The First Order, Jeff Abbott, Grand Central

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In the fifth Sam Capra thriller, the American intelligence agent is shocked to discover that his brother, whom he watched (via videotape) being murdered, may be alive. Not only that, but he just might be an assassin-for-hire whose latest assignment is to kill the Russian president. Can Sam save the president and his brother, or will he have to sacrifice one to save the other? Fast paced and just plausible enough to satisfy readers who demand realism in their adrenaline-fueled thrillers, the book should definitely appeal to action fans. Each novel in the series can be read as a stand-alone, which means newcomers can plunge right in. Go for it.

This review originally appeared in Booklist, December 2015.

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