Nothing beats curling up on the couch with a stack of new books to read while you’re stuck inside because of the rainy weather. So, consider yourself lucky when you look at the book release calendar for May 2015 — there are a ton of great new books coming out next month. May will bring us a few new books to read from New York Times-Bestselling authors as well as a unique look behind the scenes of one of the UFC’s most popular MMA fighters. If you’re in the mood to pick up a new book or new ebook, you have plenty of choices next month.
So without further ado, here are the top 5 best new books to read out of the May 2015 releases:
1. Radiant Angel
Author: Nelson DeMille
Release Date: May 26, 2015
After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey’s new assignment with the DSG—following Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission—is thought to be “a quiet end,” he’s happy to be out of the FBI. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn’t: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia.
Prescient and chilling. DeMille’s new novel takes us into the heart of a new Cold War with a clock-ticking plot that has Manhattan in its crosshairs.
Nelson DeMille is a New York Times bestselling author who wrote The Gold Coast, Plum Island and The General’s Daughter, to name a few. His novels tend to avoid typical or expected endings that will make the reader wonder what will happen to the protagonist next. With nearly 20 published novels — many of which became bestsellers — it’s safe to say that DeMille knows how to use a pen.
2. My Fight/Your Fight
Author: Ronda Rousey
Release Date: May 12, 2015
In this revealing memoir, undefeated UFC champion and Hollywood star Ronda Rousey charts her difficult path to glory, revealing her tragic childhood and her father’s suicide, her meteoric rise to fame, the secret behind her undefeated UFC record, and what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth.
Ronda Rousey quickly took the MMA world by storm as she became the inaugural woman’s UFC Bantamweight Champion and hasn’t looked back since. She finishes her opponents with lightning speed, including a 16-second victory to brag about. Her consistent victories has placed her among the elite pound-for-pound best fighters in the UFC, and now she wants to tell her story in a revealing book, touching on what drives her and how she does what she does so well. My Fight/Your Fight is sure to be a must-read book for any martial arts fan or aspiring young MMA fighter.
3. The Heir (The Selection Book 4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: May 5, 2015
In this fourth romantic novel, follow Illéa’s royal family into a whole new Selection—and find out what happens after happily ever after.
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!
The Selection series comes to an end, and judging by the early reviews, it wraps up very well. The Heir (the fourth book in the series) is like a mash-up of reality TV and fairy tales with romance, as Princess Eadlyn may have had her heart stolen by one of the competitors. Will she find happily ever after?
4. The Enemy Inside: A Paul Madriani Novel
Author: Steve Martini
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Official Synopsis (Back Cover):
Defending an innocent young man, defense attorney Paul Madriani uncovers a morass of corruption and greed that leads to the highest levels of political power in this electrifying tale of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Steve Martini.
One of the most successful lawyers in the country, Olinda Serna is a master at managing money as well as her influential clients. After years of fierce combat in the political trenches, Serna knows all the dirty secrets, where the bodies are buried, and how deeply they are stacked. When she’s killed in a roadside crash in the high desert of Southern California, powerful heads in Washington begin to panic, worried that their secrets may not be safe anymore.
Alex Ives, a friend of Paul Madriani’s daughter, is accused of vehicular manslaughter in Serna’s death. Ives claims he had only one drink on the night of the accident, yet he can’t remember anything between the time he left for a party north of San Diego and the moment he woke up in a hospital the next morning. He’s still dazed and a little bruised, but also obviously very afraid. After all, a woman is dead, and he’s sure he didn’t kill her.
To save an innocent young man’s life, the brilliant defense attorney must uncover everything he can about Serna and her clients—no matter how unsavory—a search that will lead him into a vortex of corruption, and at its center, a devious killer poised to strike again.
Steve Martini’s best works are the Paul Madriani novels (and The List, in my opinion). The latest in the Paul Madriani novels, The Enemy Inside, shows more of the character’s varying challenges. It’s a terrific series that skips the gimmicks and just provides very compelling courtroom drama based around a hard-working and interesting protagonist, Paul Madriani. These novels are also great as audiobooks.
Author: Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
Release Date: May 26, 2015
In 1902, the volcano Mt. Pelée erupts on the island of Martinique, wiping out an entire city of thirty thousand—and sinking a ship carrying a German scientist on the verge of an astonishing breakthrough. More than a century later, Juan Cabrillo will have to deal with that scientist’s legacy.
During a covert operation, Cabrillo and the crew meticulously fake the sinking of the Oregon—but when an unknown adversary tracks them down despite their planning and attempts to assassinate them, Cabrillo and his team struggle to fight back against an enemy who seems to be able to anticipate their every move. They discover that a traitorous American weapons designer has completed the German scientist’s work, and now wields extraordinary power, sending the Oregon on a race against time to stop an attack that could lead to one man ruling over the largest empire the world has ever known.
Clive Cussler has made it on the New York Times Bestsellers list many times with great adventure novels such as Ghost Ship, Mirage and the Silent Sea. Many of his books are sea themed, and Piranha is no exception. Piranha marks the return of leader Juan Cabrillo and his crew of the Oregon as they fake the sinking of their own ship. It sounds like another great adventurous tale.