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Ghost Recon (Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon #1)

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The U.S. Army's Special Forces are known for their highly specialized training and courage behind enemy lines. But there's a group that's even more stealthy and deadly. It's comprised of the most feared operators on the face of the earth?the soldiers of Ghost Recon.
ebook, 384 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Berkley
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Dale
Jan 06, 2014 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon as the literary equivalent of a one night stand - nothing serious, no commitments. This is not deep literature that requires a set of Cliff's Notes. I was looking for a change of pace.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon fit the bill perfectly. Spotty character development, sci-fi weapons, lots of talk about honor and commitment (that works until it gets too syrupy towards the end). All of the good guys have big square jaws (or are pretty tomboys) and have wonderful biog
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Michael
Definitively reads like a video game. A series of missions loosely tied together around the main character with only a token plot with the major villain. However, the characters had more depth to them than I expected from book based on a shooter game. The author makes the elite soldiers seem to be pretty normal guys - almost too normal, which gives a slightly contrived feel at times. A good read for a long drive or flight.
Harry007
Feb 26, 2014 Harry007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
This is the first in the 'Ghost Recon' trilogy and I thought I'd give it a try, just to see if it had a complex, action-packed story. Well, the story is far from complex, but I was impressed by the constant action. I don't know how other Tom Clancy productions read, but I imagine this book has action beyond the scope of most books in this particular category. The only problem is, it's way too fast! I'm baffled by how quickly this book reads. There are times when the pace speeds up considerably a ...more
Mr. Gottshalk
I have read all of the Splinter Cell books by the pseudonym "David Michaels" and liked them, so in my mind I thought that Ghost Recon would be similar to that series. Sure, there is nonstop action, but I was disappointed in the cast of characters. There are so many of them and they're all running around it was hard for me to keep track - on the US side and the Chinese side. I guess I really liked the Sam Fisher character, out there in hostile territory, taking care of business on his own. Unfort ...more
harlequin {Stephanie}
plotless. I like great action packed scenes, but this is above and beyond.
Cade
Oct 19, 2016 Cade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would happen if the military created a group of the most feared operators in the world as a combined stealth force? This novel contains thrilling adventure, action and suspense. Tom Clancy has done it again with yet another fantastic military book series, this time his determination has produced the first book in a series called "Tom Clancy's: Ghost Recon." There are many portions of suspense of what happens next, for example, when Rutang gets surrounded by hostiles made a great moment wort ...more
Fred
Oct 31, 2016 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The U.S. Army's Special Forces are known for their highly specialized training and courage behind enemy lines. But there's a group that's even more stealthy and deadly. It's comprised of the most feared operators on the face of the earth - the soldiers of Ghost Recon.
Greg Parrott
Jan 02, 2017 Greg Parrott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good quick read. Plot not too far from the possible.
charles
Jan 16, 2017 charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
B+

Great read. I'll go on to read the others. A b c d e f g h I j k
Neil
This was an okay book. It held my interest throughout the entire reading, but it did not grab my interest to the point where I had trouble putting it down. It involves a 'top-secret' top-secret Special Forces unit that has to prevent Taiwan from being invaded by the Chinese. Most of the time, the story moves fairly fast, I guess [even though it still took me ten days to read the book; I read it exclusively over my lunch at work]. It has some interesting technological developments in the book. It ...more
Jerome
Oct 10, 2012 Jerome rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book is full of inaccuracies concerning military hardware and tactics. From Black Hawk helicopter with skids, (they have wheels), to sudden promotions of rank from Master Sergeant to Captain and then back to Master Sergeant, all within the same fire fight, a mission briefing for a super secret military unit in a partially remodeled warehouse instead of a secured military facility. Come on! I find these inaccuracies reduce the creditability of the writer and thus the story. The book does not ...more
08andreb
Sep 06, 2011 08andreb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reports
In the year 2012 the United States of America is planning on selling a nuclear submarine to Taiwan, increasing tensions with China to the point where rogue Chinese military leaders choose to take matters into their own hands. With World War Three on the verge of breaking out in Asia, U.S. army captain Scott Mitchell has been tasked with preventing it. Scott must lead his team (the most highly trained group of men and women in the world) know as “Ghosts” deep behind enemy lines. But as they get ...more
Michael Cline
Sep 27, 2010 Michael Cline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Derek
Feb 22, 2009 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: action/war junkies
Recommended to Derek by: me myself and I

