A Little Help From My Trekkie Friends

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Jim Klag, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. Jim Klag

    Jim Klag Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    I am a rabid reader of detective/spy/action thrillers and am looking for new books to read. Tom Clancy and Robert B. Parker were my favorites and I have read all of Grisham, Baldacci, Le Carré, Forsythe, Higgins, Ludlum, et. al. Do you folks have any recommendations for a desperate fellow looking for authors I haven't tried. What can y'all tell me about Mark Greaney's and Brad Parks' books?
     
  2. Gary Mitchell

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    You didn't mention mystery but if you like those I remember reading a few of the Longmire books by Craig Johnson and they were pretty good. My sister read all of them and liked them. I liked the tv series too.
     
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  3. KimMH

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    Hubby loves Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books. I suspect they all run in the same formula- there are a zillion but he loves them - a guilty pleasure for him.
     
  4. Jim Klag

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    That's like me and the Spenser books by Robert B. Parker. I've read every one and many of them more than once. He's the author I miss the most.
     
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    I really like the Daniel Silva spy fiction. He's a fairly good writer that gives a fresh spin on the spy genre.
     
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  6. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Commodore Commodore

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    And old, but very good, possibility:

    https://www.looper.com/235843/the-untold-truth-of-perry-mason/

    The actual books by Earl Stanley Gardner had some serious action, as well as (apparently) accurate courtroom drama. Don't have to worry about running out of them anytime soon - something like 52 pulp novels were written...:techman:
     
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  7. Jim Klag

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    Robert B. Parker wrote 48 Spenser books and 10 more with Jesse Stone, my favorites. They are all pretty quick reads. I might have to look at Perry Mason.
     
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    Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series. Each book starts with a historical event (some actual, some fictional) that ends up having some impact on the story later on. Ignore the movies Raise the Titanic! and Sahara.
     
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    Have you tried the Bernard Sampson series by Len Deighton? There are nine volumes in total plus a tenth book which functions as a prequel. Deighton is often compared with Le Carré and both wrote about a grittier, more realistic world of espionage in comparison to Ian Fleming's Bond.
     
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  10. Jim Klag

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    I'm familiar with Deighton. I've read The Ipcress File and Funeral In Berlin. I think Harry Palmer was the hero of those books and Michael Caine played him in the movies.
     
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    The Ace Atkins books aren’t too bad either. A couple are almost indistinguishable from Parker. Almost. Kinda like comparing John Gardner’s Bond books to Fleming.
     
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    Sara Paretsky has some good detective books. Really like them.
     
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