OK. This is my list of Thrillers and Comedy’s to read. So, here we go:
1. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
Chilling views of political plots and bomb-wearing terrorists, truly ironic in this time of jihadi fighters. Published in 1907, the story is set in London in 1886, following the everyday life of a spy and his home life too. An extra shock considering my country has had a suicide attack so recenly in London. Make this one your first!
2. Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
As relevant as when it was written, with its lame duck president, sexual scandals and eternal message. The title of the book comes from the United States Constitution‘s Article II, Sec. 2, cl. 2, which informs that the President of the United States “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consults, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States….”
3. The Prisoner of Guantanamo by Dan Fesperman
Bush will not be sleeping at night with this book around. Escecially since a British Detainee, Binyam Mohamad got released recently and is telling his life story. But not to be fooled, it is a work of fiction; Revere Falk is an interrogator and is in discomfortable with what’s happening at the base. But all hell is about to break loose Cuba just over the water. Time to investigate.
4. The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
Touches of US McCarthyism and Chinese communist brainwashing in this one. Has spawned 2 major Holly wood films. Even the recent film couldn’t compare to the paperback. It really shows how paranoid all politcal leader are, and how the east so desperatly wants to manipulate the west.
There is alot of potential in this Canadian author yet! Ronnie Dauber captures “teenagism” perfectly in this natural disaster flick, which is part of a series for the main character; Sarah Davies. Set in a ficticious park called White Canyon Park, we waste no time in getting to the scene, and expecting trouble, as Sarah feels a preminition of danger with the trees “waving” at her. Its a feeling we all have; something in the air
Read more: http://bookstove.com/book-talk/book-review-firestorm-by-ronnie-dauber/
6. Daddy, Where’s You’re Vagina?” by Joe Schatz
Joe Schatz ticks both boxes for humorous diary and child advice text book. I have encountered male writers before who focused on child rearing and taking care of females (see HOW TO RAISE GIRLS) but this is the first work I have found on someone who is proud to call himself a stay at home dad. And with experience of fathering three daughters almost single handed from birth, there has to be a uniqueness here that must not be overlooked
7. Rising Power by Joseph Ryncarz
Post apocalypse dramas always have an allure. We always want to see how others will react, how different things will be; the society, the reactions. One apocalyptic genre that popped to me a few times was Mad Max, though there are no car chases and gratuitous violence in this story.
Meet Sarah and Amanda Richardson, two sisters living on a farm in post nuclear disaster United States (though far from united now), outside a now levelled Seattle city. And they are to be wowed by the arrival of the 99th army, who will tell their tales of trying to reconnect the torn country, looking for survivors and maintain order whilst battling crippling levels of radiation to find habitable places that have been less affected this chaotic attack. And, reconnect with the rest of the world.
8. The Divine Appointment by Jerome Teel
The US supreme court leeds to The White House in numerous power struggles, political mindgames and challenging relationships. Even Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn likes this one. Top marks!
9. The Plot by Kathleen Lamarche
Deception and murder will cause us to doubt democracy, as someone attemtps a US government takeover.
10. The Lonely Walk by Jonathan Shaw
This book is an action-packed, wild, not terribly sexual for a change and weirdly moral violent romp – though I wouldn’t call it family-oriented, It’s set mostly in Japan and the USA, by a British author who writes notably enough to fill up 200 fast-paced pages with his own curious blend of English panache and Japanese lingual élan.
Hope this helps, keep reading, and don’t be scared to write!