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Vanity: looking for book recomendations

Posted on 09/27/2013 12:03:41 PM PDT by Hugin

Hi everyone,

Recently I've found myself with a lot of spare time on my hands, so I've been doing a lot of reading, and I'm looking for recommendations. I'm not looking for anything heavy, but basically escapist fiction, with my favorite genre being historical fiction. I've read everything by most of my favorite authors; Bernard Cornwell (Sharpe's Rifles, Saxon Tales, etc.), Conn Igulden (Emperor, Genghis series), Stephen Pressfield (Gates of Fire, Afghan Campaign, etc.), and also Michael Crichton. So I'm looking for recommendations and who better to ask than Freepers?


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Thanks to everyone in advance.
1 posted on 09/27/2013 12:03:41 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Hugin
Allow me to suggest my own novels.


2 posted on 09/27/2013 12:06:41 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Hugin

“September Hope”-
new non-fiction book about the American side of the real-life story of “A Bridge Too Far”


3 posted on 09/27/2013 12:06:42 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Hugin

God’s and Generals is a good American civil war novel based on history.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Gods-Generals


4 posted on 09/27/2013 12:07:56 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: Hugin

Lonesome Dove


5 posted on 09/27/2013 12:09:24 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: Hugin

Many years ago, my Daughter gave me the complete Sherlock Holmes. It was enjoyable reading although I later learned it didn’t have every story.

The series by Matt Bracken are pretty good escapism and you just might learn a bit too.

You can’t do better than some of the Sir Walter Scott historical novels. Also I found Jules Verne much more readable than most science fiction.


6 posted on 09/27/2013 12:09:26 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Hugin

Also Killer Angels. Same period of time.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/the-killer-angels?store=allproducts&keyword=the+killer+angels


7 posted on 09/27/2013 12:09:48 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: Travis McGee

You beat me to it.


8 posted on 09/27/2013 12:10:22 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Hugin
And for fun, anything by A. Trollope
9 posted on 09/27/2013 12:11:17 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: Hugin

Any number of James Michener’s novels....Hawaii, Texas, Poland, Alaska and my alltime favorite of his, Centennial.


10 posted on 09/27/2013 12:12:49 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: Hugin

“Unintended Consequences” John Ross


11 posted on 09/27/2013 12:13:12 PM PDT by BartMan1 (We are doomed to repeat history)
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To: Hugin

I love the Neal Stephenson trilogy starting with Quicksilver.


12 posted on 09/27/2013 12:13:17 PM PDT by Defiant (A rainbow curtain has descended upon the west, from Munich to San Francisco.)
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To: SMARTY

One of the best biographies of the WWII era was “Ashes of Honor” by a member of the French SS. Yeah I know but it really does give you a very good view of the other side.


13 posted on 09/27/2013 12:13:35 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Hugin

Was Conn Igulden’s Genghis series better than his Emperor series? I read the first book of the Emperor series and, since it had absolutely nothing to do with the historical record, I did not read any additional books in that series.

Colleen McCollugh’s First Man in Rome series is good but requires close attention. The history in it is first-rate.


14 posted on 09/27/2013 12:15:18 PM PDT by bagman
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To: Hugin

Some skinny guy from Chicago wrote a couple works of fiction.

Still available on Amazon.


15 posted on 09/27/2013 12:16:07 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Hugin

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea
Fascinating non-fiction on the discovery of the SS South America (about 1984) deep off the No Carolina coast with the load of 1st San Fran minting of Calif Gold Rush coins in 1850 found stacked beneath the sea.

Decoding the Heavens (non-fiction)
the 1st Computer? Discovered in Mediterranean off of a Greek Island (Antikytheria) and the 100 year search to figure out just what it was. Roman plunder of Greek artifacts.
Reads like a mystery novel.
Authors escape me right now — they are both on Amazom.


16 posted on 09/27/2013 12:17:47 PM PDT by bunster
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To: Hugin
Lately I've read GODDESS: THE SECRET LIVES OF MARILYN MONROE by Anthony Summers. It is a great read about the Kennedy Brothers recklessness among other themes.

