This is a good list. I've read and agree with about 90% of this list. I'm a sucker for spy novels, so I'd add Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews, an ex-CIA guy. (Didn't care for the third book in the trilogy, the Kremlin's Candidate, because the ending disappointed.) Lee Child's Jack Reacher series is great escapism with a compelling character, a righteous ex-military police captain who is twice the size of Tom Cruise, who bought the film rights. Unfortunately. My all-time favorite is Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, which is superbly written and researched with action scenes that are right out of the history of the Royal Navy.