Strike back

Top 9 fiction soldier stories

It is no secret that the Strike Back hit series delivered explosive military-like action to our TVs. The show spanned eight seasons over 10 years, based on Chris Ryan’s best-selling books.

Likewise, other authors like Lee Child, Andy McNab, Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn and Stephen Hunter have created some of the most enduring military-type characters. Readers love a hardened hero which means that Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp have stood the test of time.

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Library members have loaned soldier fiction-based titles 28,816 times! Since you love to kit out in the ‘khakis’ for a good read, here is Top 9 Fiction Soldier Stories to enjoy.


Top 9 fiction soldier stories:

  1. Strike Back by Chris Ryan | Strike Back series. Two soldiers: Britain's most celebrated military hero and a broken veteran join Section 20. The strike back is about to begin.
  2. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy | Jack Ryan series.  Super-powers race across the ocean on a desperate mission of a lifetime.
  3. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn | Mitch Rapp series. Kill Shot finds the young Rapp hunting down those who murdered 270 civilians in the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing.
  4. Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter | Bob Lee Swagger series. Bob Lee’s sniper skills are in demand when he’s hired for a dangerous mission.
  5. The Killing Floor by Lee Child | Jack Reacher series. A former major in the United States Army Military Police Corps, Reacher roams the United States investigating frequently dangerous situations.
  6. Area 7 by Matthew Reilly | Scarecrow series. Hostile forces are waiting inside Area 7. Among the President's helicopter crew, however, is Schofield. Call-sign: Scarecrow.
  7. Semper Fi by W.E.B. Griffin. Brings to life the men of the Marine Corps as they ‘steel’ themselves for battle.
  8. Tier One Wild by Dalton Fury | Delta Force series. Climb onboard this international Black Ops thrill ride in a story only a former Delta Force commander could tell.
  9. The Bourne Identity (Audiobook) by Robert Ludlum | Jason Bourne series. A man with remarkable survival skills must discover his true identity and why shadowy groups, a professional assassin and the CIA.

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Stream soldier-themed movies and documentaries on Kanopy:

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carre’s classic tale of espionage
  • The Kill Team – from Academy Award-nominated director Dan Krauss, this documentary investigates soldiers and their psyches
  • Girls of the Sun – a Battalion of women in Kurdistan who fight the extremists in their small Kurdish town.


Reserve these high action soldier stories on DVD:

  • Strike Back series: a high-octane, globe-spanning thriller with storylines ripped from today's headlines, Strike back focuses on members of a top-secret intelligence agency known as Section 20
  • The Bourne Identity: don’t miss Matt Damon immortalise the Jason Bourne character in this 2002 action-thriller film
  • Lone Survivor: based on The New York Times bestselling true story of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission and how they fight to the finish
  • American Sniper: directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper. Based on the memoir of Chris Kyle, the deadliest marksman in US military history
  • 12 Strong: with Chris Hemsworth: the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11, to work with an Afghan warlord and take down the Taliban
  • Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) is pulled from the safety of his desk job and catapulted into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe.

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