My Favourite Top Three Authors

In the past twenty years, I have enjoyed reading many books and my bookcase is stacked to the brim with some of my old books. Until recently, I have decided to re-read some of my old books to remind me of why I love these authors to much. I didn’t actually finish my first novel until I was 19 years old. I had always struggled to finish reading any book. I even tried to read the hobbit, which is never an easy book even for adults to read, never mind trying to get a child to read it. Needless to say, I did manage to finish reading the Hobbit in my late 30’s. In my defense, when it comes to  reading ‘The Lord of the Rings’, I listen to the audiobook version instead. I am not sure if anyone else goes for the same author over and over, but I have found myself doing that a lot recently. With that being said, here are my favourite top three authors and why they are on my list.

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1. Jack Higgins:

Jack Higgins is not his real name and is the personal pseudonym of Henry Patterson. From some of the books which were before my time. Jack Higgins wrote a book called ‘The Eagle has Landed’, which was then turned into a major movie blockbuster. Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duval took major roles for ‘The Eagle has Landed’.

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The first book I ever read from Jack Higgins was called the ‘Eye of the Storm’. The book is based around a former IRA hitman who is out for revenge, with British Intelligence hot on his heals. This is the first in the series of what is known as the Sean Dillion series. When I first read this book, I didn’t really like the character, but I loved his humour. Dry and witty and very sarcastic. A bit like mine really. For the first few books, Sean Dillion is a mercenary and former IRA enforcer, who puts his skills to good use to the highest bidder. In one book, Sean Dillion is eventually caught and persuaded to either die in prison or come and work for a secret branch of the British Intelligence. The department Dillion eventually starts working for, is known in the books as ‘The Prime Ministers Private Army’ (or Elite British Security Service antiterrorist unit Group 4), which is headed by Brigadier Charles Ferguson, who puts Sean Dillion to work and do jobs which the Prime Minister doesn’t need to know about, as long as it gets the job done.

Since 1992, there has been a total of 21 books in the Sean Dillion series, to which I have read about fifteen of them. These books are very much James Bond in the way the characters deals with each of the book’s villains. I have always enjoyed reading the Sean Dillion series and I just wish I could have kept up with all the books Jack Higgins has written up to 2014. I guess I still have a lot of reading to catch up with, if I am to familiarize myself with the last six books, in the Sean Dillion series.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed Jack Higgins books through the years. I have always found that I want to a good book to read, it will be a Jack Higgins book. Higgins does cover a lot of WWII era stories, but I have not really been drawn to these books. I have always liked his Sean Dillion series. Higgins is a versatile author who knows his subject and knows how to keep the reader engaged. It is for this reason why I felt that Jack Higgins has to be at the top of my all-time favourite authors.

2. J R.R.Tolkien: 

What more can I say about this individual? Tolkien has spawned many generations of enthusiasts with his literary genius. Tolkien wrote ‘The Hobbit‘ and ‘The Lord of the Rings‘ Saga. The amount escapism which Tolkien created, has held us all spellbound and hooked with Dwarfs, Elves, Humans, Orcs and Goblins for over Seventy years. The Hobbit was published back in 1937. The Lord of the Rings novels were later released in 1954 and 1955 (The Fellowship of the Ring was first published in July 1954, The Two Towers published in November 1954 with the final installment, The Return of the King being published in October 1955). Tolkien last book ‘The Silmarillion’ which J R.R.Tolkien never managed to complete, was later completed and published by his son Christopher Tolkien in 1977.The Hobbit and ‘The Lord of the Rings Saga’ have all been dramatized and turned into major movies.

The Hobbit and ‘The Lord of the Rings Saga’ have all been dramatized and turned into major movies, by a New Zealand director Peter Jackson. And before you ask, I have all of the extended versions of these movies. I wouldn’t been a geek if I didn’t have the extended versions.

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I have always found that Tolkien goes off on different tangents which can make his books very hard to read. However, once I have picked up his books and I have managed follow where Tolkien has taken the story; I cannot seem to let the story go or finish a decent amount of pages per reading session. Tolkien does has the reader gripped firmly into the story, to which there seems to be no escape. The best way to enjoy Tolkiens books is through audiobooks, to which I now have ‘The Hobbit‘ and all of ‘The Lord of the Rings‘ loaded onto my iPad.

