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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425161722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425161722
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Clancy's newest collaboration takes us to 2010, when the virtual Web looks like a stock-car race and gadgets and gizmos abound. Net Force, a computer security agency created by Congress, patrols the technological etherworld and those who hook into it. When the agency's director is assassinated, Deputy Director Alex Michaels suddenly finds himself in command. Diverted by the Chechen mastermind in Russia, Michaels and his forces are soon battling the New Mafia and an Irish assassin named "The Selkie." Out in the field, the Special Forces carry advanced armor and weapons systems while joshing around in cartoonlike jargon. The computer jocks drive their virtual Vipers to investigate "roadblocks" and "pileups." The equipment is interesting, but the action doesn't bear up under the ponderous exposition and flatter-than-a-floppy-disk characters. (Feb.) FYI: Net Force is soon to be an ABC mini-series.
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From Booklist

The creators of Tom Clancy's Op-Center series strike again, launching what apparently will be a series about a near-future branch of the FBI charged with policing the global Net. It opens with a bang, literally. Agents of Russian computer expert Vladimir Plekhanov--who plans to buy, with the profits of global Net crime, Chechnya, then the Ukraine, then who knows what--assassinate the head of Net Force. New chief Alexander Michaels and his staff find themselves up against not only Plekhanov but also the Mafia and an engaging female assassin known as the Selkie. They need all their computer expertise and special-ops assets, a good deal of luck, and a couple of teenagers in the right place at the right time to defeat Plekhanov. Sf hand Steve Perry, prominent in the ackowledgments, seems to have had something to do with getting the yarn on paper, but however credit may be divided up (this is another of Clancy's "created by" products), kudos are due. This is a highly successful start-at-a-dead-run thriller with a hard-edged tone, vividly depicted hardware, and touches of humor and romance. Let us hope that the "fx" in the forthcoming Net Force TV miniseries do justice to all the action. Roland Green

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Another one of my favorites from Tom Clancy is Rainbow Six.
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For the most part, I found the tempo to be too slow- the buildup was about fifty pages too long.
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There are books that you know going in to it not to expect too much.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Davis on April 28, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit, this is one book that I did not finish, and I usually read a book all the way through. Whether I finish it out of duty to the author, or plain stubbornness, I'm not sure. However, in this case, I made an exception to my rule. It should have all been there: intrigue, hacking, etc. etc. But I just could not get into this book one iota. I could really care less if everyone in this book gets shot and all the computers blow up. And can we stop with all of the Dodge automobile placements? Was this sponsored by Dodge? I just couldn't get all the way through this, and I don't think going any further would have changed my mind.
I'll give it a ½ star. That's just for the premise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on August 19, 2000
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Well, this book was okay, it just didn't leave up to expectation. Like books where people get killed in furious action? Don't look here...Like character development? Not here either. Do you like a shotty attempt at explaining what possibly the net will be like in 10 years? Look here. One point of the book: The ending is entirely anti-climatic...Unless you're into "technothrillers" aimed at preteens, there isn't any reason to read this. If you want some true Clancy, pick up Rainbow Six or Clear and Present Danger.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not bad for a cops-and-terrorists story..unfortunately that's only 1/5th of the book! The rest of it is some of the _worst_ cyberpunk I've ever read! Clancy once again is proud to endorse bad, bad policy as regards civil liberties on the part of US Law Enforcement. And the soap opera love-interest nonsense... puh-lease! Clancy should stick to what sells and what he's good at, and stay far, far away from male-female relationships, and farther away from trying to write Sci-Fi!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hulett VINE VOICE on August 4, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read a few of the NetForce novels, including this one that launched the series, and thought I'd pop around and see what some of the Amazon.com users like me thought about them. I'm really surprised they're not more well received. Some thoughts in reply to several comments I've seen readers make here:
1) Tom Clancy did not write these novels. He and Steve Pieczenik are listed as "created by," and it appears that a writer named Steve Perry may have done most of the actual writing of at least two of the three NetForce novels I've read. His name is an attention-getter, and it is somewhat odd to me that so many reviewers comment on "this isn't Clancy's best work." Of course not. It's obviously not his writing, so the books cannot be accurately reviewed from that angle.
2) Comments regarding there being less than Clancy's usual tons of technical detail are irrelevant as well. Personally the technical detail bores me anyway, and there is too much here for my tastes, making it one of the weaknesses of the NetForce series IMO. YMMV; some reviewers want more technical detail, I want less. There's enough in this series to be illustrative, but for me (I prefer plot exposition, moving the story along, and character development) the writer stops to explain various weapons more than enough. It slows the story down, but at least it's not too distracting.
3) Someone commented that this series "is not written for people who actually use computers." Ahem. I have operated a commercial website for several years as a part-time job, and my full-time job is on my PC as well. I have rebuilt and upgraded entire computer systems by myself with minimal instruction. I practically *live* in e-mail. And I do enjoy this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1999
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It looks like Tom C. is pumping books al la King. I used to enjoy Stephen King until he decided to pump watered down books to the public.
Net Force does not even rate up to Op Center!! Tom Clancy's Op Center series were not as good as his other novels (which I read at least twice!), however, they were still enjoyable reading. This is the first time a made-for-TV show beats the book!!! The depth of the plot was poor, with the plot taking up one or two chapters at best. What should have been character building sounding more like filler to add pages to the book!!
I hope this isn't what us die hard Clancy fans have to look forward to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hawkinson VINE VOICE on December 5, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are books that you know going in to it not to expect too much. Net Force is one of those because anytime you see an author piggybacking off of a much more well known author you can't expect anything substantial. This is certainly the case with Net Force.

The main plus to the book is that Pieczenik writes well enough that the story never really drags on. His writing is fluid and crisp so that you can read through the book quite quickly. He connects his plot well enough that you understand what is happening.

This is where the positives end, though, as the story doesn't really seem to have a plot. For the better part of the book you follow Net Force as they search for the culprit to many terrorist acts that completely disrupted everyday life, as well as the main plot line of who murdered the Net Force head man (no spoiler here as this happens in the first couple of pages). Then you also follow said evil man and his exploits, yet you never really get a feel for what he is trying to accomplish, what his endgame is. We read he wants power, that he will be the "most powerful man in the world" and yet this is never illustrated. I mean how can a man from Chechnya become the most powerful man in the world? Never really explained, nor, when the explanation begins to come out in the latter pages of the book, is the explanation satisfactory.

Ultimately the book comes down to a fast paced final forty pages with the preceding pages a rather boring and slow lead up to it. I wouldn't recommend this book. Pieczenik writes well enough that if he can come up with a good plot with the proper hooks than he could write a very good book.

2.5 stars.
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