State of War

State of War

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In the near future, the Internet is the world's central nervous system, but when terrorists want to subvert world order, this is where they strike. Elite Net Force teams are needed to stop them but this time, there are signs that they may have met their match.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 112 x 176 x 28mm | 222.26g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141011408
  • 9780141011400

Author information

Tom Clancy is the author of THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, THE BEAR AND THE DRAGON and, most recently, RED RABBIT. He lives in Maryland, USA.show more

Review Text

There may be those who are suspicious that Tom Clancy's name is being used here to sell a book by another author, but such fears are groundless. After all, Clancy would hardly lend his name to an enterprise that traduced the quality work he produces in his own thrillers, and all of the writers in this series, including Steve Perry, are thorough professionals, expert at turning out the kind of narrative Clancy is famous for. The futuristic tone of this one is set by the fact that some years into the future, computers hold total sway over the world. And the computer programmers are the new Caesars. As net laws have become far more crucial than they are today, Congress creates a security section within the FBI to deal with transgressors: the eponymous Net Force. And the organization is more than justifying any expenditure, as viruses are destroying computers, notably the Net Force's own machines. Behind the confusion is the sinister genius Mitchell Townshend Ames, and this is the initial strike in a major war. Soon the diverse members of the beleaguered Net Force are struggling to crack the codes that hide Ames's plotting, and the danger to them is much more than electronic. In the real world, hackers have broken into the Pentagon's computers, and so the compelling narrative here barely comes across as science fiction. Characterization is basic, but the thrills come thick and fast, in true Tom Clancy fashion. (Kirkus UK)show more

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