Red War, by Vince Flynn -
When Russian president Maxim Krupin
discovers that he has inoperable brain cancer,
he's determined to cling to power. His first task
is to kill or imprison any of his countrymen who
can threaten him. Soon, though, his illness
becomes serious enough to require a more
dramatic diversion - war with the West. The CIA
will have to send MItch Rapp to Russia under
impossibly dangerous orders.
Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan -
George Washington Black, an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar
plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his
surprise, Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and
abolitionist. Soon Was is initiated into a world where two people, separated by an
impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a
bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything and
flee. What follows is a tale of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and
asks the question, What is true freedom?
John Woman, by Walter Mosley -
At twelve years old, Cornelius, the son of an Italian-American woman and an older
black man from Mississippi named Herman, secretly takes over his father's job at a
silent film theater in New York's East Village. Five years later, as Herman lives out his
last days, he shares his wisdom with his son, explaining that the person who controls
the narrative of history controls their own fate. After his father dies and his mother
disappears, Cornelius sets about reinventing himself - as Professor John Woman, a
man who will spread Herman's teachings into the classrooms of his southwestern
university and beyond.
A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult-
The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women's reproductive health
services clinic - its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in
late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all
inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator,
sets up a perimeter and begins making plans to communicate with the gunman. As his
phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds
out that his fifteen-year-old daughter is inside the clinic  
The Wildlands, by Abby Geni -
When a category 5 tornado ravaged Mercy, Oklahoma, no family in the small town lost
more than the McClouds. Their home and farm were instantly demolished, and
orphaned siblings Darlene, Jane, and Cora made media headlines. This relentless
national attention and the tornado's aftermath caused great tension with their brother,
Tucker, who soon abandoned his sisters  and disappeared. On the
three-year-anniversary of the tornado, a cosmetics factory outside of Mercy is
bombed, and the lab animals trapped within are released. Tucker reappears, injured
from the blast, and seeks the help of nine-year-old Cora. Caught up in the thrall of her
charismatic brother, whom she has desperately missed, Cora agrees to accompany
Tucker on a cross-country mission to make war on human civilization.