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Soft Target

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Rolling on the Floor Laughing

Mr Hunter, it would seem, wears his politics on his sleeve. The incompetent chief of the Minnesota State Police is a Kenyan, Mr. Obobo who is a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law. Obobo drifts through one top assignment after another. He and his loyal sidekick decid...
Mr Hunter, it would seem, wears his politics on his sleeve. The incompetent chief of the Minnesota State Police is a Kenyan, Mr. Obobo who is a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law. Obobo drifts through one top assignment after another. He and his loyal sidekick decide that this crisis is too good to waste and accuse Minnesotans of clinging to their guns, bibles, and resistant to change. What a hoot! I'll finish the review when I finish the book. Obobo!!! Gotta love it!

posted by JamesS on December 10, 2011

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Sophomoric, not believable - find something else

The plot for "Soft Target" provided the author with an opportunity to develop a nice story, but instead it turned out to be predictable, sophomoric and snarky while throughout, not believable. Without giving away the story, all the access doors to the mall are locked an...
The plot for "Soft Target" provided the author with an opportunity to develop a nice story, but instead it turned out to be predictable, sophomoric and snarky while throughout, not believable. Without giving away the story, all the access doors to the mall are locked and the police are stymied as to how to gain entrance because of this. Has the author ever driven by a mall to see all the glass doors in the anchor stores that available for breaking in? Just an example of how the story never gets you pulled in. As another reviewer mentioned ("Rolling on the Floor"), the thinly veiled comparison of the head of the State Police (Col. Obobo) to someone of a similar name and heritage who lives on Pennsylvania Ave. is sophomoric and silly ...and snarky. Tom Clancy seems to have fallen into this political trap as well with his recent "Locked Down". None of the characters, with the exception of "Our Hero" have two neurons in their brain to rub together, and if they do, they are too self-absorbed to help the poor people in the mall. At only 256 pages, it's a mercifully quick read, but you can do better if you're looking for suspenseful mind candy.

posted by scorpion56 on February 26, 2012

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    Rolling on the Floor Laughing

    Mr Hunter, it would seem, wears his politics on his sleeve. The incompetent chief of the Minnesota State Police is a Kenyan, Mr. Obobo who is a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law. Obobo drifts through one top assignment after another. He and his loyal sidekick decide that this crisis is too good to waste and accuse Minnesotans of clinging to their guns, bibles, and resistant to change. What a hoot! I'll finish the review when I finish the book. Obobo!!! Gotta love it!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Great book, if you like intrigue.

    I enjoyed this book. It was a little scary actually, thinking this could happen. I was on the edge of my seat in so many parts of this book and angry that one of the main characters was such an egotistical jerk.

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    Stephen Hunter is truly an amazing author! Soft Target is a well

    Stephen Hunter is truly an amazing author! Soft Target is a well written, exciting and somewhat ironic tale. Cruz is one of the best characters to come along in a long time. I highly recommend this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Roan

    Night son..proud of you

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Kiev

    Smiles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Hot Springs

    The best book I ever read was HOT SPRINGS. Earl swagger is a crismatic and honest to a fault. A southerner with the common sense to understand that its whats in a mans soul ...and not color of his pigmentation

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Heartkit

    Runs out because no one os paying attention to her

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Foxkit

    She shivered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Perfectkit

    Drops from lack of food and drink.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    FIREGOD TO ALL

    IF ANYONE POSTS ABOVE THIS AND FORESTWINTER'S POST IS GONE, HE ERASED IT! IT SAYS: STEALS ALL OF THE KITS AND RUNS TO YUM AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    The auther

    It was wonderful! I love your stories and ive been advertizing them for you! Make it longer though. Make it seven pages. Otherwise nearly perfect! The auther

