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
A "can't put it down story!" Even after having the original novel some years ago, this re-visit was an absolute. The narrator was superb; wish he hosted other Clancy novelA must read/hear!
Hi I'm Jim Munchbach author of Make Your Money Count, What Matters Most, and Allied for Success. I love to read with my ears.
Loved this listen. Not the best ending.
With so much action from page one, I guess the ending had to be non-climatic. Not disappointed just a little surprised.
Retired, live in MT, great for listening while driving long distances. BTW, Doc Holliday, is my real name.
Thrilling, realistic, taught
The beginning of the story.
Almost anyone. Prichard, seems to talk like a computer–monotone. His voice is grating. I just got into audiobooks, but this has been true of the two I've listened to. (So, don't take what I say as true.)
Love any book by Tom Clancy, But when Audible changed the downloadable book lengths from multi segments to a single download, I can no longer listen to any book over 27hrs on my iPod - I have to switch over to iTunes to listen to the rest of the book. My iPod reaches approximately 27hrs and begins to skip around and then jumps to next book in sequence and begins there - until the 27hr limit.
This is indicative of all books over 27hrs in length, I know because I have 100+ that fall into that category, and have listened to all of them and get the same result.
If you still have the older multi segment format, don't update to the newer single format or you will be disappointed!!
Until Audible addresses this issue, if your book length is over 27hrs in length, then you might want to reconsider downloading the book.
I read a lot of history, with an emphasis on military history. I'm not however a fan of most military fiction. This story however, I enjoyed from beginning to end. As with alll Clancy novels, there are several separate, but interelated stories, that combine in a great yarn. The story begins with Muslim fundamentalists destroying one of the Soviet Unions most important oil fields. When the energy minister informs tho Politboro of the extent of the disaster, the Soviet leaders decide they need to takeover the Mideast oil fields, but also that they must first eliminate NATO as a threat. What follows is a story of the Soviet military preparations for war and the various methods they use to fool NATO, so they won't also increase their readiness. This is followed by the action the Russians take to convince their own people, as well as the world, that they are justified in attacking. There is also a subplot of NATO efforts to identify what is really going on and how to prepare for the war they are beginning to suspect. Will they be ready in time?
The overall war narrative is broken into three seperate, but co-mingled, elements; naval, air and ground warfare. All told primarily through the actions and reactions of one or two principal charachters in a manner that conveys that these are the same as similar military assets are experiencing over a wider field of conflict. Throughout, you are introduced to military armaments and equipment and how they are employed to defeat the enemy. You also are introduced to the military maxim, that even the best plan does not outlast first contact with the enemy.
From a naval point of view, you have an unexpected invasion and capture of Iceland, as the war commences, by the Russians, costing NATO the use of the country's airfields to defend against air attacks on convoys and naval assets, which soon results in NATO's best available surface force at the beginning of the war, to suffer a major, almost devastating defeat and changing almost the entire war plans as envisioned in pre-war plans. The invasion also costs NATO the use of SOSUS, a line of electronic listening devices, meant to alert anti-sub forces of the location of the Russian submarine assets. Then there is a focus a frigate commander and the ups and downs, plans and adjustments he must undertake while defending all important convoys in their efforts to keep NATO air and ground foeces adequately supplied. Then you have the submarine forces, that are used initially, with less than spectacular success, against surface combatants and later are used against Russian air assets.
From an air point of view, you learn that a weapon, which may not be deployed in large numbers, but of which the enemy is unaware, can have a very important part in determining the beginning, intermediate and end results of the outcome of the war. I'm talking about the stealth fighter which is utilized in this 1986 novel, but the American public was unaware of until the Gulf War of 1991-91. We also learn that multi-million dollar aircraft and helicopters, when used for ground support are very vunerable to less expensive surface to air missles. We learn the importance of airborne radar systems in coordinating air assets over the battlefield; that surface radar assets are less than optimal against low flying air assets and that ground forces have a difficult time identifying friendly air fro enemy air during the heat of hard fighting, which can have detrimental effect on friendlies.
On ground warfare you find out that quality can overcome quantity, if the quality is sufficient. We learn minor mistakes can have major consequences and that in modern warfare, technology can lead to stalemate. There's discussion of the coordination between ground and air assets, the coordination of ground pounders, tanks & anti-tank forces and artilery. There is also thoughts on the problems that can occur through poor communications between these three groups, as well as what can happen when all the troops involved in a battle may speak different native languages. Leadership quality and individual soldier's abilities can have both a salutoreous or detremental effect on the outcome of individualm and overall battle action.
Since the story was written by a couple of Americans (Larry Bond co-wrote) though the war begins with initial Russian success, the obvious outcome takes place and NATO wins.