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Old 01-14-2018, 11:02 AM
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New author for me, Chuck Hogan. Two good ones: Prince of thieves and Devils in Exile. Prince of Thieves was made into the movie.
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Check out Carl hiaasen like I mentioned. Fun read about Florida characters.
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Originally Posted by mahi231 View Post
Agree with A Land Remembered as a must read Florida history novel, and the Doc Ford series, Travis Mcgee series, and Carl Hiaasen. If you like "Skink" in some of the Carl Hiaasen books then look at Tim Dorsey's books.

I recently read the 1st 2 books in the Jesse McDermitt series by Wayne Stinnett, Still not sure about them but the character's home base is Marathon and he ex special forces, kind of a combination of Travis McGee & Doc Ford.
I just bought Florida roadkill last night based on this post, good read so far. Thanks. I love me some skink.
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Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman

True story of how the grandson of John D Rockefeller and son of Nelson Rockefeller came to be eaten by cannibals in New Guinea back in 1961. Absolutely you can't make this shit up story in a superbly written book.
It will leave you hungry for more....
I can't believe I haven't read this yet. I spent four weeks in Greenland with Carl Hoffman in 1999; the trip was a chapter in his first book Hunting Warbirds.

I am reading a book that I can't recommend for this thread--Under the Mountain Wall by Peter Matthiessen. It's a chronicle of natives in New Guinea from a 1961 expedition with Michael Rockefeller (though not the trip when he was eaten). It's a tough read because he identifies many natives by name and uses their names for food, structures, tools etc. and it's hard to follow.

I just found this story; it was written in 2014 at the time Matthiessen died: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/m...homegoing.html

" In the living room, on the wall behind the piano, is a set of photographs from an expedition Matthiessen undertook to New Guinea with Michael Rockefeller in 1961, a trip that Matthiessen would turn into “Under the Mountain Wall” (1962). As we stood in front of the images — tribal boys throwing spears through a hoop hurled aloft, warriors approaching one another in aggression — Matthiessen mentioned that a recent book by the journalist Carl Hoffman confirmed his suspicions that Rockefeller was killed and eaten by Asmat warriors on a later expedition."

I do recommend Killing Mr. Watson by Matthiessen. It's his take on the true story of Bloody Ed Watson, a farmer on an island in the Everglades who was gunned down by a posse of Chokoloskee residents because of rumors he was killing his farm help. Can get a little thick due to the number of characters but the imagery he uses to describe a scene is incredible.

I'm a big fan of Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey since both set darkly humorous novels in real Florida locations. And here's a third vote for Undaunted Courage.
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A few Authors to check:
Nelson Demille
Michael Crighton
Stuart woods
Dennis Lehane
Clive Cussler
I forget the authors name but " the girl with the dragon tattoo" trilogy was a fantastic read.
Much better than the movie.
Agree with the Travis McGee ( John D McDonald) series, I read them all, great.
Also second the lee child/ jack reacher series .

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Semper Fi and the rest of the series by W.E.B.Griffin, not a big reader but couldn't put these down.
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Shadow Divers
Jackson Battle of New Orleans
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Originally Posted by crazybeard View Post
Check out Carl hiaasen like I mentioned. Fun read about Florida characters.
Hilariously Clever and easy reading.
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Man it's so subjective but there are some good recommendations here. If your into fiction, I'll add another vote for John D. MacDonald and the Travis McGee series.

Plus another for the earlier Randy Wayne White "Doc Ford" novels. If you get 3/4 of the way through the series like another poster in this thread, then that's a good time to stop because his writing and stories went downhill from there.

Another vote here for Carl Hiaasen. Also check out Tom Corcoran. He has about five or six book in a series that take place in Key West.

Finally, if you like the outdoors and stories that awaken the adventurous spirit within you... I highly suggest you read Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry and follow it up with Comanche Moon. Stop there as the rest of the books in the series are disappointing, but Lonesome Dove is one of the best fiction novels I have ever read in terms of imagery, character development, and adventure.
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The River God series by Wilbur Smith, anything by David Baldacci, The agent Pendergast books by Preston and Child..start with "Relic", The Alienist by Caleb Carr.




Great book
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Thought The Cuban Affair was just OK. Really enjoy DeMille, so I was bit disappointed.

Shadow Divers was excellent.

Endurance by Scott Kelly about his year on the International Space Station was very good too.

Before We were Yours, historical fiction about the Tennessee adoption scandal in the 40's (?) was very good.

Think its been mentioned here before too, but "Before the Fall" by Noah Hawley about the survivors of a plane crash off Long Island was excellent.
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James S.A. Corey's "The Expanse" series is very good.
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Jack DuBrul - Pandora's Box - Philip Mercer Series - Always entertaining
Clive Cussler - Pirate - goes into the Oak Island Treasure - Like all of his books - always has an adventure to entertain the reader with
Dale Brown - Good Military Stuff
Robert Ludlum - The Janson Option - He also wrote the Borne Series
- I basically like anything with a decent story to follow to keep me turning the pages.
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Cracker Cop
Author: Lawrence Scott
Published: Rutledge Books, July 2002

FYI: The author is a popular member here
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Originally Posted by niteatnicks View Post
Jack DuBrul - Pandora's Box - Philip Mercer Series - Always entertaining
Clive Cussler - Pirate - goes into the Oak Island Treasure - Like all of his books - always has an adventure to entertain the reader with
Dale Brown - Good Military Stuff
Robert Ludlum - The Janson Option - He also wrote the Borne Series
- I basically like anything with a decent story to follow to keep me turning the pages.
Clive Cussler....somewhere in his books there will be a minor character who pops up with the name Clive Cussler.
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I just bought Florida roadkill last night based on this post, good read so far. Thanks. I love me some skink.
OMG... Tim Dorsey...where is he. For years I flew somewhere in North America every week. Bought my first Dorsey book boarding a plane home on a Friday night. I was in First so beverages were frequent. Was laughing so hard that the rest of the folks wanted to know what I was reading. Loved that series he did.
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Horse Soldier was a great book. Hope they keep the movie true to the book.
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Originally Posted by north coast View Post
A few Authors to check:

I forget the authors name but " the girl with the dragon tattoo" trilogy was a fantastic read.
Much better than the movie.

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Anything by John D. MacDonald (don't just focus on the Travis McGee)
Anything by John Sandford (in my opinion, writes the best, tightest dialogue out there)
For Florida-based . . . the Jake Lassiter series by Paul Levine. He'll never win a Pulitzer, but a good airplane read.
If you like sci-fi, try the Old Man's War series by John Scalzi, and the Front Line series by Marko Kloos. I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, but these are really good.
x2 on Lonesome Dove.

I'm currently reading The Fifties by David Halberstam.

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