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A great read.
Thrilling and fun.
This book stretches reality perhaps more than necessary, but still classic Clancy in that you feel like it could have happened.
Highly recommend it.
Great getaway opportunity.
I was really looking forward to hearing this book. The storyline seemed to change so often that it wasn't consistant and hard to keep track of what was going on. The men reading the story I thought did a good job. They were easy to understand and the only complaint would be I personally do not like to hear the F*** word as much as was written in the book. I honestly could not tell you what this story was about. I was left with wanting much more than I got.
Yes, I may try another book of Tom Clancy and see if it is a different experience.
This was my first time hearing Lou Diamond Phillips but I thought he did an excellent job.
Didn't understand any of the book, so couldn't play editor.
I want more!!!!
John Clarke on the run and the lenghts he goes through reminds me of days of old ( No Remorse ,another great one I recomend ) And the ending! WOW!!!
Yes. Dead or Alive. Nice to have alot of different voices to put with the characters, finally brings Clarke and Ding to life in a whole new way. Thanks LDP!!!
Believe me I wanted to.
I hope LDP does the next book in the Jack Ryan series I drive overnight and I am very entertained. Thanks for keeping me up!!
The twists and turns of the plots along with the action sequences described with brutal clarity.
Absolutely. The plot, like all of Tom Clancy's novels keeps me wanting to know what happened next to the point that I would find myself siting in my car in the driveway of my hose listening to the next chapter after I'd get home from work.
Kept me interested.
I thought he was very good.
Been a while since I had listened to any Clancy, and I enjoyed it very much. I like the detail and found very little of it boring.
Lou Dimond Phillips as the Narrator, one of the tough guys narrating a story about tought guy's, who better could you get? If you love action than this is your book.
I have always loved Clancy. As always it is a story with many threads woven in such away that you cannot see how things connect until the end. The only draw back was that the technology described by Clancy has always been existant but miniture spy robots on insect legs was a little CSI for me.
Lou Dimond Phillips speaks with a good pace, conveys the characters very well and has a very easy voice to listen to.
I enjoyed the story very much. Lou Diamond Phillips makes it even better. Excellent performance! John Clark rocks!
I think there were a couple of loose threads here but maybe it was intentional, waiting for the next chapter.....
Sadly, Clancy is still up on his soapbox. He tells a good, if tired, catch the terrorists style thriller. If someone could edit him down to just that story, it'd be a solid read.
Unfortunately, he's too popular to edit now and it really shows here. I don't mind authors who insert their opinions into their work -- lead characters have opinions after all, it's part of being a fully fleshed out character -- but this was ridiculous.
If you're reading "just a fun spy thriller" then it's fine to ignore the unrealistic lawbreaking by the good guys and purely evil bad guys. Since Clancy insists on making his politics the driving factor in his books, you can't do that.
Basically, Clancy's world has four kinds of people:
Type 1: Average citizen - a sheep, and unimportant to the story.
Type 2: Evil Terrorist - 100% pure bad guy. No redeeming value. No humanity. They almost always lose out because their pure evil nature makes them ignore large holes in their planing.
Type 3: Good, Conservative, American Men. Yep, almost always men. There's one strong female "good guy" and she's not really very helpful here or any any of his other books. To be a good guy in Clancy's world, you are always a Conservative politically.
Type 4: Weaselly liberal politicians interested only in their own gain and willing to sacrifice everything at the slightest threat to personal safety. No liberal politician is allowed to have the best interests of the country at heart in a Clancy book. If you have a character with any sympathy or dealing at all with the liberals, you have a character who will at some point betray the good guys. * In this one, whole paragraphs are written specifically to argue against the policies of the current liberal administration (which very obviously are the policies of the current Obama presidency).
We must ignore, of course, that the Good Guys (type 3) actually operate an unconstitutional, unlawful, secret spy organization and black-ops special forces unit based on American soil which routinely spies on (and frequently kills) people both in America and in other countries (including allies). These good-guys have no bones about forging passports, eluding law enforcement, and breaking national security laws. It's all ok, however, because they're "Good Conservative American Men" doing things all for the good of us all (even if we don't agree with it).
Again, all this silliness could be easily ignored if it was just the context of a good story, but when the author insists on making political points all along, the reader is drawn out of the story over and over again and the insanity of what's going on becomes apparent.
What a waste of good writing talent.
Lou did an excellent job - was lost in the characters not in his narration; that's well done.
Love it. One of my favorite Clancy thrillers! - I've listen or read to them all.
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Haven't read the print version, but I cannot belie it could be better than this!
Lou Diamond Phillips just nails these charactors, he makes me duck for cover every time!
He is so talanted, clear precise charactors, hard to believe all these people are read by just Lou. He even gets the foreign accents right, his reading makes Tom Clancy's novels come to life. Well done Mr Phillips, encore, oncore!
Ryan, Clark and Chevez are back, stap on your body armour and hold on tight!
I just hope Lou Diamond Phillips keeps reading these Ryan series, I got away from Clancy for years but listening to Lou read one, and I'm hooked all over again...