Vintage Tom Clancy, what more needs to be said. The Jack Ryan are some of my favorite summer reads since I was introduced to him with the Hunt for Red October back in high school. The story is fantastic, the only thing keeping this from five stars is the narrator. Scott Brick does a passable job, but his attempts at accents are uncomfortable at best. When I listen to him try to vary the different characters voices, I envision him being recorded in a very public place, wearing a white suit, and suffering from an acute onset of dysentery....other than that, great effort.
One of the best and I have listened to hundreds over the years. This is so well written and the performance so well done at times it seemed real. By that I mean I was so enthralled and involved it felt like it was happening around me. Scott Brick was at his best here. All the agents were authentic and varied enough I could tell the character before he told who said what.
There was not a dull page in the story. I was captivated from the first page. I listen while I ride to and from work and I didn't want to stop the car. By the time it was half over I was checking to see how many hours were left because I wanted more and didn't want it to end. Fantastic story.
Scott Brick brings the characters to life. His way of reaching into each character and portraying the vocal inflections and other subtelties is amazing. I have a vivid imagination and do fairly well to entertain myself when reading, but my mind does not come close to the portrayals of Scott Brick.
Way to exciting and too real to be fiction. But is it fiction...?
I am looking for my next Tom Clancy book
This is my third Clancy novel (after Rainbow Six and Without Remorse) and probably the least favorite so far. I still enjoyed it, but the story was a bit slow until the last few hours. Looking forward to the next book, Red Rabbit!