1. And the mountains echoed, Khaled Hosseini
2. Nano, Robin Cook
Taking a year off from her medical studies and leaving New York City, Pia Grazdani accepts a job at Nanobots, a nanotechnology institute, where she is quickly warned not to investigate the other work done at the facility and not to ask questions about their source of funding.
3. Tears of the giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith
Precious Ramotswe is the eminently sensible and cunning proprietor of the only ladies’ detective agency in Botswana. In
Tears of the Giraffe she tracks a wayward wife, uncovers an
unscrupulous maid, and searches for an American man who disappeared into
the plains many years ago. (amazon)
A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst-enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims. (amazon)
This book traces the story of an American rowing
team from the University of Washington that competed against the German
crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, showing
that it was their trust in each other that made
them a victorious team.
6. Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption, Laura Hillenbrand
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.
7. The bone bed, Patricia Daniels Cornwell
In Alberta, Canada, an eminent paleontologist
disappears from a dinosaur dig site, and at the Cambridge Forensic
Center Kay Scarpetta receives a grisly communication that gives her
reason to expect that this may be her next case. (amazon)
8. 11th hour, James Patterson
Investigating the murder of a millionaire who was
killed with a weapon linked to the deaths of four San Francisco
criminals, pregnant detective Lindsay Boxer is horrified to realize that
the killer could be among her closest friends.
9. The guns at last light: the war in Western Europe, 1944-1945, Rick Atkinson
Author Rick Atkinson tells of the titanic battle for Western Europe, from the brutal fight in Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich.
10. The sins of the father, Jeffrey Archer
Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, escaping the consequences of long-buried family secrets and forced to accept that he'll never marry the woman he desires, joins the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat. (amazon)