“Terminal Freeze” by Lincoln Child

Terminal Freeze by Lincoln child

” Lincoln Child. (Doubleday $27.95, 320 pages. Hard cover.) www.lincolnchild.com
Are you a science fiction thriller kind of reader? Then you are going to love “Terminal Freeze”. Scientists are working in the Arctic conducting exhaustive, dangerous research, attempting to learn about the effects of global warming when they discover an enormous ancient animal entirely encased in a block of ice.

A block of ice so big that it is the size of a small room. And within the ice, the creature appears to be perfectly preserved. This huge, fierce looking prehistoric predator could be one of the world’s greatest scientific discoveries.
But things get complicated when the media conglomerate who sponsored the research expedition takes over. Careful scientific methods take a back seat when the sponsor demands to document the thawing on live television.
To complicate matters, local Native American Eskimos warn that thawing the creature will create dire doomsday scenario sort of like Raiders of The Lost Ark. What happens next is … something I can’t tell you without giving the plot away.

“Dead Men’s Dust” by Matt Hilton

“Dead Men’s Dust” by Matt Hilton

“Dead Men’s Dust” by Matt Hilton. (William Morrow $24.99, 336 pages. Hard cover.) www.MattHiltonBooks.com
Joe Hunter is the perfect Grit-Lit tough guy. If you haven’t been able to satisfy your jones for Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, Robert Crais Joe Pike or are still re-reading Travis McGee hoping John D will rise from his grave and write another unmatched novel, dig out your credit or library card and order “Dead Men’s Dust.”
Hunter is a former Special Forces agent with exceptional killing skills. Skills that lead some to call him a vigilante. But, if you’re a single mom whose children have been threatened, Hunter’s the guy you need.
Hunter is one of the most exciting new tough guys to come along in years. And he’s up against a devious, smarmy, rotten, scary tough guy, Tubal Cain. Just the name makes you want to cock and lock your Glock, doesn’t it?
Hunter spent years in the Special Forces hunting bad guys. His objective — kill murderous thugs, save innocent strangers. Now, trusty SIG Sauer strapped to his side, he sets out on another mission. Only this time, it’s personal.

“Pirate Latitudes” by Michael Chrichton

Pirate Latitudes

“Pirate Latitudes” by Michael Chrichton. (Harper Collins $27.99, 312 pages. Hard cover.) www.michaelchrichton.com.
Switching speeds we move from a brand new author to the last book by one of the best selling, most popular Grit-Lit authors of all time. Chrichton is the only writer – EVER – to have the number one book, movie and TV show all at the same time. “Pirate Latitudes” was discovered as a complete manuscript shortly after his death in 2008. DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg have all ready bought the movie rights.
But we all know that with the possible exception of James Bond, Harry Potter and any movie featuring lots of scantily clad women, no movie is never as good as the book. Right? RIGHT!
It is 1665 and King Charles II’s Jamaican Colony is a weak English outpost surrounded by a vastly stronger Spanish empire. English privateers (pirates to you and me) have free reign to raid Spanish ships and settlements as long as the governor and the crown receive their cut of the booty. But political shenanigans and devious competitors conspire to make even being a simple pirate a bloody savage experience.
Here’s an example of why Chrichton is one of the best of all time.
“… Sir William had explained the workings of the Colony to the new governor. Sir James had listened and had thought he understood, but one never really understood life in the New World until confronted with the actual rude experience.
Now, riding in his coach through the stinking streets of Port Royal, nodding from his window as the commoners bowed, Sir James marveled at how much he had come to accept as wholly natural and ordinary. He accepted the heat and the flies and the malevolent odors; he accepted the thieving and the corrupt commerce; he accepted the drunken and gross manners of the privateers. He had made a thousand minor adjustments, including the ability to sleep through the raucous shouting and gunshots, which continued uninterrupted through every night in the port.”
Chrichton at his best.
Hey, Mr. Depp. Wanta play another pirate, Matey?

