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 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.
I am dyslexic and I love that I can enjoy all the books I've missed out on through Audible!
Lou Diamond Phillips did an outstanding job. Though there is only so many conflicts that Jack Ryan can save the US from. And it was much more exciting the first time around.
I believe he took the ending from Sum of all Fears but put another enemy that hasn't yet learned to respect the Re Elected Jack Ryan.
I can't stop listening to this book, I listen in the car and find myself sitting in the car after I reach my destination so engrossed in the story I can't get out of the car.
I love how Clancy builds the details of a story and then suprises you with a crash of action before moving on.
The plot seems so real and current about today's world. complex, but easy to follow
John Clark's heroism after his retirement
I love his narration, voice inflections, and accents make the characters come alive
Melanie's unfortunate ending having to leave Jack and the job she loved.
This is the second Tom Clancy book that I've listened to narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips, I'm searching for more Of these books same author and narrator.