I guess that in some successful writers time, comes a moment when cash precedes quality. In Clancys authorship this moment has arrived some time ago. Beeing a fan, after reading Red Storm Rising,its sad to admit that very few stories after this groundbreaking thriller has met these standards. Definitely not this one. A sad orgy in extreme violence and seal-porn. An very one-dimentionally main character. Sorry Tom, but if this is the your new standard you might as well call it a day.
Maxwell Moore was a fairly likable character with an interesting biography and was, for the most part, believable and not overblown. Other characters were also well written. Some of the scenes were very good and there were some interesting and well-described situations. Unfortunately, these good parts were often separated by a lot of unnecessary details and seemingly unconnected side stories. If I had not been a captive audience on a long car trip, I'm not sure that I would have listened to the entire book. In my opinion the book should have been made shorter by about one-third.
Very disappointed in this Tom Clancy. I've really enjoy other books he has written but this one held zero interest for me. Didn't even finish it, and I think I can count on 1 hand the number of books that I have not finished. This was a waste of a "credit".
Having read or listen to all of Clancys' works I was shocked at the poor quality of this book. World class explorers going in to Napal right next to China without a GPS, radio or emergency locator beacon - give me a break. More like fantacy land! I was hard pressed to finsh the CD.
I love Clancy books and audible reading in general. This book was such a disappointment. Shallow, predictable writing. Forced story line. He needs to go back to the writing style that made him successful. Terrible reader, too. Couldn't someone of Clancy's stature get a John Lee or anyone other than Weber?
I give, I haven't finished, but I really have to give up before I feel a need to throw myself on a grenade. I keep waiting for the story to develop, a point to it all would be REALLY great. I would settle for simply having a main character,, good or evil, that portends of something good in the near future. I have listened to endless descriptions of Seal training (Thanks but I got that on History Channel) and background of love lost drug lords in Mexico (Thanks again but I got that on nightly news). Hours and Hours and I still have no villain or hero which is OK because I also still have no plot. It is just too bad to keep going. Thank heaven I am not reading the book (which I assume is as thick as the New York Yellow Pages) because I would have to beat myself with it.
Tom Clancy is just an awesome author takes you through emotions and stories that you can actually see while listening . Stories that could be factual and includes factual information I these stories just a great book
Enjoyed the story, there were two major story lines that seemed to be well woven together. The ending was bit of a surprise, but made sense and it felt more realistic. The Clancy attention to details and descriptions was maintained. The suspense carried thru to the end. Recommend this for the action and suspense.
Combines seals, drug cartels and terrorism in a fast paced modern novel that is difficult to put down.
Unlike a let of his stories, an unusual number of good guys perish.