Adult Recommendations

The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is back with this first book in a new series set in a world of aristocratic families, steam-powered machinery, Victorian manners, crystal power, and etherealists. Action comes fast and furious as Francis Madison Grimm, commander of the merchant airship Predator from Spire Albion, and his crew conduct aerial attacks on cold-war enemy Spire Aurora’s cargo airships intending to disrupt their trade. While Predator is docked in Habble Landing Shipyards for repairs, Grimm and his shore party find themselves in the middle of what appears to be an attack by Spire Aurora. They make their way through the Habble rescuing inhabitants and dodging explosions while watching for enemy soldiers wearing Spire Aurora’s colors but inexplicably finding none. Both Spires enlist the aid of etherealists and when they unleash their powers, nobody is guaranteed to emerge unscathed.

For action at its best with an other-worldly twist, this book delivers.

Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille

Is Russia a forgotten enemy of the US – just a remnant from the cold war? Has the “sleeping bear” been awakened and reinvigorated by Russian President Putin? Does this new Russia want to flex its muscles in a way that would be devastating to the U.S.? These are just some of the questions Federal Agent John Corey must answer in Nelson DeMille’s latest book, “Radiant Angel”.  This novel begins with Agent Corey being assigned to follow the Russian U.N. Diplomats in New York in what seems like a routine assignment. A problem quickly rises as Corey loses them and now must find them and figure out what they are scheming.  From page one of this seventh John Corey book, the reader will be captivated by Corey’s detective skills, undercover work, dedication, wit, and questions about US National Security.  An excellent international thriller.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

The second book in King’s trilogy, Finders Keepers picks up a few years after the Mercedes killer’s murder spree. Young Peter Saubers, whose father was disabled in one of the killer’s rampages, finds an old trunk full of money and notebooks. His father’s out of work, still recovering from his injuries while his mother’s work hours have been reduced. Then, like manna from heaven, an anonymous envelope of money arrives in the mail every month for several years, offering just enough financial breathing room for the family to inch their way out of debt. Peter’s fascination with the contents of the notebooks and his growing understanding of the notebooks’ importance lead him into a world of obsession where some people will do anything to get their hands on them. Meanwhile, odd things happen at the nursing home where Brady Hartsfield, the Mercedes killer, resides.

Finders Keepers’ suspenseful handling of how obsession affects people makes for a satisfying read.