Just to give you an update on the release dates for the newest additions to the series that I have reviewed.
Soon to be Released
Wesley Chu – The Rise of Io
Expected Release Date 10/4/16
A World of Tao Novel
Ella Patel – thief, con-artist and smuggler – is in the wrong place at the wrong time. One night, on the border of a demilitarized zone run by the body-swapping alien invaders, she happens upon a man and woman being chased by a group of assailants. The man freezes, leaving the woman to fight off five attackers at once, before succumbing. As she dies, to both Ella and the man’s surprise, the sparkling light that rises from the woman enters Ella, instead of the man. She soon realizes she’s been inhabited by Io, a low-ranking Quasing who was involved in some of the worst decisions in history. Now Ella must now help the alien presence to complete her mission and investigate a rash of murders in the border states that maintain the frail peace.
With the Prophus assigned to help her seemingly wanting to stab her in the back, and the enemy Genjix hunting her, Ella must also deal with Io’s annoying inferiority complex. To top it all off, Ella thinks the damn alien voice in her head is trying to get her killed. And if you can’t trust the voices in your head, who can you trust?
Jefferson Bass – Without Mercy
Expected Release Date 10/4/16
A Body Farm Novel
Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has spent twenty-five years solving brutal murders—but none so bizarre and merciless as his latest case: A ravaged set of skeletal remains is found chained to a tree on a remote mountainside. As Brockton and his assistant Miranda dig deeper, they uncover warning signs of a deadly eruption of hatred and violence.
But the shocking case is only the beginning of Brockton’s trials. Mid-case, the unthinkable happens: The deadliest criminal Brockton has ever foiled—the sadistic serial killer Nick Satterfield—escapes from prison, bent on vengeance.
But simply killing Brockton isn’t enough. Satterfield wants to make him suffer first, by destroying everything he holds dear: Brockton’s son, daughter-in-law, grandsons; even Miranda, his longtime graduate assistant, now on the verge of completing her Ph.D. and launching a forensic career of her own.
The dangers from all directions force Brockton to question two things on which he’s based his entire career—the justice system, and the quality of mercy—and to wonder: can the two co-exist?
If not, which will Brockton choose in his ultimate moment of truth?
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – The Obsidian Chamber
Expected Release Date 10/18/16
A Pendergast Novel
A TRAGIC DISAPPEARANCE
After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.
A SHOCKING RETURN
Sick with grief, Pendergast’s ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive–only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.
AN INTERNATIONAL MANHUNT
Proctor, Pendergast’s longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance’s kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown.
BUT IN A WORLD OF BLACK AND WHITE, NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying engine has stirred-and it may already be too late.
Kathy Reichs – The Bone Collection
Expected Release Date 11/1/16
A Temperance Brennan Novella Collection
In First Bones, a prequel to Reichs’s first novel, Déjà Dead, she at last reveals the tale of how Tempe became a forensic anthropologist. In this never-before-published story, Tempe recalls the case that lured her from a promising career in academia into the grim but addictive world of criminal investigation. (It all began with a visit from a pair of detectives—and a John Doe recovered from an arson scene in a trailer.) The collection is rounded out with three more stories that take Tempe from the low country of the Florida Everglades, where she makes a grisly discovery in the stomach of an eighteen-foot Burmese python, to the heights of Mount Everest, where a frozen corpse is unearthed. No matter where she goes, Tempe’s cases make for the most gripping reading.
Patricia Cornwell – Chaos
Expected Release Date 11/15/16
A Kay Scarpetta Novel
In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.
Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.
She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and “a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion.”
James Rollins – The Seventh Plague
Expected Release Date 12/13/16
A Sigma Force Novel
The adventure begins when a British archaeologist—a member of an expedition gone missing for over two years—stumbles out of the Egyptian desert. Before he can explain what happened to his team, he dies. But his remains hold a terrifying discovery that only deepens the mystery: something had begun mummifying his body while he was still alive. Summoned by a former ally at the British Museum, Commander Grayson Pierce of Sigma Force must uncover the truth behind the brutal murder and discover the fate of the missing team.
Casey Hill – Endgame
Expected Release Date 3/1/17
A Reilly Steele Novel
A.D. Garrett – The Truth Will Out
Expected UK Release Date 3/3/17
A Simms and Fennimore Novel
A mother and child are kidnapped while driving back from the supermarket. The crime has a surprising number of similarities to a cold case which Fennimore had been lecturing on. Before long, he finds himself drawn into the case.
