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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting cyber warfare tale., December 4, 2012
This review is from: Threat Vector (Jack Ryan, Jr.) (Hardcover)
Have you ever read a book before whose theme just stayed in your mind to such an extent that you found yourself thinking about it long after you had finished reading it? That is what THREAT VECTOR has been for me. Part of the reason is because I recognize that the basic plot ideas here could actually become reality in some form. Could. That is a very important word in that sentence. Another part of the reason this story has stayed in my mind so strongly is that this collaborative effort between Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney has characters who come so vividly alive on the pages that I accept that this just might have actually happened to them. Yes, it is fiction, but it certainly does open up the possibilities of "what if...............".

What if one nation had a secret cyber network in place now which could watch operatives of other governments carry out their missions in startling, minute, real time detail? What if that government had unlimited resources to continue to develop their technology to take over the United States, indeed the world, using this cyber warfare? And what if loss of life meant absolutely nothing to them as long as they accomplished their goal? It is the mission of Jack Ryan, Jr. and everyone else at The Campus to find this Chinese government Ghost Ship - the technology center - and destroy it, no matter how impossible the mission may seem. Can everyone survive this mission?

I think this book was incredible. Quite a strong statement and yet, for me, it fits here. I had a love/hate reaction to the main plot because it is hard to face the fact that something like this might actually be possible. In the first sections of the novel some of the details seemed to take a long time to develop, but ultimately I understand the reasons it was necessary. What sets this book apart for me are the vibrant characters and the clever plot threads. There is a really good villain called "Center" whose identity is kept well hidden and a computer nerd with almost rock star status. The good guys - Adam Yao, "Trash", and "Cheese" - along with returning friends from previous adventures feel so real it is hard to accept that they are fictional characters. This novel was a roller coaster thrill ride that kept me reading all day and far into the night. Clear some time and get ready for some pure entertainment before you begin reading this story. If you are like me, you will resent anything that interferes with your reading time.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
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Initial post: Dec 4, 2012 3:30:47 PM PST
What a superb review, Judy! So glad you enjoyed this one -- and look at all of those great votes you are receiving -- you deserve them!

Good job!


Posted on Dec 4, 2012 3:34:25 PM PST
U2pop says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2012 4:17:57 PM PST
J. Lesley says:
Thanks, Pam. I know this isn't your favorite genre, but I think you would enjoy this book.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2012 4:27:03 PM PST
J. Lesley says:
Hi U2pop. Don't quite know what you mean by me being a "so-called Vine member" because I am definitely a member of Vine, have been since 2008. This book has absolutely nothing to do with Vine and everything to do with me asking for an ARC. Exactly how do you think I am a fraud? Yes, I posted a review on the first day the book was released because I have already read the book. Seems to me that if anything "smells" it would be your jumping to conclusions. If you don't see the green Amazon Vine tag on a book review it means it didn't come through that program. From the publisher? Yes, I stated on my review that I had received a complimentary copy of the book. I'm required to reveal that information.

Sorry you think something is wrong here, but I look forward to reading your review when you post it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 6:59:56 AM PST
Nick Brett says:
You are making some strange and unfair comments here. Judy received an arc, read it in advance of release and posted her review, clearly stating she received the arc.
It's a good, honest and helpful review, a scrawl through her rviews should provide a great deal of evidence of the honesty and quality of her reviews. I kind of think you owe her an apology.
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