Lima Charlie Reviews Rating Scale
A book review will receive a “BLAST RADIUS” of an appropriate Military ordnance.
A piece of ordnance that failed to fire or detonate on time or on command. A book that is a dud failed to meet expectations, how did you get published?
Made some noise, but not harmful. A blast radius of 0.
The M67 Fragmentation Grenade can be thrown 30-35 meters by an average male, its fuse delays detonation between 4 – 5 seconds and produces a blast radius of 5 meters for the kill zone and 15 meters casualty producing radius.
Anti-tank rocket launcher, fires a 40 mm shell, up to 500 meters. Effective blast radius is 10 meters for the kill zone and up to 130 meters for casualties. Able to penetrate armor, it has been recorded in successful attacks against tanks, armored personnel carriers, buildings, fortifications, shot down more low-flying helicopters than most man-portable air-defense systems, known as the “one man dealer of death.”
A HELLFIRE MISSILE
With a blast radius of 15 meters, this piece of ordnance is used for anti-armor as well as precision strikes against high valued targets. Can be fired from multiple air, sea, and ground platforms. Has a range of roughly 8 klicks
A CLAYMORE MINE
M18A1 Claymore Anti-personnel mine. Effective blast radius is 50 meters in a 60ᵒ arc. It is moderately effective up to 100 meters, with the fragments going up to 250 meters. The Claymore Mine contains C-4 explosive behind a matrix of about 700 steel balls set into an epoxy resin. Used primarily in ambushes and as an anti-infiltration device against enemy infantry.
AN ARTILLERY PROJECTILE
155 mm High Explosive Projectile fired from Medium Towed Howitzer fires a High Explosive round up to 30 klicks, with a blast radius of 50 meters and a casualty radius of 100 meters. What makes this weapon so great is its range and speed. Artillery crews can fire up to 5 rounds per minute, with each battery in the Marine Corps having six per gun line, that’s 30 rounds per minute down range. Its why they call it “steel rain.” And artillery men are called “King of Battle.”
Massive Ordnance Air Blast -AKA- Mother of all Bombs. Largely known as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in the US Military inventory. It has a blast radius of one mile, meaning it demolishes everything within 1 square mile.
A DIRTY BOMB
An improvised bomb built from radioactive nuclear waste and conventional explosives. The purpose is to contaminate the area around dispersal. Blast radius is undetermined, depending on size type of explosive used. The repercussions of using a dirty bomb can have lasting effects. Like a good thriller we can read repeatedly, this bomb will continue to kill for a long time or render the land useless.
A NUCLEAR BOMB
The energy released by a nuclear bomb can range from a ton to 500,000 tons. The two uses in history are by US forces against Japan which ended WWII. In Hiroshima, the blast radius was 1.6 klicks, in Nagasaki, the blast radius was observed at 2 klicks. The biggest nuclear weapon ever tested was by the Soviet Union, named Tsar Bomba, produced a yield of 500 metric tons. The potential here is death on a global scale, like the threats some thrillers have produced and kept us on the edge of our seats.
Once in a while, the threat is so BIG, the consequences so deep. A NUCLEAR BOMB! sounds like childs play. A threat so massive it can cause a global catastrophe. For this scenario, a novel that is so incredible will receive a Lima Charlie Blast Radius of: ARMAGEDDON!
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