“Even” by Andrew Grant

Even by Andrew Grant

“Even” by Andrew Grant. (Minotaur Books $24.95, 352 pages. Hard cover.) http://www.andrewgrantbooks.com/
The first in what Grit-Lit hopes will be an ongoing series. David Trevellyan has survived the byzantine world of British Royal Navy Intelligence.

He’s worked undercover, on both sides of the line. Sucked into a huge international conspiracy (details of which you will not learn here because we are not going to spoil the excellent plot) Trevellyan is in trouble and suddenly his superiors forget he exists.
Here are the opening lines.
“When I saw the body, my first thought was to just keep on walking. This one had nothing to do with me. There was no logical reason to get involved.”
“I managed two more steps. If the alleyway had been a little cleaner, there’s a chance I might have kept on going. Or if the guy had been left with a little more dignity, the scene might not have bothered me so much. But the way he’d been discarded—dumped like a piece of garbage—I couldn’t let it pass.”
“Even” starts out great and keeps getting better and better.
So here’s how I see the future—it’s gonna be two+ months of maximum strength No-Doze and lots of missed work. I’m gonna need some new excuses for calling in sick.

“Dead Men’s Dust” by Matt Hilton and “Pirate Latitudes” by Michael Chrichton

Industry scuttlebutt – more reliable than one of those unaffiliated blogger dudes but not as reliable as this fine family publication – rage on and on about a new author prolific beyond the imagination of normal scribes.
The back story.

First time author pen’s a great book.  By the time he’s found an agent, he’s finished his second book, by the time the agent is ready to send out book #1, writer had finished book #3; by the time a publisher bought #1, writer had finished book #4; and by the time book #1 came out in the US and UK, the writer had finished book #5.
And the good news for Grit-Lit readers — they plan to release two Matt Hilton hard covers a year for the next 2 years … at least!

“Dead Men’s Dust” by Matt Hilton

“Dead Men’s Dust” by Matt Hilton. (William Morrow $24.99, 336 pages. Hard cover.) www.MattHiltonBooks.com
Joe Hunter is the perfect Grit-Lit tough guy. If you haven’t been able to satisfy your jones for Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, Robert Crais Joe Pike or are still re-reading Travis McGee hoping John D will rise from his grave and write another unmatched novel, dig out your credit or library card and order “Dead Men’s Dust.”
Hunter is a former Special Forces agent with exceptional killing skills. Skills that lead some to call him a vigilante. But, if you’re a single mom whose children have been threatened, Hunter’s the guy you need.
Hunter is one of the most exciting new tough guys to come along in years. And he’s up against a devious, smarmy, rotten, scary tough guy, Tubal Cain. Just the name makes you want to cock and lock your Glock, doesn’t it?
Hunter spent years in the Special Forces hunting bad guys. His objective — kill murderous thugs, save innocent strangers. Now, trusty SIG Sauer strapped to his side, he sets out on another mission. Only this time, it’s personal.

Pirate Latitudes

“Pirate Latitudes” by Michael Chrichton. (Harper Collins $27.99, 312 pages. Hard cover.) www.michaelchrichton.com
Switching speeds we move from a brand new author to the last book by one of the best selling, most popular Grit-Lit authors of all time. Chrichton is the only writer – EVER – to have the number one book, movie and TV show all at the same time. “Pirate Latitudes” was discovered as a complete manuscript shortly after his death in 2008. DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg have all ready bought the movie rights.
But we all know that with the possible exception of James Bond, Harry Potter and any movie featuring lots of scantily clad women, no movie is never as good as the book. Right? RIGHT!
It is 1665 and King Charles II’s Jamaican Colony is a weak English outpost surrounded by a vastly stronger Spanish empire. English privateers (pirates to you and me) have free reign to raid Spanish ships and settlements as long as the governor and the crown receive their cut of the booty. But political shenanigans and devious competitors conspire to make even being a simple pirate a bloody savage experience.
Here’s an example of why Chrichton is one of the best of all time.
“… Sir William had explained the workings of the Colony to the new governor. Sir James had listened and had thought he understood, but one never really understood life in the New World until confronted with the actual rude experience.
Now, riding in his coach through the stinking streets of Port Royal, nodding from his window as the commoners bowed, Sir James marveled at how much he had come to accept as wholly natural and ordinary. He accepted the heat and the flies and the malevolent odors; he accepted the thieving and the corrupt commerce; he accepted the drunken and gross manners of the privateers. He had made a thousand minor adjustments, including the ability to sleep through the raucous shouting and gunshots, which continued uninterrupted through every night in the port.”
Chrichton at his best.
Hey, Mr. Depp. Wanta play another pirate, Matey?

