Books Like Peaky Blinders

Books like Books Like Peaky Blinders

October 18, 2022

#1 Gates Of Fire

Thermopylae was a steep mountain pass in northern Greece where three hundred of the feared and revered Spartan troops were stationed. To defend the pass against the advancing millions of the powerful Persian army, it was their suicide mission.

They resisted the horrific onslaught day after bloody day, affording the Greeks some time to gather their forces. The Spartans would be recognized for the best military battle in history—one that would not finish until the rocks were awash in blood, leaving only one badly injured Spartan squire to tell the tale. They were born into a cult of spiritual heroism, physical endurance, and unsurpassed war prowess.

#2 Matterhorn

A large, impactful tale of men in battle written over the span of 35 years by a Vietnam War veteran with a lot of decorations. Matterhorn is a visceral and enthralling book about what it’s like to be a young man at war that was written over the period of thirty years by a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. It is a remarkable book that turns the tragedy of the Vietnam War into a stirring tale of bravery, teamwork, and sacrifice that can be applied to any conflict. It is also a tribute to the literary ability to redeem human suffering.

Karl Marlantes, a Yale University graduate and Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was given the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for bravery, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals for his service. His debut book is this one. He resides in a little town in Washington.

#3 War Horse

A gripping story of battle, atonement, and the journey of a hero. Joey, a gorgeous bay-red foal with a distinguishing cross on his nose, is sold to the army in 1914 and forced into the thick of the Western Front war. He rushes toward the enemy with his officer, experiencing the horrors of the fighting in France. Even amid the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s bravery touches the troops around him, and he finds warmth and optimism. But his heart breaks for Albert, the farmer’s son he abandoned. Will he ever be reunited with his true master?

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#4 War And Peace

Tolstoy perceived a tragedy involving all of humanity in Russia’s conflict with Napoleon. War and Peace is more than just a history book; it is an affirmation of life itself, or, in the words of one modern reviewer, “a full image” of everything that humans experience in terms of happiness, greatness, pain, and humiliation. This translation, which has been released in a new one-volume edition with an introduction by Henry Gifford and Tolstoy’s significant essay “Some Words about War and Peace,” received the personal permission of the author.

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#5 Books Like The Alice Network

Two women—an unconventional American socialite looking for her cousin in 1947 and a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I—are brought together in a captivating new historical novel by national bestselling author Kate Quinn. The story is one of bravery and redemption.

1947. American college student Charlie St. Clair is unmarried, pregnant, and on the verge of being expelled from her extremely proper family in the turbulent years following World War II. She also has a fervent wish that her beloved cousin Rose, who vanished during the war in Nazi-occupied France, is still alive. Charlie, who is determined to learn what happened to the cousin she adores like a sister, escapes her parents’ control and travels to London after they send her to Europe to have her “small problem” resolved.

#6 The Rose Code

1940. Three very different women respond to the summons to the enigmatic country estate Bletchley Park, where the brightest minds in Britain learn to decipher German military codes, as England gets ready to fight the Nazis. Osla is a vivacious debutante who has it all—beauty, money, and the handsome Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she is driven to prove that she is more than just a society girl. To that goal, she uses her fluent German to translate enemy secrets. Mab, a conceited self-made woman who was raised in poverty in East London, works the famed code-breaking machines while hiding her scars and looking for a husband who will benefit her social standing.

Meliara must learn a whole new method of fighting if she is to survive—with wit, words, and covert alliances. At least in war, she knew who she could rely on. She can no longer put her trust in anyone.

#7 Extreme Ownership

Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s SEAL task unit were dispatched to the bloodiest battlefield in Iraq with the almost impossible objective of assisting American forces in securing Ramadi, a city that was considered to be “all but lost.” They discovered that leadership—at every level—is the most crucial element in determining whether a team succeeds or fails via dramatic first-person narratives of bravery, heartbreaking loss, and hard-won wins in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser. After their deployment, Willink and Babin established SEAL leadership training, which assisted in developing the next generation of SEAL leaders. They founded Echelon Front, a business that teaches these similar leadership concepts to corporations and organizations, after leaving the SEAL Teams.

Babin and Willink have assisted numerous clients across a wide range of industries in building their own elevated teams and dominating their battlefields, from momentum going to Fortune 500 organizations.

