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.
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.
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.
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.
Silver Queendom by Dan Koboldt
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.
The Resemblance by Lauren Nossett
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.
Private Beijing by James Patterson and Adam Hamdy
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.
Judgement Day by Mali Waugh
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.
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.