Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I have two problems with Clancy. You highlighted my first one. His books take a long time to develop. Its usually a couple of hundred pages before the action really picks up. My second problem is he can get overly technical at times. Its usually during the first 1/3 when its a grind to read.
That said once you get past the grind the books are hard to put down and you have hundreds of pages of suspense.
For a techno-dweeb like me, I love that part of Clancy's writing. For any of you who have read my overly-detailed posts, that's probably no surprise. Back in the day, I was a co-author of a 6 degree of freedom laser guided bomb computer simulation so I can get pretty far into the technical weeds.
Back a few posts, Raisor posted that Larry Bond was co-author of Red Storm Rising. I did not know that and found it very interesting.
Also back in the newsgroup days (mid to late 90's), Clancy used to interact with his readers over at alt.fan.tom-clancy and alt.books.tom-clancy as email@example.com
. He'd make some interesting comments there and get cranky a lot.