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Old 10-25-2012, 12:44 PM
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I was looking at Follet, on your suggestion. Some other titles maybe appealed more. But again thinking about it, I do like reading other period stuff, if nothing else, to witness the lifestyle of the period in history.

I greatly enjoyed similarly books like The Count Of Monte Christo, and Atlas Shrugged beyond just the great writing, but experiencing the style of the period before I lived. I think I'll enjoy a book set in the 1200's, just hopefully the author's style agrees with me and it is educational.

Hope you like it. IMHO, Follet does a great job inserting one into 12th century England.
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I'll keep them in mind. I've found repeatedly though, for my taste, it seems when a book wins mainstream acclaim (NYT?) I don't tend to relate, ala Pulitzer winner, A Conferacy of Dunces, despite being a Pulitzer winner, I was disgusted that such nonsical garbage was celebrated by the professionals, though a book like Atlas Shrugged, who all the critics hated, but the readers found to be the greatest non-bible book ever, I found to be greater than everything I've read and since, and other examples, I find myself not generally being on the same page as the professional critics. Their agenda seem to be other than quality reading somehow.

Let me suggest that I too subscribe to the theory advanced by Groucho Marks, "Any club that would have me as a member, I don't want any part of."

However, inserting my two cents here, in this instance if you choose not to read O'Brian for that reason, you'll really be cutting yourself off from the best series of books I've ever read. Did you see the movie "Master & Commander" starring Russell Crowe a few years back? A damn good movie to look for if you didn't see it. It was based on segments of several of the books in the series.
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If you haven't read Brickhills biography of Douglas Bader, you might try it. It is a fascinating WWII book on several levels. I'm a pilot and love the flying. Bader was a double amputee from a pre-war accident and talked his way back into combat for the Battle of Brittan. He became a colorful and controversial Wing Leader.

You may know all this already. If not, I strongly recommend the book. I read it several times. Brickhill, Paul. Reach for the Sky: The Story of Douglas Bader DSO, DFC. London: Odhams Press Ltd., 1954

Stanford Tuck, was also a great Battle of Brittan ace and his conflicts with Bader are interesting. Tuck disliked Bader and his story as told in Fly for Your Life is equally as interesting. Forrester, Larry. Fly for Your Life: The Story of RR Stanford Tuck, DSO, DFC (Fortunes of War). London: Cerberus Publishing Ltd., 2005

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Get your hands on 'Mort' by Terry Pratchett... (Discworld Novels)... once you have finished that, there is a whole Discworld series to enjoy....
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Right now I'm reading Freehold, by Michael Z. Williamson. I'm about two hundred pages in of about 700. It is definitely in my top few books of all time. Can't say it is replacing my favorite, but it is right up there.

It is sci-fi. A female UN soldier of the future gets framed by the UN military, she crashes the gate of an other world embassy, seeking assylum. It's granted and she goes to this other planet that was settled by humans from earth, where they have built a great libertarian society. It is obvious that she will be pursued though ultimately. Amazing writing though.

I want to move there hahaha. Seriously, the writing is awesome, the scenes, the action, the plot, the theme, the philosophy, all top notch. Definitely one of my new top most favorite authors.
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"Deer Hunting With Jesus"

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"Marine Sniper"
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Just finishing James Lee Burke's latest novel, "Creole Belle", if you've not read James Lee Burke, I will simply say, you should. His "Dave Robicheaux" series starting with "The Neon Rain" maybe the best written "detective fiction" series I've come across, and I read a lot!

I've read 6 or 7 books of the series lately and you're right
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Waging Heavy Peace

Gives a great insight on Neil Young's life.

But the book is all over the place!!!
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Just finished the newest book by Robert Crais, "Suspect" - excellent highly recommended.

I've read all of his previous work featuring Elvis Cole, and Joe Pike - also great reads, but this book, "Suspect" I couldn't put down.