I'm reading THE EXORCIST: OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Bob McCabe. It is about the making of the film but you might also consider the novel by William Peter Blatty if you've never read it.

17 posted on 09/27/2013 12:17:51 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Hugin

Anything Louis L’Amour of course and David Gemmell is good too. Peter Brett’s Warded Man (Painted Man in some countries) series is interesting.


18 posted on 09/27/2013 12:18:01 PM PDT by gtwizard
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To: Hugin
If you want to be plunged into despair over our irrecoverable financial position, I'd suggest Dave Stockman's "The Great Deformation". 740 pages of fun....


19 posted on 09/27/2013 12:18:01 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: Hugin
The Bride got me this series:

I can't put it down. I haven't devoured books like this since I first found Tolkien...

20 posted on 09/27/2013 12:18:28 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Vendome

Actually, he had one of his scumbag cronies write them for him.


21 posted on 09/27/2013 12:19:04 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: Hugin
The Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser. Start with the first book, Flashman (1969):

There are 11 others after this one. Great fun, great history, great reading.

22 posted on 09/27/2013 12:19:22 PM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Hugin

Lucifer’s Hammer(Niven & Pournelle).

Last of the Breed (l’Amour).


23 posted on 09/27/2013 12:19:57 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Vendome
added a few words...

Some skinny guy from Kenya by way of Chicago wrote a couple works of fiction.

24 posted on 09/27/2013 12:20:20 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: Hugin

Oh, and if you like historical novels of the sea, try the Master and Commander series by O’Brian or the Hornblower series by Forester.


25 posted on 09/27/2013 12:21:12 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: Hugin

http://www.ebay.com/itm/THE-ADVETURES-OF-GENERAL-MARBOT-BY-HIMSELF-JOHN-W-THOMASON-JR-1935-FREE-SHIP-/221175198354


26 posted on 09/27/2013 12:21:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Hugin

Zane Grey


27 posted on 09/27/2013 12:21:30 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Hugin

I just read a very good book called Ordinary Grace and I thought it was outstanding.

http://www.amazon.com/Ordinary-Grace-William-Kent-Krueger/dp/1451645821


28 posted on 09/27/2013 12:22:23 PM PDT by Chickensoup (...We didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Hugin

Also at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-General-Marbot-John-Thomason/dp/B0014MC0VK


29 posted on 09/27/2013 12:22:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BartMan1; Hugin

Agree: “Unintended Consequences” John Ross

Here free: http://www.zjstech.net/~ddixson/Unintended_Consequences.pdf


30 posted on 09/27/2013 12:22:50 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Hugin


31 posted on 09/27/2013 12:23:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: RedMDer
Gods and Generals

Good idea. I loved Killer Angels, never read the prequel.

32 posted on 09/27/2013 12:24:02 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Hugin

One of the greatest true adventure stories ever is Xenophon’s Anabasis or “The March up Country”.

It tells the story of 10,000 Greek mercenaries who win their part of the battle but are left stranded inside a hostile Persia and 1000 miles from home.

The Persians treacherously kill their generals at a meeting. The troops elect new generals, one Spartan and the other Athenian. Xenophon was just on the expedition as sort of a reporter but he ends up as one of the generals.


33 posted on 09/27/2013 12:24:52 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Hugin

Allow me to recommend my own modest efforts:

http://www.amazon.com/TSN-The-Sea-Grass-ebook/dp/B00E9DRBGA/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2

http://www.amazon.com/TSN-Interesting-Times-ebook/dp/B00EA6YHSG/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1/192-6581171-6780311

http://www.amazon.com/TSN-Plans-Terran-Space-ebook/dp/B00BZWRZQE/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3/192-6581171-6780311

http://www.amazon.com/TSN-Epiphany-Terran-Space-ebook/dp/B00BZWRWL2/ref=pd_sim_kstore_5/192-6581171-6780311


34 posted on 09/27/2013 12:25:04 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: Hugin

Brad Thor, Start with the Lions of Lucerne and work your way from there.
Or Clive Cussler, Dirk Pitt stories


