I picked up my first Robert Crais novel, Chasing Darkness (2008) and was immediately hooked.
This book had Joe Pike as the central character. He’s an ex-marine and loves to hunt down the bad guys. (As a superfan of Jack Reacher from Lee Child, the similarities and differences really appealed to me).
Most of the Crais’s books have Elvis Cole as the central character. He’s a private detective, with a effervescent sense of humour.
As for a reading order for Robert Crais books, I propose you do the same as I did. Start somewhere in the middle of the series (I think you’ll really like the books with Pike as the central character), move forward from there and then wrap around to book #1 again.
Alex Rider. He’s James Bond but a teenager, and without the womanising, alcohol, gambling or weapons.
With all these fun parts removed, you might be thinking “what’s left?”. But rest assured, these books are non-stop action and crammed full of missions, puzzle solving, combat fighting, gadgets, fast cars, faster planes, ferocious animals, and evil organisations.
Rated for readers 13 years and older, boys aged 10 and older will love these stories, especially as audiobooks (about 8 hours long each).
Did you know that 14 of Michael Crichton’s novels were turned into movies?
That’s got to be some sort of record.
The most famous of those would be Jurassic Park I think.
I’m also sorry to report that Crichton died in 2008 (at age 66), but that didn’t stop his publishers from release 1 novel after his death (Pirate Lattitudes, which was awesome by the way), and had another author finish of another novel (Micro).
Michael Crichton has written some great books, but if I’m honest, he’s written a few duds too. Eg I read Sphere (1987) just a few months ago and couldn’t get through it!
So with his stories I suggest you give them all a go, but if you’re not enjoying it, don’t feel bad if you stop a few chapters in, or half way through. Just close it, and move on to the next one.