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.
Retired, live in MT, great for listening while driving long distances. BTW, Doc Holliday, is my real name.
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.
Eliminate some of the interminable nonessential detail. I thought The Sum of All Fears was agonizingly wordy but this has managed to exceed that.
Edit a whole lot of description.
Learn how to perform the material better. He could take lessons from Lou Diamond Philips.
Trade it in for a better book.
A more interesting story would have been nice. The beginning was fun, but it quickly became boring. Nothing interesting happened in the first 8 hours of listening so I put it down. The other reviews calling this a slow boring book were correct. I only read it because I wanted to read all of the Jack Ryan books in order, but I just can't do this one. I read the previous books in the series and I have enjoyed all of them so far. I read Rainbow Six when I was a kid and I really enjoyed it.
A more condensed version of this book might be better.
The performance was fine, average.
Its just not one of the good ones, skip to the next one in the series in my opinion.
Even though this was written or published later, if you want to read the Jack Ryan books in order you need to read this after The Patriot Games and before The Cardinal. It takes place WAY BEFORE what happens in many of the other books. I'm going back and reading them in order, and am bummed it's not listed in chronological order.
I'm really sad that we won't be reading any more Tom Clancy novels. R.I.P. Mr. Clancy.
A bit disappointing at times, but overall, a good listen.
So many memorable ones that I can't pick one.
I hadn't before.
I'm afraid I can't think of a tagline at the moment.
An excellent book for spy novel fans.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
This varies from the previous books in the Jack Ryan series on several fronts. I'm a fan of this series and have listened to them all in order (at least through this book) and therefore found some of the changes remarkable and very refreshing:
1) New narrator. The Michael Prichard narrations always required adjustment time, both to his pacing and the dryness of his inflections. Scott Brick is a marked step up in dramatic ability and pacing.
2) No long historical context setting. Every one of the previous books relied heavily on giving the reader historical perspective and background information. Yes, there is a little of that here, but this time it is succinct and interesting.
3) Technical dissertations are gone. I'd become quite used to Clancy's long forays into military and technical discourses. Again, there are a couple, but they're appropriate to the story. Bouts of tedium appear to be gone!
This is an interesting story and it moves along smartly. The 4 stars vs 5 is simply because this time I found Ryan to be a little too good to be true. Yes he swears a little more in this book than I remember in the past -- which doesn't really bother me -- but he can't possibly be that smart at international intrigue with so little field experience. This in no way reduces the appeal of this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the series.
The book was a dead plot in the first place. Little to no action which Clancy is normally very good with. I actually had to stop listening, though, because of the narrator. I've heard Brick before and he so overdoes the narration. His inflection is too much for Clancy's calculating characters. I know he thinks he's bringing the characters to life, but it starts to sound like Dr. Seuss. I couldn't take it for more than the first two sections of the book. Maybe it gets better toward the end, but dragging out a lame, predictable plot with Sam I Am was too much for me. Lou Diamond Phillips is a MUCH better narrator for Clancy, but the books he does are probably a bit more exciting, too. Give me Richard Ferrone reading anything.
First audiobook I couldn't stomach...
Nope, he was the reason I hated it.
Cut the background and plot explanations in half.
Great cold war premise. The two superpower are at it again.
Yes. He got better . Not his best work.
Love the Tom Clancy books and look forward to the Jack Ryan series.