The Columbus Affair One Of The Top Books in 2012

January 7, 2013

Jon Land is a terrific thriller writer in his own right, but he also is a respected reviewer for the Providence-Journal. Jon has picked his top five books for 2012 and The Columbus Affair weighed in at #2, just behind my good friend, Lee Child and ahead of my other good friend, James Rollins (I like that part). Considering the number of books Jon deals with each year, it’s quite an honor. Thanks, Jon. Check out the full list below.

Our reviewers pick their favorites for 2012

Jon Land

A Wanted Man, by Lee Child. (Delacorte) Both Child and his iconic hero Jack Reacher have never been better in this terrific tale highlighted by a bloodily effective climax. Higher stakes this time out for this modern day gunfighter, but Reacher is more than up to the task. Pity the bad guys who pick him up hitchhiking!

The Columbus Affair, by Steve Berry. (Ballantine) Berry departs from his Cotton Malone series to give us a sterling standalone rich in both history and pathos. Great writing, great characters and a big, bold story from the best there is at incorporating then into now.

Bloodline, by James Rollins. (Morrow) An absolutely impossible book to put down, Rollins latest speculative thriller gives us a quest for immortality inside a twist-laden plot packed with cabals and conspiracies. When it comes to layering action with intrigue and mysticism, Rollins is simply the best there is.

Two Graves, by Doug Preston and Lincoln Child. (Grand Central) The latest and best in the Aloysius Pendergast series may or not be supernatural in theme and races to a bracing climax in the jungles of South America, the ultimate irony being that Pendergast can solve any crime except one that hits closest to home. Brilliant in all respects.

The Panther, by Nelson DeMille. (Grand Central) DeMille’s latest to feature John Corey is a tour de force of storytelling power. His use of Islamic radicals as contemporary boogeymen is spot on and Corey is just the man to make them pay for their sins. The kind of book you break appointments to finish uninterrupted.