Ghost Recon is an action military story based off of the popular Xbox 360 game series called Ghost Recon Advanced War fighter, written by David Michaels. The book is about a U.S. Army commando team called the “Ghosts” lead by the main character Scott Mitchell, they are sent on a mission to prevent a war between China and Taiwan by assassinating a rouge Chinese General and along the way Scott wants some personal vengeance against a guy who got most of his team killed and left his “best friend”
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Nick
In the last chapters of this book Mitchell’s Intel team gets a command from HQ. HQ has an inside man relaying them information from Vietnam. Mitchell’s team is given the operation to take out a group called the Golden Dragons. The Golden Dragons are a group of military advisors that plan to invade Japan and start a war with all of the countries in the world. So Mitchell and his team must take a sub across the black sea and eliminate the Golden Dragon leaders and its army so an all-out war doesn’ ...more
Eric Vaughn-matthews
Of all the Tom Clancy game-based novels I have read, this is one of my favorites. It is simple book and story definitely is not its intended selling point. Despite this, the plot is not half bad, and the action sequences, the main draw of the novel, really shine. It has an interesting group of special operators who, if not amazing as characters, are all quite distinctive. The villains are a conspiracy within the Chinese government that despises the United States and wishes to start a large scale ...more
David
Feb 18, 2010 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine if you were the most technologically advanced and sound group of military operatives out there. The best gear, guns and brains in the whole army, and all on the same side. These are the Ghosts, a highly specialized team filled with gunners, snipers and fighters who work for the United States Military. Ghosts are part of the Special Operations, who are only known to a few government officials. They preform tasks such as recon, assassination, and regular field fighting, but they are the on ...more
Skylore
Dec 08, 2010 Skylore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned how a hero can come from anyone who is willing to put there life on the line for a friend or just some stranger. Its a good military book. I personally really liked it. I read this book my 8th grade year. Everyone was asking me why it was taking so long to read it and I answered, "This book is really good its taking my so long because I'm really paying attention and reading carefully. Its to good of a book to just skim, and when you do you miss a lot."
I was shocked when Michelle's bud
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Robbie
Feb 09, 2012 Robbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I always enjoy a book about soldiers and fighting and such, this book played out just like it was meant to: like a video game. Most of the book was comprised of two or three major battle scenes, which I will admit were well written and engaging, very visual in nature. However in between, it was just petty filler plot to try to get the reader to feel like there is some value in the back story when really there is no worth in remembering anything. Yeah, it tries to get me to feel like the ma ...more
5_BrettR
Sep 08, 2015 5_BrettR rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghost Recon is the story of Scott Mitchell, a spec ops operator who is recruited into an elite spec ops organization after displaying some serious bravery and heroism in a battle that left him and the few survivors of his squad traumatized. The ghosts are sent to stop a war from breaking out that could cause World War 3 - and Mitchell meets an old rival that nearly killed his whole squad. This book was a pretty good read. The plot is sort of meh, and kind of predictable and cliche, but it is a v ...more
Mark Kloha
This was a fairly decent book. I have not played any of the video games. Just finished this book on vacation. It actually took me a long time to read. The book covers Captain Mitchell's life over several years. A lot of good action scenes. Plot is well paced. The ending was great and Capt Mitchell was able to tie up some loose ends for an old friend. I would recommend this book if you like Tom Clancy books or perhaps if you like the video games even though I haven't played them. I've already rea ...more
Alex Zaragoza
Mar 30, 2010 Alex Zaragoza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What made me read this book faster than any of my other books I've read is that it had really interseting battles. I would start on one page and end 50 pages later but it didnt seam like you read 50 pages because they're pretty well written that you just breeze through it.

The only part I didnt like was that I had to remember 5-7 chinese names that are confusing. I can't just ignore these characters either, because they're either important bad guys or important allies.

There's A LOT of betrayal
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Gary
Feb 16, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, adventure, feb-14
The story starts with an ambush in the forest which leads to many deaths of his comrades. Mitchell is surrounded by guns, traps and terror. Even with his frantic calls for help, no one answers. What has happened to the backup he was supposed to receive? Will he make it out alive? I chose this book because I bought it long time ago when I was a kid but didn't read it because it was thick. But now I read it and I LOVE it to bits. I finished it because, like I said, I LOVE IT. I think people who li ...more
Joe Moley
Read this on a flight to a vacation after leaving my scheduled book at home. Started fairly strong but tapered off towards the end. Decent read though and fairly entertaining as far as the action genre goes. Author tries hard to capture the "reality" of war/combat yet the scenes seem contrived at times. I was actually hoping for a team of "best of the best" soldiers, but these guys just read as normal run of the mill soldiers to me. Nothing really "elite" about them at all. This book is not writ ...more
Bookstorequeer
I was a little surprised how much I enjoyed this one. There's the obvious, blatant action to satisfy the people reading it because of the video game it's based on but at the same time, there's a plot underneath all that action and it's surprisingly satisfying in its conclusion. I liked the characters and I liked being able to cheer for them. There was also more character and backstory than I anticipated, given this book's origin and the first few chapters.

So, all together, more satisfying and en
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Kirito
David Michael's Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon is a popular book for teens . This book talks about Captain Scott Mitchell in the ghost recon team . They need to stop the china people to enable a plan which would maybe cause a World War 3. Will Ghost Recon defeat the Spring Dragon team?

I picked up this book because it looked cool and a lot .

I finished this book because I can't let go of the book. It was too awesome! I liked the violence in this book, but it's long and boring.

I think I would recommen
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Jonathan
Oct 25, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i thought tom ghost recon by david michaels was welll thought. i belive that at some points to much detail was given throwing off the main story line. Id have to say scott michtell(the main character) was the best character mainly seeing as how he whole book is through his percepective. the whole book was well planned and the ending really thows you for a twist . Overall the book was great very fast paced and will keep readers on the edge of thier seats through the whole story. Anyone who loves ...more
Kyle Owens
2 and 3/4th stars. This book is an exciting and very non-profane war novel. Since the book is based on a videogame (which I have not played) I was mostly expecting a actionpacked, but not very deep story. The book surprised me with how much detail the author put into the characters story. On the other hand the action in this book was very fun to read at some times, but other battles were paced very slowly and sometimes were hard to finish.
Matthew
May 07, 2010 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon is another one of of his fighting books which doesn't havbe a very specific plot but is more intended for the shooting and killing. If you are interested in action/combat books, this is really good. It is about a special forces saquadron that is unkown and are supposed to blend in with the rest of the army. But when it is time to do something they are in and out unnoticeably. I reaaly liked this book and other of TOm Clancies books.
Andrew (Andy or AJ)
This book is about Spec Ops Captain Scott Mitchell, who is recruited by the "ghosts", an elite special forces division. Mitchell is tasked with terminating the 4 main leaders of the chinese war group, Spring Tigers. But a few moments before the ghost begin there assult on the Spring Tigers, Mitchell discovers the an old foe is part of the group, and the attack becomes personal. Overall this was a good read.
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