*It's not sci-fi, but the introduced technology is still to be invented. Let it be a long way in the future.
I am becoming a specialist at ruining my life. I could teach lessons on the subjects.
Given the choice of reaа microbiology or a spy thriller about a doctor(microbiologist)/military/border genius/spy called Jon Smith, guess what I'll pick? For inspiration, I'll even lie to myself. And I'll pretend I believe it.
That doesn't mean the book is a life ruiner. Far from it. Still, it does have entertainment value. And for a guilty pleasure (was it junk food for the brain) it does deliver.
I have mostly given up on the Ludlum franchise. Whether Bourne or Covert one, I prefer the originals (for the latter, the books written before I started following the series. When they decided to finally bring Randi in, I, probably illogically, decided to stop. Illogically, because, look, progress, not the same formula! But besides that, everything else IS formulaic and, however much I like a formula, there are only so many variations I can take).
Plus - Jon quoted Loki. Or Loki quoted Jon. Whatever. "If it were easy, everyone would do it." or "If it was easy, anyone could do it." It made me smile. In another mood, or if I hadn't enjoyed the rest of the novel, it would have annoyed me, but that's not the case.