Is Islam An Enemy Of The West? by Tamara Sonn

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New York, Washington, Madrid, London, Paris, and Brussels – the list of Western cities targeted by radical Islamic terrorists waging global jihad continues to grow.  Does this extreme violence committed in the name of Islam point to a fundamental enmity between the Muslim faith and the West?

In this compelling essay, leading authority on Islam Tamara Sonn argues that whilst the West has many enemies among Muslims, it is politics not religion that informs their grievances.  The longer these demands remain frustrated, the more violence has escalated and recruitment to groups like Islamic State has increased.  Far from fuelling the spread of Islamic extremism, Western military intervention has helped to turn nationalist movements into radical terrorist groups with international agendas.  Islam, Sonn concludes, is not the problem, just as war is not the solution.   

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Nothing But A Circus: Misadventures Among The Powerful by Daniel Levin

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In this eye-opening exploration of the human weakness for power, Daniel Levin takes us on a journey through the absurd world of our global elites, drawing unforgettable sketches of some of the puppets who stand guard, and the jugglers and conjurers employed within.  Most spectacular of all, however, are the astonishing contortions performed by those closest to the top in order to maintain the illusion of integrity, decency and public service.

Based on the author’s first hand experiences of dealing with governments and political institutions around the world, NOTHING BUT A CIRCUS offers a rare glimpse of the conversations that happen behind closed doors, observing the appalling lengths that people will go to in order to justify their unscrupulous choices, from Dubai to Luanda, Moscow to Beijing, and at the heart of the UN and the US government.  

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Police At The Station And They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty

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Belfast, 1988:

A man has been shot in the back with an arrow.

It ain’t Injuns and it isn’t Robin Hood.  

Uncovering exactly who done it will take Detective Inspector Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, leading to a lonely clearing on the high bog with three masked gunmen forcing Duffy to dig his own grave.

Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.  And this time, help isn’t coming … 

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Sirens by Joseph Knox

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What if I was to tell you about one person?

One person who desperately needs saving?

Detective Aidan Waits lives in a twilight world – part disappeared, part in view.  He is trying to save someone – when he should be trying to save himself.

The runaway daughter of a dirty politician. 

The unsolved disappearance of a young mother.

The crime lord who knows the city’s secrets.

The disgraced detective on the edge of it all.

Many questions.  Not many answers.  Not yet.

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The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter.  Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, wilful girl, to the chagrin of her family.

But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

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He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

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He said it was consensual. The woman said nothing. But Laura saw it … didn’t she?

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura and Kit interrupt something awful.

Laura is sure about what happened. Later, in a panic, she tells a little white lie – and four lives are changed irreparably.

When the victim turns up on their doorstep, her gratitude spills into dangerous obsession. Laura and Kit decide to run – but Beth knows they have pledged to see every eclipse together. They will never be able to entirely escape her.

As the next eclipse draws near, Laura must confront the fallout from what she saw in the darkness. Confessing will cost her marriage; keeping the secret might prove fatal.

But all secrets, sooner or later, will come to light. 

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The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney

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Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before … 

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Fish Boy by Chloe Daykin

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People call me Fish Boy. My skin goes up and down like the waves. My mind goes in and out like the sea. They say I’ve always got my mouth open, but what’s wrong with that? 

Billy is obsessed with swimming in the sea, which is where he goes to wash his problems far, far away. Thanks to his mum’s mystery illness, his dad has ben forced to work extra hours to make ends meet, so Billy is often left to his own devices. Meanwhile at school, bullies mercilessly seize on Billy’s ‘otherness’ and make his life as miserable as possible – but then new boy Patrick Green, with “fingers like steel, strength of a bear” joins Billy’s class. And a mackerel swims up to Billy’s face, blows bubbles into his Vista Clear Mask goggles and says: Fish Boy.

And Billy’s whole world changes. 

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A German Requiem by Philip Kerr

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In the bitter winter of 1947, as the Russian Zone closes around the ruined city, Berliners live on fear and dubiously earned PX goods. So when an enigmatic Russian colonel asks private eye Bernie Gunther to go to Vienna, where his ex-Kripo colleague Emil Becker faces a murder charge, Bernie doesn’t hesitate for long. And Vienna is a different world: prosperous, peaceful, the gracious hostess to the Powers’ proliferating bureaucracies, her buildings and consciences almost rebuilt. Not the aptest haven for a black-marketeer and war criminal – but despite Becker’s unsavoury past, Gunther is convinced that the shooting of an American Nazi-hunter is one crime he didn’t commit.

