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Operation Barracuda (Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  4,745 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews

He is quiet, invisible, deadly --- and the newest weapon on the front lines of a technologically advanced war. As part of a top-secret initiative called Third Echelon, National Security Agency special operative Sam Fisher has been given license to spy, steal, destroy, and assassinate to protect America.

He works al
Mass Market Paperback, 326 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Berkley
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Brian Nwokedi
Mar 08, 2014 Brian Nwokedi rated it it was ok
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Quentin Wallace
Mar 15, 2017 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying the Splinter Cell series. I have played some of the games, but the books are really enjoyment unto themselves and you wouldn't have to be familiar with the games to enjoy the novels.

This was a pretty straightforward, secret agent vs. terrorists story, with a few twists thrown in. I did find the whole "doomed romance" subplot to be cliche and overdone, and I think the story would have been much better leaving that part out.

Overall a good action/adventure read and I'll be movi
C.T. Phipps
Jun 23, 2016 C.T. Phipps rated it really liked it
Shelves: spy-fiction
Splinter Cell: Barracuda is the sequel to the Splinter Cell novel by Raymond Benson. Both are, more or less, prequels to the original game but serve as independent adventures in their own right. For those unfamiliar with Splinter Cell, it is the adventures of Sam Fisher, secret agent operating for Third Echelon (a classified division of the NSA).

In the previous novel, Sam successfully decimated the arms dealing terrorist organization known as the Shop but he did not destroy it. This novel, the
May 01, 2012 08andreb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-reports
Sam Fisher, one of the most dangerous men in the United States may have just met his match. Now time is running out and he must find out who has stolen top secret U.S. weapons and what he plans on using them for. All this and more is in David Michael’s exciting novel Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda.
The main character of this book is Sam Fisher. He is a U.S. spy living in Maryland. Fisher is in his late 40s but in very good shape. He lives alone and has no living family except h
Baily Volpel
Jan 15, 2014 Baily Volpel rated it really liked it
“Tom Clancy’s: Splinter Cell” is a good book if you like a lot of action packed, suspenseful moments that leave you hanging till the last minute. The story is about a secret agent named Sam Fisher who is tracking down the leaders to an arms company named The Shop. The Shop has been shipping parts of a nuclear bomb to a triad gang in Hong Kong and its up to Sam to find and stop them before its too late.

Sam Fisher is an agent for the Third Echelon, a unknown branch of the National Security Agency.
Jan 01, 2008 Jhon(Original) rated it it was ok
This book was ok compared to the first novel, which was much more action packed. We continue with members of The Shop, an international arms dealing ring which played a big role in the first book for they eliminated many splinter cells. In Operation Barracuda, we find that there is a traitor in the government which explains the leaks. This traitor is involved with The Shop and a chinese General named Lan Tun, whose plan is to invade Taiwan. They plan to use a nuclear bomb to create a tsunami off ...more
Mr. Gottshalk
Jul 28, 2015 Mr. Gottshalk rated it really liked it
There's something about this Splinter Cell series that has me hooked. They are readable, at around 350 pages, and not cluttered with a lot of garbage. Action galore. In this one, Sam Fisher narrates from a 1st person point of view, interspersed with the sub-plots in alternating chapters which are quickly wound together. I guess this is why we read: to imagine if there really are people out there working to preserve and protect. Hope there are more to follow from my favorite pseudonym David Micha ...more
Aaron Sweet
Oct 24, 2013 Aaron Sweet rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like books of some adventure and action.
This book is of a splinter cell named Sam Fisher who works for the Third Echelon which is a top secret government agency only known to the highest people in the government of agencies like the CIA and FBI. This book tells of a story about an evil syndicate that sells deadly arms across the world and a General with a vengeance against a certain country.
Dec 14, 2011 Gregory rated it liked it
Pretty exciting book. I really liked the action. Would have been better without the weird romance between a 50 year old dude and a 30 year old.
Mar 23, 2017 Cade added it
Who will win? Leader of the most dangerous black market dealings in and out of Russia, Andrei Zdrok? Leader of the Chinese mob named the Lucky Dragons, Lan Tun. Or America's most skilled and unknown spy, Sam Fisher? In this extension to the first book in the series "Splinter Cell" is "Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda." As in every Splinter Cell adaptation, whether it be a game or novel, there is always a pleasurable amount of action. One of the bigger moments isn't when Sam is trying to escape ...more
Jun 03, 2017 Dustin rated it liked it
Not as good as book one, but was still a good book.
May 06, 2017 Don rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action packed thriller!!

The story started out slowly but ended in an exciting finish. It turned out to be interesting read. I will read the next book in this series.
Steve Schmidt
Jan 07, 2017 Steve Schmidt rated it really liked it
Great First person narrative.
Oliver Radtke
May 23, 2014 Oliver Radtke rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading "Splinter Cell" by Tom Clancy. The book was about a spy who works for a secret agency in Washington. The main idea of the book was about a Chinese general who wants to invade Taiwan. The general's name was Tun. He told the United States, if they get involved, then he was going to bomb them. The general set up three underwater nukes called barracuda's. Two of them were bogies, and one was the real bomb. Near the end of the book, they find where the nukes are and they disar ...more
Taylor Berndt
Oct 24, 2014 Taylor Berndt rated it it was ok

