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In the year 2010, computers are the new superpowers. Those who control them, control the world. To enforce the Net Laws, Congress creates the ultimate computer security agency within the FBI: the Net Force.A list of every U.S. spy in the Euro-Asian theater ... the movements of rival drug cartels ... Someone with access to classified information is posting it on the Interne In the year 2010, computers are the new superpowers. Those who control them, control the world. To enforce the Net Laws, Congress creates the ultimate computer security agency within the FBI: the Net Force.A list of every U.S. spy in the Euro-Asian theater ... the movements of rival drug cartels ... Someone with access to classified information is posting it on the Internet --- and it's costing lives. Net Force Commander Alex Michaels is in the hot seat. Now, before a hostile Senate committee, he must justify the very existence of the Net Force.Meanwhile, a virus is unleashed that throws the federal financial systems into chaos. And the Net Force operatives must hunt the wily hacker through the twists and turns of cyberspace --- down a path that leads them dangerously close to home ...


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In the year 2010, computers are the new superpowers. Those who control them, control the world. To enforce the Net Laws, Congress creates the ultimate computer security agency within the FBI: the Net Force.A list of every U.S. spy in the Euro-Asian theater ... the movements of rival drug cartels ... Someone with access to classified information is posting it on the Interne In the year 2010, computers are the new superpowers. Those who control them, control the world. To enforce the Net Laws, Congress creates the ultimate computer security agency within the FBI: the Net Force.A list of every U.S. spy in the Euro-Asian theater ... the movements of rival drug cartels ... Someone with access to classified information is posting it on the Internet --- and it's costing lives. Net Force Commander Alex Michaels is in the hot seat. Now, before a hostile Senate committee, he must justify the very existence of the Net Force.Meanwhile, a virus is unleashed that throws the federal financial systems into chaos. And the Net Force operatives must hunt the wily hacker through the twists and turns of cyberspace --- down a path that leads them dangerously close to home ...

30 review for Hidden Agendas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Okay, I'm just a sucker for this stuff. I bet other folks would give it a 3 or 4, but this is squarely in the list of my favorite type of book. I'm a Steve Perry fan (he is only credited in the acknowledgments, but it's clearly one of his books) and a Tom Clancy fan, and together they make up for Perry's lack of detail and Clancy's sexism, to create a really fun ride with characters I really like. This is the first book in the Net Force series, a follow-on series to the original Net Force book a Okay, I'm just a sucker for this stuff. I bet other folks would give it a 3 or 4, but this is squarely in the list of my favorite type of book. I'm a Steve Perry fan (he is only credited in the acknowledgments, but it's clearly one of his books) and a Tom Clancy fan, and together they make up for Perry's lack of detail and Clancy's sexism, to create a really fun ride with characters I really like. This is the first book in the Net Force series, a follow-on series to the original Net Force book and miniseries. In this one, classified information starts leaking is the most destructive possible ways, and Net Force has to track down the culprits. Plus various relationships develop. It's definitely technology/military/martial arts genre (which I love because I'm a software architect/military historian/martial artist) and not particularly deep, but fun.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    This book has aged badly. The technology comes across as comical in 2019. The VR scenarios where two guys duel in the wild west—one guy representing a firewall—is absurd. This is only the tip of the iceberg when dealing with the nonsensical technological aspects of the book. If you can forgo all that, this is a fun/fast pace read of a book. I didn’t read the first book in this series as I got the book from my brother’s wife and had no idea it was a series, but it’s easy enough to get and there’s This book has aged badly. The technology comes across as comical in 2019. The VR scenarios where two guys duel in the wild west—one guy representing a firewall—is absurd. This is only the tip of the iceberg when dealing with the nonsensical technological aspects of the book. If you can forgo all that, this is a fun/fast pace read of a book. I didn’t read the first book in this series as I got the book from my brother’s wife and had no idea it was a series, but it’s easy enough to get and there’s enough backstory to understand it. Anyway, a woman reading this book might not like the representation of women in here. The women come across as needy as hell and basically genius IQ models with a need to be boned. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me that thinks this. I will say that this is a definite beach reading page turner.

