GUN METAL HEART
Haynes knows how to deliver high-octane action scenes that will make readers shudder with delight and terror. He also writes strong female characters, and there are few stronger than freelance operative Daria Gibron. Men who know her are scared to be in the same room with her and women try to emulate her, minus the violence and gunplay. Fans of the Brad Thor and Robert Ludlum vein have a new author to enjoy.
Daria Gibron is trying to leave the spy game and has moved to Italy to enjoy life. When a former colleague tracks her down and asks for her help to protect a scientist, she can’t resist jumping back into action. Things immediately go wrong when she learns that a Serbian mercenary group has their sights set on the asset. They are working with a woman who had similar training to Daria and has a vendetta against her. There are CIA operatives seeking revenge against Daria, and her former boss appears to have secrets of his own. Daria will have to rely on herself to save the day. (MINOTAUR, Aug., 320 pp., $25.99)