The book was full of the Tom Clancy distracting details of every little weapon, etc that keeps the reader from focusing on the story being told.
Non Fiction Reader
The book spends too much time on the hero's personal "crisis". Of course it has to do with a botched mission and a friend dies (been there, read that, not new). It intrudes in the story and it doesn't make the hero more human. Most of the plot is predictable and typical Clancy. The geewiz gadgetry, colapsed time and forced action. I prefer his earlier works. Jack Ryan was more believable and the stories more isdightfull. Reader sounds more like a lecturer, robotic and unemotional. Makes the parts that (I assume) are supposed to create sympathy sound more like reading a soap advertisement from a newspaper.
Yes, Clancy can be overly technical at times. Yes, the story isn't the most original of concepts.
However, like all Clancy novels I was amazed at all the seemingly self-contained story threads slowly culminating into an epic event. But Against All Enemies is slightly different in this aspect...there are actually two main events that take place,...two seprate but parallel stories taking place at the same time with the main protaginists and antgonists coincidentally cross paths.
Perhaps because I live near the US/Mexican border myself, the stories of the drug cartel side seemed both plausible and realistic so I could identify with many of the plot points. And then the other side of the coin, the Islamic jihadists that wish to re-create another September 11 like event....the descriptions are scary.
In this novel, Clancy moves away from all the high tech James Bondish gadgets of some of his past novels, and gets down in dirty with conventional weapons, car chases, and ruthless streetfights. I was also surprised by the body count in this book as well. Characters, both big and small on all three (yes, three) sides meet their maker and rosey endings aren't all that rosey for anybody.
I realize some criticize Clancy for his verbose and lengthy origins on some characters, but I am one who enjoys it. I really begin to understand that characters motivations and actions that much more.
Overall, I thought it was an entertaining book and action sequences were jaw dropping, although at times a tad predictable. Descriptions of border towns, especially in Mexico are dead on and a nice departure from Clancy's otherwise American or European tendenancies.
The narrator was just fine. I imagine it can be hard to voice dozens of chracters expecially with various accents. It wasn't stellar, but it wasn't bad either. A few times it was hard to figure out who was who, but rarely.
Like so much that Tom Clancy writes, it is entertaining, but it doesn't exactly qualify as an amazing piece of literature.
In Against All Enemies, various threads are woven together. Mexican drug cartels, Taliban terrorists and American government officials form a complex menagerie of infighting, conspiracy, and corruption that unfortunately abandons the realm of believability on more than one occasion.
Moving along at a solid pace through the novels entire length, I never felt the story dragging along, but once the terrorist plot was identified the conspiracy continued to develop even though the outcome became predictable.
If you are a Clancy fan this should be enjoyable, but it's not likely to be memorable upon it's conclusion.
As most of us did, I went into this looking for my next Tom Clancy fix. At first I was sorely disappointed. It is not Tom Clancy at all. He may have had something to do with the production of the book but it was never him. After 4 or 5 hours something changed for me and I stopped thinking about it as a Clancy book. I enjoyed it much more at that point. I'm not going to say it is a great book, but it is at least passably entertaining. I made it through to the end. By this time I had low expectations of the book and those expectations were met or exceeded. This is a book to read but not get too worked up in the details. Speaking directly to Tom Clancy: Thank you for this effort but we are ready for another traditional Tom Clancy novel.
This is my first Clancy, and according to other reviewers this is not even like him. I don't know, but I know I enjoy this book. Yes, a tad slow in the beginning and there's a lot of people to keep track of. But the narration, oh the narration is one of the best I've heard in a long time. Perfect for this type of story. What some people find tedious, the intricate details of events and weapons, for example, I enjoy. The geographical descriptions are not as well made and they're hard to picture at times. Overall, a great piece of entertainment, 4 stars.
This is the 2nd book I have listened to from Tom Clancy, the first one being Dead or Alive (which I loved and recommend everyone to read/listen to). Against All Enemies doesn't disappoint and I loved this book also, I wouldn't say it is as great as the Dead or Alive book, but is very close. These two books have solidified me as a Tom Clancy fan and I will continue to read/listen to them. Awesome book!
I stopped listening after the first 3 hours. The lack of reality and fact checking annoyed me to such an extent that I couldn't take it anymore. This book is fine if you can set reality aside, or you have little to no knowledge of the actual actions that they try to capture in the action sequences. Their lack of knowledge concerning weapons, tactics, training and abilities is appalling. Lacking the ability to get a simple operating range correct for simple weapons in this book brings me out of the "zone" when listening.
Before writing this type of a book, the actual author needs to visit a gun range, training facility as well as speak with some experts so he may cease to sound like a blithering idiot on the subject at hand. Once again though, this book may be fine for the general listener, but if you have any kind of a background that includes any level of firearm training, move on.