Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
I've only read 2 chapters so far (Russia and China) and what an eye-opener.
It goes through each countries history / wants / needs / borders / topography and much more from a geo-political point. It explores rivalries, potential future flash points, disputed borders, ethnic diversity and movements.
It is one of the most informative books Ive read, and also gives a bit of the non-western propoganda view so that if not exactly empathise with, you can see why from their own point of view Russia went into Ukraine and China covets certain places.
I've read of all them. They're very good but they are not an easy read, especially if you aren't usually a fantasy reader and George RR Martin has a tendency to go whole chapters without referring to character plots so you often have to remember what's happening in the books. But if you can bare with it they're certainly interesting.
Read The Puppet Show by M W Craven on holiday the other week. https://www.mwcraven.com/book/the-puppet-show-washington-poe-1/ If you're intro your serial killer/will they catch them books then whilst it is nothing new, as kind of what is there new to say, it is very well done. Usual warning as it is a bit gruesome in places and there is a troubling theme that seems to be in every dark drama series on TV nowadays as well, but it did rattle along.
Still reading The Kingdom of Scotland by Agnes Mure Mackenzie. It has taken me ages to read and to try and understand the 16th, 17th and early 18th Century religious conflicts and upheaval in Scotland...but it explains a lot of the background and huge contradictions in Scottish history - the Stewarts, MQoS, John Knox, King Billy, Glencoe, 1603 and 1707 anyone...phew.
Now in early late-Georgian / Victorian times, and apart from the dying embers of the clearances and the massive social upheaval that that involved; and social and political emancipation - all is relatively calm and straightforward...
I was given this book as a present when I was about 13 (by my very intelligent and very well-read aunt and uncle) and I have never previously got past King David I (a very good King - as Sellar and Yateman might have described him )
For my next read I will have to pick up something a bit easier that I can read in under a month.
Pretty much how I found them and the Chris Ryan books. If you want something similar but usually with a bit of a historical/treasure hunt style try the Scott Mariani series about Ben Hope, former SAS major turned freelance kidnap specialist. A fun read and not to taxing.
There's certainly a place for this type of novel - at least where I do most of my reading!
Just finished another 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' tome (Girl Who Lived Twice) which is definitely not one for that place!
Started another Bernard Cornwell one..Sword of Kings, latest in 'Last Kingdom' series which I've really enjoyed.