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Half way through another Michael Z. Williamson. BTW, he is retired military, lots of military and special forces stuff in his sci-fi.

Anyway, this one is called, Contact With Chaos. About the first human interaction with non-human sentients on another planet.

I'm really enjoying it.

From Wikipedia: He is retired from the United States military...He is also the Editor At Large of SurvivalBlog.com, a widely-read blog on disaster preparedness topics, with more than 250,000 readers.[2] In his free time Williamson also sells, restores and crafts swords and other edged weapons.
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I read history at home and fiction on vacation. The Hunger Games is an incredibly well written series. The last book is as good or better than the first. Same goes for the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.

Tops in history are
Washington Goes to War by David Brinkley. He tells how DC went from a little swampy town to what it has become today.

War Journal by Richard Engel. He puts the Iraq war in what REALLY happened and how Iran was happy to let us do their dirty work for them. Great read. He has cahonies the size of grapefruit.

Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton. Goes thru how the Special Forces and CIA took out the Taliban in Afghanistan. The end predicts how we lost the Iraq war when Paul Bremmer fired all of the Iraqi cops and military.

The Last Stand of Fox Company by Bob Drury. There are three life size displays at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA. A Landing Craft on Iwo Jima, a Chinook at Khe Sanh, Vietnam and Fox Company at the Chosen Reservoir. An amazing read.

Anything by Stephen Ambrose (Path Between the Seas), Rick Atkinson, David McCullough, William Shirer (The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and Berlin Diary)
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In my opinion, the very best is Martin Cruz Smith, author of Gorky Park, Red Square, Polar Star and several others.
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I know this thread goes back a ways, but having just returned from a beach vacation, I recommend "Life" by Keith Richards. His autobiography and a best seller. Great info and insights into the Rolling Stones and many facets of the music industry.
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Acknowledge Follet's greatness. It's a commitment, but The Pillars Of The Earth is one of the best books I have ever read.

I'm listening to Pillars Of The Earth on audio these days. It is quite good. Thanks for the recommendation. I was looking through the audio available for download from my library and thought it looked familiar, then recalled that it was recommended here. Good stuff.
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I just finished reading the Vince Flynn book "American Assassin". What a good read!!! I was also saddened to found out Mr. Flynn died of advanced prostate cancer June of this year. Guys GET YOUR EXAM AND PSA checked!
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I just finished reading the Vince Flynn book "American Assassin". What a good read!!! I was also saddened to found out Mr. Flynn died of advanced prostate cancer June of this year. Guys GET YOUR EXAM AND PSA checked!
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Yes, its sad that Vince Flynn passed away, I think he was 46.

They are making a movie out of American Assassin, and Bruce Willis has been cast as the Hurley character, don't know if Mitch Rapp has been cast yet. As long as it isn't Tom Cruise in the roll I'm looking forward to the movie.
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Yes, its sad that Vince Flynn passed away, I think he was 46.

They are making a movie out of American Assassin, and Bruce Willis has been cast as the Hurley character, don't know if Mitch Rapp has been cast yet. As long as it isn't Tom Cruise in the roll I'm looking forward to the movie.

IMDB stated that Chris Hemsworth was offered the lead role and he turned it down which I'm glad. I like Chris Hemsworth, but having read all of Mr. Flynn's books I've got a definite picture of what Mitch Rapp should look like and it shouldn't be a blond hair, blue eye, hulk.
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..... and Margaret Thatcher died while reading a book in bed. Gals DON'T READ BOOKS IN BED!

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..... and Margaret Thatcher died while reading a book in bed. Gals DON'T READ BOOKS IN BED!

She was like 85.
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...... and Flynn was diagnosed with prostate cancer at a young age, treated, and still died. Also

Almost every male has prostate cancer when they die, it is usually such a slow cancer that most die of something else even when untreated. The value of screening. and even treatment is still controversial but it is a fact that more men die with PC than from PC.

