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Others similar to Lee Child, Patrick Lee, Mark Greaney, James Rollins?

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Edited: Mar 14, 2011, 10:16am Top

I'm having a tough time finding new authors & books to read.

Referring to the subject title, my favorite author in the past year is Lee Child. I've also read some great books by the other authors mentioned.

In the past, I've also enjoyed Koontz, and a little F. Paul Wilson.

I'm not a fan of Preston/Child or any books that are heavily cop based or have cliched topics such as a P.I. in LA or New York City.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Mar 14, 2011, 12:20pm Top

I'm about a quarter of the way through The Informationist. So far it's a pretty good thriller with a pretty interesting lead character.

Mar 14, 2011, 3:40pm Top

Similar to Rollins are The Event books by David Goleman (touchstones don't seem to be working) and some of the books by Jonathon Maberry. Going a little bit old school, I always thought that the Rollins books ultimately borrowed some from The Dirk Pitt books by Clive Cussler.

In the Lee Child type genre, I like the Stephen Hunter books, although some of them are a bit ridiculous.

Those are off the top of my head.

Mar 14, 2011, 5:03pm Top

One author I tend to lump in with Rollins is Matt Reilly. Temple was one of my favorite of his.

Mar 14, 2011, 6:02pm Top

If you like Lee Child you'll probably like Barry Eisler even more. I know I did, not that I'm hating on Child. Check out his 'John Rain' series starting with Rain Fall.

Mar 14, 2011, 8:10pm Top

Jeremy Robinson's Chess Team novels should do you just fine. They are Pulse and Instinct. The third in the series comes out this month. Touchstones don't seem to be getting the links right. Sorry.

Edited: Mar 14, 2011, 9:27pm Top

There's always the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly, Lucas Davenport series by John Sandfordand I've read Eisler's first Ben Treven and it was excellent. Robert Crais's Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series are great, and his Hostage and Demolition Angel are superb. Cody McFadyn's Smokey Barret is a great kick ass female lead. Also Lisa Gardiner's Joe Beckett and Karin Slaughter's Grant County and Will Trent series are also great female characters. If you want to cross the pond, Elizabeth George's Lynley is excellent, as well as Tana French's Ryan/Maddox. Brian McGilloway's Insepctor Devlin show great promise (I've only read the first). And if you want some wicked laughs along with a puzzle to figure out, Joesph Wambaugh is pretty entertaining as well as Carl Hiaasen, though I didn't really care for the series he wrote with Montalbano.

edit to fix touchstones but am giving up :(

Mar 15, 2011, 6:40am Top

Thanks for all of the great suggestions so far.

I just started David Goleman's "Legend", and I have a Jeremy Robinson book up next to read.

I tried Matthew Reilly - liked one of his books but couldn't get into any of the others.

I did read the first Ben Treven book by Barry Eisler. It was fairly good, but I still didn't think Ben was on par with Reacher. I might give the second book a try.

I'll probably try some of these other suggestions, but I definitely welcome some more if anybody has them. Especially books by newer authors.

Most of the authors that everybody has mentioned have made it into my "possible TBR" pile, but unless a book has an average of 3.5 or higher stars on Amazon, I usually don't end up enjoying it - or stopping the book after less than 50 pages.

Mar 15, 2011, 10:49am Top

I second the Robert Crais recommendation

Mar 15, 2011, 10:59am Top

I just picked up Once a Spy by a newer author, Keith Thomson. It averages 4 stars on Amazon, and looks good.

Mar 16, 2011, 3:42pm Top

You might like Stephen Leather. The first I ever read was one I bought secondhand called The Vets thinking it was about veterinary surgeons. It isn't.

Mar 18, 2011, 11:20am Top

or oldie but goodie John D. MacDonald especially Travis McGee

Mar 20, 2011, 1:35pm Top

Oh Travis! How I miss you! How about suggestions for those of us who wish he was still around?

Edited: Mar 21, 2011, 12:47pm Top

Try the books by Randy Wayne White starting with Sanibel Flats

Apr 3, 2011, 6:07pm Top

Quartzite - thanks - I ordered one from bookmooch.
P.S. With I was in Quartzite right now!

May 23, 2011, 8:57pm Top

I read a posting that suggested another author like Lee Child. He said that the character was even better, more action packed, etc. than Reacher (how could that be!). Unfortunately, I didn't right the author down. Can you help me out with the name. I'd definitely be interested in trying the series out. I do love a good series.

Edited: May 24, 2011, 2:12pm Top

Quartzite - Thanks again - ive read several now and love them. My library even has a few as ebooks. Yahoo!

