In this vein, the Kingkiller chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss are some of the best books I've ever read. He's only published 2 books (Name of the wind & Wise mans fear) of the trilogy so far but they're pretty substantial.
I echo an earlier post recommending Matthew Reilly books. Good action/thriller novels, a bit Hollywood in nature sometimes but good fun.
The classic "Guns of Navarone" is sitting on the table waiting for me to finish the Codex Alera series. Will make a change to read a dead-tree book again after relying on my Kindle for quite some time.
Kindles are marvellous, best purchase ever! :)