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Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can't Put Down [Hardcover]

Clive Cussler
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Book Description

May 26, 2009
When some of the top thriller writers in the world came together in THRILLER: STORIES TO KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT, they became a part of one of the most successful short story anthologies ever published. The highly anticipated THRILLER 2: STORIES YOU JUST CAN’T PUT DOWN, will be even bigger. From Jeffery Deaver’s tale of international terrorism to Lisa Jackson’s dysfunctional family in the California wine country to Ridley Pearson’s horrifying serial killer, this collection has something for everyone. Twenty-three bestselling and hot new authors in the genre have submitted original stories to make up this unforgettable blockbuster. Turn off your phone. Shut down your computer. Say goodbye to your friends and family. Be prepared to listen for days.
--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Jeffery Deaver's The Weapon, about the limitations of torture, and Ridley Pearson's Boldt's Broken Angel, which features a race to prevent a cop's death, provide solid bookends to this nifty all-original anthology, the sequel to 2006's Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night. The 23 selections—all by members of International Thriller Writers Inc.—score hits more often than misses. One of the few non-Americans, Spaniard Javier Sierra, might claim the blue ribbon with his tale of impending apocalypse, The Fifth World. Lisa Jackson's Vintage Death keeps the reader guessing and on tenterhooks from start to finish. Marcus Sakey's The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away tests the strength of the bonds forged in the current Iraq War when comrades return home. Other contributors include Robert Ferrigno, David Hewson, Jon Land, Carla Neggers and R.L. Stine. In addition to a brief general introduction, Cussler supplies intros to the individual stories. (June)
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From Booklist

Clive Cussler takes the editorial helm from James Patterson in this follow-up to Thriller (2006). This volume again features another impressive line-up of crime writers, some household names (Phillip Margolin, Ridley Pearson) and some lesser-knowns (Javier Sierra, Harry Hunsicker). All are members of the International Thriller Writers, the organization that came up with the concept for the series. What’s different in this second compilation is that this time most of the familiar authors leave their established characters at home and strike out in new directions. So while David Hewson delivers a taut, exciting story, it isn’t about his Roman detective Nic Costa. Thrillers are not an easy genre to define, as Cussler points out in his introduction, as it has more to do with pace than with plot. But that’s good news for readers, who will enjoy such diverse story types as international intrigue (Jeffrey Deaver’s “The Weapon”), suspense (Hewson’s “The Circle”), and even a blend of political thriller and science fiction (Kathleen Antrim’s “Through a Veil Darkly”). An entertaining collection. --Mary Frances Wilkens

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; First Edition/First Printing edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077832723X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778327233
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Easy Read Money Well Spent June 19, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
As a history teacher I don't typically read fiction. I came across this book at a time when I happened to be in the mood for some light fiction reading. The stories can be read in 20-30 minutes and although I have not read them all the first 10 have all been good and have exposed me to authors that I would probably never have read otherwise. A very good investment for those times when you might be between other works and/or not certain what you want to read next.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Thriller Of A Book! July 26, 2009
I read the first Thriller and enjoyed it immensely. Thriller 2 is even
better. There were several stories that grabbed my attention. "The Weapon"
by Jeffery Deaver had a stunning ending. "Remaking" by Blake Crouch was a
very good story. "The Circle" written by David Hewson will frighten you.
"Roomful Of Witnesses" by R.L. Stine has a novel approach. "The House On
Pine Terrace" by Philip Margolinleaves you wondering who is good and who is bad. "The Lamented"by Lawrence Light was a very god story. Through Light I discovered a new author. "Vintage Death" by Lisa Jackson takes a
close up look at a California wine dynasty. "Suspension Of Disbelief" offers a different look at the world of a writer. "A Calculated Risk "
gives you an interesting look at the world of doublecrossing. "The Fifth
World" by Juan Sierra shows the end of the world according to Mayan lore. "Ghost Writer" by Gary Braver was another interesting story in this book."Through A Veil Darkly" gives you a unique look at the Presidency.
"Bedtime For Mr. Li' by Davifd Montgomery is an interesting of a professional killer. "Killing Time" by Jon Land was an outstanding story about a contract killer on the run from the authorities. Be sure to read
"Thriller 2". This is a very good book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Do It!! August 8, 2009
After reading, several times, and absolutely loving the first Thriller book (seriously, it's worth the buy), I was excited to see that a second one had come out and bought it right off the shelf. Big mistake. If you expect anything better that a mediocre read, you are going to be bored out of your mind and disappointed for the majority of this book.

While the first Thriller excelled in suspenseful, on the edge of your seat, unpredictable stories (Wait, actual Thrillers???), the second specialized is predictable stories that had me bored to tears (Not worthy of the title "thrillers"). Nearly every story had me waiting for it to end so I could move onto the next one. The book began to pick up right around the 13th story, Lawrence Light's "The Lamented" and from then on was at least tolerable, but that was the FIRST story I read in that book that I didn't finish by saying "well, that was stupid" or, at the very least, predictable.

The only reason I'm not giving it a single star is because of the few lone writers in this anthology that actually wrote decent stories.

So, if you're interested in paying full $25 (or $17, I guess) for 7 or 8 decent stories at the end of an otherwise terrible book, buy it, otherwise save your money and buy stories that someone actually put some thought into.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super June 6, 2009
The twenty three tales included in this collection are for the most part excellent and timely. The anthology opens with Jeffery Deaver's "The Weapon" focusing on torture while Lisa Jackson's "Vintage Death" contains several terrific thriller twists. "The Circle" by David Hewson will indirectly remind readers of the London bombings as a pregnant woman riding the tube hears a passenger mumbling "They will remember my name." Marcus Sakey's "The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away" examines how strong the bond the band of brothers forged in the battlefields of the Iraq War survives once everyone is stateside. Gary Braver's "Ghost Writer" was once a famous novelist, but now writes stories for other people to "author" as that pays better though leaves him depressed. Finally with Carla Neggers, Joan Johnston, Robert Ferrigno, Jon Land, R.L. Stine, and Lisa Jackson amongst others contributing, THRILLER 2 lives up to its subtitle of "stories you can't put down".

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice collection December 7, 2009
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This book provides a great opportunity to sample the very different styles of various authors. Unlike reading a novel, if a particular author does not suit your taste, you can quickly move on to another. And if you do discover someone whose writing captivates you, then you can buy other works.

While not every author in this collection is someone who I would read again, many are, and I enjoyed being exposed to so much writing that I would not otherwise have discovered. This book is definitely worthwhile if you like sampling new authors and expanding your reading horizons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid But Not as Good as First Effort December 21, 2009
I am fan of this series and will definitely keep my eye out for the third collection. However, this collection of 23 stories was not as strong or entertaining as the first Thriller. Do not get me wrong, I still recommend it highly, it just falls a star less for me. It starts off very well with Deaver's The Weapon, which turns the tables on torture, Blake's creepy Remaking, which covers the depths of a father's love, and Hunsicker's Ice, that ably shows how one's life can go so far off the rails.

It introduced me to some new authors: Mariah Stewart, Carla Neggers, Gary Braver, and Jon Land. And this is the real purpose of these collections and the group of authors behind them identified as the International Thriller Writers, Inc. co-founded by David Morrell and Gayle Lynds. I enjoyed 18 of the 23 stories immensely so that speaks to the book's overall value. Each story keeps a great pace (which in some cases makes up for a weak plot and characters) and it is possible to digest the whole thing in a day or savor over time. A couple of standouts were Marcus Sakey's The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away and A Calculated Risk by Sean Chercover. By all means, pick it up, as I am confident more than a few of the stories will thrill you.
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