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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a good read. Not many guns mind.

 

:o Please make the bad man go away. [Runs and hides uder the table.]

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Guest ECCQ

This is a ruddy old thread but I thought I'd post here before starting a new thread.

 

Just looking for reading recommendations. I've read alot of the more recent books regarding iraq and afghan.

 

Im currently reading TANK MEN, which focuses on tank crews ,obviously, from the first tanks in 1916 through WW2. Good read so far.

 

Anyone know of any good modern tank book? Any you know of FRIZ?

 

I'm waiting for a book about russian invasion of afghan to come in at the library at the mo'. Just to see what those mongs did in afghan all those years ago.

 

My personal recommendations of books I've read more than once are: House to House: A Tale of Modern War by David Bellavia

                                                                                                                              The forgotten soldier, German soldier on the eastern front WW2

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'Thunder Run' by David Zucchino is totally awesome! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thunder-Run-Tusker-Brigade-Baghdad/dp/184354282X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305729238&sr=1-1. It's about an armoured brigade  rolling into Baghdad up the main highway.  It proved (apparantly) that armoured forces could fight effectively in urban areas without infantry support (kinda). Lots of interesting stuff about the logistics of keeping an armoured column supplied and guys fighting off Iraqs with M16s from the hatches of their M1s. Read it twice. Loved it.  Should also add, it seems it was almost (but not quite) a total turkey shoot with hundreads of Iraqs being hosed down by 7.62 coax. Almost unbelivable how stupid some of the Iraqs were, trying to go up agains 65 ton Abrahms in Toyotas...hope them Virgins were worth it.

 

Another book I enjoyed was 'By tank into Normandy' by Stuart Hills.  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tank-Normandy-Cassell-Military-Paperbacks/dp/0304366404/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305729335&sr=1-1 Story of British tank commander in WW2. Starts off training in the amphibious Shermans and then fights his way across Normandy. Really gives a good account of how tense and stressful being a tanker in WW2 was (bascially if you were in the lead when you were ambushed you were dead).  Slow start to book with lots of stuff about his schools days but it does pick up.

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I'm currently reading Unscathed: Escape from Sierra Leone by Maj Phil Ashby RM

 

It's a book about Phil Ashby and his personal experiences going through YO training, mountain leader selection and training, and his time with the UN in Sierra Leone. Really good read.

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Guest ECCQ

I've requested Thunder run from the library.

 

Keep them coming.

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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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Were there photos of me and my spanner in there...?

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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. 

 

Enjoy!

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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:

 

  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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Guest JE5TER

Read every one they are great especially the last few the Extreme ones are awesome!

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Guest Rawrbear

Playboy has some great articles...

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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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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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Guest niall

the only good books ever made are the Lee Childs Jack Reacher Series

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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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I like them, but find them a little slow and dry. The movie was okay though.

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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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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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Guest Old Greg

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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I bought the audiobook for the call of Cthuhlu but after the first 5 mins I need a dictionary and some paracetamol. I'm considering picking this up soon so I can read at my own pace so I can understand what's actually happening ha Has anyone else read it?

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Yeah I find Lovecraft a bit too much to deal with, just finished rereading The Wasp Factory

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Guest Old Greg

I enjoyed Nuromancer but preferred Idoru.

 

I haven't had the opportunity to read Idoru, I'm still reading through the Snow Crash series. Personally I like Stephenson's writing style better then Gibsons though.

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Yeah I find Lovecraft a bit too much to deal with, just finished rereading The Wasp Factory

 

I like Lovecraft, but despise the way it's become the in thing for the kool trendy kidz to read, or at least pretend to.

 

I'm slowly working my way through 100 days by Sandy Woodward, his Falklands memoirs. A most excellent read.

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I have some World War II suggestions for you guys ;)

 

1. The Combat History of German Heavy Anti-Tank Unit 653

This book written by Karlheinz Münch gives a very detailed picture of this units actions in WWII. The „Schwere Panzerjägerabteilung 653“ was one of few units provided with the Jagdpanzer VI „Jagdtiger“(Sd.Kfz. 186), Panzerjäger Tiger (P) „Ferdinand“ later „Elefant“(Sd.Kfz. 184) and the only Panzerkampfwagen VI(P) „Porsche-Tiger“.

They also had very skilled engineers who came up with very integrating concepts like the Panzer „V-VI“ witch was a recovery panther with a mounted Panzer VI turret. This book is available in English. It is one of the best books if you want to learn something about the „Jagdtiger“, „Ferdinand“ and German tanks and tank destroyer-tactics in general! (can post some pics if you want there are hundreds of photos as well)

http://www.amazon.com/Combat-History-German-Heavy-Anti-Tank/dp/0811732428

 

 

 

2. Tigers in the Mud: The Combat Career of German Panzer Commander Otto Carius

This book written by Otto Carius gives personal insides on his World War II memories.

Otto Carius was one of the best known and highest decorated „Tiger“ commander in WWII. He joined the Wehrmacht in 1940 to become an anti-tank infantry man but soon changed professions to become one of the most skilled tank commander in history. This book is also available in English.

http://www.amazon.com/Tigers-Mud-Commander-Stackpole-Military/dp/0811729117

 

 

More suggestions will follow.

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