Red rabbit is a good book but not up to the level of the rest of Clancy's Ryan books. It does a nice job of letting us get to know background on Mary Pat and Ed Foley and more information on Jacks early CIA apprenticeship with the Brits. So with Red Rabbit we will know more about these characters and events but the book is predominantly a foil to introduce these characters and event histories and unlike Clancy's home run prequel 'without remorse' used to introduce John Clark, this book itself is just a 'good' read not a great read.
While overall it's a great book, there are some of Clancy's typical tangents that missed the mark just a bit for my taste. Overall and interesting take and sets up context for more stories in the future. The performance was good, never really taking me out of the story which I really enjoyed.
Love this time in the Ryan story. Wish we had more stories from this great author about this great character before things got out of control in the story line. This era in world history was Clancy's forte.
The only bad thing about this book was finding out the next book in the series (in storyline chronological order) Red October has an absolutely awful narrator. How can I go from Scott Bricks's easy to listen to well paced voice to this J. Charles guy that sounds like he's trying to run the book because he's about to crap his pants? I'll probably have to get that book from a source other than Audible where I can find the version narrated by Frank Muller.
Audible allows me to fill my mind with something so much better than TV.
A tough story to get into while waiting for a fast turn. After slowly getting there the last part went very quickly. What is the one word that can be said about Scott Brick's performance , Outstanding...
This book is a fair read, but is not a clasic like many of Clancy's earlier works.
I liked the notion of a pre-quil in this series, this book however lacked some of the emotional colour that earlier books have.
Well worth reading, no regrets on my part, but not a page turner to the same degree his earlier books were.
An actual story. It's difficult to say what this book was about. Was it the Pope? Was it a puff piece for the Ryan character? (It functioned that way, even if unintended.) Or a recitation of the CIA handbook on how to incredulously exfiltrate high ranking members of the KGB in the most boring manner possible? All three? Or something else? I have no idea.
I remember buying this book in hardcover when it first came out. I never managed to finish it and couldn't remember why–until I listened to the first three chapters of the audio book. It's not really a story about anything and it doesn't even try to be. And it is incredibly boring–stultifyingly boring. Moreover, the occasions in the story were unbelievable, or very hard to believe. And there were huge errors that are uncharacteristic of Clancy's writing and, for once, I could not suspend belief long enough to even get into the book. I now know a lot about GUM; eastern European capitols (I've been to most of them, this story makes them a great deal more boring than they actually are and they are actually pretty boring.); Russian shopping habits (Betamax?); and listened to Clancy constantly remind us that Ryan isn't a field agent, while putting him in the field at every opportunity. The ending is bad. Disappointing. Pointless, because by that point I could have cared less how it ended, just that it ended.
Narration was the best I've heard on any audiobook I've listened to.
The whole SIS. The beer drinking doctors. Half the KGB and CIA officers. The Rabbit's family. Really, there was no story, so, really you could have crafted the narrative with about three people.
For Clancy fan's–If he had put Clark & Chavez in the place of Ryan and all the other field spooks, this would have been a good book. If you are a fan of the James Greer character, don't look for any favors for it in this book. If possible, this book was more boring than Rainbow Six.
Less redundancy, less pontificating and more plot development.
This is the worst novel I've read/heard written by Clancy. It seemed like he had a contract to write 500 pages and not enough story line to fill it, so he wondered off into never never land repeatedly.