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.
I have read pretty much every book Tom Clancy has ever written, from his riveting The Hunt for Red October to the dreadful Rainbow Six. This is an improvement over the latter, but a mere shadow of the former. The story reads like a deliberate setup for the next book, which could be a pretty good one.
Worth a listen, but don't expect too much.
plot was kinda boring. too many characters to keep track of. very tired of muslims being the enemy. can't we fight the good ol' russians instead? they have easier names to remember. Tom's older works are much better
I found the book wordy, at times too much written about unimportant subjects and at times slow and boring. I have read other books he has written and they were great.
Like a few comments before, I really liked the action parts with covert ops but the preaching presidential candidate speech was just too much. Seemed like it was trying to be everything to everyone and became too thinly spread to be really good. The secret organisation too; bypassing the constitution and just about everything else with all the good guys spouting its worth...mmm...really?