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Adventure, spy and thriller fiction book list for giant print (Word)

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Giant Print 24 Adventure, Spy stories, Suspense and Thrillers


Garland, Alex.

The beach. 1997. 3v.

The Beach is a legend among young travellers in Asia. In this earthly paradise, it is rumoured, a select community lives in blissful innocence. When Richard flies to Thailand he learns of the mysterious beach from a man who subsequently commits suicide. Teaming up with a young French couple, they set off to find it.


Barker, Nicola.

Darkmans 2007. 13v.

'Darkmans' is a very modern book, set in Ashford (a ridiculously modern town), about two very old-fashioned subjects: love and jealousy. It's also a book about invasion, obsession, displacement and possession, about comedy, art, prescription drugs and chiropody. And the main character? The past, which creeps up on the present and whispers something quite dark - quite unspeakable - into its ear.

Grossman, Lev.

Codex. 2002. 3v.

Edward Wozny, a hot-shot young banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. When asked to un-crate and organise a personal library of rare books, Edward's indignation turns to intrigue as he realises that among the volumes there may be hidden a unique medieval codex, a treasure kept sealed away for many years and for many reasons. Edward's intrigue becomes an obsession that only deepens as friends draw him into a peculiar and addictive computer game, as mystifying parallels between the game's virtual reality and the legend of the codex emerge...

Guterson, David

The other. 2008. 3v.

Seattle, 1972: two teenage boys from very different backgrounds begin an extraordinary friendship. As they grow older Neil follows the American dream, but the eccentric, fiercely intelligent John William drops out of college and moves deep into the woods. John William enlists Neil to help him disappear completely, drawing his oldest friend into a web of secrets and deceit and tragedy.

Harris, Joanne.

The lollipop shoes. 2008. 5v. Psychological fiction.

Seeking refuge and anonymity in the cobbled streets of Montmartre, Yanne and her daughters, Rosette and Annie, live peacefully, if not happily, above their little chocolate shop. Nothing unusual marks them out; no red sachets hang by the door. The wind has stopped - at least for a while. Then into their lives blows Zozie de l'Alba, the lady with the lollipop shoes, and everything begins to change...But this new friendship is not what it seems. Ruthless, devious and seductive, Zozie de l'Alba has plans of her own - plans that will shake their world to pieces.

Lawson, Mary.

The other side of the bridge. 2007. 3v.

Arthur and Jake are brothers, yet worlds apart. Arthur is older, shy, dutiful, and set to inherit his father's farm. Jake is younger and reckless, a dangerous man to know. When Laura arrives in their 1930s rural community, am already uneasy relationship is driven to breaking point.

Picoult, Jodi.

Nineteen minutes. 2008. 6v.

Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens - until a student enters the local high school with an arsenal of guns and starts shooting, changing the lives of everyone inside and out. The daughter of the judge sitting on the case should be the state's best witness - but with her boyfriend dead and her childhood friend charged with murder, she's struggling to remember what happened in front of her own eyes.


Ambler, Eric

Cause for alarm. 2009. 3v.

On the day that Nicholas Marlow proposed marriage to his girlfriend Claire, he lost his job at the Barnton Heath Engineering Company. Marlow is forced to accept a post in Milan for Spartacus Machine Tools. But no sooner has he arrived in Italy than things start to go wrong. Marlow knows that his predecessor had been killed under the wheels of a car but now he has been given a mysterious note which claims Ferning was murdered.

Ambler, Eric

The mask of Dimitrios. 2009. 3v.

It was in Istanbul that Charles Latimer first heard the name Dimitrios Makropoulous, but finding out who this really was might easily cost Charles his life.

Andrews, V C

Twisted roots. 2004. 3v.

Hannah Eaton, Willow De Beers' teenage daughter, lives a charmed life in wealthy Palm Beach, Florida, but inside she is miserable and lonely. Her new boyfriend, sexy guitar player Heyden Reynolds, has a troubled family of his own. Together, Heyden and Hannah decide to run away to New Orleans, where they stumble onto a rundown old farmhouse and a woman who is convinced Hannah is her long-lost daughter.

