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Against All Enemies (Kindle)

By Tom Clancy

Against All Enemies (Kindle)

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Started reading:
Thu Jun 16, 2011
Finished reading:
Sat Jul 16, 2011
Type

Thriller

Review

Rating: 10

I don’t usually write reviews of books I read. In fact, this is my first on Amazon. I just usually don’t care what a bunch of strangers think about what my opinion is of the books I’m reading. Friends, yes; strangers, no.

However, this book has been trashed by a number of people here on Amazon.com. I find it hard to believe they’ve read the book.

A friend of mine recommended Against All Enemies saying that it reminded him of the early Clancy novels. Excited, I bought a Kindle version despite the price.

I have to say I was not disappointed. Against All Enemies is, indeed, reminiscent of classic Clancy. The plot is complex, but fast moving. The characters are larger than life, but realistic and believable.The story is chock full of technical stuff related simply enough so as not to bog down the story. The story is exciting and the writing supports the fast-paced action throughout the more than 700 pages. I was captured just as I was when I read The Hunt for Red October.

The difference for me between THFRO and AAE, is that while reading THFRO, I kept asking myself, “Where did he get all this classified info?” I was a Navy P3 pilot at the time, and somehow Clancy almost nailed our mission, tactics, and in aircraft banter. Though there were some inaccuracies, problems with some of the P3 and patrol technical details, he nailed enough of it to be believable. With AAE, since I’m not an expert in any of the technicalities therein, I’ll just have to accept them without the “wow” of the revelation of military secrets.

As to whether Peter Taleb wrote the book or Clancy did. I don’t care. I, like an earlier reviewer, have reread a couple of early Clancy novels, including THFRO, and found them to be not as magical as they once were. Against All Enemies stacks up against them solidly.

It was well worth the read. Thanks Peter or Tom, whoever wrote this engaging, exciting novel.

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