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Subject: Mystery/Thrillers?
Date Posted: 7/24/2010 12:27 AM ET
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I'm looking for a good, thrilling and enticing book or series. I like books with a fair amount of excitement, and a high body count is always good. I also like mystery/thrillers with history/archeology thrown in. I'm also a gun nut, so anything with a good amount of technical workings of firearms is great. I like Cold War era thrillers too, especially including at least a few Soviet main characters, lest they be the hero or the villain. I am also up for books set in the military/war. Any suggestions?

 

Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/24/2010 2:40 AM ET
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Are you looking for cozies are full blown books? I can reccomend Brad Thor's Scot Harvath series, for the guns and firearms.  Jeffrey Deavery's Lincoln Rhymes series for a police procedural and high body counts. F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack for fun hijinks that he gets into to help solve somebodies problems. Read All The Rage, you will never be able to look at used tires and used motor oil again without busting out laughing. Irish Historical female police procedure, Peter Treymanes Sister Fedelma series. For modern mystery with a good amount of history thrown in Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series. (my husband loves all the history, it tends to make my eyes glaze over. )  Two good books with war as the backdrop...Greg Iles's The Black Cross....absolutely fabulously written book about a concentration camp during WWII and three unlikely heros. I will never forget this book. Deaver also wrote an awesome book,  called Garden of the Beast. Takes place right before WWII, during the Summer Olympacs in Germany. Story of an unlikely hero and what he did to try and head of a war that America wanted no part of.  Also another wonderful book where you won't forget you read it. There is a few, if you need more, let me know. ;-)

Date Posted: 7/25/2010 9:54 AM ET
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Mari - like you, I also enjoy M/T books with action and I don't shy away from gore. etc. Have you looked into Jack Kerley's books? The Carson Ryder series is great. My favorite M/T of all time is a stand alone titled "I Kill" by Giorgio Faletti. I also agree with Keri re Jeffrey Deaver. A relatively new series that doesn't sound like it has much action (but it DOES) is J A Konrath's series.

Date Posted: 7/25/2010 11:38 AM ET
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I second JA Konrath. I just didn't reccommend, because some people don't like his humor. I just recently finish Cherry Bomb.

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 3:47 AM ET
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If you like spies and art history combined, try Daniel Silva's "Gabriel Allon" series.  

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 11:05 AM ET
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Question re: Repairman Jack.

I looked up a couple of these...and the genre seems to be horror as well? How scary are they? One description seemed to also include elements of the paranormal. Can someone elucidate and provide a fuller picture?

Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 11:36 AM ET
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Yes, the Repairman Jack series does contain what one might consider paranoraml elements...or is it elements of the otherness(alien). I am not sure what you would consider horror. It does contain some graphic elements. It is hard to peg the series, because it contains elements of humor, suspense, paranormal and horror, but I never felt that it was overwrought...if that makes sense. It does need to be read in order, in order for the entire series makes sense. Jack is an New Yorker that has an affinity for helping people out that can't go to normal sources to get help. He also seems to have attracted the attention of the otherness, but there is also a dark entity working toward possibly trying taking over the world. The books flow so well, it all just goes together.

Series order, top down:

The Tomb

Legacies

Conspiracies

All The Rage

Hosts

The Haunted Air

Gateways

Crisscross

Infernal

Harbingers

Bloodline

By the Sword

Fatal Error



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Date Posted: 8/3/2010 11:42 AM ET
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Thanks, Keri - that helps a bit. The first one I pulled up to look at solely had horror as its genre, so that's why I asked, although the description certainly seemed broader than that -

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 11:44 AM ET
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Yes, F Paul usually does reside in horror, because other works of his,  is outright horror, but this series just has elements.



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Date Posted: 8/7/2010 8:29 PM ET
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I second Brad Thor.  His books have just about every criteria you've named.   He's a very talented writer.  He's also a fantastic person.  He has a very active reader forum on his website which he visits several times a week.  There's a couple of ongoing threads there about books to read in between waiting for Brad's next thriller and the majority of them are books similar to Brad's work.   You'd find tons of book ideas there that match what you're looking for.

Date Posted: 8/10/2010 1:08 PM ET
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Child/Preston's Pendergast series is really good.

Date Posted: 8/11/2010 2:54 PM ET
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I was going to recommend Childs/Preston as well; they go into archaoelogical and historical settings in a big way; I love the Pendergast character, but they have others that deal with arch. that are terrific, too. They are not cozies, though; they are high-action thrillers.

I wish I could find more like them!

