I understand some people don't like Clancy's style, and this book probably won't change any minds. If you don't like his politics (I do) or you get lost in the details of military equipment (after 24 years in the AF, I still occasionally do), you probably still won't like him. I have read or listened to every major novel he has written from the beginning (Hunt for Red October) and I have always enjoyed them. ---------------------------
This book one has a similar pace and feel to other Clancy books - there are lots of sub-plots and the characters can be difficult to keep straight, although many of the characters are recurring from previous works, which helps. The change of focus from Jack Ryan to his son, Jack Jr., seems to breath a little fresh life into the series by allowing Clancy to develop a new lead character while maintaining continuity with his previous story lines. Jack Jr obviously has many similarities to his father, but the differences are are well-developed and don't seem forced. ---------------------------
Lou Diamond Phillips' performance in the reading was among the best I've heard, which really surprised me, since I was never much of a fan of his movies and had low expectations. His voice has a hint of a whisper to it, which gives the right feel for this story about black ops. The characters were distinct, but not over-done. There were no cringe-inducing female voices, which is good thing. ---------------------------
This isn't my favorite Clancy of all time (that is Cardinal of the Kremlin), but it's in the top half. It's definitely in the classic Calncy mold - iIf you liked his previous works, you will probably like this one as well.
I really enjoyed this book and I was especially pleased to discover the voice of Lou Diamond Philips. I was skeptical going in, but Lou did a smashing job and I would now consider him amongst my top 3 Audible narrators. This book is worth a listen for this reason alone, but I will also add that as a first time Clancy reader, you don't need to know the back story to enjoy this one. Story is contemporary and characters are dimensional. I recommend this one.
I like the movies based on Tom Clancy novels, but admittedly this is my first attempt at "reading" his books. While I thought Lou Diamond Phillips did a great job with reading the book, I found the story/book itself kind of boring and disjointed. I have no other Tom Clancy books to compare it to, so perhaps I'm way off... but I was expecting great things -- instead, I had to really push myself to actually finish listening to the whole thing. 2 stars b/c of Phillips' performance.
Really struggled to get through this. I can imagine a lot of people enjoying this but it was really quite boring.
Although I don't always agree with his political views, I do enjoy Tom Clancy's novels. Detailed, descriptive, intense, he always brings up fascinating topics, and this one is very relevant to the day. I enjoyed the dual perspective of both good guys and bad guys, even if the good guys perspective did prevail at times, as well as the continued use of past characters with reference to their past deeds. This novel brought up many debatable topics about covert operations and politics in general. I did at times get a little lost in the characters and plots, but picked them back up pretty easily. Be prepared for some strong political views written into the novel with a bit more bias than I personally generally appreciate, but for a good novel with another interesting "Jack Ryan" character involved. Good narration as well.
Just because Clancy's name is on the list of authors does not mean much. Lots of words, not much action and lacks the pizzazz of his first books. Seems since his divorce Clancy has lost his edge - or perhaps he just does not want the ex to get any money for his efforts so he lets others write and adds just his name.
Narrator was good, but the storyline was simple with too many words. I had to laugh some points when describing the Rainbow team. The guys in Rainbow were the best, no hold on they were the Best of the Best because they were marines, hold on, they weren't just the best of the best, they were the best of the best of the best and that's what made them part of Rainbow.... it was laughable.
Anytime Rainbow got involved they got the job done... Impressive ... "Well what else would you expect from Rainbow?"
This book was hard to follow, the story jumps back and forth couldn't keep up with all the chacters. All comes together at the end but long road to get there, If you are a Tom Clancy fan I'd get the abridged edition if availabe
Good fictional plot with some very fictional action said in too many words. Guess Clancy and Blackwood think if it can be said in 15 words why not do it in 60 words instead.They can write about the overseas action very well, but the action in the US lacks realism alot.