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3.0 out of 5 stars three stars (just), 4 July 2011
This review is from: Against All Enemies (Hardcover)
As has been previously commented by others, it is obvious that Tom Clancy had little to do with this and joins the growing list of authors showing contempt to their readers by out-sourcing.

But this starts off looking and feeling very much like a Clancy - it's a doorstop of a book (750 pages) and tries hard to be a complex techno-thriller. In essence it is about the drug cartels and terrorists working together and an elite US force trying to bring them down. It lacks the pace and tension of a traditional Clancy along with the blend of politics and on the ground action and ends up being overlong and does not suck you in enough. Far, far too many characters confuse and our tediously flawed hero, Max Moore, jets all over the place with as much angst as he has identities.

Maybe in a shorter, tighter, book this might have worked, but it felt too drawn out and as if it was working to a template rather than delivering a good story. Just about deserves three stars but I did toy with two, mainly based on the excessive length and lack of real excitement. But very average and very long.
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Initial post: 4 Jul 2011 17:27:28 BDT
J. Lesley says:
First, wonder why Peter Telep didn't jump up and down and scream for his name to be printed in a larger font on this book??

Second, maybe if it isn't any better than you say I have answered my own question.

Why do these Clancy/??? books insist on being so looooooooooooong? Is there something in someone's brain which insists that long = really good book? Once again I shall pass, but thanks for making the slog so I won't have to!
Judy

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2011 17:39:01 BDT
Nick Brett says:
When he was at his peak and writing his own books, every page was worth it, but recently the size has become a chore....
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