Tom is an mesmerizing story teller. Back in the day, who would have not sat around the fire and said ...."tell us more!" But I doubt if any one would say, "do that part over again!"
Tom Clancy novels can only be compared to other Tom Clancy novels ... But be double sure how much he holds the pen, so to speak (collaborators can be easily seen in his more recent work.)
Lou D is freaking awesome ... As good as anybody in do multiple accents which have become the essential part of Tom's recent works.
Here we go again.
I would recommend this book to friends who enjoy espionage / counter intelligence mystery novels. The story is typical Clancy, which takes someone interested in unusual details of how politics, military and terrorists operate. The story is engaging but made 100% better by the reading skills of Lou Diamond Phillips. His accents may not always be spot on but they are close enough to keep characters recognizable to the listener.
Very similar to all other Clancy books.
I enjoy Phillip's presentation and reading skills. He keeps the material moving and the characters recognizable. When I search for new books to buy on Audible, I sometimes search by reader, and Lour Diamond Phillip's is one of my favorites.
J.R Ryan Jr and John Clark are back...terrorists beware.
May, Tom Clancy REALLY does not like liberals. In this book, it is to the point where he actually paints them as communists secretly trying to destroy the US. He actually is fait in the other enemies he portrays, showing that the Pakistani bad guy also has a PAkistani heroic equivalent. But anyone left of the moderate are evil, according to this book.
He gets going on a great story line and then he would go down these political paths. I know politics is a part of what he does, but the extremes in which he discusses his (characters) politics is distracting at best. Sometimes it borders on offensive. The reason I say that is he sticks so close to fact, then seems to veer off to worlds of extremes.
The story is otherwise woven well, but the ending is very predictable and anticlimatic.
However, Lou Diamond Phillips is an amazing narrator. IF you like adventures, Id still give it a whirl, but be ready for some detours.
I would NOT recommend this book to a friend. Rush Limbaugh Fans would love this. The politics of hate are alive and well in the political commentary by the main characters. Gone is the neutrality and honesty of Tom Clancy. In past Jack Ryan Novels, Jack Ryan didn't profess to be partisan, In fact he didn't belong to any political party. Not the case anymore as the main characters indulge themselves in the simplistic Rush Limbaugh view of all things "liberal". A real shame. Tom Clancy used to be a joy to read an listen to. Now not so much. The story line is the usual Tom Clancy evil vs good. Except the characters have lost their depth, the story has become so formula that the ending too predictable. I wish I could have the time back so I could listen to something better written instead of this cheap copy of what Tom Clancy produced in the past.The narrator does a great job. It's a shame the authors weren't as creative as the narrator.
A Swedish native living in southern Sweden comuting to Denmark for work each day. A lot of time in the car/train where Audible is a loyal companion.
One of the best books last 7-8 years. Much better than the recent two I would say.
It has some of the classic suspense - multiple paralell events that in the end are woven together to form the peak of the story.
I am getting a bit tired of the repeated mantra of "not enough money is spent on the CIA"... I get it.
In the top ten
It had an eerie similarity to current events in world and national politics and it had a ring of truth to it.
When the team rescued their captured comrade.
An occasional chuckle, mostly my husband and I would look at each other in amazement as characters and events reminded us of people in the news today.
Great story and Lou Diamond Phillips did an incredible job narrating. The only difficulty was in trying to follow such an intricate story with so many sub-stories. At times, I wanted to go back and re-read to understand who or what was really happening. However, that is just Clancy's unique style of writing.
Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English
This is my very first time reading Tom Clancy book; for this reason I cannot say I am a fan of Mr. Clancy’s books. I took this one because of all the good reviews I read and thought well; maybe I should give it a try!Locked on is basically standard terrorism thriller with a very complex plot. Let me first warn you if you have never read Tom Clancy’s book, please don’t start with this one as most the characters are introduced without background and from what I understood most of them come from Clancy previous books. The book has several plots and subplots, there’s a plot by a rogue Pakistani general to destroy the Pakistani civilian government so he can take control; there's a plot to destroy Moscow with a nuclear weapon; and there's a plot by a weakened Democratic president named Kealty to undermine Jack Sr.'s campaign in the last weeks before the election because of these many plots, the book began a little slowly. It was a bit hard to understand the connection between different characters at the beginning. There's even a romance plotline that portrays Jack Ryan Jr. showing some interest towards a smart, beautiful CIA operative named Melanie. Each plotline contains several pages where various actions, scene are described. All characters are scattered on different mission in different parts of the world. One or two characters are based in Pakistan, some in Russia, some in Germany, some in France. There is so much going on at the same time. For you to enjoy it will really depend on how you come to it: if you are a committed Clancy/Ryan’s fan, you'll probably be keen on reading it but slightly wary given the recent books. If you are new to Clancy, and thinking of starting (and I encourage you to do), this is not the place to start, read them in publications order. If you are interested in a modern techno-thriller, this is OK but there are better in the genre.I have been told that this book is a typical Clancy, multi-layered, densely plotted style. In overall Locked On is well written and structured book. I do recommend it for Clancy’s fans and to those who like complex and action driven books.
I am listening to this again right now. There is so much detail that it is going to take several listens to gather all of the information in the book.
All of the different plot lines kept you anxiously listening to the book.
Lou gives his voice talents to the different characters, sometimes it is hard to believe that it is just one actor.
More story less politics
the fact that the book was a thinly veiled political rant
No, I thought his acting career added a lot to his audio book and I would like to listen to him again.
the many political mono-logs
I really liked the old Tom Clancy he can tell an amazing story but I'm very disappointed that he got so caught up in today's heated political climate. If I wanted to read a book from a political hack there are about six new ones released every month and I'm about as likely to buy one of those as I am another Tom Clancy book I'm sorry to say.