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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425179230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425179239
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,121 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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As usual, anything Tom Clancy is a good read.
James W. Hopkins
This is the second book I have read from the series and it did not let me down.
Buff
The story is very unbelievable and embarrassingly contrived.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dean Redfern VINE VOICE on May 29, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An elite federal agency of Internet cops goes after a California dude whose chemistry set includes the wherewithal to manufacture a superman designer drug that is probably immune to kryptonite. Bunsen burner hot shot Bobby Drayne sells purple capsules of Thor (God of thunder) to his rich web clients at a grand a pop. With Thor in their veins, they enjoy hours of ecstasy and ultra strength of body and mind that has the U.S. government and the pharmaceutical companies green with envy. The military application of Thor would give new meaning to the notion of charging up a hill; and the drug companies would salivate for a Viagra pill for the rest of the body. The stage is set to find the source of the purple wonder.
NET FORCE: POINT OF IMPACT is the fifth in the Tom Clancy inspired Internet mystery series. It is nouveau pulp fiction: fast paced, action packed, with thinly-developed characters whose role is to drive the storyline ahead at lightning speed. POINT OF IMPACT delivers on the pulp fiction promise. It is guilt-free summer reading at its best.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Traveling Irishman on August 15, 2001
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The large purple pill slides easily down the man's throat. Within minutes his skin tingles, his eyes sharpen, and his muscles bulge. This new designer drug gives its users the strength of superman and the brains of Einstein, if only the user doesn't go crazy first.
Net Force's job is to find out who is manufacturing this drug and stop him before the drug kills more people.
Should the pharmaceutical companies or the military find the person first the results could be disastrous!
This is the fifth book in the Tom Clancy created Net Force series. It's a fast paced, action packed novel that's easy to read and will keep you interested from start to finish. While these novels don't have the highly developed characters, and immense detail of Clancy's earlier works they are still very entertaining.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ping Lim on June 28, 2001
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Net Force was at it again, using their most sophisticated technology available & the cumulative mental & physical skills of the whole team to capture two evasive drug dealers, whose product would transform an average Joe into a Superman. The pharmaceutical company was hunting them down due to the drug's marketability, the Government was doing the same thing too for it poses major security threat to the country should it fall into the wrong hand. A highly enjoyable pulp fiction as long as we don't take it seriously, & enough twists to keep us guessing till the very end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AntiochAndy on February 29, 2004
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I was fully prepared to dislike this book. To begin with, it was a gift, not something I would have chosen. I'm not a big Tom Clancy fan. I don't have anything against him, I just haven't read any of his books. The thing is, I still haven't read any of Clancy's books. Although POINT OF IMPACT has Clancy's name all over it, it was actually written by Steve Perry, someone I had never heard of.
Then there was the prologue, which contains some very hokey and contrived dialogue. By the time I got through the first few pages my eyes were rolling. Given the larger-than-life action and comic book characterization typical of this type of book, combined with what I had seen so far, I figured I was in for a real stinker.
But, to my surprise, POINT OF IMPACT turned out to be pretty good. Not a literary masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but entertaining and quite readable. The prologue was just a setup. To be sure, you still get the over-the-top plot, but that goes with the genre. Beyond that, there actually was some character development. Not so much for the Net Force "good guys" (I assume they're already familiar from previous books in the series) as for the "bad guy" drug maker and his sidekick. These two become somewhat familiar and interesting as the story progresses.
I enjoyed POINT OF IMPACT and I hadn't expected to. It wasn't clever or memorable in any particular way. There isn't any real depth. Still, it didn't bore me and the writing was competent. For a light read, you could do a lot worse. Fans of this genre won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James D'Angelo on July 16, 2001
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Unlike "NightMoves" this book has NetForce acting more as a supporting agency to an investigation.
The plot is a lot tighter than "NightMoves", with even the friendship between Drain and Tad and Toni's pregnanacy actually fitting into the plot somewhat.
The action is a lot faster as well, with enough twists and turns to please any fan of the genre.
What scares me most of all about this is that something like "The Hammer" may be possible--it may even exist!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buff on July 17, 2002
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This is the second book I have read from the series and it did not let me down. It was amazing. I just could not put it down. The characters are just GREAT! I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants action and some great characters. Hope you get and enjoy the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Biesnecker, Jr. on June 16, 2001
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I liked this book a lot. It was quite full of technical details, which tend to catch my interest. The characters are well-developed and unique, and the climax is tense and full of action. One of the better Net Force books by far.
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I have read a lot of Clancy books, among them several in the many that are actually written by other authors. This is my third Net Force book. That said, I have read worse books with Clancy's name on them, but this book just wasn't very interesting to me. Part of that is because I have lately started wondering why I even read these books, because they are all rather similar; the good guys always win and usually by killing the bad guys; the only good guys to get killed are minor characters while the more major characters might get injured; etc. The only major diferences is how the story is developed. This book actually increased my questioning as to why I read these books. This is mainly because this book seems to put across the message that the main purpose in life is to have sex. This book is absolutely packed to references about sex, mentioning people having sex, or such references as two people taking a shower together. That gets really tiring after a while. Other books in the series do mention such things a lot, but not as much as this book.

This book has most of the characters returning from previous books, but there are two that are noticably gone. There are only two quick references to Tyrone Howard, and they are about him being away on a school trip. These references remind you of the importand role he played in the last few books. Also, there is no reference to Tyrone's boomerang-throwing friend (can't remember her name).

As for the good parts? The noticable, worth-mentioning ones are few. This book does have a few surprising twists in the story, such as the rogue government agents, which help keep it from becoming too plain. Also, this book does not have very much bad language, which is surprising.
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