Monday, July 4, 2011

Four Beach Book Recommendations for Guys

I have four recommendations, two non-fiction books and two fiction Novels.


Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver.  ★★★
Deaver picks up the mantle of the James Bond 007 series and his first effort is a good one. He does describe a different Bond, younger, more sensitive and without the scars and edge of the earlier 007 characters portrayed in the Ian Fleming and Raymond Benson novels. Deaver is providing his version of Bond. Nice swerve in the story at the end.

Sixkill by Robert Parker. ★★★
This was Parker’s last Spenser novel. The usual cast of characters is here except Hawk. This book has a bit more action and gunplay than the other Spenser books. This is a very good read for the beach or sitting at home on your easy chair. The Spenser series of books rarely disappoint.


Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by Tom Shales and James Andrew Wilson ★★★★
This is a very long book that is over 400 pages. I skimmed it for the gossip and inside stories about the ESPN executives and broadcasters. There are a lot of stories. If you are interested, there are details on how ESPN started and how the business model grew over the years. From the book, it sounds like it was not easy being a female and working for ESPN, especially in the 80’s and 90’s. This book appears to be well researched with plenty of quotes and observations from people involved in the broadcast and management.

If you enjoy boxing, you may enjoy this book. Sugar Ray writes about his bouts with Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns and Marvin Hagler among others. He also discusses his battles with alcoholism, infidelity and abuse he experienced as a young boy.

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