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.
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.