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.

Book Haul – 30 October 2022

It has been a while since I have done a Book Haul post, but seeing that I received several interesting books recently, I thought I would quickly do one to highlight some of the best novels I have gotten in the last few weeks.  Each of the below books sound extremely cool and captivating, and I cannot wait to see how they all turn out.

Desert Star by Michael Connelly

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The first book I have recently received is the latest fantastic crime fiction novel from the legendary Michael Connelly, Desert Star.  This new Connelly book brings back two of the author’s best protagonists, Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch, for another intense investigation, this time focusing on cold case that has haunted Bosch for years.  These two characters have had some amazing team-ups in books like Dark Sacred Night, The Night Fire and The Dark Hours, and I am excited to see how this next investigation turns out.  Based on my experience with Connelly, Desert Star easily has the potential to be one of the best crime fiction books of 2022 and I will pretty much be reading it the moment I finish putting up this book haul post.

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The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham

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From one crime fiction legend to another, the next book I have recently received is the new John Grisham novel, The Boys from Biloxi.  I haven’t had as much experience with Grisham’s novels as I would have liked, but I did really enjoy his last two books, The Judge’s List and Sparring Partners.  As such, I am very intrigued by this new release, which will apparently focus on a long-running feud between two families, which will force two friends to face each other in the courtroom.  Sure to contain an intense and deeply captivating narrative, I love the sound of The Boys from Biloxi and I think it has a great deal of potential.

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The Bookseller of Inverness by S. G. MacLean

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After finishing off her Damian Seeker series, one of the most impressive authors of historical crime fiction, S. G. MacLean returns with an exciting new novel, The Bookseller of Inverness.  This book will follow a fugitive Scottish rebel turned simple bookseller who finds themselves amid murders and conspiracies after their identity is discovered.  I love the idea of a conflicted former rebel forced to investigate a murder in the middle of Inverness while secrets from his past are revealed, and I cannot wait to see how this novel unfolds.  I deeply enjoyed MacLean’s previous series, including Destroying Angel and The Bear Pit, and I am glad I managed to get a copy of her latest book.

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The Tilt by Chris Hammer

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I have been meaning to read some of Chris Hammer’s books for a while now.  One of the leading authors of Australian crime fiction, Hammer has always been an author I’ve meant to read, but never had the time.  2022 might be the year that finally changes as I just got a copy of his latest book, The Tilt.  This new book will see a detective return to the small town she grew up in, to investigate a cold case.  However, the case becomes far more personal for her, especially when it appears that her family might be involved in the killing.  I have been having a wonderful time with Australian fiction this year and I am very hopeful that The Tilt will continue that trend.

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The Girl From Guernica by Karen Robards

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I was very intrigued when I received a copy of the awesome sounding historical drama, The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards. Set during World War II, The Girl from Guernica will follow a vengeful Spanish girl who joins the resistance against the Nazis after her mother is killed and embarks on a deadly game to get revenge.  I love the cool plot synopsis associated with this book and I have no doubt I will have an amazing time reading it.

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Firefly: What Makes Us Mighty by M. K. England

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There has been some truly amazing tie-in novels and comics associated with the iconic Firefly television series in recent years, and I have been lucky enough to read them all so far.  The latest offering for us Firefly fans is the new tie-in novel, What Makes Us Mighty by M. K. England, which sees the crew of Serenity forced into another deadly situation when a job goes south.  I always have a lot of fun when reading Firefly books and I look forward to seeing this new author’s take on the excellent characters from the show.

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Star Wars: Crimson Reign by Charles Soule and Steven Cummings

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I have also splashed out recently for some cool new comics, including several great Star Wars comics.  This includes the second entry in the Crimson Dawn series of comics, Crimson Reign, written by one of the leading architects Star Wars fiction at the moment, Charles Soule. Crimson Reign follows the recently renewed Crimson Dawn crime syndicate, who are determined to make their mark on the galaxy by taking down Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. To that end, their leader, Lady Qi’ra, puts in place a series of plans to give her everything she needs to fight the Sith.  I have already read this intriguing comic and I liked how it continued some of the excellent storylines started in War of the Bounty Hunters. I look forward to seeing how this entire saga comes together in the future, but for now, Crimson Reign is a must-read for all fans of the current Star Wars comics.