However, at the same time he finds a lead in Paris that suggests his daughter, now missing for six years, might be alive. He enlists the help of his old friend DI Kate Simms, recently returned from the US.
Jeffery Deaver – The Hangman’s Waltz
Expected Release Date 3/23/17
A Lincoln Rhyme Novel
Kathy Reichs – Two Nights
Expected Release Date 7/11/17
A Temperance Brennan Novel
Iris Johansen – Night and Day
Released on 7/19/16
An Eve Duncan Novel
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan risked it all to protect Cara Delaney from the enemies who want her dead. The journey has led them from California to a remote mountain in the Scottish highlands–and earned Eve the distinction of becoming their next target. When, despite all precautions, Cara is taken, Eve must hunt down the very people who want to kill her in order to save the young girl. At a time in her life when she has more at stake than ever before, she unhesitatingly puts it all on the line in a pulse-pounding mission of rescue and survival.
Full of danger, intrigue and heart, Night and Day is a breathtaking, high-energy adventure that’s sure to keep readers riveted from the first page to the last.
Keith McCarthy – A Furnace Far Too Hot
Released on 7/7/16
A John Eisenmenger Novel
When policewoman Eva Perry goes deep undercover to help bring a vicious local crime ring to justice, both she and her boss – Chief Detective Inspector Beverley Wharton – know there are huge risks involved.
Perry has already been abused physically and mentally in order to maintain her disguise and she knows there is more to come.
Yet she insists on carrying on.
But neither she nor Beverley are prepared for the horrific chain of events that are unleashed.
A series of unexplained and bizarre suicides forces Beverley into close contact with her former lover, the renegade forensic pathologist John Eisenmenger, who is already investigating the sudden suicide of his colleague Daisy Pemberton.
Eisenmenger conducts autopsies on the victims and discovers all their deaths are linked by the earrings they wear – the same design but in different pairings of colours.
He attends an inquest where he is confronted by the sinister Harry Cade whose family members have been killed or mutilated in a blow-torch attack by one of the suicide women, and who is wearing the same earrings.
When he convinces Beverley to pursue the trail of the earrings they not only resume their old love affair, but also become enmeshed in a frightening web of mental manipulation that brings them to the edge of being the instruments of their own violent deaths.
Erec Stebbins – The Nash Criterion
Released on 7/4/16
An Intel 1 Novel
WE BELIEVED OUR GOVERNMENT WAS OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE. WE WERE WRONG.
A terrorist’s last words lead a team of special agents to the discovery of an unimaginable global conspiracy. But time is running out. The numbers are converging. Can a group of fugitive FBI and CIA operatives prevent the coming catastrophe before the world crosses The Nash Criterion?
The stunning conclusion of an Armageddon duology and sequel to The Anonymous Signal. Book four in the Intel 1 Novels.
Nik Krasno – Be First or Be Dead
Released on 5/29/16
An Oligarch Novel
Michael, the Oligarch, has dealt with most of his enemies in his own harsh way, and with the help of an unexpected and mysterious ally, fulfilled his long-coveted ambition of topping Forbes billionaires list. Rich, still young and victorious, Michael knows how to indulge in all the pleasures this world can offer.
However, those who have helped him have their own plans, where Michael’s and his country’s role is very different from his expectations. Soon enough, he finds out that those who really dominate the global economy rule illicitly and stay away from public eye. He needs to confront the ancient cabal in order to survive and to save his country…
Be prepared for a transgressive, radical, uncompromising, grotesque, action-packed and philosophical read.
Not for weak hearts and tender souls!
Rachel Amphlett – Behind The Wire
Released on 5/9/16
A Dan Taylor Novel
Dan Taylor is trying to keep a low profile when an old friend contacts the Energy Protection Group seeking his help.
The man’s daughter is alone in sub-Saharan Africa, and her life is in grave danger.
Thrust back into active duty, Dan soon realises that getting Anna to safety is only half his problem. The forensic accountant holds the key to preventing Western Sahara descending into chaos, and exposing the puppet masters behind a coup d’etat.
With a group of militants financed by a regime intent on acquiring mineral assets in the conflict-torn country in pursuit and willing to do anything to stop him, Dan must draw on old survival skills and luck to make sure Anna and the evidence she has in her possession reaches safety.
Behind the wire lies a secret – a secret that people will kill to protect.