There’s no such thing as a good book, only books that work for the reader. But it seems like way too much attention has been paid to the General Reader, who I’ve never met, and neither did Plato. This series, To Catch a Reader, will try to drill down to the smallest microaudience that’s still coherent. I’m starting close to home, with “The Grunt”. These are the major consumers of war fiction, and the first in line for any story that features power armor. What motivates these readers? What do they like to see, and what can we learn from their core texts? I touch on Saving Private Ryan, Halo, Warhammer 40k, Aliens, Star Wars, and more.