The Best Real Life Action Thrillers set in US
We are looking for page-turner novels which could be both contemporary or historical (like the 60s) and it is full of actions. FBI investigations, espionage and crime themes are part of these novels.
The list is also live on Goodreads, if you know any addictive novel or author, feel free to add to this list.
Insomnia by Ron Costello
The KGB sneak a biological weapon into the United States and hide out in a small, unsuspecting Philadelphia community. They slowly test the highly contagious, Bacillus C-29 and observe the initial effects in this fast-paced adventure. Is Insomnia a first strike thriller loaded with Russian agents, espionage, and heart-pounding suspense?
YES, but there’s so much more to this intriguing novel: two off duty detectives risk their lives and careers by taking on the Irish mob; in a perilous situation, a kidnapped nine-year-old girl and a Russian scientist, both autistic, find their ability to speak and form a common bond; a man with a speech disorder finally gets respect in a blue-collar town by standing up to fight a giant; and four high school baseball players, struggling for their first winning season, discover the pandemic plot through an Irish psychic.
Burn You Twice by Mary Burton
Ten years ago as an undergrad, Joan Mason escaped an arsonist’s fire. Shaken, she fled the small collegiate Montana town, leaving behind friends and not looking back. Now a Philadelphia homicide detective, Joan’s trying to put her traumas to rest. It’s not easy. Elijah Weston, the classmate who torched her house, is out of prison and returning to Missoula. Gut instinct tells Joan he’ll strike again. To stop him, she must return to the past as well. To face not only the man she fears but Detective Gideon Bailey, too. The man she loved and left behind.
The Silence by Kendra Elliot
A man is savagely murdered outside Portland, and Detective Mason Callahan finds blood-spatter evidence that tells a troubling story. Files reveal the murder victim, Reuben Braswell, was a radical conspiracist. In his home, investigators find pages of diatribes against law enforcement as well as ties to Mason’s fiancée, FBI special agent Ava McLane. The victim was her informant—and had strong reasons to be paranoid.
To Ava, Braswell’s rants were those of a wearying and harmless man…until they collide with her investigation into the murders of police officers and finding the connection becomes urgent. Meanwhile, Braswell’s brother and Ava’s twin sister both disappear, and disturbing acts of sabotage target Ava’s personal life.
The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado
FBI Special Agent Nina Guerrera escaped a serial killer’s trap at sixteen. Years later, when she’s jumped in a Virginia park, a video of the attack goes viral. Legions of new fans are not the only ones impressed with her fighting skills. The man who abducted her eleven years ago is watching. Determined to reclaim his lost prize, he commits a grisly murder designed to pull her into the investigation…but his games are just beginning. And he’s using the internet to invite the public to play along.
The Spider Heist by Jason Kasper
After being used as a scapegoat by a corrupt former boss, she is unceremoniously fired from the FBI. Now, with her reputation, pride, and years of service stripped away, Blair just wants to start over.
But when a chance date turns into a mysterious job offer, her past comes crashing back to haunt her.
In a flash, Blair becomes entangled in a high stakes bank heist. Her status as a former FBI-agent-turned-hostage transforms her into an instant media sensation. And the unwanted attention makes her a target for ruthless killers that will stop at nothing to silence her.