Game of Snipers by Stephen Hunter...Bob Lee Swaqgger series
Also a neck wall thickness of .004 for 338 Lapua kinda slim...Yep, it's good. Just finished it. The only thing that was a little off kilter was the bit about the helicopter at the end. Apparently Mr. Hunter didn't have a helicopter pilot to advise him, because what he describes just doesn't work that way. But aside from that the book is another winner.
I understand that he's working on yet another Bob Lee book. YAY!!
This is the age of the internet. If you want to try and make a living as a writer, good luck. BUT, if you just want your words "out there", there are any number of writer's websites that allow for new writers to stretch themselves. No doubt the members of this place would be happy to read whatever you write, and give you caustic, sarcastic, no-holds-bar criticism of said work (That's a good thing.) Heck, I'm already looking forward to reading it.But maybe I could write about it; as science fiction. To do so, I would have to start at the bottom of a tall mountain; step outside some boxes. Not such a long step for me, but still maybe an impossible one.
I'd like to try.
My 2 cents:
As much as I loved the Vince Flynn books, I think Brad Taylor's Pike Logan series is better. Brad Thor books rank third in my mind. I didn't discover Brad Taylor until just recently and I don't know how I overlooked such a good writer that also gets all the gun stuff right.
Avoid Ben Coes if you like technical accuracy. The guy is a complete idiot that does zero research for his novels.
Unintended Consequences by John Ross is a must read for any gun geek.
Stephen Hunter's Swagger books are good, but I think his earlier works are better than the later stuff. (I haven't read G-man yet.)
I love the Vince Flynn novels. I sure do hate he is gone. I appreciate the suggestion and will check out Brad Taylor since you think he is better than Vince. I need someone to take his place.
Thanks, I will.
Canadians on the Somme - the Neglected Campaign
Stalingrad - The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 Viking Press, Penguin Books (1998) Sir Antony Beevor (translated into 26 other languages)
Education: Winchester College, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He studied under the military historian John Keegan, and is a former officer with the 11th Hussars.
Stalingrad is a narrative history written by Antony Beevor of the battle fought in and around the city of Stalingrad during World War II, as well as the events leading up to it. It was first published by Viking Press in 1998. Beevor is the author of about 15 books.
The book won the first Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson History Prize, the Hawthornden Prize for Literature and the Baillie Gifford Prize (£30,000).
The book starts with Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the USSR in June 1941, and the subsequent drive into the then Soviet Union. Its main focus is the Battle of Stalingrad, in particular the period from the initial German attack to Operation Uranus and the Soviet victory. It details the subsequent battles and war crimes committed by both sides. The book ends with the defeat and surrender of the Germans in February 1943 and the beginning of the Soviet advance on Germany.
Antony Beevor conveys the reality within a conventional narrative - but he concentrates not on strategy, but more on the experience of soldiers on both sides. Number of maps and photographs could be higher - but most military books tend to be lower than I would like. Maps are expensive to create.
His account is enriched by new primary sources including reports on desertions and executions from the archives of the Russian ministry of defence, captured German documents, interrogation of prisoners, private diaries and letters from soldiers on both sides, medical reports and interviews with key witnesses and participants.
I read the book about the same time I was playing the strategic game Stalingrad on a computer. The main full battle game required 2 hours of play per night over 60 days to complete. Supply lines and unit exhaustion levels were critical factors to account for in the game playing.
The game clearly presented the extended "meat grinder" battle situation - a battle of attrition and exhaustion in an arctic weather scenario. The book also presents this impression.
As a final endorsement - I bought a second copy of the book to replace a loaned copy which never came back.
Does the book say why the Gerrmans did not encircle Stalingrad in a pincer movement and let their allies pin the Russians in the city e.g. exactly what the Russians did?