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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Dec 10, 2011 10:32AM) (new)

Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
Michael, here is your new thread for 2012.

Our Format:

JANUARY

1. My Early Life 1874-1904 by Winston S. Churchill Winston S. Churchill Winston S. Churchill
Finish date: March 2008
Genre: (whatever genre the book happens to be)
Rating: A
Review or a Few Words about book: You can add text from a review you have written but no links to any review elsewhere even goodreads. And that is about it. Just make sure to number consecutively and just add the months.

Note: I will delete the required format post once you get started.


message 2: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 01:53PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) January

Thanks to some quality time of this years has started with a bang.

1.To The Limit An Air Cav Huey Pilot in Vietnam by Tom A. JohnsonbyTom A. Johnson

Finish Date: 1st of January
Genre: Non Fiction
Rating: B

Review
I have read several books on Helicopter pilots in Vietnam and while this was an entertaining read for me it seemed to be lacking a certain spark to bump it up to a 4 star read.

2.Sweating the Metal Flying Under Fire by Alex Duncan by Alex Duncan

Finish Date: 3rd of January
Genre: Non Fiction
Rating: B

Review
Not a bad read from a British Chinook pilot who served a few 6 month deployments to Afghanistan. It was interesting seeing how the conflict has developed the author gave a good sense of this.

3.Reaper Man (Discworld, #11) by Terry Pratchett by Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett

Finish Date: 3rd of January
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: A-

Review
One of the best Discworld books I have read so far, a great laugh. Listened to the unabridged on the way to and from my holiday destination


message 3: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 01:53PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 4.Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett by Ken FollettKen Follett

Finish Date: 8th of January
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: B+

Review
A top notch good old fashioned rollicking read. Not reading fiction often I was glad I did I could almost believe this spy story actually happened.


message 4: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 01:53PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 5.Heinrich Himmler The SS, Gestapo, His Life and Career by Heinrich Fraenkel by Heinrich Fraenkel

Finish Date: 11th of January
Genre: History WWII
Rating: A-

Review
A great and informative read and one of the most notorious Nazi leaders.


message 5: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 01:54PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 6.The War I Always Wanted The Illusion of Glory and the Reality of War A Screaming Eagle in Afghanistan and Iraq by Brandon FriedmanbyBrandon Friedman

Finish Date: 15th of January
Genre: Iraq/Afghanistan war
Rating: b+

Review
This book had me engaged from the first page. The author also uses flashback so well in this book not what I call an action packed book but a great read all the same. At the end of the book I was still wanting more.


message 6: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
Wow, impressive start for the new year.


message 7: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) Im in the zonae at the moment. Work is starting to ramp up again so I think that will slow me down.


message 8: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 01:54PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 7. The Zanzibar Chest by Aidan Hartley byAidan Hartley

Finish Date: 29th of Janaury
Genre: Travel Adventure/Memoirs
Rating: A-

Review
The author delivers a book that will stay with me long after the last page is turned. One quarter travelogue, another family history and the other half memoirs the author shows us Africa in all it's brutality and sadness. Not what I was expecting but an essential read to remind us what we should not forget.


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Michael Flanagan (loboz) 8. Witches Abroad (Discworld, #12) by Terry Pratchett by Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett

Finish Date: 29th January
Genre: Fantasy
Rating:B

Pratchett delivers again a story about stories. Featuring pumpkins, fairy godmother, witches, zombies and of course Death.


message 10: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) You are on a roll, Michael.


message 11: by Michael (last edited Jan 31, 2012 11:51PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) Rolling on

9. An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington Karl Pilkington

Finishing: 1st February
Genre: Travel Adventure
Rating:B-

If you liked the TV series you will love the book. Go on joint the cult of Pilkington


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Michael Flanagan (loboz) 10. Roberts Ridge A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan by Malcolm MacPherson by Malcolm MacPherson Malcolm MacPherson

Finished: 12th February 2012
Genre: Military non-fiction
RatingB-

A good read on a mission gone wrong and the courage of the men stock on top of a mountain top battling the enemy and the weather. For me this book could have been so much better if it was not so busy, the author nearly pulls off bringing all the numerous story lines together bur just falls short. Still a book worth reading.


message 13: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Michael wrote: "Rolling on

9.An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington by Karl PilkingtonKarl Pilkington

I saw that book in my book club selections....I guess I should have purchased it!!!



message 14: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) Well worth I read :) Jill


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Michael Flanagan (loboz) 11. The Carpet Wars by Christopher Kremmer byChristopher Kremmer

Finished: 15th of February
Genre: History\Travel\Memoirs
Rating:A++

What an absolute gem of a book. The author takes to one of the worlds most troubled areas and tell us a story in two parts. The first is the history of the area and the second is of the people who live their now, and where does the carpet come into you may ask. That is what ties it together so nicely. This is one of those rare book I was sad to finish, I wanted it to keep going.


message 16: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
It sounds like this is a very good read. Did you listen to it or read it Michael?


message 17: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) I read this book Bentley would be a good listen though.


message 18: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
Ahh, thanks.


message 19: by Gerald (new)

Gerald | 200 comments Michael wrote: "4.Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett by Ken FollettKen Follett

Finish Date: 8th of January
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: B+

A top notch good old fashi..."


