Title: Death Echo
Author: Elizabeth Lowell
Publisher: HarperCollins, June 2010
Summary: Emma Cross, former CIA agent now working for St. Kilda Consulting, must rustle with Russian spies and a terrorist plot in Elizabeth Lowell’s latest book. Emma needs to chase down “The Blackbird” a yacht that could have explosives attached to it… enough explosives to blow up a major city. The story moves from the Puget Sound to Vancouver Island. Interestingly, a “twin” yacht went missing never making it to its port. Are the two connected somehow? Did they have the same owner?
Fortunately for Emma she doesn’t have to work alone. Enter Mackenzie Mac Durand, a former Special Ops guy, and the transit captain for “The Blackbird.” Sparks fly between the two and a romance blossoms amidst all of the turmoil.
They are in for a bumpy ride in this romantic suspense novel, fighting off Russian Spies, CIA agents, and a very hazardous sea – and time is not on their side.
Recommended by: Nancy, Deputy Town Librarian
Title: 31 Hours
Author: Masha Hamilton
Publisher: Unbridled Books, October 2009
Summary: Carol Meitzner wakes with a feeling of dread. She knows in her heart that her 21 year old son, Jonas, is in trouble. She doesn’t know what kind of trouble or how much, but he has not been returning her calls. Carol soon learns that his girlfriend, Vic, has not seen or heard from him recently, either. Jonas’s father doesn’t think they should be so worried. Wrong. In 31 hours, their son Jonas and 6 others are planning to walk into key terminals of the NYC subway system and detonate explosive vests strapped to their bodies. Blond haired, white, and from a privileged background, Jonas is set to become the new face of terrorism.
Jonas’s radical mentor has disabled his phone to keep him completely isolated from the people who care about him the most. Throughout this gripping novel we meet some of the potential victims of this terrifying act, many of whom Jonas knows and loves. As we watch Jonas prepare for his martyrdom, without the fanaticism one would expect, it becomes clear that this could really happen. This possibility makes 31 Hours all the more chilling.
Who will like this book? Fans of suspense novels.
Recommended by: Sue, Circulation Coordinator
Title: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
Author: Jane Mayer
Publisher: Doubleday, July 2008
Summary: In The Dark Side, Jane Mayer, a staff writer for the New Yorker, documents some of the ugliest allegations of wrongdoing charged against the Bush administration. There are facts, which Mayer substantiates in persuasive detail.
Essential reading for those who think they can stand the truth.
Who will like this book?: Those interested in the subject of the ‘Imperial Presidency.’
If you like this, try this: The Way of the Worldby Ron Suskind. The Limits of Powerby A.J. Bacevich. The War Within by Bob Woodward.
Recommended by: Cliff, Reference
Title: Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone
Author: Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Summary: A shocking account of life in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a walled-off enclave of posh villas and sparkling swimming pools that was the headquarters for the American occupation of Iraq. This bubble, cut off from wartime realities had a half-dozen bars stocked with cold beer, a movie theater that screened shoot-em-up films, an all you could eat buffet piled high with pork and a parking lot filled with shiny new SUVs – much of it run by Halliburton. Most Iraqis were barred from entering the Emerald City for fear they would blow it up.
A startling portrait of an Oz-like place.
Who will like this book?: All interested in American foreign policy.
If you like this, try this: Fiasco by Thomas Ricks. Assassin’s Gate by George Packer
Recommended by: Cliff, Reference Librarian.