I always feel I've accomplished something when I complete a Tom Clancy novel. Always rife with military and political details, like no other and yet not buried by the weight they bare. In this Jack Ryan offering, major events clip along at a quick pace and instruct the reader on the fine points of espionage, war tactics and behind the scenes governmental workings. Even some of the machinery of the stock market was revealed in this story as Ryan and some of his cohorts, including a past Russian counterpart work to thwart a three pronged, revenge attack on US fiscal, military and territorial interests. Old wounds are revisited with Japan as one of its citizens attempts this misguided take over. Jack Ryan and friends are all human with flaws that make them relatable and the story engaging as we experience their struggles. This was a second go round for me and I enjoyed it even more this time.
There are so many moving parts in this novel that it would be so easy for a less-skilled author to fumble, but Clancy does an expert job of building a wonderful tale with them, never skipping a beat. As you'd expect from Clancy, Debt is a political action-thriller through and through, but it crosses into so many different areas and walks of life - not just what he has become known for in previous novels.
This book continues into the immediate sequel, Executive Orders, which is also excellent. Be advised that you really can't read one without the other. Some may consider that a negative, and Executive Orders is (in my opinion) Clancy's harshest and maybe most difficult to read/listen to for some audiences, but still very much worth it.
I typically listen to audiobooks at x1.25 speed, but immediately found this book didn't lend itself to that - a first in over 70 books. MacDonald's "narrator" monotone was disconcerting - it almost sounded like like a computer synthesizer. I was quite sure I didn't like it and that the next ~36 hours was going to be difficult, but it quickly got better once he started doing character voices. Not sure if he was just getting his bearings at the opening, or not, but by hour #2, MacDonald is doing a good job, with a better-than-average range of accents.
I read the book when it first came out, and thought of coming back to it for a second time more than once - it's good enough to be revisited later. When I saw that the abridged version was only 1/6 the length (6 vs. 36), I was quite shocked. Yes, the full version is longer than many audiobooks, and yes, even I - knowing what was coming - wanted to get to the meat of the story as quickly as possible. But this listener's recommendation to you is to go for the unabridged version - you'd miss out on so much good story. 30 hours to be exact =)
I'm a big Clancy fan. I had been reading some newer books that were written by others in the Clancy style. I discovered this while looking for a new story. I can see why it won't be a movie. Read it and find out.
A lot of people didn't care for the narrator, and at first he was very robotic. However, as the book progressed it got easier to listen to. If you're on the fence because of other reviews, at least give it a chance.
No, I enjoy Clancy and I am sure this is a good read, but it sure isn't a good listen thanks to the robot narration.
No, 30 plus hours of listening to a robot is pretty tiring
He spoke like a robot
I had read the book years ago. I wanted to listen again. This audio version was not good at all. narrator was mostly monotone and was not interesting to listen to. The audio rubbing was even worse. The were many blank spots and bad fades. Segues to different sections in the same chapter ran together, making it difficult to know action changed.
A different narrator.
I can't say how good this book is, because I can't get past the narration. I have tried four times, and I just can't stand it. This must be the worst narrator every. I'll never know if this book is any good because I can't take the narration.
I love all Tom Clancy books. This narrator is so bad I am about to read instead of listen to my first novel in over a decade. I just can't *strange unnatural pause* take listening to this guy.