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- Publisher: AWP Nonfiction; 1 edition (March 4, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 4, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B007H5IUDU
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Throwing Lead: A Writer's Guide to Firearms (and the People Who Use Them) Kindle Edition
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The book can also be read for fun and pleasure. You will enjoy its witty and informative style.
Warning: reading this book might spoil the enjoyment your derive from your favorite TV show or Hollywood flick: you'll start noticing all the mistakes made in gun fight sequences... ;-)
Why you shouldn't call the thing that holds bullets, a clip.
What "bullet proof" means and why you're using it wrong.
Ways of determining what gun a bullet comes out of and how a smart criminal can avoid that.
All of that is really just the tip of the FMJ bullet. Details on caliber, shotguns, silencers vs. suppressors, and how bullets are made fill this book. As interesting as all of that was, there's more. Mason and Sawyer give you as a writer insight into the minds of people that use guns on a daily basis. They've talked to police officers, soldiers, hunters and have pulled anecdotes from their own experiences as shooters.
If you're a writer and you want to know about the history of guns, or you want to make sure that your protagonist is using the appropriate gun then this book is for you. If you want to avoid some of the mistakes common to fiction give it a read. They also go into some theory on energy weapons and other sci-fi standards and why it would be likely that slug throwers will still be around for some time to come.
Personally I would also recommend this book to readers as well. There are some great stories here and they're told with Dan's typical biting sense of humor. I also know there are people out there who love to nitpick help the writers in their lives and kvetch trade opinions on the fiction they love to read. Throwing Lead can give you plenty of... ammunition. (I couldn't resist.)
I know that there are plans for a follow up book that sounds awesome. So you need to go buy this one and let them know that a second book would be appreciated sooner rather than later. I give this one 5 shotgun shells out of 5.
It is hard to describe how very "spot on" this book is. And how entertaining it is without sacrificing the factual information it promised to convey (and delivers). I'm not an author but I'm a reader who enjoys a bit of "inside baseball" so I picked it up. I think it's safe to say that this book will be a great read for anyone who wants to learn more about guns in general. It takes the wise move of keeping politics out of the discussion and it can be enjoyed by people on both sides of the proverbial aisle.
I've interviewed Dan Sawyer (twice), listened to his podcast fiction, and read some of his other stuff. I'd call him a "genius" but it doesn't quite relay the picture properly. "A true renaissance man for the new millennium" might do ... but I'm still working on it. So I'd recommend checking out his other books.
I'm not as familiar with Mary Mason, but her stamp on the book is a clear asset to this book. This is not the kind of book that only one voice can tell as well as this one does. It is obvious that both authors bring their expertise, research skills, humor, and personal stories to the table to great effect.
Finally, after reading this book, I wish I could go back in time and send copies to some of the writers who have handled firearms so very wrong in the past. I'm hopeful that some new books will benefit from the reading of this one.