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Far from his best
le 21 octobre 2013
The book picks up where the last one left off, and does ultimately tie up most of the loose ends. However, I felt something essential was missing: a sense of scale. In Clancy's other Ryan novels you can feel the size of the conflicts, the mass do people involved and generally the importance of whatever is happening.
The basic plot isn't terribly different from that of Debt of Honor. But in that vastly superior installment of the series, there was a real sense of danger and instability that is entirely missing here. The planning and action in the White House, usually well written, is barely touched upon, and the consequences of cyber warfare on the scale that is suggested seem very underestimated.
One refreshing note however: the balance of military power seems more realistically described than in the past, or at least updated, and the US isn't quite as invincible as in Clancy's previous books.