  3. 5 out of 5

    CreativeLEGOGirl

    After reading the prologue I was like this should be good. But after that it was just progressively worse and worse. The technology was a bit sidelined in my opinion. Also the way woman are represented are just not positive. So I decided it was not worth my to committing to it. Well I was reading I ended up skimming so much of it which is also not a good sign.

  4. 5 out of 5

    J.A. Devenport

    This book was pretty disappointing. The internet security premise definitely hasn't aged very well. On top of that it wasn't very well written, with a few POV characters and story arcs that could have been cut from the story because they were so pointless. Also, I felt like the main character's hard-on for a 90's Miata was a bit overblown and once again, pointless.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dane Sherry

    As always, there was an excellent cast of characters. This overrides any errors concerning technical issues that many computer savvy folks like to point out and pan the author for. Good plot and a well developed story. Need to use a better proofreader as I found sever grammatical errors. Overall it’s a very good read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fernando

    Still a solid Tom Clancy book, but definitely a bit weaker and slower than the first installment of Net Force. Many plot points left open in the first book start to close, but not in the most natural and well constructed way. The first half of the book is too uneventful, the second too rushed. Worth the read thou

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nancy E Ball

    Good action and flow I like the flow of the action. Not much of the personal relationships kind of reader. The tech is solid on all fronts and it kept me interested. The VR explanations were spot on and captured my imagination. If you like computer tech mixed with the digital solider, you should like this one. It left enough like ends that I will catch the next on soon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gina Alexander

    This story and plot was outstanding!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cade

    Not unreadable, but too far fetched for my tastes. I think this is the second book in the Net Force series and it shows. I didn’t read the first, but generally the first book in a series is full of action, etc. while the second often spends more time developing characters and going into back-stories. That was certainly the case with this book. The book is based on an FBI special ‘Net Force’ team that is made of computer geeks that are supposed to protect the internet from bad guys. Now, a book on Not unreadable, but too far fetched for my tastes. I think this is the second book in the Net Force series and it shows. I didn’t read the first, but generally the first book in a series is full of action, etc. while the second often spends more time developing characters and going into back-stories. That was certainly the case with this book. The book is based on an FBI special ‘Net Force’ team that is made of computer geeks that are supposed to protect the internet from bad guys. Now, a book on people sitting in front of a computer isn’t very interesting, so the story uses Virtual Reality (VR) scenarios for the characters to go into the network and look for the bad guys that some how are also in the VR world. Really kind of hokey and turned me off. Overall, the characters are too contrived to seem believable. They are an elite team of computer geniuses, but also some of them are elite martial artists and/or commandos, even in RW (real world), but even the ones that are not commandos operate on the commando team. In the end, the character of Computer Geek doesn’t make for very exciting action, so the author trumped up far fetched scenarios to put the Computer Geek into the action, and as luck would have it, the Computer Geek is also highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat and covert operations. Good thing to, or the story line might drop dead. I did find the book interesting as it was written in the mid-1990’s, but is set in the year 2010, but it is a 2010 without the events of 9/11/2001. So it was kind of interesting to see where Tom Clancy thought we would be, technologically 15 years in the future, and to see where we actually are. I’m not a computer geek, but I’m pretty sure no one puts on VR suits to go into some kind of Wild West scenario to track down bad guys on the internet.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John

    Like all the other Steve Perry novels I've read, NET FORCE: HIDDEN AGENDAS is competent but uninspired storytelling. The external threat feels rather tacked-on, and most of the book is spent simply exploring the characters (even ones who have no impact on the overall story). There's enough office romance here to set the stage for a soap opera--which I don't think is the sort of thing Tom Clancy fans are clamoring for. Thankfully, most of the characters (with the notable exceptions of Jay Gridley Like all the other Steve Perry novels I've read, NET FORCE: HIDDEN AGENDAS is competent but uninspired storytelling. The external threat feels rather tacked-on, and most of the book is spent simply exploring the characters (even ones who have no impact on the overall story). There's enough office romance here to set the stage for a soap opera--which I don't think is the sort of thing Tom Clancy fans are clamoring for. Thankfully, most of the characters (with the notable exceptions of Jay Gridley and Tyrone) are interesting enough to make the inter-personal drama of the novel at least reasonably entertaining. Still, though, I would have preferred a lot more military action, and a lot less relationship angst. But the biggest problem with these NET FORCE novels is that the technology involved is pure fantasy. Not only that, it doesn't make any sense. For example, this book would have you believe that certain Net Force agents, rather than performing their jobs quickly and efficiently, instead take the time to craft elaborate new VR environments each and every time they want to access a server located outside the country. Yeah, right. (Because it's SO important to feel like you're actually in Russia anytime you access a Russian server.) And their only justification for this massive expenditure of time and resources is basically, "What's the point of doing something if you can't make it fun?" If it's realism you're after, NET FORCE is definitely not the series for you. It's not a bad series, but it's certainly not on par with what you'd expect from the Tom Clancy brand. If you read book #1 and found the characters and situations interesting, then book #2 will provide you with more of the same.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jed

