1957 thriller/war story. The island of Navarone, off the Turkish
coast, contains a set of naval guns in a rock fortress that can't be
effectively bombed, surrounded by a massive occupation force. Two
sabotage missions have failed, one by boat, one by parachute. It's
time for the third.
1955 thriller/war story, MacLean's first novel. Ulysses, a
heavily-modified Dido-class cruiser, has been worked nearly to death
on the Arctic convoys, but in spite of that, and of an arguable mutiny
among the men, she's sent out for one more run.
1964 mystery/thriller or romantic suspense. After the play that was to
be her Big Break closed in disgrace, Lucy Waring goes to visit her
married sister in Corfu. But why would anyone shoot at the dolphin
that comes into their bay?
1915 thriller; first of Buchan's books about Richard Hannay. Bored in
London, Hannay invites his worried neighbour into his flat, and soon
finds both the authorities and a cunning group of terrorists against
2016 seinen manga adaptation, 12 episodes:
vtt "Erased" and "The Town Without Me". Fujinuma Satoru sometimes
slips back in time to just before a life-threatening accident, which
lets him try to correct it. When his mother is murdered, he finds
himself thrown back to eighteen years earlier, when he was in
elementary school and someone was killing his classmates.
1930 thriller, second of the Saint series. In three loosely-linked
novellas, the Saint takes on a succession of criminals.
1916 thriller; second of Buchan's books about Richard Hannay. Richard
Hannay and Sandy Arbuthnot are convalescing from wounds received at
the Battle of Loos
when word comes from Sir Walter Bullivant of the Foreign Office: the
Germans have some kind of trump-card with which they're planning to
set the Moslem world on fire.
2006 psychological thriller. After a highly public series of tragic
incidents, Antonia Weston goes to Cheshire to stay in a cottage near a
small market town, hoping for anonymity and peace. But she soon
experiences a series of events which seem to be echoing the past she's
trying to forget.
1962; mystery/thriller or romantic suspense. Nicola Ferris, on holiday
from her job at the British Embassy in Athens, has been looking
forward to getting away from it all in an obscure corner of Crete. But
a day of random wandering brings her into contact with two men, one of
them badly injured.
1961; mystery/thriller or romantic suspense. Mary Grey has no
particular prospects, but she's a dead ringer for Annabel Winslow, the
heir to the small farm of Whitescar, who's been missing for eight
years. Con Winslow, who's been running the place as Annabel's
grandfather gradually declines, sees a chance to pull a Brat Farrar,
produce the "missing heir", and get the place whether or not it's
willed to him. But Mary has her own plans.
2008 alternate-history suspense/thriller, last in the "Small Change"
trilogy. In the fascist Britain of 1960, former Inspector Carmichael
still runs the Watch, the secret police charged with rounding up Jews,
Communists, and other undesirables; his adopted niece, Elvira, is
looking forward to her début.
2007 alternate-history suspense/thriller, second in the "Small Change"
trilogy. Eight years after the "peace with honour" of 1941, as Mark
Normanby's new government is cracking down on Jewish communist
terrorists, a bomb goes off in a Hampstead suburb. Inspector
Carmichael, compromised but useful to his political masters,
1959; mystery/thriller or romantic suspense. Camilla Haven, on holiday
in Athens, is lamenting that nothing ever happens to her. Then a
stranger brings her "the car for Delphi", for "Monsieur Simon", for
which someone has apparently already paid the deposit, and tells her
that it's a matter of life and death…
1999 thriller. On board the International Space Station, a
microbiological experiment has gone wrong. Dr Emma Watson tries to
keep the rest of the crew, and herself, alive in an increasingly
challenging environment. (Nothing to do with the 2013 film of the same
1958; mystery/thriller or romantic suspense. Linda Martin gets a job
as governess to the young Comte de Valmy, at his château in the French
Alps. But why did her employer seem so keen that she not be able to
speak any French?
2013 thriller, third in Brookmyre's Glasgow crime series. Jasmine
Sharp's protector, the vanished and reappeared gang enforcer Glen
Fallan, is arrested for the murder of his old enemy Stevie Fullerton;
DS Catherine McLeod is happy to see Fallan put away, but wants to do
this by the book, and there are disturbing inconsistencies.
2001 espionage thriller. Caroline Carmichael, CIA intelligence
analyst, thought she'd lost her husband in a plane bombing. Until he
showed up in a photo of the people who had just kidnapped the
Vice-President of the USA during a terrorist attack in Berlin.
1957; mystery/thriller or romantic suspense. Jennifer Silver goes to
the Pyrenées to visit her widowed cousin, who's staying in a convent
and thinking about taking orders. But when she arrives, she finds her
cousin has suddenly died and been buried. Or has she?
2011 thriller: five short stories about Charlie (Charlotte) Fox,
former soldier and current private bodyguard.
1956; mystery/thriller or romantic suspense. In 1953, the fashion
model Gianetta Drury has over-worked herself, and leaves London just
before the Coronation to spend some time in a remote hotel on Skye.
But it's not the peaceful retreat she'd hoped for.
2014; 19th book of Jack Reacher. Some bad man has had a long range
shot at the chief man of France, but few men are good enough to have a
go, and Jack put one of them in clink some years back. So some spies
bring him on board to help catch the bad man, and be bait.