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The only book I have, I haven't finished coloring

More seriously, I am a Clive Cussler fan. New ones are out. Some of the new characters are not as good as the Dirk Pitt serie in my opinion but still a good read.

And I also enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books. Most people won't admit reading like most women won't admit reading Fifty Shades of Grey but both were best sellers.

Dunno about you all but I prefer having a good ole book in my hands to a pad or tablet to read.
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I've been listening to vince Flynn on audio lately, very good stuff.
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I've been listening to vince Flynn on audio lately, very good stuff.

Vince Flynn was a terrific author and Mitch Rapp is a great character.

If you enjoy Flynn's Rapp series, try the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva - a slightly more subtle character, than Mitch Rapp, but equally as effective, while working for the Israeli secret service, and as an art restorer, first book the "Kill Artist", http://danielsilvabooks.com/books/the-kill-artist/
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Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Highway by Neal Peart (Drummer for RUSH). Excellent, well written story of his travels across country on his GS as he tries to escape from the memories of lost loved ones.
He as good of a writer as a he is a drummer. He not only plays drums and writes books, he is the lyricist for RUSH. I've always loved RUSH, one of the all time best power trios and Peart is one of the all time best rock drummers. Check it out.
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One of the most interesting books I've eve read now on my forty years, and amazingly of is non-fiction. Merchants of despair, by Dr. Robert Zubrin.

I couldn't begin to explain it, just a must read for anyone interested in mankind, history, and many citations of actual scientific data regarding the topics he addresses
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Took your advice and bought "The Neon Rain"... (Dave Robicheaux) and finished it last night...

Interesting read.. There's no arguing the fact that the writer is a cut above... The writing is fantastic... easily comparable to many other of my favorite authors.. My only problem with the main character is (at least in this book)... he seems to be a bumbling alcoholic prone to acting on emotion rather than common since.. I like my leading characters to be sharp, decisive, focused...ie.. Mitch Rapp.. Scot Harvath... Dirk Pitt.. Aloysius Pendergast.. His partner was no more than a bull in a china shop...and another alcoholic..

However..The book wasn't bad.. Just different. I'll not judge the series or the character from only one book in the series. I'll pick up another couple of books and dig deeper... Thanks for the advice!!

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Took your advice and bought "The Neon Rain"... (Dave Robicheaux) and finished it last night...

Interesting read.. There's no arguing the fact that the writer is a cut above... The writing is fantastic... easily comparable to many other of my favorite authors.. My only problem with the main character is (at least in this book)... he seems to be a bumbling alcoholic prone to acting on emotion rather than common since.. I like my leading characters to be sharp, decisive, focused...ie.. Mitch Rapp.. Scot Harvath... Dirk Pitt.. Aloysius Pendergast.. His partner was no more than a bull in a china shop...and another alcoholic..

However..The book wasn't bad.. Just different. I'll not judge the series or the character from only one book in the series. I'll pick up another couple of books and dig deeper... Thanks for the advice!!

Without giving too much away, Dave Robicheaux sorts himself out as the series goes along, with ups and downs along the way, but the writing remains a cut above. HIs partner Clete, yes a bull in a China shop, continues to be consistent in that role. His daughter in real life, Alafair Burke, which is the name of his adopted daughter in the series, also writes crime fiction and teaches law at my law school alma mater. Must be some interesting discussions around the dinner table.

If you enjoyed the book, check out Lawrence Block's series featuring a New York City ex-police officer, Matt Scudder, also an alcoholic. Block writes gritty NY like Burke writes sweaty New Orleans, I think the first in the series is called "Sins of the Father".

And yes I really do like the Mitch Rapp series, and was saddened to read that the author, Vince Flynn died last year of colon cancer at about age 42

The Dirk Pitt books were ok for me, the character is a good one, but the story lines are, for me, a bit too science fiction. Haven't tried any of the Scot Horvath Books, I'll give it a try, thanks!
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I just finished reading 'Sled Driver' by former SR-71 pilot Brian Shul. Very interesting and entertaining account of his experiences and emotions flying the Blackbird. It was an eBook and now out-of-print. I wish I would have bought a hard copy when they were affordable!
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Damn!! I knew Flynn had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.. did NOT know he'd died... and so young...I wonder if there will be one last Mitch Rapp book to be offered?? I heard he had been working on one... This is so sad...

