Political Thriller Books

The best political thriller book reviews. Political thriller is a broad term that may include espionage, political conspiracies, the assassination of political leaders and other sinister tactics that have high-stakes consequences for governments and civilizations.

Rising Phoenix, an Action-Packed Spy Thriller by Evan Graver

The Bottom Line: Rising Phoenix is an addictive, action-packed spy thriller set in the fascinating geopolitical battleground that is Venezuela. Mark Greaney fans may find a new favorite in Evan Graver.  Rising Phoenix opens in Caracas, Venezuela, as government official Migel Tapia – also known as Cobalt Panther – arrives home to his eerily quiet McMansion. A nightmare awaits him in the master bedroom, where his wife and CIA handler have […]

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Stinger, a Gloriously Gritty Spy Thriller by Gregory D. Lee

The Bottom Line: A gloriously gritty, must-read spy thriller written by a master of the trade. Stinger opens in January 2003, just weeks before an international military coalition is set to invade Iraq to overthrow the regime of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Meanwhile in Beirut, two Lebanese women are kidnapped. Their abductors soon contact the U.S. Embassy, offering a disquieting photo as proof of life, and

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The Spill, a Must-Read Eco-Thriller by Keith Abbott

The Bottom Line: The Spill is a must-read, high-stakes Eco-thriller with fascinating technology at its core. Abbott’s debut novel is a five-star winner. As The Spill opens, it is the middle of the night at the oil terminal in Lagos, Nigeria. A Nigerian worker named Kuno and his supervisor are manipulated into triggering a catastrophic oil spill, unleashing thirty thousand barrels of oil per hour into the Lagos harbor. Two people die in a sudden burst of chaos and

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Bucharest Legacy: The Rise of the Oligarchs, the Year’s Best Spy Thriller

The Bottom Line: Winner, Spy Thriller, The BestThrillers.com Book Awards. Highly recommended. CIA agent Bill Hefflin is back in Bucharest—immersed in a cauldron of spies and crooked politicians The CIA is rocked to its core when a KGB defector divulges that there is a KGB mole inside the Agency. They learn that the mole’s handler is a KGB agent known as Boris. CIA analyst Bill Hefflin knows

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The Unexpected Hostage, the Year’s Best Political Thriller 

The Bottom Line: Winner, Best Political Thriller, The BestThrillers.com Book Awards. Highly recommended. Nothing in her life has been stable since Tess’s beloved fiancé Kyle died in a tragic accident. She’s spent the past year hell-bent on outrunning her grief, jetting between high-stakes meetings and the rock clubs where she can disappear. Avoiding her pain was almost working… …until she and her colleagues are taken hostage by

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The Deadly Deal, the Year’s Best Medical Thriller

The Bottom Line: Winner, Best Medical Thriller, The BestThrillers.com Book Awards.  A perfectly crafted conspiracy thriller with a truly noble hero at its core, The Deadly Deal is the twisty tale we’ve been waiting for.  The Deadly Deal is the story of an ordinary man whose life is suddenly turned upside down by a vast conspiracy he can scarcely comprehend.  As the novel begins, Pharma

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The Advent House, an Unforgettable Political Thriller by Tim Jorgenson

The Bottom Line: This political thriller set in post-revolutionary Cuba features an unforgettable hero’s journey that is both emotionally resonant and highly suspenseful.   The Advent House opens as hospital volunteer Gabriella Suarez Paloma is assigned to assist a dying woman during her final days. The patient, a woman named Adriana, is considered both a person of interest and a “consort of an enemy of the state.”

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The Salty Iguana, a Highly Recommended Political Thriller by Bill King

The Bottom Line: A shockingly plausible political thriller that transcends the usual worst-case-scenario about American border security. Bill King has successfully captured the spirit of Yellowstone and transported it to South Texas. Highly recommended. As The Salty Iguana opens, four men swearing allegiance to the Revolutionary Republic of Yucatec del Norte sneak onto a historic South Texas ranch. Their goal is to kidnap the ranch’s 60-year-old owner, Santiago Stephenson. Unbeknownst to

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The Brussels Connection, a Sophisticated Terrorism Thriller by Terence Hamilton

The Bottom Line: A character-rich terrorism thriller that awes with its sophisticated explorations of extremism, liberal values, foreign policy and martyrdom. Recommended for fans of Alex Berenson.  The Brussels Connection opens as Ibrahim, an Islamic State bomber of Moroccan heritage, rides the metro. He’s carrying ten liters of hydrogen peroxide in his backpack intended as part of the cocktail for an airport bombing. While on

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Sea of Red, a Powerhouse Military Thriller by James Bultema

The Bottom Line: A timely, powerhouse military thriller with the highest possible stakes, Sea of Red reads like future history. Highly recommended. Sea of Red opens in the South China Sea weeks after the Chinese military downed a Malaysian drone. As the United States Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy conduct joint military exercises, a Chinese destroyer appears and refuses to yield to their warnings. Soon,

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