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Point of Impact: Net Force 05 [Mass Market Paperback]

Tom Clancy , Steve Pieczenik , Steve Perry
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Jan. 16 2002 Net Force (Book 5)
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 creates the ultimate computer security agency within the FBI: the Net Force®.

It’s the rich man’s drug of choice—and it’s being sold on the Internet for a thousand dollars per capsule. A potent mixture of smart drugs, psychedelics, angel dust, and steroids, it can turn a fifty-year-old into a raging beast of aggression and sexual desire. Now, it’s up to the Net Force to find the source of this dangerous designer drug. Before another rape. Before another murder. Before every user self-destructs…

A powerful examination of America’s defense and intelligence systems of the future, Tom Clancy’s Net Force® is the creation of Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik.

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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 �the perfect yarn.� 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Life Is Full Of Surprises Feb. 29 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was fully prepared to dislike this book. To begin with, it was a gift, not something I would have chosen. I'm not a big Tom Clancy fan. I don't have anything against him, I just haven't read any of his books. The thing is, I still haven't read any of Clancy's books. Although POINT OF IMPACT has Clancy's name all over it, it was actually written by Steve Perry, someone I had never heard of.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Myths Nov. 5 2003
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A myth, or a story that is considered factually untrue, but nonetheless important because it provides insight into a culture's history, values and belief system, is a very vital method that express things that might not be true, but that everybody needs to know.
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Do I have to give a star? Oct. 17 2003
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What drivel. Since the rating system here won't let me rate lower than one star, I guess I'll justify it by saying at least it's not really Tom Clancy. Unlike Clancy who feigns good writing by swamping the reader with military jargon, Steve Perry does attempt to develop characters and to write a story. For this HIS name should be in giant letters on the cover instead of Clancy's. Sadly though, despite being better than Clancy, Perry failed miserably in his attempts. The story is very unbelievable and embarrassingly contrived. I can believe that purple capsules could concievably be created that could give the user incredible bursts of energy, strength, stamina, and intelligence. However, they cannot change what species we are! Doing what some of his characters did, our tendons and muscles would rip and tear and our bones would break, all to the point where all the energy in the world would not help. Perry however, expects us to believe that this drug can somehow give us supernatural powers- something more than any human could ever do! His villains are also so pathetically stereotypical it actually made me laugh. Drayne and Tad with their father issues, the two renegade FBI agents and their closeted homosexuality, the conspiratorial drug companies- ah the humor of it all. But the villains weren't the only poorly written characters. Toni's character was disappointingly pointless. Perry goes into great lengths to detail her martial arts expertise but when the cards are on the table a knife to the back with which she could easily have pierced Tad's spine and rendered him paralysed with given her knowledge and skill, is ill-aimed. This gives Tad a weapon and an excuse to make the man, Toni's husband, the hero. Even I can see the sexism in that. Finally, the ending. I am just glad Perry didn't try humour throughout the whole book, because that "ironic" line at the end was eye-rollingly cheesy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars POINT OF IMPACT - Wired dot.com thriller May 29 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An elite federal agency of Internet cops goes after a California dude whose chemistry set includes the wherewithal to manufacture a superman designer drug that is probably immune to kryptonite. Bunsen burner hot shot Bobby Drayne sells purple capsules of Thor (God of thunder) to his rich web clients at a grand a pop. With Thor in their veins, they enjoy hours of ecstasy and ultra strength of body and mind that has the U.S. government and the pharmaceutical companies green with envy. The military application of Thor would give new meaning to the notion of charging up a hill; and the drug companies would salivate for a Viagra pill for the rest of the body. The stage is set to find the source of the purple wonder.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars BIG FUN!
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 more
Published on July 17 2002 by Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars the best Adult Net Force book!
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 more
Published on April 3 2002 by elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your father's InterNET
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 more
Published on March 6 2002 by Ira Stoller
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual standard expected of Tom Clancy
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 more
Published on Dec 25 2001 by Penelope Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT Tom Clancy - don't believe it
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 more
Published on Aug. 31 2001 by JMK
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining book.
The large purple pill slides easily down the man's throat. Within minutes his skin tingles, his eyes sharpen, and his muscles bulge. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2001 by Traveling Irishman
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard-Hitting and Gripping.
Unlike "NightMoves" this book has NetForce acting more as a supporting agency to an investigation. Read more
Published on July 16 2001 by James D'Angelo
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
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 more
Published on June 28 2001 by Ping Lim
4.0 out of 5 stars A good entertaining book.
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 more
Published on June 19 2001 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good tech thriller
I liked this book a lot. It was quite full of technical details, which tend to catch my interest. The characters are well-developed and unique, and the climax is tense and full... Read more
Published on June 16 2001 by John Biesnecker, Jr.
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