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    I find William Johnstone's non western books to be fantastic. His "Ashes" series will keep you entertained and occupied since there's so many.

    There's also Invasion USA and its follow up 'Border War'. Phoenix Rising is also good. He wrote things that seem prophetic at times.

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    Starship Troopers is excellent. Sadly I still think General Krulak remembered how great the book was, added it to the reading list, and said we would implement some ideas from the book but it had been too long since he had read the book and the movie garbage got in the way.
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    Well this thread has been dead for over a year now, but I thought I'd give it a little bump. A few months back I began reading W.E.B. Griffin's "The Corps" series. Fantastic series for anyone that hasn't read it yet. It's historical fiction based in WWII. I was immediately hooked by Griffin's writing style and the quality of his material. I'm on book 8 now, which is a little disappointing; there are only ten books in the series.

    I haven't decided yet if I'll move on to another Griffin series or if I'll try out Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series. We'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC12 View Post
    I find [b] William Johnstone's non western books to be fantastic. His "Ashes" series b[/] will keep you entertained and occupied since there's so many.
    I read all 3 of these books. Also you might like a series written by Jerry Ahern in the 1980s I think called IIRC either The Survivor or The Survivalist. (This guy has a real fetish for a pair of Detonic's 45s he carries everywhere.)

    John Wesley Rawles and John Carpenter (Alma The Younger) both have written great fiction based on a possible scenario of a civil war or revolt in America when The People tire of politics as usual. Unintended Consequences by John Ross is fiction based partially on facts like Ruby Ridge and Waco. UC is 835 pages IIRC but it's a real page turner when you get into it. It too would have made a GREAT MOVIE tho it also might have made Americans revolt overnight.
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    Right this very moment I'm reading,"Patriots" by James Wesley Rawles.

    Next up will be "The Circle" by Dave Eggers
    Amazon.com: The Circle eBook: Dave Eggers: Kindle Store

    It's about a woman who gets hired by a mega sized tech company that takes on a life of it's own controlling privacy and what people see, hear and ultimately do.

    Here are 2 reviews of the book:

    “A vivid, roaring dissent to the companies that have coaxed us to disgorge every thought and action onto the Web . . . Carries the potential to change how the world views its addicted, compliant thrall to all things digital. If you work in Silicon Valley, or just care about what goes on there, you need to pay attention.”
    —Dennis K. Berman, The Wall Street Journal

    “Fascinating . . . Eggers appears to run on pure adrenaline, and has as many ideas pouring out of him as the entrepreneurs pitching their inventions in The Circle . . . [A] novel of ideas . . . about the social construction and deconstruction of privacy, and about the increasing corporate ownership of privacy, and about the effects such ownership may have on the nature of Western democracy . . . Like Melville’s Pequod and Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel, the Circle is a combination of physical container, financial system, spiritual state, and dramatis personae, intended to represent America, or at least a powerful segment of it . . . The Circlers’ social etiquette is as finely calibrated as anything in Jane Austen . . . Eggers treats his material with admirable inventiveness and gusto . . . the language ripples and morphs . . . It’s an entertainment, but a challenging one.”
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    Well I am waiting for Matt Bracken to get his next one done, Lone Survivor, Edge Of Trust, Warrior, Life and Legend of Marcus Luttrell, American Sniper, Seal of Honor.

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    Mark Twain:
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    patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittypat21 View Post
    Well this thread has been dead for over a year now, but I thought I'd give it a little bump. A few months back I began reading W.E.B. Griffin's "The Corps" series. Fantastic series for anyone that hasn't read it yet. It's historical fiction based in WWII. I was immediately hooked by Griffin's writing style and the quality of his material. I'm on book 8 now, which is a little disappointing; there are only ten books in the series.

    I haven't decided yet if I'll move on to another Griffin series or if I'll try out Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series. We'll see.

    What are YOU reading these days?


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    I suggest reading all of the Griffin series. They are all great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pittypat21 View Post
    ...I haven't decided yet if I'll move on to another Griffin series or if I'll try out Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series. We'll see.

    What are YOU reading these days?...
    All of the early Tom Clancy novels were great. Red Storm Rising was probably my favorite. After a few years, Clancy kind of retired, and just hired a staff of lesser writers to write under his name, and to write novels "inspired by" Clancy's characters. Big disappointment!

    If you really like to read, I have to suggest Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. The book has absolutely nothing to do with any of the things you said you were looking for. No modern combat, nothing about Marines or the Middle East. Not an "action adventure" novel as we generally think of one, by any stretch. It also has nothing to do with anything that I would have considered my "interests." I generally prefer action/adventure/espionage type stuff, and sci-fi. If I had read a synopsis of the book before I picked it up, I wouldn't have touched it with a ten-foot pole. It's set in the 12th century, and sounds like something in which I'd be totally uninterested. It also happens to be one of the best books I've ever read. Could not put it down! I have never been "transported" to another place & time like I was by Pillars of the Earth.

    I strongly suggest you give it a try!
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    I may have said this before, but "Shogun" by James Clavell is probably one of the very best books I've ever read. It's very long but after the first couple of chapters, you never want it to end.

    If you've ever lived in Japan you have to read it. It's about Japan when the Europeans first started trading with it. Lots of violence but a fabulous story line.

    http://www.amazon.com/Shogun-James-C...eywords=shogun
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    Quote Originally Posted by svgheartland View Post
    Something of Value - Robert Ruark
    A powerful and important book. It's one of my favorites of all time.

    Also a surprisingly good read is Shane. All about courage and honor.

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    most of Stephen Hunter books having to do with marine sniper Swagger.

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    Term Limits by Vince Flynn.

    I couldn't put it down.
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    The late Vince Flynn was my absolute favorite followed closely by
    Brad Thor
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    John Wesley Rawles

    If you Want to read a book that will really freek you out and is a very plausible senerio read
    One Second After by William R. Forstchen

    You wont ever forget this book. Jim
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