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.
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
Let's face it, Tom's always seated himself pretty far toward the right end of the political bar. Not really a problem for me - I'm a democrat - because he always seemed to treat his more liberal characters with a degree of decorum so long as they really had the best interests of the nation at heart. He always seemed to take an "Agree to Disagree" stand with them, and allowed them to be patriotic Americans too.
Not so with this and the last novel he did with Mark Greaney (Dead or Alive). Now he's made it official – progressives are the ENEMY. Have an interest in the environment? ENEMY. Want to see justice win over fear? ENEMY. Want to see America live up to her ideals and hold those that disregard them accountable? ENEMY.
I've read all of Clancy's novels, but since teaming up with Greaney, he's just become such a right wing curmudgeon with an ax to grind that I can't seem to get back to what he's always done so well - tell us great, complex story about espionage, military technology, and international intrigue.
Well Tom, after reading every single one of your books, I just can't take the far-right soap opera anymore. Yup. I'm a progressive. A doggone Democrat, and proud of it. But you know what, Tom? I'm also a veteran. I'm also a patriot. I'm also interested in American interests. You see, it is actually possible to loyal and not a right-winger. I think you've lost site of that.
I didn't finish Locked On, and I won't be bothering myself to waste anymore time with your books in the future.
I'm really sorry to see it end like this.
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.