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The Most Dangerous Enemy

Suggested by Brad Nelson • Stephen Bungay’s account of the Battle of Britain is an engrossing read for the military scholar and the general reader alike. This is a classic of military history that looks beyond the mythology to explore the crucial battle to save Western Civilization from a 1000 years of darkness.
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The Dam Busters

Suggested by Brad Nelson • A story of real men who understood evil, of brilliant minds who saved a world from a thousand years of darkness. Should be required reading of all graduating high school seniors. We should never forget the story of 617.
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Killing the Rising Sun

Suggested by Brad Nelson • An enthralling, gripping account of the bloody battles, huge decisions, and historic personalities that culminated in the decision to drop the atomic bomb and brought the war in the Pacific to its climactic end.
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Sharpe’s Tiger

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • Sharpe, born to a whore, is a violent, crude, illiterate young man. He is also brave, clever, strong, and lucky. Sharpe, along with young Arthur Wellesley, are in India to fight the Tippoo of Mysore, a powerful Muslim ruler in South India.
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Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • For fans of the TV series, this is a must read. It is something of a personal memoir and a narration of Rumpole’s most famous case; one that he mentions in almost every episode. I can see Leo McKern potificating about it over a glass of Plonk at Pommeroy’s.
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Killing Floor

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu(Jack Reacher, Book 1) • Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour he’s arrested for murder. All Reacher knows is that he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here.
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Where Are the Children?

Suggested by Timothy Lane • Nancy was found guilty of murdering her two children, but was released from prison on a technicality. Seven years later, having moved to Cape Cod, Nancy is remarried and has two small children but her past catches up to her.
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The Blackthorn Key

Suggested by Brad Nelson • A mysterious cult begins to prey on London’s apothecaries. The trail of murders grows closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop. With time running out, Christopher must use every skill he’s learned to discover the key to a terrible secret with the power to tear the world apart.
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The Girl, the Gold Watch, & Everything

Suggested by Timothy Lane • A young man seems to be going nowhere, symbolized by inheriting only a gold pocket watch when his rich uncle dies.  Things change when he learns what the watch can do, and finds that it was the biggest part of his uncle’s inheritance
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Desert Gold

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • Set in the borderlands between the U.S. and Mexico, Desert Gold is a classic tale of the Old West by Zane Grey. Drifter Dick Gale, upon arriving in the border town of Casita, finds a place of corruption, revolution, and violence.
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Flashman

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • Fraser revives Flashman, a caddish bully from Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes, and relates Flashman’s adventures after he is expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830s.
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The Moon’s a Balloon

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • A fun, easy, and entertaining read, this book is well-written and gives you a good sense of the old Show Biz world with its chaos. Niven had a long career in Hollywood and was prolific. He was a notorious womanizer which completely broke his second wife.
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