Anticipated 2014 Reads

Remember that year end 2013 list I did a few weeks ago?  Turns out that created the most amount of traffic that Every Read Thing has ever recorded in one day.  I figured I could use the hits again, so I’m throwing out there a few books that I’m absolutely salivating over.  Bring on the 2014 releases!

The Wolf In Winter - John Connolly

The Wolf In Winter – John Connolly

The Wolf In Winter – John Connolly (Charlie Parker #11)

Prosperous, and the secret that it hides beneath its ruins . . .

The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of the Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town . . .

But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. In him the town and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history, and in the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of a small Maine town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet.

Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive.

I feel like it’s been forever since I had a new Charlie Parker novel to read.  I managed to snag a UK copy of The Wrath of Angels in August 2012 ahead of the January 2013 North American release date.  By the sound of the synopsis, Connolly is set to really one hell of an intense novel.  I can’t wait!

[Release Date: October 28th, 2014]

Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King:

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

After a lackluster sequel to the 1970s horror novel The Shining, King unleashes his next creation upon his constant readers.  Mr. Mercedes is his first venture into the realm of hard boiled fiction and I couldn’t be more excited.  Clocking in at a meager four hundred and ninety six pages (well, meager for King), it’s not the sprawling, lengthy epics we’re used to from the author.

[Release Date: June 03rd, 2014]

The Burning Dark - Adam Christopher

The Burning Dark – Adam Christopher

The Burning Dark – Adam Christopher:

Back in the day, Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland had led the Fleet into battle against an implacable machine intelligence capable of devouring entire worlds. But after saving a planet, and getting a bum robot knee in the process, he finds himself relegated to one of the most remote backwaters in Fleetspace to oversee the decommissioning of a semi-deserted space station well past its use-by date.

But all is not well aboard the U-Star Coast City. The station’s reclusive Commandant is nowhere to be seen, leaving Cleveland to deal with a hostile crew on his own. Persistent malfunctions plague the station’s systems while interference from a toxic purple star makes even ordinary communications problematic. Alien shadows and whispers seem to haunt the lonely corridors and airlocks, fraying the nerves of everyone aboard.

Isolated and friendless, Cleveland reaches out to the universe via an old-fashioned subspace radio, only to tune into a strange, enigmatic signal: a woman’s voice that seems to echo across a thousand light-years of space. But is the transmission just a random bit of static from the past—or a warning of an undying menace beyond mortal comprehension? – (Tor.com)

I’m very excited for Adam’s upcoming novel The Burning Dark (love that title), released through Sci-Fi publisher Tor.  Having read Empire State, its follow up Age Atomic and the upcoming release Hang Wire, it would be an understatement to say that this guy is on a roll.

[Release Date: March 25th, 2014]

Saint Homicide - Jake Hinkson

Saint Homicide – Jake Hinkson

Saint Homicide – Jake Hinkson:

The other inmates call him Saint Homicide, the murderous man of God who heeded the voice of wrath when it told him to do the unthinkable.

Many consider him a fanatic. Others see him as a prophet. And some simply think he’s insane.

Here, he tells his story.

Not as lengthy a synopsis as most of the books featured on this list but interesting nonetheless.  Some may cry foul in having this listed seeing as the paperback was in fact released at the tail end of 2013.  However, the e-book is due for release February 01st, 2014 and that’s when I’ll be picking it up.  Loved The Posthumous Man & Hell On Church Street – can’t wait for this one!

[Paperback Release: December 2013 / E-Book Release: February 01st, 2014]

James Frey

James Frey

Il Divino Bambino – James Frey:

For a novel that’s coming out in June, there isn’t a lot of information available online regarding James Frey’s newest release, Il Divino Bambino.  From what I can gather, it appears to be some sort of reworking of Dante’s Inferno.  Who knows.  I can’t seem to find a synopsis and his blog isn’t the easiest website to find something on.

Say what you will about his first two books A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard, true or not, they’re two of the most compelling stories you could ever read.  His first full on fiction follow up Bright Shiny Morning wasn’t as impressive but his last novel, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible was an engaging read.  I’m looking forward to where he goes from here.

[Release Date: June 2014]

Ben H. Winters

Ben H. Winters

World of Trouble – Ben H. Winters:

This just might be my most anticipated book of the bunch.  I was beginning to worry that I’d have to wait a little longer for the third novel in Winters’ Last Policemen Trilogy until I noticed a Facebook post of his stating that the book is due for release THIS summer.  While there isn’t an official synopsis yet, when we last left things, time had been quickly running out for the people of Earth.  I can’t wait to see where Winters takes the story in the final book.

[Release Date: Summer 2014]

Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho

Unnamed Third Autobiography – Chris Jericho

Pro wrestler/actor/game show host/musician Chris Jericho has released two best selling autobiographies, the last of which detailed his career up to 2007.  With a third book due for release later this year (that could change), Jericho is once again set to dominate the non-fiction charts.

Honorable Mention:
The Troop – Release Date: February 25th (Check out my review of the novel and stay tuned for a feature interview with author Nick Cutter!)
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