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24 Declassified: Veto Power Mass Market Paperback – October 25, 2005

4.0 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
Book 2 of 11 in the 24 Declassified Series

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About the Author

John Whitman is the author of numerous books and projects, including the "Star Wars: Galaxy of Fear" series, Zorro and the Witch's Curse, and, most recently, the trading cards for "24 Day 3." He is a 4th-degree black belt and defensive tactics instructor in Krav Maga, the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli military, has trained in protective services and defensive tactics in both the United States and in Israel, and has served as an instructor of U.S. law enforcement agencies and military anti-terrorist units.

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Product Details

  • Series: 24 Declassified
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment; English Language edition (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060842253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060842253
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The 24 show is twisted into an unrecognizable pretzel in this middling thriller. I completely agree with the other bad reviews and warnings for 24 fans on this book. It's a fairly pedestrian, generic thriller as thrillers go but what's awful is it isn't 24. Whatever you think about Jack's worrying and agonizing in this book, "Kelly Sharpton" is the hero, hands down, not Jack Bauer. Was this guy a minor walk-on character from somewhere in season's past or did the author make him up? Whatever. I didn't sign up to read about that dude. I cracked the book open because of Jack.

It's sad to see Jack relegated to a boob for a lot of this book. Yeah, sure, he wins in the end, proves Ryan wrong, etc...but it's a heck of a long time to wait and a heck of a lot of pages to read to get there. Not like the show at all that let's you see Jack being a badass and heroic in every episode. And...(again, you have to be a fan to understand) that's the defining characteristic of the show.

There's an awful lot of "snarling" and eyes "popping open" and hearts beating against chests for what's being characterized as a well-written book. I also thought the evil ex-military white supremacist racist villains were...uh, cliche? (in concept and execution, yes). And also a missed opportunity to deal with more interesting threats in a geo-politically complicated world (Marc Cerasini's books are far superior to this one on all points--better written, better plotted, better villains, better grasp of the threats facing the U.S. and the world today. He's got Jack locked down, and is on target with what 24 should be. Vince Flynn's books are closer to the spirit of 24 than Veto Power--Flynn is consulting with the 24 writers this season.)

But back to Veto Power.
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Although I am a huge 24 fan, I was very disappointed with this book. This is not 24. First, there is too much vulgarity and profanity. I do not remember Operation Hell Gate being that way. Also, I was distracted by the writer's left-wing political views. Clearly, this is a person who opposes the Patriot Act, and the way we are fighting the war against terrorism. Can you really see this Kelly person being at CTU? Can you really see Senator Drexler being a "good guy" on a 24 episode? There were times when I felt like I was reading something by Michael Moore. Someone who thinks that the Patriot Act is the greater threat to our freedom, not people who want to kill us. The action was great, but when looking at the total picture, I would advise you not to buy/read this book. Marc Cerrsini has a new 24 novel coming out this Spring. He wrote Operation Hell Gate. I look forward to it.
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I, too, noticed Whitman's clear bias against the Patriot Act and Republicans, but I was able to shrug past that aspect and accept the book for what it was: an exciting adventure novel featuring the characters from my favorite TV show. I found it much better written than "Hell Gate" (which was still a pretty good book) and had HUGE plot twists that shocked me while making sense at the same time. Whitman does a great job of capturing character dialogue from the show and painting onto the pages of his novel (Ryan Chappelle reborn will make you roll your eyes all over again), and he also creates and develops new characters that the reader could imagine being in the show. I also loved how the bad guys were not stereotypical Middle Eastern radicals, but instead anti-federalist Americans who believe the government has too much power. I did notice a lot of profanity in "Veto Power" as well, but I got used to it after the first few chapters. I'm guessing it's a more realistic portrayal of government agents than on the show, which can't curse because it's on national TV.

This is a definite recommended read for '24' fans.
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Way too much profanity. F bombs everywhere. Adds nothing to the book, should stick with TV rules.
Also, the author doesn't seem to know that God is spelled with a capital G. Unless the characters are thanking Jupiter or Venus, "thank god" is just bad writing.
Other than that, a good plot and decent reading.
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The purpose of this review is not to rehash the plot which is ably done by the editorials above, but rather to give my opinion whether or not this book is worth its asking price. In this case, yes, buy this book, 24 Declassified: Veto Power.

This 24 story by John Whitman is well written. The story is fast paced and exciting. Whitman makes the reader feel just like he is watching a 24 TV episode. For 24 fans, you will enjoy this book. Even the layout of the book is reminiscent of the television show: the chapter numbers are the 24 hours countdown and each chapter starts with the familiar words, "The following takes place between the hours of X and X Eastern Daylight Time" (etc) with the action following a timed sequence. People who have never watched a 24 episode will also enjoy this book as an intense, stand-alone thriller; you don't have to be a previous 24 fan to find the book entertaining.

So you know, I am not a 24 TV fan. I've seen maybe three episodes, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book by John Whitman and the other 24 series book "Operation Hell Gate" by Marc Cerasini. Both authors do a fine job. I look forward to reading more books by each of them. I thoroughly enojed Cerasini's book (the first in the series) and thought that his writing would be a hard act to follow. Not so. Whitman does a remarkable job. I was impressed that both books are a great 24 experience.
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