Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Net Force (Tom Clancy's Net Force, #1)” as Want to Read:
Net Force (Tom Clancy's Net Force, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Net Force (Tom Clancy's Net Force #1)

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  7,299 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
From the #1 New York Times best-selling creators of Op-Center comes a different kind of law enforcement. In the year 2010, computers are the new superpowers. Those who control them, control the world. To enforce the Net Laws, Congress forms the ultimate computer security agency within the FBI: the Net Force.
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Berkley Books (first published August 10th 1998)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Net Force, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Net Force

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Oct 25, 2008 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to read this book today with the dated and incorrect predictions about technology. It's not really the author's fault--who could know? But still: most civilians don't have cellphones, the idea of "travelling through a network in VR" is laughable, and the government agents have a device called a "virgil" which is similar to a Blackberry, but far less powerful.

The book also seems to have product placement throughout (Dodge Viper, Dodge Neon, Chrysler Prowler), something I thought was the
May 05, 2015 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book. I liked it a lot. I got it from a free book exchange at a store that I go to. It was full of action and adventure.
There are two primary reasons people read Tom Clancy: (1.) for his hyper-realistic storytelling, and (2.) for his ingeniously complicated plot lines. NET FORCE is a tremendous letdown on both these fronts.
Written back in 1998, NET FORCE attempts to predict what life might be like in 2010. And, in terms of getting things right, it fails utterly. Just as BACK TO THE FUTURE 2 was overly optimistic in portraying 2016 America as a land of flying cars and hoverboards, NET FORCE goes overboard in posit
Jul 16, 2009 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tom Clancy Net Force books are what I call “Beach Books.” They move quickly, are not very deep and have twisty waves of plot to draw one’s interest for a brief interval. I wouldn’t mind terribly if they got wet and were washed overboard. Clancy and friends wrote so many of these Net Force novels there’s always another one waiting to take its place. The local HPB has ‘em for a buck a piece. Surf’s up!
Jan 31, 2011 Guera rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book so far is enjoyable in terms of the story line. This is the first of 12 books in the Net Force series if I remember correctly. This book sets the tone, I assume, for the rest of the books to follow. Hence there is a lot of background and character introduction. It requires serious focus and concentration, which sort of defeats the purpose why I am reading fiction at the moment. I am working on a doctorate and would like switch off at night with something less intense! I do however find ...more
Edwin Kort
Boek met gedateerde en onjuiste voorspellingen van de toekomst van de stand van de technologie. Mensen bezoeken het Internet in een soort Virtuel Reality, de meeste burgers hebben geen mobiele telefoons (mm, zou dat niet lekker rustig zijn), agenten in dienst van de overheid hebben een zogehten 'Virgil' (Virutel Global Interface Link), een communicatie-device met GPS ontvanger, computer etc. in een.

Dit soort boeken zijn ideaal voor op het strand, tijdens het reizen, of ergens waar je met een si
Luke Crawford
Dec 17, 2016 Luke Crawford rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps it is unfair of me to review at this distance, but I felt I needed to bring my average rating downward; I mean, I mostly only read classics and things that are recommended to me on good authority these days, and I have an excellent literary network at this point, so most of what I read is at least four stars. But this? I read this really, before I figured any of this out. Hell, I probably bought this book in an actual bookstore!

I remember reading this novel before the first dot-com cra
Mike Bucknill
page turner
This Review was first published on my blog KimSlr - bookish

I've always loved Tom Clancys books and after having finished the Jack Ryan / John Clark Series I decided to start on another series connected to him. The Netforce Series is attributed to Tom Clancy as series creator but was written by Steve Perry.

Overall I liked this story as well as Perrys writing style as they were both pretty similar to Clancys. But there were a few issues I had with this that I'm sure wouldn't have been there had th
Nobody Loser
Jan 14, 2014 Nobody Loser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear page dwellers: Generally speaking, although I read many works, I rarely review the well-known authors, and I especially don't review older works. It just so happens, though, that I revisited one of Tom Clancy's better known books recently, on my off time, and I was reopened to the military fantasy worlds of one of the greatest fighter writers of our time. Considering Tom Clancy's recent death, you might say this is a bit of a tribute review.

