Lee Child / Jack Reacher..where do I go from here?
I’m not an avid reader but enjoy to read on holidays and for the last few trips I’ve read a couple of the lee child novels. I haven’t done them all but they those I have are a little bit “samey”, good, but a bit familiar now.Posted 3 years ago
So rather than just try and tick all the series off, does anyone have any recommendations for novels or authors in a similar genre?
Another vote here, very entertaining. If you like Brookmyre, try Colin Bateman – particularly the “Mystery Man” series, but the “Dan Starkey” collection is good too.
Something a bit different would be Phillip Kerr – really enjoyed these. They are Detective novels set in Berlin just before, during and after the Nazi’s were in power. They are very reminiscent of Raymond Chandlers “hard Boiled detective” style, but a little faster paced. important to read them in order though.Posted 3 years agobeanumSubscriber
The best Reacher book IMO was “One Shot” as it’s a little different to the rest. That’s the one the film was based on..
For a book similar to Lee Child, try Tom Clancy’s “Without Remorse” – it’s basically an ex Navy Seal killing drug dealers with non of the usual Tom Clancy political intrigue to slow things down.
If you’re ever in a jumble sale and see Desmond Bagley’s “Bahama Crisis” that’s a good read too…Posted 3 years agochompMember
Eric Van Lustbaders Nicholas Linnear series are good, he went on to author some of the later Bourne novels after Ludlum passed away.
You definately need to suspend reality for a while and imagine you’re reading them in the 80’s in between playing with your nunchuks and shuriken that you have hidden from your parents (as they would kill you if they knew you were throwing them at the shed door when they’re not at home)
I read the first book (Ninja) in ’88 when I was 13 and it blew my mind. Was the first book I’d read with saucy bits 🙂Posted 3 years agoatlazMember
I read all of the Ryan/Clark books (including the awful new ones) on a long business trip. They’re decent but I’d really not noticed when I first read them how much of the books follows the politics of the American right.
There are some good historical fiction novels to try too. I’d try the Inspector Pekkala books by Sam Eastland (well actually some other bloke writing as him) and the Bernie Gunther books by Philip Kerr.Posted 3 years agorossateaseMember
Read everything Bernard Cornwall has written, start with the Sharpe Series, read Sharpes Eagle which was the first book then follow the peninsular campaign first, the rest got added later as the TV series made him a bit more popular.
The Athurian Legends in the Warlord Chronicles are also well worth a read, historically a lot of it is accurate and well researched, he’s a bit of an anti christian (Cornwall) so it should suit the taste of most who read these boards.
The Grail Quest is excellent as are the Saxon Storys of the period when Alfred the Great eventually unified the country, so you get action and some historical education you might have missed. All suitably bloody, gory and superbly written, thoroughly recommend them.
I find Tom Clancy OK but a bit heavy on the padding, his Jack Ryan novels were good but boring in places where you got the feeling he was just trying to write a thick book.
If you’ve not read them, the James Bond novels by Fleming are actually a good read, nothing like the movies for the most part and definitely not PC so maybe not that tasteful for some of you.
Other favourites of mine are anything written by Michael Chrichton and some of that legal stuff from John Grisham.Posted 3 years agoboxelderSubscriber
The Rebus books by Ian Rankin (grimy crime in Edinburgh, with a realistically likeable ‘hero’)
For something different – The Son by Philip Meyer – historically based mini epic about frontier Texas (on a similar theme Lonesome Pine is an older book, but excellent and an easy read)Posted 3 years ago
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