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Old 06-05-2009, 10:19   #41
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Simon Kernick writes a good Thriller / Crime novel. Would recommend Relentless as a very good read. Picked it up on a whim due to an overnight hospital stay and finished it on my first day of being there. Certainly a book i didnt want to put down. Severed is another good read
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Old 06-05-2009, 11:37   #42
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You wanted war stories.

Try 3 Para, the story of the regiments time in Afghanistan;

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And Apache, about a Apache helicopter piolt in Afghanistan. You may remembe the story from last year about the Apache pilot who rescued a shot marine.

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Also, Eight Lives Down. The story of a bomb disposal expert in Iraq.

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The best one I read though is Sniper One.

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Wow guys, overwhelming response!

I was expecting a couple of suggestions and that would be it!

Ive got loads wrote down now, I like the idea of the 3 below,

Red Storm Rising for my War/action type book
Da Vinci Code for my mystery type book
Yes Man for the comedy (I watched the film recently and thought it was funny, but will seein the film ruin the book?)

How do these seem, I think 3 books will be enough for 2 weeks lol.

Cheers again for all of your suggestions.

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Old 07-05-2009, 09:49   #45
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For Yes Man, the film won't ruin the book (the plot diverges quite a bit) - the book is much better and brilliant British humour. You'll love it and it's a very easy + quick read.

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Old 07-05-2009, 09:53   #46
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Red Storm Rising is excellent - one of the few books I've read multiple times.
Da Vinci Code is also good - I'd recommend buying Angels and Demons too (the prequel) as it's (IMHO) a better read and, let's face it, Dan Brown books are read in about 2 hours
Not read Yes Man. The only comedy I can think of to recommend are the Stephen Clarke "Merde" series...quite an entertaining read if you ever have been to France.
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Also Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure is worth a read as is America Unchained.
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One thing i miss about Shamaniac not posting anymore is his spitting fury whenever the Da Vinci Code was mentioned

Probably not enough latin in it.
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Any of the R.D.Wingfield Frost books are well worth reading and each is much better than the tv series.
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One thing i miss about Shamaniac not posting anymore is his spitting fury whenever the Da Vinci Code was mentioned

Probably not enough latin in it.
He was right to be annoyed about something which can have this as its first paragraph:

"Renowned curator Jacques Sauničre staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum's Grand Gallery. He lunged for the nearest painting he could see, a Caravaggio. Grabbing the gilded frame, the seventy-six-year-old man heaved the masterpiece toward himself until it tore from the wall and Sauničre collapsed backward in a heap beneath the canvas. " My italics.

There seem to be two people in that last sentence
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Homicide : A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon. Cracking book but then again I am a 'The Wire' addict. Brilliant writing and grips you from start to finish.

I'm in the middle of Generation Kill at the moment - that's good too.
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John Grisham A Painted House - well written easy to read - outstanding - most of his stuff is good

Jeffery Deaver most anything but Sleeping Doll is ace

Birdsong Sebastian Faulks - a book you will never forget
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One thing i miss about Shamaniac not posting anymore is his spitting fury whenever the Da Vinci Code was mentioned

Probably not enough latin in it.
Dan Brown is readable - but he copies a lot of his plots from other stories - he uses a team of writers - and his books are blatently written with a film script in mind.

That said I have read a lot of them and enjoyed them enough to finish them.

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Homicide : A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon. Cracking book but then again I am a 'The Wire' addict. Brilliant writing and grips you from start to finish.

What a totally fantastic book and my recommendation. Two fun sized thumbs up from me.
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one fine day in the middle of the night by Christopher Brookmyre

The occasion: high school reunion.
The place: an oil rig converted into a tourist resort.
The outcome: carnage.

Gavin is creating a unique 'holiday experience', every facility any tourist who hates abroad will ever want, will all be available on a converted North Sea oil rig. To test the facilities he's hosting a reunion for his old school (none of his ex-classmates can remember him, but what the heck, it's free). He is so busy showing off that he doesn't notice that another group have invited themselves along -- a collection of terrorist mercenaries who are occasionally of more danger to themselves than to the public. And they in turn are unaware that Inspector MacGregor has got wind of their activities. Within twenty-four hours Gavin's dream has blown to the four winds, along with a lot of other things. Fast, rabidly funny, and seriously over the top.

Dress Casual. Bring your own bullets.
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