    This book was a sequel to the first book in the series net force and expanded the thrilling and intriguing storyline. Steve Perry wrote this book in the 90's and set the story to take place in the future in 2010 where he envisioned that computers would be the super powers of the world. But people like hackers, terrorists and cybercriminals use the internet to organize and commit crime. To prevent this from happening, Net force was created by the U.S. government to prevent the crimes committed of This book was a sequel to the first book in the series net force and expanded the thrilling and intriguing storyline. Steve Perry wrote this book in the 90's and set the story to take place in the future in 2010 where he envisioned that computers would be the super powers of the world. But people like hackers, terrorists and cybercriminals use the internet to organize and commit crime. To prevent this from happening, Net force was created by the U.S. government to prevent the crimes committed of these people. The story starts with a college student who learned online how to make a bomb and planted bombs on a college building that killed several people, leaving Net force partially responsible for not stopping this preventable crime. Because of this, the U.S. government is blaming the main character and director of Net force, Alex Michaels and deciding whether Net Force stop being funded. This leaves Alex Michaels struggling to keep up with stopping online crime, staying in touch with his distant family he almost never has time for and managing Net Force. I like how Steve Perry transitioned from different characters because he wrote in third person omniscient, so you can connect the ideas and thoughts of each character. I didn't really like how some characters' names were never mentioned until later in the story because it was hard to keep track of them but it did overall make the story more intriguing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David Roberts

    I am reviewing the novel Net Force Hidden Agendas by Tom Clancy which is a very good thriller which I bought from a car boot sale. This book is part of the Net Force series and is set in 2010 and is about an organisation called Net Force which polices the internet & contains a small number of elite troops called Net Force Strike Team. This book was set in the future when it was published and is about a world where terrorists use the internet to communicate and launder money etc. The basic plot i I am reviewing the novel Net Force Hidden Agendas by Tom Clancy which is a very good thriller which I bought from a car boot sale. This book is part of the Net Force series and is set in 2010 and is about an organisation called Net Force which polices the internet & contains a small number of elite troops called Net Force Strike Team. This book was set in the future when it was published and is about a world where terrorists use the internet to communicate and launder money etc. The basic plot is arab terrorists have bombed the State Building in Louisiana and they used a recipe for explosives obtained from the internet. One of their objectives is to find out how the terrorists are funded and cut them off from it. The Strike Team used to deal with the terrorists but a lot of research has to be done first. There is a happy ending and even though the terrorists are from a poor country their leaders are very wealthy and live in state of the art complexes. I enjoyed reading it although it's probably aimed at the teen market.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Ok, this is Net Force #2 in the series, Hidden Agendas, and let me tell you… there is nothing hidden nor sacred about this one. What is it with all the sex? Note to Mr. Clancy and friends: just because a woman is beautiful and smart does not mean she is desiring of extensive, intimate, physical contact with available male types. In fact, I’d say the “smart” quotient precludes the unmarried sex factor. I know, I know, the books are intended to reach out and touch the average American male libido Ok, this is Net Force #2 in the series, Hidden Agendas, and let me tell you… there is nothing hidden nor sacred about this one. What is it with all the sex? Note to Mr. Clancy and friends: just because a woman is beautiful and smart does not mean she is desiring of extensive, intimate, physical contact with available male types. In fact, I’d say the “smart” quotient precludes the unmarried sex factor. I know, I know, the books are intended to reach out and touch the average American male libido but here’s to hoping book number 3 focuses more on saving the Nation and less on satiating the male imagination.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gabor Racz-balog

