Lately we've been telling you about books that are coming out down the road in 2012—like sequels to A Discovery of Witches and The Passage; an international bestseller from Germany; or the latest from Little Bee author Chris Cleave. That's all well and good, but how does it help those readers who want something good to read right now?

Finally, here's a recommendation for a book that comes out today!

The Rook, Daniel O'Malley's debut, starts off with a Matrix-like scenario: A woman wake ups in another person's body, and she can choose to either a) have a low-profile and well-off life in the new body or b) assume the identity of the new body and attempt to figure out what the heck happened to put her in this crazy position.

Of course, she goes with option #2, and the story gets cracking. Turns out the amnesiac main character has been thrust into life as a Rook, a powered member of a secret organization called the Checquy. But are her colleagues friends or suspects? How can she defuse international crisis without knowing the history of the body she's now inhabiting?

Reviewer Michael Burgin admits in BookPage that The Rook reads like a comic book. But, he adds, "it reads like a good comic book, which is more than enough reason to keep an eye out for the next entry in the series." Will you check it out? Read more about The Rook on

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