Author: Mick Tyner
Publisher: Trentland Press (March 1989)
This text treats a number of topics, many harmless, others extremely dangerous, at least to carry out, not to read about, and that meets the author's intent: to provide something lively to read. He states here, and repeats throughout, that he recommends absolutely no hazardous or illegal activity to anyone. Human nature includes in its repertoire the capacity for vicarious experience. We may read a murder-mystery laced with killings, robbery, torture, kinky sex, and pigging out on chocolate-and relish every page. Yet no sane person would actually wallow in those perversions, especially not thick indulgence in dark candy.
The same point applies to surveillance, lock-picking, strange weapons, illegal fireworks, and a host of spooklore this book treats as casually as talk of cross-stitch. The author intends it as no more than vicarious adventure for the reader. Reading about it and doing it tap different sides of human nature. Age does nothing to dull our fascination with risk, but brings with it an appreciation of our frailty and mortality. The text speaks
easily of gray-zone projects now fading from memory, but would no more endorse them today than it would condone child-molesting.
The book relates the step-by-step of things because they happened that way, at least those of which the author was a part some years back. Journalistic credibility demands that frankness. People read tech studies to glean hard detail. Books that omit it prompt them to look elsewhere, often to sources unconcerned with safety, or to those that invoke a handy political code to justify reckless advice.
Nothing contained herein may be construed as evidence of illegal activity on the part of the author. Some names of individuals and organizations have been fabricated to suit a literary need for fictitious entities. All registered trademarks mentioned in this book are hereby recognized. Neither the author nor the publisher assumes any responsibility whatever for use or misuse of the information contained in this book. This book is sold solely for informational purposes.