How current can you get? Obama and President Xi Jinping of China just met about cyber-security (6-2013). Is Clancy clairvoyant; does he have an in with the State Department; or maybe we have a Hendley Associates and he is a part of it?
This is a detailed book. Clancy takes a long time setting up the characters and the scenarios. We learn how software and weapons work. There is a lot of jargon but in the end it gives a better understanding of what is to follow and you don’t have to be a cyber or computer geek or a jet pilot to understand it.
The book kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a spellbinding look at a possible future.
Current headlines should make us aware of our exposure to cyber-hacking and appreciate this great story.
Having read all Tom Clancy's books to Rainbow Six, I'm listening to rest - now only two to go. For me as a slow reader, listening is far better and so much more enjoyable given I can get through a book in less than half the time.
I will be looking for more books read by Lou Diamond Phillips as well.
Retired high level IT manager with the Federal Government worldwide. Love to travel and do photography. Have lived on 6 continents. Love to listen to audiobooks while we are driving.
Current day reality
Jack Ryan - effective and smart
LDP does an outstanding job of narration, brings the story alive. Hope he does more.
Haven't finished it yet but after 6 hours the whole story is moving me.
As head of cyber security worldwide for a major federal government agency this story feels like my biography.
When I first started reading Clancey I read a review of his research and ability to take public information to produce a dead-on story very close to the truth. Think his insight was deemed uncanny. Sometimes I get very uncomfortable reading him because I find myself running smack-dab into a wall of reality. This is no different as all or most of the book has been reflected in the news. China hacks into "unhackable" agencies with top level security. It's happening now. That's the tip of the iceburg.
Mark Greaney is one of my favorites and I think he partners well with Clancey.
And what a wonderful narrator Lou Diamond Phillips is. He pulls it all together with that melodious voice and command of accents.
For me, a top notch listen!
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
Yes because it was mysterious, intriging, exciting, spy driven, politically interesting, had international components, dare devil action on the ground & in the air, fabulous characters, gun education, cliff hanging episodes & just enough romance to sweeten the story. I also found it more believable to have Ryan back in the White house as this just cemented the plot more.
I just can't pick a favorite. Lets just say whoever is in the picture at the time.
Again, he was great, so great that I could never tell there wasn't all those characters being themselves.
I did laugh at times, & now I have gotten in the habit of saying "Copy that!"
I loved the long length of the book
I like several books by Clancy and Greaney seperately or together. But this had just the right mix of technical details, characterization, action, Political plausibility, etc that just kept me up at night listening, laughing, shouting and cussing. The cyber war aspects made this really interesting. This is one of my favorite books of all time. I don't need a depressing book where the bad guys kill your heroes, or clowns that are easily defeated. This had high stakes, but enough distance to the killing to keep from being overwhelming. ( I don't know your threshold, but some Clancy books are just a little too much for me.)
I wanted more
I did not want this story to end. To me, Clancy's characters are not boilerplate novel characters like so many authors out there. Like a lot of Clancy, this story could or will be going on in the near future. Worth the time and money. This would make a great summertime read/listen.
Persons who are not critical of Foreign Policy: For example, China has never fought an offensive war in its history. It has been exploited by the British (Opium Wars) and the Japanese (WW II) and now we are to assume it will "attack" the US. in addition, China is doing very well exploiting the Capitalistic System: they have jobs and a favorable balance of trade,why would they want to pursue their objectives militarily. Finally, only one character dies in the story: Trash's wingman= everyone else kils all the bad guys and live on to fight another day. This is beyond preposterous.
No, I just wish that a person with Clancy's mind and resources would try to be more balanced. In my view, he has the Chinese leader practically begging the President for forgiveness.
The Author has a solid knowledge of the technical features of the internet and grasp the potential threat from CyberWarfare.
The last three chapters need to be rethought. Trash's flight and rescue by Jr. was not credible. No "force" is that dumb. The villagers would have killed both the pilot and Jr.
Definitely one of the best action novels I have read, err, listened to.
Robert Ludlum books.
I thought he had a good range of voices for the various characters.
I have recommended this book to several of my friends. I finished this book a couple of days before the news became very heavy with stories of the Chinese hacking the United States of America computing infrastructure. It is a case of going, WOW this could really happen and are we really prepared for the threats that are coming.
Lou Diamond Phillips does a great job of bringing out the emotion of the moment and bringing the characters to life. He has become one of my favorite readers.
If I could have listened to this book in one sitting I would have. As it was I ended up listening on my ride to work and then continuing to listen while I was sitting at my desk doing my work.