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Firefox by Craig Thomas
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Oct 04, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: Probably
Read in January, 1982

This book followed the movie closely, but filled in some gaps that the movie really didn't explain. One of the advantages of a book over a movie is that you often get a better understanding of what is going on. When a movie is filmed the director is concentrating more on the action or the drama and less on what brought the characters to think and act as they do. This gives a book more depth and scope while remaining marketable.
The drawbacks of this story are that it was one of the last movies (thankfully) to play on the cliche of the haunted Vietnam veteran and that, like most movies written about the near future, it missed a lot of its' predictions. It was based on the assumption that Soviet technology was far more advanced than that of the United States. In fact, the assumed level of technology is far more advanced than current world technology thirty years after the story was written.
Those drawbacks are why this action packed, otherwise realistic novel does not deserve top marks.

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Jeffrey I think you have it backward. The movie came out 5 years after the book, so its actually the movie that follows the book.

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