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Net Force [Mass Market Paperback]

Tom Clancy , Steve R. Pieczenik
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Jan. 11 2002 Net Force (Book 1)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of Op-Center comes a different kind of law enforcement. In the year 2010, computers are the new superpowers. Those who control them, control the world. To enforce the Net Laws, Congress forms the ultimate computer security agency within the FBI: the Net Force.

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From Publishers Weekly

Clancy's newest collaboration takes us to 2010, when the virtual Web looks like a stock-car race and gadgets and gizmos abound. Net Force, a computer security agency created by Congress, patrols the technological etherworld and those who hook into it. When the agency's director is assassinated, Deputy Director Alex Michaels suddenly finds himself in command. Diverted by the Chechen mastermind in Russia, Michaels and his forces are soon battling the New Mafia and an Irish assassin named "The Selkie." Out in the field, the Special Forces carry advanced armor and weapons systems while joshing around in cartoonlike jargon. The computer jocks drive their virtual Vipers to investigate "roadblocks" and "pileups." The equipment is interesting, but the action doesn't bear up under the ponderous exposition and flatter-than-a-floppy-disk characters. (Feb.) FYI: Net Force is soon to be an ABC mini-series.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The creators of Tom Clancy's Op-Center series strike again, launching what apparently will be a series about a near-future branch of the FBI charged with policing the global Net. It opens with a bang, literally. Agents of Russian computer expert Vladimir Plekhanov--who plans to buy, with the profits of global Net crime, Chechnya, then the Ukraine, then who knows what--assassinate the head of Net Force. New chief Alexander Michaels and his staff find themselves up against not only Plekhanov but also the Mafia and an engaging female assassin known as the Selkie. They need all their computer expertise and special-ops assets, a good deal of luck, and a couple of teenagers in the right place at the right time to defeat Plekhanov. Sf hand Steve Perry, prominent in the ackowledgments, seems to have had something to do with getting the yarn on paper, but however credit may be divided up (this is another of Clancy's "created by" products), kudos are due. This is a highly successful start-at-a-dead-run thriller with a hard-edged tone, vividly depicted hardware, and touches of humor and romance. Let us hope that the "fx" in the forthcoming Net Force TV miniseries do justice to all the action. Roland Green

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of a worthwhile series Aug. 4 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read a few of the NetForce novels, including this one that launched the series, and thought I'd pop around and see what some of the users like me thought about them. I'm really surprised they're not more well received. Some thoughts in reply to several comments I've seen readers make here:
1) Tom Clancy did not write these novels. He and Steve Pieczenik are listed as "created by," and it appears that a writer named Steve Perry may have done most of the actual writing of at least two of the three NetForce novels I've read. His name is an attention-getter, and it is somewhat odd to me that so many reviewers comment on "this isn't Clancy's best work." Of course not. It's obviously not his writing, so the books cannot be accurately reviewed from that angle.
2) Comments regarding there being less than Clancy's usual tons of technical detail are irrelevant as well. Personally the technical detail bores me anyway, and there is too much here for my tastes, making it one of the weaknesses of the NetForce series IMO. YMMV; some reviewers want more technical detail, I want less. There's enough in this series to be illustrative, but for me (I prefer plot exposition, moving the story along, and character development) the writer stops to explain various weapons more than enough. It slows the story down, but at least it's not too distracting.
3) Someone commented that this series "is not written for people who actually use computers." Ahem. I have operated a commercial website for several years as a part-time job, and my full-time job is on my PC as well. I have rebuilt and upgraded entire computer systems by myself with minimal instruction. I practically *live* in e-mail. And I do enjoy this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING Thriller April 15 2003
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Tom Clancy is an amazing author. We have begun to expect thrilling novels from him. Net Force is just a step above the rest.
The book begins with the assassination of Michael Day, the head of Net Force. Net Force is the governments computer control agency, believed by some to be ore powerful than the FBI and CIA. The assassination is the spider in the web of events leading to the exciting conclusion. There are five main characters in this novel: The Selkie, who is an assassin trying to take out the replacement head of Net Force, Plekhanov, who is trying to take over Ukraine, Alex Michaels, who is the new head of Net Force, and Toni Fiorella, the martial arts master.
This book has some very thrilling moments like "Ruzhyo placed the wavering crosshairs on the mans chest" and "He turned and saw the old lady with her cane held over her shoulder like a baseball bat, ready to belt his head into the bleachers." are just some of them.
I suggest you read this literary masterpiece, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good Clancy Technological thriller Jan. 8 2003
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars #1 Book in America Jan. 22 2002
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Net Force by Tom Clancy is a fantastic and interesting novel. I loved it because its supposedly based in the year 2010 a time when computers are the superpowers of the world. Gee that sounds like fiction! It made me wonder is Congress going to create a special computer security agency within the FBI anytime soon we need someone to enforce the Net Laws. This book got me to read again, before I thought that I would never find a book that could give me the pleasure of adventure but then a friend gave me Net Force and I fell in love with it. It reminded me of how fun reading can be who wouldn't call a book dealing with computers causing famine, chaos and death awesome and cyber terrorists crashing mainframes across the world. "Who ever controls computers controll the world" that has been true for the last 3 decades and computers are only getting started. So if your the type of person who loves books about Government agancies, cyber terrorists, sabotage, assasinations, famine, chaos, and death then Net Force is the book for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Almost a book
This story is out of reality at any time, it has an almost love story, almost FBI thriller, almost futuristic, almost childish, and I can keep going about almost everything, apart... Read more
Published on March 26 2004 by Jorge Frid
4.0 out of 5 stars FUTURISTIC GLIMPSE
Tom Clancy is a genius at research on any topic - and he excels in the futuristic world of the virtual world computer. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Sandy Rhoad
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Tom clancy is one of my favorite writers and his net force series is great. The first book starts off a lot of diffrent trails to be expanded upon in future additions to the... Read more
Published on July 9 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad experience
I've read the Spanish translation.
This book is very poor, elemental. There is no emotion, no thriller. Some argumental threads become suddently dead. Read more
Published on March 15 2002 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars BOMB (literally)
This was my first Tom Clancy book. It really got me hooked.
I guess a lot of people read some of his better books and then frowned upon this one. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars #1 Book in America
Net Force by Tom Clancy is a fantastic and interesting novel. I loved it because its supposedly based in the year 2010 a time when computers are the superpowers of the world. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2002 by Devin Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars #1 Book in America
Net Force by Tom Clancy is a fantastic and interesting novel. I loved it because its supposedly based in the year 2010 a time when computers are the superpowers of the world. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2002 by Devin Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great!
Tom Clancey is a master of putting suspense, reality, action, futuristic worlds, and thrill all into one novel. Read more
Published on May 10 2001 by Dan
1.0 out of 5 stars Clancy's Descent Into Formulaic Novels Accelerates
On the whole, this novel may be one of the worst mass market novels ever published. Wasting a decent if predictable premise, Clancy - or whoever it was who actually wrote this -... Read more
Published on April 30 2001 by sogrady
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