Author: Nancy Kress
Supporting her grandmother and sister after the Collapse destroys the economy, Amy participates in a reality television show and finds her routine subjected to network manipulations, intrusive hidden cameras, and life-threatening technology.
Author: Jill Shalvis
Turn up the heat with Jill Shalvis’s classic Blaze Zach Thomas risks his life battling flames every day. But since sexy EMT Brooke O'Brian joined the crew, he can't resist playing with fire. Brooke is feisty, a little uptight…and sexy as hell. And as Zach soon discovers, she's definitely hot stuff between the sheets. Still, every firefighter knows that the hotter the blaze, the faster the action's over… After the whirlwind ride Zach's been taking her on, Brooke is ready to do anything for this man—in and out of bed! But she knows footloose and fancy-free Zach doesn't do commitment. So she plans to build up a five-alarm fire between them. The kind he won't ever want to put out… Originally published in 2008
Author: Frank Creed
Flashpoint is Biblical Cyberpunk set in the year 2036 and is the story of an alternative future where patriotism meets tyranny, the Patriot Act waxes Stalin-esque and the violence of terrorism has united the world. 2036 is the time of a central one-world government: the One-State. Fundamentalist terrorists are the One-State's only threat. This group includes Bible-believing Christians. When peacekeepers make a home-church bust in Ward-Six of the Chicago Metroplex, only Dave and Jen Williams evade capture. The siblings turn to the Body of Christ Underground for help, adopt street-names (Calamity Kid and e-girl) and slip between the cracks of the Chicago Metroplex. Calamity Kid and e-girl undergo technological re-formation that provides them with skills, knowledge and other abilities that allow them meet the gravest challenges facing Fundamentalist Christians and ultimately help them save their family, friends and neighbors before they're brainwashed, enslaved or worse by the One-State Neros.
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Publisher: Ballantine Books
From unrelenting action to intense emotion, from high-stakes drama to break-neck pacing, bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann is a novelist who does it all. Now Brockmann delivers an exciting thriller about men and women operating where agents of the U.S. government cannot, where America’s most ruthless enemies thrive—and where every step you take just might be your last. . . . Jimmy Nash has already lived two lives—and he can’ t talk about either of them. Formerly an operative of a top secret government agency, he has found a new job with a shadowy company called Troubleshooters Inc. Created by a former Navy SEAL, Troubleshooters Inc. helps anyone in desperate need—which provides a perfect cover for its other, more perilous objective: covert special operations. Now Nash and a quickly assembled team of expert operators have come to the earthquake-ravaged country of Kazbekistan in the guise of relief workers. There, amid the dust and death, in a land of blood red sunsets and ancient blood feuds, they must track down a missing laptop computer that may hold secrets vital to national security. To get it done, Nash does what he does best: break every rule in the book and manipulate those who can help him get what he needs. But this time, Nash may have met his match in Tess Bailey, an Troubleshooters operative with all the right instincts—and zero field experience. The deep attraction between them is immediate . . . and potentially explosive, with risk at every turn. Now these two professionals must play out their dangerous games in the world’s most dangerous place—cut off from their own government, cutting deals with people they can’t trust, and guarding forbidden passions that threaten to compromise their crucial mission. A full throttle adventure teamed with heated emotion, Flashpoint proves that Suzanne Brockmann can spin suspense unlike any other author working today. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Geoff Johns
Not a dream, not an imaginary story, not an elseworld. This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers and close friends are different, gone or worse. It's a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war--but where are Earth's Greatest Heroes to stop it? It's a place where America's last hope is Cyborg, who intends to gather the forces of the Outsider, the Secret 7, Shazam, Citizen Cold and other new and familiar—yet altered--faces! It's a world that could be running out of time, if the Flash can't find the villain who altered the timeline! Collects FLASHPOINT #1-5.
Author: Lynn Hightower
Publisher: Open Road Media
A New York Times Notable Book: Cincinnati homicide detective Sonora Blair hunts a serial killer who’s playing with fire in Shamus Award–winning author Lynn Hightower’s chilling thriller A single mother of two children and a police specialist with the Cincinnati Homicide Division, Sonora Blair is still awake in the middle of the night when the call comes in. Mark Daniels has been found in Mount Airy Forest handcuffed to the steering wheel of his car, doused with accelerant, and set on fire. As the hideously burned college student lies dying in the ER, he describes his killer: blond, female, and a total stranger. But Mark may not have been the intended victim. Evidence points to a sexual fixation on his older brother, Keaton, a teacher currently separated from his wife. Then the murderer—who has been dubbed “Flash” by the media—calls Sonora one night, taunting and mocking her. As the investigation heats up, the harassment continues. The female psychopath knows intimate details about Sonora’s family and her past. As the criminal’s monstrous plan becomes chillingly apparent, Sonora must risk everything to corner a cunning killer. Flashpoint is the 1st book in the Sonora Blair Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Author: Stephanie Newton
Publisher: Steeple Hill
With his first major case, fire-cop-in-training Matt Clark finally has the chance to shed his image as the Clark family's goofy youngest son. Then an explosion lands Matt and his partner, Lara Hughes, in the hospital, and the investigation—and the fires—gain momentum. Lara's now a witness, needing all the protection Matt can give…if she'll accept his help. The beautiful but always aloof Lara has worked hard to keep her distance from Matt, until a desperate choice to save the investigation leaves her with nowhere else to turn.
