Recently started Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy, one of my guilty pleasures I guess. Sometimes Clancy can be a lot of fun to ready, and he does thrillers with high tech, military and special forces elements better than anyone.
I guess he's getting older and crankier, though, or else he just doesn't know who to make into a plausible villain since the fall of the USSR, because Rainbow Six treats environmentalists as being the most evil and inhuman bad-guys possible. The basic thrust of the book is that some environmentalists decide that human beings are just too tough on the planet, and almost every one deserves to be wiped-out. Environmentalism is treated as the most deranged, anti-business, anti-social kind of sociopathic craziness possible. I'm not exactly a Greenpeace or Sierra Club member, but this still kind of bugs me.
I was heavily involved in animal rights and other similar environmental based in the past - only just avoided a prison sentence so I can understand the direction that takes people to those sort of extreme feelings, was a little nihilistic myself for some time. The experiences of seeing people attacked by the more powerful vested interests and the police do nothing only helped. Also recently worked in child protection which was another side of the underbelly of human cruelty on defenceless children.
It's a delicate thing I think as it is often the caring side of someone that gets them invoilved in those sorts of activities and beliefs - and it is how that side of them gets affected by the experiences that seems to affect how cynical or dark they become. There was a time when i too thought the human race was a cancer on the Earth and sometimes I still wonder what the hell we are doing to each other and the planet - but I believe humanity has enormous, if not infinite potential for good and that there are more acts of love, nurturing and creativity than cruelty, hate and destruction.