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Net Force (Tom Clancy's Net Force, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1999
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I'll give it a ½ star. That's just for the premise.
1) Tom Clancy did not write these novels. He and Steve Pieczenik are listed as "created by," and it appears that a writer named Steve Perry may have done most of the actual writing of at least two of the three NetForce novels I've read. His name is an attention-getter, and it is somewhat odd to me that so many reviewers comment on "this isn't Clancy's best work." Of course not. It's obviously not his writing, so the books cannot be accurately reviewed from that angle.
2) Comments regarding there being less than Clancy's usual tons of technical detail are irrelevant as well. Personally the technical detail bores me anyway, and there is too much here for my tastes, making it one of the weaknesses of the NetForce series IMO. YMMV; some reviewers want more technical detail, I want less. There's enough in this series to be illustrative, but for me (I prefer plot exposition, moving the story along, and character development) the writer stops to explain various weapons more than enough. It slows the story down, but at least it's not too distracting.
3) Someone commented that this series "is not written for people who actually use computers." Ahem. I have operated a commercial website for several years as a part-time job, and my full-time job is on my PC as well. I have rebuilt and upgraded entire computer systems by myself with minimal instruction. I practically *live* in e-mail. And I do enjoy this series.Read more ›
Net Force does not even rate up to Op Center!! Tom Clancy's Op Center series were not as good as his other novels (which I read at least twice!), however, they were still enjoyable reading. This is the first time a made-for-TV show beats the book!!! The depth of the plot was poor, with the plot taking up one or two chapters at best. What should have been character building sounding more like filler to add pages to the book!!
I hope this isn't what us die hard Clancy fans have to look forward to.
The main plus to the book is that Pieczenik writes well enough that the story never really drags on. His writing is fluid and crisp so that you can read through the book quite quickly. He connects his plot well enough that you understand what is happening.
This is where the positives end, though, as the story doesn't really seem to have a plot. For the better part of the book you follow Net Force as they search for the culprit to many terrorist acts that completely disrupted everyday life, as well as the main plot line of who murdered the Net Force head man (no spoiler here as this happens in the first couple of pages). Then you also follow said evil man and his exploits, yet you never really get a feel for what he is trying to accomplish, what his endgame is. We read he wants power, that he will be the "most powerful man in the world" and yet this is never illustrated. I mean how can a man from Chechnya become the most powerful man in the world? Never really explained, nor, when the explanation begins to come out in the latter pages of the book, is the explanation satisfactory.
Ultimately the book comes down to a fast paced final forty pages with the preceding pages a rather boring and slow lead up to it. I wouldn't recommend this book. Pieczenik writes well enough that if he can come up with a good plot with the proper hooks than he could write a very good book.
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After Tom Clancy's ORIGINAL works the successor "authors" like this one are far below the benchmark set by Tom.Published 10 months ago by Ronald Mellish
Please people with the money, if you buy a new book, include a used one in your shopping cart. Read more