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    Reading Material Suggestions?

    I'm going on a vacation with the family next month, and I'm looking for some suggesions for a good book or two to take on the trip.

    We're headed to Panama City Beach again, and I'm looking forward to kicking back on the beach with a good book during the day, and good food and beverages at night.

    So tell me some of the good books you've read lately, or one of your old favorites.

    If I'm not reading, I'll be looking at the bikinis, and the wife might get a bit.... unpleasant.

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    Do you have a genre preference? History, sci-fi, something funny, etc?

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    I dig the sci-fi, but I'm looking for something to get my law enforcement juices flowing again.

    I've been "behind the desk" for almost two years, and I just recently got to do some street work again. It really made me miss being a patrol officer.

    I've read most of the Dick Marcinko "Rogue Warrior" books, and I got a kick out of those.

    Is there a new "Wambaugh" style author out there? I've read those classics, but I think I'd like something a bit more modern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aegis View Post
    If I'm not reading, I'll be looking at the bikinis, and the wife might get a bit.... unpleasant.
    You could always look at the "scenery" over the edge of the book. Might as well make the book interesting.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CTR man View Post
    You could always look at the "scenery" over the edge of the book. Might as well make the book interesting.
    See, normally if the wife catches me looking I just tell her I'm scanning my environment for weapons, but at the beach I have to use the "reading a book" ploy.

    Might as well make it a good book in case the scenery is sparse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aegis View Post
    See, normally if the wife catches me looking I just tell her I'm scanning my environment for weapons, but at the beach I have to use the "reading a book" ploy.

    Might as well make it a good book in case the scenery is sparse.
    It's funny how wives are like that. Mine is the same way. She almost smacked a guy in Wal-Mart that she thought was me. He had a cute red-head hanging on him. Boy was she embarrassed when she found out he wasn't. She could have lost her job as she was working at the time. I was a glutton for punishment and asked her if she got her number for me.

    Good Luck in your book search.


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    playboy, hustler, etc....

    at least you'll have something exciting to talk about at work re: your vacation...lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aegis View Post
    See, normally if the wife catches me looking I just tell her I'm scanning my environment for weapons, but at the beach I have to use the "reading a book" ploy.
    Aren't there weapons that can be hidden under bikinis?

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    The series written by James Lee Burke is very good. The main charactor , Dave Robicheaux, is a deputy in Louisiana, but don't let that bother you, he comes across as intelligent!
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    Under and Alone by William Queen (true story)

    Anything by Vince Flynn (picture the show 24 on steroids)

    Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:

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    You might give Quantico by Greg Bear a try; it combines a decent detective story with science fiction.

    And Mario Acevedo's writing some rather different books about a private detective...

    John Ridley's written a couple of interesting books featuring kind of a super SWAT unit that takes down people with superpowers, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    Aren't there weapons that can be hidden under bikinis?

    There sure are, and they can turn a male into mush in an instant.
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    Could try John Sandford novels, hes got a whole "prey" series with a Minneapolis detective. good cop novels.

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    I'd wondered what real cops thought of Burke's character. Robicheaux is a heck of a likable guy in the books, but with Robicheaux going so far outside any semblance of chain of command or procedure, I wasn't sure how that went over.

    Only read a few, for me the setting is more the thing in this series, and Burke does that well. (I think?) Mark Hammer does a wonderful job with the audiobook versions, if you have a drive during this trip that would be a great way to pass the time after a quick stop at the library.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith720 View Post
    is a deputy in Louisiana, but don't let that bother you, he comes across as intelligent!
    Hahahahaha!!!!!!.............. .



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    Quote Originally Posted by keith720 View Post
    The series written by James Lee Burke is very good. The main charactor , Dave Robicheaux, is a deputy in Louisiana, but don't let that bother you, he comes across as intelligent!
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    Thanks for the suggestions folks.

    I remember reading Term Limits by Flynn several years ago. I didn't realize he had other books out. I checked my local library, and they have four of his books available. I'll probably get the second book in his series and take that with me as one of my choices.

    I'm also going to try one of the James Lee Burke books. It'll be interesting to read a LEO focused book with a "southern" feel about it.

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    I've been reading Flynn everytime he comes out with a new book. I usually end up reading the entire book within a day. I would love to see one of his books make it to theaters and produced true to the book.

    Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkzV5AIK8iM
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    Wambaugh's best was "The Secrets of Harry Bright". Try that again. John Ringo's series on the Posleen is great. Starts with "A Hymn Before Battle" and goes on from there. Best SF I have read in some time. David Weber and Linda Evans have resurrected the old "Bolo" series by Keith Laumer. Some very good SF there and a number of books available in anthology form. Just picked up the complete works of Robert Howard (Conan) and going to read them all again.


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