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Old 06-11-2012, 08:57 PM
 
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I'm trying to get back into reading. The last book I read from start to finish was the first Harry Potter book a few years ago, so I am kind of out of the loop on the newer titles.

I am looking for fiction, specifically science techno thrillers (i.e Jurassic Park), investigations/mysteries, legal thrillers (i.e John Grisham), medical thrillers, government scandals, airplanes/airlines (i.e Airframe)

Favorite books from my past include everything by Michael Crichton, Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal, A Time to Kill, anything by Robin Cook.

I would appreciate any recommendations. Thank you.

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Old 06-12-2012, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Check out Literature-Map - The tourist map of literature
You type in an author name and you'll get a "map" of similar authors - the closer two names are to each other, the more similar they are. It's not perfect - I don't agree with all the names all the time. But it can give you some ideas. For Michael Crichton, I'd check out Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, and James Patterson since they are all close to John Grisham as well. Dean Koontz looks a little more like horror to me.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:54 AM
 
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Check out Literature-Map - The tourist map of literature
You type in an author name and you'll get a "map" of similar authors - the closer two names are to each other, the more similar they are. It's not perfect - I don't agree with all the names all the time. But it can give you some ideas. For Michael Crichton, I'd check out Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, and James Patterson since they are all close to John Grisham as well. Dean Koontz looks a little more like horror to me.
I was going to suggest Dean Koontz. I read Stephen King - that is horror. Dean Koontz writes suspense with lots of action. Some books do get scary, but most just keep you on the edge of your seat.
I own 19 Koontz books and they are all good.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I was going to suggest Dean Koontz. I read Stephen King - that is horror. Dean Koontz writes suspense with lots of action. Some books do get scary, but most just keep you on the edge of your seat.
I own 19 Koontz books and they are all good.
Well, most of Koontz's books are categorized on Amazon as horror. The publishers are the ones who pick the categories on Amazon so I'm taking the publisher at their word.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:20 AM
 
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you might also enjoy jeff edwards.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:23 AM
 
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I'd also suggest Robert Ludlum... (Bourne Series etc)
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:42 AM
 
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Would anyone recommend reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lackes ? So far (about 30 pages into it), it's a donwer. Does the story pick up and get more upbeat ? I've had books added to my Kindle that sometimes turn out to be losers, at a $$ cost. Thanks !
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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Check out Literature-Map - The tourist map of literature
You type in an author name and you'll get a "map" of similar authors - the closer two names are to each other, the more similar they are. It's not perfect - I don't agree with all the names all the time. But it can give you some ideas. For Michael Crichton, I'd check out Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, and James Patterson since they are all close to John Grisham as well. Dean Koontz looks a little more like horror to me.
Thank you for the link and very helpful suggestions from everyone! Thanks
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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For current science fiction that has some action I would recommend David Weber. Just finished his Safehold series which I believe is now up to 5 books in the series. You might also like Flint 1632 series. I enjoyed the early Clancy,Cussler, Brown, Coyle, but found after success they became formula writers and the quality went way downhill.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:11 AM
 
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I'm trying to get back into reading. The last book I read from start to finish was the first Harry Potter book a few years ago, so I am kind of out of the loop on the newer titles.

I am looking for fiction, specifically science techno thrillers (i.e Jurassic Park), investigations/mysteries, legal thrillers (i.e John Grisham), medical thrillers, government scandals, airplanes/airlines (i.e Airframe)

Favorite books from my past include everything by Michael Crichton, Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal, A Time to Kill, anything by Robin Cook.

I would appreciate any recommendations. Thank you.

I would recommend John Connolly, starting with Every Dead Thing - covers a couple of different genres for you. Also, try the novels by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (they wrote Relic which was made into a movie).
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