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    Fiction is fiction...

    The easy thing about writing fiction is that everything is a lie. The difficult thing about writing fiction is making the lie believable.

    I just finished a novel by a well-known, best-selling author of the mystery/suspense genre. In it he presents a scene when the anti-hero is shooting various pistols. The charactor states that the Berreta 92 saw extensive use with the US Army in Viet Nam and then describes a scene where the shooter engages the "external safety" on a Glock.

    I would sincerely hope that an author of about 20 best-selling novels would perform adaquate research and realize that the 92 was adopted by the army in the '80s (long after we departed VN) and that Glocks don't hace external safeties.

    So much for the NY Times best seller lising. I wonder how much he was paid for this stinker.
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    You bought the book, other than the FICTION, how was it....
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    I read the same book?? So I did a little research and found this: Glock External Safety
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    When reading a book that is fiction, you have to expect a lot of unbelievable statements. What really upsets ( being nice ) me is when I have to interact with a person or business that anything they tell you is fiction, ( aka: BS ).
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    actually the beretta 92 replaced phasers during the battle of Khe Sanh,....and if you believe dat you can call me a fiction writer
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    I am an avid reader, too. There is "suspension of disbelief" and then there is just plain bovine excrement.

    Writers, if you don't know the material, find someone who does and have them teach you! Take the opportunity to LEARN something!

    Of course, ignorance is rampant in our society, so most likely only a handful of readers notice those mistakes. It is sad, really.
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    Of course, ignorance is rampant in our society, so most likely only a handful of readers notice those mistakes. It is sad, really
    That is quite true. The general population isnt very gun savy, so they dont notice what it obvious to most of us here.

    On the other hand, if I were to read a fiction about something that involved electronic details of a sort, I wouldnt know the difference between fact or fiction.

    Its all relative I guess.
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    Believe it or not, but Stephen King frequently mentions handguns and too frequently mentions somebody enabling the safety on his revolver. I can't point to any story at the moment, just know that I've read it more than once.

    Makes me sad......

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    Everybody is stupid regarding something!
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    It's a shame that most publishers look at an author's name rather than the quality of his work...

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    While I understand that no writer (or anyone else) can know everything about everything, it seems to me that if you make your living writing thriller-type novels with a ton of technical detail in them (I'm looking at you, Frederick Forsyth), then you would take a tiny bit of time to get those technical details right. Especially in the age of Google, where you can instantly find out the technical details of just about anything on the planet...
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    Escpecially today, when its been easier to find something out than at any time in history.
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    Are you reading the book because you want an entertaining story, or did you expect an owners manuel to whatever firearm is mentioned in the story?
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    The charactor states that the Berreta 92 saw extensive use with the US Army in Viet Nam and then describes a scene where the shooter engages the "external safety" on a Glock.
    No maual of arms required, but a little bit of accuracy goes a long way. Thats goes for shooting or for facts.
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