Clancy used to write about things that were real and used to dispel the very mythology he puts forth in this book. I've read all of Mr. Clancy's work and I've always been impressed with the realism and believability of his books--until now. I fear that one of the very best there has ever been is about to become less than medocre to say the least. This book certainly is less than believable. Save your book credits on this one, folks.
I love spy novels and especially the stories crafted by Tom Clancy. HOWEVER, this book is one of the worst books I've listened to from Audible. The story is too long, improbable and at times inconsistent. I think you'd rather listen to The Lion's Game by Nelson DeMille.
I loved his early books and appreciated his attention to detail. But in this one, every time something is about to happen in the here and now, someone has to reflect back on what "old Dad" did before or speculate on his thought processes and moral conundrums. There is so much angst and soul searching, repeated ad nauseum, that the action could fill a very thin novelette indeed. And there was such extreme repetition of things described in minute detail at different intervals in the book to different people that I found myself talking back to the tape "yeah yeah yeah, I heard this already!" I've never fast forwarded through a book before, but I did extensively on this one, and wished I'd opted for an abridged version. An interesting story, poorly and tediously told. Where was the editor on this stinker?
I read everyone's reviews here and I thought, "It's Tom Clancy, it can't be that bad".
Ouch. For the legions of Clancy fans who enjoy the detailed research that goes into his other titles, this one will leave you flat.
As another reviewer mentioned, what was Clancy thinking having a former president's son leaping into the spook world? Like no one knows who Jack Jr. is? Like his Secret Service contingent is going to let Jack Jr. travel by himself to Europe to chase terrorists? Like "People" magazine wouldn't be following him around to have him on the cover of it's "Sexiest Man of the Year" issue?
And attention to tradecraft is comical. He has identical twins (who are rookies in the business) doing hits on terrorists in Europe...interesting, but don't you think they would stick out? Plus they do their hit the same way on three separate people in the span of a few days...do you think any intelligence agency or police agency would not notice? He has Jack Jr. and the twins actually in the hotel room right next to one of their targets as the three casually discuss their plans.
Still, the concept of a self-funded anti-terrorist organization is intriguing and plausible the way he has it set up.
Overall, entertaining, but not up to the usual stuff.
It's hard to reconcile that this book was written by by the same author that wrote Patriot Games,The Hunt for Red October or take your pick of a number of fine novels that bear his name. The characters in this work seemed one dimensional and immature. The moral angst was contrived and revisited ad nauseum. In Tom Clancy's other novels it was like he pulled the curtains aside to reveal motives and machinations not guessed at by ordinary folks. This read like a soap opera script. John Ryan has been retired and the next generation just can't carry the ball. The fact that it took two credits should have been a warning that this was a swan song. I'll not be buying any new novels with his name on it unless I hear he's done a 180 on his current style. I was truly disappointed and wanted to blame the editor, publishing company, anybody but Tom Clancy whom I have enjoyed reading for over 20 years.
This is a good continuation of a nice series. the narrator was good , the pace fast , and the characters nicely developed so far. I enjoyed this book alot and will be looking for more Clancy novels like it.
Outside worker bee
Clancy fans will enjoy this book as it is typical of his in depth knowledge of the intelligence community. I looked forward to each chapter, al beit 26+ hours long...
After reading the other reviews, I wonder if we read the same book. Agreed that this isn't the best Clancy but I did enjoy it.
The ending leaves us set up for one or many sequels.