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Chapter 2

    A brown tom stepped out of the shadows, a long scar running down his back. A silver and black apprentice stood glaring next to the larger cat. "Ratscar, Stoatpaw," greeted Ivypool coldly. "What is this...kit...doing near our border," growled Ratscar. Ivypool walked over to stand next to Softpaw. "Softpaw is our new APPRENTICE. I was showing her around ThunderClan territory," she meowed icily. "Well, let me tell your apprentice something," he smirked. "If you ever set foot on our territory, we'll make sure you leave with a few scars of her own." Softpaw leaned away from the toms, her hackles raised. Ivypool unsheathed her claws. "It is unwise to threaten us Ratscar," she snarled. "Come on Softpaw." Ivypool turned away and Softpaw hurried after her. "I'm sorry you had to meet those foxhearts Softpaw," meowed Ivypool coolly once they were back under the trees. "It's okay, the tour was fun other than that," Softpaw mewed, trying to sound cheery. Soon they emerged from the thorn tunnel into the camp. Dovewing trotted over to meet them. "How was the tour?" She asked, smoothing a tuft of her daughter's fur. "Well..." started Ivypool. "It was fun except we found fox fur and we met two meet ShadowClan warriors!" Meowed Softpaw quickly. Dovewing's eyes widened. "Did I hear something about a fox?" Asked Squirrelflight, coming over to the three cats. "Yes. Softpaw found a clump of fox fur. It was pretty fresh." Explained Ivypool. "We will have to be alert outside of camp," meowed Squirrelflight. She walked away to talk to Bramblestar on highledge. "You can go play with the apprentices, Softpaw," Ivypool told her. Softpaw trotted over to Amberpaw, Snowpaw, and Dewpaw. "Hi guys!" She mewed. "How was your tour?" Asked Amberpaw. "I found some fox fur and met some ShadowClan warriors, but I scared them off and showed them who's boss!" She bragged. "Wow. Maybe Bramblestar will let you come to the Gathering tonight!" Piped Dewpaw. "Oh I hope!" Sighed Softpaw dreamily. Just then, Bramblestar lept up onto highledge. "All cats old enough to catch their own prey, gather here to hear my words!" He yowled. Cats emerged into the clearing. Softpaw and the other apprentices moved toward highledge. "I have two announcements to make," he meowed to the crowd of cats. "First, there may be a fox in the area, so be wary when you exit the camp." The gathered cats broke into a quiet murmuring. "Spiderleg, Sandstorm, and Graystripe, please step up here." The three warriors exited the crowd and lept up onto highledge. "Is it your wishes to leave the life of a warrior and become an elder?" Asked Bramblestar. "Yes," answered the three cats. "Then may you have many moons of rest from now until you join StarClan." As the crowd spread, Purdy came over to welcome the three elders. "I have so many stories to share with you!" He croaked. "Great..." meowed Graystripe. They walked away toward a patch of ivy to bathe in the sunlight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Great book

    Best i ever read

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

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    America, the Mall, an enormous mall on the outskirts of Minneapo

    America, the Mall, an enormous mall on the outskirts of Minneapolis is abuzz with excitement. It is Black Friday and the huge mall is jam-packed with shoppers trying to get the latest deal. The amusement park rides are running and a little girl is sitting on Santa's lap, telling the jolly man what she wants for Christmas. All is well until somebody shoots and kills Santa while the little girl talks. Chaos breaks out as a terrorist group, the "Mumbai Brigade," herds all the panicked shoppers into the center of the mall where they plan to kill helpless shoppers and get their message out to the world.

    Ray Cruz, who many readers will have met from Hunter's previous book, Dead Zero, is in the mall shopping with Molly, his fiancée when the terrorists strike. A retired Marine sniper, he may be the only hope for the 1,000 shoppers being held hostage. After seeing to the safety of Molly and some other shoppers who he hides in the back of a store, Ray goes to work.

    This rapid pace thriller takes place all in one day, in fact, within seven hours it's all over. There isn't much time for Ray, or the reader, to take a breath as there is something happening on every page. The action shifts between Ray, the terrorists, a news crew, other snipers, as well as the police. Add in a bit of cyber warfare, and a storeowner with an agenda, and you'll be eager to find out if there's more to the terror attack than a group of teenage boys with guns. Without a doubt, the sections featuring Ray are the standouts and while his fiancée fades to the background, keep an eye out for Lavela Oates. Ms. Oates was doing her best to get through her first day of work at a day care center in the mall and she's not about to lose her job over some crazed jihadists. While some may find the Somali terrorists a bit too predictable in their insane plans, others will see this as a great action thriller and a story line that could well happen one day.

    Quill says: Those who like their thrillers to start fast and never let up, won't be disappointed with Soft Target.

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