Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Threat Vector by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney


These were grim days for former operatives of the Jamahiriya Security Organization, the dreaded national intelligence service of Libya under Moammar Gaddafi.

What follows is exposition that sounds more like a disposition, using key words like Al-Qaeda, PERSEC, and NATO. This might interest some or maybe even most obsessed with this genre. The prologue does what prologues usually do, takes a big back story dump, a clever technique that always risks losing readers. But as this prologue reads like a news paper article, some might find it interesting; nevertheless, I didn't.

Chapter 1:

The five Americans had been lying low in the decrepit hotel room for hours, waiting for nightfall.

Followed by weather. However, there is a scene unfolding as some agents prepare for an operation and need to spread out for optimal effect. Chapters are short and paced well, as one can expect with a Clancy novel.

First thing said:

"We'll head out one at a time."

I will give this a pass (barely) because of chapter 1 and the scene that sets the story in motion. The prologue info could have been dumped somewhere else.

RIP Mr. Clancy.

Verdict: Pass (barely)

Rudy Globird

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