Scot Harvath is a similar character to Mitch Rapp... a man's man in covert ops.. I gurarantee you'll love them. Brad Thor is a helluva author.

Yes.. Dirk Pitt books aren't deep, but they're all fun...

My favorite literary character is still FBI Special agent Aloysius Pendergast.. If you start those.. best to start at the beginning. While each book is enjoyable on it's own merit.. there are certain story lines and characters that string the books together.

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If you enjoyed the book, check out Lawrence Block's series featuring a New York City ex-police officer, Matt Scudder, also an alcoholic. Block writes gritty NY like Burke writes sweaty New Orleans, I think the first in the series is called "Sins of the Father".

And yes I really do like the Mitch Rapp series, and was saddened to read that the author, Vince Flynn died last year of colon cancer at about age 42

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Damn!! I knew Flynn had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.. did NOT know he'd died... and so young...I wonder if there will be one last Mitch Rapp book to be offered?? I heard he had been working on one... This is so sad...

Scot Harvath is a similar character to Mitch Rapp... a man's man in covert ops.. I gurarantee you'll love them. Brad Thor is a helluva author.

Yes.. Dirk Pitt books aren't deep, but they're all fun...

My favorite literary character is still FBI Special agent Aloysius Pendergast.. If you start those.. best to start at the beginning. While each book is enjoyable on it's own merit.. there are certain story lines and characters that string the books together.

Again.. thanks for the advice.. In the winter months I'm an avaricious reader..

Yes, you're correct it was prostate cancer that got Flynn at 47, that's oh too young. He was writing a new book in the series when he died - you can check his website http://www.vinceflynn.com/ for updates. Also a movie based on American Assassin is in the works. Last I heard, the Mitch Rapp character had not been cast, but Bruce Willis was cast as Stan Hurley which I think is a terrific choice. I do hope the movie gets made (as long as they don't cast Tom Cruise as Rapp ) and that the last book is released.

Another suggestion, and since you like Mitch Rapp, you'll like Gabriel Allon, in the series by Daniel Silva. Allon is a Mossad agent / assassin, who in the series was recruited initially to take out the assassins who killed the Israeli athletes during the '72 Munich Olympics, they were known alternatively as the Baader Meinhof / German Red Army Faction / Black September terrorists. Although the books touch on that, that is not the subject of any of the books, but the series traces Allon, who when not hunting terrorists, is a classical art restorer. The first in the series is "The Kill Artist" - and his trainer / mentor Ari Shamron in the series is a lot like Stan Hurley - well written stuff.

I'll try the Pendergast series, tried it once couldn't get into it, but I'll track down the first book and start there.
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I'm a great fan of the Michael Connelly novels.

Also John Sandford, whether the Lucas Davenport or Kidd novels.

Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta novels - certainly the early ones but then she seemed to go through a rough patch but has since re-discovered her form.

Patrick Robinson, Clive Cussler's Pitt books (but not the ones which are titled Clive Cussler with ...................)

CS Forester's Hornblower's series are first rate books

Frederick Forsyth - a good deal better than Ken Follett for the most part IMHO

Len Deighton both fiction and non-fiction

John Grisham's earlier stuff particularly The Firm which is a favourite of mine.

Going back a bit try beating Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett

And even further back Jane Austen - books need a good opening line and what can beat this from Pride and Prejudice:

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." It just sets the scene for all that follows.
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That's if you dont mind reading about France's history .

