I remain one of the few people in irc://chat.freenode.net/##java who will consistently recommend a Head First book. But there’s only a single book from that series that I’ll recommend - Head First Design Patterns.
Dave Fecak is not your average IT recruiter. IT recruiters tend to be lame, but Dave is quite awesome. You may have read some of his blog posts here or on Job Tips For Geeks. He's written a new book about the job search for software engineers.