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Against All Enemies (A Campus Novel) Paperback – January 31, 2012
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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 passed away in October 2013.
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Paperback : 720 pages
- ISBN-10 : 042524606X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425246061
- Product Dimensions : 4.25 x 1.56 x 7.56 inches
- Publisher : Berkley; Berkeley Premium ed. Edition (January 31, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #327,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And this is spoken by a long time reader and fan of Clancy.
That said, once I got over the fact that it definitely wasn't a Tom Clancy novel and adjusted my expectations, I did find myself at least mildly entertained. Overlooking the flaws in the details and the disjointed jumping between characters and time periods, the overall story of the book wasn't horrible.
I think the biggest flaw (besides the Tom Clancy name on it) is that it was a hardcover book (with hardcover price). If this had been just a random mass-market paperback I picked up at a bookstore, I wouldn't really have any complaints. Unfortunately, it wasn't.
In closing, to equate it to a movie, this wasn't by any means an Oscar Award winning film, but it was better than the monster movie of the month thrown together by SyFy.
Tom Clancy introduces a new protagonist for this novel but his character isn't as believable as others like Jack Ryan or John Clark. The narrative makes it sound less like he has a troubled past and more like he just really needs therapy for his PTSD. The narrative also doesn't read like Clancy's normal style of writing. It didn't flow as well and the sentence structure was often awkward and forced. I often had to reread paragraphs to discern what the author was trying to convey.
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It's clearly not Tom Clancy's work, but Peter Telep's, whose writing style is like eating a ham sandwich but the ham has gone off. Not very tasty and not remotely satisfying.
For a start, there are so many characters that it is difficult to remember who is who. I'm about halfway through the book and am continuing with it out of sheer dogged determination, and find myself not caring a jot about any of them, even the hero, Max Moore; I just want it to end so that I can see what the Ryanverse connection is and go to the next book. Secondly, it is SLOW. This is true of most Clancy novels, but I feel more invested in their plots and characters than in this pot boiler.
I've read that Clancy didn't write anything for seven years, after the previous book, because its reviews were so poor. So then he comes up with this? Or rather, he has an idea for a story and only writes bits of it, and leaves the rest to a hack.
So, you may safely leave this book alone and skip to the next in the Ryanverse, Dead or Alive.
Since Tom Clancy books have a co-writer I have sadly fallen out of love with them. They are complicated, spend to long eeking out the story line, introducing so many characters your head feels like it is going to explode, with Who was he again? What did he do? Where did he pop up from? When you don't hear from them in a couple of chapters and then they come back it is quite complicated.
I love the fact that we use authentic names, but sometimes with surnames only it leaves you slightly confused, and with this book, I sometimes found myself wondering who was on the bad or the good side.
I did persevere and I am glad I did, but I do feel I missed out on some of it.
Story: The story is ok. It is not Clear and present danger and Sum of all fears standard at all. It is very basic and easy to read. I was not very intrigued by Max Moore at all. He seems very bland to say the least.
Detail: This book suffers greatly in detail. I can tell that Clancy gave the story line to Peter Telep, and he had to find out the information himself. If you are looking for any insider detail, look elsewhere. This book is by no means as detailed as Executive Orders or The Bear and the Dragon.
Characters: Max Moore is your typical ex-Navy seal. I thought it unnecessary to have another Navy seal. John Clark is the only REAL ex-navy seal that Clancy should have. The other characters were dismissed quickly, for they were 1 dimensional.
All in all, this book I thought was not necessary. It has an easy to read plot, and I finished it in 6 days on holiday. As a 15 year old, even I could see the lack of detail and that this was not Clancy at all.
Mr TC has included at least 2 books worth of material in this.
Early on there is too much of a multifaceted narrative for me . I think the early episodes lose their power for being so short. He has well written characters who would involve more if allowed to inhabit your imagination for more than a chapter at a time. . Its just a personal preference but the well written and legitimate issues for each character require more than the attention span of a may fly.
That being said he has tried to tridimensionalise !?! (sorry) some of the characters and has written an involving thriller the likes of which Mr Patterson can only dream on. Mind you I did find the main guy worthy of a slap once or twice.
I recently thought that I would try it again and bought the Kindle edition. Unfortunately, despite an extreme attempt to stick with it, I soon had to give up. The writing, although reasonable is so remote from Tom Clancy as to be unrecogonisable. If you are a Clancy fan, leave this alone!