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War Novels?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by SenorQueso, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. SenorQueso


    Jun 28, 2005
    Boca Raton, fl
    Recently I've started too take up reading in my spare time, and I've been looking for good War novels. And I'm reading a War Book right now named Miracle Of St. Anna and I've been looking for some graphic war novels. Anybody a big reader and know alot of warbooks?
  2. Curry46


    May 21, 2006
    I dunno if it's what you're looking for, but Tom Clancy has some pretty good stuff. They just get a little monotonous as most of his books are so similar.
  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Check out The Things They Carried by Tim O' Brien. Very compelling, character driven short stories set in the Vietnam War era.
  4. Poop-Loops

    Poop-Loops Inactive

    Mar 3, 2006
    Auburn, Washington
    All Quiet on the Western Front is a classic.

    Only other war book I read was Red Badge of Courage, which was HORRIBLE.

    The book can be summarized thusly: "I need to shoot someone in the face to PROVE that I am a man."
  5. 'The Fist Of God' by Frederick Forsythe is a pretty good read.
    Set during the first Iraqi War, all about covert operations and the British SAS.
  6. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    Among classics, I always liked Catch-22.

    Another really good one is "Ghost Soldiers," which is the true story of a WWII mission in which some Rangers, heavily supported by local Philipino sympathizers, staged one of the most successful surprise raids of all time. The raid rescued U.S. POWs who had survived tha Bataan Death March and years of brutal captivity, probably only hours or days before thay all would have been killed. It's not too long, and riveting. I think I read it in a single sitting.
  7. bburk


    Jul 24, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    graphic novels or graphic novels?

    Either way, I'm giving you neither...
    nonfiction (but also nonboring)

    Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNabb and Blackhawk Down by Mark Bowen are two of the best war books I've ever read. I highly recommend both.
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
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    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    LP Boon; My Little War
  10. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    These are some really good ones:

    - All Quiet on the Western Front

    - Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks;

    - Catch-22 - Joseph Heller

    - The Naked and the Dead - Normal Mailer

    - For Whom the Bell Tolls - Hemmingway

    - Black Hawk Down (the book on which the movie was based - this is VERY graphic - if that's what you are into).
  11. Poop-Loops

    Poop-Loops Inactive

    Mar 3, 2006
    Auburn, Washington
    Does Slaughterhouse 5 count? There's a lot about WWII there, but it's not centered about it.

    Well, it's a short book and you should read it anyway. ;)
  12. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I like Harry Turtledove's alternate history novels.
  13. Flyboys - James Bradley

    Great novel focused on WWII on the islands of Chichi Jima and Iwo Jima. Courageous story about 9 men in the U.S. Airforce that bombed the islands and got captured and tortured by the Japanese.
  14. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    "Chickenhawk" by Robert Mason. Excellent Vietnam era book.
  15. Roland777


    Jun 1, 2006
    Graphic? Anything by Sven Hassel will do. Though those are filled with heaps of completely uncalled-for acts of extreme brutality and filled to the brim with filth of ludicrous magnitudes as well. In ways you wouldn't even associate the most brutal WWII-portrayal with.
  16. Pruitt


    Jun 30, 2005
    Danbury, CT
    One of my all-time favorites is "Forgotten Soldier" by Guy Sajer. It's an autobiographical account of a French-German teen conscripted into the German Army after the fall of France on 1940. It runs through his life until the end of the war. It's an amazing story from a perspective that is not widely heard in the Western World tody. I can't recommend it enough! I picked up my copy through amazon. ;)

    It has pictures too! lol... :p


    Best of luck in your search!!
  17. Dash Rantic

    Dash Rantic

    Nov 12, 2005
    Palo Alto, CA
    Catch-22 is very good, I highly reccomend it. Slaughterhouse 5 is also worth the read, as is For Whom the Bell Tolls.
  18. Kibuddy


    Apr 30, 2005
    Fallen Angels- Walter Dean Myers.

    Set in Vietnam. A quick, captivating read.
  19. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I second this one heartily! Great read, and have gone back
    and read it over and over.
  20. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    In the fiction category, I really like the
    Berlin Noir trilogy by Philip Kerr.
    I keep buying copies and giving them to people.
    It is set pre and post WWII.

    The Eagle has Landed is a good spy novel. Jack Higgins.
    Though Jack does get boring if you read too much of his stuff.

    Alistair MacLean wrote some good ones, H.M.S Ulysses
    and Where Eagles Dare come to mind.

    In non fiction, the Sajer book above is very good, it was
    recommended to me by P. Aaron, and well worth the time.

    Also, I really like the book Stalingrad by Antony
    Beevor. Excellent author that makes the total destruction of
    the German Sixth Army come to life.

    Related historical fiction novels are Enemy at the Gate
    by William Craig and War of the Rats by David L.

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