Gradually, Gunther discovers that Vienna is a mistress of hypocrisy, her smug facades masking the lethal duplicity of another war. Communism is the Americans’ new enemy, and with the Nuremberg trials over, some strange alliances are being forged against the Red Menace – alignments that make many wartime atrocities look lily-white by comparison.

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The Pale Criminal by Philip Kerr

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It is September 1938. In a sweltering heat wave, the German people anxiously await the outcome of the Munich conference, wondering if the Fuhrer will plunge Europe into another war.

Private investigator Bernhard Gunther, formerly of Kripo – the Berlin criminal police – is hired by a rich widow to find out who is blackmailing her, an investigation in which he finds himself exploring the crankier side of modern German medicine and psychotherapy. Meanwhile, a brutal serial killer stalks the streets of Berlin, and Kripo, embarrassed at having been caught framing an innocent Jew for the murders, is not above using a little blackmail to obtain Gunther’s racially unbiased services to catch the real culprit. Boldly asking for the temporary rank of Kommissar, Gunther finds that a murder hunt for a perverted criminal soon escalates beyond all his predictions. 

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Master List of Books Read In 2017

  1. The Pale Criminal by Philip Kerr.
  2. A German Requiem by Philip Kerr.
  3. Fish Boy by Chloe Daykin.
  4. The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney.
  5. He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly.
  6. The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden.
  7. Sirens by Joseph Knox.
  8. Police At The Station And They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty.
  9. Nothing But A Circus: Misadventures Among The Powerful by Daniel Levin.
  10. Is Islam An Enemy Of The West? by Tamara Sonn.
  11. The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman.
  12. Corpus by Rory Clements.
  13. Nancy Parker’s Spooky Speculations by Julia Lee.
  14. Slow Horses by Mick Herron.
  15. Dead Lions by Mick Herron.
  16. Real Tigers by Mick Herron.
  17. Spook Street by Mick Herron.
  18. Hoffer by Tim Glencross.
  19. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.
  20. Perfect Remains by Helen Fields.
  21. Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr.
  22. Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
  23. Fragile Lives by Stephen Westaby.
  24. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory.
  25. A Twist Of The Knife by Becky Masterman.
  26. Crimson Lake by Candice Fox.
  27. The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir.
  28. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
  29. Fever by Mary Beth Keane.
  30. What Remains Of Me by A. L. Gaylin.
  31. The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom.
  32. Tease by Amanda Maciel.
  33. The Eye Of Minds by James Dashner.
  34. The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland.
  35. Beneath The Surface by Jo Spain.
  36. Seven For A Secret by Lyndsay Faye.
  37. They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story Of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery.
  38. Truevine by Beth Macy.
  39. The Last Act Of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia.
  40. Cast Iron by Peter May.
  41. Is Science Racist? by Jonathan Marks.
  42. A Handful Of Ashes by Rob McCarthy.
  43. The Fix by Liam Vaughan and Gavin Finch.
  44. Cream Buns And Crime by Robin Stevens.
  45. Why Wall Street Matters by William D. Cohan.
  46. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney.
  47. The Watcher by Ross Armstrong.
  48. Symphony For The City Of The Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson.
  49. From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters.
  50. The Break Down by B. A. Paris.
  51. The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney.
  52. Goodly And Grave In A Bad Case Of Kidnap by Justine Windsor.
  53. The Book Of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor.
  54. The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney.
  55. Faeries, Fiends & Flying Saucers edited by Kirsty Capes.
  56. Beyond The Wall by Tanya Landman.
  57. A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride.
  58. Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick.
  59. A Crime In The Family by Sacha Batthyany.
  60. Running Blind by Desmond Bagley.
  61. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale.
  62. The Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann.
  63. The Ice by Laline Paull.
  64. The Special Girls by Isabelle Grey.
