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.
I've read pretty much all the Jack Ryan books, and while this seems to lack some of the depth of the original books, I like where they are going with Jack Jr. You get used to characters like Clark and Dominguez, and they help tie you back to the older stories. This re-emergence of Jack Sr. is very promising, I can't wait for the next installment. I was also surprised at how well Lou Diamond Phillips did with the narration. He's no Jim Dale, but he made the characters come alive with just subtle changes to his voice, enough to believe you were listing to different people. I enjoyed this book a great deal and will definitely be watching for the next one.
I've read everything Tom Clancy has written, not ghost written. While I saw he had a helper in this one - I kept my hopes up for it as it involved Jack Ryan (character from Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, etc)
I was so disappointed with this book. I found it tiresome, very predictable, and the worse thing a book can be: boring. I had to stop listening to it and go back months later to finish it.
I wish I would have skipped it and waited for a $0.99 sale for my Kindle instead of using an Audible credit.
I love to listen and read books. I don't waste a minute...I listen when I am driving, cleaning, getting my nails done, etc. Fiction books are my favorites.... mysteries.
Be ready for detail. Mr. Clancey has plenty of that. I loved the book. As always it was intreging and the characters start coming together in mid book. Enjoy.