By Alison Bunis
My family has a long-running joke about how hard it is to get gifts for my dad. It’s partly because he’s tough to shop for, but also because he’s just…not great at receiving gifts. I hope your dad is easier to buy for than mine (He once looked at a gift and said, “Why would you get me this?”), but a lot of us have trouble finding the perfect gift. We at Forge are here to help with a list of Books for Dads, conveniently divided into categories. No matter what your dad is interested in, you can find a book on this list that he’ll love.
If Your Dad Loves Historical Fiction…
The Devil’s Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch
This riveting historical thriller set in 1799 New York City is perfect for any Dad who loves Gangs of New York and Erik Larson. On Wall Street, racial tensions are rising, traders chafe at regulations, gangs roam the streets, and corrupt back-door deals abound. When lawyer Justy Flanagan returns to solve his father’s murder, he exposes a massive fraud that the perpetrators are determined to keep secret at any cost. The body count is rising, and the looming crisis could topple the nation.
Darkness at Chancellorsville by Ralph Peters
If your dad is a Civil War buff, we’ve got your back. Ralph Peters’ historically accurate epic is centered on one of the most surprising and dramatic battles in American history. The campaign began as a brilliant, triumphant campaign for the Union, only to end in disaster for the North. Famed Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson pull off an against-all-odds surprise victory, while the Northern army is torn apart by rivalries and ambition.
If Your Dad Loves Cooking…
An Irish Country Cookbook by Patrick Taylor
For the dad who loves to be in the kitchen, this delightful cookbook blends ten short stories set in Patrick Taylor’s popular Irish Country series world with over 140 delicious Irish family recipes. These authentic tried-and-true recipes have been passed down from generation to generation, and are the original comfort food for millions. Plus, the stories set in the colorful village of Ballybucklebo will delight fans of the series and new readers alike.
If Your Dad Loves Mysteries…
Redemption Point by Candice Fox.
James Patterson himself has called Candice Fox “a bright new star of crime fiction,” so you can tell your dad this book comes highly recommended. After a thrilling debut in Crimson Lake, Fox’s unconventional detective team is back. Ted Conkaffey: a former police officer wrongly accused of abducting young Claire Bingley. Amanda Pharrell: a private detective whose murder conviction a decade ago left her with some odd behavioral traits and top-to-toe tats. This time, the hunt for the truth will draw them into a violent dance with evil.
Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan
An unlikely alliance between an accused killer and a grieving journalist leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game that will lead you to ask who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself? If psychological suspense is more your dad’s speed, this is the book for him. And if you’re into stories of manipulation, you might just want to borrow it when he’s done.
If Your Dad Loves Dogs…
A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
Who doesn’t love dogs? If your dad has a huge soft spot for the family pooch, try a copy of A Dog’s Journey, the next chapter of the beloved bestselling series that began with A Dog’s Purpose―both now major motion pictures. After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into mischief, he is certain this little girl needs a dog of her own. When Buddy is reborn and adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager, Buddy realizes he has a new destiny. But when they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs―who will take care of his girl?
If Your Dad Loves Thrillers…
48 Hours by William R. Forstchen
This one is for the dad who watches the news, grumbles, “We’re all doomed,” and buys another jug of emergency water and load of canned goods to add to his stash. In the latest book from New York Times bestselling author William R. Forstchen, there are 48 hours left before a Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, hits the Earth. This CME has the power to destroy the world’s electrical infrastructure. To try and prevent permanent damage, everything goes dark prior to the hit. Will the world’s population successfully defend itself in the wake of the CME, or will mass panic lead to the breakdown of society as we know it?
The Testament by Eric Van Lustbader
Get your dad started on this slightly supernatural thriller series before the fourth and final installment, The Sum of All Shadows, comes out on July 9. In the first book, Bravo Shaw is still grieving his father, Dexter Shaw, when he discovers that Dexter was a high-ranking member a secret sect founded to protect a cache of ancient documents including a long-lost Testament with the potential to shake Christianity to its foundations. Dexter was the last Keeper of the Testament―and Bravo is his chosen successor. Before he died, Dexter hid the Testament, and now Bravo must decode the esoteric clues left behind to find it…