I am a huge fan of Tom Clancy's novels... loved his authentic story telling and even his attention to detail. But this was obviously NOT written by Clancy. While the story was enough to keep me listening... I found myself groaning and rolling my eyes at the lame dialogue and the weak attempt at showing the characters inner turmoil. It would be interesting to see how many times he used the term "gasp" and how many instances of "balled his fist tight" there were.
In addition the narrator did no favors with his over the top drama! If you want Clancy.. don't read this
Tom has jumped the shark like Patterson. This is like KFC is to Colonel Sanders. Just not the same. Reader was totally fine but probably last book because he died of boredom reading it.,I am insulted by this ripoff. Tom Clancy you should apologize for this crap. You should be forced to read it since you obviously didnt.
looks like Clancy / Telep are developing a new character. Look, if you are looking for literature, I guess, this isn't it! This is fun, tense and while I was a bit put off by Weber, his narration got better as the book went on.
Listened to this book at work, it seemed to start slowly but eventually I was looking forward to getting further into it. Doesnt seem to drag out like some books that are this long. I would recommend it if you are fan of Clancy.
Story starts with too many story arcs and a massive waste of space.
As soon as you get a grip on who and what the character is he/she is killed.
No one survives the story other than the 'hero' who self loathes himself all through the book to the point that you just skip ahead in attempts to avoid listening to it all over again...
The two story arcs that makes up the actual story is pretty good, but weeding out the rest of the junk is just too painful.
Just an old retired guy, eyesight not as good as it was, so really enjoy listening to these books. Been listening for about 6 years.
Found this book to really be a drag. Too many flashbacks, jumped around and hard to keep track of just what was going on. If they should ever make a movie, I sure would like to have guns, ammo and explosives contract. Evidently the main guy does not understand that "stuff" happens and seems to want to carry the a lot of blame for everything. Actually I fell asleep several times, just could not get involved with it.
Have you ever wondered why Tom Clancy novels are so long? It is because he insists on describing every scene in detail, down to the most minor. In this book he describes the training of a Navy Seal for at least 30 minutes. Every weapon is described down to the last screw. Every plane and helicopter takes minutes of description. I figure that he is either trying to dazzle the reader with his intimate knowledge or he is being paid by the word. Another annoying characteristic is his habit of introducing new characters and sub-plots in each sequential chapter so that by the time he goes back to an existing one, you can't remember what was going on. The main plot is ok, but takes too long to develop.
I'm never going to buy another title from a well-loved author that has another author in very small print on the cover! I tried repeatedly to get "into" the story; but the author continued to throw more complications and more characters (with very common or similar names) into the mix. Finally after two full parts of confusion and complication, I never listened to part three.
This is not a thinking person's book. The writing is amateurish and the story lacks depth. Every little detail is painfully described leaving little to the reader's imagination. Although I was bored throughout most of this book, I continued with the expectation that the book would become a classic Clancy novel. It never did.