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I'm reading a Robin Cook book again, man I love his books. They're quick to hook you and pull you along for a cheap, fast ride. Anyone know of any other authors that really make it so you can't put the book down? I'm looking for suggestions here.
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Dean Koontz mastered this. Book after book I had to read them all.
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I suggest the Amber series by Roger Zelazny. Now available in one omnibus edition, which is not too much longer than your thicker fantasy-type paperbacks.

Each actual novel is relatively short. 1,264 pages, total, in "The Great Book of Amber" (for all 10 novels).

If you're like me, you'll get to the end and wish there was more (as there was clearly meant to be, before Mr. Z passed away). Roger Zelazny was a multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner, and was nominated many more times than he won.

If you don't already know, the Amber chronicles themselves are more in the fantasy vein, but tied firmly into the idea of parallel dimensions...actually, in this case, of one primary dimension of which all others are reflections. Through these many variations, the characters can move at will, which makes for some interesting options. Need money? Skip on over to a place where there's diamonds lying around on the sand...(as there apparently used to be, in South Africa), then skip back with them to sell.
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James Patterson... writes about 3 books a year. You can easily read one in a day.

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The Tomorrow series by John Marsden:

1. Tomorrow, When The War Began
2. The Dead of the Night
3. The Third Day, The Frost (published in America as A Killing Frost)
4. Darkness Be My Friend
5. Burning For Revenge
6. The Night Is For Hunting
7. The Other Side Of Dawn

This is an Aussie YA series about of group of teenagers who come back from a camping trip and find that the country has been attacked/invaded. This is a page turner. The 1st three books are really good, books 4 & 5 feel formulaic/repetitive, but book 6 more than makes up for it. I have not read book 7 because I am a library borrower and my entire library system has #1 through #6, but not #7!! I just have to buckle down and buy it!!

But, maybe some of our Aussie chit chatters can chime in here. Especially if #7 stinks or ends the series badly, Because if it does, at least for me, then it is NOT worth reading the rest!

My only caution is
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that the protagonist is a 17-year old female who can whine a bit at times, question herself and her motives, stress over her violent actions, etc.
I didn't find it to be too bad/much, but I'm not a guy!
 
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Although it is nothing new, ground-breaking, or even great writing, Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule was a page-turner for me. I can't speak to the rest of the series, but the first book gripped me.

Another really good book is The Terror by Dan Simmons. Huge, but it flew by.
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I found the Area 51 series by Robert Doherty to be fantastic popcorn light reading. Tons of action, reads like a blockbuster Hollywood film, with plenty of action and intrigue.
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jonnylawless wrote:
Anyone know of any other authors that really make it so you can't put the book down? I'm looking for suggestions here.

Anything by the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child writing team is like that. Their earliest stuff is best (I HIGHLY recommend The Relic and Riptide), but the later stuff, while just as compellingly readable, have ridiculously STOOPID premises. You don't really notice it until after you've finished, though. James Rollins is in this same vein. The authors write stories that are a lot like an Indiana Jones movie.
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Verkisto wrote:
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Anyone know of any other authors that really make it so you can't put the book down? I'm looking for suggestions here.

Anything by the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child writing team is like that. Their earliest stuff is best (I HIGHLY recommend The Relic and Riptide), but the later stuff, while just as compellingly readable, have ridiculously STOOPID premises. You don't really notice it until after you've finished, though. James Rollins is in this same vein. The authors write stories that are a lot like an Indiana Jones movie.


You liked Riptide, eh? That one just didn't do it for me. It just seemed so un-original. I was very disappointed in it. My wife loves the Relic series, but she works in a museum, so that helps a lot.
 
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Anything by James Rollins, but particularly his earlier Pre-Sigma Force books - Amazonia, & Ice Hunt, might be good places to start. They're nothing special in terms of literary greatness, but for an adventure novel, they keep the pages turning.
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Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware books - just suck you into the plot so you NEED to see whats going on.


