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User currently offlineHigh_flyr69 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 510 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 982 times:

Seen as im sitting here with bugger all to do ill ask the question, "What is your favourite book?"
Mine would have to be "Bravo two Zero" written by Andy McNab. It is a non-fiction account of his SAS patrol that was sent into Iraq to disable the MSR's and destroy Scud missle platforms. He gets caught after toughing it out in all sorts of extremes and is thoroughly "Interrogated". In the process he also comes across his comrades and they endure a battle for survival in the harsh enviroments of the Iraqi holding cells.
It is a great book but not for the faint hearted as no detail is left short.

What other books to you all recommend?.
cheers
high_flyr69


Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice Doggy' until you find the shot gun
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User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 969 times:

'Berlin' & 'Stalingrad' by Anthony Beevor are great, if you're interested in what was basically the Verdun of WW2 - it just hits you how ignorant the commanders on both sides were, especially in Stalingrad, where the German high command didn't really make it easier for its troop by first reducing the city to rubble (a lesson that the Allies should have learned from, before doing the same thing at Monte Cassino a short while later), and then not having enough winter uniforms etc. when the russian winter sank in.

Not to mention Goering's incredible lack of resposibility when he assured Hitler that his Luftwaffe could supply the pocket by air - at no point did they even come close to the minimum amount required.

Also, Paulus' refusal to break out of the ring, even when help was only 20-30 miles away, due to the lack of a direct order from Hitler.


User currently offlineRockyRacoon From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 984 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 967 times:

Brave New World

The Count of Monte Cristo

Of Mice Of Men


User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 964 times:

"Mine would have to be "Bravo two Zero" written by Andy McNab. It is a non-fiction account of his SAS patrol... "

Unfortunately it seems that the book is quite the work of fiction. According to accounts of other participants and witnesses of the real events, the events in the book, were, how shall we say, grossly 'sexed up'. Sorry.


LY744.



Pacifism only works if EVERYBODY practices it
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 964 times:

Animal Farm - Wells

Tuesdays With Morey - Mitch Albom

The 5 People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

Where The Red Fern Grows

To name a few...


User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4287 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 957 times:

Roosevelt's Secret War
Flyboys
Ghost Soldiers
Hard Landings

That's a good start

Texan



"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
User currently offlineAnsettAW From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 205 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 952 times:


Some favorites include:

microserfs -- Douglas Coupland
You Shall Know Our Velocity -- Dave Eggers
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men -- David Foster Wallace
The Beach -- Alex Garland (yes, the film adaptation sucked)
The Kitchen God's Wife -- Amy Tan
East of Eden -- John Steinbeck



Snap, Krackle, and Pop are thinly veiled emblems for the Trilateral Commission.
User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 947 times:

Darn, how could I forget 'The Animal Farm' - I remember seeing a cartoon adaption of it once, and I was sort of outraged at how Napoleon was able to trick his minions into believeing everything he said.

User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 944 times:

The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe
Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Fate is the Hunter - Ernest K. Gann
Hawaii - James A. Michner

-Normal


User currently offlineFunFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 937 times:

Mine would be 24/7 by Jim Brown, it is not very well known but it is my favorite book of all times!

Also I like The Giver but I am not sure who wrote that.



Who cares about status?
User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3645 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 932 times:

Anything by Jon Krakauer.

User currently offlineQb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 917 times:

My favourite are in French. I'll read anything from Romain Gary. Many of his books have been translated in English and other languages. One of his novel became a famous Hollywood movie: Roots of Heaven.

My favourite Gary's novel are "La vie devant soi" and "Le Roi Salomon".

Gerald Méssadié is also one of my favourite. He wrote many controversial novels on famous religious people, such as Moses and Jesus. Especially "The man who became God", the story of Jesus. I just finished one of his novel on the life of St-Paul, which taught me a lot about the early beginnings of Christianity.

In English, Philip Roth (Portnoy Complaint) and Michael Moore stand out as my favourites.



Never let the facts get in the way of a good theory.
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 909 times:

Anything Dungeons and Dragons.

