Castenea wrote:Tom Clancy has A-10s sink a ship in Red Storm Rising, however they used something a lot more realistic than their gun, Air dropped Torps. If you are in Gun range with any airplane of a defended ship you are too close, that is what tin fish and air launched cruise missiles are for.
Tom Clancy also had the F-19 be real. Along with a LOT of other absolute crap, some of which was essentially just a cheap propaganda outlet.
Sorry but TC, once upon a time i liked his books...
Then when i got more knowledgeable myself i started noting just how unconcerned about reality he was with oh so many things, especially technology, and how the good guys always have just what they need.
It´s not that he takes liberties with reality that is a problem, it´s that he does it while claiming it to be reality or close, ie "i´m not a scifi writer" as he expressed it himself. Except that IS what he is.
THEN, i realised how nearly all his books are repeats of the same story, how the good guys always catch the lucky break at just the right time, how those same lucky breaks NEVER happen for the bad guys(except to cause their demise, and well, that really kills the "lucky" part anyway), and then of course there´s all the sad and pathetic overuse of klichés.
I still have a dozen of his books in my shelves, but they´re mostly gathering dust behind James Clavell´s books for many years now.