Just finished "Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield, incredible.
This book is Gates on the Commandant of the Marine Corps' Reading list. It is taught at West Point and Annapolis and at the Marine Corps Basic School at Quantico at Virginia Military Institute and at Brophy College Preparatory.
The 4th book is definitely the weakest because the reality is that books 4 and 5 are really just one book. I think it was mainly a let down coming from a storm of swords as all the major arcs are not in 4 and it was a long wait. I think knowing that in hindsight somehow would have lessened the disappointment. Still some interesting stuff with some of the minor characters. I probably should go back and re-read 4 and 5 at some point. Would be cool if they just made a mega tome of those two with all the chapters organized as they should be.
Read Balducci's "The Innocent" while in Hawaii: it was darn good... as good as any of his Camel Club series. I think it's like the 12th book of his that I've read. He's no Michael Chitchion, but he ain't bad. Reading "Hammer of the Gods" currently: read "Iron Man" (Tony Iommi's auto-biography) last month. Tony's book was better, but HOTG ain't bad.
Some great books..I'm a novice so far to fantasy- Starting off on one of the favourites with GOT
Originally Posted by Millhaus
The first 3 books were great IMO. The 4th much less so and I just started the 5th and so far it feels a lot like the 4th...