B-Zone : a Novel of the Gun

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9780968505007: B-Zone : a Novel of the Gun

This is a novel of the gun. It tells the story of a hunter and competitive shooter who is pushed too far by evil men and deceived by government. It explores what happens when the line separating the professional and sporting use of firearms becomes blurred and deception collides with honor. A young man with an amazing ability as a competitive shooter attracts the attention of a stranger who offers him entry into a contest that seems like a dream come true; an event that will test his speed and accuracy against the best in the world. It proves, however, to be an encounter that will take him deeper into the world of the gun than he has ever been, where the entry fee is courage, the goal is survival, and he becomes the prize.

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Generally speaking there are three users of firearms in the modern world: the criminal , the professional (mainly military and law enforcement) and the sportsman. We have observed that all the books and movies, with a major firearms related action theme, include only the first two groups. It's always the criminal versus the police, military or ex-military etc. The sportsman never gets mentioned; and when he does it's always in a negative tone (the killer of Bambi's mother, a drunken red neck slob or a psycho). When was the last time you read a book or saw a movie where the sportsman was the hero? Additionally, if the writers of these story lines need a character who has a high degree of skill or knowledge with/about firearms they always pick from the professional group. Again the sportsman is ignored, even though it is invariably he who has the highest skill level with and knowledge about firearms. B-Zone is a book that begins to correct this state of affairs by making the sportsman the hero. He's a competitive shooter and a hunter who encounters the bad guys, meets the girl and is caught in the center of a swirling conspiracy that requires all of his wits, skills and abilities to survive. And it scores a few political points. We are proud to make it available to the public.

From the Author:

From the Author's Note in the front of B-Zone As the sub-title indicates, this is a novel of the gun. By that, I do not mean this is a novel about a gun but instead that it is a novel set in the world of the gun. The world of the gun is not a place but rather it is that community of people who share a common interest, professional or hobbyist, in firearms. The people who make up that world are those men and women who are the serious students of the gun. These are the people who are hunters, collectors, competitive shooters, dealers, gunsmiths and some who wear a uniform. It is them that this book is about. Choosing to study the gun and live in its world means a person abandons the lies, myths and misconceptions about guns that exist among the uninformed and embarks on a search. It may be a collector's search for historical knowledge, a competitive shooters search for his limits or a hunters search for a means of testing himself. Some students of the gun, especially those that wear a uniform, have embarked on their studies by the nature of their profession but the vast majority have done so as hobbyists. Contrary to popular opinion, most of those who wear uniforms and go armed do not choose to study the gun at all. It is their loss. Those who do wear a uniform and have chosen to enter the world of the gun have often done so seeking knowledge on how to survive in the dark places, but invariably have found much more. Professional or hobbyist, to those that live in the world of the gun, it is a safe and familiar place where one can be assured of encountering other people who share strongly held values of freedom, trust, responsibility and honor. There are people there who share the dream that everyone would embrace those values but who also share the fear that they are slowly being eroded. To those not familiar with the world of the gun, it often appears to be a frightening place and the people in it dangerous. That is as understandable as it is incorrect since their perception is inevitably based on television and the movies which, as we all know, exist to create illusions. As a work of fiction this is also an effort at illusion but it is my hope that those aspects of the world of the gun that it portrays it does so accurately and that I reflects well on the men and women who inhabit it. I trust that those well versed in the world of firearms and especially competitive handgun shooting will be able to identify strongly with many of the people, places and events portrayed here; that this book will fit them like a custom rifle stock or a finely crafted handgun. There certainly is little fiction currently available of which that can be said. To those readers unfamiliar with firearms, it is my desire that you will be transported by the story into a world you are not acquainted with, someplace unique to visit and exciting to learn about. After all, isn't that part of the reason we read - discover new worlds? All who open these pages are cautioned that this is not a training manual but a work of fiction. Whether or not it is a worthy effort, I leave to my readers to decide.

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