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  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Us Imports (30 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425212785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425212783
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.2 x 18.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have just, this very minute, finished this book. It is an excellent read. I am a fan of Splinter Cell so, this book was even greater. Even if you're new to the Splinter Cell world, this book is jammed with action, suspence and occasional humour. Sam Fisher is the finest and is good at his job. You can read what happens in his latest adventure. I promise...you will not be disappointed. Read the two previous Splinter Cell novels if you can help it, though, because it will explain Sam Fisher's background and why he is so good at what he does. You will enjoy this if you enjoyed the games. Enjoy!
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Having read the previous 'Splinter Cell' novels in this series I looked forward to kicking back on Holiday and getting into this one. The first thing I noticed was a change in the writing style from the first two which had chapters written in `the first person'. Michaels seems to have dispensed with this style in favour of a more conventional approach.

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.
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The book is like playing the game with the only difference that you do not have to struggle to play the same part over and over again until you succeed.

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.
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This was a fantastic read from start to finish as i couldn't put the book down once I'd picked it up. Being a massive fan of the splinter cell series and clocking up many hours of gameplay reading the book was like playing the game with intense moments and gripping situations sam faces making you want to read another chapter. Excellent read in my opinion if you like the splinter cell series.
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All novels on computer games are rubbish. Is this statement true? Not according to the rather excellent ‘Mass Effect’ and ‘Gears of War’ tie in novels that I have read. However, there are books that will give computer games a bad name and ‘Splinter Cell: Checkmate’ by David Michaels is one. The biggest trap you can fall into is to try and recreate the computer game playing experience in written form. I play games to jump and shoot, I read books to learn about characters and see relationships develop. This is going to be pretty hard when you are following a one man band like Sam Fisher who has little to say.

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.
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Out of all of the books I have read, never have I been less entertained. I don't always read books based on the literate quality, but this takes it a step too far. I was engaged in the story and not sure if I reached a hundred pages. Much preferred the previous 2.
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Picked up the full collection of books claimed to be by Tom Clancy and started reading this one at random.
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.
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