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Looking for thrillers about "normal" folks caught up in extra-ordinary circumstances.

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Posted on Jan 8, 2011 4:32:50 PM PST
Allen Applen says:
For ordinary people in extraordinary events, take a look at The Russian by Allen Applen.
World War II is almost over, Japan is on the ropes, and the United States Army is only days away from testing the first Atomic Bomb, the weapon that will be used to finish off the Japanese Empire. In those last crucial days, counter-intelligence Captain John Callahan finds himself caught between a Russian spy and renegade Army officers, his life threatened from both directions.

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 6:32:16 AM PST
T.R. Braxton says:
Dirty Hands- (only $2.99 for kindle) is a book about ordinary people caught up in a nightmarish situation. Dirty Hands has received an average rating of 4 stars, among 16 reviewers. Here is the book description:
Terrell Hawkins, his closest cousin, and his best friend set out to have a good time on a Saturday night. Alcohol, marijuana, and immodest girls who like to partake in both are part of that pursuit. They don't expect the debauchery to end in tragedy, just as they don't expect their horrible response to embroil them in a struggle to avoid the authorities while growing increasingly distrusting of each other. Terrell and the others quickly learn that dirty hands can lead to desperate acts and that the worst of circumstances can cause even the best of friends to become enemies.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 6:58:14 AM PST
Hi Carolyn:

The description of my novel follows and there are reviews on the book's Amazon page of what others have thought. I do believe it fits with what you seek. Thank you very much.


Kera and Rand Priven must journey 2,500 miles across their country, trying desperately to find and protect their children. It is good they cannot foresee the horrors before them.

In a troubled marriage, the Privens live with their children, Andrew and Alissa, in New York City. As an up-and-coming fashion photographer, Rand is obsessed with making a name, and a lot of money-to the point of neglecting his family. Kera slips into a frustrated and lonely disillusionment; she yearns for a simpler more meaningful family life. Planning to confront and possibly divorce Rand, she sends the children to a respected summer camp. Her timing couldn't be worse.

Shocking events unfold as independent groups plotting against the United States successfully breach national security, attack military installations, and wreak havoc on public infrastructure: the system breaks down. All services stop... no lights, no flights, no food, no gas... nothing. Law enforcement and armed forces seem unable to contain this terrorism or... revolution. Lawlessness spreads, seemingly overnight.

What chance do these two average, unprepared, and conflicted people have for surviving such a hostile situation? Will the challenge pull them together or rip them further apart? Who will they meet on their journey across America? What will they learn? Will they ever see their children again?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 12:12:46 PM PST
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read "The Winner" by Balducci -- you won't be disapppointed. Trust me.

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Posted on Jan 22, 2011 12:49:26 PM PST
J. Viser says:
You might want to check out LIE MERCHANTS.


In LIE MERCHANTS, Tom Worth is chief of the fast-growing Colorado region of American Home, the nation's largest real estate brokerage and his illusion of being a self-made man is about to be shattered. A string of mortgage broker deaths leads FBI agent Susan Black to Tom, as she uncovers a massive fraud at the heart of the Wall Street credit crisis engineered to finance the boldest terrorist strike on American soil since September 11.


Tom unexpectedly finds himself at the epicenter of a plot driven by key players in the international drug trade, militant Islam and conservative talk radio. After being recruited into a civilian militia, Tom finds himself thrust into a subculture of right-wing extremists, heroes and potential genocide.

Only Tom, Susan and a Sufi master stand between America's enemies, both foreign and domestic, and the disintegration of the United States.

LIE MERCHANTS weaves current events and real places against the backdrop of the Front Range of Colorado, the Middle East, Mexico and the nation's capitol.

I wrote the book to explain the events that are occurring today in politics, business and the war on terror. Some folks have told me it scared the heck out of them, but it was an entertaining read.

If you're so inclined, its only $2.99 for Kindle.

Thanks!Lie Merchants

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 12:58:03 PM PST
D. Mccormick says:
I would suggest The Drake by Jefferson Fawkes Guevara. I wouldn't call it a thriller so much but it is about an ordinary man set to change the status quo and overthrow a corrupt government. It's a pretty good ready, a little short though. The Drake

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 5:04:39 PM PST
ETA - Estimated Time of Arrest

After participating in a pro-separatist march that turned violent in January of 1992, 21-year-old Lorenzo Lartaun Izcoa, a typical university student, is wrongly charged with the fatal bombing of a police station in his home town. Irun is a small city located in the heart of the Basque country, trapped between France and Spain, and struggling for independence. Lartaun finds himself overnight on the Spanish Secret Service's "most wanted" list, branded an active member of the Basque terrorist group ETA.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 8:50:54 AM PST
It's a thriller threaded with a love story wrapped in a mystery. It's Bashert by Lior Samson.