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Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Highway by Neal Peart (Drummer for RUSH). Excellent, well written story of his travels across country on his GS as he tries to escape from the memories of lost loved ones.
He as good of a writer as a he is a drummer. He not only plays drums and writes books, he is the lyricist for RUSH. I've always loved RUSH, one of the all time best power trios and Peart is one of the all time best rock drummers. Check it out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa0C5Uxpd3c

I read that many years ago. It got a bit long in the tooth, but a good read non-the-less.
He is by far a better drummer/song writer than writer.
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If you have not read Stealing Speed, by Max Oxley, you really should as it is a quick read about an amazing time in motrocycling racing. Amazon says it is the compelling story of how one of Japan's biggest motorcycle manufacturers stole a Nazi rocket scientist's engine secrets from behind the Iron Curtain to conquer the world. A reviewer from Amazon said the following "A excellent book! I cannot believe this story is not more well known and written about. The story about Ernst Degner is amazing and full of twist and turns, this book should be made into a movie. I enjoyed the story about Walter Kaaden, it makes me appreciate what a great man he really was and receives so little recognition still to this day for his dedication to the advancement of the 2 stroke engine. This book is a fast moving story that I did not want to put down until I was finished. Matt Oxley is a fine writer and gives insight that only a motorcycle racer could, especially when describing the racing action at the Isle of Mann TT.
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Same here. I liked Neon Rain and have been reading the series on and off. I'm now reading Crusader's Cross, #14 in the series.
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Glad I'm not the only one to feel this way... Have liked or loved all of the Clive Cusller (Dirk Pitt) books that he wrote solo.. Yet every single one that had his name and a co-author sucked so bad that I couldn't get through a single chapter.. WTF??!

My theory is that the greedy old bastage sold his name to some crappy authors to get their books to sell. Maybe he edited those books.. or gave advice.. or just charged them a hefty fee.. It's obvious he didn't write them... Sad to see a well respected writer whore out his own name for money.

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I used to read all the Dirk Pitt books, but found the co-auther books boring and stopped reading these a couple years ago.
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Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's - Pendergast Series

Lee Child's - Jack Reacher Series

Vince Flynn's - Mitch Rapp Series

Every Dean Koontz book but especially Odd Thomas Series

John Connolly's - Charlie Parker detective series... Creepy and fascinating

P.T. Deutermann's - Cam Richter novels

All of Jim Butcher's - Harry Dresden novels

Wilbur Smith's - Egyptian. Novels

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell - Non-Fiction
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Lots of interesting books there. I enjoyed the "Horatio Hornblower" series by C. S. Forrester. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Hornblower. He also did wrote what I consider to be a great book about a destroyer captain leading a convoy across the Atlantic in WWII, "The Good Sheperd." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good_Shepherd_(novel).

Well, Mr. Forrester is long gone, and I've read all his books. There is another, similar series, starting with "Kydd," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kydd_(novel), by Julian Stockwin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Stockwin).

Finally, if you haven't read it yet, I recommend "Fate is the Hunter" by Ernest K. Gann. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fate_Is_the_Hunter

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If you liked the Hornblower series I think you will love the Jack Aubrey series starting with "Master and Commander" written by Patrick O'Brian - beautifully written and historically accurate about Jack Aubrey, a British Naval Commander and his close friend and ship's surgeon Steven Matarin, tracing the captains career through 20 novels. Russell Crowe starred in the movie "Master and Commander" based upon the contents of a few of the novels about 5 or 6 years ago.
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Currently reading Marcus Lutrell's Lone Survivor. I didn't want to see the movie before reading the book. It's such a gut-wrenching story I might not see the movie until it's out on On Demand. I don't want the whole movie theater hearing me cry like a baby.
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My favorite literary character is still FBI Special agent Aloysius Pendergast.. If you start those.. best to start at the beginning. While each book is enjoyable on it's own merit.. there are certain story lines and characters that string the books together.

Again.. thanks for the advice.. In the winter months I'm an avaricious reader..

