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Spec
01-15-2013, 4:23 AM
I highly recommend Brackens books enemies foreign and domestic. I was curious as to what others have read or are reading right now.

3lsmc7
01-15-2013, 5:26 AM
Does audio books count? Lol... I recommend The Lost Regiment (Civil War Era/Sci Fi)

taloft
01-15-2013, 5:46 AM
Just finished reading "The Passage"

Man made virus causes vampires who are a hive mind. The world ends as a result, and most of the book deals with the survivors.

It was a decent time killer.

Novus_OrdO
01-15-2013, 9:01 AM
Suggest reading "Patriots" by James Wesley Rawles along with his other fiction and non-fiction preparation books. Interesting story woven with lots of survival information that one group pursued. If you want to go old school, Ragnar Benson has been a popular author from the 80's/90's.

MigNoche
01-15-2013, 9:19 AM
The Patriot is a great book...Kind of a survival manual masked within a story.

Door to Door: An Epic Memoir of War by David Bellavia is also a great read. Very detailed

slo5oh
01-15-2013, 2:39 PM
Surviving a zombie apocalypse (or something to that nature)... Got it for Christmas. Nothing in it i haven't though of already, but Im not too far in.

DVSmith
01-15-2013, 2:42 PM
I love a good fiction, that is why I am reading the California State Budget Proposal by Jerry Brown!

delta9
01-15-2013, 5:26 PM
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

G-Man WC
01-15-2013, 5:33 PM
Finishing up the new Clive Cussler, 'Devil's Gate'.
-g

slo5oh
01-15-2013, 6:21 PM
Done reading it now but, a Song of Ice and Fire series is excellent. This is the book series that brought us Game of Thrones on HBO.

aalvidrez
01-15-2013, 6:31 PM
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War


+1 Good read, interesting and gives an idea of what it'll look like with millions of people bugging out?

Other good books:

Undaunted Courage
With the Old Breed
Boone
Jedediah Smith
Westering Man

Oops sorry these are non-fiction

Tronite
01-15-2013, 6:37 PM
I 2nd one of the books posted just above me: With the Old Breed, by E. B. Sledge (Sledgehammer).

Edit: My mistake in reading the title of your post (fiction). This book isn't fiction, it's a great account of a couple of WW II battles in the pacific.

ElvenSoul
01-15-2013, 7:01 PM
Does NY Times web site count?

kaligaran
01-15-2013, 7:39 PM
I finished Patriots just a few weeks ago. Loved it.
I plan on getting Enemies Foreign and Domestic next.

RobinGoodfellow
01-15-2013, 7:44 PM
The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown.

Meh.

cowboy777
01-15-2013, 7:48 PM
One second after
Lights out
Currently on the 2nd book of Desperate Times trilogy

Jet Setter
01-15-2013, 8:00 PM
Calguns.net WTS forums. Lol...

Gryff
01-15-2013, 8:36 PM
World War Z

sdblu
01-15-2013, 9:30 PM
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Best Zombie book I have read and hopefully a good movie too.

I am currently reading Day By Day Armagedon: Shattered Hourglass.
Another good zombie series.

Horta
01-15-2013, 10:38 PM
The Dog Stars

csburtch
01-16-2013, 11:44 AM
Lights out was a great read.
The raggedy edge was pretty good followed by crossroad of shadows.
Patriots was good but the technical aspect read more like a manual than a story at times. Is the specific trigger installed on someone's AR really pertinent to the storyline?

LRShooter
01-16-2013, 11:53 AM
Finished Unintended Consequences a few days ago. The read Collision Course all in one night on Monday. Both are good books, however I'd hold off on Collision Course if you haven't read a bunch of other books in the genre. This one's a little different.

Stephen Hunter is suppose to have a new book out this week, I'm going to try to get it today. Bob Lee Swagger is one of my favorite characters, even if he is 80 years old now.

Bracken's Enemies trilogy is one of my favorites. Highly recommended.

ThemBastards
01-16-2013, 11:55 AM
Just got done with "Patiorts" and re-read "Lucifer's Hammer" which is awesome, both are pretty good for survival fiction. In honesty I stopped Patriots though, it is a great book for starting a supply list but as far as being readable it lacks severely... Now i am into Footfall which is the same team of Niven and Pournelle who did Lucifer's Hammer. Wish I could find an audio book of Lights Out.

LRShooter
01-16-2013, 11:58 AM
Lights out was a great read.
The raggedy edge was pretty good followed by crossroad of shadows.
Patriots was good but the technical aspect read more like a manual than a story at times. Is the specific trigger installed on someone's AR really pertinent to the storyline?

