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  1. tobyducote

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    1. Clive Cussler
    2. Matthew Reilly (absolute must read!!!)
    3. Vince Flynn
    4. Jack Higgins
    5. Jeffrey Archer
    6. Jim Butcher
    7. E.E. Knight
    8. Christopher Farnsworth
    9. John Grisham
    10. Rick Newcombe (gotta give a pipe guy some love)

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    Dunhill 4129

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    Morgan Llywelyn
    David Feherty
    Larry McMurtry
    Tim Robinson

    Most of my other favorites are long dead.

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    Don Winslow (Kings of Cool, etc.)
    Jeffrey Archer (The Clifton Chronicles, etc.)
    Stephen Hunter

    Al

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    John Scalzi is about the only current author I am familiar with; I've read a few books here and there but nothing of note that hasn't been around for 30 years or more.

    Smoke your pipe and be silent; there's only wind and smoke in the world. - Irish Proverb
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    Cormac McCarthy, Philip Roth, Ron Rash, Toni Morrison, Fred Chappell, Louise Erdrich, Jonathan Franzen, Neil Gaiman, Sam Shepard (assuming playwrights count), can I still say Seamus Haney? (I refuse to admit that he has died), Lee Smith. There's many more, but that's what comes to mind at the present.

    Most of my absolute favorite authors are dead: Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Faulkner. . .

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    1= Brad Thor
    2= Vince Flynn, who I think lost a battle with Cancer, bless his soul
    3 = old Cussler, not too liking his newer stuff that is accompanied with another.

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    Bernard Cornwell

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    I'm still trying to find someone to replace Hunter S. Thompson.

    Dave

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    I enjoy the more twisted side when it comes to novels. My favorite author right now is Chuck Palyhnuck. He just finished his first two book series; Damned and Doomed, about a young girl who goes down to hell, after dying, and challenges Satan for power of the underworld. I'm getting ready to start the second book soon.

    If you want to understand Chuck Palyhnuck a little, he was the creater of Fight Club, which was turned into a movie with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. He has what some would call 'a dark sense of humor.'

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    Daniel Silva

    I Enjoy Aromatics
    I Enjoy Peterson Pipes
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    In no particular order......
    Lee Child
    Clive Cussler
    David Eddings
    Terry Pratchett
    Andrew M. Greeley

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    Clive Cussler. He's about the only current author that I really read.

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    Pick up a Matthew Reilly book...they are FANTASTIC!!

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    Dennis Lehane

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    Bernard Cornwell.

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    John MacArthur
    Paul David Tripp
    John Piper

    Most of my absolute favorite authors are dead

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    Charles Spurgeon
    G. Campbell Morgan..and many others...

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    James Lee Burke
    Pat Conroy
    Robert Crais
    Michael Connelly

    Some of the best stories and writing on this or any other planet. Do yourselves a favor and familiarize yourself with their body of work.

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    I second the EE Knight mention. Guys amazing! I'll also throw in SM Stirling and Harry Turtledove. I also enjoy Dean Koontz when I'm in the mood to scare myself. If we included comic book authors, I could go even longer. Unfortunately I have 1 year left in undergrad and then off to law school so my reading for pleasure time is nonexistent.

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    Patrick Rothfuss
    George R R Martin
    Lawrence Block
    Joseph J Ellis
    (not current because he's dead, but too good not to list) Shelby Dade Foote, Jr.

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    George R.R. Martin - although he needs to write faster!

    Other than him I'm still catching up on the prior two centuries of literature.

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    Robert Jordan (although he passed away)
    Brandon Sanderson... I had never read any of his books before, but he did a fantastic job taking over The Wheel Of Time series where Robert Jordan left off. Book 12 and 13 were amazing and I'm about to begin the final book. I think Robert Jordan would be proud. I'll definitely read more of Sanderson's books now.
    Dennis McKiernan... I love his stuff.
    Terry Brooks... I love his stuff too.
    David Eddings... I like his stuff a lot.
    Margarette Weise (may have mispelled name) and Tracy Hickman... the stuff they wrote together is greatness. Especially the original Dragonlance Trilogy (before they decided years later to make the series longer... not that the additions were bad, I just prefer the first three)
    I could go on and on and on and on and on lol

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    Neal Stephenson
    Umberto Eco

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    Some favourite contemporary authors that come to mind are:

    Walter Mosley
    William Gibson
    Paul Auster
    Umberto Eco
    Peter Temple
    Amin Maalouf
    Iain Banks (sadly passed away last summer)

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    I think I'm the only guy with Don Winslow on his list, but if anyone likes his style, check out:
    Richard Lange - Angel Baby (Tex-Mex/So-Cal crime)
    http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Baby-Novel-Richard-Lange/dp/0316219827
    I eagerly await his next book.

