This month, our reading recommendations run the gamut from fast-paced high-stakes military thrillers to the latest in the legendary Tom Clancy and Jason Bourne franchises to a gripping history of Japanese Americans fighting in World War II.
All month long, we’ll be giving away one copy of each of our September recommendations to Book Club fans on our Military Families Magazine Instagram page – enter to win by tagging and commenting on the posts!
Hostile Intent, Don Bentley
Military Families Magazine favorite Don Bentley is back with the third installment of his popular Matt Drake series, which follows an ex-Defense Intelligence Agent as he gets drawn deeper into unresolved mysteries from his past, and has to avert another World War to boot. For this novel, Bentley spent months researching European political dynamics and made an eerily prescient prediction with his plot – a Russian invasion of Ukraine. The fictionalized ‘what if’ account of an invasion played out in real life alongside his novel’s release, marking Bentley as one of the writers in the military thriller genre to get it right.
Bentley draws upon his background and expertise as a former Army Apache helicopter pilot who served a tour in Afghanistan, an FBI special agent, and a SWAT team member for his novels, lending them realism and grit.
The Bourne Sacrifice, Brian Freeman
Fans of Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series will love this newest installment, in which Bourne chases down an assassin known only as Lennon. In this exciting espionage thriller, Bourne uses his extensive training to take down Lennon, with plenty of page-turning plot twists to keep readers guessing until the very end.
Bridge To The Sun, Bruce Henderson
Billed as “one of the last, great untold stories of World War II,” author Henderson weaves a saga of intrigue and emotion, the true story of the Japanese American soldiers who fought in the Pacific. This weighty tome clocks in a well-researched 340 pages, and follows six soldiers deployed from America to fight against Japan, even as other Japanese Americans were being unjustly rounded up and imprisoned in internment camps at home. Henderson, the New York Times best-selling author of “Sons and Soldiers,” is a journalist who has written more than twenty non-fiction books on history and the military, and draws upon his investigative background to bring this important story to life.
Tom Clancy’s Zero Hour, Don Bentley
Don Bentley takes the lead again with this New York Times best-selling series, which follows Tom Clancy’s legendary character Jack Ryan Jr. His latest novel for the Clancy megaverse is “Zero Hour,” in which Ryan must save the world in the wake of a crisis on the Korean peninsula. For Bentley, who was stationed in Korea early in his Army career, it’s another intriguing look that takes his talent for drawing gritty fictional worlds and combines it with his real-world geopolitical research and expertise, creating a political thriller worthy of Clancy’s legacy.
Author Joshua Hood draws on his own military and SWAT Team experience to bring Robert Ludlum’s Treadstone series to a new generation. In this latest installment, agent Adam Hayes returns to the shrouded in secrecy Treadstone for one last CIA mission, only to find himself in increasingly fraught situations when the mission is blown and he’s the only one to escape with his life. This tense, gripping thriller brings the best of the genre to life, keeping readers on the edge of their seat and flipping pages until the very end.