Must Have Books To Pass The Time As Summer Winds Down

I know, I know, a lot of you read books on your electronic devices but I still can’t pull myself away from the feel and smell of a good hardcover.  Here are a ten books that will help you pass the time lounging by the pool, relaxing in a hammock or simply curled up in your Millennium Falcon bean bag chair.  (That last one may be just for us but whatever.)

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Since we threw in the Millennium Falcon bean bag chair shout out, we felt compelled to start with this one.  Abrams Books released THE ART OF STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS when the film came out but we can’t stop reading it.  First off, it’s oversized and measures 11 5/16″ X 10 3/8″ and has a whopping 256 pages with 600 full-color illustrations.  The book features:


  • exclusive interviews with the entire creative team
  • imparting insights into director J.J. Abrams’s vision which includes unused “blue sky” concept art
  • production paintings
  • concept sketches
  • storyboards
  • blueprints
  • matte paintings and more.


This book is a visual smorgasbord and a must-have for ANY Star Wars fan.  You can order the book HERE.

Next up we have something for the kids.  YES it is summer vacation but we all try to keep our kids reading even during the off time.  If you have lil’ ones then these two books by Downtown Bookworks could be perfect for you AND them.

Super-heroes-my-first-dictionarySuper Heroes: My First Dictionary (available HERE)  Will teach your kids more than 500 first words and all of them are illustrated with DC Comics classic art.  (Basically, your kids get to learn stuff while reading cool super hero stuff!  They even throw in some bad guys for good measure.)


A visual dictionary featuring more than 500 words, including basic vocabulary and super hero terms. Each word is paired with a simple sentence and illustrated with classic DC art. It’s perfect for all budding super heroes and super fans ages 3 and up.


Another book from Downtown Bookworks that is great for kids ages 0 – 3 is MY FIRST BOOK OF SUPER-VILLAINS. (available HERE) OBVIOUSLY you won’t be taking the lil’ ones to see “Suicide Squad” in the theaters BUT….this book brings DC’s super-villains and super heroes together to illustrate bad and good choices for young super hero fans.


If you like a bit of sci-fi then check out the debut effort, “Sleeping Giants” by author Sylvain Neuvel from Del Rey Books is a great choice.

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In this one, a girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home when she falls through the earth.  She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings.  But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved, its origins, architects, and purpose unknown.  Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

We literally read this book in two days and we can’t WAIT for the sequel, “Waking Gods” which takes place nine years after the events of “Sleeping Giants.”  “Sleeping Giants” is what we call a “page turner.”  CLICK HERE to order yours and let the page turning begin!

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If you like a taste of the bizarre mixed in with a Bourne-like bad-ass special agent then you need to order the ENTIRE four-book Dominic Grey Series.  Written by Layton Green and published by Thomas & Mercer, these books will keep you up late at night, into the wee hours of the morning because they are practically impossible to put down.  Grey has become one of our favorite protagonist and

THE SUMMONER: (Available HERE) When a United States diplomat disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony in Zimbabwe, DiplomaticSecurity special agent Dominic Grey, product of a violent childhood and a worn passport, is assigned to investigate. Aiding the investigation is Professor of Religious Phenomenology Viktor Radek, as well as Nya Mashumba, the local government liaison.

What Grey uncovers is a terrifying cult older than Western civilization, the harsh underbelly of a country in despair, a priest seemingly able to perform impossibilities, and the identity of the newest target.  Himself…

THE EGYPTIAN: (Available HERE) At a mausoleum in Cairo’s most notorious cemetery, a mercenary receives a package containing a silver test tube suspended in hydraulic stasis.

An investigative reporter tracking rogue biomedical companies is terrified by the appearance of a mummified man outside her Manhattan apartment.

A Bulgarian scientist who dabbles in the occult makes a startling discovery in his underground laboratory.

