…and the prize goes to…
Readers all over the world choose their next book based on the award winners announced by various organizations during the recent year. Here is a list of ten popular awards for recent novels in the adult category to receive applause and/or rave reviews from colleagues in the genre or from readers who loved the books.
Have you read any books on the list? If so, let us know what you enjoyed about them in the comment section.
Agatha Award given to mystery and crime writers, in 2015 cozy subgenre:
“Long Upon the Land” by Margaret Maron
Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction 2016:
“The Five Times I Met Myself” by James L. Rubart
Edgar Allen Poe Award awarded by the Mystery Writers of America 2016:
“Let Me Die in His Footsteps” by Lori Roy
Goodreads Choice Awards chosen by readers 2015:
“Go Set A Watchman” by Harper Lee
Hugo Awards awarded for the best Science Fiction or Fantasy 2016:
“The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin
Macavity Award given to favorite 2015 mystery by Mystery Readers International:
“The Killer Next Door” by Alex Marwood
Man Booker Prize literary prize for best 2015 novel translated to English language: “The Vegetarian” by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith
National Book Award for fiction given to U.S. authors 2015:
“Fortune Smiles: Stories” by Adam Johnson
Nebula Awards presented by Science Fiction Writers for 2015 work:
“Uprooted” by Naomi Novik
Pulitzer Prize in Literature administered by Columbia University 2016:
“The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Congratulations to all the winners!
...and the prize goes to...
Readers all over the world choose their next book based on the prizewinners announced by various organizations during the recent year. Here is a list of ten novels in the adult category to receive applause from colleagues in the genre or from readers who loved the books.
Have you read any books on the list? If so, let us know in the comment section what you enjoyed about them.
Edgar Allen Poe Awards awarded by the Mystery Writers of America 2014:
“Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger
Hugo Awards awarded for the best Science Fiction or Fantasy 2013:
“Redshirts” by John Scalzi
Bram Stoker Awards bestowed by Horror Writers Association 2014:
“Doctor Sleep” (The Shining #2) by Stephen King
Man Booker Prize literary prize for best original English language novel 2013:
“The Luminaries” by Eleanor Catton
Pulitzer Prize in Literature administered by Columbia University 2014:
“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
National Book Award for fiction given to U.S. authors 2013:
“The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride
Anthony Awards, literary awards for mystery writers 2013:
“The Beautiful Mystery” by Louise Penny
RITA Award bestowed by the Romance Writers of America 2014:
“Off the Edge” by Carolyn Crane (Romantic Suspense)
Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction 2013:
“Rare Earth” by Davis Bunn (Suspense)
Goodreads Choice Awards chosen by readers 2013:
“And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini
Bravo to all the winners!
*Photo by Patti Phillips
Patrick Lee’s “Ghost Country” is the second in a three-book series. I read solid comments about the first book, “The Breach,” and wanted to see if “Ghost Country” lived up to the reported high standards set by the debut sci-fi/adventure/thriller. Wow! That would be a resounding, “YES!”
ENTITY: Technologically advanced gadgets (entities) come through the super secret BREACH.
BREACH: A type of wormhole in Wyoming, created when an ion collider exploded.
As “Ghost Country” opens, Paige Campbell, a high-level employee of a government agency called TANGENT, has just left a briefing with the President about an entity so powerful that it can change our view of both the present and the future. This entity (in the shape of a rolling pin sized cylinder) has the ability to transport the holder through time – but only 73 years into the future and back again.
Paige’s convoy is attacked while the White House is still in view. In a minute by pulse-pounding minute description of the perfectly executed attack, including details of a PDA-holding guy checking for photos of the ‘keepers’ as a shooter follows behind to dispatch the rest, Lee sets the pace and feel of the book.
Paige is able to send a message to her tech-savvy contact, Bethany Stewart, right before she is abducted. Bethany enlists the help of Travis Chase, a man who has been in hiding for two years, working at a low level job, avoiding contact with anyone and everyone associated with TANGENT.
Bethany and Travis obtain an entity, but have a limited amount of time to figure out what it does, while trying to save both the world and Paige. Along the way, they discover evil schemes, get a look at a hideous bone-filled, ruined future, and take advantage of Bethany's considerable hacking skills. Oh, and nearly get killed several times.
Lee treats us to imaginative uses of the time travel device to help Travis and Bethany stay ahead of the bad guys, gives a nod to the inevitable time travel paradox and delivers one of the most chilling methods to change civilization that I’ve ever read – worthy of the intelligent-but-twisted villains that want to counter the world’s present path.
The clever storyline in “Ghost Country” is diabolical, and even shocking, but there are no loose ends. The tech part of “Ghost Country” is blended with great dialogue, interesting characters and relationships, and action that works in any time period. Make sure your ereader is fully charged before starting this novel, because you'll want to read it uninterrupted.
“Ghost Country” raises an intriguing question: if you had the opportunity to move to another time (whether past or future) would you? Would you at least be curious enough to take a peek without stepping all the way across the threshold of the time/space continuum? Lee’s novel made me want to.
There are references to events in “Breach,” but “Ghost Country” can be read as a stand alone using the brief definitions supplied at the book’s beginning. “Deep Sky” is the third in this series and I’m looking forward to reading about what’s next for these engaging characters in the midst of complex circumstances.
“The Runner,” the first in a new series, has just been released.
Please visit www.patrickleefiction.com for more information about this talented author and his other books.
Full disclosure: Patrick Lee’s thrilling “Ghost Country” came through my techport as a result of an online endorsement by his agent, Janet Reid. I’m a subscriber to Ms. Reid’s marvelously informative and occasionally
sharky snarky column.