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Looking for new authors

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by timothy75, Jul 7, 2009.

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  1. timothy75

    timothy75 Member

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    I'm pretty well read on keith, cooper, jordan, askins, taffin, and venturino. Does anyone have any recomending reading they could suggest. They dont have to be strickly gun oriented. I'd really like to find an author with mutiple works to seek out too. Hard to find books and controversial content are fine. Thanks
     
  2. thedavemyster

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    I enjoyed "In the Gravest Extreme" by Massad Ayoob, as well as "Armed and Female" by Paxton Quigley (a good book to give to your lady friends for whom you care).
     
  3. GodGuns&Guitars

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    If you are hunting orientated you might try Peter Hathaway Capstick. His books cover hunting in Africa mostly. He'll have you laughing on one page, and crying on the next but good reads. Try Death in the Long Grass first. He wasn't really much of a PH, but he was a good writer. I have almost all of his books, autographed I might add. He was one heck of a guy.
     
  4. Justin

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    Louis Awerbuck and Rob Pincus are both worth reading.
     
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    Gun Stuff: Have you just checked out Xavier's blog? He has some fun-to read articles. He is a surprisingly good narrator with nice comic touches. I'm impressed. A gun book that deeply influenced all my shooting was Shotgunning; the Art and the Science by Bobby Brister. Educational, hilarious, non-pc - it should be a better-known gun classic than it is. I think shotgun guys know it, but it has lots of sound things for all disciplines. I got the book along with a Beretta Silver Pigeon as a gift. I had never even fired a shotgun before. I read the book, spent a few weeks practicing what he said "dry" in my downtown apartment (shades carefully closed). My first field outing I broke 23/25 at the trap range. This was my first time firing a shotgun. His stuff, if you practice it, is that good.

    Barely gun stuff: The last six months I have been hoovering up Nelson DeMille's novels (General's Daughter, Gold Coast, etc.). He was a combat infantry officer in Viet Nam and besides practical combat experience he brings some just hilarious writing style. He's almost a cross between Clive Cussler and Dave Barry (if Dave Barry weren't a whining libtard).

    Some very literate friend's insist Cormack McCarthy (No Country For Old Men) is an amazing writer; one of the best working now. I'm not talking my gun-friends who rave about him, I'm talking some downtown Seattle gay-couple in the literature scene types who rave about him. They think his style is the slickest thing in popular American fiction, and even though it is rough and shoot-em up, it is the best going. Now that says a lot. based on that recommendation, I am saving his works until I run out of DeMille in a few months.

    Next to "What Would Paul Tibbet's do?" - that is my favorite sig line of the month, Justin.
     
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    Oops. Never mind. You didn't mean Robert Jordan....


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    Methinks the former has been called Yoda in some circles.
     
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    If you like firearms and hunting,.......

    See if you can find any copies of Skeeter Skelton's books. He was an ex Texas lawman and Border Patrol who wrote for Shooting Times for years. Most are out of print but well worth reading.

    And you could do worse than reading Robert Ruark's memoirs of growing up hunting and fishing in North Carolina, "The Old Man and The Boy", and "The Old Man's Boy Grows Older". He also wrote about going on safari in East Africa after the war (WWII). I believe the titles of those are: "The Horn of the Hunter", and "Use Enough Gun".

    If African hunting adventures are to your liking, find a copy of "Hunter" by John A. Hunter. He was a white hunter and game ranger for the Kenyan colonial government for a number of years. Very interesting and exciting reading.
     
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    Nelson Demille, John Ringo, Stephen Hunter, Lee Child. Good gun authors.
     
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    +1 for Nelson DeMille (especially the John Corey novels), P.H. Capstick, & Stephen Hunter.

    I'd also suggest Vince Flynn's books, Robert Crais's Elvis Cole series (& The Watchman, too-a related spin-off) and if you want three, hard-to-find books, look for the Red Diamond, Private Eye books by Mark Schorr. The Freeman by Jerry & Sharon Ahern is another, rarely mentioned, good one.

    Sam
     
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    Look for Good Friends, Good Guns, Good Whiskey by Skeeter Skelton. Very good read.
     
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    I thought the same, Springmom. What other Jordan could there possibly be?
     
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    The James Lee Burke series on police detective Dave Robicheau, set in the Bayou outside of New Orleans, are flat-out outstanding books. My favorite is "In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead." (How can you top a title like that?) Burke is a great story-teller, and his realism is as good as anything being offered in American fiction today. Dave's gun, by the way, is a 1911 .45. What else? You should also check out the Max Blake Western series, which features four books at the moment.
     
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    I grew up reading Mickey Spillane and he had a real fondness for the 1911...
     
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    Very true.

    Also, the Travis McGee series by John D McDonald is a must read.

    Some of Andy McNabb's stuff is okay. Lee Child isn't the greatest of writers, but his story telling is excellent.

    I just started a new series, author David Stone. It has some promise.
     
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    Also his "Combat Handgunnery" and "Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry Weapons".
     
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    +1 for P. Capstick & R. Ruark and I'll add Hemingway.
     
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