This week, I’m going to read five new books.
Choose from a selection of the best new novels, ranging from political thrillers to touching memoirs…
The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton and James Patterson is available in hardback for £20 (ebook £9.99) from Century. Now available
Imagine every parent’s worst nightmare, tenfolded, with a dash of terrorism and political intrigue thrown in for good measure. The President’s Daughter, the second novel by former US President Bill Clinton and acclaimed thriller writer James Patterson, is based on this idea. This is a rollercoaster trip that combines Clinton’s insider knowledge of the top echelons of US power with Patterson’s fast pacing and forensic prose, similar to 2018’s The President Is Missing. Their second cooperation focuses more directly on the hopes, concerns, and disappointments of a former president attempting to reintegrate into society. It follows Matthew Keating, a former Navy SEAL turned politician, when he is forced out of the White House by his treacherous Vice President. He soon finds himself on the trail of a mystery gang that has kidnapped his daughter. Yes, there are the expected twists, turns, and gunfights in this tale. But, more importantly, it depicts the frustration and fragility of a capable man who finds himself abruptly alone. 7 out of 10 (Review by Alex Green)
This Eden by Ed O’Loughlin is available in hardback for £16.99 (ebook £8.99) from Riverrun. Now available
Alice and Michael meet during a snowball fight as students in Vancouver, and what follows is an avalanche of twists and turns in a murky, misty world of spies, mysterious government agents and cyber warfare. Alice is a coder genius, but when she dies Michael is recruited to follow in her footsteps, moving to Silicon Valley with no idea what he has let himself in for. Money is at the centre of a fast moving and dangerous adventure-meets-deadly chase, moving from the US to Uganda, Gaza and Paris and a quick brush with death in Belfast. This Eden brings spying up to date, with high frequency trading bots running amok and a cryptocurrency playing havoc with online financial systems. It’s a classic page-turning thriller. 7/10 (Review by Alan Jones)
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