Andrews, Virginia

Willow. 2003. 4v.

De Beers series; book 1. After discovering deep family secrets in her adoptive father's diary, Willow leaves her North Carolina college and sets out in search of her birth family amid the ritzy glamour of Palm Beach. But as she spirals into a passionate love affair with young lawyer Thatcher Eaton and becomes intoxicated with the lifestyles of the rich and famous, the dark truth about her birth family threatens her fabulous new life.

Archer, Jeffrey.

A prisoner of birth. 2008. 6v.

Danny and Spencer were born on different sides of the track. One evening the end up celebrating in the same wine bar where Spencer Craig is also celebrating - his 30th birthday, along with a select group of university chums. An hour later, one of them is arrested for murder, while the other ends up as the Prosecution's chief witness in an Old Bailey trial.

Banks, Iain.

Complicity. 1994. 2v.

Cameron Colley is a journalist on an Edinburgh paper, on the brink of uncovering the grandfather of all conspiracies; but while he's researching a series of bizarre past deaths, the police are investigating some that are still going on and Cameron, complicit as he seems to be, may be able to help them with their enquiries. Contains language that some readers may find offensive.

Boyd, William

Restless. 2007. 3v.

Eva Delectorskaya is a beautiful 28-year-old Russian migr living in Paris. As war breaks out she is recruited for the British Secret Service by Lucas Romer, a mysterious Englishman, and under his tutelage she learns to become the perfect spy, to mask her emotions and to trust nobody. Now years later she must complete one final assignment and this time she needs her daughter Ruth's help.

Brown, Dan

Angels and demons. 2001. 5v.

Robert Langdon; book 1. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is shocked to find proof that the legendary secret society, the Illuminati is alive, well, and murderously active. Brilliant physicist Leonardo Vetra has been murdered, his eyes plucked out and the society's ancient symbol branded upon his chest. His final discovery, anti-matter, the most powerful and dangerous energy source known to man, has disappeared only to be hidden somewhere beneath Vatican City on the eve of the election of a new pope.

Brown, Dan.

The Da Vinci code. 2004. 2v.

Harvard Professor Robert Langton, visiting Paris, is called in when the curator of the Louvre is murdered. Alongside the body is a series of baffling ciphers. Langton and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, are amazed to find a trail that leads to the works of Da Vinci - and beyond.

Brown, Dan

The lost symbol. 2009. 5v.

Robert Langdon; book 3. Set over a breathtaking 12 hour time span, the book's narrative takes the reader on an exhilarating journey through an unexpected landscape as Professor of Symbology, Robert Langdon, is once again called into action.

Buchan, John

The thirty nine steps. 2004. 2v.

Richard Hannay gets caught up in a situation of extreme danger. Before he knows what is happening he is the obvious suspect for a murder committed in his own flat, and has to go on the run to his native Scotland.

Clancy, Tom

Red rabbit. 2003. 7v.

Jack Ryan; book 3. Long before he was President, before he fought terrorist attacks, before a submarine named Red October made its perilous way across the Atlantic, Jack Ryan was temporarily living in England while researching a book. He came to the attention of the CIA's Deputy Director, Vice Admiral James Greer and Sir Basil Charleston of the SIS. When Greer asked him if he wanted to come aboard as a freelance analyst, Jack was quick to accept. One of his first assignments turns up an amazing tale: Top Soviet officials were planning to assassinate the Pope, John Paul II.

Coben, Harlan.

Hold tight. 2008. 4v.

Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of parents who spy on their kids. But their sixteen-year-old son Adam has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate Spencer Hill, they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe." When Adam goes missing, it soon becomes clear that something deep and sinister has infected their community.

Coben, Harlan.

Promise me. 2007. 4v.

At 2.17 a.m. Myron Bolitar's mobile phone rings. It's Aimee Biel, a frightened teenager who has called the one adult who had promised to help her if she ever got into trouble. Stumbling from his Manhattan bed, he races down to pick up her up from a cold street corner and take her back to safety. But against his better judgment she persuades him to drop her at an unknown address in the suburbs. This is a mistake that he lives to regret, for Aimee Biel's