There are few things more relaxing than a good book. Here’s an overview of my summer reading.
Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit, by Eric Haney. You may have heard of the television show “The Unit.” The show is based on this book. The author, a former Delta Force operator, spends a lot of time talking about the selection process for Delta and the rigorous challenges that are part of that training. It’s amazing. A bit too much time is spent on the training, though. I’d prefer to have read more about actual missions. Still, a good read. We’re fortunate to have the men of Delta on our side. This is definitely a guy’s book.
Vow of Vengeance, by Danny T. Ferguson. I like to read about places where I’ve traveled. My favorite genre is the novel, so I’m happy to give up a little veracity about a locale for the sake of a good story. We went to the Outer Banks of North Carolina this summer and I read this book while on the beach. It’s set in Virginia and North Carolina. It’s a mystery/thriller, my favorite sub-genre, and the plot is both creative and implausible. The author seems at times to be trying to write like the great Carl Hiaasen, but he falls short. The plot is nearly as wild as some of Hiaasen’s, but Ferguson smacks the reader with a very serious plot consequence that doesn’t mix with the zaniness found throughout most of the book.
I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, by Max Tucker. I may have detoured away from novels with this one, but this was wilder than most novels. A collection of true stories, this book was hysterical and revolting. I’ve never read anything like it. In a sentence, it’s about how an intelligent guy gets drunk continuously and has sex with various women. This book will entertain you, but it’s not for the prude among us. Check it out.
The Keeper’s Son, by Homer Hickham. I didn’t get this novel about the Outer Banks in time for our trip, but it was fun to read. This story takes place in the early days of World War II and deals with two sides of the war, questions of honesty and deception, the quaintness of small-town living, some romance, and the topic of duty. It’s full of submarines and Coast Guard. If you like either, you’ll like this. Again, probably a guy’s book.
What did you read this summer? Any recommendations?