I listen while doing those tasks when I don't need to be mentally engaged all the time. If I miss something I listen all over again.
This audio book was well done. I was with each character, and felt afterwards that I had "been there and done that." Congradulations.
mainly read romances and books for a book club that take me all over the map.
The novels Tom Clancey recently has written were just not up to snuff. Dead or Alive shows he still has what it takes and can take us into the deapths of the spy world in the modern era. This book sets the stage for what could be many to follow. We can only hope. A fantastic listen.
I had a problem with the characters and all their locations and what each was bringing to the story. Some parts of it were just too 'wordy' but overall it was a good and down right scary plot. Narration by Phillips was very well done. I hope he can in time be as polished as G. Guidell.
First of all, Lou Diamond Philips is brilliant in his performance. I look forward to more. I wish i could say the same about Tom Clancy. He's never been the same since the USSR collapsed. The story was okay, not his best by far, but better than his other recent efforts. I did find his intrusion of right wing politics only annoying, with one exception. His pandering portrayal of the Saudi royal family and the implication that the Democratic Party was more corrupt and "ungodly" was insulting to every American, and beneath him. I am surprised and curious as to what the reason was behind this, but he should be called out on it. He uses 9/11 for his own gain when it's convenient, but obviously learned nothing from it.
I was enjoying this book until about the halfway mark. Then it became very difficult to maintain interest. It just ran out of gas. I re-read his older books quite often and enjoy them every time. But this one won't be one of them. The most interesting parts of this book seemed to be the setup for a future book.
Clancy seems to have a finger on the international pulse between Washington, the clandestine services and our enemies abroad. I have to remind myself that this is fiction and it of course is, but either Clancy's imagination is just incredibly fertile or he has sources in key place that give him classified insights into the goings on around the world. I suspect its both. Regardless, he continues to give us a rocking good story with favorite old characters and new ones within the context of a plausible story line minus a few superhuman demonstrations....but after all it is fiction.
Lou Diamond Phillips is the perfect reader and never misses the tone or the story and it's characters. He does "Russian", "English", and a variety other voices like.... a really accomplished actor.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I have loved the Jack Ryan series. There are more than a few areas in this book that put the storyline on the edge of fantasy. I recommend it, but it does not belong in the same league with the author's earlier works.
If it's a Tom Clancy book, you can be sure of several things:
Mr. Clancy has done his technical research to the last detail and spends page after page explaining it to us. In a previous book, he literally described a nuclear explosion millisecond by millisecond. He does similar things here. Sometimes, you find yourself tuning the narrator off because you don't particularly care how a bullet acts after striking. This is one reason for the extraordinary length of his books.
He also introduces so many characters and sub-plots so quickly that it is difficult to remember what the main plot is. It's easy to lose interest in what a character does when he or she only appears every five chapters.
In short, he kills us with insignificant details and smothers us with new sub-plots and characters.
I was hoping that time had mellowed his fondness for verbosity. It hasn't.
Great listen! Great narration! Good action throughout, not bogged down by over dramatized emotion anywhere in the story. Kept me wanting more all the way thru.