Thursday, February 01, 2007

Breakpoint by Richard A. Clarke

I finished this one today and was not all that impressed. It had really good moments but kind of sagged in the middle. Here is my review:

Internet and satellites are being shut down all across the US. No one can figure out who is behind it. Detective James Foley and Susan Connor team up with the help of Margaret Myers and Soxster. They find out that other attacks happening can be linked back to them. They’re not sure who is all involved but it becomes clear that the main goal is to get rid of advancements made in technology.

This is the second novel that Richard A. Clarke has written. I thought it was pretty good. It had a good pace to it and it explained a lot of things so I could follow along. But it never felt like it was too much to read. It made it easier to process for me. The writing was really good, though not very emotional in my opinion. But then it was all about technology of the future. A lot of facts and figures but they were needed.

The characters didn’t have a lot of depth to them. They sure knew how to use the technology that they had available. I enjoyed following the journey that they took. Quick decisions had to be made all through the story and they did that very well. Susan was not a woman to be messed with in anything. She knew where to seek out help but she did take some risks as well. Detective James Foley didn’t want to be near this situation but it got local and he had to step in. He had contacts from the wrong side but he could only hope that they would help him.

I give this book 3/5. It was good but I thought it was a little over the top for being set in 2012. I am not saying that Mr. Clarke is wrong with his ideas cause in the back of the book he pointed out where he got his ideas. That helped some but well his tone was not all that great and well I was not sure what to think half the time. I did not want to put the book down and it got a lot of edge of your seat type action towards the end. But it could have used that a lot sooner. The twists were good but I thought it was a bit too much to think about. I am not sure I would recommend it but if you like this style of book with espionage and idea of terror everywhere then enjoy!

Now off to The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. :) I hope this one is much better. LOL

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