I don’t know if the paperback fiction genre is as popular as it once was before the age of Hulu and Netflix, but I know I read a lot of it—an interesting way to pass the time on a rainy afternoon or during an extended stay in the hospital or poolside in a boring vacation resort town.
Delving into a good series can be a delightful endeavor.
A lot of series involve firearms and it is pretty evident which writers are competent to write about guns and which are not. There is a long standing tradition, especially in fiction directed towards male readership, that there is a reasonable discourse on stuff be it cars, stereo sound systems, or firearms— of uniquely American origin going back to Moby Dick as Fiction was considered unmanly unless something of technical value could be learned from reading—like how a Whaling ship conducts business in the example of Moby Dick.
Ian Fleming added this quality, albeit sparsely, to his James Bond series. John D. MacDonald lavished technical info in his Travis McGee series(quite a bit of love for the Ruger .44 Magnum carbine, not to mention how to restore a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost hearse!) Dean Koontz followed suite with his Odd Thomas series where Odd—a teen age drop out, working as a fry cook, from a dysfunctional family, who is haunted by the ghost of Elvis Presley— and quite the pacifist—always ends up with a Beretta or Glock to fight the sinister villains, mentally running through a manual of arms for whichever model pistol he finds before engaging in battle.
I was wondering if anyone here has enjoyed such pulp fiction and which novels, or series of novels, you’ve had fun reading?