12 Days of Giveaways – Day 6: For the Lover of Thrillers

Does the thought of a thrilling book make your pulse quicken? Do you go to the movies to see action and adventure flicks rather than dramas or romances? If so, you may want to check out the books in today’s giveaway! We’re giving away three different packages of exciting and fantastic books that are guaranteed to keep you up until the last chapter. Just check below the book blurbs to see how you can enter to win one of these packages. Good luck!

Thriller Package 1:

tjcjvThe Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant – Héctor is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers’ money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait.
Héctor finds a name in his friend César’s phone. AnniMac. A name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message César has come so far to deliver. But are his messages going through?

Over four days, as water and food run low, Héctor tells how he came to this desperate place. His story takes us from Oaxaca — its rich culture, its rapid change — to the dangers of the border. It exposes the tangled ties between Mexico and El Norte — land of promise and opportunity, homewrecker and unreliable friend. And it reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Héctor fights to ensure his message makes it out of the truck and into the world.

Both an outstanding suspense novel and an arresting window into the relationship between two great cultures, The Jaguar’s Children shows how deeply interconnected all of us, always, are.

(Giveaway is a paperback ARC)

tmtmThe Marauders by Tom Cooper – When the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf coast, those who made a living by shrimping find themselves in dire straits. For the oddballs and lowlifes who inhabit the sleepy, working class bayou town of Jeannette,  these desperate circumstances serve as the catalyst that pushes them to enact whatever risky schemes they can dream up to reverse their fortunes. At the center of it all is Gus Lindquist, a pill-addicted, one armed treasure hunter obsessed with finding the lost treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte. His quest brings him into contact with a wide array of memorable characters, ranging from a couple of small time criminal potheads prone to hysterical banter, to the smooth-talking Oil company middleman out to bamboozle his own mother, to some drug smuggling psychopath twins, to a young man estranged from his father since his mother died in Hurricane Katrina. As the story progresses, these characters find themselves on a collision course with each other, and as the tension and action ramp up, it becomes clear that not all of them will survive these events.

(Giveaway is a paperback ARC)

Thriller Package 2:

wskgmWhat She Knew by Gilly Macmillan – In a heartbeat, everything changes…

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.  

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking…

(Giveaway is a paperback ARC)

mcghMotherless Child by Glen Hirshberg – It’s the thrill of a lifetime when Sophie and Natalie, single mothers living in a trailer park in North Carolina, meet their idol, the mysterious musician known only as “the Whistler.” Morning finds them covered with dried blood, their clothing shredded and their memories hazy. Things soon become horrifyingly clear: the Whistler is a vampire and Natalie and Sophie are his latest victims. The young women leave their babies with Natalie’s mother and hit the road, determined not to give in to their unnatural desires.

Hunger and desire make a powerful couple. So do the Whistler and his Mother, who are searching for Sophie and Natalie with the help of Twitter and the musician’s many fans. The violent, emotionally moving showdown between two who should be victims and two who should be monsters will leave readers gasping in fear and delight.

Originally published in a sold-out, limited edition, Motherless Child is an extraordinary Southern horror novel that Tor Books is proud to bring to a wider audience.

(Giveaway is a hardcover)

Thriller Package 3:

idbcIndependence Day by Ben Coes – Dewey Andreas, former Delta and newly recruited intelligence agent, is sidelined after screwing up his last two operations. Still drowning in grief after the tragic murder of his fiancé, Dewey has seemingly lost his focus, his edge, and the confidence of his superiors.

A high level Russian hacker, known only as Cloud, is believed to be routing large amounts of money to various Al Qaeda terror cells, and the mission is to capture and render harmless Cloud. At the same time, a back-up team is sent after the only known associate of Cloud, a ballerina believed to be his girlfriend. Unwilling to sit out the mission as ordered, Dewey defies his superiors, and goes rogue, surreptitiously following and tracking the two teams. What should be a pair of simple snatch and grab operations, goes horribly wrong—both teams are ambushed and wiped out. Only through the unexpected intervention of Dewey does the ballerina survive.

On the run, with no back-up, Cloud’s girlfriend reveals a shocking secret—a plot so audacious and deadly that their masterminds behind it would risk anything and kill anybody to prevent its exposure. It’s a plot that, in less than three days, will completely remake the world’s political landscape and put at risk every single person in the Western world. With only three days left, Dewey Andreas must unravel and stop this plot or see everything destroyed. A plot that goes live on July 4th—Independence Day.

(Giveaway is a paperback ARC)

btngBlood Ties by Nicholas Guild – Homicide detective Ellen Ridley of the SFPD is tracking a serial killer terrorizing young women in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ridley is sure she’s cornered her most likely suspect: Stephen Tregear, a hacker and code breaker who works for U.S. Naval Intelligence. But Tregear is not the killer… he’s the killer’s son.

Ridley and Tregear team up to look for Tregear’s father, Walter, in an elaborate game of murderous cat and mouse. As the body count rises, Ridley must race against the clock to stop Walter before he kills any more women–and Tregear must finally confront the father who has been trying to kill him for twenty years. Blood Ties is an elegant and frightening thriller from Nicholas Guild.

(Giveaway is a hardcover)

Giveaway Instructions – (Special thanks to Crown Publishing, Houghton Mifflin, William Morrow, St. Martins, and Tor/Forge, for our ARC giveaway copies!)

Three lucky winners will have the opportunity to win ONE of the three packages listed above! For your chance to win simply leave a comment below about the most action packed book you’ve ever read.  Comments will be accepted through midnight on Thursday, December 31, 2015.  The winner will be picked at random and announced on Friday, January 1, 2016.  Open to US residents only. Good luck!

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15 thoughts on “12 Days of Giveaways – Day 6: For the Lover of Thrillers

  1. I read a lot of action/thriller novels. I think Stephen King is one of my favorites and I’m reading The Shining for the first time. It’s pretty intense. But, for a favorite, I think mine would have to be The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King. It’s a novel about a Gunslinger in the old west who goes into this sort of Portal thing… It’s pretty fantastic and quite the adventure. I think this is one of my favorites, because you can never guess which type of character you are going to run into when you read a Stephen King book! 🙂

  2. I’ve read quite a few action/thriller novels as well. I’ve read many Stephen King and Steve Barry books. Also “Gone Girl” and “The Girl On the Train.” Although I think the action/thriller book that has left a lasting impression on me has been “Kujo” by Stephen King.

  3. This year – the most action packed book I’ve read is James Patterson’s The 8th Confession. I’m into his Women’s Murder Club series… it’s to die for! No pun intended.

  4. The most action packed books I have ever read are anything by Clive Cussler. His hero, Dirk Pitt, has more “but wait, there’s more!” moments than any other. But the good guys always win no matter what disaster befalls them. Fun, action packed books that keep you turning pages late into the night.

  5. Even though i was going to say the Crow by Stephen king… i gotta go throw back and say goosebumps. Here’s why, as a kid they were not just scary but influential. Making me think goo was going to ooze from my toilet and duplicate an evil clone or that my view finds dill collection was really all the souls of children who played with one particular doll before me & they were all conspiring to make me apart of the collection as well.

    Now that I’m adult… i still read them. They are not so much scary as they are intriguing, which i thought was the best part as an adult who could figure all the variables to a possible ending but still be captivated and even surprised by the end. R.L Stine dominates the chill factor.

  6. Anything by James Rollins is stock full if action and adventure. Need thrills? Gillian Flynn takes my breath away and throws it right back in my face with a loud “what the heck just happened”? I love those moments.

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