The author, Tom Clancy, is known for being a military technology buff, and porting his love over to his novels. Originally an insurance broker, he wrote his first novel, The Hunt For Red October in 1984. From then on, he's been well known for being an excellent military writer as well as creator of military and terrorist scenarios. His skills as a writer, show in this book, as well as his interests in technology and terrorism. Net Force is a novel, that starts, and doesn't stop. Like a roller coaster, it drops you down and takes you for many twists and curves in the plot. Net Force, is also a frame story. It had many different stories going on at once in it, that all combine to a fantastic climax. Me being an avid reader of Clancy novels, I found this book extremely enjoyable. Character development started right off, as they went in about Michaels (The new director of Net Force) and his reactions to the many chaotic events that happen around him. Clancy showed human flaws in his normal characters. I really enjoy those types of characters, so I suppose that struck a chord with me. Also, Clancy's use of imagination as well as technological knowledge was superb. To describe the internet, a growing almost living thing, twelve years into the future, and go into that much detail, is incredible. The antagonist, just like the protagonist, is indeed, human. Although his goal is world domination, he attempts to succeed in very simple and humanly possible ways. He makes mistakes (which ultimately lead to his downfall) and underestimates Net Force. Of the many sub-stories however, I enjoyed the Russian, "The Rifle's" most of all. Clancy later carries this character ahead to the 3rd book, and ties it together very well.