It has been a long time since I’ve been engrossed in a Tom Clancy novel, and it is sad that I will no longer be so privileged. My first exposure, as I believe would common to many readers, was The Hunt for Red October. These few words address Executive Orders and Debt of Honor. Read by Michael Prichard and John MacDonald, respectively, these books total approximately 87 hours of listening. I would suggest reading Debt of Honor first, as it is a tale that ends with information critical to the beginning of Executive Orders.
Tom Clancy’s generation, the baby-boomers, was one of the Cold War, and as a youngster, listening to tales of World War II, and as time marched forward, the Gulf War, and the overall Muslim-country-based angst. Well, guess what … these books reflect exactly that … Japan is the bad guy in Debt of Honor – and the Muslim terrorist is foundation of Executive Orders. The U.S. Capitol is destroyed, threats against the president and is family lace the pages. Ebola is unleashed, there are good-guy politicians, bad-guy politicians, good ‘o boys, sex scandals, and more. Typical of Clancy, these books are very detailed in the war strategies and technology of the era. No cell phones, but a world-wide-web is born.
Clancy, through his character Jack Ryan, is a flag-waving patriot … a red, white, and blue type A guy. The views are conservative. May have those readers with a liberal bent rolling their eyes a bit.
My preference in audiobook narration is pretty simple. If I am enjoying the listen and not hitting re-wind a great deal, the narrator is doing a good job. No complaints.
There are thousands of reviews on Clancy books, ergo not much for me to add. There is a baby-boomer writer flavor. The authors of this generation were encouraged to pen 800 page novels. Think John Jakes, Robert Ludlum, James Clavell, Allen Drury … these long, wordy, books are fun. The plots and sub-plots are rich and detailed … sometimes wavering from the story, but always intriguing and usually educational and historically accurate. Books are not written like this any more. Too bad.
If you enjoy Clancy's writing style and stories, I'd recommend this. Its long and slow in some areas, which some people don't like. However, he develops a great story and you get to see a lot of your favorite characters. While not my favorite (The Bear & The Dragon is a personal favorite), I still give it high marks.
Prichard is one of my favorite military narrators and his performance is great.
By the final quarter of the book I was numb from the daily minutiae in the lives of so many characters. It all came together in the exciting end which in contrast to the majority of the book the author brushed through.
The narration was bad - variation of tone, volume and enthusiasm made me wonder if there was a director who actually listened to this prior to publishing.
Great listen, stalwart story in Jack Ryan universe. one of my favorites.
Going through series in order for 3rd time, but 4th time reading/listening to this book. Rainbow Six is next, it doesn't have much to do with Ryan, but it is key piece in Clancy's universe.
Narrator was great. No complaints.
Story could've been more concise. There were about 15 separate storylines going on in this book, and not all were completely resolved.
Wasn't as "high anticipation" as some of the other books in the series.
Particularly drawn out were the battle descriptions: way too many acronyms and a little too wordy for my tastes.
Overall, it's definitely worth the listen. Although a bit slow in parts, it's an entertaining book and if you've gotten this far in the Jack Ryan series, you're going to read it anyway, so enjoy.
Enjoy the books and Prichard is the best of the group that reads them. Following Debit of Honor, Executive Orders does not disappoint.
Several times during "reading" this book current events blurred together with the storyline.
May today's real bad guys fare just as poorly as the bad guys in this book.
Where's Jack Ryan when you need him?
Excellent performance, engaging story with plenty of mostly plausible twists and turns, difficult to stop listening.