NBS recommends gripping novels
(The Philippine Star) Updated September 18, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (0)
American Assassin: A Thriller
By Vince Flynn
MANILA, Philippines - Two decades after the Cold War, CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield must prepare his people for the next conflict. The rise of Islamic terrorism is coming, and it needs to be met abroad before it reaches America’s shores. Stansfield directs his protégée, Irene Kennedy, and his old colleague, Stan Hurley, to form a new group of clandestine operatives. These are men who do not exist and who will work outside the normal chain of command. Kennedy finds the ideal candidate in the wake of the Pan-Am Lockerbie bombing terrorist attack. Among the thousands of family and friends grieving the victims is Mitch Rapp, a gifted college athlete, who wants only one thing: retribution. Six months of intense training prepare him to bring the war to the enemy’s doorstep, and he does so with brutal efficiency, leaving a trail of bodies from Istanbul and across Europe, to Beirut. But there, the hunter becomes the hunted since the enemy has prepared a trap, and the American assassin will need every ounce of skill and cunning if he is to survive the war ravaged city and its deadly terrorist factions.
By Paulo Coelho
In his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him. Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before—and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life’s inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do?
My Worst Best Friend
By Dyan Sheldon
“Promise me you’ll always be my best friend, Gracie,” said Savanna. “No matter what happens. Promise. Promise. Promise.” I laughed. “Of course, I will,” I promised. It was no-brainer. There was nothing that could ever end our friendship. We were soul sisters. We were cosmic twins and we would be forever. At least that’s what I thought then.
The Book Of Lost Thing
By John Connolly
David doesn’t know much about life beyond the walls of his room, except what he reads in his books. Mourning the death of his mother and angry at his father for moving on so quickly, David is pulled into a world next to our own and discovers all the stories are different. Angrier and darker as David makes his way through the world to find the king and the mysterious Book of Lost Things that will help him get home, he encounters adventures he never imagined. But a danger is lurking in the shadows, threatening to destroy David and his entire future.
Numbers: The Chaos
By Rachel Ward
The curse of the NUM8ERS continues in Rachel Ward’s CHA0T1C, earth-shattering sequel!
Adam has more than inherited his mother’s curse: When he looks in someone’s eyes, he not only sees the date of their death he feels the searing, shocking pain of it. Since Jem died, Adam has lived by the sea with his great-grandmother, Val. But when rising tides flood the coast, they return to London. The city is an alien, exciting, frightening place. Most disturbing of all, Adam can’t help but clock how many people’s numbers are in January 2027; how many are on New Year’s Day. What chaos awaits the world? Can he and Sarah stop a catastrophe? Or are they, too, counted among the “twenty-sevens”?
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