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.
My Favourite Top Five Authors
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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