I thought that Lou Diamond Phillips was utterly FANTASTIC. He's a really good screen actor; his reading of this book was just about genius. He didn't have any problem commanding any linguistic accent the story called for, and he didn't make the voices of the women sound silly, weak or simperingly stupid (as some male narrators do when reading female voice), and he kept true to the particular emotion that the author was aiming for in the narrative. Great job!
Made me hold my breath a few times...
I've listened to a few Audible books, but this has been the best-produced one, by far. The pacing was very good and didn't disappoint. Loved having the reappearance of Jack Ryan. While the political views were pretty obvious, they did seem well-researched and fairly accurate in the world today.
A really great listen for a couple of rainy days when indoor activities and chores cannot be avoided. It makes the time fly.
I bought the book because of Lou Diamond Phillips voice. He didn't disappoint!
I'm not a huge fan of military-based stories - too many acronyms for me! But I did enjoy listening to the story.
I would recommend this book to be read... not listened to. This is the second and last book that I listened to Mr. Phillps drone on. He should be reading a romance novel. His portrayal of the muslims was very good, but his non-distinction of American voices made this good book a challenge to listen to. I spent more time trying to figure out who was saying what than I was enjoying a good book.
NO !! Worth reading,,,,, not listening to.
I haven't listened to a Clancy book in awhile; suspect this is part of a saga and if you have read others you already know what to expect. In this installment, Jack Ryan Sr is ex-president but unhappy with the direction of the current president. Jack Jr wishes to get into the spook business. Soldiers Clark and Driscoll, et al are probably old characters. A non-government vigilante group hires them all and they seem to have a license to kill with impunity. Meanwhile, a Bin Laden character is planning his next attacks.
The story moves slowly and steadily, parallel threads of terrorist movements and intelligence gathering lead to some showdowns.
Three things strike me: All the characters reflect on their roles and the ethics of what they do but generally end up shrugging off their murders of fellow humans as simply the role they play (like Nazi officers' defense at Nuremburg) or, at best, it's-us-or-them. In the terrorists' case, it's Allah's will.
Secondly, the book is full of Republican-hawk demagoguery. If you're of a liberal or even an independent mindset, this may become annoying. Of note, even as Jack Sr considers a return to politics, the words Replublican or Democrat never appear in the book. It's as if political parties do not exist in the world Clancy has invented.
Thirdly, I know nothing of military hardware and how real spies/agents act. Based on the 3 things I do know about, because they relate to medicine, much of the descriptions here may be terribly inaccurate. The bits about superglue in a wound, use of rat poison in a bomb and dosing of succinyl choline are blatantly crazy. But Clancy is such a master of verisimilitude that the book is fairly satisfying.
We put this on a speaker and listened to it together in front of the fireplace and loved every minute of it. The Emir sounds just like Osama Bin Laden. We were glued. Fast paced thriller. The male half of this duo thought it was a little too long but I did not.
Lou Phillips does a superb job in reading this from the pronunciation of names to the accents. He made it come to life. A good reader is all important and that he is!
Some of the reviews are correct. In this book our current President, Obama, sounds a lot like the current president in this book. If you love Obama you may be offended by this.
I saw the reviews about "Fox Speak" and Clancy's conservative viewpoint in this book, but I bought it anyway, because I liked his other books and I like Mitch Rapp and Jack Reacher, even if one might think their views of the world are rather conservative.
Clancy, however, goes beyond the pale preaching his conservative dogma talking, even, conservative views on tax rates. There is no place for his conservative views in a work of fiction. He ruined the book for me, even though it's not that good, anyway. It meanders all over the place. I will never buy another of his books.
If I wanted Fox Speak, I could buy a Glen Beck book. At least then, I would know what I was getting.
Though I consider myself a fan of Tom Clancy's writings, I found this book to be so similar to previous writings that I had to force myself to finish it. There's the additional consideration that even though I know its just a story, I, the reader have to wrestle with (along with the characters, I admit) the ethics of vigilante justice. The world is a dangerous place and though I recognize this truth, I don't like to hear about people who unilaterally decide that this guy is a bad guy and should be removed from the scene. To be sure, in the end all the bad guys in this book really are bad guys, but still this moral ambiguity exists, and that steals some of the Hollywood magic from the story.
Though Lou Diamond Phillips' performance was good, it was not stellar. He does not come close to the performance heights of a Stefan Rudnicki, or a Scott Brick or a Michael Kramer.
If you want a thriller, try one of the Clive Cussler novels. They might be quirky and full of "goodness, can they do that?" but I have yet to read or listen to a story from his pen that makes me wonder whether I am rooting for the good guys. This Clancy novel had me...concerned.
This book kept me completely enthralled, I listen while I drove, walked, gardened and even reconciled my bank account. It was awesome. Lou Diamond Phillips does a brilliant job.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
This is the first of the series that I've listened to. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Good story, keeps moving, good suspense.
I'm an avid reader since childhood. I'm a retired science teacher, retired nuclear plant worker and grandmother of three. I love mysteries.
Only Tom Clancy can make me enjoy listening to a story full of war and political intrigue! This isn't his best ever book but it is well worth the read!