(G.P. Putnam's Sons, $25.95)
Clear your calendar. Take a day off work. Do whatever it takes to allow a few hours to sink into this terrific read, rife with intrigue, mayhem, betrayal, and great characters that spring from the page.
Yes, author Stuart Woods has done it again. In Mounting Fears, President Will Lee needs a little good luck. He doesn’t find it when he appoints a hastily vetted candidate to replace the vice president, who has died in office. Meanwhile, The White House is also dealing with consequences from a nuclear explosion in Pakistan. Can this world be saved? Of course it can, in grand style, with a little help from the CIA and a wonderful Washington, D.C., cast of characters. ―Wanda McKinney