I like character sketches and stories with several scenarios but I gave up on Clancy several years back when there were more than three. I read for enjoyment and that was not enjoyable. But coupled with Mark Greaney, I thoroughly enjoyed. Seemed like they brought out the best in each other.
I really enjoyed Lou Diamond Phillips. His voice is so smooth and rolled with each character. All in all I think it was an excellent presentation.
There are a lot of difficult names that make the book a little hard to follow but it was worth making the effort. Some of the torture was hard to listen to. This is an excellent narrator. Very articulate. Clancy tends to have diverse story lines that somehow he manages to tie together.
A great fan of stories and audiobooks. Good ones.
Enough said. Tried to get interested about a dozen times, but there is nothing redeeming in this pulp trash
I think I may have sprained something in my head rolling my eyes at the politics in this book. This is no comment on whether or not I agree with him, he just overdoes it... a lot.
The story has many of the elements of a good Clancy read but somehow doesn't capture his ability to tell a story. I just finished The Cardinal of the Kremlin which I'd read years ago and it renewed my love of a great Tom Clancy book. The Jack Ryan meme is getting a little far fetched at this point too. Good story, not great. I'd recommend it but with the suggestion that if you come in to this book with low expectations it will probably be an easier listen.
My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!
Dont get me wrong. Tom Clancy sure knows how to describe a fight scene, but at points in this novel I found myself having to rewind to figure out whats going on! with the political side of things and all the crazy names of foreign characters. There were also numerous abbreviated orginizations that kind of got me confused and again, getting lost. Overall I think that the story is great opposed to the fact that it is-at times-hard to read. Lou Diamond Phillips definately made this book tolerable enough to finish. Good read if your on the up-and-up of politics both in country and afar.
Only if they're a long-time Clancy fan, like I am... or rather, was; I keep checking out his new stuff, hoping for a gripping technothriller like "Hunt for Red October" or "Sum of All Fears."
This is another disjointed, barely-credible fantasy story about a super-secret organization, staffed with ex-CIA operatives, whose hackers are SO GOOD they can routinely surf the inner sanctums of the CIA and NSA, and whose financial analysts are SO GOOD they can make enough money to infinitely fund this shadow organization off the books, and who can zip into any country, anywhere in the world, and torture or kill any Bad Guy they feel like. While their foreign opponents are, in some ways, remotely credible, their domestic opposition -- namely, the party that Jack Ryan Sr does not belong to -- are invariably cartoonish, feeble, and so mind-bogglingly inept, that I'm reminded of 1930s/40s propaganda pieces from both the Allies and the Axis. An example: While the love interest of Jack Ryan Jr is beautiful, young, brilliant, and perfectly fit -- and so chaste that she doesn't kiss on the first date -- the only other woman in the story with more than a few lines (a lawyer from the ACLU) is old, fat, ugly and corrupt, and determined to get Osama bin Laden (or at least a thinly disguised version) not only out of prison, but into bed. It's amateurish, which is a shame, since much of the story is actually quite interesting.But not all. A key scene, which one would think would be the apex of the action, involves two heroes trying to disarm a nuclear weapon. Instead of building the tension, the situation resolves itself "off screen," and we are told that an expert called the heroes on their sat phone and told them the procedures. Whew! That was close!Finally, while Clancy managed to keep politics out of his works for his first 20 years, lately he's obsessed with it. He laid it on so thick this time that I actually found myself rooting against the heroes, namely Jack Ryan and John Clarke. Ryan comes off especially as an angry, bitter, arrogant jerk in this piece, a far cry from the brilliant but humble CIA analyst who found himself thrown into treacherous situations. Again, we don't know how much Tom Clancy actually contributes to his own works anymore; it's possible he outsourced the entire book.
LDP does a great job. I used to listen to the "Books on Tape" versions of TC novels back in the casette days, and Michael Prichard did a pretty good job with the narration, but LDP brings the dialogue to life. He's also pretty good at accents, and since most of the cast of "Locked On" is non-American, his work is cut out for him. Unfortunately, he only has one Russian accent, and sometimes it's difficult to tell the characters apart.
No, but like a sucker, if there is a sequel, I'll pony up for it. I listen to these things during commutes, and you really don't want to listen to works that require a great deal of thought when you're in heavy Beltway traffic. TC has always been pretty good for that sort of thing, and despite the serious and repeated shortcomings of his later works (or, more likely the shortcomings of his ghostwriter).
This is a great Clancy thriller. The Campus operates as a secret entity within the government. It is almost non-fiction.
A gripping yarn
Jack Ryan Jnr as he is learning his trade in a plausible manner
Kept consistency with characters and was easy to listen to
The growth of a new champion in the fight for freedom
I normally love me some Tom Clancy, but this book hammers you on the head with the idea that liberals/democrats are spineless, treacherous individuals. In every case, non-republicans do ridiculous things beyond the point of reason, and the internal motivations given make it just that much less believable. It completely took me out of the story.
Its ok to have villans that are democrats, but a book where not being a republican makes you automatically evil/stupid/cowardly, in silliest ways imaginable, makes me not want to read. Believable characters pelase.