I did enjoy this book quite a lot, however I really felt a strong distaste for the Democrat bashing. I know that Tom Clancy is a Republican, but I don't recall him ever really mentioning the other parties by name and bashing them. While I have always adored the Jack Ryan books, I found that as soon as it skipped back to him, I couldn't want for it to be over. Same with the Ed Kealty sections. The book was at its best with Jack Ryan Jr and John/Ding.
I hadn't read or listened to Tom Clancy in 15 years. This was dreadful. Nothing like Red October or the other greats. It seemed like the author (I assume it was Blackwood) strung together a handful of old short stories with nonsensical political comments as transitions. I hope this wasn't written by Clancy.
Dead or Alive is Clancy at his best. The action kept me enthralled and wondering how the plot would twist and turn right up to the end. I thought it was a little scary as to how close to recent real life events Clancy came in this novel (it's almost like he's a psychic!) I think this is his best since Red Storm Rising and Red October and I highly recommend this to anyone who remotely enjoys this genre.
This was the worst novel I ever read/listened too. I have learned a few things though: The author is in favour of the death penalty, is a republican and is in favour of telling his readers which characters are heros (Jack Ryan Junior - if he says anything at least one person comments or thinks: clever boy, has his father's genes etc. - yawn!) or idiots (President Kielty(?) because he *suprise suprise* brought in some policies that the author disagrees with such as new tax laws, health insurance and feels that perhaps killing the enemy in their sleep may be considered murder). There are so many BORING (in seriously capital letters) passages that were completely unnecessary to advance the storyline - I broke of after 2/3s, something I hardly ever do but I just couldn't take it any longer... Wasted credit!
never really got started. quit in the middle of part two. obsessive detail with so much inside jargon akin to a textbook. too many subplots each with excruciating detail. never knew where it was going. joins a list of 3 or 4 out of hundreds that it was just not worth the effort to listen to. obviously a disappointment.
I've come to enjoy the highly detailed descriptions of events the Clancy is known for so I've been slightly disappointed by his latest "short" books. This doesn't mean they are not good just a little different. He seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to the terrorists. The once Kicked around title "in plain sight" is accurate in the book and in real life.
Lou Diamond Phillips is a great narrator, I will look for more of his work as well.
Dr Steffan Silcox
First the positives. The book is very well read and there is an interesting plot developed by the author. However the author unfortuanately does insist on using to many acronyms to the extent that it actually distracts from the storyline. One doesn't need to know that he reaches for a black glock 19 pistol, pi1950201, with a capacity for 20 HPZ9 hollow point shells in the magazine. Or that the Heroine was a member of NCEA and previously the CIA and DOA on secondment to the ACAIS when it has very little relevance to plot exposition at particular point in the storyline. The author has obviously accessed the list of agency acronyms but over does it this time around. Usually I am a Clancy fan but this issue was just too distracting - unfortunately.
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.