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If you love a sharp tale of counterintelligence and terrorism that seems ripped from the daily headlines, don't miss Necessary Measures. --A. Caruba, Bookviews

About the Author

Barlog while in the U.S. Air Force, served as an aircrew member flying logistical sorties into and out of Viet Nam. He spent two years of his eight year commitment on aircrew status and during his military service he attended American River College in Sacramento, CA.

After the Air Force, Barlog focused his early writing career on creating documentation for the fledging microcomputer industry in the early eighties. By the nineties, Barlog had diversified his writing and spent 3 years writing for the Reuters financial news service at their Oak Brook, IL headquarters.

Barlog has two novels out, Windows To The Soul, a college campus horror thriller and Necessary Measures. His third novel, Red Hearts, a serial killer story set in Albuquerque, is planned for release in 1999.


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Cecetka on December 21, 1999
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This book was recommended to me by an Amazon.com customer, and am I glad I decided to read it.
I began this book on an airplane and found I could not even begin thinking about a vacation experience until I finished the book.
I hate to oversimplify, but this book is a terrific tale of a bunch of good guys, of the secret intelligence variety, trying to stop the bad guys from doing a very bad thing. There are only a few problems; the good guys haven't a clue what or where the bad guys are going to strike and, the good guys aren't always perceived as the good guys.
This book is fast paced, dramatic, and has enough suspense to keep anyone on the edge of their seat. It also gives the impression that this is pretty much the way the real world works; at least the real world where I would like to reside.
If you enjoy spy/terrorist type books, this is a must read!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 2000
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The Amazon reviews prepared me for a good CT/HRT thriller. Sadly, on Page 5 "Jaffe checked his Glock 22 as if it were a toy. The click of the twenty-two round clip sliding home..." Glocks, like most other modern semiautomatic pistols, have magazines not clips. Barlog should know the difference; most of his readers will. They may also know that the standard Glock Model 22 magazine holds 15 not 22 rounds. Even so, I continued to read, still rich in hope...until Page 9. There, "Brax pulled his Glock-clicked the safety off." Glocks don't have manual safeties that are 'clicked off'. One doubts an author who makes 3 significant mistakes about common weapons in the first 9 pages. Will he do better with the more complex technologies of terrorism bound to be encountered later in the book? I will never know. Technical competence is as important as literary skill for thriller writers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2000
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Like an earlier reviewer this book was recommended to me by an Amazon customer. Unlike the other reviewer I wasn't too impressed. Necessary Measures has a decent plot. It involves the cat and mouse games between a terrorist and his pursuers. The main plot is just fine until the last fifty pages or so. It's the subplots that bring this book down. The tension between members of the counter-terrorist team is soooo predictable. This stuff is as corny as it gets and the dialogue would be better suited for a comic book. The repeated use of the "F" word does nothing to improve the story either. At the end of the story Barlog inadvertantly discredits the entire basis of the book. Most people will probably miss it so I won't point it out and spoil the book for anyone else. Those who do spot the huge mistake will realize the entire story has no credibility. The most frustrating aspect of the book is that it is filled with mistakes. I have never seen a book with so many typos, grammar errors, and words that are omitted from sentences. There are literally dozens of mistakes. It's no fun guessing at what a sentence is supposed to say. This book will appeal to folks who just accept what they read without questioning. For the discerning reader this may wind up being a disappointment.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1999
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I couldn't put it down, it was very intense. This book reads just like a movie. It was like I was watching the characters in my mind's eye as I read. Barlog employed some great "kills" in this story. Can't wait to really see it on the screen!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Sparrow on June 7, 2000
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Don't waste your time or your money. Giveaway #1 is that the first several Amazon plugs are the author's own. #2, the publisher. # 3 the critic's "quotes" on the cover aren't even cited. The plot may have potential, but the author's abysmal writing and absolute lack of research kick the story line to the curb. Technical errors, demeaning military and cultural stereotypes and pedantly loathsome adjectives mire the reader before the action even begins. Stick with Pollock or Marcinko, or even Clancy(if your a technodweeb.)Barlog is fubared.
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