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Star Wars: Volume Four: Crimson Reign by Charles Soule

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I also grabbed the fourth volume of the current Star Wars comic series, also by Charles Soule.  The tie-in to the Crimson Reign comic I mentioned above, this new Star Wars volume continues several of the storylines from the previous series, while also exploring the fallout of War of the Bounty Hunters.  This latest volume is pretty damn epic, and I love the mixture of storylines, including Luke’s continued attempt to reconnect with the Force after finding out that Darth Vader is his father, while Leia has a final confrontation with a deadly new enemy who bears a massive grudge against her. One of the strongest Star Wars comic series out there at the moment, this is a great new volume I deeply enjoyed.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird

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The final book I recently got was the highly anticipated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, The Last Ronin. Written by an all-star team, including the legendary Kevin Eastman, The Last Ronin envisions a future where the Turtles have been defeated and brutally killed off.  Only one of them remains alive and he has returned to a dystopian New York to get revenge on the man responsible for his family’s death.  A taught and powerful comic about revenge and regret, The Last Ronin was an epic read that lived up to all the hype surrounding it.  An absolute must read for all fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I am really glad that I finally have a copy of this cool comic.

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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.

Book Haul – 1 September 2022

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

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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.

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All of Our Demise by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

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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.

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Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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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.

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The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman

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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.

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Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel by Beth Revis

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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.

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Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris

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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.

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Lion by Conn Iggulden

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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.

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No Country for Girls by Emma Styles

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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.

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The Killing Code by Ellie Marney

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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.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Volume One by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Dan Duncan and more

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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.

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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.

Book Haul – 14 August 2022

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, several of which I have been eagerly awaiting for some time.  I am extremely keen to check out all of the books below and they should make for some amazing reads.

Call of Empire by Peter Watt

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I was very happy this week to receive an advanced copy of Call of Empire by Peter Watt, the latest Colonial novel from one of Australia’s best historical fiction authors. Call of Empire will continue the storylines from the action-packed The Queen’s Colonial, The Queen’s Tiger, The Queen’s Captain and The Colonial’s Son, and should lead to some awesome moments.  In particular, Call of Empire is going to take the reader on an intriguing dive into the Boer War, which I am very curious to see.

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Notorious Sorcerer by Davinia Evans

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The next book I recently received is one of the more intriguing fantasy debuts of 2022, Notorious Sorcerer by Davinia Evans.  This outstanding sounding novel is set in a city where magic is outlawed and follows a brilliant young protagonist who commits an act of impossible magic in front of everyone and then gets drafted into a desperate search to save the city that hates him.  I love the fantastic sounding plot of this book and I have feeling this is going to turn out to be an excellent and captivating read.

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The Pride by Tony Park

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One of Australia’s most distinctive thriller authors, Tony Park, returns with another high-octane book set in the wilds of Africa with The Pride. This latest book sees Park’s recuring protagonist, Sonja Kurtz, tangle with a group of deadly poachers after her daughter is attacked, which forces her to survive against Africa’s underworld. I always deeply enjoy Park’s outstanding thrillers, especially as they contain some fascinating looks at poaching and other social issues in Africa, and The Pride sounds particularly good.  If The Pride is anything like Park’s recent novels, Blood Trail, Last Survivor or Scent of Fear, I know I will have an amazing time reading it.

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The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark

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One of the most interesting and compelling sounding novels that I recently received was The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark.  This book pits two women against each other, a notorious and secretive con-woman and one of her victims, in a powerful and intense battle for survival and revenge.  I have a lot of interest in this impressive plot, and I will hopefully dive into The Lies I Tell soon.

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The Three Lives of Alix St Pierre by Natasha Lester

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I was also quite happy to receive an advanced copy of the captivating historical drama, The Three Lives of Alix St Pierre by Natasha Lester.  I got really caught up in Lester’s 2021 release, The Riviera House, and I am quite curious to see what happens in her next book.  The Three Lives of Alix St Pierre is set around World War II and tells the tale of a brilliant young PR agent who is drafted into the war as a spy to turn a Nazi agent, only to have her life changed forever. This sounds liked a deeply compelling and powerful read and I have no doubt that many tragedies and betrayals are on the horizon.

