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GPC 31 December 2015 10:10

A Night In The Pech Valley by Grant McGarry great read so far.

UGA_11B 31 December 2015 12:47

Violence of Action. I didn't really expect a collection of short stories, but I really enjoy reading it so far. And I have a new found respect for the Ranger Regiment, they have evolved so much since 2001. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to learn about what Rangers do these days. Waaaaaayyyyyyyy more than airfield seizure.

wowzers 31 December 2015 14:01

off the grid by Nick Rosen

Ferryman 2 January 2016 19:10

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

Two brothers put together a covered wagon and a mule team and do the Oregon Trail the old school way. Book is kind of a mishmash of history, wagon technology, mule handling, dealing with wagon wrecks in the middle of nowhere, and a running commentary on present day America.

Really fun read. Those two dudes had one hell of a summer!

GPC 14 January 2016 10:15

Leadership in the Shadows by Kyle Lamb.

Strongly recommend this book no matter what you do in life.

pm410 22 January 2016 22:31

Hammerhead Six by Ron Fry

Interesting book on a SFARNG unit in the Pech Valley of Afghanistan in the early days 03-04. Interesting to read about how different it was then compared to when I was there on 2010.

B 2/75 23 January 2016 08:27

Anthony Burgess' 1962 tour de force "A Clockwork Orange"

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...ork_orange.jpg

I've read this several times, and accordingly still have a tad bit of Nadsat in my patois...

GPC 23 January 2016 10:09

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Originally Posted by B 2/75 (Post 1058537757)
Anthony Burgess' 1962 tour de force "A Clockwork Orange"

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...ork_orange.jpg

I've read this several times, and accordingly still have a tad bit of Nadsat in my patois...

Good book I read the Brit version with the extra chapter.

cashonlycow 23 January 2016 13:39

Just finished "Bull Mountain", by Brian Panowich.

If you like "Justified", the TV series...you might like this book.

Linda1961 25 January 2016 08:52

Just finished "Ashley Bell" by Dean Koontz. This is some of his best writing. Almost a lyrical prose. Character development is off the charts.

Just started "The Bone Labyrinth" by James Rollins.

UGA_11B 12 February 2016 18:52

Just finished 13 Hours about Benghazi. Pretty good read, I haven't seen the film yet, hopefully it doesn't stray away from the book.

Starting Lions of Kandahar now. I've heard great things.

HF0311 12 February 2016 21:43

I read the Way Of Men last week while cooped up in a plane, good book, well worth reading....Also read the Phoenix Checklist by Joseph Campbell a couple weeks ago, it was ok but could have been a 3 page essay and done a better job getting its point across.

GotSig? 16 February 2016 09:15

Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates. Nonfiction but reads like a novel. Where are the Jeffersons and Adams... Of today?

Dekeish 24 February 2016 05:22

All's Fair: Love, War and Running for President by Mary Matalin and James Carville. Just saw the two of them speak last week. It was definitely worth my time.

GPC 28 February 2016 11:53

Secret Corps by Peter Telep.

TX teacher 8 March 2016 10:21

I'm just about finished reading "The Outpost" by Jake Tapper.

Really, really good read and very sad...as war tends to be.

GPC 8 March 2016 12:23

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Originally Posted by TX teacher (Post 1058547763)
I'm just about finished reading "The Outpost" by Jake Tapper.

Really, really good read and very sad...as war tends to be.

There were so many times I wanted to throw that book.

TX teacher 8 March 2016 23:15

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Originally Posted by GPC (Post 1058547782)
There were so many times I wanted to throw that book.

How come? Was the info bad, or did you just find the stories that upsetting?

GPC 9 March 2016 09:57

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Originally Posted by TX teacher (Post 1058548003)
How come? Was the info bad, or did you just find the stories that upsetting?

Just the stupidity of some of the officers. The whole driving that LMTV up that road etc.

I liked the book some of the stories would just crank me up.

Fofo 10 March 2016 14:36

Apollo the Definitive Sourcebook by Richard W. Orloff and David M. Harland.

650 pages of very comprehensive historical and technical data about the entire Apollo space program, right from the very beginning to it's very last day as an active NASA program. Geez Louise, it is dry as a crouton, with the authors only really interested in giving you every last tidbit of information about the men, women involved in the production machines and associated materiel and execution of the program as well as being a veritable treasure trove of historical and technical data on all launches, timelines and events in general.

And for that, I gotta applaud them - dry reading as it may be, I'm 230 pages in, and still reading with interest. The odd picture and diagram helps, too. :smile:


Also reading:


Space Shuttle Columbia Her Missions and Crews by Ben Evans.

This is a readily easier to read and more relaxing book that does a wonderful job providing a complete history on the first Space Shuttle and up to it's fatal and tragic loss with it's crew.

Technical data abounds, but it nicely interspersed with personal interviews of Columbia crews and other NASA personnel, little humourous moments mentioned, and plenty of nicely-written historical/background data on this Shuttle and all of those who built/serviced and flew aboard her.

I don't think you will find a better book out there on her...

TX teacher 10 March 2016 19:09

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Originally Posted by GPC (Post 1058548089)
Just the stupidity of some of the officers. The whole driving that LMTV up that road etc.

I liked the book some of the stories would just crank me up.

Gotcha.

I was so fortunate not to serve with complete dumbass officers.

And I'm on to a new book, Billion Dollar Spy by David Hoffman. It covers a unique part of the efforts of the CIA to recruit in Moscow in the 70s and 80s. It primarily covers one Soviet spy and how he fed information for 7-8 years. I'm only about two and a half chapters in so I can't comment beyond that.