I agree with Mark. Hugely entertaining series.

Two other suggestions -

John Sanford

His main series is the "Prey" series featuring Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport. The series chronicles Davenport's rise through the ranks. The character appeals in many ways and one thing that is cool about Davenport is he's a game geek. A total geek... a history of playing RPG's and war games. In fact, during the series he is writing RPG's and play testing large scale ACW games. As the time line progresses Davenport uses his earnings from game sales to pay for the initial coding of his RPG hit into a PC game, which makes him a small fortune which he then invests in software designed for use in police work which makes him a large fortune. All that is a continuing back story and hugely entertaining.

Sanford has another character that he's done two books on... also from Minneapolis... who is a artist/thief... but a "good" thief, not one of those creepy thieves.

His most recent book takes one of the recurring characters from the Prey series... a detective named Virgil Flowers who is almost always referred to as "that fucking Flowers" in the Prey books and gives him his own story to follow.

James Lee Burke

Personally, I think Burke is not only a gifted tale-spinner in the thriller-mystery-crime genre, but he also produces some of the most awesome prose in the junk reading universe. He's getting older now and slowing down in his output but man, he is capable of keeping you up late with his unique plots and keeping you somewhat in awe that he is so capable in making things seem "real" with his words.

He has two main characters... one an ex detective from New Orleans who has moved back to the small Louisiana town he grew up in to get off the booze and work as a detective. The other is a sheriff's detective in the Hill Country of Texas where his family has a tradition of lawmen dating back to the formation of the Texas Rangers.

Since I plow through about 200+ books in any given year all my fiction is from thrift stores. It helps when you're only paying $1 to $2 a book.
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You liked Riptide, eh? That one just didn't do it for me. It just seemed so un-original. I was very disappointed in it.

It probably didn't hurt that I (a) had read about the legend of Oak Island when I was about nine years old, or (b) read the book while I was at the beach. But I loved it.
 
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cscottk wrote:
Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule


I know lots of people think highly of this book, but it was one of the very small group of books that I've given up on part-way through.
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jonnylawless wrote:
I'm reading a Robin Cook book again, man I love his books. They're quick to hook you and pull you along for a cheap, fast ride. Anyone know of any other authors that really make it so you can't put the book down? I'm looking for suggestions here.
The first Robin Cook book I read was fantastic! So I read another one... which was good but eerily similar. The third was the same thing all over again. I'm not sure if I actually finished it or not. I certainly lost interest in those books.

But if you've never read a Robin Cook book, read one! The first one will be amazing!
 
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jeffwiles wrote:
cscottk wrote:
Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule


I know lots of people think highly of this book, but it was one of the very small group of books that I've given up on part-way through.
For me all the Terry Goodkind books both appealed and repelled. Some more one than the other. Try the first one, but if you don't really enjoy it, give up. They don't get any better.
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I find Elmore Leonard's books to be page turners. There's not much memorable stuff when your done, but while you're reading it's good fun and can be hard to put down.
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Verkisto wrote:
cscottk wrote:
You liked Riptide, eh? That one just didn't do it for me. It just seemed so un-original. I was very disappointed in it.

It probably didn't hurt that I (a) had read about the legend of Oak Island when I was about nine years old, or (b) read the book while I was at the beach. But I loved it.


Yeah, that would help a lot I would think.
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Carl Hiaasen is a gripping author, too, I think. Plus, he'll make you cringe and laugh at the same time.
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I kept pushing on to read "just one more chapter" in Patrick Rothfuss' first novel of his series The Name of the Wind.
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The Kushiel's Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey was a real page turner for me. A word of caution, though, it does have some explicit BDSM themes, so it's not for all tastes.
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Timotheous wrote:
The Kushiel's Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey was a real page turner for me. A word of caution, though, it does have some explicit BDSM themes, so it's not for all tastes.
I wouldn't have mentioned it first, but yes I quite enjoyed the Kushiel books. Just as well I'm anonymous, hey?
 
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