This weekend, I finished two books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Brimstone and Dance of Death. One thing I like about these writers is the richness of their characters and world. They have a wonderful style of coming up with different personalities. They also spend at least a nod toward reality in their stories. It is always nice that their science actually sounds like real science as opposed to complete and utter bullshit in science-form.
I think these two writers, both individually and together, are great models for my own writing. It is always nice to find something I like about writers, more so when I love their style of creating stories.