35 posted on 09/27/2013 12:26:09 PM PDT by verga (Lasciante ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate.)
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To: Hugin

http://www.amazon.com/Above-Reproach-J-D-Kinman/dp/1475223315


36 posted on 09/27/2013 12:26:17 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Hugin
W.E.B. Griffin's series on WWII and the Korean conflict are my favorites. The Corps deals with the Marine involvement. All have fictional characters who interact with actual characters -- General MacArthur, et al. Based on substantial readings about the Korean conflict, I have found the interactions quite realistic and the real characters realistically presented as well.
37 posted on 09/27/2013 12:26:17 PM PDT by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: Hugin

Isaacson’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs
O’Reilly-—Killing Lincoln
50 American artists you should know
Illustrated History of Gettysburg

NOVELS
Thornton Wilder—The Bridge of San Luis Rey
John Fowles—The Collector


38 posted on 09/27/2013 12:26:25 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Hugin

If you’re looking for fictionalized history, I think you might like some Jeff Shaara (sp) novels. I read his revolutionary war one and rather liked it. (He also wrote some of the books mentioned above.

If you want “alternative history” ... beware, a lot of it is pabulum and dreck.

If you must Turtledove, read the guns of the south & call it quits. Kind of like Dune, it’s all downhill from there.

If you choose to scifi, check out Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. They have some good collaborative stuff, especially the Mote series

If you further choose to scifi, try Jack Vance; with a side order of dictionary.

For fantasy, you might like to try Jhereg by Steven Brust.

In general, a very worthwhile thing to investigate is the Gutenberg project, lots of very good public domain literature there. Likewise, if you have an e-reader, lots of great literature is available for free. I know I got some Mark Twain and Sherlock Holmes via ibooks.

Good luck and good reading!


39 posted on 09/27/2013 12:26:35 PM PDT by Kommodor (Terrorist, Journalist or Democrat? I can't tell the difference.)
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To: nascarnation

Actually, I thought he was referring to the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. Fantasy combined with ‘private-eye’ -style writing. Highly addictive.


40 posted on 09/27/2013 12:26:48 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Hugin


41 posted on 09/27/2013 12:27:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Hugin

I just started the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. First book is “Killing Floor”. I am about half way through book 2. They are very entertaining.
You also can’t go wrong with the series by-
Vince Flynn
Brad Thor
Alex Berenson

All are good thrillers based on the CIA type stuff.


42 posted on 09/27/2013 12:27:30 PM PDT by Big Red Clay (Greetings from the Big Red State)
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To: Hugin

Citizen Soldiers. (Killer Angels was already mentioned)


43 posted on 09/27/2013 12:28:00 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: DuncanWaring
Lucifer’s Hammer(Niven & Pournelle). Last of the Breed (l’Amour). Both excellent choices.
44 posted on 09/27/2013 12:28:18 PM PDT by verga (Lasciante ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate.)
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To: Travis McGee

If you’re looking for a complete change of pace, a friend recommended this: http://www.amazon.com/Puccinis-Road-ebook/dp/B0082TQOWO/ref=sr_1_2/189-3578645-8360900?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380309801&sr=1-2&keywords=puccini%27s+road


45 posted on 09/27/2013 12:28:24 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Hugin

No one’s said the ‘Bible’????


46 posted on 09/27/2013 12:30:30 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: Hugin
John Jakes: I read his Bicentennial Series, "The Kent Family Chronicles", in the mid-70s, and he's written many more since then.

I also recommend "Once an Eagle" by Anton Myrer.

47 posted on 09/27/2013 12:30:31 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Roccus

I second the Patrick O’Brian suggestion - will keep you happy and busy for a long, long time. And when someone brings up ‘mizzen mast’ in conversation, you’ll be all over it....


48 posted on 09/27/2013 12:30:44 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Oooops. I just realized you wanted fiction. My apologies. Why bother with fiction though?


49 posted on 09/27/2013 12:31:44 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Barack 0bama’s “Audacity of Hope” or “Dreams From My Father”. THAT’S fiction.


50 posted on 09/27/2013 12:32:56 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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