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(Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell #5)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,154 ratings  ·  50 reviews

Third Echelon's Sam Fisher is one of the deadliest men in the world. Even the FBI and CIA are in the dark about the black ops that he takes on. He's known as a Splinter Cell, and sometimes he's the only force holding the country together...

Third Echelon is training new recruits who will be given a necessary but terrible mission. They must capture or kill o
Mass Market Paperback, 405 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Berkley
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Quentin Wallace
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed all of the books in the Splinter Cell series, including this one.

This volume either was written a little differently, however, or tied deeper into the games than the other volumes because it feels like we pick up in the middle of the story. Apparently Sam has killed his boss, Lambert, and is on the run as a traitor with the rest of Third Echelon hunting him down. The murder itself, however, happens "off-camera."

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Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-term
Sam Fisher is a splinter cell. One of the deadliest men in the world. He travels the world doing peoples dirty work for them. In this book Sam is mostly in France and Luxembourg. At the beginning of the book his friend in France makes him fake passports and fake credit cards that Sam had stole from men he has taken out.
While Sam is in Luxembourg there is third echelon training activities and they are hunting down Sam.
Zachary Taylor
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
The ending felt a bit anticlimactic, but this was largely an intense page turner. Maintaining my comparison of Splinter Cell novels with Rainbow Six, this was better in terms of plot, subplot, villains, and characters. This felt more like a spy novel than it's predecessor given the circumstances surrounding Fisher at this point in time. ...more
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. This book is so cool. It is so full of action and suspense. I love how Colonel Irving Lambert tells Sam Fisher that his daughter Sarah is dead. But, what Sam doesn’t know is that Lambert is a person working undercover for the Russian government. Also, Lambert tells Sarah that Sam is dead so now they are both looking for each other. When Sam finds out that Sarah is alive and Lambert was lying to him he went after Lambert and tried looking for her even harder.
The characters in
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The book is about third ex-third elecheon Sam fisher is hunted down for killing his freind lambert. now the worlds hero becomes a public enemy. relying on only his wits, and his only third elecheon friend Grimsdottir gives him his weapons without anybody knowing. then when a terrorist threat occurs, he has to team up with therookies that were sent to kill him are know on his team. then one of the rookies betray the whole team and tries to kill them. then sam saves all of them plus he survives.

Wenzel Roessler
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Braden Crowder
Nov 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! It was action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat. I can guaruntee if you are a Splinter Cell fan, this will blow your mind. I could'nt stop reading; David Michaels has done it again. ...more
Quinton Lumpkin
Sam Fisher is an ex black-ops agent being prosude by his own government for unknown reasons. The Presedent was even in the dark of his missions but now he hs to find out who and why he was set up and still stay alive at the same time.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
I picked this up a good 5+ years ago but never finished it. Despite just *adoring* the splinter cell series of pc games I found this unreadable. I "finished" the book today, the product of skim reading a few pages at a time while in between rounds of online shooters.
In a recent piece at "The Week," Matthew Walther describes the Dan Brown style of writing as something akin to that of a bad tour book & wikipedia entries. Unfortunately this "novel" falls under the same category. The scenes are eit
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Splinter Cell: Conviction is a book based on a game. It is also the fifth (I think) book in this series. Author David Michaels has written a story of non-stop action!

Aside from the action, this book has some great locations, from Luxembourg to Siberia, with some decent descriptions. There are also some twists and turns that should keep you guessing a little bit.

