Another disappointing effort by Tom Clancy. Difficult to follow with completely non-compelling characters. Nothing like his first group of books. No Jack Ryan replacement here.
galore here, and too many "wtf's" to count. The story moves back and forth between Mexico and the Middle East as a former Navy Seal now working for the CIA along with various local and American accomplices attempt to stop a murderous Mexican drug cartel and determine its link to Taliban operatives. The killings, current and in his past, leave Max Moore a brooding, remorseful guy who nonetheless is up to the task of rounding up the bad guys. The details leading up to the ultimate resolution to the novel were intriguing but overly complex and told in violent detail. The book became gripping for me only when the two major plotlines came to a head and there was definitive action.
I thought Steven Weber did a good job with the various accents, working with a multitude of characters, and he kept things moving at a good pace. I liked this book but didn't love it, thus three stars.
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.