Not from the genre, but definitely from Clancy.
Good articulation, great listening voice, good intonation on characters. Love to hear more books narrated by him.
A disappointing restart of Clancy's novels.
The world in the new novels is reduced to "good" and "bad" without the infinite numbers of grey in between. That worked to some extent during the cold war, but conflicts are now infinitely more complex.
His general thesis "we need an extra-jucidial intelligence and action commando" (aka the Campus) is very scary. The new book(s) implies you can do whatever you like to anybody as long as it is good (for a given value of "good"). Executing sleeping people is murder under international law. As is torture. An investigation into it is not "bullsh*t", even if it done with a strong political motivation. The western trias politica is there for a reason. If you do not like it, emigrate to a dictatorship, they seem to know how to do it "right".
I really like the stance that we need to focus much, much more on a strong intelligence position. But under the supervision of law and lawmaker. Sending a private execution team acting on private information positions is scary. They might just as well be killing a chairman of some commercial company to raise the value of the Campus investment portfolio for all I know.
I will not recommend this book.
I _will_ recommend Lou Diamond Phillips!
I haven't read any of Tom Clancy's older works yet, but I hear they are a lot better than this one. The story really throws you into the midst of a lot of characters and it was hard for me to keep up for a while, until I could get up to speed. I wasn't all that impressed with the writing and I think some large swathes of the book could have been cut. For better adventures with more suspense, better characters and dialogue, I prefer and would recommend Vince Flynn.
I think the Jack Ryan storyline has pretty well played out. I'm a huge fan of the earlier novels, up through Executive Orders, but making Jack Jr. the new hero feels a bit contrived. At this point, several things are working against the story. First off is the sheer improbability of so many 'incredible' circumstances happening to the same characters. Second, and more importantly for the narrative, is that the history of the 'Ryanverse' now differs so drastically from actual history, and yet Clancy has nevertheless tried to tie them together. The attempt leaves too many holes.
As an individual story, this one is entertaining, but still smells a bit of a rehash. Plus, the ultimate nefarious intent does not have the incredible (and believable) suspenseful lead-in that made The Sum of All Fears so outstanding.
As much as I love Clancy's novels, I think it's time to lay this storyline to rest.
Yes - better story, less polical pundit
No, but very disappointed in Tom Clancy
Very good reader
Pop culture icons
Remove the real world political bias from the story.
Somewhat interesting covert intelligence storyline.
Performance is very good.
This book reads like a Fox News special report with Dick Cheney as the ghost writer and research by Glenn Beck.
Plenty of action, well narrated but too much bitching about domestic (U.S.) politics. maybe good if you're a rabid tea partiest but as for me it ruined what otherwise would have been a good listen. Overall rating....Meh....
I read some of Tom Clancy's Op Center Books. They were excellent and did not contain the unbridled profanity that Dead or Alive does! Why, Why, Why does Tom Clancy (and other writers) insist on uses these horrble words? Can't they come up with other text and still keep the reader's interest? If not, that's REALLY sad. I wasted a credit on this book as I stopped reading it when the umpteenth F-Bomb dropped. I am finished with Tom Clancy until I can confirm that he has written a book without all that garbage!
Very enjoyable book to listen to. Lou Diamond Phillips does a great job with the story. I fast action packed adventure. This will probably be a movie in the future.
I had read some other reviews criticizing the writers for their political jabs at the current administration. Those jabs are unfounded. You could take any book with political references and make ties to any administration. I am not a fan of the current administration but found few instances where you could make parallels. Maybe the administrations supporters are a bit over sensitive or have guilty consciences.
Sit back and enjoy the action and the fun. I had a hard time putting down my Ipod. Once I got started!
How are we supposed to believe that a group of snarky, self-important, predicate felons (100 Presidential Pardons) run or want to govern in the United States of America. Too bad Jack Ryan, Sr. wasn't previously a southern govenor, then the premise would at least stand up. Bite me, Tom.
They killed the quality when making it a smaller file. They took the life out of the voice. Hard to listen to. Shame