Book Series (spy, historical or modern)

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  1. Glock!9

    Glock!9

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    Anyone have any specific reccomendations?
    other than the bourne books.
    Thanks
     
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    mike7465 Smirking

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    Lee Child - The Reacher Series: except for the last two. Ex army MP who is a loner and a tough SOB getting into adventures.
    Terry Pratchett - Discworld Series: any except the last one. Thinly veiled satire dressed up as fantasy. Not in you list but filled with win....
     

  3. DScottHewitt

    DScottHewitt EMT-B

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    If you liked the Bourne books, anything else by Ludlum should be entertaining. I enjoyed "The Osterman Weekend". Got a lot of the books lying around the house, I haven't read yet. "The Osterman Weekend" is different from the movie made from it, so it can be entertaining even if you saw the movie, and think it might be a spoiler. Or if the movie did not entertain you.

    For historical, try "The Kent Family Chronicles" by John Jakes. I read them in the seventh grade in Social Studies. {I was TAG before TAG was a label.} Entertaining. Lots of hot historical sex. Covers the United States from birth through 1890 or so. Lots of historical sex.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kent_Family_Chronicles

    For a different kind of thriller, try the Ninja/Nicholas Linnear books, by Eric von Lustbader.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Van_Lustbader

    He also did ongoing books in the Bourne franchise, with the permission of Ludlum's estate.


    I got, but haven't yet read "The Great Santini". Or anything else by Conroy:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Conroy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Santini_(novel)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lords_of_Discipline

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prince_of_Tides_(novel)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beach_Music_(novel)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Losing_Season

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Water_Is_Wide_(book)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Water_Is_Wide_(book)
     
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  4. NorthCarolinaLiberty

    NorthCarolinaLiberty MentalDefective

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    If you’re open to nonfiction and don't mind something older, then try Spycatcher. The author is a former British MI5 agent. The book was actually banned in Britain.

    The author of the book talks about his time in MI5 and how he always suspected the MI5 director of being a Russian spy. There’s also the story of the MI6 plot to kill Nasser.

    I don’t know much about the spy world, but this book reads as good as any novel.

    Legacy of Ashes is fairly new and chronicles the whole history of the CIA.
     
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    CarRamRod Liter of Cola

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    Rogue Warrior series by Richard Marcinko. I really enjoyed the first book about his career in the Navy. It's really hit or miss with the rest of the series but they all have action.
     
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    stephen king the gun slinger series,

    stephen king other books

    tom clancy,

    clive cussler,
     
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    rick458 USS Texas BB-35

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    Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books, Cardinal in the kremlin, Clear and present danger, hunt for red october, sum of all fears, all of them .
    they do get a little wordy towards the end of the series but very good.
     
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    I like the Greg Ilse books involving Penn Cage and most of the others he writes.
     
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    DScottHewitt EMT-B

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    I'm in Chapter Seven of "Lone Survivor", by Marcus Lutrell. They just got ambushed. It's an awe-inspiring story, but a hard read. Our country owes a major debt to all our servicemen and servicewomen. We owe a great deal of debt to people like the men of Special Boat Team Ten and the support personnel who did not return from that hill in Afghanistan.

    I see they are making a movie. Don't know if I can watch it. "Black Hawk Down" tears me to pieces every time they get to Shughart and Gordon.

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    dherloc X-Nuc

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    Hmmm,

    Does it matter your timeframe?

    Master and Commander movie was a takeoff of a series of books by Patrick Obrien. In the books, Maturin (the doctor) is actually a spy. The books are well written historical fiction set in the time period of when you had wooden ships and iron men.

    Highly recommended, although I must warn you, the last book was unfinished when Patrick Obrien died. They released it as a series of notes so you get the picture of where he was headed.
     
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    flatag Must have tacos

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    What about Bob Lee Swagger books
     
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    RonS Millennium Member

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    http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Author.aspx?id=4929

    IMHO the best historical fiction ever written.

    All naval action sequences are from historical accounts and then the local color, personalities culture etc are layered onto the framework of history like building up a body from a skeleton.
     
  13. Critias

    Critias Freelancer CLM

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    Anything by Harry Turtledove. I'm a big fan of his American Empire series, but really anything of his is golden.
     
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    Doc Mac Millennium Member

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    If you like historical fiction you need to look at Bernard Cornwell, The Sharpe books, Lords of the North series and Grail Quest series. Fantastic reads with great story lines, character development, and historical accuracy. No less brilliant is Kenneth L. Roberts. Start with Arundel and Rabble in Arms. These take place in pre-revolutionary and 1776 time frames.