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2.0 out of 5 stars Clancy's new series may disappoint, 9 Aug 1999
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Having read virtually all of Clancy's blockbuster novels, I was keen to explore the Power Plays series in lieu of a new Clancy title.
I found Politika a rather dry and unexciting read despite being about half the length of a Clancy title. The lead character Roger Gordian and the abilities of his staff begar belief - and he's no Jack Ryan. If my friends are to be believed - the rest of the series are not much better. Overall - a big disappointment.
Politika and it's 'Created by' brethren are mere franchises of the Clancy - he doesn't write them. True Clancy fans might want to wait for his new paperbacks. These give far better value for money in terms of quality and quantity.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utter dross, 31 Aug 2001
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...The wafer-thin plot... leaves a lot to be desired; and is in no way a geopolitical "powerplay" as the title suggests, and although the concept of a terrorist destabilising governments is not new, a real Clancy book would give it a twist, have detailed brinkmanship, deals, bluff and blackmail; this book misses out huge chunks of the process and is worse as a result. The characters are not developed particularly well, and the main hero is entirely unbelievable, as is his private army and desire to meddle incessantly with world affairs. His crack team's superiority to the whole of the American intelligence aparatus is suspect, but their ability to be able to take out any number of armed bad guys using only stun guns and without harming them at all is totally uncovincing. The various climatic battle scenes take only a few pages, and are very badly written, with very rapid and unconvincing resolutions as soon as the goodies arrive. The book is at least, short; though if the politics, battle and detective story were better written it could expand and be better as a result. The only good bit is the mass destruction of the terrorist attack, but, thinking about it, it is precisely the kind of attack which couldn't realistically happen.
In summary then; this is nothing like a good Clancy book. It is terrible, and as long journey fodder is only marginally preferable to staring at the seat in front. Read any proper Clancy book, or a proper thriller; not this feeble attempt at immitation of the master.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So So Cold War action, 19 July 2012
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Lee Hanley (London, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Politika (Tom Clancy's Power Plays) (Paperback)
This is the third of the Tom Clancy "Agency" series novels together with Op-Center and NetForce. This first one is somewhat different to the other series in that there is very little character development or interaction within the agency team. As such it appears a little flat, the main charachter Gordian doesnt quite work either. However there is plenty of action and gagetry and it is not a bad story which moves at a fair pace. Room for improvement in the next one, i think.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hot Start..Cold Finish, 2 Jan 2007
I read this book in the coming days to the new Millennium , and wondered whether the same scenario would be enacted somewhere in the world just like mentioned in New York (or was it Washington ?). That scenario in itself was worth a star, but from then on , the story plodded along as if it were resting on its laurels.
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