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Offline Niall

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #30 on: July 14, 2011, 07:57:41 PM »
Was reading Gulf War One: The Truth from Those Who Were There by Hugh McManners when I was on holiday.

Never really looked into the first gulf war so thought I would get it. It's full of quotes and bits from various people involved in the war, such as General Rupert Smith, John Major (PM), Defence Secretary Tom King, Brigadier Patrick Cordingley, right down to the battlefield medics, RAF Warlords and tankies and soliders.

Really insightful, not only into the war itself, but the vast amount of logistics which are needed to send tanks into the desert, when the Army is soley focused on European conflict. Tells of all the shit they had to get in, stripping down all the tanks in Europe for spares, training, not having the right camo, the expectations, NBC suits and chemical warefare threat and all that stuff.

It's a really really good read, really insightful and covers so much stuff. Not quiet finished it yet but can't reccomend more.

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #31 on: July 14, 2011, 08:00:00 PM »
Were there photos of me and my spanner in there...?

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #32 on: March 19, 2013, 09:35:04 PM »
http://www.primalunleashed.com/primal_login_jacksilkstone.php

Read Origin last year its a really short prequel and then read Unleashed which is a proper length book. Really enjoyed them, total fiction but was a good read.

If you like detective/police stories Peter James and his Roy Grace novels are brilliant. Dead Simple is his first one, they are all based in and around the Brighton area.

I use this site for www.fantasticfiction.co.uk for finding new books its very good and lists all the books from each author in chronological order. 

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #33 on: March 20, 2013, 07:29:47 PM »
I cannot recommend highly enough, the author Chris Ryan.  Served with McNab in Bravo Two Zero.  according to wikipedia http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Ryan#section_5

I picked up his book 'The Kill Zone' a few years ago.  Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

It portrays a few stories and characters from all different angles.  In the end up all of them merge to quite the massive ending.  From nuclear warfare, people burning in buildings, Afghanistan, Taliban, to Northern Ireland.

Although its fictional, this book has it all.

The blurb from Amazon:

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  The guys in the Regiment know they face their fiercest enemies when they fight the Taliban. No-one is tougher, more deadly - or more cunning. And if they enter the Taliban's kill zone, they know just what to expect...

When three deadly Stinger missiles go missing in Helmand Province, the Regiment is tasked to retrieve the weapons at all costs. SAS legend Jack Harker has a mission to lead an eight-man team into a suspected Taliban facility. He's suspicious about what the aims of the mission really are - and it's about to get noisy.

Meanwhile, in Belfast, Siobhan Byrne, a highly trained surveillance operative, is infiltrating the drug crew of a former IRA commander. But are her motives professional or personal? Even she doesn't know any more.

Neither Jack nor Siobhan can guess just how closely linked their operations are about to become, or just what's at stake. But as the President of the United States makes plans to visit the UK, a devastating plot unfolds.   
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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #34 on: March 20, 2013, 07:51:18 PM »
Read every one they are great especially the last few the Extreme ones are awesome!


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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #35 on: March 20, 2013, 07:51:53 PM »
Playboy has some great articles...


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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #36 on: March 21, 2013, 09:54:05 AM »
Since he passed away yesterday, I'm going to slowly work my way through James Herbert's bibliography again.

Bloody good horror writer, even if he clearly was the inspiration for Garth Marenghi

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #37 on: March 21, 2013, 11:03:22 AM »
Since he passed away yesterday, I'm going to slowly work my way through James Herbert's bibliography again.

Bloody good horror writer, even if he clearly was the inspiration for Garth Marenghi

I did not meet him but my firm sold him his bathrooms. My old man went to his house and said he was "a bit odd"  :o ! Not surprising really since he thought up all those stories out of his mind!!!


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Offline Niall

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #38 on: March 21, 2013, 06:36:30 PM »
the only good books ever made are the Lee Childs Jack Reacher Series

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #39 on: March 21, 2013, 07:35:36 PM »
Vince Flynn and his Mitch Rapp character is superb all about the CIA special Operations. Try one they are great.

I bought before Christmas every Reacher book from a mate, read the first three, so far ...brill!


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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #40 on: March 22, 2013, 10:45:24 AM »
I like them, but find them a little slow and dry. The movie was okay though.

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #41 on: March 22, 2013, 10:53:10 AM »
Richard Morgan for Hard dicked Sci-Fi with a very pulp tone including some awkwardly porny sex scenes in every Novel.

Fluf can testiclefy that the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy will knock your cock back in on itself.

Alistair Reynolds for proper hard Sci-Fi - the Revelation Space series is amazeballs.

For non Science Fiction stuff...I don't know...I can reccomend a shit load of books about racist social theory in 19th Century Brazil.
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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #42 on: March 22, 2013, 07:19:32 PM »
Richard Morgan for Hard dicked Sci-Fi with a very pulp tone including some awkwardly porny sex scenes in every Novel.

Fluf can testiclefy that the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy will knock your cock back in on itself.

Yeah, the stories themselves are great, just could do without the sex scenes.
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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #43 on: April 10, 2013, 04:09:29 PM »
William Gibson's "Neuromancer"

Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash"


Best cyberpunk books out there and those two are great books if you are looking to get into the sub-genre. Gibson and Stephenson both have great distinct writing styles that make both of their writings pretty awesome. Neuromancer and Snow Crash are both the first book in their respective trilogies.

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #44 on: April 10, 2013, 04:52:12 PM »
I enjoyed Nuromancer but preferred Idoru. 

 

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