These seemingly separate events collide when Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek,private investigators of cults, are hired by the CEO of an Egyptianbiomedical firm to locate stolen research integral to the company’s newlife extension product. However, after witnessing the slaughter of ateam of scientists by the remnants of a dangerous cult thought longabandoned, Grey and Viktor turn from pursuers to pursued.

From the gleaming corridors of visionary laboratories to the cobblestone alleys of Eastern Europe to a lost oasis in the Sahara, Grey and Viktor must sift through science and myth to uncover the truth behind theEgyptian and his sinister biotech – before that truth kills them.

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THE DIABOLIST: (Available HERE)  In this gripping thriller, the bizarre murder of a cult leader in San Francisco draws Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of mysterious phenomena, to the scene. Witnesses claim a robed figure, seemingly able to appear and disappear at will, set fire to the priest. When the leader of another cult in Paris dies under similar circumstances, the case only grows stranger… and more dangerous.

Convinced that a charismatic New Age prophet is behind the murders, the investigators undergo a perilous journey into the world of the occult as they try to penetrate the prophet’s inner circle. From the catacombs of Paris to London’s nefarious East End, from the haunted walls of York to a monastic fortress in the Sicilian wilderness, the case plunges Viktor and Grey into a vortex of black magic, ancient heresies, and the dark corners of their own pasts.

The Diabolist is a chilling novel that not only pulsates with action and suspense, but also mines a trove of fascinating historical, philosophical, and paranormal research to probe some of our closest held beliefs. From the opening pages to the astonishing conclusion, this latest installment in one of today’s most original new thriller series is not to be missed.

THE SHADOW CARTEL: (Available HERE)  Called upon by a former love to look into the death of a family friend in Miami, veteran investigator Dominic Grey is sucked into the darkest reaches of international narcotics trafficking. The murders of multiple drug dealers during a bizarre religious ceremony, combined with the appearance of a mythical assassin, take DEA agent Federico Hernandez and CIA operative Lana Valenciano down the same deadly path.

Lying in wait is an enemy known only as the General: a criminal mastermind whose uncanny ability to avoid detection while cowing even the most ruthless of rival cartels has made him a legend.

Thrown together on a covert manhunt, Grey and the two government agents race across the Americas to unearth a dark chapter in the history of the CIA that has spilled into the present—and put them in the crosshairs of an underworld puppeteer with a frightening reach.


Supernatural thrillers your thing?  Written by Alex Gordon and published by Harper Voyager, “Jericho” continues the adventures of Lauren Reardon.   In unearthing her father’s secret past, Lauren discovered a shocking truth about herself. She is a Child of Endor, a sect of witches who believe they are the guardians of the “thin places”—areas across the globe where evil can seep through the divide between the worlds separating the living and the restless dead. At any time, she can be called upon to close one of these breaches and prevent demons from infiltrating our realm. When Lauren has a disturbing vision of an Oregon forest, she is drawn back to the familiar woods of the misty Pacific Northwest to investigate.

Locals had long whispered about an abandoned logging camp known as Jericho—of the strange disappearances and eerie sounds heard in the woods deep in the night. But these ghost stories only hint at the true evil lurking within the camp’s dilapidated buildings, a primeval malevolence far more terrifying than Lauren’s darkest imaginings. And now, Lauren must face this evil, even if it takes her life . . . even if it costs her soul. (Available to purchase HERE.)


“Mad Max meets The Gunslinger and The Book of Eli in this tremendous debut from Peter Newman.”  “The Vagrant” (Available HERE), published by Harper Voyager will take you on an epic quest through a bleak, mystical, post apocalyptic world.

The Vagrant is his name. He has no other.

Years have passed since humanity’s destruction emerged from the Breach.

Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape.

As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde.

His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.

What little hope remains is dying. Abandoned by its leader, The Seven, and its heroes, The Seraph Knights, the last defences of a once great civilisation are crumbling into dust.

But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place.

There you have it.  A plethora of characters, worlds, mysteries and fun to occupy your time in a MUCH better way than Pokemon GO!




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