normally I listen during my daily commute. as the book approached its conclusion, I found I had been captured and was unable stop listening until I had finished.
a fantastic read
Clancy wasn't all over the map like he is in most of his books. It wasn't as difficult to remember the different characters.
I liked the scene where Clark and Orteza see each other for the first time since Without Remorse, which was the first book in the Jack Ryan series.
He has a very deep and strong voice which meant that most of the characters had a low voice. Probably my least favorite narrator of all the books in the Jack Ryan series. He gave Orteza a very exaggerated Boston accent which he did not have in Without Remorse. He also gave Senator Trent a very strong Boston accent which I don't recall in previous books. He wasn't as good at changing his voice for different characters as most of the narrators are.
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The book ends at a point where there is obviously a sequel, so you will need to buy Executive Orders.
Believable action packed scenario, plot twists and some predictable scenes, but overall an excellent listen.
Performance a bit dry initially,but once the reader was engaged in the story, the dictation of the story was extremely well done and characterizations well done as well
If Sum of all Fears took the Ryanverse in a bigger crazier direction than the first books in the series then this book pushed it out past even that.
That's not to say it isn't a good book. It is. The reader here was not very good. His horrendous voices for some characters were brutal but it wasn't a lot of the time.
You look back now and wonder if this had any influence in the planes into the two towers.
Overall Jack takes his place as NSA for the President and helps avert a financial crisis and then planning a nice quiet takedown of Japan.
At this point in his career Clancy started piling on the word count in his books. It seems some of the explanations could be bypassed but he does keep the story here moving.
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.