The return of the cutting-edge thriller series Net Force, created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik and written by Jerome Preisler.
The number one threat to our nation's security is in cyberspace. The new US president wants to tackle the urgent problem head-on and launches a top secret line of defense: Net Force. But before the organization can be announced, the country is hit by an unprecedented, two-pronged terror attack.
Not yet empowered by Congress nor embraced by a dubious intelligence community, still untested, unproven and officially unnamed, Net Force's elite group of cyber experts and field operatives must lead the fight against the ongoing waves of hacks while tracking down the mastermind. Their failure could mean global catastrophe. Success may lead them to become the highest-level security agency in the United States.
A story that seems ripped from tomorrow's headlines, Net Force: Dark Web relaunches one of the most prescient thriller series at a time when cybersecurity is more vital than ever.
Here's the thing, if you Google the meaning of thriller, the result is "a novel, play, or movie with an exciting plot, typically involving crime or espionage." If you read further, you'll see things about putting a reader or viewer on the edge of their seat. Net Force: Dark Web has the crime or espionage part of that, but the exciting plot or edge of my seat storyline? Not so much. The blurb sounds exciting, and I was certainly hoping for an edge of my seat read, but this book was the complete opposite for me. It's about 700 pages of way too easy to put down and even harder to pick back up. Only sheer determination and a bit of OCD about finishing things kept me pushing through to the end. The story is snail's pace slow, tedious, and wordy. There are numerous characters and subplots to keep track of, and we meet those characters in info dump like fashion. Those things combined made it hard to get invested in any of it. It's been a long time since I read anything by Tom Clancy, but I don't remember having this much trouble with those books. Maybe my tastes have changed, or maybe this one just isn't for me. Either way, this one came up sorely lacking, and this is one Clancy world that I won't be revisiting.