First Thrills: High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors (First Thrills complete)
New York Times bestselling author Lee Child and International Thriller Writers, Inc., present a collection of remarkable stories in First Thrills. Showcasing many of the organization’s bestselling authors as well as rising stars in the genre, here are twenty-five brand-new, never-before-published stories packed with murder, mystery, and mayhem.
• A cunning criminal thinks h...more
01 The Thief by Gregg Hurwitz- 5 stars
Other than reading a short story bu Hurwitz in another ITW inc. anthology, I am not famil...more
Although quick reads for the most part, several of these short stories are rather pedestrian and predictable for anyone who reads widely. Unfortunately, Editor Lee Child’s “The Bodyguard” is among these: good fast-paced action with a weak ending. But balancing this assembly is Marc Paoletti’s “Chloe,” which is not a tale for the squeam...more
3 - not my cup of tea; never grabbed me.
4 - pretty good stuff; good story.
5 - amazing...I didn't want the story to end.
4 - The Thief, by Gregg Hurwitz
5 - Scutwork, by CJ Lyons
The book has achieved its purpose of introducing through a story, authors that a reader may not ever come across. I will look out for McKenzie and Cantrell now.
As in all story collections you will have to take the good with the bad. Now the premise for the book I do like. A bunch of known thriller writers get together and write stories to be published for free. The reasoning is to sell a collection of stories that contains new writers they feel are going to be the next big thing. The part I found funny was that the big authors were the ones that I found that their stories sucked. Bill Camerons story...more
It's a nice hardcover book with the price of $25.95 US on the inside dust jacket. There are 25 stories in this collection, most of which are from thriller authors plus a couple mystery and even a little horror sprinkled in. There isn't any theme to the collection, which I think would have made it better, so if that's the only kind of collection you enjoy reading, you might want to keep looking.
The stories were good, and they were as promised, very thrilling....more
Scutwork, by CJ Lyons - 3
The Bodyguard, by Lee Child - 4
Last Supper, by Rip Gerber - 3
After Dark, by Alexa Kava & Deb Carlin - 2
Wednesday's Child, by Ken Bruen - 3
Eddy May, by Theo Gangi - 3
The Plot, by Jeffery Deaver. - 3
Eye of the Storm, by John Lutz & Lise S Baker - 2
The Dead Club, by Michael Palmer & Daniel James Parker - 3.5
Underbelly, by Grant McKenzie - 4
The Gato Conundrum, by John Lescroart - 4
The Princess of Felony Flats, by Bill Cameron. - 3
The concept of established authors helping unknown authors along is admirable but the established authors should put forth...more