I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.
The continuation of John Clark and Ding Chavez after "Rainbow Six" and the forced retirement of both of them. I have really enjoyed the story lines in the "Jack Ryan" universe of John Clark in particular. Especially since the book "Without Remorse."
Lou Diamond Phillips was born to be an actor/narrator. His performane of Tom Clancy's novels as been great entertainment. His ability to create unique inflextion of his voice for each character and situation causes the written word to become alive.
If I had had the time when I started this book I would have sat in a cozy chair in a calm quiet room with a cup of coffee and just listened until the end. But atlas, life is not perfect.
I thought it was slow at first, but then as the several plots began to intertwine, it got momentum -- it is a terrific read into contemporary events, and the narrator, Lou Diamond Phillips, does a truly outstanding job.
I found myself leaving the house early for class just so I could listen to this audiobook in the car. Really great narration by Lou Diamond Phillips. Wonderfully taut and gripping action throughout. Couldn't "put it down!" Highly recommended!
An enjoyable and timely read. I particularly appreciate the high level of research that is obvious in the story. The pacing is great with interesting side notes as to the how of things happening in the story. Also an insiders view of the workings of government that are not apparent to the typical viewer of the 6 o'clock news. The reader of course nails the characters with animation and accent renditions that would have you believe there is an entire cast. I will be looking forward to more titles narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips.
GET the book, you will love it!
I listen while doing those tasks when I don't need to be mentally engaged all the time. If I miss something I listen all over again.
This audio book was well done. I was with each character, and felt afterwards that I had "been there and done that." Congradulations.
mainly read romances and books for a book club that take me all over the map.
The novels Tom Clancey recently has written were just not up to snuff. Dead or Alive shows he still has what it takes and can take us into the deapths of the spy world in the modern era. This book sets the stage for what could be many to follow. We can only hope. A fantastic listen.
After the last novel "Teeth of the Tiger" which was flat and of no substance, this was a definite improvement. It was great to have the old guard come back and I really like the way Tom Clancy integrated the old characters with the new. That said, the timeline of the plot of the "bad guys" is convoluted. That was the only thing that prevented this book from being a great story. Tom Clancy had an original idea, technically correct, great characters but I think he spread himself too thin and it caused the timeline of the book to be both confusing and inaccurate.
As far as the narrator, much to my surprise, Lou Diamond Phillips did a good job reading this book. So If you love the characters from the old Jack Ryan series, and want to see them in a more modern setting then this is a pretty good book. If its your first time reading a a Jack Ryan series, I would not recommend this book at all. Try starting with the Hunt for Red october.
First of all, Lou Diamond Philips is brilliant in his performance. I look forward to more. I wish i could say the same about Tom Clancy. He's never been the same since the USSR collapsed. The story was okay, not his best by far, but better than his other recent efforts. I did find his intrusion of right wing politics only annoying, with one exception. His pandering portrayal of the Saudi royal family and the implication that the Democratic Party was more corrupt and "ungodly" was insulting to every American, and beneath him. I am surprised and curious as to what the reason was behind this, but he should be called out on it. He uses 9/11 for his own gain when it's convenient, but obviously learned nothing from it.
I was enjoying this book until about the halfway mark. Then it became very difficult to maintain interest. It just ran out of gas. I re-read his older books quite often and enjoy them every time. But this one won't be one of them. The most interesting parts of this book seemed to be the setup for a future book.
If it's a Tom Clancy book, you can be sure of several things:
Mr. Clancy has done his technical research to the last detail and spends page after page explaining it to us. In a previous book, he literally described a nuclear explosion millisecond by millisecond. He does similar things here. Sometimes, you find yourself tuning the narrator off because you don't particularly care how a bullet acts after striking. This is one reason for the extraordinary length of his books.
He also introduces so many characters and sub-plots so quickly that it is difficult to remember what the main plot is. It's easy to lose interest in what a character does when he or she only appears every five chapters.
In short, he kills us with insignificant details and smothers us with new sub-plots and characters.
I was hoping that time had mellowed his fondness for verbosity. It hasn't.