The interesting thing about Net Force is that a l
Sep 03, 2015 Orion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Tom Clancy’s
Net Force

The Net Force, a branch of the FBI that focuses on internet/viral terror attacks has come under pressure as a radical terrorist is destroying the world how we know it, using only the internet.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and anyone into action novels will as well because this is another classic novel from Tom Clancy whose ideas about the military and the future are so amazingly realistic and reachable that the U.S
Sep 27, 2015 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish
I rarely give out a 1-star rating, particularly to a book that is well written. However, I give this rating now because I just could not continue reading this book. I had to quit. It was almost painful to continue on. But none of this is the author's fault. In fact, if I had read this book when it was first released, it would have likely received a 5-star rating, because books like this are right up my proverbial alley!

The premise of this Net Force series is what initially appealed to me. It was
An Odd1
May 26, 2011 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
*** "Net Force" says 'created by' Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczanik, but does not attribute to other writers in my book copy, although Goodreads lists Steve Perry. Again, the middle-aged man's wife takes the kids because he works too hard, only this time she's been gone years, divorced, he still feels married. Add the teen geek son who gets the high-school sweetheart. Car chases lose oomph in virtual reality phony settings. Lots of unreadable Russian alphabet, Indonesian martial arts silat and weap ...more
Dec 15, 2007 Jing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: interested in the future and action
Shelves: advisory
The book brings us to the future of what the author dreams of. Base on secret angency and rich politicians point of view, there is two sides in a conflict. One is the organization which facilitate laws control the Net Force and the other is called the Cyber Nation. A man named Ames part of the Cyber Nation want to bring the Net Force down and control as his own. Devious and extremely intelligent, he continoulsy make an imapact on the Net Force systematically and even lawsuits. Secrety he bribes ...more
Eric Wright
Dec 30, 2011 Eric Wright rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dumped
Too often I pick up a Clancy book given me by my son, or picked up cheap at a used book mart and think, "Oh, this'll be a good entertaining read." So when Grisham's latest disappointed me over Christmas, a time for snuggling up in a comfy chair and giving oneself to a good story, I picked up Clancy's Net Force. Mistake.

I forced myself to read to page 146 thinking it must be me, not the book. Finally after a few days I've given it up--dumped it on a special shelf I have for dumped books. If it wa
Dallin Spainhower
This book was a good one, and the reason why I chose this book is because I always wanted to read the Tom Clancy's Net Force books, and I finally picked some up at the local DI. Now this book is about how a computer hacker. This computer hacker gains money off the internet, and uses the money to buy out government and hit men. And one of these hit men took out the head of and commander of Net Force.

The book started because of the fear of internet terrorism and was that people can compromise the
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Brian Turner
Feb 14, 2013 Brian Turner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
Not bad action story, although probably not good enough to warrant having Tom Clancy's name plastered all over it in big letters. I can't tell if Clancy had any input to it - it says it's created by him and Steve Pieczenik, then thanks Steve Perry for his contributions.
(From what I can tell, I think Steve Perry is the actual author).

Written in the late '90s and set in 2012, it tends to date itself quite often, and the characters kids in it have the most risible slang possible, as well as being t
Edmund Lloyd
Dec 13, 2016 Edmund Lloyd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Not the greatest Clancy in the world.

They didn't resolve very many of the plot lines. Apparently this was some kind of tv series or something though? So maybe they intended it to be an ongoing thing??

Along a similar line, the ending felt very rushed. I really didn't have a chance to feel much tension for the team before it was all over.

The Sulkie was a cool character, but a little inconsistent (view spoiler)
Dec 21, 2007 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: military sf fans, Clancy fans
The original Net Force book is pretty much the best light reading I've found since Tom Clancy stopped writing his own books. :) Written by Steve Perry (author of the Matadora SF series), it's got action, martial arts, government intrigue, politics, and romance... so much so that it hardly fits in one book. Combining the best of Perry's (much matured, but definitely still an acquired taste) martial arts and mystical sensibilities with Clancy's hard core military fiction, the book is exciting, ent ...more
Rob Welch
A "three" is pretty low for me... it is difficult to bridge the gap in these books, due when they were written and the 'assumptions' about how technology would be.

Clancy is known for the hyper-realism of his other books, with meticulous research into the military, geopolitical issues, etc.... so I think I struggled with this until I suddenly realized I was reading was is, in effect, a book series that has one foot in the realm of science fiction. After that, I got more into the book because I ha
Dec 10, 2009 Tyler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
It's a book, that while enjoyable (if you can look past its flaws) has not aged well. The writing style is just ok and parts of the plot are bizarrely far fetched, but if you are looking for a throw-away beach reader, this could be it. I read it because I love Tom Clancy and picked it up for free. I eventually began wanting to put something better in the space it was taking, so I had to read it before I could give it away. It was the first of the Clancy books that I read that weren't actually au ...more
The description on this book seems to be incorrect.

