What is the best book(s) you have ever read?

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Re: What is the best book(s) you have ever read?

Post by Welshy » Wed May 18, 2011 6:48 am

Chris Ryan books FTW....Used to love them and now are reading them again permenently :P

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Re: What is the best book(s) you have ever read?

Post by Taskforce 58 » Wed May 18, 2011 2:01 pm

Talon wrote:I loved Zero Hour. Would love to get into reading some more Clancy, I haven't actually read any except Rainbow 6 and Zero Hour. Techno-thrillers are great for boredom.
Go for the earlier ones before Jack Ryan becomes president.

The best Clancy novel is not set in the "Ryanverse". I've read and re-read my paperback copy of Red Storm Rising so many times it is about to split in half. Good thing I have an ebook version on my iPad now.

Some of my favs:
- Lord of the Rings (read it long before it was made into the film trilogy)
- Castles of Steel by Robert K. Massie, about the naval war between England and Germany in WW1. I'm looking for a copy of Dreadnought by the same author, which covers the naval arms race between England and Germany before WW1.
- Spider Robinson's Callahan series.
- I won't bother you by listing anything written in Chinese from my "best books" list, except Romance of the Three Kingdoms which I think is the only one that might have been translated into English.
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Re: What is the best book(s) you have ever read?

Post by Gunny » Wed May 18, 2011 9:00 pm

Jeez id completely forgotten Red Storm Rising.Its been years no decades since I read that my first intro to Clancy.Immediately went out and bought the computer game DOS for gooness sake I think I still have it some where in my stored stuff. :D

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Post by Taskforce 58 » Wed May 18, 2011 9:34 pm

Red Storm Rising - one of the greatest computer game I ever played. Logged MANY many hours on it. Won it with a Permit class on the hardest level too.
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Post by Phoenix » Fri May 27, 2011 4:56 pm

The Hunt for Red October is brilliant so far,

Thanks Taskforce58!

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Re: What is the best book(s) you have ever read?

Post by Bombcat » Sat May 28, 2011 5:26 pm

Taskforce 58 wrote:
Talon wrote:I loved Zero Hour. Would love to get into reading some more Clancy, I haven't actually read any except Rainbow 6 and Zero Hour. Techno-thrillers are great for boredom.
Go for the earlier ones before Jack Ryan becomes president.

The best Clancy novel is not set in the "Ryanverse". I've read and re-read my paperback copy of Red Storm Rising so many times it is about to split in half. Good thing I have an ebook version on my iPad now.
Aw, jeez. My copy of Red Storm Rising is just about the only fiction book I always have in case I get bored, is in just about the same condition, and makes me wish I had an e-reader just so that it wouldn't fall apart. Red October is also high on my list.

For folks who enjoy a little Tomcat in their fiction libraries, I highly recommend Ward Carrol's Punk series - Punk's War, Punk's Wing, and Punk's Fight. Written by a RIO, the main character is a Tomcat pilot working through the issues of naval aviation at the dawn of the 21st century.

I'm also a fan of Larry's Bond's three major war novels - Cauldron, Red Phoenix, and Vortex. Cauldron splits the EU apart for a great European war, Vortex features a rather nasty war in late Apartheid South Africa, and Red Phoenix offers a scenario for Korean War II. Not necessarily great literature, but along with Red Storm Rising, these books are a good way to take a step back and look at all the elements which compose the modern battlefield.
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Re: What is the best book(s) you have ever read?

Post by Gunny » Sat May 28, 2011 8:02 pm

Not to forget Flight of the Intruder and Bat 21. :D

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Post by Taskforce 58 » Sun May 29, 2011 1:18 am

Flight of the Intruder is not bad, but a bit far fetched on the premise. Bat21 is quite an amazing story, and being based on a real event make it even more so. I've read all 3 Larry Bond books and yes they are right up there with Red Storm Rising. Don't forget that Larry Bond is actually the co-author of RSR.
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Post by Nodoka Hanamura » Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:30 am

If Manga Counts, Aa Megami-Sama (Oh My Goddess) By Kosuke Fujishima.
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Re: What is the best book(s) you have ever read?

Post by Flake » Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:30 am

Looking For Alaska by John Green

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Re: What is the best book(s) you have ever read?

Post by Phoenix » Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:30 am

I'm now seeing why Clancy is so respected.
Awesome book:

Rainbow Six.

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Post by TheGeno » Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:37 pm

Call me a geek but Macbeth is one of my favorites. First read it in grade 10 and I got hooked on it.
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Re: What is the best book(s) you have ever read?

Post by Gunny » Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:55 pm

Was that comparing Shakespeare with Clancy I mean I like Clancy but :lol:

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Post by vandal » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:16 pm

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Re: What is the best book(s) you have ever read?

Post by Phoenix » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:18 pm

I knew someone would post that.

But I never thought it would be you :D

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Re: What is the best book(s) you have ever read?

Post by vandal » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:22 pm

Well it's true, I don't read much and I think it was when I was little when I used to read books. That and every MR Men book too, I like Mr. Funny, Mr. Grumpy and MR. Silly.
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Re: What is the best book(s) you have ever read?

Post by Styk » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:34 pm

vandal wrote:
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Re: What is the best book(s) you have ever read?

Post by Seraphim » Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:15 pm

fabulous point! This is one of the best books I've ever read:
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