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...
Clancy does a better job when he writes the book rather than using Greaney. Phillips is a good reader.
I prefer real ending instead of lead-ins to the next book.
Crisp, pleasant, and understandable.
It was a good yarn and worth the time.
Mark Greaney writes fast paced books that are difficult to put down. If I had one criticism it would be that he goes into a lot of detail about the guns that are used by the main characters. It's clear to me that Mark like firearms. I don't think the long descriptions of the bullets, grains of powder, etc add anything to the story. On the other hand they don't detract from it either. Now he just needs to produce books faster than I can consume them. Which means he needs to issue about 150 books a years! WOOHOO I'm good with that!
yes. it is a interesting story. A little heavy on the Middle East stigma based on current events.
He has good diction.
This was a short Clancy Novel. Waiting for more stories of the young Mr. Clarke.
I am a Clancy addict, I freely admit. This book was so action packed and fast paced I could not stop listening. I listened to it for 10 hours at work and the 15 minute trip home. Some of Clancy's book get so detailed they kind of bog you down with information. There is some of that here but overall I think the duo of Greaney and Clancy is excellent. If you enjoy Clancy or Greaney you can't go wrong with this book. The narration by Phillips is excellent as well.
Lou Diamond Phillips is the very best narrator I have heard - he has a mastery of accents and language. He is the audible book!