Given we are into summer/beach/deck/poolside reading season, I will reveal a weakness for recurring lead or major supporting characters, current or former military, in action thrillers. Not necessarily great literature, but fun reads and kick-butt wish-they-were-real folks. This is what I call my snack reading in between serious reading. Who are your favorites? Comments? A working criteria would be if they had a military background, past or present. Some may not have, but are heavily enmeshed in government black ops, so go ahead and throw them in. I am hoping for some new authors to follow in this genre. My top four for a git-'er-done mission: Mitch Rapp (original author Vince Flynn is dead; Kyle Mills is carrying on) Scot Harvath (Brad Thor) Jack Reacher (Lee Child) Cotton Malone (Steve Berry) Will Robie and Jessica Reel (David Baldacci), Cassiopeia Witt (Steve Berry), Oliver Stone (David Baldacci), Alex Hawke (Ted Bell), Jason Bourne (original author Robert Ludlum is dead; Eric van Lustbader is carrying on), Dirk Pitt/Kurt Austin/Juan Cabrillo (Clive Cussler), can certainly rotate in. Ian Fleming's James Bond is, of course, always welcome. Historically, Richard Sharpe (Bernard Cornwell).