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Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers #2: The Deadliest Game

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Here comes a Clancy first: a new series of novels for young adults starring a team of troubleshooting teens—the Net Force Explorers—who know more about cutting edge technology than their teachers!

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Here comes a Clancy first: a new series of novels for young adults starring a team of troubleshooting teens—the Net Force Explorers—who know more about cutting edge technology than their teachers!

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Donna Scanlon
Based on the Net Force mini-series and set sometime in the next century, these books are about the Net Force Explorers, a group of computer-savvy teenagers specially trained to help investigate on-line crime. The idea is that teenagers often know more about technology and can sometimes access places on the Internet where adults might look suspicious; virtual reality is now commonplace, and monitors and keyboards a thing of the past. In Virtual Vandals, Matt Hunter is sent to investigate a group of teen vandals suspected of disrupting virtual reality sites, while in The Deadliest Game, Megan O'Malley and Leif Anderson look for a player bent on sabotage in a complex virtual reality game. The reader is treated to a number of descriptions of virtual reality experiences and flashing around the Internet, but for all of the high tech trappings, this is very much formula fiction, and not a particularly original formula: teenagers recruited and trained for a government agency eventually stumble across something too dangerous for them to handle alone, and when they are told to back off, they persist anyway. Naturally, they do not say anything to anyone who could be at all useful and end up in the middle of a dangerous confrontation. At the end, after being plucked from the jaws of death, they get a stern (but slightly approving) lecture from their supervisor. It is hard to imagine teens beyond junior high taking an interest in this series. True, the series is mind candy, but the writing is a bit stilted and while obviously targeted at teens, the content underestimates them. Characterization is weak; one gets little information about the characters apart from their appearance and a few character quirks. The dialogue seems clichéd as well, and the plots are predictable. Although Clancy's name appears on the cover of the book, nothing says for certain that he is the actual co-author; whether he is or not, Clancy fans who reach for this series will probably be disappointed. You may wish instead to put your time and money toward scouting out good thrillers for your collection rather than these tepid wannabes. Note: This review was written and published to address The Deadliest Game and Virtual Vandals. VOYA Codes: 2Q 2P J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425161746
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,279,149
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Clancy was the author of eighteen #1 New York Times-bestselling novels. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the bestseller list after President Ronald Reagan pronounced it "the perfect yarn." Clancy was the undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He died in October 2013.

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    1. Hometown:
      Huntingtown, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 12, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Baltimore, Maryland
    1. Date of Death:
      October 1, 2013
    2. Place of Death:
      Baltimore, Maryland

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  • Posted June 20, 2011


    It was pretty interesting, I liked a lot of the concepts in the book, it would be really exciting to be in a computer generated world like it described, but I kind of felt it was a little anti-climactic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004


    Fast read, got me started on the Net Force Series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2003


    thought it was one of the best books I ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2001

    best book i have ever read

    it was the best book i ever read

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