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The Weapon

David Poyer

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Military thrillers aren't among my preferred genres, so take this review with a grain of salt. If you're a fan of David Poyer and his Dan Lenson series, you'll probably like this book better than I did.

I found many of the details too esoteric for someone like me, and I don't fancy joining the US Navy just to find out what some of those acronyms mean. Similarly, especially near the end of the book, Poyer has way too much fun describing how to operate Juliet submarine. The amount of jargon might intimidate some readers.

That being said, as thrillers go, The Weapon had great pace. A couple of early setbacks, then a tense, action-packed climax and quick resolution. Not much I can complain about there.

The characters weren't great. I didn't like Dan Lenson much; Poyer didn't seem to spend much time establishing him as a useful person. Then again, since he's the main character of a lengthy series of novels, this just may be a sign that Dan Lenson was once a great character who is…

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Mostly for entertainment and edification. Reading is fun, and reading is a great way to learn. Although I indulge in television, movies, and video games, reading is my favourite way to relax. With a book, I can experience the story at my own pace, moving faster or slower as my interest demands. Books offer an infinite canvas for the imagination of both the author and the audience; with books, anything is possible.

What I Read

Everything! Well, almost. I try to read as widely as possible in recognition of the fact that genres are more of a marketing label than an adequate way to categorize books. But I have some favourite areas of fiction and non-fiction, and there are areas I avoid.

When I first began reading on my own, I devoured mysteries: Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Agathie Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle. Then I discovered science fiction and fantasy, and those remain my favourite genres today. I still delve into mysteries, historical fiction, and a variety in between, but science fiction and fantasy are my mainstays. For non-fiction, I mostly read books about science and technology. In particular, I love books about the history and philosophy of science, technology, or mathematics.

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