I don't want to hear someone ranting about his personal polticial views. I want a great story, full of action. This is not a great story.
The political rhetoric.
How they left the story to forward a political idea.
A little overplayed, ...but it was cheesy material to work with
All of the political opinion scenes.
This is like watching a good thriller on TV, except every 30 minutes or so while the show is playing someone switches over to Fox news! The scenes are totally unbelievable when the story does those switches, and the dialogue is COMPLETELY out of context for the character.
This book was terrible. Brad Thor basically recycled some Mitch Rapp plot lines and mashed them together with huge, boring portions of inane political philosophy, with a constant vein of racist stereotypes running throughout. The action sequences, which are pretty dull and cliche to begin with, are broken up by twenty minute-long rants about globalism and political philosophy that sounds like it came from a developmentally challenged hybrid of Ayn Rand and Ann Coulter.
Even aside from the offensive and boring political content, the book is just poorly written. I've read quite a few books in this genre - from Flynn, DeMille, Clancy - and this was so inferior that it is hard to compare them. Characters somehow manage to be one-dimensional and discordant at the same time. I wanted to turn this book off about halfway through, but I actually listened to the whole thing for the sole reason that I wanted to be able to give a comprehensive review of how terrible it is.
Let me emphasize one point: I find this book to be amoral and irresponsible from an ideological standpoint BUT I also find it to be a terrible work of literature, from an objective standpoint. Even if you like Jack Bauer and endorse torture and think every Muslim is a bomb and hate the United Nations, etc. etc. I think you will still find that this is cliche, poorly-written rubbish.
Most of the reviews seem to rate the book favorably or unfavorably based on the reader's political views. I'm with Thor on his political views, and I believe I've read all of his books, but I thought this book was average. The dialog is not particularly good. Some narrators, like George G, help weak dialog. This narrator seems to highlight the weak dialog. I'm tempted to skip Thor's next book.
This is some propaganda BS. It seems this novel wasn't well researched and so lacks any depth. If you have any sort of intelligence, you will be extremely disappointed.
First the good...the action scenes, depicting assaults on terrorist nests and contract hits are well written and suspenseful.
Next the important: the author's political agenda is so poorly camouflaged as to be embarrassing. This is nothing more than a Tea Party manifesto disguised as an action novel. The author wants us to believe the evil billionaire Standing is representative of today's Progressives, and worse yet a reflection of non profit foundations in the U.S. The "evil doer" is bent on a socialist world order, and is committing countless murders to achieve his goal of world domination by the masses. He becomes incensed when a savvy free market minded financial reporter asks how he can be in favor of worldwide Socialism when he has made billions in a Capitalist system? How DARE she?
There is a reoccurring theme in action novels these days, repeated ad-nauseam in this novel. Torture is an important and nobel endeavor and anyone who opposes it is a lilly livered idiot and obviously anti-American. The theory is advanced by a lovable, hardworking former member of SEAL Team 6 (how original) so of course we must accept it as gospel. And the author thinks Progressives are anti American?
Full Black is nothing more than an attempt to advance the authors ridiculous and paranoid view that is popular among the Tea Party fringe waging a red neck revolution in the U.S. I need to donate several times what I spent on this book to my favorite non profit foundations just to feel clean again after being exposed to its extremest doctrine.
I regret buying this audio book. It seems the author is hell-bent in promoting his right wing propaganda and conspiracy theories.
The description of "Full Black" sounded so promising. I enjoy a good action thriller. Unfortunately, the book is beneath mediocre. Not even close to good. The story is predictable, the plot unconvincing, the characters thin, and the writing simplistic and bloated. The writer assumes that his readers are too stupid to "connect the dots," resulting in pages of poorly written, unnecessary paragraphs. Where was the editor‽ The narrative of the violence is overly testosterone-driven and repulsive.
The protagonists have no redeeming virtues, unless one believes in the author's political agenda: the end justifies the means. Where is John le Carré when you need him?
There was one review and it was 5 stars. So I got the book. The first part was "believable" but with 45 minutes to go it became stupid and I stopped with 15 minutes remaining and went to part 2. All I could take was 30 minutes and gave up. Everything became a conspiracy. I figured that within a few minutes tides would be included. If you really believe that everything that goes wrong is based on a conspiracy then this is a book for you.
I can't believe I paid money for this rightwing tripe. I only listened to ten minutes and it was like I'd been locked-up for a year in Gitmo forced to listen to Glenn Beck. What a piece of crap.