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3. Raymond E Feist:

The third author in my list is Raymond E. Feist. Feist writes similar types of books to Tolkien, however, unlike Tolkien; Feist’s stories are based on a mythical world called Midkemia. Most of Feist’s books have a Gandalf type character named Pug. Who seems to be able to travel through time and space and dimensions. Midkemia has gone through many ages and all still seem to be stuck an 18th-century era which Earth went through. Magic is everywhere and used by many of the citizens on Midkemia, although not by everyone. The first book which Feist wrote: ‘The Magician’ went on to be a worldwide best-selling novel and started what is now known as the ‘Riftwar Saga’. The Magician is one very hard book to read, just like ‘The Hobbit’ was; however, Feist stays on subject and keeps the storyline fluid enough, so the reader can keep up with the characters and their journey(s).

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Since ‘The Magician’ was first published back in 1982, Feist has gone on to publish 29 other books in the Rift War Saga’. The last one is ‘The Magicians End’ and from what I can tell, I do and I don’t want to read this book, as it brings to an end the whole world of Midkemia and the heroes who fight to save it from utter destruction. I have a lot of catching up to do before I get to this book.

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Unlike Tolkien, there are only so many species which Feist uses in his books. These are Humans, Elves, Dark Elves, Goblins, Demon’s and Dwarves. Raymond E. Feist and his books have had me gripped into the world of Midkemia for over 15 years, and although I have not finished all of his books. Feist’s style of writing is very easy to on the reader’s mind and keeps the reader entertained, making sure the reader goes back for seconds, thirds and many more helpings after that. I have read over 12 of his books and I still have 18 more to go. It is almost as if Feist keeps the reader entranced and under some mythical spell, so you want to go back and read more of his books. Feist is 3rd on my list because I have thoroughly enjoyed many of his books for this reason.

Jack Higgins, Raymond Feist and J R.R. Tolkien have been my favourite authors for many years. I just wish my daughter had an appetite for reading more books than watching Youtube video’s, but that seems to be the craze these days. I always seem to follow a particular theme when choosing a good book to read.

Thank you for reading this post. Please like and comment below by sharing some of your favourite authors.

John M

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32 Comments

  1. April 2, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    I really need to read more. I have recently purchased a few and hope to get on with them. I would love to wrote a book so reading some makes sense lol.

    • April 2, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      I understand that one. I have realised that I spend way more time on my computer, so I need to start reading more, so my daughter will hopefully will pick a book or two.

      John

  2. emma white
    April 2, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    I am an avid reader but more so read real life stories and I have bookcases full

    • April 2, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      I do have a lot more books on my shelves but when it comes to actual author I enjoy the most, they are from the list I have shared above. I do really need to read more, that way my daughter would read more books.

      John

  3. April 2, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    I absolutely love Tolkein and read The Lord of the Rings every summer as a child. I find ones like The Silmarillion a little less reader friendly, in the way you describe, but I always just loved The Lord of the Rings. I have read a few Raymod E Fiests, as fantasy is my absolute favourite genre. Don’t know if Jack Higgins is my style of thing but will bear in mind if I see any about 🙂

    • April 2, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      I read a lot of Jack Higgins and thought I needed to break it up a bit, so came across someone else reading the Magician and I pick up the book and I really enjoyed it. From there, I was hooked on Feist. When it comes to Tolkien, I just listen to audiobooks now. I find it way more easier to understand Tolkien that way.

      John

  4. Rachel Hirst
    April 3, 2016 / 2:08 am

    I used to read daily but since my children came along and the blog I am afraid reading has taken a bit of a back seat

    • April 4, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      Sometimes these things happen. I have a few more reviews lined up, so I have to continue reading a few more books. I just hope my daughter enjoys reading a book or too when she gets older.

      John M

  5. April 3, 2016 / 7:59 am

    Fantastic authors! Do you like Terry Pratchett? I adore his books and was devastated when he passed away last year. I love classic authors too, as well as stuff from my childhood like Enid Blyton and Beatrix Potter!

    • April 4, 2016 / 12:38 pm

      We all have own favourite authors and books. Getting off the TV, computer or gadgets is good thing once in awhile. I hope you good back and pick up some of your old books.

