Checkmate (Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell) Paperback – 30 Nov 2006
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Apart from this, the plot is quick and as always, believable. The technology used by Fisher, although futuristic, is not beyond the realms of possibility which gives the story a nice edge. As in the previous offerings in the Splinter Cell series, the story is fast-paced and draws you in from the beginning. I'm really looking forward to the next book.
The plot is interesting. Starts well, then becomes a bit boring in the middle (having Sam brake into every place becomes a bit repetitive). Then the ending is good again.
The annoying part of this book I found is the editing of it - too many typos. All the "the the" and so for 100s of times.
A good read - give it a try - you may also like it.
Fisher is tasked with uncovering who poisoned a small American town’s water supply, killing thousands. On the surface it looks like an Iranian declaration of war, but Fisher soon uncovers a devious and complicated plot; as if someone is playing chess with the world’s safety. The book leaps from location to location like the levels in a computer game, there is little time for explanation of plot or exploration of character before Fisher is once more dropping out of a plane and shooting up bad guys.
The issue with ‘Checkmate’ is that it is mostly boring action. Reading about Sam Fisher silently approaching an enemy over and over again is far duller than playing it. You also get an additional feeling of unease as the cold minded Fisher executes yet another guard; you never really think about the body count in the game. In a book, the overkill feels unreal and takes you out of the experience. The one highlight is a level (I mean chapter) set around Chernobyl. This is a tense vignette that has far more depth; it is no coincidence that it is also the only part of the book where Sam is joined by another character.Read more ›
Proof reading mistakes aside I couldn't believe Clancy can make such factual mistakes.
For example it is claimed that Iran operates F16 aircraft, the fact is that Iranian Air Force has never operated F16s.
Heckler and Koch MP5 is described as an compact assault rifle, even someone who knows nothing about weapons can see that MP means Machine Pistol and so this piece can only be a submachine gun and not a rifle.
Now I know that the book was not written by Tom Clancy, I guess that explains it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Typical thriller by Tom Clancy highly enjoyable. Highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by Colin
Read straight from the beginning to the end !
The history and the suspense keep you captivated throughout all the book.
Read a few of these now, not great writing but the subject matter is excellent and you do get involvedPublished on 7 April 2013 by Karl Thorpe Morgan
Fan of the games and bought this book for the hoilday read. Glad i did. Couldn't put it down, great story that you really feel involved in. Well worth a read.Published on 13 Sept. 2011 by loz davies
The book arrived promptly and in good condidtion. The plot and series seemed very similar. It passed an hour or so of entertainment.Published on 9 April 2010 by P. Clyne
I'm a great fan of Tom Clancy, and have just read with satisfaction, Checkmate. This is a first rate novel which has depth and pace, and keeps the reader riveted from the first... Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2008 by Sarah Gooding