Leave No Trace Reviews



“Leave No Trace is an expertly crafted gut-punch thriller. The action leaves you aghast, always guessing and very glad you read it. A.J. Landau takes no prisoners when it comes to high octane, fast moving storytelling.”—Michael Connelly, creator of Bosch and The Lincoln Lawyer

“A breakneck-paced story with characters whom readers will be excited to see more of.” ―firstCLUE

“This must-read thriller is addictive and engaging.” –Library Journal (starred review)

“An action-packed, coast-to-coast thrill ride, Leave No Trace will leave you breathless.” ―Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“I barely had a chance to breathe while reading LEAVE NO TRACE, it was that exciting. The pacing is lightning speed and the expertise of the characters fascinating and completely believable. Bravo to Ayers and Land for pulling off a timely, pulse-pounding thriller!”

–Tess Gerritsen, NYT bestselling author of THE SPY COAST

“From its opening barnburner of a shocker to its throat-clutching conclusion, Leave No Trace left me breathless. Don’t miss this debut―especially with its promise of more mayhem to come!” ―James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestseller of Kingdom of Bones

“Landau explodes onto the scene with this breathless thriller that delivers breakneck action and high drama set against the awe-inspiring wonder of our national parks. A must-read for anyone who loves suspense and national monuments.” ―Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

“A terrific thriller that includes fascinating research about our magnificent U.S. National Parks. Fact and fiction combined to make an excellent read.” –Karin Slaughter, New York Times and #1 international bestselling author

“A great story and an intriguing issue … a solid winner!”—Lee Child, creator of Jack Reacher

Leave No Trace is an outstanding thriller, from its explosive opening to the final twist at the end. Highly, highly recommended!” –Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of the Pendergast series

Landau’s monumental debut novel brings us a brand-new action hero who will easily make the jump onto the big screen. I can already hear Hollywood calling to set up the next big franchise. Landau weaves in historical information about the national monuments making this book both a seat-clutching, thrill ride and an education. I’m in! –Kristoffer Polaha, actor and author

“You know a story that begins with a terrorist attack on the Statue of Liberty is going to be a tense, edge-of-your-seat nail-biter, and LEAVE NO TRACE by A.J. Landau is all that and more. This no-holds-barred, white-knuckle thrill ride grabbed me from the first page and held tight until the very end. More, please!” — Karen Dionne, author of the #1 international bestseller The Marsh King’s Daughter and The Wicked Sister

“The beating heart of this high-energy, adventurous novel is its thought-provoking, present-day warnings about the perils our country faces from dangerously misguided souls who defame the meaning of Patriots.”– Kenneth Johnson, Amazon Bestselling Author, Creator of the original V miniseries

A gripping thriller with heart where ordinary people, as opposed to superheroes, go toe-to-toe with a ruthless band of terrorists. –J.A. Jance

A.J. Landau’s Leave No Trace brilliantly captures the motivation of anti-government militias and the grit of security forces protecting us against them. It’s so believable, I’m using the plot as a terrifying example in my next Homeland Security course!–Dr. Laura Manning Johnson, former CIA WMD analyst and DHS all-hazards planner, currently teaching at Georgetown University

“… an expertly plotted thriller that starts fast and only ramps up as the story unfolds. You might think you have this one figured out and know how it’ll end, but trust me, you don’t. Pre-order this one early and clear your schedule. You’ll thank me later.” ―The Real Book Spy

“One of the best books of the year.” ―Red Carpet Crash

“The fast and furious Leave No Trace manages to announce the arrival of this new thriller voice with authority and should leave readers begging for more.” ―Mystery Scene

“Huzzah, A. J. Landau, and here’s hoping you are hard at work on the next Walker/Delgado adventure!” ―Bookreporter

“Nonstop action that allows for close attention to the solid characters.” ―Shelf Awareness

“Leave No Trace changes the stakes, even as it changes the game, a literary earthquake that measures a ten on the Richter scale. The aftershocks just keep coming, leaving us holding onto our chairs for dear life with one hand while the other ferociously flips the pages of this pop culture masterpiece.” ―San Francisco Post

“Told in knife-sharp suspense, rich prose, and characters that resonate in a mirror reflection of today’s timely cultural issues, Leave No Trace is an investment in entertainment and a powerful social commentary.” ―Press-Republican

“This was an action-filled, smart, and seriously readable thriller… A.J. Landau is off to quite the start, and I can’t wait to see where we go with them next.” ―Mystery & Suspense