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Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
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Oct 03, 11

Read in July, 2011

AGAINST ALL ENEMIES is Tom Clancy's first major fiction release to be written with the help of a co-author, Peter Telep. While authors like James Patterson use a coauthor all the time and turn out the same type of story, I could really tell a difference in this book compared to other Clancy novels. This novel seemed to devote a lot more time to the depth and emotional side of the characters, which was good. But at the same time, the story really seemed to slow down in the middle of the novel as plot got bogged up in too much detail involving a kidnappin plan.

Max Moore is a CIA agent workin gin Afghanistan. He returns to American to work on a task force that will be targeting the biggest Mexican drug cartel, run by Jorge Rojas. Other plot threads follow Rojas, who is concerned about his son finding out the truth about the family business, and his son Miguel and his beautiful girlfriend Sonya. Several plot lines follow American agents as they try to inflitrate the cartels, as well as a cartel thug trying to avenge his parents' death, and another building a tunnel from Jaurez to El Paso. The final thread includes the terrorists planning their mission and then executing it.

This book is as long as most Clancy novels, but just doesn't quite feel the same. It is better than some, because I feel like the main character Max Moore had real depth and actually felt emotion. The middle of the novel, mostly set in Mexico and the cartels, became confusing at times as so many plots and characters were juggled around. Overall, I'm glad to get another Clancy book so soon, and can't wait for the next installment when Max Moore starts working with Caruso and Jack Ryan Jr.
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