Author: Linda Barnes
Publisher: Open Road Media
The Boston PI tries not to get scorched when an arsonist targets her. “I’m crazy about Carlotta! More! More! More!” (Sue Grafton). Six-foot-tall, redheaded ex-cop and Boston-based private eye Carlotta Carlyle knows all about urban survival. That’s why she’s happy to do her neighbor, Valentine, a favor like this one. The elderly recluse needs help burglar-proofing her rent-controlled apartment. But it seems Valentine’s fears are more immediate and threatening than she’s letting on. Because just twenty-four hours later, the old woman turns up dead in her ransacked home. Finding out who’d want to kill a nice old lady lands Carlotta on the heels of a hotshot music executive claiming to be Valentine’s last living relative, a real-estate mogul with a knack for eviction, and Valentine’s terrified healthcare worker. But when Carlotta becomes the target of an arsonist, she knows she’s on to something hot: a city-wide conspiracy that Beantown’s top brass want dead and buried—along with the woman who knew too much. Delivering a “twisty plot, colorful language, and even more colorful characters” (The Dallas Morning News), “Flashpoint further cements Carlotta’s place in the pantheon of contemporary P.I.s” (Chicago Tribune).
Starcraft II: Flashpoint
Author: Christie Golden
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
After she is restored to her human form by an ancient relic wielded by Jim Raynor, a still-formidable Sarah Kerrigan unites zerg broods throughout the Koprulu sector in what is revealed to be a menacing new agenda.
Author: Andrew Murray
Publisher: Pluto Press
Offering a terrifying, but very possible scenario of a world on the edge of disaster, this work suggests that World War III has become a real threat. Germany and Japan have gathered military strength; the US has retrenched to make way for economic globalization; the UN is widely discredited and NATO has lost its way. In their place, the bodies controlling the global economic order hold a growing authority in an increasingly unstable world. In this book, the author sets out to demonstrate that World Wars I and II were both preceded by trade disputes, minor conflicts in peripheral zones and vain attempts to reconcile competing interests peacefully. He argues that history is repeating itself, and that the changing balance between the Great Powers, after the collapse of the USSR, have set the conditions for new conflict. He maintains that there is a very real risk that the next flashpoint will ignite to create World War III.
Author: D.A. Richardson
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
In her career as an arsonist, she'd torched a new home construction site, the service garage of a trucking company and an apartment building. In Atlanta, she burned a racing stable and a hotel. From city to city, she torched buildings and took the lives of firefighters; keeping the promise she made to herself at her Uncle Henry's fire department funeral... Flashpoint follows a female arsonist while telling of the life and death situations firefighters face each day and the family support system that stands behind them. With all the "Usual Suspects" this mystery will draw you in like smoke draws firefighters into a burning building. Three women will cross the paths of the crew from Fire Hall No. 5 but only one will plan their death.
Author: JK Harris
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
JK Harris, founder of JK Harris & Company, the world’s fastest growing and largest tax representation firm, invites you to sit shotgun on an invigorating ride from zero to the top. Harris recounts his journey, taking you through trial and error, changing circumstances, diverse business environments, evolving markets, and along the way, arms you with seven core strategies guaranteed to grow your business at a rapid-fire rate.
Author: Connie Hall
Lucy Karmon always does the right thing, even if her methods are sometimes questionable. So when the mercenary is offered a chance to dole out her own brand of justice against Athena Academy's darkest enemy, she takes it. She'll use her contacts to gather intelligence and her expertise in explosives to blast apart Arachne's global network. What her complicated plan doesn't include? Being thwarted at every turn by a follow-the-rules military man. Though Lucy will stop at nothing-not even fireworks-to bring down the bad guy, she suddenly finds herself torn between duty and explosive desire.
FINAL HOURS Tick tock. Fifteen-year-old Amy Cahill has only a few days to live. There’s a poison coursing through her, and her only chance is to collect ingredients for an antidote. Too bad the antidote’s ingredients are scattered around the world. And too bad that survival is by far Amy’s smallest problem. The antidote she needs is also the only thing capable of stopping a deadly enemy. J. Rutherford Pierce is on the brink of becoming the most powerful man in the world, and if he does, no one will be safe. Amy and her younger brother, Dan, will do everything it takes to bring Pierce down. Even if Amy must pay the ultimate price.
Convergence: Flashpoint Book One
Author: Dan Jurgens, Greg Rucka, Frank Tieri, Gail Simone, Alisa Kwitney
STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DC UNIVERSE! Once, there were infinite Earths. Then there came a Crisis... a Zero Hour... a Flashpoint. Worlds lived. Worlds died. But some worlds must now fight for their future-in the Convergence! The evil alien intelligence known as Brainiac has stolen 50 doomed cities from throughout time and space and sealed them behind impenetrable domes. Now, after a year, the domes will come down-and the heroes and villains of 50 dead worlds must battle to be the last one standing! In this volume: SUPERMAN: The Man of Steel must battle the Batman and Kal-El of the Flashpoint universe to protect the most important thing of all: his baby with Lois Lane! THE QUESTION: Renee Montoya joins forces with an ex and an enemy-Batwoman and Two-Face-against Flashpoint's Harvey Dent! JUSTICE LEAGUE: The women of the Justice League face off against the brutal determination of Flashpoint's Aquaman! BATGIRL: Three legendary Students of the Bat-Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain and Tim Drake-must put aside their differences to defeat Flashpoint's Catwoman and Gorilla Grodd! NIGHTWING/ORACLE: Two of comics' greatest couples collide as a reunited Dick Grayson and Barbara Grayson fight for their lives against Flashpoint's Hawkman and Hawkwoman! The dark denizens of the Flashpoint universe take their battle to the heroes whose world their own wiped out in CONVERGENCE: FLASHPOINT BOOK ONE!