Phillips is a great narrator, too bad his talent is wasted on this book. The action scenes are good however the long, often silly political diatribes were just too much for me to waste my time in finishing the book. What a shame that Clancy has become so embittered and nasty politically that he lets it infect his books to the point that they become unreadable.
Could not follow the reader. Very disjointed plot. I have tried for 1 week to go back and listen and figure out what is going on but there is far more jargon than there is plot.
four stories converge into one. you need to listen and follow. But it gets there.
Not as fast paced as some of the other Clancy books, but still a must-read for any Clancy fan. Don't let the narrator throw you, he's different, but he did an amazing job, and it added to the book.
Old Keyboard Guy
I usually like the Tom Clancy novels based on Jack Ryan and his CIA meanderings. This story was very difficult to follow in an audible format as it jumped around from one part of the world to another. Typical terroist threat does not become clear until you are well into the 3rd hour or later. Too many details are omitted and others are overdone. Needless to say after 18 hours of listening I wasn't quite sure where the ending left me. I may chose another Clancy novel but not if it is over 6 hours long.
I found the book too wordy and so filled with minute details that my mind would wonder necessitating rewind, re-listen and often re-listen again. Lou Diamond Philips was great. I will think twice before reading Clancy (a former favorite) again.
I love most of Clancy's work, but this one is a bit of a difficult read. Phillips does a great job with the narration, but I find the story line difficult to follow at times. It jumps around a lot and in a way that I lose track of (and interest in) what is happening. I'll finish the book since I paid for it, but its far from gripping like many of his other books are. I don't find myself sitting in my car for 5 minutes after I get to my garage because I just can't wait to see what happens next as I have in the past. Overall a disappointing read when compared to his other works.
It has been a while since I last read a Clancy novel. I stopped because I found his style (but not his plots) very boring. Things haven't changed. The plot was really well done, but getting there was a challenge. He spent the first part of the book switching back and forth between scenes - and since I couldn't sit down and read in one sitting, I had to do a lot of back tracking on my IPod so I could relisten - not an easy thing to do. But I hung in and did it. Then when I finished, I found that some of his early scenes really had little to do with the plot. I realize that is classic Clancy - and I could have liked the book ok if he had not also used it as a vehicle to belabor his pet peeves with a number of things in the military, our society, and people in general. I guess I'm glad I read it, even though I didn't enjoy it very much.