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By Thomas A Watson is not a bad fictional action series.

The Grey Man
By J L Curtis is a modern day Western.

The Red series of books
By William C Dietz
 

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These are older but I enjoyed both of these Vietnam War books.

Charlie Mike

The Five Fingers Is it Fact or Fiction based on Gayle Rivers first-hand account of events?
I've read it 3 times, always enjoyed it. It sits about two steps away on the shelve.
Gayle Rivers... is fascinating. When you look at all of the books he wrote... They are all cutting edge with "issues" that will pop up several years after he has introduced the subject... Like PATCON etc. Many things about his stories in the late 70's and 80's were cutting edge now in hindsight and he intentionally sabotages story credibility with glaring "errors". Someone once told me that Redford's character in "Spy Games" was a homage to Gayle Rivers and an insult...between friends.... Redford driving a limey racing green 911 at the end would have never happened because he was verbal in his disdain for anyone driving anything from Porsche that wasn't white or silver.

Lynne Black's "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is another must read Vietnam War biography. I wish he would write part 2.
 

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Just finished Clancy's Rainbow Six. Sorry to say it was not as good as Without Remorse IMO. It needed a proofreader for starters to eliminate the typos; those really bug me. It was also a good 150 pages too long as Clancy liked to repeat himself too much. I very much liked John Kelly in Without Remorse, a strong dedicated warrior. I actually enjoyed the scene where he tortured Billy, the drug-runner, in the decompression chamber, from a medical viewpoint (I'm a retired RN). He was the same as John Clark in Rainbow Six. Now, I freely admit I'm not the most macho guy in the world. I just like to go the the range to shoot, talk to a few guys I know there, compete in some of the range competitions there. Never in the military, actually got turned down for medical reasons. Therefore, Idk how much of Clancy's manly images were real or hyped up (let the flaming begin). I'm just curious from a civilian POV.:unsure:

Alas, this story seemed just a bit too far-fetched for me.
 
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It was also a good 150 pages too long as Clancy liked to repeat himself too much. ....

This is the main reason I have quit reading most of Clancy's stuff. The books are just too danged long and spend too much time on minutia. The story could be told, very well, in about half the pages, which would make the reading easier and more enjoyable. If I want a bunch of technical details, I'll read a technical manual. I want an entertaining and engaging story. Obviously many disagree with me, as Clancy seems to continue to sell books at a good rate. He just doesn't sell them to me!
 
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Anything from Kurt Schlicter, but this one's the best.
 

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I very much enjoyed Vince Flynn‘s Mitch Rapp series. I thought that Brad Thor’s were good but not quite at the same level as Flynn’s. I just finished reading a book titled One Second After. This book may cause some to lose sleep at night. It is about what would happen to the United States after an EMP. However, I have no idea if the book is even factual. If anyone is into WWII aviation the book Stuka Pilot is very interesting as it is written by a German that served in the war.
 
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I'll second Lawrence Block.


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John leCarre is an oldie but goody IMO.

John Hart who had a big debut success with "King of Lies" has a good style. I enjoyed the book even though it was more of a Why Done It than a whodunit.

Martin Cruz Smith always has a strong character-driven mystery plot.
 

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Let's see if one of my favorite authors has a sense of humor
 

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Anybody have good books about Rhodesia or the fall of Yugoslavia? They have become my fascinations the last couple years.
 

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I very much enjoyed Vince Flynn‘s Mitch Rapp series. I thought that Brad Thor’s were good but not quite at the same level as Flynn’s. I just finished reading a book titled One Second After. This book may cause some to lose sleep at night. It is about what would happen to the United States after an EMP. However, I have no idea if the book is even factual. If anyone is into WWII aviation the book Stuka Pilot is very interesting as it is written by a German that served in the war.
One Second After was fkn terrifying. It did give my wife nightmares
 
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    One Second After was fkn terrifying. It did give my wife nightmares
    Agreed. I read it shortly after it's release ten plus years ago. Reagan had raised a red flag years before regarding the effect of EMPs and had tried to implement countermeasures. The current state of affairs makes things notably worse. Everything has chips including your refrigerator, LRF and and Kestrel. I was also aware of the fact that there are natural sources for EMPs that could leave much greater area effected than nuclear. We have already seen the effects of simple bugs introduced into computer systems. We can't even deal with that.

    The beginning addresses the threat. The body of the book addresses the results. It makes a case that human beings are capable of anything which makes a great read but is not necessarily a reflection of the what would happen. On the other hand the threat itself is absolutely real. The introduction of effective cyber attacks makes the vulnerabilities much easier to expose.
     

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    Agreed. I read it shortly after it's release ten plus years ago. Reagan had raised a red flag years before regarding the effect of EMPs and had tried to implement countermeasures. The current state of affairs makes things notably worse. Everything has chips including your refrigerator, LRF and and Kestrel. I was also aware of the fact that there are natural sources for EMPs that could leave much greater area effected than nuclear. We have already seen the effects of simple bugs introduced into computer systems. We can't even deal with that.

    The beginning addresses the threat. The body of the book addresses the results. It makes a case that human beings are capable of anything which makes a great read but is not necessarily a reflection of the what would happen. On the other hand the threat itself is absolutely real. The introduction of effective cyber attacks makes the vulnerabilities much easier to expose.
    A. American Survivalist series is all about an EMP scenario, which may or may not have been released by our own government after/during a coronal mass ejection... which in the book is akin to the current administration. Books were actually written during the Obama administration.

    If nothing else, read books 1-3. It's actually pretty reasonable from a potential human behavior standpoint of how bad things would be, and how quick it would get there.
     
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    I just finished the first book in the Orphan X series by Andrew Hurwitz. It was pretty entertaining and worth a read. I'm good enough that I'm going to keep going with the series, at least for now.