At long last, I'm giving you the other half of the series that I enjoy reading. I know many of you have had trouble sleeping while waiting for this list. I mean, come on. Who wouldn't? But before that, let me give you a few miscellaneous pieces of information:
1. Abraham Verghese, who wrote Cutting for Stone, is coming to Dominican College on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:00. Joni and I are going along with Donna and Phil, and, maybe, Leslie and Rich. I made the commitment that if Phil and Donna went, I would read the book beforehand. I'm halfway through it and am really enjoying it.
2. Joni and I went to Keplers last Thursday night to see Guy Kawasaki. He's written 9 books on marketing. He was part of the Apple team back in the '90's who presented the Macintosh to the world. He had 2 stints with Apple. He's a very humble guy but is considered a marketing superstar. It was very cool to see him. He was interesting and informative.
3. I have recommended Keith Thomson's Once A Spy a couple of different times now. I just finished Twice A Spy and was really disappointed. It's a sequel but was not nearly as well written as the first one. If you read the first one, I wouldn't tell you not to read #2, but don't expect to enjoy it nearly as much.
Series (ta da):
David Baldacci - The Camel Club - he writes a number of series and stand-alones, but the Camel Club series is his best work - I highly recommend it
Clive Cussler - all of his Dirk Pitt novels are fun - think Wild, Wild West in the water - his other 3 series are not very good - I do not recommend them at all
Sheldon Siegel - his protagonist, Mike Daley, is a SF attorney - his partner is his ex-wife, Rosie - these are murder mysteries with the courtroom thrown in - plus, Shellie Siegel (okay, just kidding - I call him Mr. Siegel) is the one who had dinner with Rich, Joni, and me - he's a good guy
Lee Child - his Jack Reacher series is a ton of fun - lots of adventure with a very solid hero
Dan Brown - of course, everybody in the universe knows about The DaVinci Code and Robert Langdon - what you may not know is that Angels and Demons was written prior to The DaVinci Code - and now there's The Lost Symbol - they're all very good - just because millions of people read them doesn't make them good - but in this case, they are (unfortunately, the movies are lousy)
Terry Brooks - I'm not a huge fan of fantasy but the Landover series is very entertaining - Rich and Leslie recommended them to me, and I recommended them to Josh - we have both liked them a lot
Stieg Larsson - Dragon Tattoo, et al - need I say more?
Tom Rob Smith - I have highly touted his 2 books - Child 44 and The Secret Speech - there are only 2 in the series, but I really love them - Child 44 is on my list of books for those who don't read much or who only read non-fiction - really, they're both big winners
Sam Eastman - he has written 2 books in his series also - and, like Smith, he writes about the Soviet Union (they take place about 30 years prior to Smith's books) - his protagonist starts by working for the tsar in book #1 and then for Stalin in book #2 - Eastman definitely pulls it off
Keith Thomson - I had him in here after book #1 when I knew he was writing book #2 - he's out - see above