“The Night Monster” by James Swain

The Night Monster

“The Night Monster” by James Swain. (Ballantine Books $26, 320-pages. Hard cover.) www.jimswain.com

In the third Jack Carpenter, Swain puts Carpenter in the usual dire straits. A former Broward County detective turned child abduction specialist Carpenter does whatever is necessary to bring missing children home.
Carpenter lives the ex-cop/private detective life. Broke. Estranged from his wife. Other than the barkeeper at the bar he lives above, his life centers around his daughter, Jessie, and his closest friend, Buster—a mean ol’ Australian Shepherd. To clarify, Buster’s a dog, not a big blond guy sunburned guy with a hooked stick and an accent.
Swain has a knack for creating heroic characters that you care about. And Carpenter is one of Swain’s best.

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“Strong Justice” by Jon Land

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Strong Justice

Coming June 22nd, “Strong Justice” by Jon Land. (Macmillan Books, $24.99, 352 pages. Hard cover.) http://us.macmillan.com/author/jonland.

The latest in Land’s saga about super-tough, fifth generation female Texas Ranger, Caitlin Strong. On a 1-10 scale, Grit-Lit rates “Strong Justice” an 11.

To see the rest of the column and all our award winners, click here.

“The Devil’s Company” by David Liss

The devils company

Another excellent historical thriller just released in trade paperback is, “The Devil’s Company” by David Liss. (Ballantine Books, $15, 392 pages. Soft cover.) www.davidliss.com

Strongly recommended when it came out in hard cover, the paperback is a great deal. This book intrigues from the very first page.

“In my youth I suffered from too close a proximity to gaming tables of all descriptions, and I watched in horror as Lady Fortune delivered money, sometimes not precisely my own, into another’s hands.”

Who wouldn’t want to know more about Benjamin Weaver, ruffian and scoundrel for hire? It’s 1722. Weaver becomes enmeshed in a blackmail and corruption scheme.

Hooked by the first sentence, I was totally lost to the world after the first unexpected plot twist.

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The Devils Company

The Devils Company

Another excellent historical thriller just released in trade paperback is, “The Devil’s Company” by David Liss. (Ballantine Books, $15, 392 pages. Soft cover.) www.davidliss.com

Strongly recommended when it came out in hard cover, the paperback is a great deal. This book intrigues from the very first page.

“In my youth I suffered from too close a proximity to gaming tables of all descriptions, and I watched in horror as Lady Fortune delivered money, sometimes not precisely my own, into another’s hands.”

Who wouldn’t want to know more about Benjamin Weaver, ruffian and scoundrel for hire? It’s 1722. Weaver becomes enmeshed in a blackmail and corruption scheme. Hooked by the first se

To see the rest of the column and all our award winners, click here.

Tough Heroes From Land, Childs, Liss And Dietrich

First, a word about the economy which is *&^%$s. But it seems to be getting better. I think… I hope … Maybe…

Readers write me asking, “Given the cost of books, which ones should I buy?” Another person said “With books so expensive, I’m thinking about giving up reading.”

YIKES!

Unless you are a page-a-second-speed-reader, books are the best entertainment value out there. A $9 paperback cost about $2.50 an hour. Even less if you share it with friends. And a shared hard back cost less per person than a movie with popcorn and soda.

