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.
I"m a big Clancy fan and have to say i love the length of every book he as written. In my opinion if you have read his other books you would now i hope be used to his great detail about everything. I really like how he makes his main characters feel like they could be someone you know our would like to meet as a friend of course.
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.
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?
From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.
Much like Winslow's Power of the Dog, here's an inside look on the CIA's involvement in the war on drugs from an operative's point of view. It's less violent, less conspiratorial, a bit more technical, and still extremely entertaining.
There's no Jack Ryan here so politics really never come into play. All in all I enjoyed this one as much as his others.
An easy 4-5 star listen.
Bill the Nook Guy
Keeping characters straight and their roles in the plot was a challenge, but that may be caused by the fact that I listened to it rather than read it.