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Against All Enemies 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.
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Its a thriller, and I guess its ok. But its certainly not a Tom Clancy book. Its let down in the details which Clancy always gets right. For example in the book a drug dealer lets someone shoot him with a .45 to test out a bulletproof coat, and he barely notices the impact. In the real world the kinetic impact would break his ribs. In another chapter a navy seal picks up two pistols and runs at his enemies firing them two handed, something counter to every military tactic known.
In numerous little details the author gets it wrong, where Clancy consistently gets it right. For this reason I doubt very much if Clancy even proofread the thing before adding his name to it.
In character development, plot development... its average. Not bad, its certainly readable, but pure garbage.
I wish I had 3 thumbs so I could give it 3 thumbs down
"...an organization similar to the U.S. Navy SEALs, but, ahem, their operators were hardly as capable."
'Ahem'? Amongst non-dialogue description in a book not written in any 1st-person narrative? C'mon. I stopped reading at page 14, and I'm returning the purchase.
I'm sure it might be an entertaining read for some, but it's obviously a low-quality work written by an author who writes the fictional equivalent of B-movies. I worked at a Border's for five years, ending in 2006, and I'd never even heard of Peter Telep until now. The entire Los Angeles Public Library System only shows two other titles of his, written in '95, and '99, neither of which I'd ever heard of.
According to Telep's blurb on the book jacket, we're supposed to believe that this is Tom Clancy collaborating with an author who's works include "science fiction, fantasy, military action/adventure, and medical drama, and film, television, and video game tie-ins."
ATTN ALL CLANCY FANS: Save yourself the curiosity. This item would be a waste of money.
For fans out there that are on the fence, if you are buying the book for the plot line, then thats fine. If you are buying it with the hope that the book is in any shape or form Tom Clancy, dont waste your money. If you are at the bookstore undecided, grab a copy with a quick starbucks, and read the first chapter and make your decision then.
Clancy is not "back," as many of the 5 star folks looking to be quoted somewhere else proclaim. I seriously question how much of this book, if any, he actually wrote versus helping with an idea and/or a plot outline only. Technical inaccuracies are present (i.e. referring to the round caliber in one place as a "7.63 mm" when it is 7.62, making a similar error on the case length part of the caliber in another place). Does this take away from the readability or the story devleopment? Absolutely not - but given that Clany in no small part developed his reputation on technical accuracy back when that was almost unheard of, it matters to his fans. Similarly, the character development doesn't grab you like an older Clancy, and the storyline is largely a reboot of "Clear and Present Danger" with some slight borrowing/mixing from other past stories.
It is also, however, not a 1 star book. Editing was sub-par (misspellings, technical editing for military accuracy probably non-existent) and the ending is somewhat forced. However, it is interesting and timely enough that I read it over 2 days and really didn't feel any struggle or rallying was needed to get to the end. A decent beach read, a good book to throw in your carry-on if you have some flying coming up in your schedule. If I had a 10 hour car ride ahead of me, this book would easily keep me reading. I wouldn't, however, be staying up to all hours of the morning to finish it ASAP.
On a final note, when the original Clancy novels came out, I was 1.) a teenager, and 2.) the action/fiction market was stagnant. Like many others, the first 4-5 Clancy novels gripped me by the throat and wouldn't let go. Since that time, I have gotten older and the marketplace of writing has largely raised their game. I've gone back to re-read the Clancy novels over the past 4-5 years, and the passage of time, my aging, and the quality of the competition has taken a lot of shine off even the original books. Still really good books, ground-breaking, genre changing etc. But someone picking up one of the original Clancy novels for the first time in 2011 is going to have a different experience than someone who read it as a teenager back in the early to mid 80s, in the teeth of the cold war when TopGun was supposedly a military adventure flick of some sort.
I think we all need to consider that when forming opinions on the current offerings. We have fond, cherished memories of reading the originals when they were first coming out. Part of that is that we were younger and hadn't really run across anything like Clancy before. Part is that the competition has really upped the standards.