I was a big Tom Clancy fan in the old days. I like the details, don't mind the politics. Those are not the issues here. The problem with this book is that it's boring. 2/3 of the book is tedious setup, which might be OK if there was any decent character development. When there was action, it was eye-rollingly absurd. Characters say "it's not like that in the movies" and then they do things just like in the movies. Everything is just too easy for these guys.
I've enjoyed Vince Flynn books recently as simple, fun spy stories. I thought this would bring me back to more sophisticated writing and plots. Not so. If I didn't know it was Clancy I'd say this was an amateur struggling for dialog and character development. Narrator wasn't bad, but you can't be too good with all the "mans" and "bros" these guys throw around.
One of my most disappointing listens in a while.
What a waste of time. I did not even finish listening, which has never happened before. Lame story line and the charactors are one dimensional. The only upside is the narrator. Lou Diamond had the voices and accents down, too bad it was wasted on this book.
Getting another Tom Clancy book after such a long time was like meeting an old friend that I hadn't seen in years. I'm not really going to review the book itself, although it was a typical well written Tom Clancy thriller. I've never reviewed a book before, but after listening to Lou Diamond Phillips I had to log on and write this. Phillips' reading of this book was absolutely fantastic. I've always been a fan of Scott Brick, George Guidall and a few others, but frankly I thought this narration was the best I've ever heard. This was a book I would have enjoyed if it had been read by a reasonbly competent monkey, but the combination of Tom Clancy and this spot-on narration made this a few weeks of truly enjoyable driving.
It's Clancy, so it is technically thorough and accurate. My favorite thing about this book was the narration. Lou Diamond Phillips did a spectacular job. He addressed each character, individually. His pace was great...Which leant itself to a stellar, action packed ride. I hope this team happens again and again.
I think there was a plot in there; something like catch the bad terrorist, if written with halt the words it may have been interesting.
a generous supply of characters with too many different agendas becomes confusing. Then it becomes boring, and at the end it becomes pretty exciting. not worth the time to get there.
A disapointment. While the technical style of writing is excellent and the narration is equally well done, the theme lacks substance. The characters are moved around like cardboard images and lack the substance of reality. Tom Clancy knows his facts, but I was bored with the feeling the story lacked soul.
Unfortunately, the first 2/3rds of the novel are spent on separate story arcs. Yes, of course they eventually come together but by the time they do, you're just so worn out that you don't care.
The narration by Lou Diamond Phillips is wonderful, but the plot suffers from too many complications and too much background clutter. In the end, I didn't really care about any of the characters, nor did I care what they were up to.
The not so subtle mission of this book seems to be to erect a delicate strawman. Built as a caricature of liberal lawyers and dressed as a panty waisted Democrat politician. In swoops the hyper-masculine, do no wrong, selfless soldier to crush the strawman under his impeccably spit shined boots. As long as you are scared spitless into never voting for anyone left of a Neo-conservative, the story will have accomplished its task!
If you can roll your eyes and dismiss the partisan drivel, you can salvage a decent plot from the book. It wouldn't have taken a great deal of effort to fashion a believable fine line argument to give a prosecutor a less silly reason to charge a front line soldier with a crime than the one, I'm guessing, Grant Blackwood came up with. I'm giving Tom Clancy the benefit of the doubt here. I know he's a right winger, but I've never noticed he was so lazy in masking his contempt for Democrats. There are flashes of Clancy at his best, detailing the finer points of military tactics and intelligence subterfuge, but only small pieces of sources and methods that will help the enemies of America terrorize our citizenry.