In this post, I want to share my list of the top five military fiction writers and authors of all time. These are writers who write and sell a lot of military fiction books that are entertaining and educational. Putting this list together was not an easy task since there are literally hundreds of great authors out there who specialize in military fiction.
I have to be upfront with you and tell you that I love to read. I’ve been avidly reading non-fiction for years and I’m just starting to branch off into military fiction. Being a former military guy myself, there is just something about military fiction that pulls me in and keeps me entertained. That being said, here is my best stab at the list.
# 5 Dale Brown – This guy has 13 best sellers to his name. Some of his popular series include the Patrick McLanahan Series, Act of War Series and title such as Flight of the Old Dog and Night of the Hawk. After leaving the Air Force in 1986 (Bomber Pilot) he wrote his first book Flight of the Old Dog.
# 4 Harold Coyle – He is an author of speculative fiction and war novels. Some of his popular titles include Cat and Mouse, Dead Hand, Bright Star, Until the End and the best seller Team Yankee. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and spent 14 years on Active Duty.
# 3 Bernard Cornwell – He is an English author who is best known for his Sharpe Series, which follows a Soldier, Richard Sharpe, during the Napoleonic War. This series was later turned into a popular television series. He also has the popular Warlord Chronicles, The Grail Quest Novels, and The Saxon Stories. Most of his books are historical fiction novels.
# 2 Tom Clancy – Recently deceased (Oct 1, 2013) Tom Clancy was an amazing writer. Some of his best titles include The Hunt for the Red October (his first book), Red Storm Rising, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears and Rainbow Six. Many of his books were made into movies. He grew up in Maryland and sold insurance while he was writing his first book. The one thing I like most about his writing style is his expertise and technical accuracy. He was best known for his espionage and military science story-lines. Even though he is deceased, his legacy will live on for years.
# 1 WEB Griffin – Author of more than 130 books in six different series, I had to place W.E.B. Griffin at the top of my list. Some of his popular series include the Brotherhood of War Series, Men at War Series, Badge of Honor Series, Honor Bound Series, and Presidential Agent Series. After completing his military service following WW2 and the Korean War (former Sergeant) he pursued writing as a full-time career. His writing style is spot on, filled with Army jargon, with entertaining and humorous stories that absolutely captivate you. My favorite series of his is the Brotherhood of War series.
Honorable Mention: Robert Heinlein, Nelson Demille, Jack Higgins and Larry Bond.
In summary, these are my top five military fiction writers and authors of all time. Putting this list together was fun and challenging. If you’ve never checked out these authors before, go to Amazon and order some of their books. Additionally, I’d love to hear from you. I don’t expect you to agree with my rankings 100%, so why not tell me what you think? Who is your favorite military fiction writer of all time? Leave a comment and let us know.