Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window His name was Jerry Ahern , and for thousands of readers of action fiction around the world he was not just an author. He was, in fact, a legend who at times seemed to live small pieces of the lives he and his wife, Sharon, scripted for his many strong-jawed, well-armed protagonists. Jerry and Sharon Ahern worked to produce over 80 action and science-fiction novels from to , as well as non-fiction books on survival and concealed carry. Ahern also started his own holster company, was president of the firearms company Detonics USA and wrote columns on edged weapons.
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Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window His name was Jerry Ahern , and for thousands of readers of action fiction around the world he was not just an author. He was, in fact, a legend who at times seemed to live small pieces of the lives he and his wife, Sharon, scripted for his many strong-jawed, well-armed protagonists.
Jerry and Sharon Ahern worked to produce over 80 action and science-fiction novels from to , as well as non-fiction books on survival and concealed carry. Ahern also started his own holster company, was president of the firearms company Detonics USA and wrote columns on edged weapons.
Until his death in , Ahern lived and breathed the topics about which he wrote, both in fiction and in non-fiction, making him the epitome of the characters and patriotism of which he wrote so frequently. In April of , Jerry asked Anderson what he thought about bringing back the series, a step that necessitated the creation of a new, real-life weapon for the character to take into battle.
Working with the fighting Bowie concept to start, the pair settled on a 5- to 6-inch blade with integral guards, a striking pommel with a thong hole, and a pattern that could be used in either a forward or reverse grip.
The S35VN steel measures out to 0. The knife is The blade is full tang, mated seamlessly with its black Micarta handle scales. The junction of handle to blade feels seamless, while the handle scales themselves incorporate ergonomic swells that make them extremely comfortable. Traction of the textured Micarta is good even when wet. There are nice curves leading to the guard which is very square otherwise that make the knife comfortable even with the hand choked up toward the blade; even a big mitt can grip the JTR Fighting Bowie completely.
Point of balance is right where it should be in proximity to the guard, resulting in a substantial knife that offers satisfying heft but is light enough to move quickly in the hand. This is, after all, a survival and fighting knife intended for use in general utility as well as self-defense. The gorgeous leather sheath permits a variety of carry positions to this end. The leather strap incorporating the belt loop is removable and can be used to wear the knife horizontally.
The JTR Fighting Bowie also deploys smoothly from the leather, but the snap-strap that is part of the belt loop attachment must be used to keep the knife secure in the sheath; it will fall out if this retaining strap is not used. John Thomas Rourke Fighting Bowie The wickedly sharp, needle-point blade cut what seemed like miles of paracord and rope, not to mention more than a few strips of kindling, before it needed a touch-up on a diamond rod.
The cutting edge has an elegantly curved belly for slashing and slicing. There is a section of serrations at the rear of the false edge which is sharp, but not as sharp as the primary blade that is nicely positioned for hanging work and for flexible material like rope and clothing. The blade also penetrates well. This is a fighting field knife in every sense of the word.
It is substantial but aerodynamic, of medium weight and comfortable in any grip. It moves fast and cuts deep. It is, in every way, worthy of the heroic character it was designed to embody. For More Information.
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Start your review of The Web The Survivalist, 5 Write a review Jun 24, Nicholas rated it it was ok Not all that different from the previous novels so far, except for Rourke running into some crazy people. Gun names, other gear names, badass survival, etc. One problem with these novels is that they repeat too much that has already been said in the previous books. We all know by now what his favorite pistols, revolver, shoulder holster, and assault rifle are. We know that his son looks like him because his wife thinks it 1, times per novel and the author tells us. If you took this stuff out, I think you could combine the novels and reduce the number in the series by half. That said, I do find it interesting that the Soviet characters are not all cartoonish villains, which is something one might expect when first engaging with this type of novel, especially given the time period in which they were written and when the author grew up.
Jerry Ahern’s ‘The Survivalist’ Comes to Life with JTR Fighting Bowie
After her surrogate parents died in a road accident, Natalia trained as a KGB agent, reaching the rank of major by the beginning of the war. Varakov tells this spy controlled by blackmail due to his pedophilia that if the spy makes the slightest error for any reason, Varakov will reveal him to the Americans. On the other hand, if the spy ever harms another child and Varakov learns of it, Varakov warns that he will kill the spy by hand. Eventually, Rourke holds the injured spy at gunpoint and promises him morphine in exchange for the means to radio Varakov, but rather than doing as he said, Rourke shoots the spy dead for his misdeeds. So power-crazed he even shoots down an airliner carrying the surviving members of the Soviet Politburo to the U.
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