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Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
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really liked it

Ah, clancy. If you like his stuff, you'll love this book. If you like the books that he didn't write that have his name on them, you'll probably really like this book.

Few people know that this book was written as part of a competition that clancy had with Stephen King, to see who could write the longest book in a week. Sadly for clancy, King won, but that's only because Clancy took 15 minutes out of the contest to call up the army and ask them the names of some cool guns and planes and stuff. A nice touch: this book contains one word for every bullet that was fired in the vietnam war.

Russians run out of oil, decides to attack NATO to get lots more, it doesn't work, and everyone forgets about it. Fortunately for the good guys, Russians only know how to fight by following the rule book, and Americans know when to throw the book out the window. Also, everyone that dies in war is either someone that you don't know or care about, or they die in a removed, abstract sort of way. How convenient!

While this book does have 350,000 words, it's easily readable. It's clearly written by a war nerd (he says in the introductory author's note that he developed lots of the plot while in discussion with a guy that created a war simulation game). Sweet! His enthusiasm is clearly evident, and it does make the book more pleasurable to read.
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November 15, 2008 – Shelved
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Jennifer I really hope the story of Tom Clancy and Stephen King is true. I just want it to be so.

message 2: by Richp (new)

Richp Southeast Asia would have been far better off if this review was literally true. For every word in this novel, more than 20 tons of bombs were dropped, and that doesn't count artillery shells and small arms.

Rich not true his later novels were that way this was one of his first novels when he was good and I still read him

Rich not true his earlier novels he wrote----in fact this was his first novel then hunt for red october

Coloradoraider I think Hunt was just published first?

message 6: by Pam (new)

Pam What was the book that King wrote for the contest?

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