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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (November 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425192911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425192917
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Clancy is the world's favorite international thriller author. Starting with The Hunt For Red October, all of Mr. Clancy's books have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Mr. Clancy lives in Maryland and owns an interest in the Baltimore Orioles.


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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This book purports to be a Tom Clancy - it is not!
Mr. David G. Summers
The fact that the ending of the book is the only action in the entire novel and covers roughly 20 pages should give you an idea of how agonizing a read this really is.
S. Miller
There are even some times when a character is described but is totally irrelevant to the main story.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jimmy b on January 22, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
This book is not worth reading. I made the mistake of not putting it down despite the horrible condescending tone of the author, waiting for the book to get better, hoping the rambling, unconnected attempts at a plot would congeal into something of substance. IT NEVER HAPPENED. I don't think I have ever been so disappointed and mad at myself for wasting my time on a novel before. Indeed, I have never been driven to write a review before but hope I can save someone the pain of reading this poorly written, uninspired pulp.
How can Clancy let his name appear on the cover?
I am also going for another first here. I'm going to tear the book apart and throw it in the trash. It needs to be recycled.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ira Stoller on January 12, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really like the Power Play series. Its hero, Rodger Gordian, seems like a great example of a concerned businessman. Roger who? His appearances in this book were at best unnecessary. Or mabe it as necessary for him to play a REAL part in the plot instead of trying to build a wall at his retirement home. This book was just plain awful. I was more than half way through it and realized that I didn't even know what it was about. A salesman gets killed. Why? I don't know. His girlfriend gets killed. Why? I don't know. Somebody has some incredible gem stones and is worried about where they came from. Why? I don't know. And so it goes. I agree with other reviewers that this book could have been a very credible short story. Either that of we should have been told earlier why whatever was supposed to happen was so allegedly dangerous. Sorry, I really wanted to like this book, but I didn't and recommend that you don't buy it. Not worth it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ross Langner on December 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This book could have been boiled down to about 50 pages. There was no industrial espionage, as touted on the back cover, between UpLink and the rival outfit (I can't even remember the company's name - a great indication of how forgettable this "book" is.) Uplink, and its employees seem to play a secondary role as the author seems to be more interested in showing off his knowledge of the New York jewelry community's inner workings.
The author also seemed to want to show off his walking tour ability of New York, and to whine about restrictive smoking regulations and where to get a good cup of coffee. The parts with Gordian erecting a rock wall (and no explanations of metaphors, please!) are complete throw-away scenes intended to pad an already over-long, meandering, almost stream-of-consciousness novella. The fact that the author can keep a stream rambling for pages at a time is testimony to the fact that he was not interested in the main characters in the least. An entire paragraph devoted to the inventory of a Chinatown shop? Come on!
I like meat on my bone. This awful story left me starving.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith Rachlin on December 9, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wasn't even planning to write a review but saw the one by Mr. Nostrum (hope I got the spelling right) and had to agree. This is one of the best books I've read all year -- I especially liked the parts set in New York City that involved the Diamond Dealers Club. How on earth did Mr.Preisler get inside information about one of the most secretive organizations in the world? As a New Yorker, I loved the author's obvious passion for the city. As a professional in the diamond and gem industry, I was fascinated by his explanations of modern counterfeiting techniques for diamonds and sapphires . . . and how those same techniques can be applied to acts of terrorism.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By V A Clark Swimm on April 14, 2004
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Zero Hour is one of the worst books that I have read in recent memory. I can't imagine Tom Clancy linking his name to book. There is next to no action. There are too many characters that have dead ends. The Pakistan characters add nothing to the book except to provide some graphic violence. The Roger Cordian presence and the rock wall sequence is nearly pointless. The climax was so ho hum. The villain has been shot in a previous scene and simply dies of blood loss before triggering the laser. The whole notion that a stockpile of chemicals in New York in this day and age that could be so easily targeted seemed unlikely. The book ended with the murder of the Pakistan character left me speechless- what was the point. The main villain was dead. What was the point of the main villain's photo sensitive disease - surely the author could have developed at a least a death scene for him related to that illness rather than an octopus bite. I kept expecting something imaginative to happen but it didn't.
This book seems to be a clever attempt to use Clancy's name as a selling point. This type of marketing is doomed to failure.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow! You got the name right, Keith -- didn't expect anyone to respond to my "challenge" so soon!
I'd actually meant to talk about the plotline about the Diamond Dealer's Club before I got hot under the collar over some of those other comments. To my knowledge, there's virtually no access to this global economy-altering club by outsiders, yet the novel gives a great description of its inner workings, as well as the fascinating means by which its members police themselves. Also, the part about the chemical plants was fascinating -- I had no idea such a clear and present threat to our homeland security existed near virtually every urban and suburban community in America . . . and that it was being so dangerously ignored by our leaders. Finally, I wanted to say how much I also enjoyed "Avram's New York". Don't want to give too much away, but readers will know what I'm talking about.
I guess these are some of the "details" some people actually didn't enjoy . . . go figure.
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