  65. Bound by Benedict Jacka.
  66. Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell.
  67. The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker.
  68. Islam: The Essentials by Tariq Ramadan.
  69. Bad Choices: How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter And Live Happier by Ali Almossawi.
  70. Big Capital: Who’s London For? by Anna Minton.
  71. Before The Fall by Noah Hawley.
  72. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah.
  73. Gender, Politics And News: A Game Of Three Sides by Karen Ross.
  74. Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary.
  75. The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths.
  76. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.
  77. Gather The Daughters by Jennie Melamed.
  78. Girlhood by Cat Clarke.
  79. Last Stop Tokyo by James Buckler.
  80. The House by Simon Lelic.
  81. Three Days And A Life by Pierre Lemaitre.
  82. The Party by Elizabeth Day.
  83. From Prejudice To Pride: A History Of The LGBTQ+ Movement by Amy Lamé.
  84. Before This Is Over by Amanda Hickie.
  85. Suffragettes And The Fight For The Vote by Sarah Ridley.
  86. Blackwing by Ed McDonald.
  87. Playing With Death by Simon Scarrow and Lee Francis.
  88. S.T.A.G.S. by M. A. Bennett.
  89. Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie.
  90. The Cutaway by Christina Kovac.
  91. 101 Ways To Win An Election by Mark Pack and Edward Maxfield.
  92. Silver Stars by Michael Grant.
  93. The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley.
  94. The Force by Don Winslow.
  95. The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne.
  96. Your Life In My Hands: A Junior Doctor’s Story by Rachel Clarke.
  97. Can The Internet Strengthen Democracy? by Stephen Coleman.
  98. Will Robots Take Your Job? by Nigel M. de S. Cameron.
  99. Will China’s Economy Collapse? by Ann Lee.
  100. The Waking Land by Callie Bates.
  101. The Memory Book by Lara Avery.
  102. The Taste Of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles.
  103. Show Stopper by Hayley Barker.
  104. How To Murder By Your Life by Cat Marnell.
  105. The President’s Gardens by Muhsin Al-Ramli.
  106. The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy.
  107. Fever by Deon Meyer.
  108. Woman Of State by Simon Berthon.
  109. The Irregular by H. B. Lyle.
  110. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty.
  111. Flame In The Mist by Renée Ahdieh.
  112. IQ by Joe Ide.
  113. Shadow Man by Margaret Kirk.
  114. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent.
  115. Without A Word by Kate McQuaile.
  116. The Devil’s Claw by Lara Dearman.
  117. Cruel Mercy by David Mark.
  118. I Am Behind You by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
  119. The Money Formula: Dodgy Finance, Pseudo Science And How Mathematicians Took Over The Markets by Paul Wilmott and David Orrell.
  120. The Loneliest Girl in The Universe by Lauren James.
  121. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch.
  122. Last Argument Of Kings by Joe Abercrombie.
  123. The Strange Disappearance Of A Bollywood Star by Vaseem Khan.
  124. The Future Of Diplomacy by Philip Seib.
  125. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart.
  126. There May Be A Castle by Piers Torday.
  127. The Way Of The Strangers: Encounters With The Islamic State by Graeme Wood.
  128. The Pharmaceutical Studies Reader edited by Sergio Sismondo and Jeremy A. Greene.
  129. The Huntress: Sea by Sarah Driver.
  130. The Warrior In The Mist by Ruth Eastham.
  131. Love And Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch.
  132. The Midnight Peacock by Katherine Woodfine.
  133. I Am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdóttir.
  134. Monstress Volume One: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda.
  135. Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra.
  136. The Twelve Lives Of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti.
  137. The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan.
  138. The Unwomanly Face Of War by Svetlana Alexievich.
  139. The Impossible by Mark Illis.
  140. Blame by Jeff Abbott.
  141. Nairobi Heat by Mukoma Wa Ngugi.
  142. Striding Folly by Dorothy L. Sayers.
  143. Restless Souls by Dan Sheehan.
  144. What Is Russia Up To In The Middle East? by Dmitri Trenin.
  145. Narcocapitalism by Laurent de Sutter.
  146. Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek.
  147. Loos Save Lives: How Sanitation And Clean Water Help Prevent Poverty, Disease And Death by Seren Boyd.
  148. Need To Know by Karen Cleveland.
  149. I, Witness by Niki Mackay.
  150. Clockwork City by Paul Crilley.
  151. Anatomy Of A Scandal by Sarah Vaughan.
  152. The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris.