Note, I haven't finished the story yet, but I wanted to offer this up for people considering the purchase.
Generally, the story is typical Tom Clancy - lots of spies and bullets entering people's heads and what not- but I am having trouble with the political commentary. I'm pretty moderate (I believe war is war and it doesn't have any rules), but I'm getting sick of the constant, unnecessary political commentary.
On my drive to work this morning (about 30 minutes), I had to endure thinly-veiled criticims of Obama, Hillary Clinton, Harvard Law School, the Supreme Court, the editorial section of the New York Times, and even the dismissal of General McChrystal.
I'm enjoying the story, I guess, but the childish political commentary is making it very difficult.
This was an awesome book to listen to. It seems like Tom Clancy, with Grant Blackwood, has hit another one over the fence. The best part of this book is that the plot, with exceptions as always, actually seems somewhat plausible. He has gotten back to his roots and written a great novel that deserves a place "on your shelf" along with Rainbow Six, Sum of All Fears and Red Storm Rising.
I have heard almost all of Tom's audiobooks books, and I couldn't wait for this one. It was a total disappointment. The story doesn't even make sense in some areas. For example, Jack deciding to run for president a second time over a drink. Sure, no problem. One phone call and everything is set! Stereotypes run wild in this thing. It really made me wonder if Clancy actually wrote it. Maybe he wrote about 5 hours of it, and FOX filled in the rest. Most of Clancy's older stuff is very good. I would suggest skipping this one. I doubt that I will buy another one.
One star is for Clancy getting this piece of trash published, the other for Lou Diamond Phillips' excellent narration.
The plot is truncated and by the time it resolved, I was just plain glad to be done with the book. The weak plotting is further degraded by Clancy's fondness for three-letter acronyms, the majority of which are not explained. At first, I tried to figure them out, but the effort added nothing to my enjoyment of the book so stopped doing it.
Similarly, the characters are flat, two-dimensional, undeveloped and not engaging. There are too many of them, and Clancy throws them at the reader like confetti, with the same annoying mess as a result.
Clancy's political views are on full display. They're as ill conceived as the plot; you could drive an entire freight train through the holes in his thinking. In Clancy's world, we would be governed not by elected officials but by shadowy "spooks" who operate outside the law, but are so wise they always do the right thing. In Clancy's opinion, they're wiser by far than the current president of the US.
The book can be read as a novel, but seems to be more of a warning of future horrors to come, horrors that overshadow even 9/11.
Lou Diamond Phillips does an excellent job as a narrator, and I hope to hear more of him.
A very disappointing book by a good writer. I tried to listen and start this book three times but it just went on and on without any plot or central focus. Also, I am getting tired of conservitave writers building their political views into their plots.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
So here's the deal... if you reeeeeely like President Obama and Ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, just don't buy this book. You will be unahappy. If you are anywhere else on the the political continuum - hey, it's CLANCY. And he's better than all those others who are doing so well in the genre he sort of created. The plots (there are of course a number) are cunning and nicely puzzled together. The tech stuff is so techie that... hell... you suspend disbelief. And of course the world needs saving, which is what Clancy tries to do every time his fingers dance atop a keypad.
Is this "All The King's Men"... one of the greatest novels ever written by an American? Well, duhhhhh... BUT... I've read every Clancy novel and if you want what Clancy does... Here's the deal... The REAL deal!
Wonderfully read BTW...
Really enjoyed the action and description of this tale. It was obviously well researched and the narration fitted this action-packed story. I was very anti-social until I had it finished!
Typical Clancy page-turner. Only slightly below par compared to his best. Lou Diamond Phillips, however, did a fantastic job, much better than the average narrator. Phillips admirably mimicked the accents of Arabic speakers, Australians, Russians, etc.
I'm extremely picky about pronunciation, and in the entire book, I only detected two errors. On the Mk 23 pistol he pronounced the letters M-K as if they were initials, when it should be pronounced "Mark". And the Soviet era helicopter, Hind, was pronounced by Phillips to rhyme with wind, as in blowing in the wind. Still, fantastic job. I could only wish for all narrators to be as talented and hard-working as Phillips.
Say something about yourself!
This is how to get the next level going. The narrator, the story, the detail - true and solid Clancy. More Please
Clancy's books can be extremely technical and sometimes turn me off. This one kept me captivated from the beginning. Lou Diamond Phillips did an excellent job differentiating all the characters and moving the narrative along give the book an excellent pace. The story is so close to our reality that it's scary to think how easy a target America and the world is for determined terrorists. The ending of the book seemed like a prophecy about today's news. Clancy fans and non-fans alike will enjoy dead or alive.