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15 Books in 15 Minutes

A good eFriend of mine posted a Facebook question which I have blatantly stolen for a blog entry…. but at least I paid credit where credit is due!!

I’m looking for some of your lists or comments to people!

Don’t take too long to think about it: fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. Make sure it’s the first fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes…

For me, and in no particular order apart from the first three…

In no particular order (apart from the top 3)

1. Good Omens – Neil Gaimen
Funny from start to finish. Witty take on the end of the world… and a boy named Adam… and his dog.
The only book that I have actually picked up and read in one sitting!

2. Aircrash – Fred Jones
The book my Dad wrote… but it’s not the only reason I love it. It’s well written and informative – and gives a good insight into the real world of air crashes – and not just the TV/Movie version.

2. Papillon – Henri Charriere
One of the greatest true stories written – This is one real tough man, a survivor – and way before the SAS wriiters turned up!

4. Sniper on the Eastern Front – Albrecht Wacker
The biography of a German sniper in WW2. It highlights to me that on each side there are just men doing there job – on each side there were bad guys and good guys – and that War is a pure Hell that polarises and highlights traits in people.

5. Bone Collector – Jeffery Deaver
My first insight into Deaver – The guy puts so many twists in a book that you are really left wondering until the last page… and then you can read it again and see the clues – but never enough to actually suss the plot on a first read.
A true genius of suspense – and still a well written tale when read a second time. Well paced stories that don’t talk to you like an idiot!

6. Flight of the Old Dog – Dale Brown
My introduction to Dan Brown – I love all of his techno-thrillers, but this started for me. An old B-52 that has been “treated” with some upgrades…. Oddly enough a loot of his ideas appear out of this world and so very made up, but ask the right people the right questions and you soon find out that his ideas aren’t so futuristic after all.. some are even in use in the modern military!

7. Without Remorse – Tom Clancy
A fast paced story that sets the trend for the future of Rainbow Six and the Jack Ryan novels. Not such a techno-thriller as the rest of the Clancy novels, but a grittier tale about the history of the John Kelly/Clark character.

8. Rainbow Six – Tom Clancy
The ultimate John Clark based story – If you like your Special Forces served Techno-thriller style, then I highly rate this book.

9. The Vanished Man – Jeffery Deaver
Another twist from Deaver… with a magical bent to it. Not Lord of the Rings magic, but stage magic and murder… and very well plotted.

10. Christine – Stephen King
Every time I read this book I see a Plymouth Fury in the books colours within one week! It has to be the ultimate killer ghost car book…. and one of Kings best.

11. Complete Edgar Allan Poe – Edgar Allan Poe
The owner of Gothic writing – Name a horror movie and you can pretty much a taste of E.A.P has gone into it. If you have never read any, then go and read “The Raven” or “Tell Tale Heart” – True classics.

12. Sniper One – Sgt Dan Mills
The true tale of a UK Sniper in modern warfare. These guys have a lot to deal with – and this book holds no punches.

13. Vulcan 607 – Roland White
Heroes of the Falklands Conflict – The amazing true story of the Vulcan bomber raid on Stanley Airfield… the longest bombing raid, and swan song for the great Vulcan Bomber.

14. Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid – Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson tells about his early years – Although he is a different era to me… and on a different size of the Atlantic, I can still appreciate his boyhood tales of growing up. You can change the year and location, but you can’t change the things that boys do! A great fun book, and one that helps me reminisce.

15. A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
Stephen Hawkins a bit much for you – or you just fancy a lighter read? Bryson’s magic touch tells the history of, well… nearly everything. It’s done in a lightly humorous way, but still full of facts at an easy to take in level. You want to know about the suicidal planet we are on? You want to know how close to destruction the Earth is EVERY day? Well then, read this and chuckle… and panic… and chuckle…. It’ll open your eyes. Continue reading

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