I don't care that it's dated and things have changed. It is a great book. I read the book when it came out as a much younger person, and for a few years after I would retread it every so often. Then put it away, as things completely changed. After a decade or more I saw it in audible, and took a chance on the credit. I truly enjoyed it, way more than I expected. The audio version, coupled with the time and space distance, really made me appreciate what a tour de force this book was. I don't know of another book that told a full modern war story this completely, in this much detail, and so well. I found myself driving around for an extra hour just so I could keep listening to the next chapter. Yes, it is dated. But you will not get a better explanation of what easily could have been. When this book came out none of it was farfetched. In fact it was almost too accurate, based on my recollection. But aside from all that the story telling is excellent, the pace perfect, the story compelling, and the audio performance superb. I was never a Tom Clancy fan but after finishing the book this time I was really impressed with his story telling abilities. In this book, he did everything right. I highly recommend it.
I enjoy the Ryan series more. I think if he had written this book later in his career then it may have been a little longer and to the style I enjoyed with The Ryan series.
I could only imagine what the reader must have been thinking in the mid 80's when reading this. In 2015 this is entertaining. With the unknowns that surrounded the Soviets then... This must have been the strangest and scariest of Reality Sci-Fi.
Worth the read... No regrets there.
Great audio book; well narrated, hated for it to end. I read the book, audio version made my daily long drives almost enjoyable.
Great story for those who enjoy Clancy's style. Great narration from Pritchard, as always. I've found him a great narrator for all the Clancy books, so I'm not sure why other people dislike him. It's certainly an out of date story, but that makes it even better as you can learn some good lessons comparing it to today's combat and strategic environment. A+ around the board.
The first several chapters comprise conversations between USSR officials. With the exception of a refinery being overtaken and destroyed there is nothing exciting taking place