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Old 04-25-2019, 07:19 AM   #1
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Looking for new airport novels

I've recently re-read The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth and I'm looking for similar books published in the last decade.

IMHO, there are a lot wannabe Forsyths and Ludlums out there, but I haven't found one that I really liked.
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I don't that I've ever heard Day of the Jackal called an airport novel. There are a number of authors who write spy/assassin thrillers these days. Vince Flynn comes to mind, but Barry Eisler is another. Of course, Day of the Jackal was a classic of the genre, so it's kind of hard to come up with one that meets that standard, especially within the last 10 years. Forsyth wrote several others including Dogs of War and The Oddessa File. Tom Clancey was pretty close to Forsyth, but those were well over 10 years old.
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Fatherland by Robert Harris is excellent. His other books are competent, but that's his magnum opus IMO.

Also War of the Rats by David L. Robbins is excellent.

Just noticed they're a bit older than 10 years. Oh, well.
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There are a number of authors who write spy/assassin thrillers these days. Vince Flynn comes to mind, but Barry Eisler is another.
I liked the original Vince Flynn books, but not the sequels written by Kyle Mills, who's a rather unimaginative author. IMHO, Eisler is OK, but not as good as Flynn. (I've also read most of the Gabriel Allon novels by Daniel Silva and most Clancy novels.)

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Tom Clancey was pretty close to Forsyth, but those were well over 10 years old.
That's my problem. Apparently nobody really writes good novels in this genre. Also Forsyth's last 2 novels read like they were written by ghostwriter.

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Fatherland by Robert Harris is excellent.
I liked Fatherland, but his more recent books, e.g., Conclave, didn't captivate me.

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Also War of the Rats by David L. Robbins is excellent.
Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check it out.
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I liked the original Vince Flynn books, but not the sequels written by Kyle Mills, who's a rather unimaginative author. IMHO, Eisler is OK, but not as good as Flynn. (I've also read most of the Gabriel Allon novels by Daniel Silva and most Clancy novels.)


That's my problem. Apparently nobody really writes good novels in this genre. Also Forsyth's last 2 novels read like they were written by ghostwriter.


I liked Fatherland, but his more recent books, e.g., Conclave, didn't captivate me.


Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check it out.
No, your problem is like many readers, you have managed to out-read the writers.

Most genres go in cycles. It's whatever is popular at a given time. I don't keep that much up with the thriller genre. I'm more of a SF&F guy who reads occasional thrillers. The big international thriller craze seemed to peak back in the 90's and early 2000's. There are several that I read during that time that I really liked, James H Cobb's original novels for example. I guess the Jack Reacher series is the big thriller these days, though it's not my cup of tea. Patterson and Baldacci are two authors I hear mentioned a lot as well.

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Patterson used to write good novels. These days he makes a living by just putting his name on other people's books.
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Possibly Gregg Hurwitz's Orphan X novels? I haven't read these myself, but I enjoyed several of Hurwitz's standalones that are closer to the domestic suspense genre.

Also, Tom Rob Smith's Child 44 novels may be of interest. Again, not my thing, but I did read and enjoy his standalone The Farm.
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I liked the original Vince Flynn books, but not the sequels written by Kyle Mills, who's a rather unimaginative author. IMHO, Eisler is OK, but not as good as Flynn. (I've also read most of the Gabriel Allon novels by Daniel Silva and most Clancy novels.)
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FWIW I have just read my first Vince Flynn novel (Transfer of Power), I thought it was quite bit pedestrian compared to Eisler's first Rain novel. I hope it gets better ;-) (Eisler does not.)

Tom Wood's Victor series is similar to Eisler. Jack Reacher works very well for me as a over-the-top but competently written entertainment. It is also a very reliable series, I have not yet (#19) hit the point, where the Author is earning to much money, valid input by the editor is ignored, and the books are just bloated money-machines.
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Old 04-26-2019, 01:51 PM   #9
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Possibly Gregg Hurwitz's Orphan X novels?
I liked the first one, but each subsequent book got worse. (The last one is utter garbage.) IMHO, many of his standalone books are much better.

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Also, Tom Rob Smith's Child 44 novels
IIRC, I started the fist one, but never finished it.

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FWIW I have just read my first Vince Flynn novel (Transfer of Power), I thought it was quite bit pedestrian compared to Eisler's first Rain novel. I hope it gets better ;-) (Eisler does not.)
IMHO, the quality of the books gets somewhat better.

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Tom Wood's Victor series is similar to Eisler.
Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check it out.

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Jack Reacher works very well for me as a over-the-top but competently written entertainment.
The Jack Reacher books are definitely very well written, but too much over-the-top for my taste.
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FWIW I have just read my first Vince Flynn novel (Transfer of Power), I thought it was quite bit pedestrian compared to Eisler's first Rain novel. I hope it gets better ;-) (Eisler does not.)

Tom Wood's Victor series is similar to Eisler. Jack Reacher works very well for me as a over-the-top but competently written entertainment. It is also a very reliable series, I have not yet (#19) hit the point, where the Author is earning to much money, valid input by the editor is ignored, and the books are just bloated money-machines.
I didn't discover Flynn until after he died, so I've been reading his books in chronological order rather than published order, thus I read American Assassin first, even though it was the 11th book actually published. Flynn definitely improves his craft quite a bit. I'm currently reading Transfer of Power and American Assassin is much better.
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Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas (Author)

Again older than 10 years, but not that well-known. Really, really exciting book, and probably fact. The movie Munich was based on it.

Also Willi Heinrich, The Cross of Iron and The Crack of Doom. Very old, but not well-known, and amazingly written. In fact, the prose style is really something special, and that's in translation. I could read them just for the exposition, then people start shooting.

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A room full of night by Kenneth, T. R. I only have a few pages left. When you read the author bio you'll see that the author knows the topic.
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Have you tried Arthur Hailey? He wrote some pretty good long novels including "Airport."
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I liked Barry Eisner more than the OP. But I’ll add Mark Greaney and Stephen Hunter to several other good recommendations in this thread.
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Sounds interesting. I'll check it out.

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A room full of night by Kenneth, T. R.
Thanks for the recommendations, but I'm not really into WWII stories.

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Have you tried Arthur Hailey? He wrote some pretty good long novels including "Airport."
Thanks for recommendation. I might check out some of his lesser known novels.

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But I’ll add Mark Greaney and Stephen Hunter to several other good recommendations in this thread.
Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check them out.
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