Signed, LHMark


User currently offlineGulfstreamGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 646 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 908 times:

One of the first novels I actually read without stopping was "Vertical Run" by Joseph R. Garber


I also enjoyed "The Takeover" by Stephen W. Frey


But a great aviation book I thought was "Airframe" by Michael Crichton




GulfstreamGuy



"If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane. " -Jimmy Buffett
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 906 times:

"Jurassic Park", Michael Crichton

Anything related to the "Lord of the Rings" series, JRR Tolkien



User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 901 times:

The Caine Mutiny -Wouk
Red Storm Rising -Clancy

*hands mirrodie some steel balls to roll around*

after reading his last 2 books I am seriously starting to think Clancy needs to give up writing but his early stuff is pretty good.


User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 901 times:

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
- I read this book in 1.5 days. I read the first 90 pages one night, and then the next night I stayed up til 4am to finish it. It is one helluva thriller, and a very good read.

Jurassic Park/The Lost World/Airframe/Congo - all by Michael Crichton
- All very good books, researched well, and page turners. Although Airframe hasn't been made into a movie, the other three books are much much better than the films.

The Testament - John Grisham
- Another page turner. I especially liked it because it jumps back and forth between the law offices of Wahington DC and the deep jungles of Brazil.

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
- Told from the perspective of a 14 year old girl AFTER she is raped and murdered and ends up in heaven, and what she sees as she looks down at her family coping with her death. It is a very good book, and offers a sense of hope.

CVG777


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 896 times:

Me against my brother,
In the footsteps of Mr Kurtz
History of bombing, by Sven Lindqvist
Exterminate every brute, by SL


User currently offlineAA623BDLSJU From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 354 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 880 times:

I may faves right now are:

Hija de la fortuna (Daughter of Fortune) by Isabel Allende
God Said, "Ha!" by Julia Sweeney
Ciudad de las bestias (City of Beasts) by Isabel Allende


User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2612 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 879 times:

A few favorites...

The Ghostwriter, by Philip Roth
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Marquez
Bellefleur, by Joyce Carol Oates
Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy O'Toole
Mr. Vertigo, by Paul Auster
The Black Dahlia, by James Ellroy
Neuromancer, by William Gibson


User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 877 times:

I'm not a fan of literature at all but there was just something about The Catcher In The Rye that I love.

Other than that, The Elegant Universe by Brian Greane is also a very good book.


User currently offlineAA623BDLSJU From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 354 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 874 times:

I just remembered that I also love, love, love...

Cronicas de una muerte anunciada (Chronicles of a Foretold Death) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I rather read the Latin American authors works in Spanish. I feel that those books have more feeling in Spanish that when they are translated in English through someone else.


User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 846 times:

Cronicas de una muerte anunciada (Chronicles of a Foretold Death) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

That's probably the best book I read in High School (went to HS in Puerto Rico). Kept me riveted. Marquez is a great author, but its best to read him in Spanish. I prefer reading stuff in English, but books translated into English from Spanish never seem to have the same feeling.





User currently offlineAndrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1039 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 843 times:

Hello all,

my most favourite book is "War and peace"

Very good book to read!

Cheers,

Andrej Lippay


User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 836 times:

Just about anything on military history, non-fiction, fiction Particularly like Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.

WrenchBender



Silly Pilot, Tricks are for kids.......
25 Vulindlela : High_Flyr69- Bravo 2-0 is a great book even if it is exagerated (which wouldn't be a surprise as Mcnab now writes fiction novels). Have you read "the
26 LHMark : anything with soft, absorbent pages. Signed, KROC
27 Alcregular : Mine are Bridget Jones' Diary, Harry On The Boat? and Is Harry Still On The Boat? I've just bought It Shouldn't Happen To A Rep, so I'll see what that
28 Deltaownsall : 1. Da Vinci Code---amazing page-turner/thriller. Incredible research went into making this book...full of tons of little-known facts, and exciting as
29 A330Fan1 : Great books- Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Brave New World (Aldous Huxley?) -A330Fan1
30 MD-90 : Where the Red Fern Grows is so sad, though...but it is good. In not really any too particular order, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis All of Ann
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