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.
Author, rabid Audible listener.
I've never read a Tom Clancy novel and think I am now a big fan. This book pulls absolutely no punches and the death toll is high but it's a great read.
A character named Moore is an ex-Navy Seal gathering terrorist intelligence when he finds his way to Mexico to take down a major drug cartel leader. Both stories and a host of characters intertwine masterfully as we deal with loner Moore who's bad luck is everyone who surrounds themselves with him seem to die off.
There aren't many plot secrets here, just action, reaction and the results afterward. The plot is strong, the writing stronger and I appreciated how the book didn't end with a slapped together happy ending.
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.