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Postby Frank » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:39 pm

Book 10.

Deadly Shores, by Taylor Anderson.

Another great book, this series is really getting a lot of new threads now. Have to look round for the next ones.

Book 11.

The Forgotten Dead, by Ken Small.

The story of a hotelier in Devon who finds out that Operation Tiger, the practice run for the D Day invasion that went horribly wrong with nearly 1,000 casualties , took place on the beach where his hotel is , and his struggle to raise one of the D D tanks that sank as a permanent memorial to the dead.

It is a mix of eye witness accounts from survivors and his modern day battles against red tape. A really good book, and an Xmas present from Glynis.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/301 ... otten-dead
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Postby Frank » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:29 am

Books 12, 13
The Fall of Damnos, Spear of Macragge.

Both by Nick Kyme.
In a two book omnibus called Damnos.

Two books from Games Workshops Warhammer 40K series, these were decent books if a touch heavy going at times.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/869 ... -of-damnos
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Postby Frank » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:14 am

book 14.

Hellfire, by James Holland.

Another series by a historian turned writer, this is the fourth book in the series and takes our hero through a secondment to intelligence and spy hunting followed by El Alamain. Like the others I have read it is a bit two dimensional but still a good read.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/55199- ... ack-tanner
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Postby Frank » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:38 pm

Book 15.

Red Light, by Graham Masterson.

Another really good book. Masterson has made the switch from horror to crime with great ease.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/98980-katie-maguire
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Postby Frank » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:54 am

Book 16.

Straits of hell, by Taylor Anderson.

Another great book in this increasingly complicated alternative world.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/54474-destroyermen

Book 17.

Pegasus in Space. by Anne McCaffery.

Third in the Pegasus series, this is good old fashioned space opera. A bit flat but still a good read.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/49441- ... s-universe
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Postby Frank » Wed May 03, 2017 4:09 pm

Book 18.

Night School, by Lee Child.

The 21st book in the series see Reacher back in 1996 on an international hunt for someone selling an unknown object to terrorists for a huge sum.

Pretty standard for the series, a fairly flat style of storytelling which never really takes off but is still competently told. I quite enjoyed it.

https://goodreads.com/book/show/28077464-night-school

Book 19.

The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith.

I am reading these in the wrong order but it doesnot seem to matter much. Another good book, I have the first one on order now.

https://goodreads.com/series/108050-cormoron-strike
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Postby Frank » Fri May 26, 2017 1:32 pm

Book 20.

Invictus, by Simon Scarrow.

15th in the Eagles series, this one sees our heroes of to Spain to put down an uprising, which as usual is hampered by politics and backstabbing.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/41356-eagle

This is a really good series, full of action, well researched history and good believable characters.
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Postby Frank » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:12 am

Book 21.

The Flame Bearer, by Bernard Cornwell.

This is a book I have mixed feelings about, on one hand I have been waiting impatiently for it, but also not wanting the series to end.

I don`t want to spoil it for anybody who has not read it but I think it is fairly obvious that he achieves his lifelong ambition, but there is also a huge sense of sadness about the ending, losing people close to him and facing a big change in the status quo.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/43581- ... on-stories

I just hope that he does not do the same as he did with the Sharpe series and write fill-in stories as they never seemed to be as good as the proper series, as if he had a story to tell with the proper series but the fill-ins were just to make a bit more money.
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Postby Frank » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:43 pm

Books 22 and 23.

Evil Games, and Lost Girls. Both by Angela Marsons.

Books 2 and 3 in the Kim Stone series are both great follow ups to Silent Scream that I read last year.

A quite unusual, chilling, villain in Games puts Kim on her own as the rest of her team is taken in, while in Girls the team deal with a very nasty kidnapping.

The relationship between the emotionally scarred D I and her D S is explored a bit further in these books as they each provide the input that the other can`t. The books are fast paced and keep your interest. They are not the best crime books I have ever read but they are high on the list.

They are also quite cheap at the moment on Kindle.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/145780-d-i-kim-stone
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Re: Franks 2017 reading challenge log

Postby Whiterook » Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:35 pm

Dang....you're doing great in book counts!

I like that you're enjoying the Taylor Anderson series of The Destroyermen. It's a great alternate history series and I've been wondering how the characters are fareing. I probably need to get back int them soon.

I've been interested and tempted to jump into the world of Jack Reacher. I've seen the first movie a few times and I love the character. I've wondered if the book version of Tom Cruise is as enticing.
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