This book is one of my all-time favorites.


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Bea | 1830 comments Michael wrote: "4.Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett by Ken FollettKen Follett

Finish Date: 8th of January
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: B+

A top notch good old fashi..."


If you haven't seen the film based on the novel, starring Donald Sutherland and Kate Nelligan, I remember liking it very much when I last saw it during its 1980 theatrical release.




message 21: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 02:23PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) Thanks Bea I will have to track down the movie I was thinking to myself this would make a good movie :)

Gerald I am keen to read more of his books this rates as one of my favorite Military Fiction books to date.

Now on with the book count for the year in at:

12. One Second After by William R. Forstchen byWilliam R. Forstchen

Finish Date: 23rd of February
Genre: Fiction

Rating: another A++

Review
This book was so hard to put down it is a cautionary tale of how much we depend on technology to survive. Riveting and as scary as any horror book. Why because this could really happen. A book that will revisiting my thoughts.

13. Lords and Ladies (Discworld, #14) by Terry Pratchett byTerry Pratchett Terry Pratchett

Finish Date: 23rd of February
Genre:Fantasy

Rating: B

Review
One of my son and I's favorite discworld book so far. Witches, Magicians, Elves and the love of Iron combine for one top notch rollick through the discworld. Oh and add in one womanizing dwarf for a bit of fun.


message 22: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
Good job Michael; could you pop into the Moderators group. Thanks.


message 23: by Kathy (new)

Kathy  | 180 comments One Second After by William R. Forstchen byWilliam R. Forstchen. I am definitely adding this to my "must read" list. I seem to be in an "apocalyptic" reading mood for 2012!


message 24: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) You wont regret it thats for sure


message 25: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 02:23PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) The good read keep on coming...

MARCH

14. Hiroshima Nagasaki  by Paul Ham byPaul Ham
Finish Date: 11th of March
Genre: Military History
Rating: A+

Review
A great read from start to finish. The author has delivered yet again the book is well researched and tells the story from every aspect of the dropping of the A-Bombs on Japan. From the political intrigue to the scientific quest to unlock the power of the sun and those who were the victims of it's power this book is a well balanced look into a defining moment in history and it's ramifications.


message 26: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) An A+ on this book means it goes on my TBR list. Thanks for that terrific recommendation, Michael. I have read the John Hershey book on Hiroshima but must read this one as well.

Hiroshima by John Hersey by John Hersey John Hersey


message 27: by Bea (new)

Bea | 1830 comments Michael wrote: "The good read keep on coming...

14. Hiroshima Nagasaki  by Paul HambyPaul Ham
Finish Date: 11th of March
Genre: Military History
Rating: A+

A great read from start..."


Oh no, it's out of print and used copies are going for $71 on Amazon. I'll have to scout out the library.


message 28: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) What?????? $71.00????......that is ridiculous in my opinion. We might try Ebay.....and if it is out of print, my little library won't have it


message 29: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) Try book depository Bea.


message 30: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) Book 15 I have pulled the pin on Seven Deadly Sins Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good by Corey Taylor by Corey Taylor Corey Taylor It was like being cornered by that annoying person at a party you can't get away from.


message 31: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 02:24PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 15. Wool by Hugh Howey by Hugh Howey Hugh Howey

Finish Date: 11th of March
Genre: Sci-Fi
Rating: B

Review
A great little read that has you enthralled from start to finish. I can not wait to read the other books in the series.


message 32: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 02:24PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) I love Public Holidays :)

16. Signature Wound Hidden Bombs, Heroic Soldiers, and the Shocking, Secret Story of the Afghanistan War  by Bob Drury byBob Drury
Finish Date: 12th of March
Genre: Military
Rating: B

Review
This short book pack one hell of punch. It tells the unknown story of the secret signature wound in the current Afghanistan conflict caused by the use of IED's on infantry and it's not what you think. The strength of character shown by these soldiers is truly humbling.


message 33: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 02:24PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 17. Monster Hunter International (MHI, #1) by Larry Correia by Larry Correia Larry Correia
Finish Date: 14th of March
Genre: Fiction
Rating:B+

Review
This books packs one hell of punch. Sick of your namby pamby Twilight vampires and werewolves then immerse yourself in the gritty world of Monster Hunters. I have to admit I entered this book with trepidation not the most inviting book tile ever. But once I read the first page I was hooked. This author makes Tarantino look like a wimp, it hits you so hard it makes your dog bleed even if you don't have a dog. If you love your monsters scary and evil and your heroes full of one liners than this is your book. If you have not taken my hint yet I'll put it to you nice and simple check out this book!!


message 34: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 02:24PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 18. The SS Dirlewanger Brigade The History of the Black Hunters by Christian Ingrao byChristian Ingrao
Finish Date: 15th of March
Genre: Military History
Rating:B

Review
The Black Hunters the worse of the SS and this book exams the myth and facts of this group. A great read but not one for the casual history reader. The authors examination and analyses of the facts are very interesting and insightful.


message 35: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Oooh, Michael, that looks like something I might like. Thanks for the tip.


message 36: by Kathy (last edited Mar 15, 2012 07:02PM) (new)

Kathy  | 180 comments Actually isn't this book the start of a series? Another book from your list that I am now searching for! Monster Hunter International (MHI, #1) by Larry Correia by Larry Correia Larry Correia


message 37: by Gerald (last edited Mar 15, 2012 07:36PM) (new)

Gerald | 200 comments Bea wrote:
"Michael wrote: "4.Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett by Ken FollettKen Follett

Finish Date: 8th of January
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: B+

A top notch good..."

