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Subject: Thriller Recommendations?
Date Posted: 11/15/2008 10:59 AM ET
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I'm looking for a book or two for DH for Christmas, and was hoping to get some recommendations. He really likes thrillers--here is a list of what he's read recently and really enjoyed:

Vince Flynn

Brad Thor

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Any suggestions?

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Date Posted: 11/15/2008 11:33 AM ET
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I love Thor's and Flynn's books.  Here's a few ideas to fill the time in between:

Nelson DeMille's 'The Charm School' and the John Corey series "Plum Island", "The Lion's Game", "Night Fall" and "Wildfire" 

Robert Ludlum's 'Jason Bourne Series - The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum"

Ted Bell

David Baldacci's 'Camel Club' series

Andrew Britton

Daniel Silva's "Mark of the Assassin' and 'The Marching Season'

Brian Haig

Alex Berenson "A Faithful Spy"

Lee Child






Date Posted: 11/15/2008 6:14 PM ET
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I second Lee Child, Nelson DeMille & David Baldacci.  Also Stephen White (Dr. Alan Gregory series), and John Sandford's Prey series.

For historical thrillers, two by Erik Larson:  Devil in the White City and Thunderstruck.

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Date Posted: 11/16/2008 9:30 AM ET
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Michael Crichton's recent novels would probably be good:



State of Fear


I liked all of his books, though the earlier ones have more technical detail and not so much action. 

I also like Robert K. Tanenbaum's Karp/Ciampi series starting with No Lesser Plea.  I think they'd be described as thrillers, but the main characters are lawyers who work in the Manhattan DA's office, so there are a lot of curtroom scenes and legal details.

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 10:47 AM ET
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I will third for Nelson DeMille - The Charm School and Word of Honor - both excellent.

Preston/Child....................James Rollins.................Ted Bell....................Lisa Gardner.....................Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 1:22 PM ET
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Two books I have recently finished were really page-turning thrillers:   Amazonia by James Rollins and The Sleeping Doll by Jeffrey Deaver.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 11:09 PM ET
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I second Amazonia by James Rollins, and also suggest pretty much anything else by him. I pick up anything by him I come across.

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 3:13 PM ET
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My ideas are already listed: Lee Child, John Sandford, David Balducci (altho I think the Camel Club books are more comedy than thriller); and of course James Lee Burke, who sets his ex-cop good guys in cajun country.

I just read the new Brad Thor and was kind of disappointed; everything was a bit too simple. But it was definitely a page-turner.

People who used to work for the CIA say Vince Flynn's books (and there are quite a few now) are the best by far of those that deal with that kind of agency.

John Sandfortd's dialogue (the "Prey" series) is awesome. All his characters sound incredibly realitic.

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 4:47 PM ET
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Black House...a collaborative effort between Stephen King and Peter Straub

Also anything by Jonathan Kellerman..

Subject: Thrillers
Date Posted: 11/22/2008 10:39 AM ET
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If you can get a copy of "I Kill" by Giorgio Faletti (probably on Amazon), you would find that it is a great thriller. His book was translated from Italian and has sold more that 4,000,000 copies. I am only sorry that none of his other books have yet to be translated into English. This is one of the best thrillers that I have ever read!

Date Posted: 11/25/2008 8:49 PM ET
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my husband loved the Bourne series and David Baldacci's 'Camel Club' series.

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 9:11 PM ET
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Pressure Drop by Peter Abrahams

Also, I recently read The Lost Constitution by William Martin and The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry.  Both are very Dan Brown, although actually I think Martin's a much better writer than Brown.

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