Edited: May 26, 2011, 12:37am Top

No one will ever be as dear as Travis McGee. And Lee Child is hard to match. But I do like Michael Connelly's stuff (Trunk Music is one of the best). I'm reading City of Bones right now.

I third the recommendation for Robert Crais.

May 27, 2011, 5:59pm Top

What about David Baldacci? I've read 3 of his Camel Club series & just finished The Whole Truth by him & loved it. Shaw, the main character was very Reacher-esque.

Jun 3, 2011, 3:14pm Top

I'm not sure about Baldacci - His are more political in nature. Haven't read Child, Lee, or Greaney, but I know someone that read child and he never mentioned anything about politics. Rollins is more of a Science/Discovery/History writer with some "creature" fiction in his early works (especially Subterranean).

While there is some government involved here, a lot of Science/Action themes, similar to Rollins, occur in David Lynn Golemon. He wrote the Event Group series, which I've read the first thus far (Event). He has either 5 or 6 books out thus far.

Others on my TBR list (can't say how good they are as I haven't read them yet) include Jack DuBrul (stuff he wrote alone, not with Cussler), Chris Kuzneski, and a few others I've heard about that might end up on my TBR some day are Christopher Reich, Andy McDermott and Matthew Reilly.

If you like Political Thrillers, Vince Flynn is excellent (Read all of his that have reached the status of Paperback), and I'm just finishing up the first book by Brad Thor, along with having read the first 3 thus far of the Camel Club series by David Baldacci, as recommended by the previous post. In addition, Daniel Silva is on my TBR list.

If you are into Spy fiction and war/Naval fiction, like Tom Clancy, then you can try another that's on my TBR, Ted Bell.

I myself didn't like Preston and Child. Relic was decent, but Reliquary stunk.

Jun 6, 2011, 10:39am Top


I agree that Relic was the best of that series that featured Pendergrast. Their new one Gideons Sword was pretty good though. I think it is the start of another series.

While Ted Bell does write Spy fiction, and there are some naval references, he is way different than Clancy. Bell is much lighter, and there are none of the in depth technical details that Clancy encorporated.

Jun 6, 2011, 12:06pm Top


I can't speak a whole lot about Clancy. I've read 1 of his books, and it wasn't even part of the Jack Ryan series, namely Red Storm Rising, which was basically a fake WWIII.

I know of two people that read Clancy. One loved his works, the other felt like he was "reading" a video game, like the book was some kind of first person shooting game.

Don't know what to make of this as it's two people with opposite opinions and vastly different ways of describing the book. I can only speak of Red Storm Rising, which is where I got the Spy and War themes from. Perhaps the rest of his books are one big video game. Don't know.

Jun 6, 2011, 3:39pm Top


The difference may arise from the fact that Clancy's style changed at some point. His earlier books were very much techno-thrillers with emphasis on the techno. At some point though he began writing more shoot-em-ups. I enjoyed a lot of his books, but was turned off when he started collaborating on those operation center books. I wondered if he was still writing or just allowing his name to be used to sell books.

An author I just discovered because I scored an advanced reader is Gregg Hurwitz. (I haven't written the review yet). Anyway, the book Your Next was good enough that I picked up some of his others. The Tim Rackley series starting with The Kill Clause are good action/thrillers. It is nice finding a good author who already has a bunch of books out.

Jun 6, 2011, 5:14pm Top

I LOVE Lee Child. I have found Joseph Finder to be really good. I am just finishing up Paranoia and it was excellent. He also wrote Company Man which I also liked alot.

I will be hunting down the rest of Mr. Finder's books ASAP.

Jun 6, 2011, 7:44pm Top

For thrillers i was spoiled by the novels of Robert Ludlum and since his passings i have tryed to find any writhers that can match him. In my humble opinon the one that comes close is Jon Land. Wild action, evil villians and a surpise in every chapter!

Jun 9, 2011, 11:28am Top

I just found this thread and I love it! So many of my favorites have been listed.

mkboylan -- I am glad you enjoy Randy Wayne White. He was my Travis McGee surrogate as well. I love White's characters nearly as much.

macabrem -- I'm a huge Reacher fan myself. I found an interesting Reacher'esque character recently in The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd. He's a fun character.

I'm a big Rollins fan as well. Some of the other authors I would include in the same basic genre as these are Harlan Coben ( I love the Myron Bolitar series), Barry Eisler as mentioned above (John Rain has some loner traits like Reacher, but he is much different as well), Steve Berry, Robert Crais' Cole/Pike novels, some Lawrence Block, though he can be very hot or cold IMO, and James Grippando's Jack Swyteck.


Jul 13, 2011, 6:11pm Top

Who was it that liked brueger? Amazon has one of his for 1.99 today,

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