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Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

The titles below are discussed in the July 22nd Newsletter Opener, which can be read here:

THE AFFAIR by Lee Child
THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

The following are reviews, excerpts, interviews and features that currently appear on the homepage:

PORTRAIT OF A SPY by Daniel Silva (Thriller)
Two suicide bombers have claimed victims in two different cities within minutes of one another. Israeli agent Gabriel Allon has spotted a third, but just before he can stop him, he is grabbed and neutralized. Now he has vowed to dismantle the terrorist network responsible, but this job may prove to be his most challenging yet. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

by Eric Van Lustbader

Jason Bourne is searching for an elusive cadre of terrorists planning to destroy America's most strategic natural resources --- and needs the help of his longtime friend, General Boris Karpov, the newly appointed head of Russia's most feared spy agency. But Karpov has made a deal with the devil. In order to remain the head of FSB-2, he must hunt down and kill Bourne. Reviewed by L. Dean Murphy.

by Karen Robards
(Romantic Suspense)

After surviving the suspicious car crash that killed the First Lady, Jessica Ford has recreated her life and her identity. But when it becomes obvious that someone wants to tie up the loose ends connected with the crime, Jessica is on the run again with the one man she's done everything to avoid: sexy Secret Service agent Mark Ryan. Reviewed by Amie Taylor.

BURNT MOUNTAIN by Anne Rivers Siddons (Fiction)
Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was her summer camp in the North Carolina Mountains. It was there that she met Nick Abrams, her first love…and first heartbreak. Years later, she marries an Irish professor and they settle down only miles from Camp Edgewood. Thayer must confront dark secrets --- about her mother, first love, and, most devastating of all, her husband. Reviewed by Marge Fletcher.

THE DEVIL COLONY: A Sigma Force Novel
by James Rollins

Could the founding of the United States of America be based on a fundamental lie? The shocking truth lies hidden within the ruins of impossibility --- a lost colony of the Americas vanished in time and cursed into oblivion. Sigma Force must unravel the secret of the Devil Colony and save the world from cataclysm. Reviewed by Ray Palen.

DREAMS OF THE DEAD by Perri O'Shaughnessy (Thriller)
Attorney Nina O’Reilly is about to relive a nightmare as her own past comes back to haunt her in DREAMS OF THE DEAD, whereby the notorious killer who was responsible for her husband’s murder may have come back from the dead and is on the loose again. Reviewed by Ray Palen.

THE END OF EVERYTHING by Megan Abbott (Psychological Thriller)
Lizzie and her best friend, Evie, are 13 years old and inseparable --- until the day Evie disappears. Lizzie is frantic to puzzle out the mystery behind the disappearance and to bring Evie home. Her desperate quest is entwined with her own coming-of-age story, in an intense and gripping tale of obsession, friendship and family. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

ONCE UPON A RIVER by Bonnie Jo Campbell (Fiction)
Margo Crane is just 14 years old when her world begins to unravel, starting with the death of her beloved grandfather. When the unimaginable happens, 16-year-old Margo takes a rifle and hits the Stark River in her rowboat. In search of her mother, she discovers much more, in this enthralling page-turner. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

EYES WIDE OPEN by Andrew Gross (Thriller)
Jay Erlich's nephew has been found at the bottom of a cliff at Morrow Bay. It's all just a tragic suicide --- until secrets from the past begin to rear up again. Did a notorious killer, jailed for many decades, have his hand in this? With eyes wide open, Jay puts his life at risk to uncover the truth. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE GAP YEAR by Sarah Bird (Fiction)
Cam's daughter, Aubrey, has been the center of her life since her husband left to join a cult when Aubrey was a toddler. Aubrey's senior year brought wrenching changes, though. As Cam suffers the resulting disconnection with her daughter, Aubrey also narrates her perspective of the year that changed everything. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.
-Reading group guide

THE THIRD WAVE: A Volunteer Story by Alison Thompson (Memoir)
Australian filmmaker Alison Thompson's gripping story of volunteering at the front lines of disasters --- Ground Zero during and after 9/11, Sri Lanka's devastating tsunami of 2004, and Haiti after the 2010 earthquake --- makes for riveting reading. Reviewed by Carole Turner

AMONG THE MISSING by Morag Joss (Mystery)
Three lives collide in the wake of an unforeseeable tragedy. When a bridge collapses in the Highlands of Scotland, dozens of commuters vanish into the freezing river below, swept by the currents toward the sea. Only an amateur video and the bridge’s security camera record their last moments. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

