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Old 04-05-2009, 19:08   #21
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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon IMO is better than both Angels and Demons and The Davinci Code, it is a fanatstic book and the prequel "The Angel's Game" is out at the end of the month.

I can't wait for it.
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Old 05-05-2009, 13:32   #22
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How about the Repairman Jack novels by F. Paul Wilson - the first one is the Tomb which is about a guy who helps people fix problems they can't go to the Police about. However there is a supernatural element to his novels you might not like, but there is certainly a lot of action.

Gerry Carroll wrote some excellent novels based on his experiences in Vietnam as a SAR helicopter pilot. Definitely worth reading. P.T. Deuterman is also worth reading (his early stuff is excellent) Scorpion in the Sea in particular is a rattling good read about an attack on a US carrier (not in print but you can find it used on Amazon), Official Privilege a thriller about a sex murder involving a US Senator and a cover up.

Sara Paretsky and her novels about Chicago based PI V.I. Warshawski are all well worth reading.

Don't rule out WW2, there are some truly outstanding military biographies around that are entertaining and informative. One of the best has to be To War in a Stringbag by Charles Lamb - he had what can only be described as "an interesting war" including being sunk, taking part in the sinking of the Italian Fleet, flying spies into North Africa and being given excellent reasons to hate the French.
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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon IMO is better than both Angels and Demons and The Davinci Code, it is a fanatstic book and the prequel "The Angel's Game" is out at the end of the month.

I can't wait for it.
Just goes to show, doesn't it - I hated "The Shadow Of The Wind" and would recommend Angels and Demons above it.

The Sara Paretsky recommendation is good.

Another thought - Denis Lehane's Kenzo series of books are good. "Gone Baby Gone" was based on his book of the same name, and he wrote a few episodes for The Wire too. Really enjoyable and worth a look if you like that kind of thing (PI type stuff and both good and easy to read).
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Old 05-05-2009, 14:30   #24
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Those two are Ok, but whatever you do, don't read "digital fortress" by Dan Brown. my god, i don't know how a book this poor could have ever got into print - it's utterly inept in style, vocabulary and story. Easily the worst book i've ever experienced (and i read 100+ books a year for the last 30 years).

It's so bad, it made me cross just reading it.
I gave this a go stright after The DaVinci Code and couldn't get beyond the first chapter, just couldn't get into it and i never quite put my finger on why.
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Old 05-05-2009, 15:03   #25
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Nice thread, I'm after some good suggestions for a holiday read next month.

I picked up The Da Vinci Code as my first read for a very long time a couple of years back and agree it would fit the bill as, despite it's flaws, it's an easy read. As is Angels and Demons, but I wouldn't read them both in quick succession as they're essentially the same story re-hashed.

Yes Man by Danny Wallace is another easy read with some good humour and is ideal for a return after a long break from reading.
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Shantaram by Gregory Davis Roberts.. fantastic book.
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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold which I'm currently reading at the moment and loving is also an excellent read.
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Another to add to the Tom Clancy list - Without Remorse although as a standalone Red Storm Rising is the best
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Robert Crais writes good and easy to read detective novels set in LA, and they are written with a good sense of humour. Also recommend the early Lee Child books. Could be worth trying a couple of Quick Reads if you want to try out different authors (http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=thedvd...ds=quick+reads).

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Old 05-05-2009, 19:41   #30
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I'd pick Red Storm Rising too if looking for a Tom Clancy novel. Best one he ever did. Also loved It by Stephen King.
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Shantaram by Gregory Davis Roberts.. fantastic book.
That it may be, but if you're wanting to do anything *other* than read on holiday, it may not be the best choice.


No-one seems to have recommended any comedy yet, so I will. "Getting Rid of Mister Kitchen" by Charlie Higson. It's black comedy, and dead funny.
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Nick Hornby is good for comedy. Also quite liked Ben Elton's earlier stuff.

The Contortionist is a fantastic book, quite short and very easy to read.

Brad Meltzer is OK too.
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Two that I have enjoyed recently:

Deception Point - Dan Brown
Righteous Men - Sam Bourne
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Harlen Coben, James Patterson, Michael Connelly if you like crime/mystery books and if you want some humour as well you could try Carl Hiaasen.
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else, could try agatha christies, all good who done its - i prefer the poirot to the other ones.
Agreed

'The A.B.C Murders' and especially 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd', are great Christie mysteries and can be picked up very cheap.
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Chickenhawk by Robert Mason - a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam war. A much better read than I thought it would be when I picked it up for 10p at a summer fete - which I find is by far the best place to buy books for holiday reads. Read 'em, dump 'em and use the space for booze!

BTW you only need to take one book by Brown or Clancy - read one, read them all.

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Does it have to be fiction?

One of the funniest books I've read is the original Red Dwarf book "Better than life" and it's sequel "Back to reality" isn't bad I hear.

I'm working through "Tricks of the mind" which is very enlightening and funny at the same time, but that's non-fiction.
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Agree with Chickenhawk - a bloody good read.

How about Ian Rankin's Rebus novels, well written with excellent plots.
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I second Red Storm Rising. Also try World War Z by Max Brooks, Timeline by Michael Chriton is also a good read.
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For a generic thriller I would recommend Michael Marshall's books. They're not a patch on his earlier sci-fi stuff (I'm really hoping for a return to form) but they're still not a bad read.

The Straw Men, Lonely Dead and Blood Of Angels are all part of a trilogy in that order. The Intruders and Bad Things are standalone, the latter has just come out so is available in supermarkets for about £3.50 too, but it's not so great. Out of the 5, The Straw Men is easily the strongest and the one I'd recommend.

Still, if you do want something a bit different and absolutely brilliant, go with Only Forward by Michael Marshall-Smith
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