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The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich
We hope we whet your appetite on Wednesday with part one of July's Best Books of the Month. Part two includes the latest action-packed, page-turner by New York Times best-selling author, Daniel Silva, and a salve for those craving the next Hunger Games. I present to you picks 6-10, and our Debut Spotlight.
Pick 6: You may already be familiar with Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment, accomplished authors in their own right. But they have teamed-up as "A.J. Rich" to pen The Hand That Feeds You--what reviewer Andrew Eisenman says is "a seductive, satisfying psychological thriller about attraction, deception, and the extent some people will go to get what they want."
Pick 7: Set during a tumultuous period in American history, Benjamin Johncock's The Last Pilot is a moving debut about a couple coping with unexpected and unimaginable heartbreak. According to reviewer Al Woodworth, it's "as engaging for its emotional gravitas as it is for its enthralling story of the race to space." She couldn't put it down, nor will you.
Pick 8: Art restorer, assassin, and secret agent Gabriel Allon returns in Daniel Silva's latest thriller, The English Spy. Senior Editor Chris Schluep calls Silva "a master craftsman, and his ability to keep Allon's story fresh after so many novels is to be deeply admired. Weaving in information from previous books while maintaining a propulsive pace, [he] has written a novel that longtime fans and first-time readers can enjoy with equal fervor."
Pick 9: Alive, the first in a new sci-fi adventure trilogy, is said to be perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising. In it a group of teenagers awaken in a strange place with no memory of who they are, or how they got there. Sounds like the morning after my last birthday celebration, only these kids are in grave danger! "One of the best 'Wow, what will happen next?' books to be published this year so far," says Senior Editor, Adrian Liang.
Pick 10: James Neff's Vendetta explores the Clash of the Titans-esque rift between Bobby Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. Adrian Liang asserts that the "double agents, jury tampering, mobsters, and of course Jack Kennedy's assassination (possibly orchestrated or at least condoned by Hoffa) make [it] a riveting slice of American history."
Finally, our Debut Spotlight is a worthy addition to the canon of great Southern literature, Bull Mountain. This places Brian Panowich in the company of such authors as Charles Frazier who wrote Cold Mountain, which--if you blink and just glance at the book jacket--you might think resembles Bull Mountain. Senior Editor Seira Wilson promises "an intense and expertly told multigenerational story of blood ties, and bonds stronger than kinship." It also explores "how the sins of fathers are borne by their sons, and what happens when someone down the line wants redemption--or revenge."
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