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Re: Summer Reading Lists! (gun content is a plus!)
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2020, 09:29:18 pm »
Honestly, it is expensive and not as handy (reworded, because I can't for the life of me spell konveenuent), but I want to die with a reading area stocked with good old paperback and hardcover books that are well worn from reading.  Picture a million dollar library fit for William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon in a $25,000, shack.
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Re: Summer Reading Lists! (gun content is a plus!)
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2020, 10:08:38 pm »
That's just it Mike,  It can be in the homeless guys jacket pocket .
I know, I wear one of those camouflage jackets   ;D
Actually I wear them because they cover my pistol and have pockets for phone, tablet , charger ,wallet etc, all of which make me appear lumpy and better hide my pistol.   ;D
Here's another thing about digital content.
Col George Chinn USMC wrote a 5 volume book on every known machinegun before 1965.
Amazon has individual volumes a $300+
I found them online free download.
There are others like that I've got.
On top of that it's instant, you finish volume 2 you don't have to wait for the next one to come by mail.
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« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2020, 09:07:52 am »
Wow, some great suggestions!

I, too, love physical volumes. I worked many years as a librarian, and many of my favorites were found by browsing shelves and discovering treasures.

That said, electronic books give me a way to expand my library without pushing us out of the house. I converted our "formal living room" into a comfortable library, with a wall of books, but we finally ran out of space.

I mentioned Gutenberg, Gutenberg Australia, and archive.org, but another free source of reading material is Baen books (www.baen.com/). All of their content is DRM-free (Digital Rights Management), which means that once you own it, you are free to do whatever you want with it. They offer a variety of formats for download, as well. I like books on laptops and iPads, so I can read during lunch breaks at work.

They have free stuff! At their Free Library section, download anything you want. Gun content wise, they have for free several books, including a favorite of mine:  Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia, which starts with a gun-toting accountant being attacked by a supernatural creature. As a bonus, there's a "Monster Hunter Ballad" on YouTube that you might find amusing.

Another fun book is Freehold, by Michael Z. Williamson, a guy who makes knives, swords, and AK-47s (actually AKMs, if it matters) for fun. Also lots of fun is John Ringo's Gust Front, the first book of his extensive series about the invasion of earth by the horrific Posleen. Another book in the series -- A Hymn Before Battle -- is also free to download. David Drake has several free titles, including a science fiction work about mercenaries protecting a colony --  Redliners -- that I really enjoyed.

Everything is linked for your convenience. I hope you enjoy them!

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Re: Summer Reading Lists! (gun content is a plus!)
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2020, 10:23:18 am »
Regarding Jerry Ahern...

Thank you, @Majer, for bringing up the "other" Jerry (the one who isn't Jerry Miculek, but who wrote a lot of books) in the gun culture. I read most of the books in the series: The Survivalist. I found it amazing that the protagonist manages to find his brand of -- and specific load! -- of .45 ACP ammo in a semi truck at the side of the road in the second book, IIRC.

They're fun books, though. I got to meet Jerry Ahern at Dragon Con, in 1991 or 1992, and he was a heckuva nice guy and very patient with everyone. His non-fiction books on concealed carry and self-defense are worth reading. He had a different take on things than many other gun writers, and had some really good ideas.

One interesting title was his last book: Written in Time, about an author and his family who are transported back to the late 19th century. There's a lot of Jerry and his family in that book. It was a fun read, and I liked his take on time travel.

Thanks, Majer! I'll have to go take a look at some of my Jerry Ahern books, now!
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« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2020, 11:49:32 am »
Thank God for Kiley Mutney.
The wonderful young lady who gave me 2 huge boxes of books.
There were several that I had not seen anywhere since I read them as a Kid.
The Ragged Rugged Warriors, by Martin Caiden
Helmet for My Pillow, by Robert Leckie  being 2 of them.
I'm just starting a new to me one called Wolves in the City, by Paul Henissart, It's about the end of the French Algerian war in 1961/62.
I've read Redliners, and Liked the Gust Front series.
Anything by John Ringo, or David Drake is good, particularly the Hammer's Slammers series.
The Sanctuary series by Robert Crane is OK.
David Weber actually does pretty good with his Honor Harrington series.
The Marius' Mules series by SJA Turney is a good look at the story of Caesar .
Another I've found is the Crimson World series by Jay Allen.
That's all fiction, for fact I've got Wild life in Central Africa by Denis D Lyell,
A Splendid Savage by Steve Kemper is a Biography of Fredrick Burnham , It's basically a retelling of Burnhams own book, " Scouting on 2 Continents" but includes detail Burnham left out. On the minus side Kemper is a modern liberal judgemental asshole.
Anything by Peter Capstick, FC Selous, or J.M Patterson, or Jim Corbett.
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Re: Summer Reading Lists! (gun content is a plus!)
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Re: Summer Reading Lists! (gun content is a plus!)
« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2020, 02:04:51 pm »

Col George Chinn USMC wrote a 5 volume book on every known machinegun before 1965.
Amazon has individual volumes a $300+
I found them online free download.

Would you still happen to have the link??? I would love to look at that!

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« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2020, 11:00:37 pm »
Another author to suggest: Matthew Bracken!

His website is: http://enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/

He's an outspoken former SEAL, a heckuva nice guy, and an author of dystopian, gun-heavy books!

He wrote the Enemies Foreign and Domestic trilogy, which starts with a false-flag mass shooting for political gain and leads to a corrupt dystopia. This was written long before Senator Hope'n'Change ran for President and then after being elected decided that crimes for political gain (Operation Fast & Furious) were a great idea.

I love the trilogy, but my two favorite Bracken books are Castigo Cay (pronounced "key") and The Red Cliffs of Zerhoun. These books take place in the dystopian future that is created by the decline that starts near the end of Matt's first book. The protagonist of both books is a boat owner who bears some resemblance to Mal Reynolds of the series Firefly and the movie Serenity. Like any boat captain and entrepreneur suffering under a gangster government, he's sometimes just a few steps ahead of the law. With technology and infrastructure crumbling, he and others have to improvise and overcome challenges. I've gotten good ideas from both books that I'm incorporating into my preps, and I had a great time reading both.

In addition to a large number of free articles and essays, all of Matt's books are featured in long excerpts on his website, so go see if he's your kind of writer. If so, get a signed copy straight from Matt, or go through Amazon.
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Re: Summer Reading Lists! (gun content is a plus!)
« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2020, 12:52:41 pm »
+1 on Matt's books. He also from time to time puts them up for free to download. I keep looking for his nt release as he is a very engaging writer.
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« Reply #19 on: June 19, 2020, 06:21:06 pm »
I'm almost done with "Marine" The Life of Chesty Puller.
Not sure what I'm reading next I had started the Game of Thrones series but just couldn't stick with it.
I may go back to that, or possibly Gulag Archipelago again.
I bought a couple other Kindles a while back and don't even remember what they were.
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