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Reading a really good book



  • I picked up “The Good Shepherd” by C.S. Forester. He usually writes Horation Hornblower, but this one is about a Convoy Escort Commander who is trying to protect his convoy during a 48 hour period when a wulfpack shows up. Its pretty intense.

    Have you read any other WWII fictional books that are pretty good?



  • isn’t the good Shepperd a movie? its about how the CIA was foundeed really good. but do they have anything to do with each other?



  • I don’t know. I know the movie you’re referring to, but I’d say they are unrelated, though I haven’t seen the movie and am not finished with the book.


  • 2007 AAR League

    it is a movie.  but this book seems to be different.  and hollywood being full of stupid morons who cant make movies anymore rip everything off.  including titles, which they probably did here.

    seems like a good book.

    catch 22 is a good book.

    the thin red line is also a good book.

    one of the best books i’ve read isnt for WWII its a vietnam book called “fallen angels”.  its freaking sweet.



  • Slaughterhouse 5
    All Quiet On the Western Front
    Band of Brothers (or most Stephen Ambrose)
    The Last Battle, A Bridge Too Far, The Longest Day (ranked in order of excitement)



  • Those are books? I only knew them as movies.

    Just finished Good Shepherd and it was pretty good. I recommend it if you like WWII Naval maneuvers and action.


  • Official Answers 2007 AAR League

    @Jermofoot:

    Slaughterhouse 5
    All Quiet On the Western Front
    Band of Brothers (or most Stephen Ambrose)
    The Last Battle, A Bridge Too Far, The Longest Day (ranked in order of excitement)

    Most of Ambrose’s books are pretty accessable. I’ve read Citizen Soldiers, D-Day and Pegasus Bridge (which I thought was terrific.) I tried Band of Brothers but it was a bit too all over the place and I didn’t finish. He tends to put in a lot of comments from interviews of the men who actually fought but Band didn’t seem as focused as the others I’d picked up.



  • @colringbk:

    Those are books? I only knew them as movies.

    Just finished Good Shepherd and it was pretty good. I recommend it if you like WWII Naval maneuvers and action.

    Yup, Cornelius Ryan is a great read.  I thought they were all more exciting than the films, which I really liked as well.  You’ll read about some of the things you saw in the movies.  Last Battle would have been a great movie, but I don’t think it exists.  Downfall is a pretty good replacement though.

    @frimmel:

    @Jermofoot:

    Slaughterhouse 5
    All Quiet On the Western Front
    Band of Brothers (or most Stephen Ambrose)
    The Last Battle, A Bridge Too Far, The Longest Day (ranked in order of excitement)

    Most of Ambrose’s books are pretty accessable. I’ve read Citizen Soldiers, D-Day and Pegasus Bridge (which I thought was terrific.) I tried Band of Brothers but it was a bit too all over the place and I didn’t finish. He tends to put in a lot of comments from interviews of the men who actually fought but Band didn’t seem as focused as the others I’d picked up.

    I’ve read D-Day, which was good, but thought the Longest Day cohesed a bit better.  Can’t remember what else I’ve got/read of Ambrose, but sometimes I get tired of how it jumps around.  Band of Brothers was tight enough to keep my attention, and the tv series helped keep my interest.



  • Speaking of good books, try reading Soilder Boys some time, it’s realy good. It’s about an American paratrooper and a over confident German soilder in the Battle of the Bulge. Dieter(the german) is in the Hitler Juden and gets shoved into the whermatched, he thinks that he should be in the SS cause everyone else seems so down. He pairs up with a vet from the E front, and is always pissed off at him for giving up hope in the fuher…anywho…read it.


  • Official Answers 2007 AAR League

    @Jermofoot:

    …Can’t remember what else I’ve got/read of Ambrose, but sometimes I get tired of how it jumps around…

    Agreed. It is sometimes like he can’t remember what it is he wants to tell us. Or he has so much to tell he forgets not to say it all at once. I like that it is taken a lot from the common soldier’s experience but Ambrose does get off track frequently and a little too mired in the details.

    Although that can be good too. In D-Day when he talked about all the stuff the guys carried I felt weighted down with equipment.


  • 2007 AAR League

    the war of the rats is a good book, made a movie out of it  cant remember the name but it is based on the german-russian front. it centers on 2 dueling snipers in stalingrad


  • Official Answers 2007 AAR League

    @tcnance:

    the war of the rats is a good book, made a movie out of it  cant remember the name but it is based on the german-russian front. it centers on 2 dueling snipers in stalingrad

    Enemy at The Gates?



  • @frimmel:

    Agreed. It is sometimes like he can’t remember what it is he wants to tell us. Or he has so much to tell he forgets not to say it all at once. I like that it is taken a lot from the common soldier’s experience but Ambrose does get off track frequently and a little too mired in the details.

    Although that can be good too. In D-Day when he talked about all the stuff the guys carried I felt weighted down with equipment.

    He’s still quite readable.  I just feel like Cornelius Ryan beat him to the punch and did a much better job.  Ambrose certainly goes for the empathy angle.

    @frimmel:

    @tcnance:

    the war of the rats is a good book, made a movie out of it  cant remember the name but it is based on the german-russian front. it centers on 2 dueling snipers in stalingrad

    Enemy at The Gates?

    Exactly what I was thinking.


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