Point of Impact: Net Force 05 Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 2001
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Tom Clancy was the author of eighteen #1 New York Times-bestselling novels. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the bestseller list after President Ronald Reagan pronounced it ï¿½the perfect yarn.ï¿½ Clancy was the undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He died in October 2013.
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Then there was the prologue, which contains some very hokey and contrived dialogue. By the time I got through the first few pages my eyes were rolling. Given the larger-than-life action and comic book characterization typical of this type of book, combined with what I had seen so far, I figured I was in for a real stinker.
But, to my surprise, POINT OF IMPACT turned out to be pretty good. Not a literary masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but entertaining and quite readable. The prologue was just a setup. To be sure, you still get the over-the-top plot, but that goes with the genre. Beyond that, there actually was some character development. Not so much for the Net Force "good guys" (I assume they're already familiar from previous books in the series) as for the "bad guy" drug maker and his sidekick. These two become somewhat familiar and interesting as the story progresses.
I enjoyed POINT OF IMPACT and I hadn't expected to. It wasn't clever or memorable in any particular way. There isn't any real depth. Still, it didn't bore me and the writing was competent. For a light read, you could do a lot worse. Fans of this genre won't be disappointed.
In Point of Impact, Mr. Piecznik, the writer of the novel, uses the myth of Thor the Greek God to express feelings of power, and strength. Take this passage, for example. "Seventeen times he had swung Thor's magic hammer, and not once a bad trip." If the reader were not familiar with Greek Mythology, he/she would probably be confused by that passage. Obviously, the character mentioned here is not actually swinging Thor's hammer. The hammer is a symbol of power and absolutely corrupting strength that fills him when he uses a drug. Therefore, the myth element plays a very key role in this novel. Thor's hammer is also a symbol. It symbolizes the feeling, as well as the figure of authority that inspires this character while he is under the influence. That is another point. If fear were a literary device, it would also play a key role in this novel. The only reason that the character is able to assume this authoritative position is because any one that would happen across him would be petrified. Just think about it, a man, not exceptionally tall, maybe 5'8", carrying a mail truck on his shoulders. It would allow him to essentially take over.
Pegasus, Thor, and Zeus are all myths. But without them, our society would have no cultural, international, or creative values.
NET FORCE: POINT OF IMPACT is the fifth in the Tom Clancy inspired Internet mystery series. It is nouveau pulp fiction: fast paced, action packed, with thinly-developed characters whose role is to drive the storyline ahead at lightning speed. POINT OF IMPACT delivers on the pulp fiction promise. It is guilt-free summer reading at its best.
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This is the second book I have read from the series and it did not let me down. It was amazing. I just could not put it down. The characters are just GREAT! Read morePublished on July 17 2002 by Buff
Point of Impact is by far my favorite Tom Clancy Net Force book. The reasons I think this one is the best is that I could connect with the characters more. Read morePublished on April 3 2002 by elizabeth
The NetForce books are great action-adventure stories, and POI is no exception. However, the last few stray so far from the original concept, I'm not sure why they're artificially... Read morePublished on March 6 2002 by Ira Stoller
Be warned if you do not like bad language you will have a problem with this book. I put up with it until page 299 and decided no more. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2001 by Penelope Smith
It is important to note that the Net Force books were *created* by Tom Clancy. If you are a Clancy fan, you will be highly dissappointed by this book. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2001 by JMK
The large purple pill slides easily down the man's throat. Within minutes his skin tingles, his eyes sharpen, and his muscles bulge. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2001 by Traveling Irishman
Unlike "NightMoves" this book has NetForce acting more as a supporting agency to an investigation. Read morePublished on July 16 2001 by James D'Angelo
Net Force was at it again, using their most sophisticated technology available & the cumulative mental & physical skills of the whole team to capture two evasive drug... Read morePublished on June 28 2001 by Ping Lim
This was the first work of Tom Clancy that I actually read. I've seen some of the movies (Hunt for Red October, and the a few of the Jack Ryan movies). Read morePublished on June 19 2001 by Amazon Customer