Pendergast has always been one of my favorite characters. Completely unique character development and I like the somewhat spooky background in the novels. If you like Pendergast, may I suggest the Charlie Parker mysteries by John Connolly. I'm pretty sure you'll love them.
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Since we're sounding off on favorite reads, my list would not be complete without Louis Lamour. The entire Sackett series is classic American literature. Of course, I've read almost all his books and have NEVER been disappointed. I have downloaded most of them to the iPad and occasionally find myself revisiting old favorites. I almost never do that with other authors. They are simple books, simply written and full of adventure.
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Last couple of books I have read or David Baldacci's "The Hit" and "The Innocent".

John Sandford's "Storm Front"

Just started reading Steve Pressfield's "Gates of Fire"

"Lone Survivor" is in the queue with "The Moon in the Nautilus Shell"
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On the non-fiction side I would also recommend the following books:

"Outlaw Platoon" by Sean Parnell
"Lions of Kandahar" by Rusty Bradley
"The Trident" by Jason Redman

My son who returned from Afghanistan last summer recommended "Lions of Kandahr". I would strongly recommend not reading "Outlaw Platoon" or "Lions of Kandahar" if someone close to you is currently stationed in that hell hole.

"American Sniper" by Chris Kyle is a good book, but not at the intensity of those first three.

I read "Lone Survivor" and would put it between "Outlaw Platoon" and "Lions of Kandahar" as to how well it draws the reader into the story. They all gave me goosebumps because I never forgot that what's written wasn't from some writers imagination, but real men lived these events.
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"The Trident" by Jason Redman

My son who returned from Afghanistan last summer recommended "Lions of Kandahr". I would strongly recommend not reading "Outlaw Platoon" or "Lions of Kandahar" if someone close to you is currently stationed in that hell hole.

"American Sniper" by Chris Kyle is a good book, but not at the intensity of those first three.

I read "Lone Survivor" and would put it between "Outlaw Platoon" and "Lions of Kandahar" as to how well it draws the reader into the story. They all gave me goosebumps because I never forgot that what's written wasn't from some writers imagination, but real men lived these events.

I read American Sniper and it was good. When I get done with Lone Survivor I will check out Lions of Kandahar. Thanks! And a big thank you to your son!
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I haven't finished the book but broke down and went to the movie last night before it goes away. I wouldn't put very high up my scale on "must see movies". But it does bring attention to what our troops sacrifice.
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no, never been done before...

but I would love to hear/read your interpretation...
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but I would love to hear/read your interpretation...


That was a question that I asked, Paul.

I would first like to read your work if you have read 'all' the Book(s) a few times..
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That was a question that I asked, Paul.

I would first like to read your work if you have read 'all' the Book(s) a few times..

we'll mr. bear, I can't claim to have read all the books of the great religions but I have some familiarity with the Torah, king james, and koran. and have dabbled in the gnostic gospel as well as satanic verses... plus a little of the hindu and buddhist faiths along with native american beliefs... if you have a favorite, we can discuss...

as far as my own writing, I don't do fiction - just technical stuff that will make your eyes bleed
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Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's - Pendergast Series

Lee Child's - Jack Reacher Series

Vince Flynn's - Mitch Rapp Series

Every Dean Koontz book but especially Odd Thomas Series

John Connolly's - Charlie Parker detective series... Creepy and fascinating

P.T. Deutermann's - Cam Richter novels

All of Jim Butcher's - Harry Dresden novels

Wilbur Smith's - Egyptian. Novels

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell - Non-Fiction


Good call on the Jack Reacher series. I ran out of Mitch Rapp stuff, which was some of my all time favorites, and saw you recommended it and Reacher. I recently saw the movie and enjoyed that. Glad I saw the movie before the books, otherwise I think it would have disappointed. But anyway, the Reacher stuff is fun stuff. You might also enjoy the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben.

Otherwise I did just finish deliverance a few minutes ago, it was pretty good. If was one of many books I saved to read someday from back when I used to buy and sell used books.
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