Tag Archives: Fast Paced

The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield

Title: The Virtures of War

Author: Steven Pressfield         

Call #:  PRE

This first-person memoir of Alexander the Great brings to the reader a highly-researched and historically accurate reckoning of the ancient past. Most enjoyable of all, is the impressive way in which the personal character and thinking of Alexander is presented. What kind of a person would think that he could conquer the world? What kind of a person would want to? Alexander was the best military thinker of his or any age. The charismatic arrogance and visionary brilliance of the man come across in wonderful battle scenes, colorful legends, and brutal facts of history. This is one of the best Alexander novels ever written.    

Recommended by: John


Chew by John Layman

Title: Chew: The Omnivore Edition

Author: John Layman

Illustrator: Rob Guillory

Call #:  G LAY

Welcome to a near future dystopia where a horrible bird flu has killed millions of people and chicken as a food source has been completely outlawed for our safety.  Tony Chu, a cibopath, which means he can get a psychic impression from whatever he eats and it also means that if he is willing to eat corpses, he can solve just about any case.  His job is to stop illegal chicken consumption. This is a dark, character driven story with cliff hangers, but it is not for the weak stomached.

Recommended by: Becky

Love You More by Lisa Gardner

Title: Love You More

Author: Lisa Gardner

Call #:  M – GAR

Boston MA. State Trooper Tessa Leoni, is found in her home beaten and bruised with the body of her abusive husband, Brian Darby, on the kitchen floor.  Detectives D.D. Warren and Bobby Dodge step in to investigate this, what seems to be an open and shut case. But where is Tessa’s six-year-old daughter, Sophie?  Although Tessa confesses to the murder of her husband, she has no idea where her daughter is.  Det. Warren and Dodge feel that her story just doesn’t add up. This is a clever ‘who did it’ story.

Recommended by: Connie

Stay Close by Harlan Coben

Title: Stay Close

Author: Harlan Coben

Call #:  M – COB

Megan is a former Atlantic City stripper, now an SUV driving suburban mom with a new name, Cassie.  Ray was a former respected photojournalist but now is just a drunk photographer.  Det. Broome can’t seem to forget a 17 year old cold case. These characters are brought together in this suspenseful missing person story by the troubling hidden secrets of their past.

Recommended by: Connie


Title: The Absent One

Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen


Carl Morck, a detective exiled to cold case Siberia, finds a twenty-year-old file on his desk. With the help of his mysterious assistant, he reopens the inquiry into the 1987 murder of a brother and sister. There is a confessed killer in jail who actually may be innocent, as well as evidence that implicates wealthy and powerful leaders of society.   

Recommended By:  Betty

Minority Report by Philip K. Dick

Title: Minority Report

Author: Philip K. Dick                   

Call #:  SF/ DIC

In a future America, the Police Commissioner John Anderton creates a “precrime” system which utilizes precogs (people who can see the future) to arrest people before they commit a crime.  All is going well until a precog identifies Anderton himself as the next criminal and he must find a way to save himself.  Despite the science fiction backdrop, this novel reads more like a typical fast-paced, suspense story.

Recommended by: Becky

Second Honeymoon by James Patterson

Second Honeymoon by James PattersonTitle:  Second Honeymoon

Author:  James Patterson


FBI Agent John O’Hara is trying to find and stop a serial killer whose victims are all newlyweds on their honeymoon. He is still trying to cope with the death of his own wife a couple of years ago, at the hands of a drunken driver who is about to be paroled. Special Agent Sarah Brubaker is working on a case which involves another serial killer whose victims all have the same name, John O’Hara. Their paths cross and they join forces to try and solve both cases before either killer claims more victims, including Agent O’Hara. This page-turning thriller is the long awaited sequel to Honeymoon.

Recommended by:  Sharon