Extinction by Mark Alpert
The Chinese military have created an artificial intelligence that is tired of being under the government’s thumb and only Jim Pierce, an ex-military officer, and his computer hacker daughter stand between mankind and total assimilation. This near-future thriller feels both cutting edge and frighteningly prescient.
Legion by Brandon Sanderson
It may sound crazy, but Stephen Leeds has the ability to generate multiple personalities, each with his or her own special skills, which comes in handy considering Leeds’ crime solving habits. Sanderson is a master of his craft, especially at creating distinct characters. How many books have imaginary characters that are as compelling as the real ones?
Hellstrom’s Hive by Frank Herbert
A team of special government agents has to deal with more than they bargained for when they investigate a mystery entomologist documentary film maker who is creating his own special hive with human beings. If you’ve only read Herbert’s Dune you are missing out on this campy classic that features gooey sexual deviances galore and a disturbing group of people who challenge our very concepts of ecology and human evolution.
Juggernaut by Adam Baker
A group of hardened mercenaries in war torn Iraq are thrust into a hellish battle for survival after a renegade mission to find a stockpile of Saddam Hussein’s gold uncovers a military experiment that brings the dead back to life. The author does an excellent job of nailing the technical jargon and feel of a paramilitary group of misfits and creates a leaner, much meaner version of The Walking Dead. A novel idea that delivers on the promise of non-stop action and thrills.
Ravenor:The Omnibus by Dan Abnett
Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor, a powerful psychic kept alive by a mobile coffin, and his deadly special forces team track down a heretic who threatens the future of mankind itself. Brutal, bloody and a whole heck of a lot of fun, Abnett’s take on the Warhammer universe is rich in detail and pathos, but a skill for characterization that most authors would kill for.