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A Good Place To Start

Red October 2

A Bad Place To Start

Sum of all Fears 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Tom Clancy

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McDruid February 2nd, 2006 05:44 PM PST

Red October is a taut, well-paced thriller. Subsequent books have pretty much failed to maintain the pace set by his first. The Sum of All Fears degenerated into a kind of hapless have-somebody-do-something-stupid-in-order-to-further-the-plot. This may have been his nadir, but I have read nothing of his since.

Marian November 9th, 2006 10:37 PM PST

"Clancy told me that his favorite of his own novels is Patriot Games, the one he said was most 'savaged' by reviewers." -- from an article on "techno-thrillers" in the Virginia Quarterly Review


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