Date Posted: 8/11/2010 3:55 PM ET
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James Rollins "Sigma Force Series"; Will Adams "Daniel Knox Series"; Andy McDermott "Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase Series"; Daniel Silva "Gabriel Allon Series"; Vince Flynn "Mitch Rapp Series"; Paul Christopher "Finn Ryan Series"; Tom Clancy "Jack Ryan Series"; Scott Mariani "Ben Hope Series"

Just to mention a few off the top of my head.

-RobDee

Date Posted: 8/11/2010 4:51 PM ET
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I love P/C and James Rollins as well...but I have to ask which do you prefer Painter Crowe or Gray Pierce...oh the decisions. :-)

Sharon C. (Mamu) - ,
Date Posted: 8/11/2010 8:26 PM ET
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I was going to mention Deaver and esp. The Garden of Beasts.  REALLY good book!  I also really love Lee Childs and his Jack Reacher series.  Pretty high level of violence often but I just love the complexities of his plotting and secretly, I really, really like Reacher...  :-D 

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Date Posted: 8/11/2010 10:09 PM ET
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Mamu,

I am a closet "Jack Reacher" fan. He is both creepy and intriguing. Wow, what a "free bird" to really travel lightly. surprise I am a Lee Child audio fan and the ones that I have read have been read by the perfect person for Reacher. I have not read in order, but it does not seem to matter?

Mari,

I would definitely go with Lee Childs and Jack Reacher.

Mary

Date Posted: 8/11/2010 11:46 PM ET
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The Jack Reacher series is great as well!!!

Date Posted: 8/12/2010 12:26 AM ET
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I love Reacher too, but Lee can be hit or miss for me.

Date Posted: 8/12/2010 5:40 PM ET
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The James Rolins Sigma Force series mentioned above deals with the archaeological, somewhat-paranormal issues the OP mentioned, such as finding ancient life forms frozen in ice that get revived; things that mix weird science with contemporary thriller stories.

I love the Reacher books, too, but that's pretty straight-forward ,good-guy action book, stuff without the other aspects, just IMHO>

Date Posted: 8/12/2010 8:25 PM ET
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If you want to get a feel for James Rollins, I would read Amazonia. That was a standalone that is so very good. That was also the first book that I read that absolutely drew me in. A one armed ex-military merchanary goes into the Amazon and comes out with two arms. Let the scary begin. :-)

Sharon C. (Mamu) - ,
Date Posted: 8/12/2010 9:35 PM ET
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LOL @ Mary!  Yes, that's what I feel like.  I'm in the closet with how much I enjoy him.  That level of freedom must appeal to something in me.  :)  You know, like  that song lyric, "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose." 

Yeah, I guess you're right, Betty.  There isn't the other stuff in that series but it does get really pretty creepy--not a cozy for sure!  :)

Subject: mystery with archeology
Date Posted: 8/26/2010 8:11 PM ET
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Have you read Jack DuBrul?

Subject: Recommended Mystery/Thriller
Date Posted: 9/5/2010 8:58 AM ET
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Have you tried Wilbur Smith's Egyptian series (Warlock,River God, The Seventh Scroll) set in ancient Egypt.  HUGE body counts, Archeological info and good Story lines.

Subject: Thanks for the suggestions
Date Posted: 6/8/2011 8:00 PM ET
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After browsing this forum for a while I came across this thread. I want to thank you for the ideas. I had been a big fan of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series, but discovered several authors I either had not read or had not heard of. I think Keri mentioned F Paul Wilsons "Repairman Jack" series. I read The Tomb and it was excellent. I am hooked on Repairman Jack. Next was "Black Cross" by Greg Iles, started a little slow for me, but once it picked up I could not put it down. The research he put into this book was amazing, Spandau Phoenix is next on my Iles list. Lee Child's Jack Reacher series is also now on my list of must reads. I started with Persuader, not the beginning of the series but it didn't seem to matter. There is a certain darkness to this character and the writing style is great, I am now on my first Daniel Silva book, The Messenger.

I am a fan of Jack Higgins, Alex Berensen, Cussler,Brad Thor, Dale Brown, Baldacci and a new author I found is Patrick Lee. If you have not read The Breach or Ghost Country, try them. Thrillers with some Sci-Fi thrown in ala Repairman Jack.

Thanks for the great suggestions, keep them coming.

Date Posted: 6/8/2011 10:33 PM ET
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You might like Thomas Perry. Metzger's Dog is a stand-alone that the Murder, Inc. bookstore in NYC put on their list of the best mysteries of all time. Or he has a series, starting with Vanishing Act, about a Native American woman from upstate New York who helps people disappear when they're in big trouble.
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