Let’s be honest, dad does not want another tacky tie for Father’s Day. He has enough golf balls, he doesn’t want any more coffee mugs, and he’s just not that into a box of chocolate like Mom. This year think outside the box and give your dad something that is not only entertaining, but thoughtful and tailored to his personality.

Take a look at this list of books to pick out the read best suited for your dad. Surprise him this Father’s Day with an unexpected gift he that he will appreciate long after the holiday is over.

If your dad is into Bladerunner, Shadowrun or other gritty futuristic tales, Mostly Human: A 4Pollack Novel is right up his alley.

Mostly Human by Lon Varnadore is set on Mars, where criminals, peddlers, and outcasts thrive.  4Pollack is a clone of a once famous detective of the planet, Pollack. 4Pollack starts seeing images and memories of the clone before him, 3Pollack’s death. When 4Pollacks partner dies, an old flame arrives. Her presence brings chaos, mayhem and murder.

A book for a dad who loves space, mysteries, noir, and sci-fi. Grab a copy for your dad for Father’s Day, once he starts reading he won’t be able to put it down.

If your dad has a fascination with American history, Journeyman should be on his reading list.

Journeyman by Mark J. Rose is a sci-fi time travel novel set in Colonial America. Matt Miller finds himself abandoned in 18th Century American, with no friends and only a handful of supplies, he must figure out how to survive in the new world. He soon realizes his knowledge of science and technology are not useful skills to have during this time period. Matt must learn to survive in the harsh and unforgiving settlements as he tries to make a life for himself.

If your dad loves American history and likes pondering about how to survive in a challenging environment, pick up a copy of Journeyman for him this Father’s Day.

If you can describe your dad by saying “dad Jokes and Sci-Fi” then The Fifth Battalion is perfect for him.

The Fifth Battalion by Michael Priv is a sci-fi adventure novel with witty humor. Earth has been taken over and turned into an intergalactic prison.  One group of POW’s has been trying to escape captivity for years. Norman Bolstad is a gunnery sergeant who unexpectedly plays a major role in leading the group off Earth and away from its prison guards. The Fifth Battalion is a dynamic and intense, sometimes gory, often humorous, action-filled account of the final escape attempt from Earth.

A total dad-book, The Fifth Battalion combines military tactics, sci-fi and historical events into this page-turner. Your dad will love this action-packed novel.

If your dad keeps up on politics and social issues, he needs a copy of XX v XY: The Final World War

XX v XY: The Final World War by Christina Cigala and Bobby Goldstein is foretelling the future of America. In a world where men and women have reached their breaking points, America is split in half. The East, ruled by men, is brainwashing, mind altering, and physically changing their women to compete in gameshows for their amusement. The West, controlled by women, has made men into second class citizens and encourages women to take mind altering drugs to improve their mental strengths. Moral lines have been blurred, tensions are high, and the Final World War is imminent.

Co-created by a loving father himself, Bobby Goldstein’s daughters inspired him to create this political novel. As Bobby says, “After having children, two of which then were girls, it dawned on me as I observed all around me that females were at a social, political, and economic disadvantage compared to men, while at the same time there were neither natural nor organic disadvantages.”

If your dad is an advocate of equality, if he talks politics and likes to discuss our possible future, he will appreciate receiving a copy of XX v XY this Father’s Day.

If your dad loves to scare the pants off you with ghost stories, scare him back with Oubliette: A Forgotten Little Place.

Oubliette: A Forgotten Little Place by Vanta M. Black consist of interwoven stories with paranormal twists. It’s an epic adventure, that spans nearly two millennia. Readers are transported to an ancient Pagan ritual, Roman-ruled Gaul, the bloody Inquisition of the Knights Templar, France as it’s ravaged by the Black Death, the duplicitous Reformation, the Paris Catacombs, and the gory French Revolution, while they unravel Oubliette’s cryptic layers.

Oubliette is inspired by a real haunted castle, Leap Castle in Ireland. The story uses actual paranormal accounts of ghosts, demons and sorcery. All the historic events and legends in the novel are based in reality.

It’s payback time for all the times dad thought it was funny to scare you silly. Give him a copy of Oubliette, and give him something to fear for a change.

If your dad likes Graphic Novels, check out Gates of Midnight: Warrior of the Gate.

Gates of Midnight by Debbie Lynn Smith is a supernatural thriller where monsters and ancient gods can pass between their world and ours. Mankind has caused the gate between worlds to open by our acts of violence and evil. Some monsters wreak havoc on our world, others hide among us, waiting to strike.

When Raven Moon discovers her father has been killed, she starts her investigation and soon realizes the official police report is false. While looking into the murder, Raven uncovers the monsters invading our world. She starts a mission in search of the creature that killed her father, even at the risk of her own life. Share this graphic novel with dad for Father’s Day, he will love the mesmerizing artwork and captivating story.

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