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Task Force Dagger: The Hunt for Bin Laden
Task Force Dagger: The Hunt for Bin Laden
by Robin Moore
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A shameful ego-trip, 1 Feb 2004
As someone who is interested in - and supports - SF work, I felt this could be a good introduction into the work of DF and SAS in Afghanistan. Well, was I ever wrong.
It is nothing less than Robin Moore's ego trip, with "The Green Berets" being mentioned countless times and how he is the only trustworthy reporter on these operations.
Also, his portrayal of the SF guys jars a bit with other literature on the subject, painting them as taking joy in slaughter which is very unprofessional.
I will wait until a writer tackles this subject...


Bush at War: Inside the Bush White House
Bush at War: Inside the Bush White House
by Bob Woodward
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Balanced look at Post 9/11 White House, 14 July 2003
This is a highly readable and interesting account of what the mood was in the White House after 9/11. Perhaps the most stunning revelation is what isn't discussed; why the attacks happened. There is no discussion of "why this happened" or "why are we so hated".
That aside, it is a refereshing account and Bush comes out looking far more balanced than people often expect. He has an experienced cabinet, with Powell, Rice and Tenet coming across well. Cheney, by contrast, seems permanently stuck in the past.
Overall, a very interesting work, and well written.


Ripley Under Water
Ripley Under Water
by Patricia Highsmith
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it the end for Ripley?, 8 May 2003
This review is from: Ripley Under Water (Paperback)
The Ripley series is very well written, very enjoyable, and worrying;why is this repressed psychotic murderer so appealing?
Regarding this novel in the context of the others, it is a little disappointing. The story seems a trifle flimsy, and drawn out. However, it is still addictive, and the problems presented to the - this time, innocent - Ripley interesting.
Whether this would have been the end we can never know, following the author's untimely death. Add in Tom's mistakes during the novel, and I am not convinced that he would have got out of this one.
A good read, and recommended. But not in the league of the others.


Red Rabbit
Red Rabbit
by Tom Clancy
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadfully Disappointing, 16 Sep 2002
This review is from: Red Rabbit (Hardcover)
Well, it doesn't come much worse than this. When one considers the depth and suspense of the pre-"Executive Orders" works, this seems to have been written by a poor man's P.J. O'Rourke, rather than the man behind "Clear and Present Danger" .
A long litany of right-wing carping and deep prejudice. The easy life has obviously gone to his head - and pushed out his narrative skills. He could also do with an editor - the number of times comments and thoughts are repeated, in exactly the same words, is sloppy in the extreme.
I have always stuck up for Tom Clancy as a superb carftsmen of the novel, but this is just weak and poorly plotted. Nothing happens, just Ryan making his "Aw, shucks, guys" comments over and over and over ad nauseum.
Sorry, Tom, not even close enough for Government work...


Top Ten Book 1
Top Ten Book 1
by Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful wit, ideas and pace., 25 July 2002
This review is from: Top Ten Book 1 (Paperback)
This is easily the best creation since "Watchmen". Whilst the story is strong, and the broad swep impressive, it is the character touches which make it genius; The lawyers who are real sharks, the blind zen cabbie, the beggar who is "a victim of the 92 circualtion wars". All superbly done.
Will


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