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Old 03-12-2016, 05:14 PM   #2261
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"Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson, the story about the Chicago World Fair and a serial killer who ravaged while the fair was being built and underway.

Another book I read and did not care for - "The Girl in the Spider's Web" by David Lagercrantz. This is a continuation of the Stieg Larsson "Millennium Series" stories (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the same characters but not brought to life as Larsson was able to do. A pass..
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Old 03-12-2016, 10:41 PM   #2262
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"On Eagles Wings," by Follett. A true story about the rescue of two Ross Perot employees who got caught up in the Iranian madness of the late 70's.

Good read, well written. Not as sensational as my standard fare of fiction, but that's probably a good thing.
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"Dismembered Hungary" Laszlo Buday

A treatise of events leading up to and the deed at the palace Trianon in Versaillles France in 1920. Where Hungary of a thousand years ( was formed in 896 AD) was divvied up by the French, British, Russians and Americans. Lost two thirds of land area and half of the population. Describes the League of Nations pie in the sky idea of Woodrow Wilson. Which of course was ignored by everyone.
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:38 AM   #2264
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"A Sky Without Eagles, Essays and Speeches" by Jack Donovan. The essay "Train for Honor" addresses various reasons that men including him and me spend hours working hard in the gym every week. "This is the book to hand out to baby-faced university freshman who had the misfortune of being forced to sit through totalitarian humanist indoctrination sessions." -- comment by Keith Preston

"Home; How Habitat Made Us Human" by John S. Allen; "I have enjoyed reading Home. It has helped me put together just what disparate factors our realty really represents, what is its real meaning and value." comment by Robert Shiller, Nobel Laureate in Economics. I bought the book for my son as a house-warming present (among others) for his new house. I read it while visiting him. The review of homonid species other than Homo sapiens in our ancestry is fascinating.
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I finished the first two books in the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce brown and am reading the third. This is a SF Fantasy about revolution in a rigidly socially stratified solar system 700 years in the future. It channels a bit of Ender's Game with a full dose of Hunger Games, and Game of Thrones. I suspect gamers and fantasy fans would love the series. I am enjoying it even though I tend to stay away from fantasies.
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Currently reading The Only war We Had by Lanning. About the daily activities of an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam. I held such a position in 1968 and can relate to most of what is in the book.
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After seeing the Harry Bosch seasons 1 & 2 from Amazon, I decided to try the books. Michael Connelly wrote the first in 1992, The Black Echo.

It's really good. Has some old technology like the cops using pagers and going to a phone booth to report in. First in 16 Harry Bosch novels so I've got plenty to look forward to.

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I love the Harry Bosch books, but have yet to see the video series, though I hear it is great. I am working my way through the books. Also for those who are not aware of it, check out the website http://www.stopyourekillingme,com/ to find the books of your favorite character or author all in order! I find this especially helpful when getting books from the library.
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Couldn't get your link to work SDHiker. Usually I use Wikipedia to get the order of an author's book series. Here is the Bosch Series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Bosch. Amazon seems to have caught on and offers something like that too.

It seems there is a Harry Bosch frenzy as I see our library has a lot of holds on even the very old books in the series.
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Couldn't get your link to work SDHiker.
Looks like there is a ",com" instead of a ".com".
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Here are two sources I use.
I didn't check all 57 pages of this thread, so they may have been mentioned before.

BookSeriesInOrder.com - Book Series in Order

http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/booksinseries.asp
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Started reading Casca, The Eternal Mercenary. Casca is a series of paperback novels, by Barry Sadler. The stories revolve around the life of Casca Rufio Longinus, the soldier in the Roman legions who drove the Lance into the side of Jesus Christ on Golgotha,and (in the novels) who is doomed by Jesus to wander the Earth aimlessly, always as a soldier, until the Second Coming. Jesus condemned Casca by saying, "Soldier, you are content with what you are. Then that you shall remain until we meet again. As I go now to My Father, you must one day come to Me." As Jesus died, blood from his wound trickled down Casca's spear and onto his hand, and Casca unknowingly tasted it after wiping sweat from his mouth. The character is loosely based on the Longinus legend of Christianity.
There are something like 29 books in the series written by Barry Sadler and a grand total of 44 with the later ones written by ghost writers.
http://www.casca.net/

BTW, The author, Barry Sadler is the Army Sargent who wrote the song, Ballad Of The Green Berets. You know, 'fighting soldiers from on high, fearless men, who jump and die...
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Started reading Casca, The Eternal Mercenary. Casca is a series of paperback novels, by Barry Sadler. The stories revolve around the life of Casca Rufio Longinus, the soldier in the Roman legions who drove the Lance into the side of Jesus Christ on Golgotha,and (in the novels) who is doomed by Jesus to wander the Earth aimlessly, always as a soldier, until the Second Coming. Jesus condemned Casca by saying, "Soldier, you are content with what you are. Then that you shall remain until we meet again. As I go now to My Father, you must one day come to Me." As Jesus died, blood from his wound trickled down Casca's spear and onto his hand, and Casca unknowingly tasted it after wiping sweat from his mouth. The character is loosely based on the Longinus legend of Christianity.
There are something like 29 books in the series written by Barry Sadler and a grand total of 44 with the later ones written by ghost writers.
http://www.casca.net/

BTW, The author, Barry Sadler is the Army Sargent who wrote the song, Ballad Of The Green Berets. You know, 'fighting soldiers from on high, fearless men, who jump and die...

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Inherit The Dead - 20 different writers, one for each chapter.

Amazing piece of work. 20 top notch crime writers each do a chapter and none of them got to read what the others had before. Yet it is completely coherent and seamless. Amazing.

The bad guys are as bad as they come, the good guy is a disgraced ex cop now PI and that's all I'm going to say except just read it if you like this kind of stuff. Top notch -
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Recently finished Ramez Naam's Apex, the final book in the Nexus, Crux, Apex trilogy. Really fun read, great plot, engaging characters, thought provoking story.
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A very entertaining biography of one of the most remarkable con men the US has ever seen, ranking right up there with Ponzi and Madoff, yet I had never heard of him before.

The title was so delightful that I just had to read it.

My Adventures with Your Money: George Graham Rice and the Golden Age of the Con Artist

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Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie, won the Hugo, Nebula, and Clark Awards in 2014. It is the first in a trio of big "space opera" novels whose protagonist is an artificial intelligence in a human body. I have books two and three on hold.
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Al Macy's latest
http://www.amazon.com/Yesterdays-Thi...sap_bc?ie=UTF8
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If you Like John scalzi's humorous sci-fi like "red-shirts" or "fuzzy nation", chances are you'll enjoy "Yesterday's thief"

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Just finished "Red Shirts" by John Scalzi. Humorous and meta. The ensigns in a knockoff Star Trek universe come to realize they are expendable and why and plot to stop it.

Al Macy, huh ? He related to the famous musician ??....
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Read 2 more from Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series:
The Last Coyote (1995 copyright)

Angels Flight (1999 copyright)

Both were good. Makes me wonder what really goes on in the LAPD.
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