Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.
Let me start out by saying the action sequences in this book (especially the Theme Park) are first rate. The members of the team are believable and Clancy can certainly write a fight.
The story is a long shot to believe, as you will see. You sort of have to suspend disbelief, any reader will recognize that even for Clancy this is pretty unlikely stuff. I'm not really spoiling the book since you'll figure this out in the first 2 hours but it's a tale of a special counter-terrorism unit that basically forms up and then immediately has tons of business. It gets explained why, but the unrealistic thing is that an outbreak of terror attacks like happen in the novel would likely cripple the Western world, whereas in the book it just trips along.
The thing that made me really irritated is the "sleuthing" factor. All of Clancy's heroes and villains are always at the top of their game - best at everything, great shots, fluent in multiple languages, etc etc etc. But there is this stupid theme in the book where a few clues are dropped and whether it's the good guys thinking about the bad guys or the bad guys thinking about the good guys they pretty much guess right every time.
So every time a few characters are speculating about the opposition it's like Sherlock Holmes on steroids. The next sentence is not a spoiler (as all will become apparent in the first few chapters) but an example: Hmm, this operation seemed expensive and involved money, drugs, and terrorists. Therefore it must be a rogue American pharmaceutical corporation with a former KGB spy working for them. Bingo.
It gets a little tiresome, and you pine for Clancy's descriptions of training and operation deployments.
The formation of Rainbow Six sure made me think. Here again there is a group to take the place of the FBI and CIA. Better yet they. Could work around a lot of legalities. The way it ended was a real feel good climax. Listen to this all the way and you won't regret it.
Yes, the story is awesome.
The story line and the notice the true depths of what a good biological lab can do.
Yes. It was good, but he failed in the play of accents amongst the characters. That would have brought rmore life characters.
Life in the military is not easy, and there is the at of hitting back by the other side.
This is another great John Clark story! A great plot. Lots of action. A horrible narration - flat, uninspired. I enjoy the story and know what is going to happen - otherwise I would probably lose attention to the story due to the flat narration.
Though out of the Jack Ryan story directly, this book is an important piece of the overall.
I listen to approximately 25 hours per week and have downloaded over 400 books on Audible. Mostly I like mysteries, fantasy and scifi.
In fact, his name is never mentioned although I'm pretty certain he is the President that some refer to in the book. I thought this would be along the lines of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series but it's not as action packed, which probably means that it is more realistic. I appreciate the story that Tom Clancy likes to put in his books but I really think he could condense the story to make it more tension filled and less to weed through. It all comes together in the end but it's a long path to get there.
This was a fun listen. Clancy belabors some of the character perspectives to gain the odd "eye roll" from me, but overall a pretty fun book. The slang is something near to Ozzy and Harriet meet the Mod Squad, and not anything like people talk today; and the narrator is really choppy and boring. Overall, worth the four stars, but I will try another Clancy book to see if I can give 5 stars.
Terrible book. Slow, irrelevant dialogue. Terribly dated as well, it feels like it was written in 1959 instead of 1989.
Narration was stilted, to be fair, for such an miserable read, the narrator was probably struggling to stay awake.