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  • Turtleback: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Demco Media (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606204210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606204217
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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YA-High drama unfolds in this high-tech thriller. The year is 2010 and virtually everything is run by computers. Someone with access to classified information is leaking secrets and posting it on the Internet for the entire world to see. Congress has created a security agency within the FBI called the Net Force to enforce the Net Laws. It is the job of Commander Alexander Michaels and his team to track down the ruthless hacker, whose illicit postings have caused a multitude of deaths. Readers are introduced to many different characters at the beginning of the book, and it takes several chapters for their relationship to become evident. Numerous acronyms are used for computer terminology and futuristic high-tech weaponry. Although they are spelled out the first time they appear, thereafter just the abbreviations are used. Still, teens will enjoy the prospect of future "virtual reality" and its impact on everyday life as well as the intriguing examination of America's intelligence and defense systems of the future. Although the story line tends to slow down in places, this novel offers international intrigue, murder, romance, treachery, and the limitless possibilities of the new millennium.
Anita Short, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Tom Clancy is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels including Rainbow Six, Executive Orders, and Debt of Honor.  Steve Piezenik is the author of State of Emergency and co-creator of Tom Clancy's Op-Center series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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First thing to establish is Tom Clancy did not write this book. I don't know why he puts his name on it, but the "Net Force" books are OK if you want something that is easy to read and doesn't make you think too hard.
The books are best read in sequence - I made the mistake of buying "Night Moves" and reading that first, before I realised it was a series.
I like the parallel stories a lot and the romantic angle between Alex and Toni prevents it all from being military tactics (which I also enjoy a lot).
One disappointing thing for me about "Net Force" is the name of the military head "Col. John Howard". Well, I am Australian and "John Howard" is the name of our Prime Minister. Whenever I read the name, I imagine a short, balding little weazel! Maybe Clancy and Steve Perry should check stuff like that out before they name their characters!
Conclusion: Good for a light read when you don't want to concentrate too much.
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This was an interesting book. It was easy to follow and not that hard to comprehend. It starts in the year 2010 and tells of the Net Force, the group that is in charge of the safety of the Internet. A conflict arises when they have to figure out who is hacking into the Internet.
One character who stands out in my mind is Alex Michaels. He is the Commander of the Force. He is an honorable man who wouldn't stop working until he found out who was hacking into the Internet. Also, he wouldn't let his affair with a co-worker interfere with his job. This shows that he is both a hard worker and an honorable man.
I truly enjoyed reading this book. Once I got into it, it was extremely difficult to put down. When I chose this book, I thought it was going to be stupid, so I didn't want to read it, but I'm glad I did. I would recommend this book more to adults then children. It doesn't seem like a book someone younger would enjoy, but I think that older people would enjoy reading it.
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This was an interesting book. It was easy to follow and not that hard to comprehend. It starts in the year 2010 and tells of the Net Force, the group that is in charge of the safety of the Internet. A conflict arises when they have to figure out who is hacking into the Internet.
One character who stands out in my mind is Alex Michaels. He is the Commander of the Force. He is an honorable man who wouldn't stop working until he found out who was hacking into the Internet. Also, he wouldn't let his affair with a co-worker interfere with his job. This shows that he is both a hard worker and an honorable man.
I truly enjoyed reading this book. Once I got into it, it was extremely difficult to put down. When I chose this book, I thought it was going to be stupid, so I didn't want to read it, but I'm glad I did. I would recommend this book more to adults then children. It doesn't seem like a book someone younger would enjoy, but I think that older people would enjoy reading it.
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This was an interesting book. It was easy to follow and not that hard to comprehend. It starts in the year 2010 and tells of the Net Force, the group that is in charge of the safety of the Internet. A conflict arises when they have to figure out who is hacking into the Internet.
One character who stands out in my mind is Alex Michaels. He is the Commander of the Force. He is an honorable man who wouldn't stop working until he found out who was hacking into the Internet. Also, he wouldn't let his affair with a co-worker interfere with his job. This shows that he is both a hard worker and an honorable man.
I truly enjoyed reading this book. Once I got into it, it was extremely difficult to put down. When I chose this book, I thought it was going to be stupid, so I didn't want to read it, but I'm glad I did. I would recommend this book more to adults then children. It doesn't seem like a book someone younger would enjoy, but I think that older people would enjoy reading it.
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As a Clancy fan, and having panned "Night Moves" in an earlier review, I felt obligated to give another of his Net Force books a read. "Hidden Agendas" is, chronologically, the prequel to Clancy's earlier work. He might have done well to release it first. The characters in this book are better developed and the plot an improvement over his earlier effort. However, as inferred by another Amazon reviewer, this is the stuff of a movie script perhaps more than popular literature.
In "Hidden Agendas" the Net Force battles a computer wiz nee: body-building street thug and his employer, an apparently legitimate U.S. Congressional official with secrets to share. A "cloak 'n dagger" chase" traces its way across the U.S. and Europe before settling in an "OK Corral" confrontation that simultaneously brings all of the principals together in an obscure African nation.
Clancy does a nicer job here of developing his characters. He provides the origin of the relationship between Alex Michaels and Toni Fiorella as well as the unlikely match between Sergeant Fernandez and goddess-genius Joanna Winthrop. Even Jay Gridley's VR (virual reality) computer scenarios are less excentric. Col. John Howard is perhaps the most believable character (if you ignore the tree falling on him during a wilderness exercise in Washington). And we're less distracted by the wanderings Howard's son, Tyron, than in the earlier release.
Clancy doesn't let the intermittent romantic steam rust his proficiency for detail on weaponry and military tactics. However the motive of the key antagonist, Thomas Hughes, is never made completely clear. Despite a skeptical start, I enjoyed this volume better than "Night Moves."
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