I read raggedy edge about a year ago. Didn't think it was the best book, maybe 3 out of 5 stars. Is crossroad of shadows any better?

11HE9
01-16-2013, 8:55 PM
I just started book #2 in the "The Remaining" series, the first book was awesome!!!

GunGreg2107
01-17-2013, 3:47 PM
Not ficton but light easy informative reading is emergency by neil strauss
Also liked all brackens books including castigo cay and +1 on lights out, one second after and JWR series patriots, survivors, and founders.
I am suprised no on has mentioned my personal fav alas babylon

rplusplus
01-17-2013, 3:57 PM
On book 5 of the 21 book set of the Patrick O'Brien "Aubrey and Maturin" Series. These were the books that "Master and Commander; far side of the world" that Russell Crowe made a few years back was based on. I love historical fiction.

Really good reading.

kb58
01-17-2013, 4:18 PM
"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. It makes any other end-of-the-government read look like a third-grade bedtime book.

Fatgunman
01-17-2013, 4:25 PM
Just started reading "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley I'm on page ten but its very interesting so far.

jonnyt16
01-17-2013, 4:49 PM
Bracken's Enemies Foreign And Domestic books were great (the first two anyway, the third one...not so much) especially with what's going on today. I highly recommend them.

I'm currently reading David Crawford's Collision Course but so far I'm not too excited about it. The storyline seems a bit rushed. I'm only 90 pages in so I'm not giving up on it yet. The author's first book, Light's Out, was of course phenomenal.

As far as Patriots is concerned....ugh, it was hard to get through it. I know it holds value as far as survival/prepping tips and techniques, but as a literary work of fiction it is a painful disaster. If anyone wants my copy just send me a few bucks for shipping and its yours.

The last really great novel I read was D.J. Molles's The Remaining. And that book was AMAZING. Its actually a series of three relatively short books and the writing, storyline, and characters are excellent. The thrill and suspense factors are sky-high chapter after chapter. Well worth your time.

I have to say though, if you only read one more novel for the rest of your life, it absolutely MUST be John Ross's masterpiece Unintended Consequences. This should be required reading for every freedom-loving gunowner in America. It is a novel but actually contains more facts in it than some non-fiction books. I have read a TON of books and honestly I have yet to find one that even comes close to Unintended Consequences. It is the gold standard that I compare every other book to. Good luck finding a copy for under $200 dollars though. And no, you can't borrow mine.

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ThemBastards
01-17-2013, 7:44 PM
Not ficton but light easy informative reading is emergency by neil strauss
Also liked all brackens books including castigo cay and +1 on lights out, one second after and JWR series patriots, survivors, and founders.
I am suprised no on has mentioned my personal fav alas babylon

I didn't mention Alas Babylon because to me it was a bit "fluffy" you can tell it was written in a more civilized time. It's short enough to give a quick read though.

tacksman
01-17-2013, 7:58 PM
One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

LRShooter
01-17-2013, 8:42 PM
Unintended Consequences is available as a free pdf download. Just google it. My understanding is the author is OK with it being out there

chunker
01-17-2013, 8:52 PM
Changeless ATM...mostly to tide me over until the next Dresden Files book comes out...=)

Spawn
01-17-2013, 9:31 PM
The Divine Comedy. A masterpiece

pyro22
01-17-2013, 9:47 PM
Lucifer's Hammer

Eastlos
01-17-2013, 10:13 PM
I highly recommend Brackens books enemies foreign and domestic. I was curious as to what others have read or are reading right now.

I agree, already read all 3 of his books in that series.

Trackjunkie
01-17-2013, 10:25 PM
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

Jsapata
01-17-2013, 10:31 PM
Finished One Second After late November.
World War Z end of December.
Started Lucifer's Hammer this month.

That brings the number of books I've read in the last decade to about 8.

Cali-Glock
01-18-2013, 1:36 PM
"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. It makes any other end-of-the-government read look like a third-grade bedtime book.

I finally read it this year... Pretty good subtext, crappy writing, and about a thousand or so pages too long. But I am glad I finally read it. :-)

LAL6
01-18-2013, 1:40 PM
I've been reading the dark tower for about six months. I've been stalling out midway through the 5th book. It's mostly great but there's been a few sections that were a little dry

Cali-Glock
01-18-2013, 1:41 PM
Bracken's Enemies Foreign And Domestic books were great (the first two anyway, the third one...not so much) especially with what's going on today. I highly recommend them.

