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Old 01-17-2018, 04:51 AM
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Originally Posted by kimbo View Post
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.
Isn't he the guy that sings Yamo Be There ? Yeah, he's pretty good.
Old 01-17-2018, 08:29 AM
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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.
The latest came out this month. I have all of them. Great books
Old 01-17-2018, 08:50 AM
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Sammy Hagars RED. Very smart guy. Made millions with 2 different companys, not including the bars.
Old 01-17-2018, 11:03 AM
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For a FL book
Killing Mister Watson
https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Miste...ling+mr+watson
Old 01-19-2018, 05:53 AM
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I started The Cuban Affair a couple of days ago. Not too far in they arrived in Cuba and have been there 2 days. This is my first Nelson Demille book and I hope it picks up soon. Starting off kinda slow.
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Along the lines of "One Second After", "Patriots" is very good. Also "going Home" is the first of a series of good stories of survival in difficult times.

A VERY disturbing book is "Day of Wrath". It is a realistic fiction story about what terrorists can easily do and how much horror can be inflicted. It is disturbing to read and will stay with you a while.
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:49 AM
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Maybe I just missed them but the greatest fishing tale of all time- Moby Dick- and the greatest sailing adventure - Sailing Alone Around the World by Slocum. Plus these may be had for free from Project Gutenberg.

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Old 01-19-2018, 04:18 PM
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If not mentioned yet: James Lee Burke - about 20 books out there with a new one out soon.
Old 01-28-2018, 05:18 PM
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A Land Remembered is absolutely amazing. I read it in high school, as it was based on our local area, and was not disappointed.
Old 01-28-2018, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by mulefeathers View Post
I started The Cuban Affair a couple of days ago. Not too far in they arrived in Cuba and have been there 2 days. This is my first Nelson Demille book and I hope it picks up soon. Starting off kinda slow.
It's not his best effort , in fact might be his worst . The Panther , The Lion , The Gold Coast are better , IMO .
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Rising Tide by John Barry is a fantastic read about the Mississippi River and delta.
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Sea Power - James Stavridis - Admiral (retired) USN.
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Three of my faves...not in order

Motley Crue "the dirt" autobiography written by all five members thru a writer...nicki sixx band leader and others take turns telling their own words a collective story, the story of their childhoods to adulthoods, making of the band and bands scary evolution to end of doctorfeelgood tour and sobriety. they were supposed to do a part 2 but never did...most funny read you'll not be able to put it down...very well written!

Rourke Denver "damm few" story of commander Rourke Denver joining navy seals and his rise to commander of bud/s training school and his acting in the movie "act of valor" which he stars as lead character...

SFC Joseph Kapacziewski (Now MSG) "back n the fight" story of SFC Kap and his career in us army 75th ranger regiment us army, being a young man, life at battalion, deployments, finding the love of his life, his injuries in war which he refused to let end his career as well as his being an operational fire team member/platoon seargant in the field on fire missions/raids etc not sidelined in the OPs center as the regiment tried to limit him to. MSG Kap became the first one legged ranger and is a god in the 75th ranger regiment...a book you won't wanna put this book down, mans mans read about being army ranger, being a man, overcoming adversity, I reread this book whenever my PTSD gets outta hand and I start getting depressed...MSG Kap is best motivator ever.
Old 01-29-2018, 07:35 PM
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TLDR

Linda Greenlaw books
Old 02-05-2018, 04:10 PM
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The Cuban Affair is well worth the read, great recommendation from the folks here.
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Originally Posted by jmccoastal View Post
I may have seen a post here, but I was looking at getting the book "The Road" earlier this week, looks like a good one. Post apocalyptic journey of a dad and his son to survive.
Ugh. I had to put that down about halfway through - just couldn't stomach it. When I read it, my son (only child) was about the same age as the character. Too close to home. It haunted me for months after that. He's one of the best modern fiction writers, so it's brilliant. But gd, it's dark.

I just finished Tommy Caldwell's "Push" about the ascent of Dawn Wall in Yosemite. And "The Last Open Road" by Burt Levy - fiction about SCCA racing in the 1950's. Both were pretty much fluff, but entertaining.
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Originally Posted by crazybeard View Post
Check out Carl hiaasen like I mentioned. Fun read about Florida characters.


If you like Hiaasen, another author for fairly mindless fun Florida suspense and action is James Hall.
Old 02-06-2018, 01:58 PM
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I won't repeat other stuff in this thread, but there are some great suggestions.

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

The Looming Tower

Ian Fleming's original James Bond books are fun, easy reads

Alex Berenson has a series of novels based around a spy who goes undercover with Al Qaeda that are good

My favorite book ever is by Michener: The Bridges at Toko-Ri

The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat

HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean - This and The Cruel Sea are novels about life at sea during WWII
Old 02-06-2018, 02:25 PM
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The Emerald Mile
speed run down Colorado River 1983

The River Of Doubt
Teddy Rooservelt trip down Amazon

Down The Great Unknown
John Wesly Powell down the Colorado

Touching The Void
2 guys climbing Andes one guys falls the other thinks he dead and survives
Old 02-06-2018, 05:24 PM
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I may have missed them, but 2 authors that I like are Ernest Hemingway and Pat Conroy.

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