If you haven't seen the film based on the novel, starring Donald Sutherland and Kate Nelligan, I remember liking it very much when I last saw it during its 1980 theatrical release."


Bea, I did see the movie based on the novel (perhaps before I read the book but I'm not sure) and thoroughly enjoyed it.


message 38: by Gerald (new)

Gerald | 200 comments Michael wrote: "Gerald I am keen to read more of his books this rates as one of my favorite Military Fiction..."

Michael, If you are also into military non-fiction, I have several GREAT recommendations for you: SEAL Target Geronimo The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden by Chuck Pfarrer SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden by Chuck Pfarrer, SEAL Team Six Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin, and The Heart and the Fist The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL by Eric Greitens The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL by Eric Greitens.


message 39: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) Thanks for the suggestion Gerald I have two of them on the good ole TBR. I will add the first one os well.

Kathy yes it is the first one in a trilogy and I am looking forward to the next one.

Jill my pleasure :)


message 40: by Jill (last edited Mar 21, 2012 06:48AM) (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Good suggestions, Gerald. BTW, it is not necessary to provide a link to the books you mentioned; the book covers suffice along with that author photo (if available)and author link.


message 41: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 02:25PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 19. Inside the Gas Chambers Eight Months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz by Shlomo Venezia byShlomo Venezia
Finish Date: 21st of March
Genre: Holocaust History
Rating: A+

Review
An extremely harrowing read that takes the reader into a world of unimaginable horror. A truly humbling experience I would like to thank the author for the courage shown to share this important cautionary tale of what the worse man is capable of. I am an avid reader or World War II history and never has a book touched and shaken me as this one has. With that in mind I am glad I did read this book an would encourage all to take the journey as well. Nothing can make up for the wrongs visited upon the victims of the holocaust but we can honor them by remembering them and not forgetting the lessons learnt.


message 42: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) A wonderful review, Michael. Every year our local synagogue reads aloud a different list of the names of 3,000 of those who were lost to the Holocaust. You can't imagine the number of volunteers of all faiths who volunteer to assist. The victims are not forgotten.


message 43: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) A book that truley touched my heart and stirred my soul.


message 44: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 02:25PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 20. No Way Out A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan by Mitch Weiss byMitch Weiss
Finish Date: 28th March
Genre: Military History
Rating: A-

Review
I was a bit unsure upon opening this book and seeing over 90 chapters listed for a book with a little over 330 pages. Any doubt was quickly pushed aside by the fast paced narrative. The mechanics of the book gives such a sense of the choas of battle the author is trying to convey. Upon finishing this book I have even greater respect for those who put others before themselves.


message 45: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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Glad you liked it Michael.


message 46: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 02:25PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 21. Soul Music (Discworld, #16) by Terry Pratchett by Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett
Finish Date: 29th of March
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: B-

Review
Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett put his own satirical spin on Rock'n'Roll or as it is known on the Discworld "Music with Rocks in it". All the favorites are there Death, the wizards of unseen University, Nobby, Carrot, Cut my own throat Dibler, Death of rats, Binkey, Albert and many more.


message 47: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 02:25PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) APRIL

22. The Tiger A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant byJohn Vaillant
Finish Date: 3rd of April
Genre: Travel Adventure
Rating: C+

Review
Why I enjoyed this book and the tale contained within it's pages I could only brin myself to give it three stars. The mechanics of the book is what detracted from the enjoyment of this read. It jumped around to much for me from chapter to chapter at times I forgot what the main narrative was. Why the information given was interesting I feel that there was to much "other" information given. It may be boil down to the fact I am a male and the author asked me to multi-task with the narrative I will leave it for you to decide.


message 48: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 02:26PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 23 Crete The Battle And The Resistance by Antony Beevor by Antony Beevor Antony Beevor
Finish Date: 9th of April
Genre: WWII History
Rating:B-

Review
Overall not a bad look at the battle of Crete and all of the characters involved in it. For me though it was not up there with the authors other books. The narrative did not grip me and I found myself wandering and having to read some section over again.


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Michael Flanagan (loboz) 24.The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz A True Story of World War II by Denis Avey by Denis Avey
Finish Date: 10th of April
Genre: WWII History
Rating: A-

Review
This book is so much more than what the title would have you believe. It alway astounds me how even to this day so many stories from this era are stil surfacing.


message 50: by Michael (last edited Jul 24, 2012 02:26PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 25. Feet of Clay (Discworld, #19) by Terry Pratchett by Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett
Finish Date: 16th of April
Rating: A-

Review
Bloody brilliant!!! That is all I have to say on the matter.


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