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Do No Harm by Robert Pobi

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I have also received a copy of the new Robert Pobi thriller, Do No Harm, which sounds extremely fun.  Pobi’s thrillers follow an astrophysicist turned FBI agent who investigates a series of unique crimes.  Do No Harm will see him dragged into a deadly case when he notices that way too many New York doctors are dying in mysterious circumstances.  I am really intrigued by Do No Harm’s compelling and distinctive premise, and I have no doubt I am going to have a blast getting through it.

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The French Agent by Belinda Alexandra

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Another great historical drama set in the aftermath of World War II, The French Agent is the latest book from acclaimed author Australian author Belinda Alexandra, and I am very curious to check it out.  The French Agent will follow two very different women in 1946 who find their lives drawn together in terrible circumstances when the hunt for a war criminal uncovers dark secrets.  A fantastic combination of spy thriller and personal drama, The French Agent should be a great read and I can’t wait to check it out.

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Chrysalis by Lincoln Child

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I was very happy to receive a copy of Chrysalis by bestselling thriller author Lincoln Child, as it sounds like such an epic book.  This new book will follow an enigmalogist (investigator of unexplained things) as he attempts to uncover a mystery and dangerous issue occurring the heart of a massive tech company.  Chrysalis has a particularly intriguing plot and I have a feeling that this cool thriller is going to be one of the more unique reads of the year.

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The Paris Mystery by Kirsty Manning

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The final book I recently received is The Paris Mystery by Australian author Kirsty Manning.  Set in pre-World War II Paris, The Paris Mystery will follow an Australian journalist who gets caught up in the glamour of Paris life while also investigating a deadly murder.  The start of a new crime fiction series by Manning, I look forward to seeing how The Paris Mystery unfolds and I am sure I am going to have a wonderful time with it.

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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.

Book Haul – 18 July 2022 – Second-Hand Books

In addition to my previous Book Haul post, which covered some of the recent new novels I have received from local publishers, I have also recently obtained several fantastic second-hand novels.  I have been really getting into some awesome second-hand novels lately, and so I made sure to grab a few more from both my local second-hand book shop and the recent Lifeline Book Fair (a very worthy event to check out if you’re in Canberra).  As such, this has allowed me to grab several impressive and fun older novels, including some outstanding and fun Warhammer books.  These should all be some very entertaining reads and I can’t wait to check them all out.

Salamander by Nick Kyme

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I was pretty happy to grab Salamander by Nick Kyme, the first book in the author’s The Tome of Fire trilogy.  I love the sound of this book, which follows one of my favourite Space Marines chapters, and I can’t wait to check out all the amazing action and lore it no doubt contains.

 

Firedrake by Nick Kyme

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In addition to Salamander I also managed to pick up a copy of its sequel, Firedrake, which continues the story from the first book.  This means that when I get around to reading Salamander I can immediately jump over to the sequel after, which should result in some excellent chain reading.  I will have to try and keep an eye out for the third book though, but hopefully it won’t be too hard to find a copy of that.

 

Heroes of the Space Marines edited by Nick Kyme and Lindsey Priestley

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I also made sure to grab a copy of the Warhammer 40,000 short story collection, Heroes of the Space Marines.  As the title suggests, this fantastic novel contains multiple stories about various famous or heroic Space Marines, all of which have been written by some of the biggest names in Warhammer fiction.  This collection apparently also contains a prequel story to Nick Kyme’s two novels above, which is one of the main reasons I grabbed the book, and I will probably end up reading this before I get to Salamander.

 

The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis

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After enjoying some of Lindsey Davis’ more recent novels (The Third Nero, Pandora’s Boy, A Capitol Death, The Grove of the Caesars, A Comedy of Terrors and Desperate Undertaking), I decided to go back and check out the author’s very first novel, The Silver Pigs.  This is the first book in the Davis’s long-running Falco series and I look forward to seeing how this entire amazing series began.

 

Enemies at Home by Lindsey Davis

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In addition to The Silver Pigs I also picked up the second Flavia Albia novel, Enemies at Home.  It looks like I might have missed this book when it first came out, so this seems like a chance to go back and rectify that issue.  It helps that Enemies at Home has a fantastic sounding story to it and I am extremely keen to check it out.

 

The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold by Jon Hollins

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While I was browsing along the book fair this weekend, a copy of Fool’s Gold happened to fall into my hand.  The first book in an intriguing series about a world ruled by dragons, Fool’s Gold will apparently follow a desperate band of adventurers who attempt a suicidal heist on a dragon’s lair.  I love the sound of this exciting and amazing narrative and I am very keen to see what sort of fantastic shenanigans occur as a result.

