finding new authors – solution to the problem

If you are an addicted reader, then you have experienced the let down of finishing the final book by an author of a series of books you really love. If the author is still alive, you can hope that more books are coming. If they have passed to the office of the big edior in the sky, then no more are coming.  There are series that I keep on my shelf and reread several ltimes. Rex Stout wrote a long series of detective stories featuring Nero Wolfe and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin.  W.E.B. Griffin wrote his US Army series stretching from 1945 to past the end of the Viet Nam War with stops in occupied Germany, Greece (1948), Algeria, Korea, Congo, and revealed the struggles between the corporate bureacritixed Army and the US Air Force in the development of armed helicopters. He also wrote an excellent series about the US marine Corps that started in China just before World War II.  I can’t say I like anywhere near as well his detective series and his contemporary intelligence covert op novels.  I have reread his Army series, the first four novels at least 8 times.

Rereading a favourite book is like sitting down for a long conversation with an old friend you haven’t seen for awhile.

Other series, Patrick O’Brien’s Napoleonic War naval books. Adam Hall and his series about his spy Quiller.  Not a series but mostly set in and around World War II, novels by Alan Furst.

Goodreads.com recommended to me the author Philip Kerr who specializes in thrillers set before during and after World War II.  To make it work you need to let goodreads know some books you have read and liked.  From that data and from other reader’s likes, it suggest authors you might like. no cost to use goodreads.com

Today began reading further in the second Philip Kerr novel from the library, Hitler’s Peace.  Not the same snappy narration as from Bernie Gunther. Of the Gunther series I have read just one, The Quiet Flame.  It runs in two time tracks: Berlin 1932 as Berlin Homicide Detective Bernie Gunther does is best to do his work as the Nazis struggle to win control of the government, and 1950 as Bernie Gunther who is trying to survive in the political/police power plays in Argentina. Sorry to have repeated my oft committed error of starting a thriller series with a continuing main character in mid stream rather than with the first book and following through.  Kerr, went to law school.  Got a masters degree.  Worked as a copywriter for Saatchi and Saatchi.  Started writing full time in 1989.  He was born in 1959.

I am not sure I would want to immerse myself in the horrific details of the Third Reich to write these novels.  But Kerr’s Gunther series is one of two thriller character series that I have been blessed to find this past year. The other is the Walt Longmire books by Craig Johnson.  The draw for me in these books is their settings, the plot and characters, and the protagonist narrator.  Sometimes when I read thrillers I find the protagonist narrator is unsympathetic, uninteresting, or too thinly drawn.  That is absolutely not true about these two.

So go get some of these books, and put your summer feet up and read.

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