Karl Lustig is an obsessive and complacent consultant who thinks he is in charge of his life. Karl is wrong. His life is being controlled-by a dead man. He is about to discover a mysterious piece of jewelry that will pull him into his forgotten past and plunge him into a dangerous and uncertain future. Author and film producer Brett James called Bashert "A page-turning retro-techno-thriller!" Its also available in a Kindle Edition.

Larry Constantine (Lior Samson)
Web Games
The Dome
Bashert: Kindle Edition

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 9:00:25 AM PST
J. M. Barlog says:
Windows to the Soul

College is a time of unbridled discovery ... but some things were never meant to be disturbed.

Althea Goodfellow's clothes hang neatly in her closet; her desk sits ready for the academic year. Yet no one has seen the Ranhurst College track star. Police Chief Conrad Merrifield believes Ali just took to the wind. College can be a pressure cooker and some kids can't take the heat. But Trish Van Worten, Ali's roommate, isn't buying it.

Trish's need for answers draws her into the darkest side of campus life. The more she presses, the more her safe little world unravels. Someone's using terror to keep her from the truth. But the real nightmare is only beginning. An ancient evil is awakening, and it has found Trish.

A labyrinth of dread and deception stands between Trish and the real truth. This maze, however, also forms a conduit between the world of the living and a demonic world Trish never could have imagined existed.

Journey into the dark bowels of campus life. See what goes on behind those closed doors and shuttered curtains. If you dare...

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 9:04:33 AM PST
Dave Conifer says:
My new thriller, Wrecker is told from the point of view of Jane Havelock. She's pretty "normal" until the trouble starts.

Jane thought a loveless marriage was as bad as it could get.

Steve thought life was perfect with a hired man to do his chores.

They were both wrong.

Jane Havelock is coping a day at a time in a bad marriage when her husband Steve hires handyman Rob Manteo for a never-ending series of odd jobs around the house. At first Jane is repulsed by Manteo, a huge, muscular man with primitive communication skills. But revulsion reluctantly gives way to curiosity and even fascination as loneliness drives her into a precarious friendship with Manteo. He's morose and mysterious, but there's definitely more to him than meets the eye. He seems to be hiding something.

As her marriage and her husband's career crumble around her, Jane digs into Manteo's past and uncovers a horrible secret. She knows now that it was more than chance that brought Manteo into their world. But it may be too late.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 11:38:11 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 17, 2011 10:04:39 AM PST
Colin Hill says:
Dark Engine

If Christ returned to Earth in the modern age, would we believe who he was? After all, there are many doubters and science can easily answer the miracles of old. But what if he gave us a miracle that science could not explain...a gift to the world that could unite nations and save our world from environmental disaster? And more importantly, what would happen if he was tempted by the highest bidder?

With broad sweeps of science fiction and science fact, Dark Engine is a thriller that addresses the concerns of the modern age, taking in environmental issues, theology, the excesses of fame, political corruption, and our relationships with technology and faith, while maintaining a breathless energy and edge of the seat thrills.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 10:16:18 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2011 6:55:48 AM PST
Survival Instinct (The dark side of dating)

The MC in this book is just an ordinary recently divorced guy trying to find a date.

Dare to take a walk on the darkside of dating
A slow burn character led thriller
~ ~ ~
A serial killer stalks and kills his victim.

Jamie Jameson, newly divorced, is looking to turn his shattered life around. He is coerced by colleagues to join a singles' club. Instead of finding a woman, he is befriended by Bill, a womanizer and the alter ego to Jamie's shyness. Bill takes him on a hilarious journey of self-discovery as they try out various dating venues. But behind the facade, danger lurks.

Someone seems to be shadowing Jamie, but maybe it is just paranoia. Women he encounters at the singles' club begin to die at the hands of a serial killer. The Police and FBI, suspect Jamie. He becomes a fugitive in a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, but dark forces are at work. Hostages are taken, with messages left at the scenes to lure Jamie into a showdown with the killer. CIA declare an interest in Jamie, as his case takes on an international twist, and his past comes back to haunt him.

A great page turner, with a very meticulously constructed plot! ...... Authonomy review.

I want to let everyone know that this is a gem. Freakin' awesome ..... V. Lynn, author.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 9:00:16 AM PST
The Rise and Fall of Ger Mayes is very much the story of an average Joe (or Ger) who gets into hot water and becomes embroiled in a major criminal endeavour.

Gerard Mayes is a metropolitan slacker who is strictly off everyone's radar until he kills a mugger and is seen throwing the body into the river.

Our man isn't one for choices: (A) turn himself in to the Dublin police and destroy his easy life, or (B) succumb to blackmail by a criminal gang. Ger goes for (B) but things go badly wrong in a muddy field double-cross in West Cork.

