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  • R.N. Armstrong
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    I would bet that it has grown

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  • MarkV
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    Originally posted by R.N. Armstrong View Post

    Sounds like you have a large personal library, easy to do. Do you know how many books in your library?
    Somewhere over 2,000 but I haven't counted them since the last time I moved house 16 years ago

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  • R.N. Armstrong
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    Originally posted by MarkV View Post
    My error - having looked in my library the book I was thinking of was called The Paladins!
    Sounds like you have a large personal library, easy to do. Do you know how many books in your library?

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  • MarkV
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    My error - having looked in my library the book I was thinking of was called The Paladins!

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  • R.N. Armstrong
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    Originally posted by MarkV View Post

    A book of that title gives a history of the RAF in the inter war period but I suspect that it isn't what you are referring to.
    Not sure which title you had in mind, the Praetorians is about the French military in Algeria forming the OAS who turned against DeGaulle, and "The Day of the Jackal" is the OAS hiring an assassin to kill DeGaulle.

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  • MarkV
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    Originally posted by R.N. Armstrong View Post
    "The Praetorians" will give you the lead into "The Day of the Jackal"--another great read.
    A book of that title gives a history of the RAF in the inter war period but I suspect that it isn't what you are referring to.

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  • R.N. Armstrong
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    "The Praetorians" will give you the lead into "The Day of the Jackal"--another great read.

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  • Capt AFB
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    Just finished reading Jean Laterguy's "The Centurions", a novel about French paratroop officers experience as PoW in Indochina after Dien Bien Phu and then go on to fight the revolutionaries in Algeria.

    Great mix in the cast of characters,coming from all walk of life in France. Really well written. Made me think of WEB Griffin style, although perhaps a bit more grittier and intellectual.

    Looking forward to read the sequel "The Praetorians."

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  • R.N. Armstrong
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    Agree, based on The Third Bullet, I went on to read all his Swaggers novels.

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  • G David Bock
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    Originally posted by R.N. Armstrong View Post
    Found The Third Bullet a good read with interesting detail and plausible explanation.
    I read "The Third Bullet" a couple of years ago and also found it very plausible. Hunter presented some very fascinating and intriguing details in the real assassination and his weaving of such into this "story", along with likely extrapolations. There are so many "gaps" in the event remaining unexplained and Hunter seems to have done the best job so far in presenting a probable version. Being 55 years into the past and so many key persons gone(died), it may be a case never solved to anyone's satisfaction.

    I've read a few of his Swagger and Swagger Jr. novels and found them enjoyable and well written. Hunter seems to know firearms and shooting better than most fiction writers, and can include such in some rather gritty stories.

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  • R.N. Armstrong
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    Found The Third Bullet a good read with interesting detail and plausible explanation.

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  • Mountain Man
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    Currently reading a lot of Baldacci's stuff, and just finished Hunter's The Third Bullet last night, a mystery thriller about the Kennedy assassination and how it could have been done using a second shooter. The method proposed was carefully researched and verified by shooting experts.

    Hunter, you may recall, wrote the Bob Swagger series of sniper novels, including the one sued to make Shooter.

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  • Bwaha
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    Originally posted by MarkV View Post

    I can understand, many years ago I was in Baghdad during the Saddam days. I had been attached to a UK Cabinet Minister led mission.. They had all gone back to London but I was supposed to go on to Dubai. With their departure my quasi diplomatic status lapsed as suddenly did all my airline bookings, exit visa etc. and I was trapped in the Al Rashid hotel which became a sort of very comfortable jail. The British embassy proved their usual polite incompetency but fortunately the travel administrator in my London office (with whom I had made a policy of being on good terms) had contacts and I was sprung within a week. A week with nothing but the reading matter I had brought with me which was the Pickwick Papers that I was in the middle of re reading. I eventually arrived in Dubai (after a short arrest at Kuwait airport but that's another story). Dubai used to have a very good bookshop but there wasn't time to get there before they were closed. All there was was the hotel bookshop where I bought some trashy SF (I'm an SF aficionado and I know trashy when I see it).I can't remember what it was called - the lost Amanda, Fleet, Squadron vol III or something but I devoured it, rubbish it may have been - the literary equivalent of CMOT Dibbler's sausage in a bun - but there was no Snodgrass, no Dingley Dell etc etc. Sometimes you need junk food as a change
    I have the trove of CMOT Dibbler's sausage in a bun in scifi. Its all old stuff.

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  • MarkV
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    Originally posted by Martok View Post
    I wonder if anyone ever reads any of the suggested works here, as one reply I never see is any form of affirmation of someone else's chosen work. Another sign of what this website has become, I suppose.

    Regardless, given the fact for quite a few years I was immersed by trade into authors such as Milton, Dryden, Voltaire, Shakespeare and the usual suspects, at times I now enjoy reading lighter fair. Recently I found this at the Midtown Scholar and purchased it because I have an affinity for alternative history settings. The target audience is the same as was that of the Twilight series, only Gunslinger Girl is far more well written. Which still isn't saying much. However the book is enjoyable, which again at times is all that is required.



    I can understand, many years ago I was in Baghdad during the Saddam days. I had been attached to a UK Cabinet Minister led mission.. They had all gone back to London but I was supposed to go on to Dubai. With their departure my quasi diplomatic status lapsed as suddenly did all my airline bookings, exit visa etc. and I was trapped in the Al Rashid hotel which became a sort of very comfortable jail. The British embassy proved their usual polite incompetency but fortunately the travel administrator in my London office (with whom I had made a policy of being on good terms) had contacts and I was sprung within a week. A week with nothing but the reading matter I had brought with me which was the Pickwick Papers that I was in the middle of re reading. I eventually arrived in Dubai (after a short arrest at Kuwait airport but that's another story). Dubai used to have a very good bookshop but there wasn't time to get there before they were closed. All there was was the hotel bookshop where I bought some trashy SF (I'm an SF aficionado and I know trashy when I see it).I can't remember what it was called - the lost Amanda, Fleet, Squadron vol III or something but I devoured it, rubbish it may have been - the literary equivalent of CMOT Dibbler's sausage in a bun - but there was no Snodgrass, no Dingley Dell etc etc. Sometimes you need junk food as a change

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  • Martok
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    I wonder if anyone ever reads any of the suggested works here, as one reply I never see is any form of affirmation of someone else's chosen work. Another sign of what this website has become, I suppose.

    Regardless, given the fact for quite a few years I was immersed by trade into authors such as Milton, Dryden, Voltaire, Shakespeare and the usual suspects, at times I now enjoy reading lighter fair. Recently I found this at the Midtown Scholar and purchased it because I have an affinity for alternative history settings. The target audience is the same as was that of the Twilight series, only Gunslinger Girl is far more well written. Which still isn't saying much. However the book is enjoyable, which again at times is all that is required.


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    Also just finished reading this:

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    A bit self-serving, but a decent read.


    Last edited by Martok; 27 Aug 18, 14:28.

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