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.
I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
Ever since Jack Ryan got old, Tom Clancy's books lack the snap and crackle that made them great in the past. It's more than that, however. This book is dull. Lots of detail that serves no real purpose in furthering the plot and a kind of aimless quality that made the story drag. To give you a sense of how little this book impressed me, I actully can't remember the plot ... and I read it just a couple of weeks ago. Is Clancy even writing the books himself or is it being written by his "co-author?" I do hope something will reinvigorate this author's pen with new energy, because this was flat as a pancake.
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.
More or less what we've come to expect from Clancy, including its length. I have no specific criticism. It was well told and well researched as always. The narration was excellent. It didn't necessarily leave me on the edge of my seat at any point and, even after nearly 20 hrs and a lot of background info, I still didn't feel like I knew the main character. Clancy's digs at airline security priorities are spot on and, for that reason alone, I hope many policy makers give it a read.
The only Clancy worse than this was Dead or Alive. A huge cast of shallow characters, a transparent, predictable plot, stilted dialogue. A real C- read.
I can sum up this book in one word: awful. The characters were poorly developed, the plot was confusing, and the dialog stinted. Steven Weber was excellent, but he had to hide his head after this turkey. I've read most of Clancy's works and this didn't appear to be anywhere near his usual offering. It is my sincere desire that the lead character does not appear in ANY future book.
I expected a lot more from one of my favorite authors. Perhaps it was "ghost written"? If so, that would explain a lot.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
I've read (or listened to) every one of Tom Clancy's signature novels. It is so hard to write that I found this one to be a formula yawner. The twin (main) stories that pad this thing out are sloppily sewn together with big gaping seams showing. The techy details which normally add so much spice to a Clancy novel this time were like added sand into the machinery's pace. Take for example the interminable Seal obstacle course that leaves the listener paralyzed not with pain, but detail overload. As for the new hero... His major talent seems to be creating plans that get all of his colleagues killed. Odd. Hate to say it, but with this one the Clancy mantel's been passed. Which might be a Thor point, huh?