 

Rebel Winter by Steve Parker

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There was no way that I could turn away from the awesome sounding Warhammer action novel, Rebel Winter.  Written by Steve Parker, who also authored the exceptional Deathwatch: Shadowbreaker, Rebel Winter will follow a war between the proud Vostroyan Firstborn Imperial Guards and two separate armies of rebels and orks. Sure to be a fun and entertaining read, I look forward to quickly getting through this when I have a chance.

 

Blood Angels: Deus Encarmine by James Swallow

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One of the novels I was particularly glad to grab was the first book in James Swallow’s Blood Angels series, Deus Encarmine.  I have previously mentioned the Blood Angels’ books in my recent list about Warhammer series I want to try and read, so finding a copy of Deus Encarmine seemed like a good opportunity.  Set to follow one of the most famous, if brutal, Space Marines chapters, this sounds like a great read and I am very excited for it.

 

Blood Angels: Deus Sanguinius by James Swallow

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I also managed to get a copy of Deus Encarmine’s sequel, Deus Sanguinius, so this is another series I can do some chain reading with.

 

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

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I was very happy to get my hands on a copy of The Black Echo by bestselling author Michael Connelly.  I have been having a blast with Connelly’s books over the last few years, especially with his Ballard and Bosch books (such as Dark Sacred Night, The Night Fire and The Dark Hours), so I figured it was time to go back and see where it all began with the very first Bosch novel, The Black Echo.  I look forward to checking out some old school Connelly and I am extremely curious to see how different his early work is to his current novels.

 

The Poet by Michael Connelly

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In addition to The Black Echo, I also grabbed another of Connelly’s older novels, The Poet.  The first book to feature recurring protagonist Jack McEvoy, this novel will follow the journalist as he dives into an elaborate conspiracy.  I really enjoyed Connelly’s latest Jack McEvoy novel, Fair Warning, a couple of years ago, and I am sure that this very first one is going to be an outstanding read.

 

 

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.

Book Haul – 18 July 2022

I have been having an absolutely fantastic couple of week 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, several of which I have been eagerly awaiting for some time.  I am extremely keen to check out all of the books below and they should make for some amazing reads.

The Accomplice by Steve Cavanagh

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I just received the cool new entry in Steve Cavanagh’s awesome Eddie Flynn legal thriller series, The Accomplice, which sees conman lawyer Eddie Flynn defending the wife of a notorious serial killer. I have already read this book (see review above) and it was extremely good.  Highly recommended!

 

Stay Awake by Megan Goldin

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I am pretty happy to have received an advance copy of the new book from fast-rising Australian author, Megan Goldin, Stay Awake.  I have been looking forward to Stay Awake for a while, especially after enjoying Goldin’s last two novels, The Escape Room and The Night Swim, and this new book sounds particularly impressive. Featuring a trippy thriller narrative about a woman who wakes up without her memory, Stay Awake has so much potential and it is sure to be an excellent and fantastic read.

 

The Crimson Thread by Kate Forsyth

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I have already started reading the next book in the haul with the powerful historical drama, The Crimson Thread by Australian author Kate Forsyth.  Set in Crete during World War II, The Crimson Thread follows two Australian soldiers and a young Cretan woman as they attempt to weather the Nazi invasion while also dealing with their own dangerous love triangle.  I am rather enjoying this books so far and I should probably finish it off in the next day or so.

 

Upgrade by Blake Crouch

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I was particularly excited to receive a copy of Upgrade by the always impressive Blake Crouch, who has produced some outstanding and trippy science fiction novels recently.  This latest science fiction thriller looks at illegal genetic engineering and follows a man who has been “upgraded” into something more than human.  I already know that this book is going to be pretty damn epic and I will try and read Upgrade as soon as I can.

 

The Orphans by Fiona McIntosh

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I also received an advance copy of the new historical drama from Fiona McIntosh, who has another impressive sounding Australian novel coming out soon with The Orphans.  I have had a good time with some of McIntosh’s previous historical dramas, including The Champagne Wars, The Diamond Hunter, The Pearl Thief and The Spy’s Wife, and this new book has an interesting and moving narrative to it that will great to check out.

