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.
Professor, Ohio State University
This is a thriller that combines the AFPAK war with the Drug War and the right wing fear of immigration to produce a terrorism fantasy with as much blood as any psychopath could wish for. That being said it was a good ride, with appealing but flawed characters and real excitement at times. This is not the best Clancy novel, and I have read all of them published under his name alone, but I would spend my credits on it again. My only significant criticism is that there was occasional confusion that resulted from a very complex multi-setting plot and characters from three cultures mixed together and having similar sounding names. For an audio book with no visual redundancy to help the reader, I just got lost at times concerning the motivation of a character and his or her significance to the plot and relationship with other characters.
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.