I'm currently reading David Crawford's Collision Course but so far I'm not too excited about it. The storyline seems a bit rushed. I'm only 90 pages in so I'm not giving up on it yet. The author's first book, Light's Out, was of course phenomenal.

As far as Patriots is concerned....ugh, it was hard to get through it. I know it holds value as far as survival/prepping tips and techniques, but as a literary work of fiction it is a painful disaster. If anyone wants my copy just send me a few bucks for shipping and its yours.

The last really great novel I read was D.J. Molles's The Remaining. And that book was AMAZING. Its actually a series of three relatively short books and the writing, storyline, and characters are excellent. The thrill and suspense factors are sky-high chapter after chapter. Well worth your time.

I have to say though, if you only read one more novel for the rest of your life, it absolutely MUST be John Ross's masterpiece Unintended Consequences. This should be required reading for every freedom-loving gunowner in America. It is a novel but actually contains more facts in it than some non-fiction books. I have read a TON of books and honestly I have yet to find one that even comes close to Unintended Consequences. It is the gold standard that I compare every other book to. Good luck finding a copy for under $200 dollars though. And no, you can't borrow mine.

http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/5735/cizzer.jpg

$200!?! Dang! Hmm I may have to consider selling my copy. The book was very good but I could have done without the porno sections.

Cali-Glock
01-18-2013, 1:45 PM
Currently reading Wool Omnibus and finding it to be an entertaining post apocalyptic dystopian tale.

Taidaisher
01-18-2013, 5:15 PM
Started the Jack Reacher series, not too bad.

kaligaran
02-12-2013, 12:44 PM
Just ordered 'Enemies Foreign and Domestic'.

I finished Patriots (loved it) a few weeks ago and had been meaning to order a new book.

I love apocalypse fiction and always read a good deal of reviews before I buy because I don't care for the uber-macho rambo type stories that depict the female members as weak sheep instead of being assets to a group (Patriots did a great job of diverse characters and I couldn't praise it enough for that).

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

LRShooter
02-12-2013, 5:03 PM
Kaligaran, if you like the first Bracken book you'll love the second one. Women are not weak in the Bracken books.

LRShooter
02-12-2013, 5:12 PM
Some other suggestions..

Apocalypse Law 1,2, & 3 by John Grit.

Joe Nobody's Holding Their Own series.

77 Days in September

All of these are in the survival genre.

For some normal good guy vs. the bad guys I'd suggest Stephen Hunter. I'd start with the earlier books as they are chronological. The movie "Shooter" was loosely based off "Point of Impact".

jonnyt16
02-12-2013, 6:09 PM
Just ordered 'Enemies Foreign and Domestic'.

I finished Patriots (loved it) a few weeks ago and had been meaning to order a new book.

I love apocalypse fiction and always read a good deal of reviews before I buy because I don't care for the uber-macho rambo type stories that depict the female members as weak sheep instead of being assets to a group (Patriots did a great job of diverse characters and I couldn't praise it enough for that).

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Read this thread, its chock full of suggestions!

And yeah, Bracken's Enemies series features a girl as one of the main characters and she's far from weak or feeble.

LMT4ME
02-12-2013, 9:11 PM
Bracken's Enemies Foreign And Domestic books were great (the first two anyway, the third one...not so much) especially with what's going on today. I highly recommend them.

I'm currently reading David Crawford's Collision Course but so far I'm not too excited about it. The storyline seems a bit rushed. I'm only 90 pages in so I'm not giving up on it yet. The author's first book, Light's Out, was of course phenomenal.

As far as Patriots is concerned....ugh, it was hard to get through it. I know it holds value as far as survival/prepping tips and techniques, but as a literary work of fiction it is a painful disaster. If anyone wants my copy just send me a few bucks for shipping and its yours.

The last really great novel I read was D.J. Molles's The Remaining. And that book was AMAZING. Its actually a series of three relatively short books and the writing, storyline, and characters are excellent. The thrill and suspense factors are sky-high chapter after chapter. Well worth your time.

I have to say though, if you only read one more novel for the rest of your life, it absolutely MUST be John Ross's masterpiece Unintended Consequences. This should be required reading for every freedom-loving gunowner in America. It is a novel but actually contains more facts in it than some non-fiction books. I have read a TON of books and honestly I have yet to find one that even comes close to Unintended Consequences. It is the gold standard that I compare every other book to. Good luck finding a copy for under $200 dollars though. And no, you can't borrow mine.

http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/5735/cizzer.jpg

+ for Unintended Consequences. Let's feed the pigs - plenty of fodder available.

kaligaran
02-13-2013, 10:03 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions.

@Jonnyt16, I had looked at some of the suggestions in this thread. A few of the reviews on amazon describing some of the characters didn't meet my 'requirements'.

Thanks everyone! Just added more books to my Amazon wishlist! :)

kb58
02-13-2013, 12:41 PM
"The Road" is especially chilling. It's not a matter of if you'll die, but when. Definitely not the manly SHTF situation people are dreaming of, but probably more likely.

TurboChrisB
02-13-2013, 5:38 PM
Just finished the James Cook Zombie series..."This shattered land" and "No easy hope" Very good...I'd recommend.

Also in the Zombie genre...just read "Apocalypse Z - The beginning of the end" I liked it a lot.

I'm about half way through "Going Home" good survival, apocalypse book.

1recluse
02-14-2013, 3:19 PM
WARLOCK: I've been a Wilber Smith fan for years.

Socaliente
02-14-2013, 6:10 PM
The last couple Books I read were

World War Z
Patriots
Survivors
Founders

World War Z is awesome, the movie will probably ruin it. I just love how it describes how each country would react to the zombie virus.

Patriots got me hooked on prepping, It can be a bit too religious at times for my taste, but its a story that reads like a manual. I went back and highlighted pages to help with what I need and why. If you see our country heading to an economic collapse, you MUST read this book.

Survivors is just as good as Patriots, same story line just told from different views. So you get different views from people that are not just extreme preppers like the ones in the first book. People who see the collapse coming but didnt get a chance to get off the grid before it happened.

Founders is also along the same story line as Patriots, but goes back to giving more details about the characters in the first book. Its more about what happens after we have already dealt with the collapse and are trying to rebuild and stop the oppression of the UN.

I'm looking for another book, something like Patriots.

kaligaran
02-14-2013, 7:02 PM
Hmm I'll have to check out Survivors. Enemies Foreign and Domestic came in the mail today (yes I read paperbacks not ebooks lol) so I'll start that tonight.

Socaliente, if you find something like Patriots, please post it.

Tanner68
02-14-2013, 9:26 PM
Reading the Flashman series. I like historical fiction too. And the Aubrey books are on my list.

kaligaran
02-26-2013, 12:18 PM
Ok guys, I am about 250 pages into Enemies: Foreign and Domestic.

I know this book was published 10 years ago but it's eff'n creepy how much the first 100 pages or so seemed like it was non-fiction written yesterday about our currently political climate.
The language used, the government 'press-releases' and the media quotes almost seem like carbon copies of links I've found posted up here on Calguns in recent months.

So much so that it almost made it hard to read b/c it scared the beejeebus out of me....

jonnyt16
02-26-2013, 5:05 PM
Ok guys, I am about 250 pages into Enemies: Foreign and Domestic.

I know this book was published 10 years ago but it's eff'n creepy how much the first 100 pages or so seemed like it was non-fiction written yesterday about our currently political climate.
The language used, the government 'press-releases' and the media quotes almost seem like carbon copies of links I've found posted up here on Calguns in recent months.

So much so that it almost made it hard to read b/c it scared the beejeebus out of me....
Totally.

Now if we only had the balls to do what the citizens in the book did.

Yeah, I said it.

JumpJetter
02-26-2013, 10:32 PM
Can't believe no one has mentioned the 299 Days series. Check it out here 299days.com (http://299days.com)

Cali-Glock
02-26-2013, 10:52 PM
The Dog Stars

Read it earlier this month - a great read!!!

Cali-Glock
02-26-2013, 10:53 PM
Stephen Hunter is suppose to have a new book out this week, I'm going to try to get it today. Bob Lee Swagger is one of my favorite characters, even if he is 80 years old now.


The latest (just released) Bob Lee Swagger story is The Third Bullet - it was very good - far better than I expected!!

Cali-Glock
02-26-2013, 10:59 PM
I have to say though, if you only read one more novel for the rest of your life, it absolutely MUST be John Ross's masterpiece Unintended Consequences. This should be required reading for every freedom-loving gunowner in America. It is a novel but actually contains more facts in it than some non-fiction books. I have read a TON of books and honestly I have yet to find one that even comes close to Unintended Consequences. It is the gold standard that I compare every other book to. Good luck finding a copy for under $200 dollars though. And no, you can't borrow mine.

http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/5735/cizzer.jpg

$200?! Shoot I can't count the times I had intended to put it up for trade on this or another forum, hoping to get $30 worth of gun junk in trade... Hmm perhaps I should set my sights a little higher... anyone want to trade 1000 rounds of 5.56 for a mint copy of Unintended Consequences? :D

LRShooter
02-27-2013, 11:03 AM
Can't believe no one has mentioned the 299 Days series. Check it out here 299days.com (http://299days.com)

I read the first two, but I'm not willing to spend the money that they want for each little book. Some of the main characters actions were a little :eek::facepalm::( as well.

