Love military books? Love thrillers that keep you feverishly turning the pages until you get to the very end? With the action-packed military thrillers on this list you get both: engaging stories about protagonists serving their country, and thrilling storylines with twists and turns. You won’t want to put these books down.
The Cornwalls Are Gone is the first book in a new series from James Patterson and Brendan DuBois. Amy Cornwall is an army intelligence officer who has seen horrifying things during her time in Afghanistan. But nothing could have prepared her for the horrors waiting for her in her very own home in Virginia. She returns home, expecting her family to be waiting for her, only to find an empty house. And then she receives a chilling phone call: she must find and liberate an unnamed captive within the next 48 hours, or her husband and 10-year-old daughter will die.
In Brad Meltzer’s military thriller The Escape Artist, we follow the story of mortician Jim "Zig" Zigarowski, who works in the mortuary for the U.S. government's most top-secret and high-profile cases. Zig has always prided himself in keeping his work life and personal life separate. But when a new body arrives and he’s told it’s the body of sergeant Nola Brown, Zig knows right away it’s not really Nola. He knows because he and Nola were childhood friends. Which means Nola is still alive. And on the run.
The President’s Assassin is a military novel from author Brian Haig’s popular series about Army lawyer Sean Drummond. This time around, Drummond only has three days to prevent the president’s assassination. This book is a fast-paced page-turning race against time as Drummond’s journey to save the president kicks into high gear.
Author Don Mann is a Navy SEAL Team Six commando, and in his novel Hunt the Wolf: A SEAL Team Six Novel, Mann brings his insider knowledge about Special Ops into a thrilling debut novel, with the help of co-author Ralph Pezzullo. United States Navy officer Thomas Crocker is in the middle of a training exercise climbing up the K2 when he comes across terrorist activity that leads from the K2 to cities across Europe and the Middle East. Now with the help of special forces trained for intense combat and extreme environments, Crocker will hunt down a dangerous terrorist.
Kazuaki Takano; Philip Gabriel (Translator)
Kazuaki Takano’s Genocide of One is an internationally best-selling Japanese military novel. During a briefing, the President of the United States is warned about a potentially deadly threat to the country: Akili, a three-year-old boy who is already the smartest being on Earth. Akili has the mental capacity of a super-computer and the ability to manipulate major events as if they were nothing but a game. And yet he is only three and still has the emotional maturity of a child, which is perhaps the most dangerous thing about the boy. Now Jonathan Yeager, an American soldier, leads a team of elite operatives from across the globe into the Congolese jungle to destroy Akili before the young boy’s full potential can be realized.
Word of Honor by Nelson DeMille is the story of Vietnam veteran Ben Tyson. Tyson is now a corporate executive and a family man. But sixteen years ago, he was a lieutenant in Vietnam, and the decisions of his past are coming back to haunt him in his present. In 1968, Tyson and the men under his command did something horrible that they vowed to never tell anyone about. But now that the truth of his past has caught up with him, everything Tyson holds dear—his career, his wife, his kids, his sense of honor—hangs in the balance. And only one person can set him free.
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Emily Martin has a PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi. She’s a contributing writer for Book Riot.