Grit-Lit is here to help you get maximum value for your hard earned buck. As always, the books in this column represent the best of the best thriller-lone-tough-guy/gal or tough-person-with-team genre. You’ll never read a review about the stinkers I’ve read. Why put down bad books when there are lots of great books out there?

Today, Grit-Lit announces our first text message inspired award. The IURSUPTPFT (If U R Saving Ur Pennies Then Plan For This) award. This is where we briefly cover outstanding books that are coming out pretty darn soon.

61 Hours

Here are the IURSUPPFT books for this month.

In bookstores this May, “61 Hours” by Lee Child. (Delacorte, $28, 383 pages. Hard cover.) www.leechild.com.

Jack Reacher is back, better … much better than ever.

And even more good news, Child’s has committed to two brand new Reacher novels this year.

 

Rejoice Reacher fans. Rejoice.

Coming June 22nd, “Strong Justice” by Jon Land. (Macmillan Books, $24.99, 352 pages. Hard cover.) http://us.macmillan.com/author/jonland.

Strong Justice

The latest in Land’s saga about super-tough, fifth generation female Texas Ranger, Caitlin Strong.

On a 1-10 scale, Grit-Lit rates “Strong Justice” an 11.

The Barbary Pirates

The Barbary Pirates

Now, some stuff you can buy today.

“The Barbary Pirates: An Ethan Gage Adventure” by William Dietrich. (Harper Collins, $25.99, 328 pages. Hard cover.) www.williamdietrich.com

The hero of this wonderful historical thriller, Ethan Gage, is a well meaning scoundrel, a rake (which in this case, is not a gardening tool), a gambler and an adventurer.

A well meaning swashbuckler, coerced into working for Napoleon. Napoleon wants Gage to find a lost super weapon,ancient the Mirror of Archimedes.

From the salons and brothels of Paris to the canals of Venice, on to the caves of Santorini and ultimately ending with piracy on the high seas, “Pirates” never disappoints.

The devils company

Another excellent historical thriller just released in trade paperback is, “The Devil’s Company” by David Liss. (Ballantine Books, $15, 392 pages. Soft cover.) www.davidliss.com

Strongly recommended when it came out in hard cover, the paperback is a great deal. This book intrigues from the very first page.

“In my youth I suffered from too close a proximity to gaming tables of all descriptions, and I watched in horror as Lady Fortune delivered money, sometimes not precisely my own, into another’s hands.”

Who wouldn’t want to know more about Benjamin Weaver, ruffian and scoundrel for hire? It’s 1722. Weaver becomes enmeshed in a blackmail and corruption scheme.

Hooked by the first sentence, I was totally lost to the world after the first unexpected plot twist.

“Die Fat or Get Tough.

And now author Steven Siebold, the ultimate tough guy, brings us, “Die Fat or Get Tough.” (London House, $24.97, 231 pages. Soft cover.) www.diefatbook.com

The Grit-Lit promise is to bring you all kinds of gritty tough messages from gritty tough guys. Siebold is tougher than a Marine Drill Sergeant who has OD’d on the double SS combo – Steroids and Speed.

Some Chapter Quotes.

“Fat people are delusional about being fat … Fit people operate from objective reality.”  “Fat people believe obesity won’t kill you… Fit people believe obesity won’t kill tomorrow.” And the one that hurts the most, “Fat people make choices that keep them fat … Fit people make choices that keep them fit.”

Sub-titled “101 Differences in Thinking Between Fat People and Fit People” Siebold’s message is discipline, discipline, discipline…” His message, however unwelcome makes sense, darn it. “Get Tough” is a tough message from a tough guy.

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Strong Justice

Lee Child and Reacher – Back and Better Than Ever!

Lee Child

Today, Grit-Lit announces our first text message inspired award. The IURSUPTPFT (If U R Saving Ur Pennies Then Plan For This) award.

This is where we briefly cover outstanding books that are coming out pretty darn soon.

Here are the IURSUPPFT books for this month.

In bookstores this May, “61 Hours” by Lee Child. (Delacorte, $28, 383 pages. Hard cover.) www.leechild.com. Continue reading