Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Black List: Aftermath review.

This week I decided to review Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist Aftermath by Peter Telep. The book opens with Sam Fisher on a very dangerous South American road chasing a man who is believed to have information about some recently stolen Russian nuclear material. The chase ends with the death of the target. Meanwhile, in Russia computer security expert and billionaire Igor Kasperov is told that the time has come to deploy a super computer virus against the US economic computer networks and GPS system. Kasperov had been assured that the virus was only a deterrent and protests its use. Then after these protests fall on deaf ears he flees the country, using his knowledge of computer viruses to cover his tracks but unfortunately his daughter Nadia is captured while en route to the aircraft that was supposed to take her to safety. After the United States government discovers that Igor has fled, Fourth Echelon is ordered to find him and offer him asylum. In the process of the search they discover Nadia’s capture and rescue her, with a gift her father gave her providing the clue needed to find his hiding place. After a race and battle against Russian agents assigned to kill Igor who are tailing Fourth Echelon, Sam finds Igor. But than Igor reveals that the virus was just one of three independent phases of the rogue faction of the Russian government behind the plot. The struggle to stop phases two and three begins culminating in a desperate race to stop a nuclear bomb.

I give the book a 7.5 out of 10. The field mission phases of the book were great but the other parts suffer a drop in quality. Also for a story about a black ops intel unit the line between good and evil is far too clear cut for my taste. There is only one part where I feel Sam enters morally ambiguous territory and to me that part feels like it was tacked on just for that purpose. Still overall I enjoyed the book and the happy ending was a pleasant touch given some of the things that happened in the story.

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