I resist the temptation to name this review "DOA," but not "Dead or Alive," but "Dead on Arrival." It is not quite that bad, but almost. With all of the glaring reviews for Dead or Alive, it makes me wonder if there are professional review companies out there that are paid a fee to place (in Clancy's case) dozens of great reviews for the author. First, with the exception of the Middle Eastern voices, the reader was horrible, plus the actual female voice seemed like the producers simply copied her voice in after the bulk of the voice over was done. How did that get by the focus group? It was actually irritating until I could finally block it out. Second, I don't need a character telling me that the President is doing a screw up job. Why not go back to fiction 101 and show the president making screw up decisions, instead of trying to convince me that he was a screw-up. In fact, ironically, the decisions that he makes in the book seemed to be prudent, but perhaps that is my moderate ideology coming out, so who is Clancy preaching too. Third, part of the plot was unbelievable, particularly in the end with the doctor, because no one, not even the doctor himself seemed to believe that what he was doing was working the way he was told it would work. If the characters do not believe the process, how can the reader believe it.
I would ask for my money back if I thought I could get a refund. I would wait for this to be made into a movie and then pray that the screenplay writer(s), director and producers do a better job at adapting to the screen than Clancy did at laying out on the page.
I really tried very hard to like this book. I listened to the whole thing, and was confused through it all. There were so many story lines, all going every which way. Definately not what I would expect from Tom Clancy.
Long, drawen out, and boring.This book put me to sleep on several nights...owing in part to Lou Diamond Phillips uninspiring narration. I was well into Part II and still didn't really have a good handle on the plot. Definitely not the vintage Clancy from Hunt from Red October and Patriot Games. A very disappointing read.
If you loved Clancy back when he was still writing his own books--and was creative--you'll enjoy this reboot of his franchise characters. He brings them back (the Ryan family and their house on Peregrine Bluff, John Clark and Ding Chavez), even using some the same descriptive phrases (as if copy/pasting from his old Word files). The plot is classic Clancy, down to all the stylistic ticks, just reset in a hunt for Osama (who's just not called that).
It should feel tired, but it doesn't, in the same way that seeing a classic rock band reuniting after 20 years and going back on tour doesn't: you remember why you liked them in the first place, and the nostalgia makes it rewarding.
But like that old-time rock band, I'm not sure it's sustainable after the reunion tour. The world has moved on, and Clancy's characters really haven't. It's clear from the ending that he's trying to tee the ball for another run with these characters. If so, then he needs to bring something fresh to the new franchise, and dropping them and his style essentially unchanged into 2011 won't work (in my opinion).
Speaking of old-timers, I had no idea that Lou Diamon Phillips was doing narration work now. He was outstanding in this audiobook. He carried the novel with his delivery. Very fun and addicting to listen to.
Drive for work and listen all day long. Audible is a God send as it lifts me from traffic and off to an adventure!!
This was a great story bringing all the gang into the kind of story that made you heart beat like when a new Clancy comes out.
Evelyn J Sickler
Love Tom Clancy, and have always been a big Jack Ryan fan, I did enjoy the book. That being said, it got a bit long winded on several occasions where the technical details were described. I had a problem keeping up with all the characters, their locations and their relevance to the overall plot. Lou Diamond Phillips did a excellent job, especially considering all the different accents. Not sure Jack Jr is cut out to follow in his fathers footsteps, considering the number of times he nearly got him self blown away!! I have seen from other reviews that some readers had issues with Clancy's politics, but I think the reader usually knows what to expect from him in that arena, he has had the same adgenda since Cardinal Of the Kermlin and Hunt For Red October, I personally take no issue with his writing in that respect. Overall a good listen, and left lots of room for a good sequel
I really enjoyed this book. Fist off, the narrator was excellent! He is a great theatrical reader. The use of most of the previous books characters is excellent. Everyone from Mr. Clark to Jack Junior. It really gives you the feeling that the old generation is training the next generation and slowly handing the reins over. Once again Clancy has done his research to make this fictional book seem almost like a non-fictional story. Cannot wait to see what Clancy has in store for his next book.
This is not one of the best of Clancy. I was excited to get this book but was disappointed in reading it. I would say read it but don't expect it to be one of those books you cannot put down. You will listen in different times -disappointment.