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Bio-Strike (Tom Clancy's Power Plays, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425177351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425177358
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Clancy was the author of eighteen #1 New York Times-bestselling novels. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the bestseller list after President Ronald Reagan pronounced it ���the perfect yarn.��� Clancy was the undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He died in October 2013.

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Martin H. Greenberg���was honored in 1995 by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and���is the president of TEKNO books.���He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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The story doesn't pick up any semblance of pace or rhythm for almost 200 pages.
Dave
That's not to say the author did a bad job, either... the book just seemed to drag on too long in my understanding of the story.
Tom Sanderson
The book is okay for a library loan but would have been a disappointment as a purchase..
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. L Sadler VINE VOICE on December 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First off, with a book like this, who is the author? I assumed it was Clancy, but now I am not so sure. What does it mean when two other men are the "creators" of a thriller? Did they come up with the concept and the first listed person is the actual author? If so it is very difficult to know who to give praise or critism to, or maybe that is the idea? I have enjoyed Clancy's books for several years. They make a good intelligent change of pace from my usual readers diet of science, education, ethics, mysteries, and history. He is a good writer even though I think he churns out the books too fast. However, since I am not sure who wrote this book, I don't know to whom to give the credit.
The near completion of the human genome and the emergence of diverse infectious diseases which are new to us make for plenty of possible and scary scenarios. Obviously this group of men has tapped into this large reservoir. The problem is when someone who does not have the science background reaches for a book like this, and it is a middle of a series...the authors make assumptions about what the reader knows about genetics and disease, and where they have come in in reading the series. For me it wasn't a problem because I worked on HIV and am working on the ethical implications of the Human Genome project for the disabled. However, most of the people who I know who read this type of book for pleasure, would have definite problems following the back-and-forth writing of the plot, and a lot of the genetic information is going to seem very improbably to those who do not read Science on a regular basis.
This is a good book, with a good plot and decent characterization. The science is pretty good, and I hope the authors don't give the wackos out there any new ideas. Probably not...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 2000
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Bio-Strike was a great book. It tied in all the important material. I definitely reccommend it to anyone that is in for an adventure. But read them in order or you will be lost. Jerome used great suspense and action to making this a great story and plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Sanderson on February 1, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First of all, don't let the giant TOM CLANCY printing on the cover fool you... this book wasn't even written by Tom Clancy. Evidently, the series was a brainchild of his, but the author is another person in little print at the bottom of the cover. Poor guy, he writes the novel, and Clancy gets the credit (at least in consumer's eyes if they don't take the time to read the whole cover)... the upside of this is that Clancy will also take the hits if the book is generally considered to be a flop, which is nice for this guy too, I guess. :)
I need to clarify that this is the only book in the Power Plays series that I have read. I don't believe that it is critical for you to read EVERY book in a series in order to be able to enjoy each individually. A great author will craft each book in a way that makes it possible to read any book in the series and still feel like you've absorbed a complete novel with no huge hanging plot holes or the like (i.e. Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles).
This book was, in my opinion, too long-winded. Some people appreciate that style of writing, but I felt it wasn't entirely appropriate for this story... I have a limited amount of free time, and I spent about twice the time I should have reading this book. The story was a good idea, but the length of the book was taken up with inane details of the story and dialog, and too little time was spent on character development, and on the villain, especially. The villain remains an anonymous and vague character, which works sometimes, but in this book we are left wondering and wanting more details about his motives, his methods, and more real world information about his role in the story to accompany several pages of his demented psychoanalysis of a painting. Don't get me wrong...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. T. DAMICO on October 23, 2003
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Unlike most readers on these reviews, this is the first "Clancy" book I have read. I put it in quotes because it wasn't till I got home with the book that I realized a ghost writer was involved. The first 4 pages were awesome, setting up an "outbreak" type scenario. Where did that story go for the next 300+ pages? There were so many characters in this book that I got confused repeatedly, and finally gave up trying to figure them out. What was up with all the sub-plots which go nowhere...ej. The government guy and Megan, Thibideaux and Ricci..... The story dragged on and on and finally picked up at the end, but it was too late to salvage this story. If he wanted to write a thrilling series, with the backing of Clancy, it could have been done, since everything he needs is in this book. The problem is that by combining all of these story lines into one 400+ page novel, the overall product turned out to be a confusing mess.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2001
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As a person involved in the biotech area, I was excited to pick up a thriller novel with a DNA helix on the cover at my local bookstore. Several days later, I felt unfulfilled and empty after having read the novel.
The author took what could have been an exciting and suspense filled premise and turned it into an adolescent attempt at documenting the actions of living G.I. Joe figures.
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