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Summer Reading Lists! (gun content is a plus!)
« on: May 19, 2020, 07:36:43 pm »
Regular brick-and-mortar bookstores are closed in many locales, so I'm suggesting some titles that are available electronically. Gun content in this list is always welcome, especially for those readers in places where ranges are still closed.

1. A classic: Shots Fired in Anger / Lt. Col. John B. George
George's experiences on Guadalcanal in WWII as a junior officer. He was a competitive shooter, who wrote to his family to send him a scope to put on a 1903 Springfield, and he spent part of his time sniping. The last part of the book has evaluations of Japanese and US weapons used in the campaign. Highly recommended. Free on archive.org

2. A new book: Dogsoldiers / James Tarr
The book follows a squad of guerrillas fighting in the ruins of Detroit in a "Red vs. Blue" civil war. Tarr is a gun guy, and it shows throughout. It's a very gritty story, that stays focused on the fight in Detroit, which is now a "backwater" of the war, far from the front lines. Lots of interesting details, from new infantry arms in the hands of the "Blue" government conscripts to how technology is affecting the urban battlefield. A real page-turner, and one I plan to read again. On Amazon Kindle and in paperback.

3. A Western: Brings the Lightning / Peter Grant.
A lot of us grew up with Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey, but this is a different take on the West. After the Civil War, a former Confederate decides to head west and becomes a gun dealer to earn his living, buying "junk" guns and fixing them up to sell out on the frontier, where the prices are higher. This is the first book in a series. I've only read this one, but I loved the book and look forward to the others. Mr. Grant comes from Africa and is a former soldier and a former prison pastor. His blog -- Bayou Renaissance Man -- is also worth a read. His books are available on Amazon, in Kindle and dead tree formats.

4. Bonus: Another title by Tarr: Bestiarii, is set in a near future in which Mexico was the site of something like a Jurassic Park: a site that was destroyed as a civil war flared up in the country. Years later, the war goes on, and a wealthy man and his son head down to Mexico for the hunting trip of a lifetime. Things don't go according to plan. I really enjoyed this book! Available as an Amazon Kindle book, or in physical form from Amazon or at barnesandnoble.com.

By the way, if you don't want to buy anything, try archive.org and gutenberg.org (as well as gutenberg.net.au/) for thousands of free digital books.

So, what can ya'll recommend for our summer reading, whether it's at the beach or in a backyard hammock?

Thanks,
Dirty Bob
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Re: Summer Reading Lists! (gun content is a plus!)
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2020, 08:32:15 pm »
I've got nothing to add right now, but you set my brain a spinnin'.

I will be following this, and you guys will build my stack higher than I have time for.

POST ON!!!
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Re: Summer Reading Lists! (gun content is a plus!)
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2020, 07:49:23 am »
I read "Shots Fired in Anger, I found it  on Amazon, It was either free or very inexpensive on Kindle.
His comments on Japanese small arms seem to be mostly wrong, but it's a real good account of the Army on Guadalcanal.

A couple things about Internet Archive, Gutenburg, and Kindle.
You may need to download an app for non kindle books, I use book Bazaar with no problem.
They don't work with Kindle, and if you download the Kindle patch you can only download from Amazon. You can't download Kindle format to a non kindle except from Amazon, the other formats are OK.

I was fortunate enough that a friend dropped off 2 big boxes of books recently, many old childhood friends, The Ragged Rugged Warriors by Martin Caiden, First and the Last by Adolf Galland,
The one I'm currently reading, The Man Without a Face is a hostile description of Putin's rise to power.
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Re: Summer Reading Lists! (gun content is a plus!)
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2020, 10:28:45 pm »
If you like semi fiction, Check out the Survivalist series by Jerry Ahern, He works the names and products of real people into his stories.

https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/survivalist/
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Re: Summer Reading Lists! (gun content is a plus!)
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2020, 07:48:51 am »
OK,  I got the winner.
Fire Arms Curiosa, by Lewis Winant .    ;D
It's more a reference book of pre 1965 weird actions, I was looking for those pinfire ring pistols.   ;D
He doesn't mention them so while they are cool they are unlikely to be very old.    ;D
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2020, 02:31:27 pm »
I've been doing a lot of reading lately. Our public library uses apps to allow you to borrow books online - FREE. One app is called "LIBBY". The other is "AXIS360". Just log in with your library card number and borrow what they have. I've been reading the Tom Clancy/Vince Flynn/Brad Thor genre books.  Lots of good authors with their "Ex Seal/Unit/Recon" heroes. Beats watching the propaganda on TV. Seeing the "C" word (corona) trips my "change the channel" switch. Same with the "I" word (impeach) or the "F" word (Flynn). Lately the word Fauci has become irritating. Anyhow I do enjoy reading and since it's free I just keep downloading books and keep sane.
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2020, 03:42:39 pm »
 I think we are seeing the end of  "mass market" dead tree books reference material will still be printed, but news papers, magazines, and probably popular fiction will go digital completely.
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2020, 07:08:26 am »
I think we are seeing the end of  "mass market" dead tree books reference material will still be printed, but news papers, magazines, and probably popular fiction will go digital completely.

Gee I hope not......
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2020, 08:38:10 am »
Gee I hope not......

That was my first reaction, but carrying 500 books in my pocket and adjustable print size are big pluses.
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