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Daily Deals: James Bond and other thrillers

Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel by Jeffery DeaverCarte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

JAMES BOND as youve never seen him before . . . in the smashing new thriller and #1 international bestseller from JEFFERY DEAVER

A Night Action alert calls James Bond away from dinner with a beautiful woman. Headquarters has decrypted an electronic whisperplans for a devastating attack:

Casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.

James Bond, in his early thirties and already a veteran of the Afghan War, has been recruited to a new organization. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of MI5, MI6, and the Ministry of Defense, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary.

And Agent 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission. . . .

I didn’t know that Deaver is writing the new Bond novels. Of course, even with the allure of Daniel Craig I haven’t been much of a Bond follower. I guess Bond is a vampire if he is still 30 and conceived in a post 9-11 world.

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Last Light (Restoration Series #1) Terri BlackstockLast Light by Terri Blackstock. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Birmingham, Alabama, has lost all power. Its streets are jammed with cars that won’t start, its airport engulfed in flames from burning planes. All communications—cell phones, computers, even radios—are silent. Every home and business is dark. Is it a natural disaster . . . a terrorist attack . . . or something far worse?

In the face of a crisis that sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to a time before electricity, the Branning family faces a choice. Will they hoard their possessions in order to survive—or trust God to provide as they share their resources with those around them? Yesterday’s world is gone. Family and community are all that remain. And the outage is revealing the worst in some.

Desperation can be dangerous when a killer lives among them.

New York Times best-selling suspense author Terri Blackstock weaves a masterful what-if novel in which global catastrophe reveals the darkness in human hearts—and lights the way to restoration for a self-centered world.
‘Blackstock is absolutely masterful at bringing spiritual dilemmas to the surface and allowing readers to wrestle with them alongside her characters.’ —RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars (of Dawn’s Light)

I’m intrigued but given that this is an inspirational, I fear the post apocalyptic message will be too God focused for me. On a side note, a lot of BN’s Daily Deals are inspirationals so I wonder if it has a large audience of Christian buyers.

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Nothing Personal (A Suspense Novel) Eileen DreyerNothing Personal by Eileen Dreyer. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Critical care nurse Kate Manion can’t remember anything about the accident that put her in the intensive care unit of the same St. Louis hospital that employs her. She can remember, however, that the nurse presently assigned to her—unaffectionately known as “Atilla the Buns”—is the last caregiver any sane person would ever want. But the point is rendered abruptly moot when Atilla falls down dead…with Kate’s hands wrapped around her throat. Kate is no killer, but more medical professionals are soon dying all around her. A murderer is prowling this “haven of healing,” which has seemed more concerned with financial gain lately than with quality health care. And if Kate Manion doesn’t want to join the rapidly increasing ranks of the newly dead, she’ll have to uncover the shocking secrets hidden somewhere in the dark, forgotton hours she spent on an emergency room gurney

Before Dreyer wrote historicals, she published several romantic suspense contemporaries. I thought that the DA audience would appreciate this deal given that so many responded positively to her flash fiction piece.

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Highwire Moon: A Novel by Susan StraightHighwire Moon by Susan Straight. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

With a new introduction by the author
Finalist for the National Book Award: The story of a young mother deported and separated from her child, and the pair’s efforts to locate each other years later

Highwire Moon narrates the journeys of a young mother and daughter divided. Serafina is a Mexican-Indian scraping by in Southern California; detained by immigration officials, she tragically lacks the English to tell them that Elvia, her three-year-old, is resting in a nearby car. After her deportation, Serafina tries in vain to return to the States, while Elvia must survive several foster homes, later to be reclaimed by her father. By the time Elvia is fifteen, she’s pregnant and surrounded by drugs. She decides to find her mother across the border—at the very same time that Serafina goes in search of her.

Highwire Moon is gritty and affecting, a family saga that couldn’t be of more relevance today.

PW writes ” As a novelist, Straight is unswervingly focused on the intersections of love, race, class and violence; despite its flaws, this is an engrossing demonstration of her dedication to that vision. Forecast: Some reviewers have been uncomfortable with Straight’s focus, as a white writer, on black characters.”

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Susan Reader
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 15:37:05

    “Nothing Personal” is my ABSOLUTE favorite Eileen Dreyer. Love the characters, love the romance (it may be suspense but there’s a great romance in there too)!

  2. hapax
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 20:32:11

    I’m not a huge romantic suspense fan, but I’ll make an exception for Eileen Dreyer. I love her sense of place, and St. Louis isn’t a setting you often find in romance OR suspense.

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