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18 Fictional Heroes On the Right Side from the Literary World, Part 2
NewsReal ^ | March 10, 2011 | David Forsmark

Posted on 03/10/2011 6:50:47 AM PST by TheHawksNest

Throughout the history of popular fiction, the New York Times Book Review and the literati have done their best to focus public attention on writers of the Left. Nevertheless, readers have confounded them by tending to choose heroes with a more traditional, pro-American outlook and a decidedly un-nuanced view of good guys and bad guys.

So while Fletcher Knebel was cranking out critically acclaimed hardcover political thrillers like Seven Days in May from the Left, he and his ilk were being vastly outsold by paperback writers like Donald Hamilton, Mikey Spillane, Edward S. Aarons and other pulp paperback writers who featured he-man heroes.

In a more modern era, Tom Clancy, Dean Koontz and Vince Flynn have all dominated the bestseller list, leaving series like Sara Paretsky’s ultra-feminist private eye, and James Lee Burke’s (excellently written but decidedly left leaning) series in the dust.

So, here, in somewhat chronological order, is volume two of my series on 18 of the best heroes to star in their own series of mysteries, thrillers, and espionage novels. Some are not overtly political, but none are politically correct—still others deserve mention because they swam upstream against the prevailing literary trend of the time.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsrealblog.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: books; fiction
Some great reading recommendations in this series, and many that I haven't read.

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1 posted on 03/10/2011 6:50:52 AM PST by TheHawksNest
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To: TheHawksNest

Naval officer Horatio Hornblower should be on this list.


2 posted on 03/10/2011 7:02:49 AM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: TheHawksNest

My favorite bookstore is free!
http://arthursclassicnovels.com/index.html


3 posted on 03/10/2011 7:06:12 AM PST by ArtDodger (Reread Animal Farm (with your kids))
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To: ArtDodger

Great link.

One of the reasons I’m such a big fan of my Kindle is all the free content that’s available.


4 posted on 03/10/2011 7:10:28 AM PST by TheHawksNest
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To: TheHawksNest

I hoping my Kindle is waiting for me when I get home today. Took me 3 months to get around to ordering it, and I am really looking forward to getting started with it.


5 posted on 03/10/2011 7:22:54 AM PST by tarawa
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To: TheHawksNest
I usually read long non-fiction books on history. However, I am going on a trip next month and do not want to lug my current 1,000 page tome with me. I'd like some sort of page turner to keep me occupied on the plane.

A long time a go, I read a half dozen or so of Robert Ludlum's books before I burned out on them. I am thinking of trying Vince Flynn. I have heard him on Hugh Hewitt's show several times. anybody here into the Flynn novels? Is he the new Ludlum?

6 posted on 03/10/2011 7:24:15 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: tarawa

I love mine. I thought I would miss the feel of a book in my hands, but I really don’t. Enjoy!


7 posted on 03/10/2011 7:40:04 AM PST by TheHawksNest
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To: Sans-Culotte

I can’t comment on Vince Flynn, since I haven’t read anything of his, but you might be interested in Dean Koontz; I’ve read several of his books, and I like his “Frankenstein” series.

This series is a re-telling and updating of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” (which would be a good book to read anyway, if you haven’t already).

The first in the Koontz series is titled “Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son”, and this is followed by “City of Night”, “Dead and Alive”, and “Lost Souls”. I am just now starting “Lost Souls”, so I can’t comment on it, but I really enjoyed the other books, and IMHO, each one is better than the one before.

All of these books are available in paperback, and are definitely great page-turners. I hope this helps a little!!

—Rad


8 posted on 03/10/2011 7:55:02 AM PST by Radagast the Fool ("Mexico-Beirut with tacos!"--Dr. Zoidberg)
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I have never read any Koontz novels; but I saw the TV movie version of Intensity. It was such a horrific story I assumed Koontz only wrote blood-bath stories. I see people reading his books all the time.
9 posted on 03/10/2011 9:03:41 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: TheHawksNest

Was part 1 posted, as well? I cannot find it.


10 posted on 03/10/2011 9:30:05 AM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Shery
Part 1
11 posted on 03/10/2011 9:53:02 AM PST by TheHawksNest
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To: TheHawksNest

bfl


12 posted on 03/10/2011 1:57:01 PM PST by fightinJAG (TAXPAYERS OF THE WORLD UNITE)
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To: Sans-Culotte

I didn’t see the movie of “Intensity”, and haven’t read the book either, so I will take your word that the movie was horrific, and will probably avoid the movie-and I thank you for letting me know!!

Koontz is usually rather graphic in his depiction of violence, but IMHO, there is far worse out there(another dicussion altogether, I guess!!) and at least with Koontz the violence has some point to it.


13 posted on 03/11/2011 8:21:47 AM PST by Radagast the Fool ("Mexico-Beirut with tacos!"--Dr. Zoidberg)
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