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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda [Mass Market Paperback]

David Michaels
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (30 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425204227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425204221
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mediocre sadly 2 July 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you look at several reviews below you you will notice they use similar language and give almost identical reviews. Call me sceptical, but I wouldn't bet against these being the same person even perhaps somebody attached to the book in a publicity capactiy.

This book is a mixed bag in that it switches between the first person when Sam Fisher is the subject matter and the regular narrative when he is not. The regular third person writings aren't too bad and play out like an ordinary novel. The first person stuff is quite bad at times however.

Sam Fisher in the games is a veteran of his profession, his personality is that of the grizzled anti-hero with a sense of humour. In this book we find out he takes martial arts classes and that he fancies his martial arts teacher, not something we needed to know frankly. This could of been avoided had the author stuck to the plain narritive instead of giving you Sam's every thought.

The other problem with the first person writing style is that it pretty much plays out like somebody describing what they did whilst playing Splinter Cell. Infact I'd be interested to find out if he indeed wrote this book flipping back and forth from the games themselves. Whole paragraphs often play out like, "I ran to such and such and then jumped and then pulled out my gun." Sounds like a unique idea, but it actually reads pretty badly, like some amateur fan fiction story on the internet.

The other aspects of the story play out like a reasonable spy novel, the russians are the bad guys, the german who defected to the US in the 70's sells out to the bad guys and all the other stereotypes the yanks eat up like ginger cake. It's not bad but it's not setting the world alight either.

I should also point out that this hugely experienced, musclar hard man is over powered and held at gun point by a middle aged woman at one point.........
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weirdly good, nothing special but enjoyable! 6 Aug 2011
By jayjay
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Okay, its not a superbly written book. But hey, not everything written can be great, I mean look at music a lot of stuff is poor, but people listen anyway because it's entertaining! And I loved this, I thought that it really divulged Sam Fisher's persona, some people would argue about the Krav Maga teacher part, but for me that added a real emotional depth, I was heartbroken when she got shot and Sam HAD to walk away! And as usual I actually like the 1st person, switch to 3rd person idea. I'm very disappointed that they've changed author (David Michaels is a pseudonym) but hey I'll read the others anyway! :D overall, enjoyable book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well I enjoyed it! 26 Aug 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved the first book in this series so looked forward to reading this one. From the start you are pulled into the dark world of Sam Fisher : Splinter Cell. Fisher is a bit of a one man army although it's not beyond the realms of possibility that agents like this exist. As in the first book this one, at times, is a little `American' in it's approach to the world, however this doesn't detract too much from the story.

Overall, a good book, I wouldn't say it's as good as the first (which you should really read before this one so you get Fishers history), but look forward to the next instalment from David Michaels.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At his best... 3 Mar 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tom Clancy has the craft skill required to draw the reader into the fracas. His story lines never fail to hit the spot, and the Splinter Cell series have always delivered for me. Cant's wait for the next one. While writing this review, I would also like to recommend 'The Constantine Legacy' by Andrew Towning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It works for what it is... 9 Dec 2005
By Thomas Duff - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Took nine books with me on a cruise. Finished this tenth one on the way home... :) Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda by David Michaels. Given what it is, it's an OK read...

Sam Fisher is a Splinter Cell operative, which means he's part of a deep undercover government group that has free reign to do pretty much anything to defend the interests of the US. In this episode, he's sent off to figure out why a Russian intel group is seemingly getting rather tight with some Chinese Triad groups. When he tracks down a few unexplained deaths, it all points to a stolen technology from the US that can park underwater "drones" just about anywhere, fully equipped with a variety of weapons based on the need. But when the Triad group finds out that selling to the Russians could mean that they are ultimately supporting the communist Chinese government (who they deeply oppose), things fall apart. And when the government *does* get the device anyway to use it as a deterrent against the US, Fisher is called in to save the day...

This is a straight-to-paperback series where Tom Clancy has franchised his name and it's written by someone else. I didn't expect Pulitzer material... just some diversion to kill a few hours on a plane. If that's the mindset going in, it's OK. The switching back and forth between first and third person narrative was a little annoying/disconcerting at first, and it took a bit to get used to it (as well as to transition when the perspective changed between chapters). Again, if you're not expecting blockbuster material, it's enjoyable mind candy. If you're expecting a 600 page Clancy blockbuster, this ain't it.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Operation Barracuda is a success! 2 Nov 2005
By Jacqueline A. Fiest - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Review of David Michaels' "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda"

David Michaels is back in champion form with another Splinter Cell novel, and this one has surpassed any and all of my expectations.

Alot of people were watching this book, not sure what to expect. The last SC book was the first one and as in most cases, there were alot of chances taken. Some were more appreciated than others by the Splinter Cell fans. With Operation Barracuda, the author jumped more into the immediate world of the game, bringing back Frances Coen and Anna Grimsdottir for example, which fimilairizes the reader with the characters, and makes it alot easier to immurse themselves in an action packed story line.

The character of Sam Fisher is a very different person by the end of the book, going on an up and down rollercoaster all through-out the plot. Sam has some very unexpected life expierences in this book that is likely to leave many fans very surprised. Sam is a person, human..made of flesh and bone, and I think the game developers show Sam more as a bad ass 24/7. Big ups to David Michaels for tearing the mystique of Sam Fisher down and showing him as the foulable man that he is. It improves the games I think, as it rounds out the character we see on our screens to a whole person.

Operation Barracuda is a job very well done and I am hopeful that Michaels will be writing a third book in this series very soon.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Smooth writing style, but one recurring flaw... 12 Dec 2005
By Steven Grogan - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the Splinter Cell video games, your objective is to make it through each mission without being seen. The less you are seen, the higher your mission is rated in the end. David Michaels should have kept that in mind when he wrote this book because it seems like every time Sam Fisher goes out to sneak around, he is always caught...yet within the context of this story, he is considered to be a great spy! What great spy gets caught every time he infiltrates an enemy's office or base? Another thing: the body count is far too high. Once again, in the game it's better to sneak around guards rather than blow them away. The amount of people Sam kills in this book would surely cause an incident in real life. The saddest thing about all this is that Michaels does indeed have an entertaining enough plot, and his writing style is very fluid and evokes Sam Fisher's world very well. Maybe next time around he'll realize that, if Sam were caught in real life as much as he is in this book, he sure as hell wouldn't be considered one of the top spies in the world. In fact, he'd probably be kicked out of Third Echelon for being such a ninny head.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 8 Jan 2006
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had never been a big fan of espionage or war books, but then I received this book as a present. I started reading it and I could not put it down. It took me a while to get used to the style of writing. Most of it is in first person. This is a must read. I will be getting splinter cell and the video games.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love Splinter Cell.... 20 July 2007
By Athea Hewitt - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a big fan of Splinter Cell. I have all the xbox games, so I decided to buy the books to see if there were any differences. I think I love the book just as much as I do the games.
So if you are a Splinter Cell fan, I highly recommend reading the books too. They will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page.
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