Tom Clancy’s Dead or Alive

dead_or_aliveWell, after several late nights of reading I finished Tom Clancy’s Dead or Alive. I’d say that I give the novel 3 out of 5 stars – primary reason being that while it’s a great read and in typical Clancy fashion has nearly a dozen story lines criss-crossing before culminating in the core of the store, there are still lose ends left open. Further the climax of the story seems to sputter out near the end.

The story itself seems somewhat akin to follow the present day hunt for terrorists around the world, but cast in a fictional world where the key person that everyone is after is “the Emir” and the URC.

I definitely was happy to have John Clark and Ding Chavez rejoining the crew introduced in Teeth of the Tiger – the Caruso Brothers and Jack Ryan, Jr. I will say that I was a little disappointed however with the last 90 pages of the book where there seemed to be a feeling of rushing to get to the finish. Not quite certain if Tom Clancy and Grand Blackwood were being forced to have a 900 page page count, or if the editors felt that they needed to wrap things up in a Hollywood’esque ending such that they would leave several streams of thought wide open for another book to pick up and run with shortly.

On the flip side, I’m not certain if it’s Clancy’s way of poking at political figures and pundits, but I have to say that some of the comments made by the main characters definitely seem to be reminiscent of current politics. Interesting way of voicing your opinion Smile

All in all, I’d give it 3 stars – great book that’s crack for the eyes.


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