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Old 10-13-2010, 08:27 AM   #1
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Need some help with "new" authors for Hubby

I just got my husband a Sony PRS650 for her birthday on Monday. Fortunately, one of his favourite authors, Bernard Cornwell, had a brand new book come out, so I was able to load it onto his new ereader.

He's read everything else by Bernard Cornwell ... and probably everything by Simon Scarrow as well. I'm anxiously trying to find other books on a similar subjects by some "new" [to hubby] author ... and, naturally I want said books to be in ebook format.

Basically he likes historical fiction ... stuff that's been well researched. He doesn't really care about the era ... but seems to like Roman Empire era ... Dark Ages Britain era ... and Revolutionary War era as well as Civil War era.

I've used the Literature Map ... but it wasn't very helpful in this instance.

Anyone have recommendations for me to try? Purchasing the books isn't a problem by the way.

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Old 10-13-2010, 08:32 AM   #2
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He might like "Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End", both by Ken Follett.
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:16 AM   #3
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Possible suggestions from this thread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=97556
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:39 AM   #4
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Here's a fun gadget. Just put in the authors your husband likes and it will "map" other authors that write similiar material or in a similiar style.

http://www.literature-map.com/

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Old 10-13-2010, 12:46 PM   #5
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I presume he's read all of Steven Pressfield's books? E.g. "Gates of Fire"? Very famous and very similar in lots of ways to the authors you've listed above.
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:53 PM   #6
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Conn Iggulden and his Emperor series about Juluis Caesar or his Conqueror series about Ghengis Kahn stories loosely based on facts are good reads

Just thought if your husband like the Sharpe novels then Mark L Urban wrote a great non fiction book on the 95th Rifles (Sharpes regiment). Im positive he would enjoy that

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Old 10-13-2010, 06:05 PM   #7
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Dorothy Dunnett wrote good historical fiction. My husband loved the King Hereafter about the real Macbeth.
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:39 PM   #8
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Alexander Kent has written a lot of novels about the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic wars. I've never read any, so can't tell you if they're any good, but I believe they're popular.
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Old 10-16-2010, 12:20 PM   #9
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If he likes historical fiction, I strongly recommend The Flashman series. They are both deadly accurate and hysterically funny. They focus on Victorian England and take place in the UK, India, Afghanistan, the US and more.
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If he likes historical fiction, I strongly recommend The Flashman series. They are both deadly accurate and hysterically funny. They focus on Victorian England and take place in the UK, India, Afghanistan, the US and more.
Sounds interesting! I'll check it out and pass it onto my hubby!
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:05 AM   #11
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Mack Bolan served two tours of duty in Vietnam in the army when he was sent home on compassionate leave, it seems that the US mafia had slaughtered his family. He went home and buried his family and went on a one man war against the mafia. For the next several years he vowed to "shake their house down" and did just that. He was fought by both sides, the mafia and law enforcement. On the law enforcement side he was sought by Hal Brognola (US Federal Government, Department of Justice, Assistant Secretary) and LAPD detective Carl Lyons (called Project Hardcase). Hal Brognola was able to convince the Us Government and Mack to join forces to fight the country's enemies and setup a new covert black ops organization called Stony Man (headquartered near the Appalachian mountains in Virginia, near a mountain called Stony Man) where mack was second in command and fell for April Rose, mission controller. In an assault on the Stony Man HQ by a rouge government agent April was killed and Stony Man cyber genius Aron Kurtzman was crippled for life and mack left Stony Man to start a one man war against the Soviets. At the conclusion of this war he started an arms length alliance with the US Government and often works for Stony Man where he is frequently joined by Stony Man's two action teams - Able Team and Phoenix Force. Now (for the last twenty years or so) he takes missions from Stony Man and kills off all sort of American enemies including terrorists, drug dealers and slave traders. He frequents the Stony Man HQ (called Stony Man farm) where the love of his life works (Barbara Price, a honey blond mission controller replacement for April).

The Mack Bolan books consists of three series called Executioner, Stony Man and Super Bolan which chronicle the exploits of Mack and his pals. Together with two other series called Outlands and Deathlands are published by Golden Eagle, a sub-company of Harlequin books. See Mack and his gang at http://www.mackbolan.com

The current book is called Target Acquisition by Nathan Meyer, each book is written by one of a group of authors, this one is a Stony Man. Able Team and Phoenix Force are working separate missions one to face jihadists fueling terror in Pakistan and the other rescuing a plane full of hostages in the Amazon jungle. It turns out that there is a sheik that is instigating both in a power grab in the middle east.

I am two chapters in and there are no dead yet but that will change.

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Also Lindsey Davis

And you might also consider Umberto Eco, especially The Name of the Rose

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Thanks for all the suggestions.

Hubby has already read the Flashman series ... and loved it.

He has also read all of Steven Saylor books.

He had not, however, read the Pressfield books ... so we began there.

He has read quite a bit of Conn Iggulden, but I don't know if he exhausted that author or not.

There are quite a few that I need to check out. Thanks so much for the suggestions
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