#8 Books Like 2034

On March 12, 2034, US Navy Commodore Sarah Hunt is on the overpass of her flagship, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones, engaged in a routine navigational freedom patrol in the South China Sea when her ship notices a trawler that is not flying a flag, clearly in trouble, with smoke billowing from its bridge. The same day, US Marine Major Chris “Wedge” Mitchell is testing new stealth technology while flying an F35E Lightning over the Strait of Hormuz, bordering Iranian airspace. By the end of the day, Sarah Hunt’s destroyer will have been sunk by the Chinese Navy, and Wedge will be an Iranian prisoner.

China and Iran have clearly coordinated their actions, which include the use of potent new cyber weapons that leave US ships and aircraft unprotected. America’s belief in the strategic superiority of its military has been destroyed in a single day. We’re about to enter a new, terrible period. Everything in 2034 is an imaginative extrapolation from actual historical data and the writers’ years spent working at the highest and most sensitive levels of national security. The year 2034 is approaching with alarming speed, and this cautionary story gives the reader a glimpse into a grim but conceivable future that we must all struggle to prevent. Sometimes it takes a masterful work of fiction to reveal the most terrible of warnings.

#9 The Huntress

After a conflict, the hunter is becoming the hunted… Nina Markova, courageous and daring, had always wanted to fly. When the Nazis invade the Soviet Union, she puts her life on the line to join the renowned Night Witches, an all-female night bomber battalion that wreaks havoc on the invading Germans. Nina becomes the prey of a vicious Nazi murderess called the Huntress when she is abandoned beyond enemy lines, and only Nina’s bravery and ingenuity can keep her alive.

British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter after seeing atrocities from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials. One prey, though, eludes him: the Huntress, a deadly predator. To discover her, the strong, diligent detective teams up with Nina, the only witness who managed to flee the Huntress alive. But unless Ian and Nina push themselves to confront it, a common secret could wreck their purpose.

#10 A Farewell To Arms

The amazing tale of an American ambulance crew on the Italian front and his desire for a stunning English nurse is told in A Farewell to Arms. This compelling, semiautobiographical work vividly depicts the harsh realities of war and the suffering of lovers caught in its unrelenting swoop. It is set against the looming horrors of the battlefield—the tired, demoralized men parading in the downpours during the German attack on Caporetto; the deep struggle between loyalty and desertion. A Farewell to Arms’ finale was rewritten 39 times before Ernest Hemingway finally got the words right.

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#11 Red Dawn

The official novelization of the patriotic, vintage military thriller’s remake! Charlie Sheen and Patrick Swayze became household names thanks to the 1984 version of the movie. The acclaimed alternate history war movie is being updated for a new age in this action-packed remake, which will debut in theatres throughout the country in the fall of 2010 and stars Chris Hemsoworth (Star Trek), Josh Peck (The Wackness), and Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights). A rebellious gang of youths known as the Wolverines hides out in the nearby woods when Chinese and Russian soldiers attack their hometown, where they not only struggle to survive but bravely engage the invaders in combat in an effort to stop the invasion and defend their home.

#12 The War Of The Worlds

The people are overtaken by fear and panic when an army of martian invaders lands in England. The inhabitants of Earth must accept the possibility that human civilization will come to an end and that Martian domination will take its place as the aliens travel the nation in enormous three-legged vehicles, destroying everything in their path with a heat beam and dispersing unpleasant toxic fumes.

The War of the Worlds is an archetypical work of science fiction that has impacted every alien story that has come after it and is unsurpassed in its ability to thrill readers well over a century after it was first published. It has inspired films, radio dramas, comic book adaptations, television series, and sequels.

#13 Going Home

Imagine yourself on a Friday, cruising down the highway, and all you have to think about is starting your weekend. The harsh tone of the Emergency Alert System then flashes over the radio to start ruining your eagerly anticipated weekend before dying. Morgan Carter will travel 250 miles on this journey. When Morgan’s car, Blackberry, and all of his other equipment die while he is working on the road and distance from home, he is in a difficult situation.

He unwillingly finds himself on Shanks’ mare with that stupid load that everybody made fun of him for putting in the car, not knowing what has happened. From Tallahassee to Lake County, the center of Florida, Morgan must navigate his way across the state.