Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Books to read if you're in the mood for some well written military science fiction and fantasy

If you haven't read anything by The Incomparable John Ringo and you like military science fiction and fantasy, you should.

Ringo really knows how to write, and thankfully for fans he writes prolifically, with multiple series with different themes, settings and levels of violence. For his thrillers think of what would happen if you crossed Tom Clancy at his prime with Richard Marcinko added some of the style and philosophy of Robert A. Heinlein and then gave the gestalt 12 cups of coffee and 12 doughnuts -- yeah, that fast paced and that good.

For a well written sci-fi nasty alien invasion of earth meets the military with lots of intrigue in addition to action try his Posleen War series, starting with A Hymn Before Battle (Posleen War Series #1)

For a non-sci-fi straight shoot-em-up red blooded patriotic American kill terrorists techno-thriller book try his Paladin of Shadows series, starting with Ghost (Paladin of Shadows Book 1)

For a fantasy/sci-fi future society disaster / military series with Roman legionary tactics, try his Council Wars series starting with There Will Be Dragons

Or if you want a stand-alone book about a post-apocalyptic America complete with conservative commentary on global warming, health care and emergency management along with a modern military homage to Xenophon's Anabasis: The March Up Country (The Ten Thousand) in a neat narrative format , try The Last Centurion

If you're in the mood for fast paced action with black humor, interesting plots and fun character development you really can't go wrong with any of John Ringo's books.

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