On the negative side, the character did not get as much description as the scenery. Perhaps this is because I have not read the previous
Robert Gibson
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun story, continuing from Sam's perspective. Endgame is a neat write told from the chasing team's perspective. I enjoyed both; they're not particularly brain-challenging, but was cool hearing about the backstory of Gottweiler and Horatio. Thanks David Michaels. ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
great read
Eric Vaughn-matthews
I found this book to be fairly mediocre. This is really a "guilty pleasure" sort of novel, but not all of those are all that bad. At least, not as bad as this one. It definitely makes the reasonable assumption that the reader has played the Splinter Cell games, and I would have been much less confused if I had. Because of this assumption, much of what happened prior to the novel is unexplained, and that includes why the main character has been declared a traitor and is being hunted by his own ag ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Being a gamer myself, reading this book was just as a thrill as playing it. The plot was relatively similar to each version but i felt there could be more poetic phrases that could be added in the novel. Yes this is a book based off of a game and maybe it was the author's choice to right it like this, but I wanted the book to feel different. I wanted it too feel more like real life than a video game. Also parts almost seemed technical and boring. (feeling like I'm reading a video game play-throu ...more
Michael Cline
Sep 24, 2010 is currently reading it
to start off once you see that david michaels wrote this book it means that you are in for some "on-the-edge-of-your-seat action and suspense". the biggest problem with writting a book that was made into a ideo game is the fact that you cant use the storyline from the game itself, becvause itll spoil what happens in the game for the people who have not played it yet. another reason is that if you follow the stroyline of the video game itself then you will lose the intrest of the people who have ...more
April Helms
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I imagine it didn't help that this book is actually part of a series -- the tail end of a multi-book series. I was able to follow it OK despite that, but I wouldn't recommend reading this book first. Clancy fans will probably enjoy it. Personally, I thought it read like a video game. Souped-up hero (Sam Fisher)goes on assignment, picks up needed equipment, avoids various bad guys and the members of the Third Echelon (his former teammates essentially), he completes his mission with the help of a ...more
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The plot was even more convoluted than usual. I like Tom Clancy's books because after a couple you feel like you know most of the characters. This book had too many new or temporary characters and (it's a man thing) using last names makes it hard to keep them straight. Thank goodness for Fisher & Grim!

The next book in the series brought out the significance of the characters introduced in this book. Must continue to the very end of this series. Wish it could go on longer.
Spencer Brokaw
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great read although it can be boring at times. Most of the time it is fast paced and the story is fantastic. From what I've heard Operation Barracuda is the best of the books. I plan on reading it next. This book is great, I can't believe all the novels are based on a simple video game. Tom Clancy did NOT write this book. David Michaels does all of the video game and idea adaptions for Tom CLancy. ...more
James F.
Splinter Cell: Conviction, authored by David Michaels, is NOT a read for those who prefer that each story they read be of the "stand-alone" style, even when part of a larger series of books about the same character. It was difficult to gain much of an appreciation for the main character, Sam Fisher, in this novel. The style of writing would have benefited from more background information about Sam Fisher, as well as the agency from which he is made to appear as a rogue. ...more
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5 stars because it had a lot of action and shooting. The moment i picked this book up i loved it i have played one of his games so i kind of expected it to be good but the book was really good too. It has alot of spy gagets in it and i kind of know about them so i understood it better. I also liked it because it keept me into it until the end.
Nicholas Tellis
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is actually the "prequel" to the game in my opinion. I read this before the game I played the game and it made it that much more of an experience. Sam on the run, the crosshairs on him at every turn. It never got old. This series never proves to fail. if you get a chance read the sequel to this one 'Splinter Cell: Checkmate' to see the otherside, the people chasing Fisher. ...more
Anthony Lombardo
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was a good read. It wasn't the best of the Splinter Cell novels. I did like that it shows Sam Fisher on the run and what he does and how he does it. The one thing that would have been nice to know after reading it, would be about Lambert Situation in the book. If your a fan of the Splinter Cell serious I would recommend the book. ...more
Hayden Remer
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
When I first started to read this book I was into it. I'm a big splinter cell fan and this book was like a Jason Bourne splinter cell hybrid and it starts off pretty cool. But there was so much build up to the last mission and it fell flat and its not terrible but didn't hit a home run with me still enjoyed it but it was ok. ...more
Joey Jaczkowski
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tom-clancy
This might sound weird but I had never played a Splinter Cell game before reading any of the books. But after I played Conviction I was like wow, they are so close to each other. The books are very good ad suspense filled though love them a lot.
Antonio Grasso
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling story. However, it clearly is a different Sam, which is to be expected because of what happened to Lamberth. Still good, but somewhat different - I probably need to get used to this new Fisher I guess...
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Special agents chase another agent (seemingly on the same side) across Europe while politics are in play at the head of their unit and there is a search of a the location of a auction of Chinese knockoff weapons to anyone that can come up with the cash.
Horace Clinard
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
a very good read all around, though our hero is almost a bit TOO capable, amazing, and incredible. He virtually never sleeps, rests, or eats! Even so, this was great action and drama, so I'll definitely include other Splinter Cell books in my future reading. ...more
Braden Koop
Feb 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: misc, 2016
I'm sorry, but I just can't handle another military book. I only read science fiction, and maybe that's a bad thing. I might have also read this at a wrong time, but if its not science fiction, it better be spectacular. ...more
Richard White
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book it was filled with action and I am looking foward to read the authors other books
Jun 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Another one of those books written by someone else.

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