    yikes! where do i start... right this book is not great, not even good. too many plots which doesn't add to the story at all (I'm looking at you Tyrone... a boomerang? really??). this book is a mess, the story is really stupid and feels like its going nowhere. ...and the ending.... well yeah the "climax" is more like a bump. when i finished i thought: is that it? catching the bad guys is done in 10minutes or less... we getting more romance in this book than actual action. im definitely disappoint yikes! where do i start... right this book is not great, not even good. too many plots which doesn't add to the story at all (I'm looking at you Tyrone... a boomerang? really??). this book is a mess, the story is really stupid and feels like its going nowhere. ...and the ending.... well yeah the "climax" is more like a bump. when i finished i thought: is that it? catching the bad guys is done in 10minutes or less... we getting more romance in this book than actual action. im definitely disappointed in this book especially the great promise of the first book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    M.G.

    The year 2010 may be a point in history now, but Clancy and Pieczenik produced a wonderful storyline in this novel written in 1999. For this reader, there is nothing quite like books that can incorporate espionage, suspence, and intimacy into one piece of work. If there was one flaw, the ending could have been more detailed, but Hidden Agendas is worthy of being a classified a sequel that delivered the goods. I certainly look forward to the third installment of the Net Force series. Stay tuned.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    In my opinion, you either like Tom Clancy or you don’t. I think is has more to do with the topics he writes about. If you do like him, most of his books are pretty good. You might like some more than others, but just about all of them are suspenseful and gripping. 9 times out of 10, you’ll be very glad you read his work.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Boots S

    I rated this book I liked it, but with reservations. The basic tale was okay, but there was so much high end computer stuff that was way above my head that I needed to skips lots of passages. Billions are stolen through internet computer tricks, which Net Force works to find the culprit. Difficult to understand the initials and the switch from real life to computer scenes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    John

    A crazy hacker releases instructions on how to build a nuclear bomb over the internet. But there is more at stake than just that as the NetForce gang has to stop terrorists that let a deadly virus loose that is destroying the economy of the US.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cobain182

    I started out with this book instead of the first series, but I didn't miss a beat. Tom Clancy is a very talented author, and his work shows again in this one. It wasn't great, but it was an entertaining read with likable characters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lamis Akkad

    the plot was awesome, as expected of Tom Clancy what I didn't like was the repeated mention of thoughts and actions related to physical relationships, also, what was the point of the chapters on Tyron? in this novel it didn't affect the plot in anyway.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Osarenren Ihaza

    This is the second book in the Net Force series. There is not much difference between this and the previous book. There's pretty much no new content; it's more of a direct continuation. I gave this book three stars because of the practical lack of suspense.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alice Harbin

    Fairly fast paced. Written in 1999, so futuristic and believable, but is fiction. Computer hackers are alive and well today, but the senators aide would not get away with buying immunity in a foreign country.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Preston

    I really enjoyed this novel, in addition to the typical great plot Tom Clancy always creates in his novel I felt that the character development in this particular novel was fantastic. The characters feel very relatable and human both in their aspirations, passions, & vices. I really enjoyed this novel, in addition to the typical great plot Tom Clancy always creates in his novel I felt that the character development in this particular novel was fantastic. The characters feel very relatable and human both in their aspirations, passions, & vices.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Roth

    Been awhile since my last reading of this series and it is still as good. It amazes me that when the book was written and the time frame that real life technology is nowhere to be found. I am ready for the next.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Good for summer reading right before you get drunk on the beach and make out with an unfortunate-looking guy. Oh, Tom Clancy. You just kinda put out whatever you want and people will read it. High five.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suby

    Rather confusing. Clancy is usually very clear about what he sets out to say. But this book lacks his touch.

  27. 5 out of 5

    A Ayala

    Don't waste your time.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    This was a little hard to keep up with, it was like you were playing a computer game. It did keep you interested though. Technology is great!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    Very Lame.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Craig Norborg

    Couldn't finish the book, the way they conceptualized "Virtual reality" was just too unrealistic and hokey. Seemed ok otherwise.

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