New TRBS Substack Offers Readers An Even More In-Depth Look Into All Things Mystery & Thriller
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by Ryan Steck, The Real Book Spy
2d ago
After a decade of Book Spying, I’m finally ready to pull the curtain back and help give readers an even more in-depth look into the worlds of mysteries and thrillers. To be clear, this website, The Real Book Spy, isn’t going anywhere. Think of this—my new Substack—as an extension of TRBS, where I will be offering a deeper analysis on various topics, along with exclusive content, reviews, interviews, giveaways, and more. Basically, anything that doesn’t quite fit what I’m already doing on The Real Book Spy or goes deeper than surface-level opinions I’m comfortable sharing here. In truth, my Sub ..read more
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BATTLE MOUNTAIN: C.J. Box’s 25th Joe Pickett Novel Announced
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by Ryan Steck, The Real Book Spy
5d ago
Hold on tight because things are fixin’ to get real Western’ come February 25th, when Battle Mountian, the 25th book in C.J. Box’s #1 New York Times bestselling series, officially hits bookstores. If you read Box’s 24th Joe Pickett novel, Three-inch Teeth, then you know where things are headed. First, though, some quick Joe Pickett history . . .  Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett, the star of Box’s beloved series, was first introdiced to readers in Open Season way back in 2001. Two books later, Joe—a family man with a good heart who is honest, sometimes even to a fault—met Nate Romanowsi i ..read more
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A Book Spy Review: ‘Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Shadow’ by Brian Freeman
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by Ryan Steck, The Real Book Spy
1w ago
ORDER NOW Jason Bourne is back and better than ever in Brian Freeman’s action-packed fifth entry in Robert Ludlum’s iconic New York Times bestselling series. Before he took on the identity of Jason Bourne, David Webb was just a teacher in Zurich, living a quiet life. Things changed, of course, once Webb was recruited by Treadstone, a black ops agency operating way off the books and away from government oversight.  His first mission involved taking on a neo-Nazi cell in Europe, followed by a final test that resulted in Webb suffering a brain injury that wiped his memory and left him withou ..read more
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Featured Review: ‘Worst Case Scenario’ by T.J. Newman
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by Ryan Steck, The Real Book Spy
1w ago
ORDER NOW New York Times bestselling author T.J. Newman returns with another nail-biting thriller that’ll rock readers to their core and leave them utterly speechless. Once again putting readers straight in the cockpit of a commercial airliner, Newman opens her exhilarating third novel with a series of catastrophic events. It all starts when the plane’s pilot, in charge of getting all two hundred and ninety-five souls on board to and from their destination safely, suffers a massive heart attack, killing him instantly. Unfortunately, at the moment the captain experiences the fatal medical emerg ..read more
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Alex Hawke is Back: See the Cover for ‘Ted Bell’s Monarch’ (with Details)
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by Ryan Steck, The Real Book Spy
1w ago
Lord Alexander Hawke is set to return to action for his most challenging mission yet on March 25, 2025, in Ted Bell’s Monarch, the latest thriller in Ted Bell’s beloved NewYork Times bestselling series, written by author and The Real Book Spy founder Ryan Steck. Hawke, a British super spy who reads like James Bond on steroids, first appeared in Ted Bell’s acclaimed debut novel, Hawke (2003), which the world’s most famous author, James Patterson, called a “swashbuckling, spine-tingling, bloody good masterpiece of an adventure novel.” Since then, Lord Hawke has starred in twelve novels, on his w ..read more
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Featured Review: ‘Shadow of Doubt’ by Brad Thor
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by Ryan Steck, The Real Book Spy
1w ago
ORDER NOW Brad Thor, who has long been considered the gold standard in today’s thriller genre, delivers another heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat thriller with his latest Scot Harvath adventure, Shadow of Doubt, an easy front-runner for best book of the year. When a mysterious Russian cargo plane carrying several missiles and bombs that are “three times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki” takes off from a remote airbase, analysts within the Pentagon fear that the world may be inching closer to nuclear doomsday. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, and as alarm bells ..read more
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RED FALCON: Connor Sullivan’s Next Brian Rhome Thriller Announced
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by Ryan Steck, The Real Book Spy
1w ago
On April 22, 2025, Brian Rhome returns to action in Red Falcon, the latest thriller from Barry Award-winning author Connor Sullivan. For newcomers to the series, Rhome, a former member of the CIA’s Ground Branch, first appeared in Wolf Trap (2023), where he was forced out of hiding in order to confront a global conspiracy that threatened the highest levels of American democracy. Now he’s back, and this time around, Rhome is set to find himself smack dab in the middle of another high-stakes, dangerous situation that only he can stop. “Red Falcon—the sequel to Wolf Trap—centers on the Havana Syn ..read more
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Featured Review: Daniel Silva Stuns with ‘A Death In Cornwall’
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by Ryan Steck, The Real Book Spy
2w ago
ORDER NOW Prepare to be utterly captivated by Daniel Silva’s latest masterpiece, A Death in Cornwall, the 24th book in his #1 New York Times bestselling series. Picking up after the events of The Collector (2023), Silva takes readers back to the English country of Cornwall. Longtime fans will note that this is the fifth book in the series to be (partially) set there, going all the way back to The Kill Artist (2002), where Gabriel Allon—the once wayward son of Israeli intelligence turned famed art restorer—took refuge in the village of Port Navas along the very banks of the Helford River follow ..read more
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A Book Spy Review: ‘They Thought I Was Dead’ by Peter James
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by Ryan Steck, The Real Book Spy
2w ago
ORDER NOW For years, readers have wondered what happened to Sandy Grace, wife of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. Now, #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Peter James finally takes his readers on the epic adventure they’ve been begging for, answering all their questions in his typical breathtaking and relentless fashion. This is Sandy’s story—really—as in Sandy Grace is the narrator of James’ new thriller (number 20 in the series overall), allowing fans to hear directly from her as she recounts the events that ultimately led to her disappearance. Longtime readers of James’ work may think the ..read more
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Featured Review: The Don Bentley Era Kicks off with the Latest Mitch Rapp Thriller, ‘CAPTURE OR KILL’
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by Ryan Steck, The Real Book Spy
2w ago
ORDER NOW CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp returns for another high-stakes adventure heavy on action and nostalgia as the Don Bentley era officially kicks off following a dominant run by Kyle Mills. Following the death of Minnesota-based author Vince Flynn (April 6, 1966 – June 19, 2013), bestselling author Kyle Mills (Code Red, 2023) stepped in to continue the legacy set forth by Flynn, writing nine total books in the late author’s #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series. Now, Don Bentley (best known for his Matt Drake books and his work in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan universe) ta ..read more
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