I persevered for nearly 4 hours but was so totally confused I have given it away. I used to enjoy
Clancy but he is now off my reading list
I love Tom Clancy and have read all of his books. This is NOT a Tom Clancy book and he should be ashamed of the check he took to put his name on it. From the beginning I was disappointed and that continued throughout the book to include the cheesy ending. The top authors should think before they sell out their legacy by putting there names on a book when they are not the author as they are cheating the buyers and their fans.
Clancey still has Ryan and Clark but he merged them together into one character named Moore. Having one guy do everything makes this read more like a James Bond novel. It needed more character development, and the kind of technical detail that makes Clancy books worth reading.
Clancy has done his usual good research on the background of the latest location for his novel to play out. However, the only other new twist in this novel is that the hero is an incompetent, brooding misfit who would not have been assigned to such a vast array of critically important missions. I felt sorry for the narrator, who did a good job despite having to read list after list of descriptions of military weapons and airline flights.
A lot of information, It seemed at times that the narrator talked too fast. I have always loved Tom Clancy, but this one was a little too much blood and guts for me. Scary though when I think how right on in his other books he has been on events.
Against all Enemies was a painful read. It is not classic Clancy, by any stretch of the imagination. The plot was week, much of the detail was unneeded and the main characters were not very likeable. Worse of all, Against all Enemies did not seem like a Clancy book at all.
I've been a huge Clancy fan for many years reading everything he writes, and I have to say I'm very disappointed with this book. It starts off well but quickly falls very flat with story lines that should be important but go nowhere. There's nothing eyepoping about this book, no clever plots, no brilliant weaponry. Even the terrorists "grand scheme" is weak. Very little action and a boring storyline insure I won't be buying the hardcover version as I usually do. I suspect that he's letting others do his writing and slapping his name on the cover to promote sales like many others are doing today (ie;Clive Cussler). Don't sell out to publisher pressure Tom! Write your own material!
Beware this is not a book written by Tom Clancy. That fact may not be too bad if the book at least stood up to the shadow of prior Clancy novels, but it does not. I advise skipping this one.
I have read many and love all of the Clancy novels that I've read. This one is far from a Clancy model and is apparently all ghostwriter. Because of this book I don't think I'll ever read another ghost written story. I read Clancy because of all of the military action. This book spends far too much time talking about 'down time' stuff where there is no action and I have no idea (or interest) in what is going on. This book goes in far too many directions and has too characters to keep track of. I can't even keep track of who is a good guy and who isn't other than the main character Moore and that's only because I read his name in a review here! As much as I want to finish this book because I've already paid for it, I just don't think its going to happen. If you're on the fence about whether or not to get this book, save your money and get a 'real' Clancy book. Based on his other quality works, I'd be embarrassed to put his name on this one if I were him.
I tried to listen to it all the way through, but just couldn't do it. My expectations were way too high. I was expecting a Tom Clancy novel.