When I think of Tom Clancy at his best I think of a book like Cardinal of the Kremlin or Hunt for the Red October. GONE is that Tom Clancy .. this one is full of manufactured twists and plots that don't have the human touch that made his earlier books so wonderful to listen to. John Clark, who has always been an outstanding character, suddenly turns into a "super hero" impervious to torture and pain and able to get up and run an operation after days of capture and torture and mistreatment .. and on and on.
34, truck driver
After buying The Gray Man, by Mark Greaney, I bought Locked On. I enjoyed Gray Man even though it was short and felt more like a movie script than a spy novel. Ever since Teeth of the Tiger I have felt like Tom Clancy had lost his motivation to create another masterpiece and the fact that he is using co-authors proves that he just doesn't have the will to continue the story lines. With that said, I do recommend this book. It is obvious from the writing that the outline comes from Clancy but the actual writing comes from Greaney. There are some phrases and word cues which come directly from The Gray Man. Lou Diamond Phillips is alright, probably better than most but definitely not a Scott Brick or Dick Hill. I sometimes struggled to tell the difference between the characters, he doesn't seem to have an extensive range. He does do a great job with Mary Pat Foley and the other female character. I also thought his Jack Ryan was decent, but Sr. doesn't play a huge role in this story. Also, the book does end with a tease and I was half-tempted to burn a credit on Threat Vector but decided to hold out and hopefully pick it up during one of Audible's specials, which is the only reason I bought Locked On.
I found that this was just a collection of events no real story invovled thst meant nothing to me. This book I found dissappointing and not to my tastte. The title is misleading in some respects.
Lou was okay
The action scenes and plot were classic Clancy, but his polictical diatribes are bit too much.
Audible customer for 4 years and this is my first written review. I found this book to be mundane and so bogged down with detail that I stopped listening before finishing the first part. The original Tom Clancy books were much better. This book could have been slashed down to 50% of its volume and it would have been a much better read (listen).
Lou was fine but a little too soft-spoken and monotonous.
Liked this one better than the previous 'Dead Or Alive' in this series. Being in India, I was surprised how realistic the situations, characters and places set in this part of the world were. The story has many sub-plots and sometimes it's just too much to keep track of. But it's satisfying at the end. Recommended.
Good story, but not the best Clancy book. The story is entertaining, slow at times but I did enjoy it. I'm looking forward to the next book which will continue the Mr. Clark and Jack jr storylines
SOMETHING! Sorry it was funny when I typed it.
Sure it is a story with so many parts I might have missed something that would make the confusing clearer.
The End once you hear it you will agree.
First book by him will look for more.
No, not by Tom Clancy. He mailed this one in. The characters were not believable. Jack Jr. could not even follow simple orders. The hero is running a major Op minutes after losing the use of his shooting hand then using his shooting hand with abandon, poor continuity.
I am now listening to Extremely loud and incredibly close by Foer
I don't think it was the narrators fault. The script was
None. I am disappointed I wasted a free credit on this book.
Clancy's last attempt at a book was a disaster, but he's back at the top of his game with this one. The plot is exciting with more than a few pulse-pounding moment, and Lou Diamond Phillips does another outstanding job that goes beyond mere narration.
John Clark steals the show by displaying great guts despite his slowing down with age.
Phillips doesn't just read the story to you; he understands his characters and has a unique gift for pacing and timing (but I still think his Jack Ryan Sr sounds a little too much like John Wayne).
I actually did have a queasy moment, but to go on any further would spoil it. You'll have to read it for yourself.
It was clear to me that Clancy has an unapologetic right wing slant, but not being American myself I might look at this a little more from the outside than some other readers. His views are often so extreme at times that I had to laugh at them, mainly because Clancy's unyielding conservatism simply reflects the same attitudes of so many Americans as evident with the current Republican race. In other words, don't let personal politics get in the way of a good political thriller.