Monthly Archives: October 2013
The latest thriller by Dan Simmons, The Abominable, released today, is being hailed as one of the most exciting adventure novels in decades. If you think that’s hyperbole, check out this review, calling the book “the climb of your life” and “amongst the best of books.”
What’s it about? Booklist captures the story best:
Simmons, in this thematic cousin to The Terror (2007), once more plunges into a storm of snow and ice, this time tackling no less than Everest. It’s 1924, and a trio of rogue climbers—mysterious WWI vet Deacon; emotional Frenchman Jean-Claude; and our narrator, brash young American Jacob—are hired to find the corpse of a dignitary lost on Everest. While they’re there, they go for the legendary summit. Right away, there’s a complication: a fourth team member, the dead man’s cousin—and a woman, no less! But it’s the subsequent complications that make this required reading for anyone inspired or terrified by high-altitude acrobatics: sudden avalanches, hidden crevasses, murderous temperatures, mountainside betrayals, and maybe—just maybe—a pack of bloodthirsty yeti. Though the first 200 pages of climbing background might have readers pining for the big climb, it is nearly always interesting, and, later, Simmons excels at those small but full-throated moments of terror when, for example, a single bent screw might mean death for everyone. Exhausting in all the best ways; maybe read this while it’s still warm out? –Daniel Kraus
Here’s how a movie industry newsletter summarized The Abominable:
Three climbers set out to discover the truth behind a series of mysterious 1924 disappearances on Everest. Deep in Tibet, the climbers – joined by a missing boy’s female cousin – find themselves being pursued through the night by someone… or something. It’s a nightmare at 28,000 feet. As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature.
Simmons is represented by Richard Curtis Associates.
Tempt the Stars, Karen Chance’s latest Cassandra Palmer fantasy thriller has launched on the bestseller list.
Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you’re only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently, and you still don’t know what you’re doing half the time. And when you’ve just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss.
Yeah, that part sucks.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world. After all, Cassie still has to save a friend from a fate worse than death, deal with an increasingly possessive master vampire, and prevent a party of her own acolytes from unleashing a storm of fury upon the world. Totally just your average day at the office, right?
Haven’t read Karen’s earlier Cassies or met Dorina, her other glorious heroine? Visit her website and see what you’ve been missing.
Karen Chance is represented by Richard Curtis Associates.
This is the story of a single father, named Ben Fulton, who is a dog handler in the Australian Army. After his military dog dies, Ben must find a replacement to train to be an Explosive Detection Dog (EDD). When Ben visits a kennel where dogs are housed that have been given obedience training for the military, he takes a liking to a funny-looking chocolate-brown labrador, named Caesar, with a snout swollen from fresh bee stings. The kennel manager warns Ben that Caesar would not be a good war dog, because he’s a relentless digger. But Ben sees something special in Caesar and decides to take him home and train him.
Before long the two are called to active duty in Afghanistan, where Caesar quickly proves to be a most valuable team member, locating explosives in unusual places and saving lives. One fateful day under Taliban gunfire, Ben and some of his fellow soldiers are injured, separated from Caesar. and are sent back to Australia to recover. To Ben’s dismay, no one can locate Caesar, and his whereabouts remain a great mystery, deeply saddening Ben. What happens after that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Although Ben doesn’t know where Caesar is, you the reader will, and along with this four-legged hero, you’ll venture on a journey of admiration, despair, sadness, hope and joy.
“…those who don’t have dogs of their own, don’t appreciate the bond that exists between an EDD and his handler.”
Based Upon Real Life Dog (and Human) Stories
The author is represented by Richard Curtis Associates.
Kudos to Nicholas Kaufman on publication day of Dying is My Business, the first novel in a wildly imaginative urban fantasy series published by St Martins Press.
Given his line of work in the employ of a psychotic Brooklyn crime boss, Trent finds himself on the wrong end of too many bullets. Yet each time he’s killed, he wakes a few minutes later completely healed of his wounds but with no memory of his past identity. What’s worse, each time he cheats death someone else dies in his place. Sent to steal an old, antique box from some squatters in an abandoned warehouse near the West Side Highway, Trent soon finds himself stumbling into an age-old struggle between the forces of good and evil, revealing a secret world where dangerous magic turns people into inhuman monstrosities, where impossible creatures hide in plain sight, and where the line between the living and the dead is never quite clear. And when the mysterious box is opened, he discovers he has only twenty-four hours to save New York City from certain destruction.
Kaufman is also author of General Slocum’s Gold, Chasing the Dragon, and Still Life: Nine Stories. He has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Thriller Award. He and his wife live in Brooklyn, New York. He is represented by Richard Curtis Associates. Visit his website at www.nicholaskaufmann.com.