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Against All Enemies (A Campus Novel) Paperback – January 31, 2012
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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 passed away in October 2013.
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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.
Somewhat small-sighted in that it doesn't show much insight as to participation of larger American figures and complicity of organized U.S. crime or government figures and policy as previous Clancy stories were known to do.
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.