I was at Borders a few nights ago and I picked up 'Warhammer 40,000: The Killing Ground', 'The Art of Clint Langley: Dark Visions from the grim Worlds of Warhammer', 'The Army of Flanders and the Spanish Road: 1567-1659' by Geoffrey Parker, 'Forgotten Wars: The End of Britain's Asian Empire' by Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper and 'The grand Strategy of Philip II' by Geoffrey Parker.

I finished 'The Lover' by Marguerite Duras a few days back. I have just started on 'Battles of the Thirty Years War: From White Mountain to Nordlingen 1618-1635'. I am also in the midst of a few other books including 'God is not great: How religion poisons the world' by Christopher Hitchens.

What you are guys reading?

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When you are done it would be awesome if you share that too. I teach Ancient History for high school and I am always looking to enhance my knowledge for the classroom.

Read: "Hell's Gate" by Bill Schutt and J.R. Finch. A mystery/suspense novel taking place in Jan 1944. A Jap sub is discovered in the Amazon jungle of Brazil. A army Ranger team is sent in to investigate and is never heard of again. The Army now send in a trouble shooter of renown who is a bush pilot, jack of all trades, and a Zoologist. He is to meet a local agent on the ground for help. He finds more than he bargain for.  Very Good and Recommended.

"The Fold" by Peter Clines. A SF thriller where DARPA is running an experiment on teleportation that "Folds" space so objects can teleport between two points instantly. The DARPA  boss "feels" something is not right so calls in a friend to check things out. The friend has special talents for something like this and begins to sense something Big is wrong and its only a matter of time before the project destroys.....everything. Very Good and Recommended.

"Assassin's Silence" by Ward Larsen. A mystery/action novel on a ex-Mossad agent hiding in Malta. A large plane is being rebuilt in the Brazilian jungle for a special mission. The CIA picks up clues on this and when their worst fears are realized only the ex-Mossad agent can stop it but first the CIA has to find him. Very Good and Recommended.

The Fold sounds right up my alley.  Thanks for the recommendation, Joseph!

Your welcome. Enjoy.

Read: "The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta: The Persian Challenge" by Paul A. Rahe. A new study of Ancient Sparta and its pivotal role in defeating the Persian Empire, the mightiest empire of its day. This work veers from the traditional Atheno-centric view to show, what the author believes, that Sparta was the most important player in the Greeks ultimate victory. This is Vol. One, in a trilogy, focused on the conduct of diplomacy and war by ancient Sparta. An Outstanding Book and Most Highly Recommended.

"The Spartan Way" by Nic Fields. A detailed history of the military superiority of the Spartans, its society, laws, education, role of women and ultimate decline. Very Good and Recommended.

Read: "Ramesses III: The Life and Times of Egypt's Last Hero" by Eric H. Cline and David O'Connor, editors. Actually a group of essays on the subject. Some very dry and others very good. Just OK.

"The Harem Conspiracy: The Murder of Ramesses III" by Susan Redford. Ramesses III, who saved Egypt from the foreign invasions of the Libyans and the Sea Peoples, may have enraged certain wives in his harem, to plot his assassination. They had allies in the military and civilian administration. Egypt was having hard economic times, etc. so these wives and allies sought to replace Ramesses with a junior son of one of them instead of the Crown Prince. This is like a mystery novel, but factual. The plot is carried out but fails in the end to accomplish all their objectives. Most of the plotters are executed in various brutal ways. Very Good and Recommended.

"Pressure" by Brian Keene. A mystery/suspense novel on the island of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, where the adjacent sea bed is collapsing at a alarming rate. The people of Mauritius may have to abandon their homes to move somewhere else. Experts are called in, special divers are sent down for a Look-see. One survives and believes she has seen something, monstrous, but needs to go down again to make sure it was not her imagination. In the mix is a corrupt corporation up to no good. Humankind could face extinction. Very Good and Recommended.

Read: "The Siege of Malta, 1565" by Francisco Balbi di Correggio. Translator Ernle Bradford. This is a First Person account of this Great Siege of Malta in 1565, that saved Western Europe from the muhammadans. Balbi was a Spanish mercenary who enlisted under the command of Jean de la Valette, Grand Master of the Knights of Malta. This is told in Balbi's own words, giving credit to the courage and leadership of the Knights and the grim determination of the ordinary people of Malta. Outstanding book and Most Highly Recommended.

"The Great Siege of Malta 1565" by Ernle Bradford. This is the author's own book on this Heroic siege. Outstanding and Most Highly Recommended. These two books complement each other on this siege and battle.

"Amenhotep III: Perspectives on His Reign" by editors David O'Connor and Eric H. Cline. A group of essays by different authors on this Great Pharaoh. Ancient Egypt was at the height of its power: militarily, economically, and politically. The rest of the Near East were in last place. His son Amenhotep IV(Akhenaten), would begin the fall of Egypt. Gibbon, if writing a book on the Decline and fall of Ancient Egypt, would have began here. Amenhotep III is Marcus Aurelius and Akhenaten is Commodus. Dry in spots but still Very Good and Recommended.

Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh" by Joyce Tyldesley. Queen, or as she would of preferred, King of Egypt. She was a remarkable woman who defied tradition to become Pharaoh. There was an age of peace, prosperity, architectural achievement under her rule. After her death there was a serious attempt to erase her name and memory from the history of Ancient Egypt. Only in modern times was she rediscovered. Her successor was Thutmose III, greatest of Pharaohs. Very Good and Recommended.

Read: "The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History" by Boris Johnson. This is not a bio on this Great Man but a sorting of the facts from the many myths and misconceptions about Mr. Churchill. Winston Churchill was one of the most important leaders of the 20th Century and not only shaped his world but also ours of today. Most of all, Winston Churchill was proof that one person: intrepid, ingenious, stubborn, and with an abundance of moral and personal courage can make all the difference. The author tells his story in humorous style that had me laughing at times. I've always been a fan of Winston Churchill but this book raised the Bar on Churchill to even higher heights. Very Outstanding Book and Most Highly Recommended. A Must Read.

"Thutmose III: A New Biography" by Eric H. Cline and David O'Connor, editors.  Each chapter is a sub-story of this Pharaoh, by different authors. Thutmose III was the Great Warrior Pharaoh who built the Ancient Egyptian Empire. Very Good and Recommended.

Read: "The Sixth Idea" by P. J. Tracy. This is a Monkeewrench Novel. The Monkeewrench are a group of eccentric computer geniuses who help cops solve the unsolvable. People who barely know each other are being killed in Minneapolis.The common link is 60 years into the past to a dormant Armageddon that could happen at any moment. The Monkeewrench crew and the cops must solve this Armageddon mystery and devise a way to stop it. Very Good and Highly Recommended.

"Watchers of Time" by Charles Todd. An Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard mystery. It is 1919, Inspector Rutledge is called in to probe a small-town murder of a Catholic Priest. The clues lead back to 1912 and one of the greatest disasters of all time: the sinking of the Titanic. A page burner and most highly recommended.

"Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines against Japan" by Robert Leckie.  This is a outstanding history of these men who are heroes beyond imagination in what they did from Guadalcanal to Tokyo. It reads like a suspense/ mystery novel. Could not put it down till finished. The author pulls no punches, not like today, and tells it all. Most Highly Recommended. 

Read: "Live Bait" by P. J. Tracy. A mystery/suspense novel. Old people are being murdered for unknown reasons in Minneapolis. Very good at the beginning but the ending is a flop. Mediocre at best. Not recommended.

"Warfare at Sea, 1500-1650" by Jan Glete. This book covers the development of war ships with the adaptation of gunpowder weapons. The author uses geographical areas combined with time periods to show the tactics, economics, and politics of primarily the rise of Western Europe. It covers the leading navel powers of the day such as Spain, Portugal, Ottoman Empire, Venice, France, England and the Baltic States. Very Good and Recommended.

"Warfare, State, and Society on the Black Sea Steppe, 1500-1700" by Brian L. Davies. This is primarily a history of the rise of Muscovy and its interactions with Poland-Lithuania, Sweden, and most of all, the muhammadan Tartars, and Ottomans of the Ukraine. The Cossacks, the spoilers, are here too. The area known today as the Ukraine was a devastated zone created by the muhammadans to protect their territories on the the Black Sea coast. The muhammadans would raid into the non-muhammadan lands of the north for loot, but mostly for slaves. For example: the muhammadan Ottoman ruler at occupied Constantinople would put in an order for galley slaves for his fleet, the muhammadan Tartars would comply. Over the centuries about one million slaves were acquired at least. Muscovy would devise a strategy to protect their lands and push south to drive the muhammadans back. Very Good and Recommended.

Read: "A Fine Summer's Day" by Charles Todd. An Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery novel. It is June 1914, an Archduke is murdered at Sarajevo, but Rutledge has more pressing concerns. A son grieves for the loss of his mother which dredges up a past that will lead to a series of murders across England, seemingly random, that Rutledge must solve. Excellent and Highly Recommended.

"After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000" by John Darwin. The Hapsburgs, the Ottomans, The Manchus, the British, the Japanese, the Soviets, and the Nazis all built empires in this time period that where supposed to last forever but all failed. From the death of Tamerlane in 1405, to America's rise and the resurgence of India and China into the global power club, the author spends a grand narrative that offers a different perspective on the past, present. and future of empires. Very Good and Recommended.

Read: "The Line upon a Wind: The Great War at Sea, 1793-1815" by Noel Mostert. This is a history of the navel war during the Napoleonic conflicts. Covers the evolution of navel tactics and strategy of this time period but has major sub-plots within it. There is the War between the Sea(Britain) and the Land(France) for world supremacy and the melodrama of the personal duel between Horatio Nelson, Patriot and Lover of his country vs. the megalomaniac, Napoleon Bonaparte who is full of himself. The Patriot won, in spades. Very Good and Recommended. 

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