by Eric Meisberger,
LBPH Reader Advisor
I am an unabashed fan of the underrated television show Burn Notice. One of the best characters on the show was Sam Axe, who was played by the fantastic Bruce Campbell. The character of Sam Axe is a former Navy Seal with spy contacts through many branches of local and federal government. Sam, an old friend of the main character Michael, starts the show off as an informant who is spying on Michael to the FBI. Through a series of events Sam ends up working with Michael and is along for the ride helping him get his career and good name back, taking on freelance jobs around Miami. Sam loves to drink, loves classic cars, and is incredibly loyal to his friends. I present to you, a Sam Axe Reading List:
Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper
by Howard E Wasdin
DB 73316 / CL 14683
Wasdin, a former Navy SEAL Team Six sniper, chronicles his training and war experiences, including special operations during Desert Storm. Details the mission that almost cost him his life–the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia, the basis for the 2001 movie “Black Hawk Down”. Bestseller. 2011.
Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer
by Maureen Ogle
Traces the history of beer brewing and consumption from the mid-1800s, when an influx of German immigrants energized the industry. Profiles beer entrepreneurs Frederick Pabst, Budweiser’s Carl Conrad, and the Busch and Yuengling families. Examines the impact of Prohibition, World Wars I and II, and the rise of microbreweries. 2006.
Against All Enemies
by Tom Clancy
DB 73301 / CL 14751
After his mission to take custody of a high-ranking Taliban prisoner goes horribly wrong, a former Navy SEAL is asked to return to America and investigate an alliance between the Taliban and a Mexican drug cartel. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2011.
Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars
by Paul Ingrassia
Pulitzer Prize winner and author of “Crash Course” (DB 71814) analyzes fifteen iconic cars and their impact on American society and history. Profiles Henry Ford, Ferdinand Porche, Heinz Nordoff, Soichiro Honda, and other industrialists. Also details the development of the Ford Model T, Volkswagen Beetle, and Honda Accord. 2012.