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Old 05-24-2009, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Central US
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Jodi Picoult. Based on your list of fav authors, sherryturner, you will love Jodi Picoult.

Whatever you do, do not read "19 Minutes" first. It's a tough book and it might turn you off of Picoult. Read "Change of Heart" first.

Another excellent author of mysteries is Simon Beckett. He has not written a lot of books yet but there is no mistaking his style. Good stuff. The bad guy is always a surprise. Truly good reading.

Jonathan Kellerman's book are always good as are his wife's, Faye Kellerman. I suggest "The Devil's Waltz" as a starting point of Jonathan's books.

My favorite author is Leon Uris.
Thanks for posting...
Have read the Kellerman's books...but not Jodi Picoult, Simon Beckett or Leon Uris...
Can't wait to go to the bookstore!..
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Uris wrote Exodus, Mila 18, Trinity, Mitla Pass and quite a few others. Trinity is about the "troubles" in Northern Ireland.

The others are about Jewish history and Israel. He died a few years back. I sure miss having a new Uris book to read.

Kellerman has writen so many that I can't even begin to name them.
Ah, yes. I do remember that I wasn't able to get through Exodus. Don't remember now just why, so I might have to get it from the library and try again.

I think the only authors whose books I have more of than Kellerman would be Patterson, Koontz and King. I think I have everything those three have every written and am real close to that with Kellerman.
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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My favorite author is Tom Clancy. For those not familiar with him, he mostly writes spy novels. Many of his books have been made into popular movies such as "The Hunt for Red October", "Patriot Games", and "Clear and Present Danger". The movies are good but the books are even better. One thing that strikes me about Clancy's writing is how believable his plots are. I read "Debt of Honor" and then "Executive Orders" a couple of years before the terror attacks 9-11-2001 and it was striking at how many national security vulnerabilities that Clancy laid out in his story lines were evident on that day. I read once that after he wrote "The Hunt for Red October" the CIA actually called him in for questioning. Apparently his ficticious story in that book was simliar to something that had actually happened and I'm sure they wanted to know if he had somehow acquired classified information.
YES! Clancy is great! I cannot believe I forgot to put him on my list. And actually only four of his books have been made into movies, the three you mentioned, plus "Sum of All Fears". It's a good movie if you've never read Clancy's books, but if you have read the book, the movie has skewed the time line a LOT! Not to mention moving the 'main event' from Denver (in the book) to Baltimore (in the movie). It's almost as if they took the movie plot from a different book altogether.
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Old 05-25-2009, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Ah, yes. I do remember that I wasn't able to get through Exodus. Don't remember now just why, so I might have to get it from the library and try again.

I think the only authors whose books I have more of than Kellerman would be Patterson, Koontz and King. I think I have everything those three have every written and am real close to that with Kellerman.
Have you read any of Nevada Barr's books? The author is a retired National Park Ranger. Anyway, her main character is always a park ranger named Anna Pigeon.

These are murder mysteries and they take place in our national parks. Each book concentrates on one national park and the reader not only gets to read a good mystery but also learns the history of the park without having the feeling of reading a text book. It's great reading that is exciting and very informative, too. Plus, Anna is also very funny but the books are not comedies.
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Old 05-26-2009, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Minnesota (SLP)
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Stephen King, Bill Bryson and Grisham. One lesser known Fiction write I enjoy is Stephen Leather.
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Old 05-26-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Cormac McCarthy. Way, way ahead of the rest of the pack. But he's done a vew klinkers.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:06 PM
 
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Clive Cussler's action books with his adventure hero Dirk Pitt is good reading ... I love Dirk!!

John Grisham is one of my favorites if you like court room mystery and adventure. I still like Stephen King but I prefer his older books to some of his new novels. I have read Clancy and Ken Folliett, both good authors, but I have to have teetotal concentration to follow their books.

I use to read John Sandford's "Prey" novels but he got to gross for me along with Mary Higgins Clark, I don't like books that deal with harming or abducting children.

Joseph Wambaugh novels provide good reading too.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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Gena Showalter
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Mercedes Lackey
Rick Riordan
Michael Scott
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Clive Cussler's action books with his adventure hero Dirk Pitt is good reading ... I love Dirk!!
There was one of the earlier ones I didn't get around to reading (couldn't find it anywhere for a long time) until just a couple of years ago. Kinda glad I didn't because Pitt's attitude toward women in that book would have completely turned me off and I never would have read any more of them. By the time I read that book (can't think of the title off hand) Pitt's attitude had evolved way beyond that.

Have you read any of Cussler's "Oregon Files" books, with Captain Juan Cabrillo, or the other NUMA books with Kurt Austin? The "Oregon Files" all take place post 9-11.
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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Sophie Kinsella: Shopahilic series and a few others. Fun and quick reads.
Anita Shreeve: Wedding in December and the Pilot's Wife......sappy....but good
James Frey: Raked over the coals by Oprah, but talented author. Bright, Shiny morning was great! So was My Friend Leonard, even if it was not true.
Jane Green: The Beach House and The Other Woman...giry....but great.
John Krakeur: Into Thin Air and Into the Wild.....fabulous adventure writer/true stories as well.
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