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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No key will ever look the same, August 22, 2010
This review is from: Practical Lock Picking: A Physical Penetration Tester's Training Guide (Paperback)
Practical Lock Picking (PLP) is an awesome book. I don't provide physical testing services, but as a security professional familiar with Deviant's reputation I was curious to read PLP. Not only is PLP an incredible resource, it should also serve as a model text for others who want to write a good book. First, although the book is less than 250 pages, it is very reasonably priced. Second, Deviant wastes NO space. There is no filler material, background found in other readily available texts, reprinted Web site content, etc. Third, the writing is exceptionally clear and methodical, with extreme attention to detail and a master's approach to educating the reader. Finally, the diagrams, pictures, and figures are superb. When necessary they convey the most subtle elements of lock or key design, and they are the appropriate size and clarity. Overall, this book is helpful for those wishing to pick locks AND those who want to know how to write a good book.

I got the sense while reading PLP that the author was unveiling a hidden world, albeit a world hiding in plain sight. I found myself walking around the house to find keys and locks to compare with the book's descriptions. Features to which I had previously been completely oblivious jumped out in stark contrast. In that respect PLP exceeded one of my criteria for a five star book: "change the way I think about the world."

Let me conclude by saying I loved this book, and felt motivated by its contents, without even opening the DVD. I am confident anyone with an inquisitive mind will love reading PLP. Bravo to Deviant for sharing his knowledge in such a convincing and powerful way.
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Initial post: Dec 9, 2011, 12:24:34 PM PST
RePete says:
What DVD? I saw no other mention about there being one included.
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