Price it at $3-4 and I'll download each story. But I'm not paying $10+

LRShooter
02-27-2013, 11:05 AM
Just finished "Going Home" by A. American. Pretty good.

http://www.amazon.com/Going-Home-American/dp/1479743232/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361995499&sr=1-1&keywords=going+home

Taidaisher
02-27-2013, 1:11 PM
I've been making my way through the Jack Reacher series. Pretty good reading so far.

PatrickRyan
02-27-2013, 1:16 PM
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway. Next in line is The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway. I'm obsessed with his writing and this won't be the first time I've read either of these books. Like a good movie, a good book never gets old.

Decoligny
02-27-2013, 1:30 PM
Best Zombie book I have read and hopefully a good movie too.

I am currently reading Day By Day Armagedon: Shattered Hourglass.
Another good zombie series.

Max Brookes walked away from the movie. He refused to be a consultant for it when he saw they were making it into a Brad Pitt fights the Zombies one dimensional action movie.

It might be a good movie for what it is, but do not expect it to be anything like the book as far as storytelling goes.

sdblu
02-27-2013, 6:22 PM
Max Brookes walked away from the movie. He refused to be a consultant for it when he saw they were making it into a Brad Pitt fights the Zombies one dimensional action movie.

It might be a good movie for what it is, but do not expect it to be anything like the book as far as storytelling goes.

That's the impression I got from the previews which is too bad because I live the book.

I'm currently reading the Deadlocked series by AR Wise. Parts 1-4 are short but very intense. Parts 5 and 6 are good, but starting to fade.

gotime
03-01-2013, 5:49 PM
Lights Out - Decent read, it was too predictable at times though. The best part was when Susan was shot with the Barrett, those who have read the book understand.

smle-man
03-01-2013, 7:47 PM
Reading the Flashman series. I like historical fiction too. And the Aubrey books are on my list.

The Flashman series is great! You should also read "Quartered Safe Out Here" by GM Fraser, his tale of his service in Burma WW2, also the “McAuslan” series aka the dirtiest private in the army. Great author, love his works!

smle-man
03-01-2013, 7:53 PM
A real survival story: "Long Way Back to the River Kwai" by Loet Velmans. Mr. Velmans was a Dutch Jew whose family fled from Holland to the Dutch East Indies when Germany invaded Holland in 1940. He was drafted into the Dutch East Indies army and captured when the Japanese invaded Java in 1942. He was sent to work on the railway in Thailand that was immortalized in the movie 'Bridge Over the River Kwai' He survived (barely) and eventually moved to the U.S. with his wife Edith who wrote the counterpart to his book "Edith's Story" about her travails as a Dutch Jew hiding from the Germans in WW2 Holland. Both are worthy reads.

smle-man
03-01-2013, 7:54 PM
Just finished reading "The Passage"

Man made virus causes vampires who are a hive mind. The world ends as a result, and most of the book deals with the survivors.

It was a decent time killer.

I thought "The Passage" was fantastic although the survivors could not hold onto a firearm without dropping them off buildings or down wells. I recently finished the sequal "The Twelve", equally good and highly recommended.

sholling
03-01-2013, 9:31 PM
3 weeks ago: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six - John Clark leads an ultra elite anti terrorism unit (audio book).

2 weeks ago: Knox's Irregulars - very Christian capitalists vs very evil Muslim communists on a colony world with 22nd century tech (Kindle). A good gorilla war story but heavy on the bible verses.

1 week ago: Starfire - A very-very smart Galactic Marine Captain and his men investigate a missing super battleship (Kindle).

This week: Fey - sequel to Starfire and the further civilian adventures of a very-very smart former Marine captain turned professional poker player (Kindle). A bit weird but very good.

Currently: Predation - Human space navy and marines invade enemy system/base (Kindle). The bad guys are an intelligent bipedal super nasty meat eating cross between a crocodile and a Kimodo Dragon.

TheChief
03-04-2013, 5:02 PM
Eric Flint's 1632

It is a series with many contributing authors like David Weber and Virginia DeMarce and has some 17 odd books to it.

A West Virginia mining town, circa 2000 AD, is mysteriously transported to Germany in 1632. For the non-history buffs, its right in the middle of the Thirty Years' War.

Its fun reading for when you need a mental break ;)