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Tom Clancy's Net Force #7: State Of War [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

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Feb. 27 2003 Tom Clancy's Net Force

In the year 2010, computers are the new superpowers. Those who control them control the world. To enforce the Net Laws, Congress has created the ultimate computer security agency within the FBI: Net Force.

Minor viruses are eating away at the Net Force computers. The e-mial shut-downs and flickering monitors are hardly emergencies -- but they've been keeping the tech department hopping. Same with the sudden rash of time-consuming lawsuits. No one in the Net Froce has a moment to spare, which is exactly the way Mitchell Townsend Ames wants it. Because when the shadowy mastermind launches his master plan, he wants Net Force to be looking the other way...

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Tom Clancy is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels including Rainbow Six, Executive Orders, and Debt of Honor. Steve Pieczenik is the author of State of Emergency and co-creator of Tom Clancy's Op-Center series.

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
State of War had everything except good authors. I know Clancy's career doesn't exactly revolve around the NetForce series,but he should have kept writing them instead of letting someone else. Anyway, State of War is a multi-point-of-view story. It focuses on a lawyer that loves to see the system crumble, his lap-dog who discovers the excitement of killing a man, and the usual NetForce cast. The first Netforce book had the same subplot on top of supplot basis, but it worked for the book, mostly because the author was Clancy. But in State of War, the different angles are stretched too thin. The problem is since that there are so many charachters there's a chance you'rs going to end up reading an entire chapter about someone you don't care about and want top know about another charchter who doesn't pop up for another eight chapters. The anti-reality Jay Gridley was the main character I couldn't stand to read about. There are about three chapters out of fifteen that he's in where's he's not in the middle of some virtual-reality place that doesn't exist so you just don't care. However, the key element to State of War is Junior (the lap-dog in question). Something about the extreme measures he take to fix his stupid mistakes shows the excitement the book tried to project. The problem with State is that there are too many people to keep track of and most of them you don't like. The idea was great- the 3D charachters, likable good guy, likably bad bad guy, and the list goes on. The authors' inability to keep you interested is the main problem. Would I recomend this? Sure, why not. But be prepared to skip a bunch of pages.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Categorically the worst novel of the series ... April 4 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up STATE OF WAR today and read it in an evening, but that shouldn't be taken as a sign that the book was well-written. The last book, CYBERNATION, was released in November 2001, so the bulk of it was no doubt written before the World Trade Center attacks. That makes this book the first in the 'Net Force' series to be written after the September 11 attacks. Unfortunately, the authors chose to attempt to integrate the events of 2001 into this future they had been portraying, and they did so without even the slightest modicum of skill: the references were incredibly hamhanded and extremely clumsy, and came across with all the subtlety and grace of a sledgehammer hitting a watermelon.
This, to me, was the worst of the novel's flaws, but it is hardly its only one. Tyrone's sudden miraculous superhuman sharpshooting ability was comically unbelievable because it had no foundation built for it in any prior novel -- worse, it came across as the cliched 'boy genius saves the day' syndrome made so hated by Wesley Crusher and Macaulay Culkin. None of the main characters (Alex, Toni, Jay, Howard) experience any significant personal growth or character development, and many beloved secondary characters are entirely absent. And many of the novel's substories and plot threads were not only uninteresting, but are left sloppily unresolved. What was the argument Tyrone could not think of? Whatever happened to Joan?
I'm fond of the series' characters after having watched them grow and live their lives throughout six other novels, so I may still pick up whatever novel is written next, mostly out of blind hope that future novels won't be as awful as this one was. But it hurt to see the characters be such pale imitations of their former selves.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Good March 27 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I agree with the other reviewers - this is a pretty weak book. It seems to me that this should an 8-10 page short story. There is too much fluff.
Examples of where this book is flawed:
1. Extensive discussion of handguns and target practice that does very little to add to or advance the plot.
2. The attempted seduction of Michaels - weak. And the boss of the seductress who would benefit from this doesn't seem to know what she is doing.
3. Does your teenage babysitter just happen to carry his 22 target pistol with him when he comes to take care of your child?
4. What do the random shootings of several police officiers and a biker bar have to do with anything in the story line?
5. As one reviewer mentioned, the ending just reeks. Why would there not be guards to help protect the location? Why can Net Force just wipe out a person who just happens to be involved in a law suit against Net Force and no one seems to care enough to even investigate? Segways accross the desert?
I did like Jay's VR stuff even though it is a bit overblown.
All in all, I would not waste money on this book. A lame effort by all involved.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Clancy should take his name off the book. March 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I "love" Clancy books. The last one by Tom himself was a bit of a downer but overall they have been good reads. I have even enjoyed these side-line issued books written by others with his name on them.
I am drawing the line now on the books with the authors now under the second author under Clancy.
I have read the first 100 pages so far and had to put this out there so that others could avoid wasting their money. The book is very revisionist and the authors, whoever they are, are prosyletizing the whole time.
Examples of this start with the General getting into a debate with his son on the merits of capitalism. They divert into a multi-page .... of why downloading mp3's is stealing and how it hurts capitalism and intellectual property. Thank you but this is supposed to be a good read not a lesson in ethics.
In revisionist fashion, 9/11 is backfilled into the backdrop. It has not been mentioned in previous books which all occur after 9/11 but now conveniently it is dropped in the book in the year 2013. 9/11 was bad enough for all Americans without the opportunist authors changing the sequence. It doesn't add anything to the story.
The authors then pretend to be current by sticking in Net Force members arriving on Segway's. Please, just tell a story and develop it without having to draw upon extraneous material.
I hesitate to read the rest of the book but so far very disappointing. Tom seems to be okay with sullying his name in order to make more money but if it continues I am sure it will backfire.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Can anyone just stop this???
I do have similar view several Net Force books back but this one really wins it - and makes me write this. Could anyone tell the authors not to continue as they seem to forever??? Read more
Published on June 20 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst
To be honest, I haven't read the whole book. I am the type of person who once I start reading a book I will read it regardless of how good or bad it is. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by krbvroc1
2.0 out of 5 stars Generic At Best
This seventh book in the now stale Net Force series offers nothing new and is better left alone. The Net Force series started off fresh but the books have since grown forced and... Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2003 by B. Bukowski
2.0 out of 5 stars The first Tom Clancy I read was not a good one!
My wife picked this up for me - she thought I might enjoy Tom Clancy. In fact I do - but this isn't really Tom Clancy at all and, in fact, I'm embarrassed for him. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2003 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but a fast read
I have to agree that this book does not live up to the expectations of anything associated with Tom Clancy. The book was a fast read for me. Read more
Published on June 27 2003 by Jamie Ratliff
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Tom Clancy's Novel ....Period!
This is by far the worst Tom Clancy's (or franchise) novel to date. It got so much un-interesting facts / drama / nonsense, that keep me guesing.. where is the good stuff??? Read more
Published on May 12 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time
Net Force - State of War is a total waste of the reader's time. Mr. Clancy should be embarrassed to have his name associated with it. Read more
Published on March 30 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, Not as Good as the Other Net Force Books
Like most of the other Net Force junkies, I've been waiting for quite a while for the next installment. Sadly, I was dissappointed. Read more
Published on March 14 2003 by S. Tallarico
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty interesting
Well, I found it and picked it up a few days after the release, the book is pretty well written, but there does seem to be a few typo's. Read more
Published on March 13 2003 by "nexysos"
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