I love a good thriller novel. As a movie buff, no other genre of fiction comes as close to giving the reader the same excitement—that edge-of-the-seat adrenaline rush—as one experiences in the theater. When Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath dodges bullets in a foreign city or Lee Child’s Jack Reacher brawls in a parking lot or Mark Greaney’s Gray Man succeeds in a seemingly impossible rescue, time flies by as pages are devoured. Thrillers transport the reader to a world of heroes and villains. It is a place where there is often a heavy price for being on the side of right, but protagonists like my Marcus Ryker are always willing to pay the toll. A good thriller will take you on a roller-coaster ride of action and emotion and will have you feeling satisfied when it all works out in the end.
My love for thrillers is why I am so excited to launch the “Thriller Spotlight” to help promote the genre and some of the writers who are doing it right. Included in each month’s new article will be a book review, a series recommendation, or an author focus. As I’ve said before, I can entertain you for a week each year with a new Marcus Ryker novel. This practical feature will give you ideas for how you can fill the other fifty-one weeks with great thriller fare.
In this inaugural edition of the “Thriller Spotlight,” we are featuring an exciting author team that I’ve enjoyed getting to know. Andrews & Wilson recently released Dark Angel, the second book in their imaginative and edgy Shepherds series. It is a supernatural thriller set in that unexpected nexus where conventional weapons and spiritual warfare meet. Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson are the prolific writing duo behind the Tier One and Sons of Valor series. They were also tapped to pen Rogue Asset, the 2021 installment of the late W.E.B. Griffin’s Presidential Agent series.
I can tell you all about Brian and Jeff, but I’d much rather you meet them for yourself. Thus, I have made them the guests on my first “Thriller Spotlight” interview. This feature will introduce you to some of the authors and books that I think are worth reading. Some authors may have many books behind them; some may be new to the game. But each will give you a fascinating look at the world on the other side of the keyboard.
Thank you again for subscribing to this newsletter. I hope the “Thriller Spotlight” will not only be enjoyable for you, but a great tool to help you find some excellent books. And if you have friends that you think might like to keep up-to-date with new novels and authors, be sure to forward this on to them, too.
—Joel C. Rosenberg
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