This is a Long Book! and Tom Clancy Uses a lot of superfluous language to describe E V E R Y T H I N G! and so much happens in this book! the guy who they have reading it Micheal Prichard, is kind of dull. he doesn't distinguish between characters all too well. but that is partly the authors fault, there are more characters than a Song of Ice and Fire Novel.
Out of all the Clancy Books I have read/listened to, this was one of my favorites despite it being so long and somewhat incomprehensible at some times. There are 3-7 sub-plots going on in addition to Ryan becoming the President of the United States. Compared to his other Books like Patriot Games and the Sum of all fears, they are easier to follow and more relate-able. This book is apart of a series, so you need to have read Debt of Honor (minimum) to understand what is going on.
The voices are a Bit hard to distinguish who's character is talking at some times. the voice is flat and could be boring at times.
This book has a Lot of many exciting and controversial moments. The book opens up on a Gripping icy event that coincidentally had an event in real life come true, Terrorists fly a Plane into the Capital Building while senate is in session! yikes! very similar to the September 11th attacks. The way he described it was almost exactly how the attacks took place at the Pentagon and World Trade Center. and this was written in 1996! and then at the end of the book the US invaded Iraq and Iran from Kuwait... scary how we've done almost the same thing just 5-7 years later in real life. and in this book Bio-weapon attacks are carried out in the US, except they use an Airborne Ebola strain as opposed to Anthrax.
a Good read. Eerily familiar but the Reader is a bit flat. but overall, very good! one of my favorite Tom Clancy Books.
Western Slope Guy
Great plot line with many layers evolved beautifully. Love the insights on D.C. Media and politicians. Jack Ryan is like an Arthurian legend. If we could only have him as a real President.
I work for the School for the Blind. Audio Books by Audible let then see with their ears.
Way too long and takes a long time to develop
I like Clancy books, this one is just too long
I am a retired psychologist with lots of time on my hands, thus I listen to a lot of books.
I have enjoyed prior Tom Clancy novels but this one dragged on. There was little action. The first 9 chapters described in detail the tragedy that occurred and the new president's response to it--in long, drawn out details. I couldn't wait for this book to get to the end so I could stop listening to it!
The book was engaging just like other Tom Clancy novels. However, the narrator was bland and emotionless at times. His ability to do voices was not very good. It was difficult at times to tell who was talking. This was my biggest problem with the narration.