Advice on a good read!

Need a decent doorstep of a book to take on holiday with me - want something with action, suspense, etc. Can be historical, modern or futuristic but don't want something that is someone's diary/logbook etc although it can be based on fact.

Any recommendations?
Yes DB I am - although its only for the long haul flight!!

ON the other hand - I need to do something while CM recovers! :wink:
Try Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield. It’s a historical novel about the Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae.

It’s an absolute cracker.
Currently working my way through the 20 books of Patrick O'Brian tracing the journey of Aubrey and Maturin in the Royal Navy in the early 19th Century. The film Master and Commander was based on two of the books. If you like a bit of alternative naval action on your honeymoon then you can't go far wrong here.

By the way congratulations.


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This 'holiday' - is it one that's coming up in nine days time ?

Here's a few titles that were recommended by a lady who has just gone through a similar ordeal.

Art (non-fiction):
"Ceilings of the World"
"Headboards I Have Studied and Bitten"

"Move That Light, It's In My Eyes"
"Go On, Let Me Put It There !"

Medical dramas:
"Dr Chuckles Cures Cystitis"
"Lethal Lack of Lubricant"

"Why Didn't I Choose Cuts ?"
"I Left My Cap In Amsterdam"
On holiday a couple of years ago I read The Company, a fictional saga about the CIA from 1945 - 1992. A great read, it's a big old book but very convoluted. The depiction of ops in post-war Berlin is very evocative.
If you've not read any of them then the Dan Brown books are pretty good.
Da Vinci code and Angels and Demons are the best two.
They're not actually fact but you almost start believing them, they're good.
If you've got space a really good one I've just read is "the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime" which is strange, disturbing and definitely not normal (about a kid with aspergers syndrome). For weird Life of Pi is brilliant as well, expand your horizons!!!
If you like travel books (not enough action?) then pick up some bill bryson, they're normally pretty funny
Finally it might be fiction but it's got everything and imho it's the best book ever written: hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy. If you pick up "the triology of five" it's a massive lump that'll take you a while, but you might not get any sleep... it's that good


May I recommend Queens Regs? You may need them to formulate your defence if you ever open fire!
Bride Stripped Bare Birds like it, i didn't. Supposed to be Big and Important, but it's little more than Sex in The City with big words. Worth reading for the cab drivers' gang bang.

Norweigan Wood by Murakami. Charming and interesting. Dance Dance Dance is good too.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
- want something with action, suspense, etc. Can be historical, modern or futuristic
Yep, it does all that.

Watchers by Dean Koontz. Rip the front and back covers off and don't read the synopsis on amazon. This is a great book that is full of suspense and interesting characters. Some of Koontz stuff is good, some not so, but don't listen to the marketing - they're suspense books written by someone who is, himself, gripped with suspense writing them.
clanker said:
Rifles by Mark Urban, about the history of the Rifle Brigade , Wellesley, Peninsula, all the early history of the RGJ.
I agree I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

There is a series of books by Simon Scarrow about 2 legionaires in Roman Britain and Italy. They are very good and full of the stuff you are after. Simon Scarrow is a lecturer on Roman Britain in Norwich; whilst his books are fiction they are very well researched.

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