He knows that to turn snitch against a drugs gang in Ireland means open season on the informer and their circle, but that doesn't give Ger instant backbone. Family, friends and work abandon him like cows running away from a passing train, as Ger scrambles for a way out.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 11:27:35 AM PST
DEADLINE($2.99 on Kindle and $19.15 paperback) is a suspense thriller set over a 24-hour period in the Toronto Daily Express. It follows four central characters in Toronto and Afghanistan as they cope with both personal and professional deadlines in their lives.
A serial killer -- The Wolfman - prowls the streets of Toronto kidnapping young professional women, then targets feisty, independent crime reporter Katie Cannon.
Trevor Trevanian, a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan, is abducted by al-Qaida and taken on a perilous journey to Pakistan to face an uncertain fate.
Andrew Chase, dynamic publisher and owner of the Toronto Daily Express, faces financial disaster and desperately needs money to keep the newspaper afloat. He also faces a crisis in a secretive romance.
Braden Young, managing editor of the Daily Express, is an American journalist brought in to boost the newspaper's flagging circulation, but receives a surprise visit from his estranged daughter bringing him a personal dilemma.

Three 5-star Reviews:
"A truly remarkable debut by this author. The novel has elements of romance, mystery, suspense, a father, daughter relationship gone awry, political corruption, all woven expertly together, to come together in a satisfying and exciting climax." - Joan Hall Hovey, Author, Night Corridor and three other suspense novels,

"Great read. It was a real page turner. I didn't want to put it down." - Mike, Reviewer on

"This debut suspense thriller by a Canadian author is a tremendous read... I couldn't put it down. Would love to see a sequel with these characters to see what happens next." - Anne, Reviewer,


Posted on Mar 26, 2011 5:59:56 PM PDT
While fulfilling the final request of her departed Grandmama, Melody Bennet, a young professional raised in the genteel suburbs of North Carolina, is plunged into the clandestine world of an ancient West African religion -- via the Louisiana bayou. In unearthing a mysterious religious manuscript, Melody collides with those seeking powers believed to be contained within the text, from The Vatican to individuals claiming it as their legacy. She accepts the task of safeguarding the book and finds lives are threatened, including her own, sometimes from unexpected directions. As her knowledge grows and perceptions shift, Melody's path is fused with that of the sacred book. She risks body and soul to protect both and, unbeknownst to her, secures the future of an esoteric, divine prophecy.

The Book of Obeah (The Crossroads Series)

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 6:30:17 PM PDT
K. Isaacson says:
"A complex story and heart-pounding climax that will have readers looking forward to Isaacson's next." - Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will be riveted by this morally complex story." - Booklist
Legal Thriller at promo Kindle price of $0.99

Suppose the unimaginable: What if your child were killed in a hit-and-run? And the one person who knew the driver's identity - his lawyer - couldn't tell you his name because of a legal technicality?

Silent Counsel is the story of just such a nightmare.

After Stacy Altman's six-year-old son is run down in front of their house, with no witnesses to the tragic accident, she learns that the driver has hired attorney Scott Heller to negotiate a plea arrangement with the prosecutor. But he's instructed Scott not to reveal his name until a satisfactory agreement is in place. The prosecutor refuses to make a deal, and the court rebuffs Stacy's efforts to force Scott to tell her - or even the authorities - who his client is, holding that the information is protected by the attorney-client privilege.

Since the court won't do anything to help Stacy track down her son's killer, she takes matters into her own hands. And she's determined to make Scott talk - at any cost...


Upon its hardcover release, Silent Counsel appeared for four consecutive weeks on Amazon's list of Bestselling Legal Thrillers behind only two other titles: John Grisham's THE APPEAL and Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

"Ken Isaacson is an exciting new voice in crime fiction, and SILENT COUNSEL is his stunning debut - a legal thriller with a fascinating twist that will keep you turning pages to the unpredictable conclusion."
- Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author and former prosecutor

"Ken Isaacson scares us with the ultimate ethical nightmare: what if you endanger your family just by doing your job? SILENT COUNSEL is a smashing debut, with everything you could want in a legal thriller."
- Tess Gerritsen, author of THE MEPHISTO CLUB

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 7:03:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 31, 2011 7:05:14 PM PDT
The Daughter of New York Series can now be read online free at:

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 11:43:34 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 2, 2011 7:11:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2011 6:26:08 AM PDT
Biggs says:
#20 on the Amazon Kindle Bestseller List,
#2 in Spy Stories and Tales of Intrigue

My thriller, Trojan Horse, is a love story wrapped around a thriller about an investment banker who falls for an exotic spy and then teams up with her to stop a Muslim internet terrorist plot to cripple the world's oil capacity.

And I just released The Gravy Train, a novella about a young investment banker who helps an aging Chairman try to buy his company back while the Wall Street sharks who drove it into bankruptcy do all they can to stop them so the sharks can carve it up for themselves.

Both are $0.99
Trojan Horse
The Gravy Train

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 7:51:03 AM PDT
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