Clancy dosen't fail to disappoint with this thriller -- it is the reader who is the big let down. The readers inflection and tone are great but he just plows through paragraphs and transitions as if they didn't exist. I found this book very difficult to follow because of this. I can't recommend this book for that reason and I will be watching out for other books read by the same narrator.
Good book and story line but Clancey misses the mark on some of the conversation amongst the characters. My husband was a Marine for 20 years and I can say for sure that I never met a Marine officer who spoke like the "Aldo" charachter. I also think there were several plot lines that started and went nowhere that distracted from the whole. All in all, if you like Clancey you'll like this book.
Clancy won my admiration for his early works, particularly The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising, but his writing (novels) has continued to weaken over the years. This one looked like he was regaining some speed, but lost traction in the middle, ending so abruptly that I thought that my audio player had skipped part of the book. Great for killing time, but not much else. He is still on my short list, but I do long for the days when I could pick up a Clancy novel and know that I had a winner before I cracked the book.
Like all Clancy novels, this is a good story which has been abridged to death. I look forward, "hopefully" to an unabridged version available through Audible, which will include the other three quarters of the book intact.
Not much of a plot; dialog was trite --- consisted mostly of "Roger that!", "Fair enough", "bro" this and that. Disappointing :-(
This was the first audible book that I've had technical difficulties with-not sure if it would be consistent to other "downloaders" but just a heads up. Also-there were several times when the same sentance was repeated...gives you a "deja-vu"...This didn't affect my rating though.
I'm a Clancy fan, have enjoyed many of them through audible. This one isn't his best in my opinion. It may have had something to do with the narrator. He was too "smooth" for my liking. It was difficult to distinguish between characters with his spoken tone. I think it took away from my ability to enjoy the story/listen.
The story line was more tame compared to others in the series and other Clancy novels. I would recommend it if you're a fan of the series, but definitely not if you're looking to check out Clancy, it's not a good first representation of his writing abilities.
The story line of Jack and co. with the children, now grown up and having become trained in law enforcement themselves, taking over the reigns of world salvation.
Make sure that you have cleared your calendar before picking up this book, You will have trouble putting it down once you start. Tom Clancy writes in a fast paced, jam packed style that leaves the reader wanting the next chapter even after the last page has been turned.
Endless whining from terrorists, FBI agents, Marines, supervisors, friends, relatives - basically - everyone. Any "adventure" in this story jumps around so much that one would consider Clancy himself was looking for any excuse to get away. My DH (longtime Clancy fan) and I listened to over half of this on a car trip and simply couldn't finish it. UGH!!!
Tom, time to put away your word processor and take a loooooooooong vacation.
Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.
Fantasies allow one to explore subject matter that is difficult to explore in real life because it’s too ambiguous. As a result the more the fantasy pushes the edge the more arousing it becomes, until at some point it abruptly goes over the edge and becomes disgusting.
In my opinion this book is an extended fantasy about state sanctioned assassination that crosses the line and is just disgusting.
You can feel things spinning out of control. The operatives and the handlers become more and more sloppy, more and more arrogant. You know this is heading for a serious mistake. And then it ends abruptly. Perhaps this is the nature of fantasies.
But you’re left with the son of a former president having been pre-pardoned by his father for assonating in a foreign country of a British citizen of Arabian lineage for what in the US would probably be considered exercising his first amendment rights in a fairly unsavory way and for the unproved suspicious that he might having done more. All this has occurred without the knowledge of, in fact against the wishes of, the current president. By comparison the disturbingly sloppy field craft is only a minor issue.
I predict that the sequel, where the US government nearly collapses when this becomes public will be more interesting. Will the former president be assonated in a cover-up to save the constitution?