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September 29, 2023

Weapons Grade by Don Bentley ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Jack, Jr. is returning to his fiancee after attending the Texas A&M game when he witnesses a car accident. Since it is a long stretch of road in the middle of nowhere Texas, he stops to see if he can render aid. However, before he gets to the vehicles gunfire erupts. This sets off a chain of events that turns a relaxing weekend into a life-or-death fight. 

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book cover of thriller Weapons Grade by Don Bentley
September 2023; G.P. Putnam's Sons; 978-0593422816
audio, ebook, print (512 pages); thriller

I've been reading the Jack Ryan series for almost 25 years. As such, I'm more partial to the books that are more focused on Jack, Sr, but I enjoy the Jack, Jr stories for the most part. Weapon's Grade is an entertaining book. 

As is usual in this series, there are multiple plots that at first glance do not look related, but if you have read any books in the series you know they eventually intersect. I was anxious to see what a test flight, a uranium mine, and a dead teenager had to do with each other. So I read this 500+ page book in a matter of days.

If you haven't read any books in this series (either the original with Jack, Sr or the newer Jack, Jr series), that's okay as there is plenty of background information provided on the people as well as the organizations involved. 

One thing that bugs me about the Jack, Jr. books is the amount of violence - beatings, torture - that Jack endures in a very short period of time (not to mention the lack of food, drink, and sleep). I think this book covers a 24-hour period and he's beaten at least 3 times and these aren't just barfight-type beatings either. It seems rather unrealistic. This brings me to the second thing that bugs me: the long-winded explanations of operational maneuvers. While I'm sure they are accurate, it feels like overcompensation. 

If you are looking for an action-packed novel, then you can't go wrong with this book.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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