Political thrillers are great. They're most often a mix of brain and brawn and they give us a chance to get behind the scenes of a part of society many of us are never privy to first-hand. We also get to ride along with an individual who might know just as little as us about navigating the worlds of poli-speech, discovering where the true powers lay in the scheme of things, and who is really working for whom... It's a good recipe for intrigue and action!
And it makes sense that America would be a hot-bed for political thriller writers - think Michael Connelly, Jeffrey Archer, Vince Flynn... the list goes on and on, and little wonder when the state of politics in the good ol' US of A seems a swirling miasmic minefield of betrayals, press control, and hidden agendas... what a source of inspiration for willing authors!
But what about Europe?!? European political thrillers have often been the poor cousins of the big budget American titles, but I'd like to speak out for the Euro-Political-Thriller and encourage you all to try some out.
Not only do we encounter the world of politics but with the Euro versions we also get conflicting cultures trying to outwit each other, the language barriers of neighbouring countries, and recent history - don't forget that there are wars ongoing in places like Turkey, Ukraine, and the ever-present threat of Russia - a heady mix to spark the creative juices of European thriller writers
So here's a list of ten recent Euro-Political-Thrillers for your enjoyment. There are some excellent ingredients here including (of course) the MI6, people-smuggling, an ever meddling Russia, and a whole lot more troubles of our times - just remember as you read, trust no one!
Not all political thrillers are written by American authors, and here's a slice out of the European side of things.