Somewhere under the overflowing, thinly veiled criticism of Pres. Obama and The sales pitch for the conservative Party line, there's a pretty good story with our favorite Clancy characters. The story is ruined by the author's political agenda. (BTW I do consider myself conservative and frankly agree with many of the characters' political opinions, but I don't need an idea shoved down my throat, repeatedly, over and over, without any additional plot development.)
I am a long-time fan of Clancy & this book did not let me down ...very enjoyable. It was my first time on Audible & I was impressed. Lou-Diamond Philips as narrator was particularly good - except for his one Aussie accent which was atrocious.
This is like one of those movies you would watch at 2am when you are half awake...you hear a lot of action, a few repeat characters...and nothing else...I listened to more than half of the story and have no idea whats happening...
This novel needed a good editor. There are subplots that are unnecessary and contribute nothing to the story, including whether Jack Ryan Sr will run again for president, the fecklessness of the Kealty administration and the Sam Driscoll story line (after he leaves Afghanistan). While Clancy's political leanings have never been a secret, his heavy handed attacks on Democrats are too much.(And for the record, I'm a registered Republican). Clancy should stick to militarty/spy stories and avoid politics
I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
If you wish for the days in which a politician took no prisoners, and you love a great yarn, this is a gratifying listen. Jack is back, with Jack, Jr. rapidly catching up to his father's footsteps. All the preposterous narrow escapes of the Jack Ryan series are here, as well as some contemporary social commentary and wishful thinking on the part of the author. This one opens the door for a number of great additions to the franchise. Lots of fun!
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
Sorry fellow listeners, but while I found him hard to read I found him the perfect companion to listen to. If you like his style this will not dissapoint
i was very impressed with the reading by Lou D. Phillips. The plot was very interesting although there were a few times where many details were not needed. overalll, excellent!
Lou Diamond Phillips is jsut not the right person to narrate this book. His characters all sound the same whether young or old, man or woman. I got so lost tyring to figure out whos who.because there was very little distinction in each character's voices.
Clancy's best novel in a long while. Young Jack Ryan earns his creds in this story and becomes a standalone character worthy of future books. Lou Diamond Philips does a first rate job of bringing to story to life, even if his Jack Sr voice is a little too much like John Wayne. Overall, highly recommended.