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PV74RU78 13 October 2013 15:40

For about the 4th time - reading the "American Bicentennial Series" by John Jakes. On Volume 5 of 8. Always enjoyed how he wove characters' relationships with historical figures.

On a side note - was doing some reminiscing about high school plays I performed in, some 40 years ago. Looked up our Senior Play, which was a musical comedy spoof called "Dracula, Baby". Extremely surprised to find out the lyrics were written by - John Jakes.

GPC 18 October 2013 12:21

Proof Of Our Resolve by Txchris.

KidA 18 October 2013 16:36

"Young Men and Fire"

by Norman McClean (A River Runs Through It)

about the 1949 Mann Gulch wilderness fire that killed 13 smokejumpers within an hour of their jumping in.

The fire turned into a "Blow up" and is estimated to have burned over 3,000 acres in 10 minutes.

A blow up is apparently the worst kind of fire - it's akin to a "fire tornado" where the temperature is so hot as to immediately incinerate (not burn) anything flammable and the winds are so intense due to the heat that it literally explodes.

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Everyone had jumped by around 4:10 p.m. The scattered cargo had been gathered at about 5:00 p.m. At about 5:45 p.m., the crew had seen the fire coming up towards them on the north slope and had turned to run. By four minutes to 6:00 the fire had swept over them. The time at which the fire engulfed the men was judged by the melted hands on Harrison's pocketwatch, forever frozen at 5:56 p.m. by the intense heat. Studies estimated that the fire covered 3,000 acres in 10 minutes during this blow-up stage. An hour and 45 minutes after they arrived. Thirteen firefighters died, eleven killed in the fire itself and two more sustained fatal burns. Only three of the sixteen survived.
By accounts in the book the temps in a blow up are so intense that trees spontaneously explode due to super heated resin - not where they burn long enough to get hot enough to do so, but do so almost instantaneously.

3,000 acres is almost 5 square miles - incinerated in 10 minutes.

To put it in perspective when they jumped it was a small fire they thought they'd get contained in a few hours.

The blow up covered 3,000 acres in ten minutes.

Even though it continued to burn for 5 more days...

Quote:

Four hundred fifty men fought for five more days to get the fire under control, which had spread to 4,500 acres (1,800 ha).
In those extra 5 days it only covered an additional 1500 acres.

Murph 21 October 2013 00:35

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Originally Posted by KidA (Post 1058333384)
"Young Men and Fire"

by Norman McClean (A River Runs Through It)

Look up the tune Cold Missouri Waters by James Keelaghan. Great book; great song.

B 2/75 21 October 2013 06:35

Deliverance

Pretty good so far

Charlie Waite 21 October 2013 19:13

The Mission The Men and Me, by Col. Blaber.

Dino0311 21 October 2013 22:06

"Whitey", about Whitey Bulger. "Before They Are Hanged", by Joe Abercrombie, a swords and sorcery novel. And I forget the title, but the second of the century trilogy by Ken Follett.

Bearcat06 22 October 2013 00:32

Across A Corn-Swept Land: An Epic Beer Run Through the Upper Midwest by Jason Offut

One of my buddies that teaches at NW MO State U wrote this about when he was a undergrad. Funny as hell and a very short read. Got it on kindle for 8 bucks.

OutsideTheB 28 October 2013 23:07

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Originally Posted by Bearcat06 (Post 1058334237)
Across A Corn-Swept Land: An Epic Beer Run Through the Upper Midwest by Jason Offut

One of my buddies that teaches at NW MO State U wrote this about when he was a undergrad. Funny as hell and a very short read. Got it on kindle for 8 bucks.

Me thinks you have way too much expertise about beer, beercat. :biggrin:

Bearcat06 29 October 2013 06:05

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Originally Posted by OutsideTheB (Post 1058336892)
Me thinks you have way too much expertise about beer, beercat. :biggrin:

Probably...

Its a pretty funny book and made for light reading.... I was done with it in a few hours...

OutsideTheB 31 October 2013 19:23

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Originally Posted by Bearcat06 (Post 1058336927)
Probably...

Its a pretty funny book and made for light reading.... I was done with it in a few hours...

:biggrin:

RN47 31 October 2013 20:47

"My Losing Season" Pat Conroy. Sitting in the waiting room at the doctor's office, and saw this book. Burned through almost 50 pages and then downloaded on kindle when I came home. Really well written, and the first Conroy book I've ever read.

CAP MARINE 1 November 2013 15:54

Finished LET'S RIDE
Sonny Barger

Ron Flowers 3 November 2013 20:57

"Beautiful Outlaw," by John Elderedge

Macka 3 November 2013 21:22

"Escaping Home" by Angery American.

GPC 4 November 2013 14:27

The first three books in the WTF series by W.J. Lundy.

About a AQ bio-weapon that starts a Zombie apocalypse.And a group of Military survivors trying to get stateside from A-stan.Easy enjoyable read.

KidA 4 November 2013 15:00

Gobi: Tracking the Desert
John Man

Very well written (surprisingly well written actually considering I've never heard of the guy) book about travels through Mongolia and the Gobi.

Worth the price:

http://www.amazon.com/Gobi-Tracking-.../dp/0300076096

Ranger5280 5 November 2013 12:41

Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

"an adventure that’s at once breakneck thriller and shrewd social commentary; a gripping tale of a world fundamentally different and yet horrifyingly similar to our own, where being born gifted can be a terrible curse."

CAP MARINE 5 November 2013 13:15

Will b going to B&N to get another biker/undercover book

ShortTimer 8 November 2013 06:59

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank.
3rd time around, great book.


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