The characters depicted in this tale were realistic, down to earth people. Solid family men who are extraordinary in skill and brave to the extreme. Men who are willing to give their lives for the sake of their nation. The pace of their exploits continued to increase to a crescendo in the final chapters. Clancy, true to form, presents facts and extrapolates into fiction providing intrigue and believable scenarios. Intelligence gathered during Covert Operations leads the seal team across the globe to prevent a terrorist attack which will dwarf 911. Success mixed with tragedy touches the emotions as the story winds down. I highly recommend this audio book.
Can't wait for the movie to come out next weekend. I just completed two other Tom Clancy books on tape and of the three this one is my favorite. George does a good job reading as he always does, engaging yet calm and clear. I told my wife when this comes out at the theater she will have to have her tissues ready for the ending, that is all I'll say. Great listen.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Act of Valor is not a bad book; Act of Valor is certainly not an excellent book; it's barely worth listening to. I'm more interested in why Tom Clancy decided to to become a brand rather than continue s a great espionage thriller writer. Whether it be his "Op Center" series or his "Tom Clancy Presents" series, Clancy used his name to place inferior works by inferior authors in the marketplace. I suspect that Clancy's marketing strategy was a financial success for him, but it sullied his reputation a a great author of fiction. Clancy is now dead and his Ryan Jr./John Clark series is being carried forward with great competence by Mark Greany and with lesser competence by Grant Blackwood.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Steven Weber did an excellent job narrating this story. Couch and Galdorisi got more people reading their book with Tom Clancy presenting and promoting it. The book was an excellent story of the lives of Navy Seals facing today's challenges and battlefields in the midst of civilians in countries that are friends as well as in those of our enemies. I like the fact that the wives of the seals were presented in the story and as strong independent women they are. Book had lots of battle action as well as suspense and the usual human interaction and politics. If you like military books you well enjoy this one as well as learn a few things.
Right at the top. My first book that is a novelization and my expectations were pretty low. This was awesome!
Unbroken - Emotional and action packed
Great story, great performance, all around awesome! I got teary eyed!
IT WAS CLEAR AND READ WITH PURPOSE. NICE THAT AUDIBLE KEEPS THE POSSITION WHERE LAST YOU LISTENED TO
READ WITH PURPOSE AND EMPATHY
Semi retired computer field engineer.
Yes, I might listen to this again, but my read/listening patterns is to only listen once and move on. Still, this was a awesome book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes action, with a military theme, a strong sense of love for defending principle, true friendship and country. A very patriotic work that is not cheesy. One thing that is important to me in a story is strong character development. This book has that which creates a strong foundation for everything else.
Oh, the ending. There may be tears.
The boat scene.
Same as the title, (which is what they did for the movie).
If this kind of book is your thing, I doubt you will be disappointed.
Because of my profession, I truly enjoyed being able to identify with the way of life depicted in the story.
The sacrifice made by one to save many.
Gunboat reception from the river of the cartel pursuers.
The wife's point of view during the funeral.
I wish the movie incorporated all the intricacies of the book - the public doesn't understand what it is that these heroes do and the price paid.
The quick moving book was well written, performed, and built connections between all of the points on the globe in a smooth and interesting way. The imagery was vivid and clear, opening up possible situations that made sense and colored the way I know look at reports on activities involving SEAL teams.
Enough, but not too much, of the political overhead that shaped and continues to shape Special Operations was given to flavor the reasoning for decisions that were rolled downhill.
Brotherly comradery was clearly evident and the feelings they had for each other drew you into their inner circle, making you feel like you were sitting around the campfire with them.
I look forward to seeing the movie after listening to the book.
Story was so well written and captivating, that when it was over I was disappointed that there wasn't another two - three hours of listening time.