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Artic Drift

Authors: Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler

Publisher: Penguin (2009)

Arctic Drift sees Clive Cussler's greatest hero, Dirk Pitt, fighting his enemies in the cruel Arctic. A foundered Victorian ship looking for the fabled Northwest Passage holds a secret in its icy grave . . . When Dirk Pitt of NUMA is almost blown to pieces in a lab explosion, he suspects sabotage. The lab in question belongs to a scientist hoping to use a rare mineral to combat greenhouse gases - but who would want to destroy our one chance to save the planet? But there are those who will do anything to control such a valuable prize. Pitt's investigations take him to the Arctic in search of a clue to the origins of this precious mineral. There he and NUMA colleague Al Giordino must battle for survival against the hostile elements and an evil megalomaniac who is about to plunge the North American continent into war . . .

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Author: Wilbur Smith

Publisher: Macmillan (2009)

It is 1913 and ex-soldier turned professional big-game hunter Leon Courtney is in British East Africa, guiding rich and powerful men on safaris. One of his clients is German industrialist Count Otto von Meerbach, who has a company which builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser's army. But Leon had not bargained for falling in love with Eva, the Count's beautiful and enigmatic mistress. Just before the outbreak of World War One, Leon is recruited to gather information from von Meerbach. He stumbles on a plot against the British involving survivors of the Boer War. It is only when Eva and von Meerbach return to Africa that Leon finds out who and what is really behind the conspiracy.

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Author: Alistair MacLean

Publisher: Fontana Books (1981)

The nail-biting tale of sabotage set in the desolate frozen wastes of two ice-bound oil fields, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.

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Atlantic Fury

Author: Hammond Innes

Publisher: Fontana Press (1992)

Iain Ross has been disgraced and then drowned in the war - or so his family believes. But a curious meeting sends Donald Ross to the bleakness of the Hebrides to meet Major Braddock, the man who was once his brother, now living a new life, with a dead man's name.

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Attack Alarm

Author: Hammond Innes

Publisher: Fontana Press (1984)

From the author of THE LONELY SKIER, THE WHITE SOUTH and DELTA CONECTION, a thriller set in 1940, during the Blitz, when mass-formation attacks have commenced, and the call to action - known as the attack alarm - is a daily occurrence. Can a handful of fighter planes prevent total defeat?

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Author: Frederick Forsyth

Publisher: Bantam Press (2003)

A young American aid volunteer, Ricky Colenso, is brutally murdered in the former Yugoslavia. His grandfather, the Canadian billionaire Steven Edmond, is bent on revenge. The quest to find Ricky's murderer leads Edmond to Cal Dexter, ex-Vietnam Special Forces, the one man who could bring the killer to justice. But what starts as a personal, domestic tragedy soon explodes into a terrifying drama on the centre stage of world terrorism. From the battlefield of Vietnam via war-torn Serbia to the jungles of Central America, Avenger is packed with riveting detail, breathtaking action and political suspense, while in Cal Dexter we meet an unforgettable hero in the most dynamic Forsyth tradition.

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Author: Dick Francis

Publisher: Penguin (2014)

Tim Ekaterin has a lot of money. Unfortunately, it is other people's, and it is his job to invest it wisely, or get fired. And right now he's taken a big risk: using £5 million to stud a champion racing stallion. When the resulting foals have birth defects, Tim is worried and decides that there may be something else going on at the stables. His suspicions are confirmed when one of those helping with the horses is murdered. Now it's not just about money, but about life and death. Determined to get to the bottom of why anyone would do this, Tim puts himself in danger's path to discover the truth . . .

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Author: Annie Prouix

Publisher: Fourth Estate (2016)

In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters – barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi’kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years – their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions; the revenge of rivals; accidents; pestilence; Indian attacks; and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.

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Basic Instinct

Author: Richard Osborne

Publisher: Signet (1992)

When San Francisco detective Nick Curran begins investigating the mysterious and vicious murder of a rock star, he finds himself in a shadowy world where deceit and seduction often go hand in hand. Nick can't stay away from his number one suspect - stunning and uninhibited Catherine Tramell - a novelist whose shocking fiction mirrors the murder down to the smallest, bloodiest detail. Entangled in love and murder, Nick is headed for trouble, with only his basic instinct for survival to keep him from making a fatal mistake.

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Author: Craig Shaw Gardner

Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks (1989)

The novelization of the blockbuster Warner Brothers summer movie of 1989, Batman.

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