Ninth thriller in the series about Charlie (Charlotte) Fox, former
soldier and current private bodyguard. Children of the super-rich are
being kidnapped in the Hamptons, and Charlie is hired by the mother of
one of the potential victims. But it's all more complex than it looks.
Some people may review the new Star Wars trailer. I find this one more
1992; romantic suspense. Catherine Weaver is a makeup artist for
low-budget films who's driving to visit her pregnant friend on a rainy
night, when she hits Victor Holland who's just stumbled onto the road
having been shot. Then things start moving.
In a small village by the Devon coast, a very strange fellow has moved
into the old pill-box on the cliff. Excitement ensues.
In an attempt to get details of the latest Chinese missile submarine,
an American attack boat is sent in to shadow her. Spoilers.
Eighth thriller in the series about Charlie (Charlotte) Fox, former
soldier and current private bodyguard. A man's son joined a cult, and
later got killed; he went in to find out what had been so tempting,
and decided to stay. Now Charlie's on the team that's getting him out.
But it's all rather more complicated than it looks…
1954; mystery/thriller or romantic suspense; first published novel by
Mary Stewart. Charity Selborne is on holiday in Provence, and meets
young David Shelley and his stepmother Loraine Bristol. Somewhere in
the background is David's father, recently acquitted of the grisly
murder of his best friend, and believed by many to be mad…
Seventh thriller in the series about Charlie (Charlotte) Fox, former
soldier and current private bodyguard. Charlie's estranged father
turns up unexpectedly in the USA, and seems to be bent on professional
self-destruction under the eyes of the media. Why?
Naval technothriller. Argentine troops invade key locations in
Antarctica, and the only force in a position to do anything about it
is a new US Navy destroyer.
1932, dir. Ernest B. Schoedsack, Joel McCrea, Fay Wray:
Also known as The Hounds of Zaroff for its British release.
A famous hunter is shipwrecked, then makes it to the shore of a
supposedly deserted island. But his host has plans for him.
Short story. An expert hunter, washed overboard from his ship, makes
it to an island where his host explains how he makes hunting a real
challenge: his prey is human beings.
Fourth of Buchan's books about Richard Hannay; 1920s thud-and-blunder.
Sixth thriller in the series about Charlie (Charlotte) Fox, former
soldier and currently private bodyguard. Charlie guards a woman whose
ex-boyfriend is causing trouble after a lottery win, but it soon
becomes more complicated than that.
Airliners over the Atlantic are being shot down by submarine-launched
missiles. How can this be stopped? Spoilers.
In the mid 2000s, China tries to buy seven Kilo-class diesel
submarines from Russia. The Americans aim to prevent this. Meanwhile,
something odd is going on at Kerguelen Island.
In a now-alternate 2002, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier suddenly
disappears at sea, apparently in a nuclear accident. What happened?
Third of the "Dickson McCunn" novels: superior thud and blunder. The
affairs of Evallonia, the mitteleuropan country that provided
motivations in Castle Gay, are now in the foreground, as forces
gather round the potential restoration of its monarchy.
2005, dir. Ben Rekhi, Christopher Masterson, Ajay Naidu:
After a presumed terrorist attack pollutes the water supply of Los
Angeles, three groups of people do their best to keep going as society
2014, dir. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth
Banks: IMDb /
In a world where… one man must… and it's all made of Lego.
The USSR launches a limited nuclear strike against the USA. Things get
2013, dir. Dean Parisot, Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker:
Frank Moses, former CIA special operator, is still retired, and trying
to be domestic; but once again the past just won't leave him alone.
Twenty years after the Second World War, a crippled veteran travels to
the Pacific to try to find out what happened to his family during the
evacuation of Singapore.
2011, dir. Steven Soderbergh, Gina Carano, Michael Angarano:
An agent betrayed and framed by her boss sets about taking him down.
Late in the Second World War, the crew of a midget submarine gets into
trouble off the Italian coast.
Second of the Dickson McCunn novels, though he has only a minor part
in most of it. Two of the former Gorbals Die-Hards, Dougie and (no
longer Wee) Jaikie, go off on a walking holiday, and get involved with
a kidnapped press baron and two separate lots of Sinister Foreigners.
Jerry Mitchell, aboard an Ohio SSGN, goes on a mission to extract two
Iranians with knowledge of the nuclear weapons programme from that
country. Mild spoilers will follow.
In the 1950s, retired MTB commander Philip Vivian gets into trouble
while struggling to run a small yacht charter business.
Some time after the events of Dangerous Ground, Jerry Mitchell heads
north again in USS Seawolf. Mild spoilers will follow.
1996, dir. Jan de Bont, Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton:
A team of atmospheric scientists chases tornadoes. Action ensues.
A Los Angeles-class submarine, USS Memphis, goes on an
intelligence-gathering mission off Novaya Zemlya.
In 1997, an Improved Los Angeles-class attack submarine, USS
Cheyenne, joins the war against China.
After the total nuclear war, the captain of a missile destroyer leads
his crew through the irradiated world and towards a new life.
I am going to talk about plot details, so if you care about not
knowing that sort of thing you probably shouldn't read this review.
Three men find themselves successful, but un-challenged, and bored
with their lives. They decide to take on a challenge: they will poach
from well-defended estates in Scotland, and warn the owners that
they're coming, by sending letters over the name "John Macnab".