By Alison Bunis
How’s your 2020 to-read list looking? Nice and neat, every book listed in the order you want to read them? You know exactly what books you’ll be reading when for all of 2020, right? It’s almost January, everything should be all planned out…Yeah, no one does that. Not even the Forge team, and we’re pretty big book nerds here. Even if you tried to make a list like that, it can be so hard to stick to, because sometimes you see a book that you just have to read this very second. We get it.
But we do like to know what great stuff we can look forward to reading in the upcoming year, and we figured you might, too. So here’s a list of six of the great books coming out from Forge this year! Put them on your (disorganized, not-in-any-particular-order) to-read list now!
Nobody Does It Better by Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross (2/11/20)
For over five decades, the cinematic adventures of James Bond have thrilled moviegoers. Now, bestselling authors Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross take you behind-the-scenes of the most famous and beloved movie franchise of all-time filled with reflections from over 150 cast, crew, critics and filmmakers who reflect on the impact of this legendary movie franchise as well as share their thoughts about their favorite (and least favorite) 007 adventures and spy mania which gripped fans the world over in the wake of the success of the James Bond films. Get your martini glasses out, and get ready to learn the incredible, uncensored true stories of the James Bond franchise, from the birth of Bond through the latest adventures. Don’t worry—since Nobody Does it Better is hitting shelves on February 11th, there’s plenty of time to read it before No Time to Die comes out in April!.
Crash by David Hagberg and Lawrence Light (4/28/20)
Whether you’re a financial junkie or have never gotten closer to the stock market than watching Wall Street, Crash will strike a chord with everyone who remembers the 2008 financial crisis. Much like in our reality, the world’s economies are groaning under too much debt. If one thing goes wrong, the entire rickety system collapses. In Crash, with debt-burdened governments and businesses worldwide about to go bust, a cabal of Wall Street big shots plot to provide that one thing that goes wrong. In 24 hours, a powerful computer worm will smash the exchanges and spark an international panic. The Wall Street gang’s investment bank will be the last one standing, able to make a killing amid the ruins.But when one of the bank’s computer experts, Cassy Levin, spots the worm, she invents a program to destroy it, and her bosses have her kidnapped. When Cassy disappears, her boyfriend Ben Whalen, a former Navy SEAL, starts looking for her, and ends up stumbling onto the entire plot. Now Ben only has one day to save the woman he loves and prevent a global economic collapse like we’ve never seen before.
The Nemesis Manifesto by Eric Van Lustbader (5/19/20)
Get excited for a new series from Eric Van Lustbader, packed with Russian meddling, American fragmentation, global politics, and the adventures of singular new hero Evan Ryder. Evan is a lone wolf, a field agent for a black-ops arm of the DOD, who has survived unspeakable tragedy and dedicated her life to protecting her country. When her fellow agents begin to be systematically eliminated, Evan must unravel the thread that ties them all together…before her name comes up on the kill list.
The list belongs to a mysterious cabal known only as Nemesis, a hostile entity hell-bent on tearing the United States apart. As Evan tracks them from Washington D.C. to the Caucasus Mountains, from Austria to a fortress in Germany where her own demons reside, she unearths a network of conspirators far more complex than anyone could have imagined. Can Evan uproot them before Nemesis forces bring democracy to its knees?
Death Rattle by Alex Gilly (7/14/20)
When Carmen de la Vega’s boyfriend tries to kill her, she hands over all her savings to a smuggler and sets out from Tijuana in a small, leaky boat. Within sight of the California coast, the boat starts to sink, and its passengers have to be rescued by border patrol. Soon after, Carmen turns up dead in a privately-operated Migrant Detention Center. Neither Nick Finn, the officer who saved Carmen from drowning, or his wife, human-rights lawyer Mona Jimenez, are satisfied with the prison’s account of what happened to Carmen. Trouble is, the company that runs the prison is on the verge of signing a billion-dollar procurement contract with Homeland Security. And there are people in this world for whom a billion dollars is worth a whole lot more than one human life. Or even three.
South of the Buttonwood Tree by Heather Webber (7/21/20)
If you were enchanted by Heather Webber’s Midnight at the Blackbird Café, then boy do we have good news for you: she’s got a brand new book this July, filled with just as much warmth, magic, and charm as her first. This time, we meet Blue Bishop, a town outcast who has a knack for finding lost things. While growing up in charming small-town Buttonwood, Alabama, she’s happened across lost wallets, jewelry, pets, her wandering neighbor, and sometimes, trouble. No one is more surprised than Blue, however, when she comes across an abandoned newborn baby in the woods, just south of a very special buttonwood tree.
Meanwhile, Sarah Grace Landreneau Fulton is at a crossroads. She has always tried so hard to do the right thing, but her own mother would disown her if she ever learned half of Sarah Grace’s secrets.
The unexpected discovery of the newborn baby girl will alter Blue’s and Sarah Grace’s lives forever. Both women must fight for what they truly want in life and for who they love. In doing so, they uncover long-held secrets that reveal exactly who they really are—and what they’re willing to sacrifice in the name of family.
An Irish Country Welcome by Patrick Taylor (10/06/20)
In the close-knit Northern Irish village of Ballybucklebo, it’s said that a new baby brings its own welcome. Young doctor Barry Laverty and his wife Sue are anxiously awaiting their first child, but as the community itself prepares to welcome a new decade, the closing months of 1969 bring more than a televised moon landing to Barry, his friends, his neighbors, and his patients, including a number of sticky questions.
A fledgling doctor joins the practice as a trainee, but will the very upper-class Sebastian Carson be a good fit for the rough and tumble of Irish country life? And as sectarian tensions rise elsewhere in Ulster, can a Protestant man marry the Catholic woman he dearly loves, despite his father’s opposition? And who exactly is going to win the award for the best dandelion wine at this year’s Harvest Festival?