Making war not love

Action novels such as war stories use similar techniques to conjure up the feel of battle. Shattered bodies and flattened buildings, deafening shellfire, screams ofterror, the stench of death all around. Once-bustling towns are reduced to piles of rubble and twisted metal, the surrounding landscape becomes a mass of craters littered with burned-out vehicles.

This time, the pace is very fast, pulling the reader through the horrific sights, sounds and smells as quickly as possible to the comparative safety of the next chapter.

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