Favourite reads

An email this morning:

Good morning Pete,

I recall a thread on the blog some months ago talking about recommended books.

I have just finished a book that I think you and some of the staff and readers would enjoy.

It is The Black Widow by Daniel Silva. It is the latest in a 12 book series by this author and is absolutely current being about the IDF and ISIS.

I have read all of his books over the years and rate him amongst the very best action and adventure authors available today.

  • Sally

    Just finished Once we were Brothers by Ronald Balson.
    The tale about two boys, once as close as brothers, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust. Well worth a read.
    Will checkout the Daniel Silva books.

    • Ruahine

      Leighton Smith has a mention in one Daniel Silva’s books.

  • Blockhead

    Just reading A Koestler’s Scum of the Earth. Written about his time in France during WW2, and the French capitulation. Even though he was a leftie, he gives interesting insights into the lefts thinking, even back then. As he was a Hungarian journalist, he was arrested/detained by the French, and was also at risk from the Gestapo once the Germans moved into France.

    The Black Widow is sitting waiting to be read next. Need to keep a balanced diet.

    Prior to that was Boris Johnson’s The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History. Written in a very chatty style, it gives some interesting insights into Churchill.

    • Brian Dingwall

      Yes completely agree abut the Churchill book, has even more interesting insights about Boris too if you read between the lines. I sense he fancies himself as a potential Churchillian style leader himelf…but rather more modest.

  • Betty Swallocks

    I’m currently in the middle of an online Uni course about WWI, and one of the books I’m referring back to constantly is ‘Mud, Blood and Poppycock’ by Gordon Corrigan. It deals to the myths about WWI that crop up all the time nowadays (‘Lions led by donkeys’, ‘futile slaughter’, ‘generals living it up in chateaux while the rank-and-file died in mud’, etc) very convincingly. Also useful are ‘Forgotten Victory’ and ‘The Chief’ by Gary Sheffield. The former being an account of the strategy and tactics of the British Army in 1918, and the latter Sheffield’s biography of Field-Marshal Haig.

    • WeaselKiss

      I’ve just finished ‘The pilots operating notes for the Spitfire’ (and the Lancaster) and I’m now nearly done with The illustrated History of the Lancaster’.

      Oh yes, I’m real fun at parties.

      • Brian Dingwall

        Nearly finished “Spitfire Girl” a re-release of an autobiography first published in 1957 by Jackie Moggridge. A Saffer who learned to fly (and jump from aircraft) as a teenager in SA, went to the UK in 1938, then delivered more aircraft (of literally all types, from biplanes to jets, fighters and bombers) from factory to front line than any other pilot.
        Also delivered/smuggled a large squadron of Spits from Israel to Burma over enemy territory in 1955. Last flight in a Spit was in 1994. Quite a girl, writes beautifully, with insights into the early days in Israel as a bonus.

      • Betty Swallocks

        If you’re my age, terminally ill and chronically depressed, nobody invites you to parties anyway


  • XCIA

    For those who may have found affinity with Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”, then you should have a look at Vegetius: “Epitome of Military Science”.

  • Glenn

    I’ve just finished Orphan X by Gregg Horwitz. If you’re into the Jason Bourne-type adventure is a great read.

    • exactchange

      Hurwitz, in case anyone is looking and cannot find. I’m picking Orphan X will have a sequel, or a series.

  • Alan Beresford B’Stard

    Anything by Henning Mankell. Scandinavian author who writes the Kurt Wallendar series, but also many other books.

  • exactchange

    The Black Widow definitely a good read. Title deliberately a bit ambiguous though as there are two black widows … Mr Silva was very prescient with this book, to the point he considered delaying publication. Fortunately he did not.

    His books also have an intelligent layer of art conservation themes – Gabriel Allon is a nearly secret restorer, a man of parts.

  • Teletext

    Definitely agree with the Daniel Silva book. All the Gabriel Allon series are tremendous books. Another one in the same genre is the latest Brad Thor book Foreign Agent which is also about Syria and ISIL