a good story a little over technical sometimes but that's typical Clancy he always does a lot of research into his books and he really leave together a really good story which happened you know after 9:11 but a good book
Overall the story Mr. Clancy tells is exciting and very patriotic. Clancy is probably the best at describing a war situation. Jack Ryan is a great character although in this book he is slammed into the presidency and he flip flops so many times about being there but only in the first half of the book. Speaking of the first half or at least the first third of this 50 plus hour monster could of been told in an hour. I almost shut it off and returned it a dozen times but I kept going hoping It would get more exciting. Not that the information wasn't there but Clancy went through every leader of the known world and they would talk about the new president in America, what we know about him, is he weak, analyze, analyze, yak, yak, yak. Once the characters were all established, although a lot did not need to be, the story went a lot better. Jack Ryan got motivated and slipped into what he does best and It got real good. I wish the whole book could have been like the last half. So If you down load this to mp3 like I do just skip the first part. You won't miss anything but Clancy adding words. This story could have been told well in 25 or thirty hours. Kind of like walking around your house 10 times to get to the bathroom. But still very good listen.
Many reviews state the obvious, this book is indeed long and at times difficult to get through. Clancy dose it aging though as Jack Ryan takes control of what is left of the government and manages crisis after crisis, both seen and unseen by the public.
This book is action-packed! I really enjoyed it all the way through. The plot is complex and engaging from start to finish. I wish we had a president like Jack Ryan!
The audio rendition of the previous book in the series, Debt of Honor, was positively horrific, so this reading by Michael Pritchard was stellar in comparison. I generally find his reading somewhat monotone, but this one seemed better than his previous readings.
when others think this book is slow moving, I feel like those are the character developments that drive the future action sequences. If you liked the other Ryan books, you will love this one. ...and what an ending!!