I enjoyed "Operation Barracuda" by Tom Clancy’s, because it is full of action and gadgets. The best way to describe the book is late 90’s James Bond movies, a lot of fun but predictable. Tom Clancy did a great job of keeping the story alive and always keeping you on the edge of your seat. Yes you knew what was going to happen but how its going to happen was the part that kept you reading. The story is about a secret agent named Sam Fisher who is tracking down the leaders of an arms dealing compa
Aug 23, 2014 Husein rated it did not like it
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Feb 13, 2017 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
molta azione, ritmo, suspence... grandioso. Amo i videogiochi e i libri di splinter cell sono molto carini
Chance Olesak
Feb 28, 2014 Chance Olesak rated it it was amazing
The sequel to the 1st Splinter Cell really did an excellent job filling in some of the wholes in the story from the first. The two really should be read in succession as they seam together quite nicely. Again this one is in 1st person view (unlike other Tom Clancy books). Same comments here as people are irked by the extremely, almost too, descriptive type of writing. Also several people buy this and read this book thinking that Tom Clancy is the author, which he is not and David Michaels is a p ...more
Phillip Frey
Nov 24, 2013 Phillip Frey rated it liked it
Tom Clancy created the Splinter Cell series and David Michaels wrote the book. I had thought I was buying a book written by Tom Clancy. I was in the Cosmopolitan Bookstore, seller of used books. Unfortunately, the Cosmopolitan will be closing. Paperbacks were reduced to a couple of dollars. I had never read a Tom Clancy book, saw his name big on the cover and grabbed it, not realizing he wasn't the author.

Not a bad mistake because the book was entertaining, the lead character a tough government
Christine Biggs
Mar 16, 2010 Christine Biggs rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
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Guy Gonzalez
When Raymond Benson (the author behind the David Michaels pseudonym) sticks to the espionage and over-the-top action, he delivers a brisk, entertaining read that hits all the right genre notes. He fails miserably in his attempt to humanize Sam Fisher, though, with a hamfisted love interest subplot that goes exactly where you'd expect it. Fortunately, this was Benson's last go at Sam Fisher as Grant Blackwood takes over with the next novel in the series, so I'm not giving up on him just yet. Not ...more
Thomas Roth
Feb 10, 2017 Thomas Roth rated it really liked it
Fairly well written but not in the Clancy style, totally. Somewhat predictable in the plot.
Martin Sidgreaves
Feb 14, 2011 Martin Sidgreaves rated it really liked it
I loved the first book in this series so looked forward to reading this one. From the start you are pulled into the dark world of Sam Fisher : Splinter Cell. Fisher is a bit of a one man army although it's not beyond the realms of possibility that agents like this exist. As in the first book this one, at times, is a little `American' in it's approach to the world, however this doesn't detract too much from the story.

Overall, a good book, I wouldn't say it's as good as the first (which you shoul
Steven Hummer
Mar 02, 2011 Steven Hummer rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
No, these books are not written by Tom Clancy but that doesn't mean they're not worth your time.
An American scientist has defected to China and is selling them technology that would allow the Chinese to fire a nuclear weapon via a special under water delivery system.
Sam Fisher is back in action and he's the only one who can track down the traitor and save the US from a nuclear disaster.
Plenty of action in this one lots of great gun fights and the plot is very suspenseful.
My only regret was t
Tyler Bivins
Mar 15, 2013 Tyler Bivins rated it it was amazing
I think this is by far the best book I have ever read. It's a realistic fiction spy book about a man named Sam fisher. His works for a non-exsistent branch of the military. They refer to him as a splinter cell due to the extensive and special training he recieved. A group of four men are illegally dealing with the China dictator, who wants to take over Tawian. The dictator threatens to blow up a major west coast city if American gets involved. It's Sam Fisher's job to find out how they got the A ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Aaron rated it really liked it
Sam Fisher is a highly skilled agent working for 3rd Echelon of the United States government. His combat and computer skills are elite but when a global threat emerges with the potential to raze an area the size of New York City, Sam is pushed to the limit to get to the bottom of i and stop at no costs. As Sam continues to pursue this deadly threat, he keeps finding that the enemy is always one step ahead of his movements, and worse yet, he is beginning to find a new love interest who is getting ...more
Benjamin Stahl
Feb 03, 2013 Benjamin Stahl rated it it was ok
This was a pretty stupid book, and I only read it cause I was on holidays and it was lying around in the hotel lobby. But despite it being stupid and hard to take seriously as an actual novel, I did find myself entertained by its easy pace and constant action. There were many flaws, as the characters were wooden and the relationship between Sam Fisher and his gym instructor was outright fucking laughable. I can't deny that I did have some fun, however, as I tried to imagine every sequence as a m ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Ishmael rated it it was ok
I found this book and read it because it was a Clancy. I did not realize that it was another writer under Clancy's trademark until I had read a few pages and was taken aback by the writing style. I felt patronized by the writer like in instances when Fisherthinks to say something says what he thought etc. The writing was bad but the adventure kept me reading. You should read these books specially if you want to write (or blog ;) to teach you what you should not do. Maybe David Michaels books are ...more
Jeffrey Pardee
Dec 14, 2014 Jeffrey Pardee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story, a lot of action just like any other Splinter Cell book.

The books story was very well written, I did not find myself confused or losing interest at any point during the book. There was tons of action as well as a look into Sam Fisher as more of a person with feelings about his lifestyle rather than the spy that will do anything to get the job done. All in all great book, I will definitely continue on with this series.
Apr 09, 2012 Stacey rated it liked it
This book was okay. I haven't read any of Tom Clancy's works, and when I first started reading this book I didn't realize that it was written by a different author. So now I am wondering if I would enjoy Tom Clancy's writing a little more. I enjoyed it enough to read through it fairly quickly, but it wasn't intellectually stimulating. I almost found it a little too predictable, which made it a little boring. But I liked it...
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