Marc Bernardin
May 28, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Larry Bond's First Team

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Larry Bond, Jim DeFelice
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C-

Reading a truly mediocre espionage thriller makes one appreciate writers like Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum — namely, their masterful orchestration of tension. Bond — who apprenticed under Clancy on ”Red Storm Rising” (and learned nothing) — hatches the Team, a ragtag bunch of soldiers and spies called on to investigate, and immediately act upon, threats to national security. Since imagination is in short supply, this series debut sets the Team after an Islamic terrorist bent on dousing Honolulu in radioactive waste. It’s lazily plotted, devoid of a single memorable set piece, and carries a distasteful misogynist streak a mile wide.

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