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.
Tom Clancy should have retired years ago. Compare to Dan Sylva, this is amateurish. The plot is simple, his heros are boring and predictable. What a let down.
This is simply the most amazing performance of a Tom Clancy book ever done.
The book itself exceeds expectations, and leaves you wanting even more.
I did enjoy this book quite a lot, however I really felt a strong distaste for the Democrat bashing. I know that Tom Clancy is a Republican, but I don't recall him ever really mentioning the other parties by name and bashing them. While I have always adored the Jack Ryan books, I found that as soon as it skipped back to him, I couldn't want for it to be over. Same with the Ed Kealty sections. The book was at its best with Jack Ryan Jr and John/Ding.