Welcome to another In My Mailbox, hosted by The Story Siren. I wasn’t really expecting anything this week, but I did actually receive something in my mailbox, as well as an e-book and a bookstore purchase. So here we go:
The Reckoning by Alma Katsu. Release date: June 19, 2012. The sequel to the wonderfully hard-to-describe The Taker. After participating in a promotion for The Taker, I emailed the author to see if I could review The Reckoning before it came out. A week later, I received an ARC from the publisher. It pays to ask, I guess! I’m very excited, since I loved the first book in the series. If you haven’t read my review of The Taker or entered my GIVEAWAY, please click here to read more.
Here’s the description from Goodreads:
A love triangle spanning 200 years…Alma Katsu takes readers on a breathtaking journey through the landscape of the heart.
New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan) praises Alma Katsu’s The Taker as, “a centuries-spanning epic that will keep you turning pages all night. This marvelous debut is a thinking person’s guilty pleasure.”
Now, Alma Katsu delivers the highly anticipated follow-up to her haunting novel about an immortal woman learning firsthand that the heart wants what the heart wants…no matter how high the stakes. Fans of The Taker can finally indulge in their next juicy fix with the second book of the trilogy, The Reckoning. In this gripping, pulse-pounding supernatural sequel, discover what happens to Lanny, Luke, Adair—and Jonathan. The Reckoning picks up where The Taker leaves off, following Lanny on her path to redemption—and creating a whole new level of suspense.
Pretty vague, right? Like I said, hard to describe.
The Destroyed by Brett Battles. Now available for Kindle, and will be available soon for other e-devices. Friends of mine know that Brett and I went to high school together, so I’ve always tried to support his writing career whenever possible. This is the fifth book in his Jonathan Quinn series. Quinn is probably Brett’s most popular character, and I’m sure this installment will be equally as exciting as the others.
Here’s the description from Amazon:
Mila Voss is dead.
That’s what the team hired to terminate her had reported, and that’s how her file had been marked.
Dead. Six years now.
So why did she suddenly show up on a hotel’s security camera in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania? Those who’d paid for her elimination are more than a little curious.
One person should know what happened—Jonathan Quinn, one of the best cleaners in the business, the man who’d been tasked with the disposal of her body.
Only Quinn isn’t exactly easy to get ahold of these days, and he may not be willing to share the answer.
PRAISE FOR THE JONATHAN QUINN SERIES
“Brilliant and heart pounding”—Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author
“Addictive.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author
“Unputdownable.”—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author
“The best elements of Lee Child, John le Carré, and Robert Ludlum.”—Sheldon Siegel, New York Times bestselling author
“Quinn is one part James Bond, one part Jason Bourne.”—Nashville Book Worm
“Welcome addition to the political thriller game.”—Publishers Weekly
You can purchase The Destroyed here.
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway. Now available. This book just sounds crazy! I’m reminded a little bit of The Rook, which was also a crazy book. I’ve never read Harkaway before, so I’m looking forward to checking him out. Here’s what Goodreads says:
From the acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World, blistering gangster noir meets howling absurdist comedy as the forces of good square off against the forces of evil, and only an unassuming clockwork repairman and an octogenarian former superspy can save the world from total destruction.
Joe Spork spends his days fixing antique clocks. The son of infamous London criminal Mathew “Tommy Gun” Spork, he has turned his back on his family’s mobster history and aims to live a quiet life. That orderly existence is suddenly upended when Joe activates a particularly unusual clockwork mechanism. His client, Edie Banister, is more than the kindly old lady she appears to be—she’s a retired international secret agent. And the device? It’s a 1950s doomsday machine. Having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the British government and a diabolical South Asian dictator who is also Edie’s old arch-nemesis. On the upside, Joe’s got a girl: a bold receptionist named Polly whose smarts, savvy and sex appeal may be just what he needs. With Joe’s once-quiet world suddenly overrun by mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe, he realizes that the only way to survive is to muster the courage to fight, help Edie complete a mission she abandoned years ago and pick up his father’s old gun . . .
That’s it for now, folks! What’s in your mailbox this week?