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    Terry Kay, a southerner who writes like we southerners think, if you are an elderly married man I reccomend his book Danceing with the Whie Dog, you will have to put it down a couple of times as you will be shedding big tears , lots of truth in that book,

    The Old Cajun
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    Cormac McCarthy - truly a modern master
    Nicholson Baker - he's a very funny "satirist" of sorts, with a wickedly hysterical vocabulary.
    David Sedaris - also very funny in a different manner.
    John Krakauer
    Sebastian Junger
    Mark Bowden
    Larry McMurtry
    Jim Harrison
    Tom McGuane
    Russell Chatham
    Haruki Murakami

    In the category of my favorites who are no longer alive, but too good to not mention:

    Hemingway
    Michael Shaara
    Hunter S. Thompson
    JRR Tolkien
    Harry Crewes
    Herman Melville
    Norman Maclean
    Eiji Yoshikawa
    Vladimir Nabakov
    Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Mark Twain

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    cakeanddottle, other favorite authors of the briar sort, the Peterson Kapet and the Luciano. Of the
    literary variety, I'll limit myself to a few:

    Nicholson Baker, author of the novel "The Anthologist" and many others, and heroic savior of back
    issues of many newspapers which he single-handedly rescued from destruction by libraries that
    planned to put them on crappy microfilm and destroy the copies, which they claimed were deteriorating,
    at which Baker scoffs with unlimited scorn, with the evidence of their preservation in hand. Duke
    University finally stepped up and took custody of the collection, for which, vast kudos to them. Baker
    is a force of nature.

    Poetry: Frederic Seidel, whose poems star regular references to his beloved, custom-built Ducati
    motorcycle. A tough and rather wild poet who might appeal to people who feel they don't like
    poetry.

    Two for nonfiction, George Packer, "The Unwinding," a series of portraits of contemporary people,
    famous and not; and Craig L. Symonds, "The Battle of Midway," who reaches into the history and
    does a masterful job of finding the factual roots of a seeming Naval miracle.

    And from the past, if you can overcome the severe limitations of his dogged writing style,
    "Crusade In Europe," the account of WWII in Europe and D-Day specifically, by Dwight D.
    Eisenhower, who was way tougher than the tough guys by mastering the infinite detail of
    the D-Day invasion, likely saving hundreds of thousands of lives by his unrelenting attention
    to detail, and adept use of power. If you can stay awake, you will be astounded.

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    Layton Green
    David Baldacci
    Brad Thor
    Max Allan Collins
    Michael McGarrity
    William Tyree
    Brad Taylor
    Lee Child
    C.J. Box
    John Sandford
    James Lee Burke

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    Well now! Since this is going way off topic, here are a few old writers I enjoy:

    C. S. Forester
    Louis L'Amour
    Patrick O'Brien
    Rex Stout
    Lewis Grizzard
    Bruce Catton
    James A. Michener
    Tony Hillerman

    One book Wonders:

    Audie Murphy
    T. E. Lawrence

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    Well, if we're going to include expired authors:

    Mark Twain
    Rex Stout
    Ray Bradbury
    Gene Fowler
    Charles Dickens
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    Conan Doyle
    Robert Heinlein
    Isaac Asimov
    Raymond Chandler
    Will and Ariel Durant
    Dashiell Hammett
    John Steinbeck
    Wilkie Collins
    Agatha Christie
    James A Michener
    A. A. Milne
    Sholem Aleichem

    and a few dozen others...

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    Arturo Perez Reverte
    Wilbur Smith
    Geraldine Brooks
    Malcolm Gladwell
    Stephen Pinker
    James Nelson

    Richard
    I have some friends, some honest friends, and honest friends are few; My pipe of briar, my open fire, A book that's not too new. - Robert Service
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    Jim Harrison
    Umberto Eco
    James Ellroy
    Ace Atkins
    John LeCarre
    Robert B Parker
    Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)

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    Andre Dubus
    John Irving
    Patrick Robinson

    It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling---Mark Twain
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    Terry Goodkind (sword of truth novels)
    Michael Crichton

    can't really think of any others... I don't read nearly as much as I used to, which saddens me.

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    Been gone for twenty years but he was my favorite...

    CHARLES BUKOWSKI

    "DON'T TRY"

    R.I.P.

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    I don't follow a ton of contemporary authors, but I'll always pick up anything from these folks:

    Susan Orlean
    Connie Willis
    Jack El-Hai
    Stephen King
    Hilary Davidson
    Joyce Carol Oates
    Walt Harrington
    Walter Isaacson
    C.S. Friedman

    Bob

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