My main issue with this book was the fact that the ending began far too late in the story. It was as if the author went, 'oh, right, I need to finish this, hmm,' and then proceeded to shove some random stuff together in the semblance of a conclusion. Similarly, this book dealt with sub-plots very poorly. There were many of them, but few were satisfactorily resolved. Another problem was the VR world itself. It seemed either very contradictory or
Kamal Salem
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
This book was difficult for me to get through, even though I enjoy this type of story. Usually I can read a book straight through in just a few days, but it took me a couple of weeks to get through this one because it didn't hold my interest very well at the beginning. I actually read several other books in between reading a chapter here and there of this one. By the end, though, it became much more interesting, and I am glad I stuck with it and finished it. I do plan to read more of this series ...more
Essau Alli
This book is an adventure book that is about spies and the adventures that they take. Their is one particular spy and his name was Tom Clancy, one of the best spies. He was very good at his missions and completed them with honor.

I can connect this book to the world because there are actual spies that take adventures and go on missions but are secrets because no one is supposed to know what their objective is.

I rate this book 3.5 stars because I thought it was too short and was kind of easy for
I like where this series is heading, initially I was a little put off by how much Tom Clancy relied on describing "future technology of 2010" (much like how Back to the Future Part 2 depicts an interesting future which is imminently coming up). However, as I read the novel it picked up quite a bit and didn't rely on future technology to make the story so interesting. I particularly enjoy how Tom Clancy always so effectively immerses you into the mind set of the antagonists and how they become wh ...more
Nov 07, 2016 Jed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was written by Steve Parry in 1999 and he set the book to be in the future in 2010. His portrayal of the future over a decade later had powerful computers that were superpowers that controlled world. In addition hackers have been devastating to the world leaking confidential information and exposing people.. The story focuses on Alex, the new director of Net force after the previous director was assassinated. In his new position Alex must fight to survive and eliminate cyber terrorists ...more
Oct 01, 2008 Tracy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was like one of those awful shows you get stuck watching on Saturday afternoon, and you're thinking 'This show is so dumb. I should turn it off.' And yet you just keep watching cause you have to see the ending.

My sister left this book at my house. She'd carried it on her back across Australia for 5 months but never got around to reading it. Yeah, that was about half a pound she could've done without. Would've saved me about 5 hours of reading time.
Jan 27, 2013 Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jako vše od Clancyho/Perryho - skvělá detektivka. Je úsměvné v roce 2013 číst, jak si v 1999 představovali budoucnost internetu a technologií. Všudepřítomná VR plná analogií (připínáčky jako terminační programy jsou rozkošné) či víra v raketový rozvoj IT (jen pro tu VR bychom potřebovali výkon, který poskytnou kvantové počítače tak za 10-20 let) je kouzelná. Pokud to ale budete číst jako sci-fi (přidáte 100 let k letopočtům), pak není problém.
Bavil jsem se a těším se na další díl.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
very nice book 3 10 Jan 28, 2014 10:36PM  
  • Mirror Image (Tom Clancy's Op-Center, #2)
  • Shadow Watch (Tom Clancy's Power Plays, #3)
  • Op-Center (Tom Clancy's Op-Center, #1)
  • Splinter Cell (Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, #1)
  • One is the Loneliest Number (Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers, #3)
Steven Carl Perry has written over fifty novels and numerous short stories, which have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. Perry is perhaps best known for the Matador series. He has written books in the Star Wars, Alien and Conan universes. He was a collaborator on all of the Tom Clancy's Net Force series, seven of which have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. Two of his no ...more
More about Steve Perry...

Other Books in the Series

Tom Clancy's Net Force (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Hidden Agendas (Tom Clancy's Net Force, #2)
  • Night Moves (Tom Clancy's Net Force, #3)
  • Breaking Point (Tom Clancy's Net Force, #4)
  • Point of Impact (Tom Clancy's Net Force, #5)
  • Cybernation (Tom Clancy's Net Force, #6)
  • State of War (Tom Clancy's Net Force, #7)
  • Changing of the Guard (Tom Clancy's Net Force, #8)
  • Springboard (Tom Clancy's Net Force, #9)
  • The Archimedes Effect (Tom Clancy's Net Force, #10)
  • Code War (Net Force 2018, #1)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »