Well, then. It’s sure that time of year when people list their lists of lists of the previous year. And I’m no different.
As previous years, this is a list of the book I read in 2017. Some Thriller, some Non-Fiction, some Historical Fiction, I think you’ll find. It was a year where I again tried to get up to date with all the series I have going. I’ve nearly made it. And it explains why so many by Lee Child and the late Vince Flynn. Yes, you could go back over the blog posts, but this is easier to
laugh at see. If you click on the title of the book, you’ll go to the review (if I’ve done it yet).
Following on from the list, I’ll come up with a couple of the best of the year.
- The Enemy : Lee Child
- Extreme Measures : Vince Flynn
- Hereward. The Bloody Crown : James Wilde
- Pursuit of Honour : Vince Flynn
- The Last Man : Vince Flynn
- The Survivor : Vince Flynn (with Kyle Mills)
- The Emperor’s Silver : Nick Brown
- Order To Kill : Vince Flynn with Kyle Mils
- Valley of the Templars : Paul Christopher
- One Shot : Lee Child
- Kin of Cain : Matthew Harffy
- The Hard Way : Lee Child
- Mississippi Blood : Greg Iles
- The One From The Other : Philip Kerr
- Bad Luck And Trouble : Lee Child
- Lost City of the Templars : Paul Christopher
- Nothing To Lose : Lee Child
- The Nazi Hunters : Neal Bascomb
- The Lone Warrior : Paul Fraser Collard
- Rise of the Wolf : Steven A. McKay
- The Eichmann Trial : Deborah E. Lipstadt
- Spy Out The Land : Jeremy Duns
- Gone Tomorrow : Lee Child
- Keane’s Challenge : Iain Gale
- 61 Hours : Lee Child
- The Secret of the Templars : Paul Christopher
- Worth Dying For : Lee Child
- Killer of Kings : Matthew Harffy
- The Affair : Lee Child
- A Wanted Man : Lee Child
- The Bourne Enigma : Eric Van Lustbader
- Never Go Back : Lee Child
- No Going Back : Matt Hilton
- Personal : Lee Child
- Make Me : Lee Child
- Night School : Lee Child
- Saviour of Rome : Douglas Jackson
- The Scathing : C. R. May
- A Quiet Flame : Philip Kerr
- The Holocaust : Lawrence Rees
- The Earthly Gods : Nick Brown
- The Lions of Lucerne : Brad Thor
- The Last Legionnaire : Paul Fraser Collard
- Enemy of The State : Kyle Rees
- Orphan X : Gregg Hurwitz
- The Bourne Initiative : Eric Van Lustbader
- Winter’s Fire : Giles Kristian
- Eagles At War : Ben Kane
- Rules of Honour : Matt Hilton
- Viking Fire : Justin Hill
- Term Limits : Vince Flynn
- The Third Reich In Power : Richard J. Evans
- Inauguration Day: Peter G. Pollak
- Ardennes 1944 : Antony Beevor
- White Water, Black Death : Shaun Ebelthite
- The Abbey of Death : Steven A. McKay
- The Empty Throne : Bernard Cornwell
- Warriors of the Storm : Bernard Cornwell
- Hunting The Eagles : Ben Kane
- The Lawless Kind : Matt Hilton
- The Flame Bearer : Bernard Cornwell
- The White Light of Tomorrow : D. Pierce Williams
- Field Grey : Philip Kerr
- Path of The Assassin : Brad Thor
- Wings of the Storm : Giles Kristian
- The Jesus Family Tomb: Simcha Jacobovici
- Blood and Steel : Harry Sidebottom
- The Nowhere Man : Gregg Hurwitz
- Eagles in the Storm : Ben Kane
- Siberian Red : Sam Eastland
- Glory of Rome : Douglas Jackson
- The Prague Fatal : Philip Kerr
Goodreads have put together a kind of infographic, I think it is called, you can see mine here.
So, my most favourite book I read this year?
The one that had the biggest effect on me, was Viking Fire. Nothing other than masterclass in how to write enjoyable, powerful, and, above all, cliche-free Historical Fiction. Even if we have to wait umpteen years more for another from Justin, it’ll be worth it.
Honourable mentions to:
If I had to recommend one series for you to read, whatever the genre, it’d be Greg Iles’ Natchez Burning. As I’ve said time and time again, for sheer jaw-on-the-floor what the FUCK superbness, this has them all beat.
Both the nicest guy and rapidly becoming the most consistent writer of/in Historical Fiction around.
Killer of Kings. Matthew Harffy.
More than fulfilled the promise of the short story Kin of Cain, Matthew delivered in spades and then some, with this one.
The Abbey of Death. Steven A. McKay.
Another case of less is more. This short story packs so much nuance, thought, reflection and sheer story-telling power into it, that many writers can’t do over a whole series.
And, in terms of stars to pages, this would be the winner!
Whatever you read in 2017, I hope you enjoyed it. I also hope you read more enjoyable books in 2018.
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2 thoughts on “Best of 2017”
Surprised and honoured to feature in your lists again Steve. Thanks for your support.