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Posted: 3/19/2006 4:03:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/19/2006 6:26:26 PM EDT by Mantis]
I know this has been covered before, but I lost the list.

I need to use up some bookstore gift certificates and I'm looking for some good reading material. I've already read Unintended Consequences and really enjoyed it. I have also already have most of Stephen Hunter's books and have read most of the Marcinko books. Any suggestions?
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 4:08:18 PM EDT
Most of W.E.B. Griffin's books are top notch. I would pass on his OSS series.
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Link Posted: 3/19/2006 4:10:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By tc6969:
Dean Koontz will keep you reading for years.



+1

Velocity
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 4:12:31 PM EDT
If you haven't read them yet, get these nonfiction military books:

The March Up by Bing West and Ray Smith
No True Glory by Bing West
Not a Good Day to Die by Sean Naylor
Masters of Chaos by Linda Robinson
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 4:15:35 PM EDT

Hunting the Jackal by Billy Waugh. True story of a 50-year veteran of Army Special Forces and the CIA. This guy joined the Army and fought in Korea in 1951, and was tramping around the mountains of Afghanistan with an M-4 on his 71st birthday in late 2001. The guy lived an almost unbelievable life.

Link Posted: 3/19/2006 5:37:49 PM EDT
Reluctant Warrior by Micheal Hodgins
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John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces
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Link Posted: 3/20/2006 5:49:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By BobCole:
Most of W.E.B. Griffin's books are top notch. I would pass on his OSS series.



Excellent suggestion.

"Ghost" by John Ringo is somewhat similar to the books you mentioned, however there is some graphic sex in the middle 1/3 of the book if that kind of thing is not to your taste.



Aimless, if I remember correctly I posted a thread last year about picking up this book and how cool it was. At that time I was only about a 1/4 of the way through it, and after I finished it I nearly went back and updated my thread with a warning to stay away from it, since it was so different from the other Ringo books I had read.

I think you were one of the only people to post in that thread, so it looks like you picked it up on my recommendation. Sorry!
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 6:45:28 AM EDT
"Eye of the Needle" or "JackDaws" by Ken Follet. Set in WWII, usually about spys and insurgency. There is another book by Follet, the name escapes me. Has something to do with the word Horent in it, like maybe Flight of the Hornet. Was his best one in my opinion. About a German spy who is in Britain, finds out plans about D-Day, and is in a rush to get back to Germany.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 6:47:58 AM EDT
Can we tack one of these "need help picking a good book" threads?
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[Last Edit: 3/20/2006 10:09:07 AM EDT by Aimless]
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:11:31 AM EDT
The Red Badge of Courage.

~Dg84
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 11:04:44 AM EDT
Another vote for Bing West ... "The Pepperdogs" you're welcome Stay safe
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 11:53:05 AM EDT
Try Jeff Shaara Im reading his series on the Revolution and they are pretty good IMO

He also wrote Gods and Generals and the book that the movie Gettysburg was based on
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 11:54:00 AM EDT
The Bible.
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[Last Edit: 3/20/2006 12:02:35 PM EDT by DOW]
"The Forgotten Soldier" by Guy Sajer. Best nonfiction book I've ever read, bar none.

"With The Old Breed: At Pelelieu and Okinawa" by EB Sledge. First runner up.

Both are outstanding first person accounts of infantry combat at the tip of the spear, in WWII on the Eastern Front and in the Pacific. Both books changed me.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 11:58:27 AM EDT
A. N. Roquelaure... Sleeping Beauty Novels
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 1:02:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By tc6969:
Dean Koontz will keep you awakereading for years.



fixed!
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 1:59:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
Can we tack one of these "need help picking a good book" threads?



Excellent idea !
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 2:34:32 PM EDT
Gstes of Fire
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 3:11:06 PM EDT
I'm currently majoring in English, (what punk, American not good enough for ya?), and if you've ever served in the military in any capacity I recommend Catch-22. The way Joseph Heller catches the beauracracy is amazing. You'll laugh your ass off.
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[Last Edit: 3/20/2006 3:27:51 PM EDT by Jarhead_22]
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