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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 3:44:46 PM PDT
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Cphe says:
@ASR

The MOA - the thread can be found if you scroll to the bottom of the page - Meet Our Authors.
Michael James (a very nice man/author/reader) has started a thread for genres there.

You are more than welcome to participate in these threads as a fellow reader - but self prommotion on these boards is not allowed.

What book would you recommend that you read and enjoyed?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 7:56:36 PM PDT
Ah, got it. Many thanks. I thought this was of the same nature.

I'm partial to Frederick Forsyth, especially Day of the Jackal and the 4th Protocol.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 8:29:02 PM PDT
Cphe says:
He is an "oldie" but goodie isn't he?
I have to admit it's been many, many years since I read the Day of the Jackel.
he wrote the Odessa file as well I think

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 4:27:44 AM PDT
I read a variety of types, but the ones I like most are the ones that stick with me. Memorable moments.

Yes, he wrote the Odessa File. I still remember the scene of the Jaguar car set to blow up through a mechanism attached to the shock absorbers ... which turn out they're stiffer than in most cars, so the Jag doesn't blow up at first, which sets you up to forget it. But then Forsyth brings it back and blows up the car when you least expect it. Nicely done.

One of the things I like best about Jackal is that at the very end, you find out that they really didn't know who the villain was. Everything Lebel did was based on "a useful fiction," all of which made perfect sense but was still wrong. Nice little twist to punctuate the action.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 5:38:01 AM PDT
Your suggestions are good. May I add a couple more.
Read any of Lee Child's books. The Jack Reacher series is great fun and I can't put them down.
Another of my most favorite authors...Daniel Silva. Read Moscow Rules.
Or any of the others in the Gabriel Allon series.
M. Copper

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 7:54:09 AM PDT
Martin says:
You have to go a long way to beat Thomas Harris's Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon and Hannibal for tension, brilliant writing and characters. Almost everyone has seen one of the movies but that shouldn't stop you reading. More recently I loved the character of Semyonov in Tom Aston's "The Machine". A strong thriller which kept me guessing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 8:22:42 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 11:18:35 AM PDT
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RE Sacramento Reader: These are old books -- so it may be moot -- but I suggest caution regarding "spoilers" when reviewing fiction. Never reveal the ending or any of the author's intended surprises.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 12:52:20 PM PDT
Reviewer says:
I liked THE QUICKIE and GUILTY WIVES by James Patterson. Also, WHITE CARGO by Stuart Woods. I'm not suppose to promote my own thrillers so I won't give you the titles.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 4:28:53 PM PDT
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Dev Aldread says:
Survey Question:

Several people have mentioned Patterson. Should James Patterson be considered primarily:

A - An Author
B - A former author, now a Publishing Franchise
C - A Personal Book-of-the-Month Club
D - Why Should I care

I used to love the Cross books, and the Andrew Gross written Murder Club books were good, but he lost me when I got two new, and very average, releases in one month. Then I seem to have gotten a different new Patterson book almost every month. The quality just isn't there any more.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 4:31:26 PM PDT
Bingo Dev, a production line to push out books and take advantage of his popularity. (called cashing in!) As an author myself, I find this uncomprehensionable.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 4:40:57 PM PDT
Roadrunner says:
He is B!!! The Cross books were the best. It is different now, but he won`t care a damn, cause money talks! I still buy from time to time one, and the entertaining is ok. without the former quality, but better than a lot of other stuff around!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 5:37:02 PM PDT
A lot of authors have gone down that road. As named, Patterson is a serious offender. Stuart Woods, while I don't know if he farms out his work, has turned into a 'crank 'em out as quick as I can' type author. Where is the quality he put into CHIEFS and some of his earlier work? Then there's Clive Cussler. I used to look forward to his novels, now I could care less what he's put his name on.

I'm finding, more and more, I'm enjoying the Indie author who is just getting started and still trying to build a readership using good writing and word of mouth. I've found several in the six months that I've owned my Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 5:50:21 PM PDT
Cphe says:
@Dev - my apologies to breaking into your conversation but I'm kind of in agreement with JD regarding some of the better SP authors. I should point out that I only purchase recs from like minded readers.
I did enjoy Gallows Pole that was a rec from JD.

I've never read Patterson but I know many at work enjoy him.
I also used to love some of Stuart Woods.
Maybe it is the old adage that too much of a good thing isn't good for you in the long run. Also I find in a lot of the genres, many authors just don't know when to let a character retire - so many readers are left with a sense of disappointment.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 5:51:44 PM PDT
Cphe says:
What's B!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 5:54:21 PM PDT
@Cphe: Hard for me to think of your comments as being "breaking in". Hell, I added my two cents worth without being part of that discussion. I just jumped in, as anyone should in a discussion board of this type.

I don't know the Amazon download rules for Australia, but another Blake novel is in the Kindle freebies today, Geronimo Breach. I haven't read it, but I did pick it up.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 5:55:44 PM PDT
Cphe: The original post by Dev listed A, B, C, and D as where Patterson should be considered.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 6:02:04 PM PDT
Cphe says:
@JD - Thanks, I picked up 2 by Blake - I've never heard of him but will give him a go!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 6:05:17 PM PDT
@Cphe: I have read a couple of his novels and liked them, another I couldn't get into and gave up.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 6:20:39 PM PDT
JD

I feel the same way about Custler. At least Patterson puts the co-author's name on the cover.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 6:22:25 PM PDT
Does anyone remember Colin Forbes? I loved his early books and then he started a series, the first few were great too but after a while I just could not get into his books anymore and gave up.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 6:33:35 PM PDT
Dev Aldread says:
Cphe,

I don't have as much time to read as I'd like. I barely have enough time to read from my favorites list so I haven't read many new authors. I did read one a while back, by accident, and really enjoyed the book. Maybe I should expand my horizons a little. Coincidentally, that book had a dog as a significant character. I just finished James Rollins short story Tracker, and it has a dog as a main character. It looks like Rollins is going to add Tucker and his combat canine Kane to the Sigma team. If anyone likes the Sigma books, they may want to check out the short story.

I've also decided to and Daniel Silva to my reading rotation. He's gotten so many recommendations that I think I need to give him a read. Any suggestions on where to start?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 6:52:46 PM PDT
Cphe says:
@Dev - sometimes I think that you have to retire a beloved character yourself - if the author is unable to.

I've always been of the adage "quality over quantity"

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 10:22:11 PM PDT
janet23 says:
i have just finished reading the book "house for sale" by cheyenne holmes dean and kimsu holmes sutton. i have read a lot of books and this is the best one i have read in a long time. this is one book that you want be disappointed in. so if its a great thriller your looking for this is difinitely the book for you. i give it five stars!

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 10:31:24 PM PDT
Frank says:
I know I'm not supposed to like James Patterson's stuff (Commercial sellout etc , , ) but I do enjoy some of his older Alex Cross books. Also, I've been getting into some newer people. I read a book by Rick Murcer, Carribean Moon. That was pretty good. Also, the Nick Bracco series by Gary Ponzo was a real find for me as well.
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