CA SGT 10 March 2016 19:57

Texas Rangers by Walter Prescott Webb. Good historical read and offered a bit more biography on Frank Hamer.

Steel boats, iron hearts by Hans goebler, crewman aboard the German sub U505, which was captured at sea. Neat perspective from a German submariner

GPC 11 March 2016 16:16

Safe From The War by Chris Hernandez.

A191 13 March 2016 09:31

Rebel- Nathaniel Starbuck series by Bernard Cornwell. I like Civil War historical fiction and I finished all of the Michael Shaara and Jeff Shaara books. So far, a pretty good read that seems to be well researched, accurate, with an interesting character story.

UGA_11B 21 March 2016 23:41

The Red Circle by Brandon Webb. Good read so far, about halfway thru. I cant speak for the validity of it because I'm not a sniper or a SEAL, but anyone who enjoys reading about snipers or the SEAL Teams should enjoy this book.

He also has another book coming out: The Killing School, it goes over all the sniper training schools in the US. I have it pre-ordered, hopefully it is good!

TX teacher 22 March 2016 06:44

I'm onto "Duty" by Robert Gates. I'm only in the first chapter dealing with his confirmation. I look forward to reading about his relationships with the different administrations.

HF0311 25 March 2016 15:09

I'm rereading Battle Royale, the first time read it I was a boot Marine who picked it up almost randomly, it was instantly one of my favorites and, mostly due to its description of death and killing, I found it to be influential in developing my mindset. I'm pretty much rereading it to see how I feel about it over ten years later and see if I still feel the same way about it.

B 2/75 25 March 2016 19:41

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Originally Posted by GotSig? (Post 1058543430)
Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates. Nonfiction but reads like a novel. Where are the Jeffersons and Adams... Of today?


Brian Kilmede is the co-author, but I wonder just how much he actually wrote, other than the preface.

Like GotSig said, very satisfying book, full of dope of which I had not a clue, and I was a history major, too.

Highly recommend account of a pivotal time in American history. An easy and fun read.

ramzmedic 25 March 2016 20:09

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Originally Posted by B 2/75 (Post 1058552143)
Brian Kilmede is the co-author, but I wonder just how much he actually wrote, other than the preface.

I have the book on my tab, but have not read it yet.
Kilmeade gets brutalized on SNL for being a brainless twit, but he is actually pretty damn smart and very funny. I used to listen to his radio show when it played up here. He is an incredible radio guy, to me, in the same category as Dennis Miller. He is also one of the most knowledgeable guys in the business on sports.

B 2/75 25 March 2016 20:48

EDITED... weird... double tap after several hours. Phone postings are the pits.

jhes160 30 March 2016 11:14

"Failure is not an option" by Gene Kranz. The name may sound familiar because he was played by Ed Harris in Apollo 13. I'm only on the 2nd chapter now but so far, so good. The book starts with him volunteering for the Mercury program and goes on to talk about his time as Flight Director for A11, A13 and others. Looking forward to finishing it.

Ferryman 30 March 2016 18:27

Japanese Destroyer Captain by Tameichi Hara

Memoir of one of the Japanese top destroyer captains of WWII. He was in a lot the major battles, had a cruiser shot out from under him while escorting the Yamato on her final run.

Talks about training up guys for suicide boats. Seems most guys weren't so happy about the job description. Interesting read from the other side of the war.

Gray Rhyno 31 March 2016 05:18

Forty-Seven Days by Mitch Yockelson. American army in World War I.

Cruiserweight 2 April 2016 10:40

Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. Very interesting Sci Fi short novel about alien visitation to earth and the objects they leave behind and the eagerness of men to make a buck no matter the consequences, etc.

B 2/75 2 April 2016 10:52

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Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist

In the 1690's the coin of the realm was in grave danger, having been dramatically debased by clippers, those who would shave a bit of silver or gold from the edge of the hand-struck coins in circulation. Foreign wars had to be paid for, commerce had to continue, but the money was bad.

Enter Sir Isaac Newton, famous scientist who had discovered so much. Could he find a way to reinvigorate the economy of England?

I'm about two thirds through it, and so far it is a fascinating look into England of a bit more than 300 years ago.

Stretch 13 April 2016 22:22

ACCIDENTAL AMBASSADOR, From the Forgotten War
 
I built a house for this Sailor.

I am only a chapter in and can tell that a good number of members on this site will enjoy it. I am not the book report type, so order one or let me finish it and I will forward my copy. He signed it, so it will need to be returned if you want to borrow.

As far as I can tell, he and Cass were on different ends of the same spear in the same War.

crossfitter_tom 14 April 2016 13:47

Finished 13 Hours a few days ago. Now I'm back to finishing On Combat by Ret. LT Colonel Dave Grossman for the second time. It appears there's much I missed the first time through it.

JAFO 14 April 2016 13:55

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Originally Posted by crossfitter_tom (Post 1058556344)
Finished 13 Hours a few days ago. Now I'm back to finishing On Combat by Ret. LT Colonel Dave Grossman for the second time. It appears there's much I missed the first time through it.

Dude, you may want to Google the hell out of that name before posting anything else here.

Ferryman 18 April 2016 15:18

This was in the local paper today:

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/local/...376007301.html

"Through The Valley, My Captivity in Vietnam" by Bill Reeder

I'll try to swing by the book signing Saturday and pick up a copy.

gavin 18 April 2016 16:04

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Originally Posted by crossfitter_tom (Post 1058556344)
Now I'm back to finishing On Combat by Ret. LT Colonel Dave Grossman for the second time. It appears there's much I missed the first time through it.

Do tell...


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