KILLER MOVE by Michael Marshall (Thriller)
Bill Moore already has a lot, but he wants more. Much more. One morning, he arrives at work to find a card waiting for him, with no indication who it's from or why it was sent. Its message is just one word: modified. From that moment on, Bill's life begins to change. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE GREATEST GAME EVER PITCHED: Juan Marichal, Warren Spahn, and the Pitching Duel of the Century by Jim Kaplan (Sports)
Taking the mound at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park one summer night in 1963 were 42-year-old Warren Spahn and 25-year-old Juan Marichal. As one scoreless inning followed another en route to a 16th-inning climax, fans began to sense they were watching a pitching duel for the ages. Reviewed by Ron Kaplan.

The heroes and villains in James Rollins’s thrillers frequently embark on adventures across the globe. His Sigma Force novels, especially, reveal global secrets about society, history, science and medicine, while offering readers the ride of their lives. The latest installment in the series, THE DEVIL COLONY, dares to answer a frightening question at the heart of America: Could the founding of the United States be based on a fundamental lie? In this interview, Rollins explains the roots of this high-concept story, including his immense research and preparation. He also discusses Mormons, Thomas Jefferson, nanoparticles, and Operation Thriller --- a life-altering experience he will always cherish.

Summer is upon us! At, this means it's time for us to share some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Contests and Features. We will be spotlighting a different title or two on select days from Tuesday, May 31st through Wednesday, July 27th, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book(s) and enter. Some days may even feature special bonus prizes, including beach items, a beach tote stocked with goodies, and additional books. We also will be sending a special daily newsletter to announce the day's title(s), which you can sign up for here.

Our next prize book will be announced on Monday, July 25th at noon ET.

-Click here to see this year's featured titles.
-Click here to receive our special newsletter announcing each day’s prize book.

LEFT NEGLECTED by Lisa Genova (Fiction)
Sarah Nickerson, like any other working mom, is busy trying to have it all. One morning while racing to work and distracted by her cell phone, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In that blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her over-scheduled life come to a screeching halt. After a brain injury steals her awareness of everything on her left side, Sarah must retrain her mind to perceive the world as a whole. In so doing, she also learns how to pay attention to the people and parts of her life that matter most.

-Click here to read a review.
-Click here to read a second excerpt.
-Click here to read critical praise.
-Click here to read more in our Bets On feature.
-Click here to read Lisa Genova’s bio.
-Click here to see Lisa Genova’s backlist.

As you may or may not know, our company, The Book Report Network, has a number of websites about books and authors in addition to Throughout the year, features adult books on, our site for young adult readers, that we think will have definite appeal to a teen audience. In the spirit of sharing, we are now spotlighting a selection of titles each month from that we believe are great reads that you might enjoy.

Here are our latest featured titles:

THE HIDDEN CORONET: Relic Master, Book Three by Catherine Fisher (Fantasy)
Anara is in trouble; its climate has become unstable, and its seven moons are slowly falling out of orbit. A golden coronet is rumored to be the only thing that can stop the destruction that's occurring in Anara. But the coronet is the stuff of legends, lost for centuries. Raffi and Galen must find it before the Watch does, if it exists at all. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

WELCOME TO BORDERTOWN edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner (Urban Fantasy)
Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists' studios of Soho. In this volume of all-new work, the original writers of theBordertown series are joined by a new generation. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez.

THE DEAD by Charlie Higson (Horror)
THE DEAD is the second book in Charlie Higson's terrifying and action-packed horror series, in which everyone over the age of 16 has been infected with a disease that turns them into flesh-eating monsters. Set one year before the events that occur in THE ENEMY, it fulfills the promise Higson made in his interview with last year: "More zombies! More blood! More flesh-eating!" Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma (Mystery)
Chloe's adored older sister, Ruby, retrieves Chloe from Chloe's father's house, where she went to live after discovering a dead girl at the town reservoir. Back in her hometown two years later, Chloe is stunned to see that very same girl --- the one whose dead body once floated in the reservoir --- attending parties, dating boys, and hanging out with Ruby. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

MERCY by Rebecca Lim (Supernatural Mystery/Romance)
Mercy is a fallen angel haunted by her past. With skin "pale like milk," she never gets sunburned or feels cold, no matter whose body she occupies. When she wakes up in the body of 16-year-old Carmen, a talented singer unsure of her gift, Mercy must discover why she's been dispatched to her new host. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

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