      John M

  6. April 3, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Such a great idea to go back and revisit favourite books. I love all the Tolkien books as well 🙂

    • April 4, 2016 / 12:35 pm

      If you manage to go back and read some of your old books, I guess this post has done what I set out to do. To get us all reading again. There is nothing like a good book to read.

      John M

  7. April 3, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Someone else recommended Magician to me recently. I love Tolkein and they said that I’d like that one too. I love books that are magical with a world that has been created. It sounds right up my street. x

    • April 4, 2016 / 12:34 pm

      You will enjoy it. Darkness at Sethanon is another good book. I found myself totally immersed into Feist world of Midkemia. Feist is great and describing the world and the cultures relating to each country etc.

      John M

  8. April 3, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    I’ve only heard of one of the author you’ve mentioned, and that being Tolkein. I loved reading both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as a child and equally loved the films. I have really got into a few David Eddings books, particularly The Diamond Throne series and I’m a fan of the Song of Ice and Fire saga by George RR Martin.

    • April 4, 2016 / 12:31 pm

      I may try to start reading the game of thrones books, I don’t like the TV show as it has too much nudity, but I am open to reading the actual books instead.

      Thanks for commenting.

      John M

  9. April 3, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    We all love reading, but I have never come the Raymond E. Feist books – will check them out, you make them sound very enticing 🙂

    • April 4, 2016 / 12:29 pm

      He has a some really good books, and Feist very easy to read. I can highly recommend the first three books. The Magician, Darkness at Sethannon and Silverthorn. They are all great books.

      John M

  10. April 3, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    Tolkien is an immense author! Some of his stuff can be a little bit slow but I think he has the mind of a genius. Also read a few of the Jack Higgins books. Great choices!

    • April 4, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      Thank you. I had more authors on my list, but the post would have been a bit too long otherwise.

      John M

  11. April 3, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I mainly like easy reading chic lit but I love Jodi Picoult x

    • April 4, 2016 / 12:27 pm

      We all have our favourites and if you enjoy chic Lit as you put, then there is nothing wrong with that, as long as you enjoy your books.

      John M

  12. April 3, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    The only one of these I have read is Tolkien and it has reminded me that I want to re-read the LOTR books! I tend to read a lot of chick lit so they all tend to be pretty low brow haha x

    • April 4, 2016 / 12:26 pm

      If you can, get the audio books, I enjoy listening to those a lot. Happy reading.

      John M

  13. April 4, 2016 / 10:53 am

    Right, you’re inspiring me to get myself sorted and read again. Thanks for this – I love book recommendations and discovering new authors.

    • April 4, 2016 / 12:24 pm

      Good Luck, I hope you find a good book and author. There is nothing like a good book to read.

      John M

  14. April 4, 2016 / 11:50 am

    I love lord of the rings and the hobbit.. the movies, i have been meaning to get these books for years and read them as i love reading, most of what i read at the moment is to my little ones so beatrix potter and some of the old fabels, and the newer stuff the gruffalo etc but i think they do learn by example and i have alot of books which i still need to read, I would love a personal library in my home.. maybe oneday! 🙂

    • April 4, 2016 / 12:22 pm

      I started building up my library when I was 19 years old. It has taken me some time to find the books like, but there no time like the present to build up some decent books, if you have the space.

      John M

  15. April 5, 2016 / 9:23 am

    in my younger years when i used to spent my life on buses i use to read loads.. lately not so much .. with blogging, working being a mum its hard to fit every thing in.. i loved lord of the rings but watched the movie.. i know the book is always better,, so maybe some day

    • April 5, 2016 / 1:58 pm

      With the movies from Peter Jackson, I don’t think we can escape Tolkien. In the last few years, I am just as guilty for not reading as much. I have all of the Hobbit movies and the LoTR rings in Extended edition. I wouldn’t be a nerd if I didn’t have them.

      I have started reading some Star Wars Books, one of which will be on the blog soon.

      John

  16. April 6, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    I love the Hobbit books but have not read them for years, I need to re-read them now

    • April 6, 2016 / 4:41 pm

      Cool, I hope you do. If you can, get the audio books as I think it helps make the books come more alive.

      John

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