 

Dark Rooms by Lynda La Plante

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Another awesome book I just received is Dark Rooms, the new Tennison novel from the leading lady of crime fiction, Lynda La Plante.  Serving as a prequel to the Prime Suspect television series, the Tennison series has featured some amazing books so far, including Good Friday, Murder Mile, The Dirty Dozen, Blunt Force and Unholy Murder, all of which have made me a pretty major fan.  This new novel, Dark Rooms, features another intriguing murder mystery, that will not only see Tennison investigate a wealthy London family over a series of bodies, but will also feature a visit to Australia.  I am very excited to check Dark Rooms out and it is sure to be an outstanding read.

 

The Unbelieved by Vikki Petraitis

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I also received a copy of the powerful and intense debut thriller from Vikki Petraitis, The Unbelieved.  This intriguing book will follow a female detective who transfers to a small Australian town, only to discover that a dark and shocking secret waits for her there.  The Unbelieved is probably going to be the grimmest novel on this list and I am very certain it is going to be a gripping and moving read.

 

Picture You Dead by Peter James

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The final book on this list is the latest thriller from bestselling author Peter James, Picture You Dead.  The latest book in his Ray Grace series, Picture You Dead will see the protagonist dive into the world of fine art when a couple find a rare masterpiece and are subsequently targeted by a dangerous criminal. I haven’t had much chance to read many of James’ novels before (except his standalone book Absolute Proof), but I might try and check out Picture You Dead as it has a fascinating story to it.

 

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.

Book Haul – 4 July 2022

I have been having an absolutely fantastic couple of week 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, several of which I have been eagerly awaiting for some time.  I am extremely keen to check out all of the books below and they should make for some amazing reads.

The Martyr by Anthony Ryan

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Lets start this haul off with one of my most anticipated fantasy releases of 2022, The Martyr by Anthony Ryan.  The sequel to one of my favourite books (and audiobooks) of 2021, The Pariah, The Martyr is an awesome fantasy novel which is sure to be one of the top books of the year.  Set to follow the protagonist of the first book as he continues to get caught up in the dangers and intrigues of his world, The Martyr sounds like an extremely epic read and I can’t wait to check it out.

 

Armored by Mark Greaney

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I was also very happy to get a copy of Amored by Mark Greaney, one of the leading thriller authors of the day.  This new novel from Greaney is a standalone read which follows an armoured convey of mercenaries heading deep into Cartel country.  I have actually already read Armored and it was a very fun and exciting book loaded with so much action.  Review to follow to soon.

 

The Bladed Faith by David Dalglish

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Another anticipated fantasy read I got was The Bladed Faith by David Dalglish, which I will hopefully check out soon.  The Bladed Faith is an epic read that will followed the deposed prince of a realm as he becomes a legendary assassin in order to get revenge on his kingdom’s conquerors.  A very cool sounding book that I will no doubt love.

Seventeen by John Brownlow

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A novel about a secret order of assassins and their internal fight for supremacy, oh yes please!  That is the incredibly epic plot of Seventeen, which will follow the deadliest assassin in the world as he attempts to kill his predecessor, while surviving the attentions of the next generation of killers.  I love the sound of this book so much and I will hopefully read it very soon.

 

The Gatekeeper by James Byrne

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Another amazing thriller novel I received is The Gatekeeper by James Byrne.  Following an infamous retired mercenary who finds himself dragged into a deadly conspiracy, The Gatekeeper sounds like another fast-paced and action-packed thriller that I am very keen to check out.

 

The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings

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Magical and musical mayhem seem to be the theme of the cool and unique new fantasy read, The Ballad of Perilous Graves, which should be a very intriguing novel.

 

The Lawless Land by Boyd and Beth Morrison

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An intense and powerful historical epic from the academic team of Boyd and Beth Morrison, The Lawless Land in an intriguing new historical fiction novel that I am really interested in reading.  Following a rogue knight during the plague as he attempts to save his lands and reputation, only to get dragged into a dark historical conspiracy.  I really like the sound of this impressive book and I look forward to checking this unique historical adventure out.

 

Illuminations by Alan Moore

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The final book I received was Illuminations from legendary comic book author Alan Moore.  Containing several of his unique short stories, most of which sound incredibly bonkers, if extremely intriguing, Illuminations is one of the more fascinating books I have recently gotten my hands on and I am very keen to see what fantastic tales are featured within.

 

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.