The story is great, but the dialogue is so stilted that even the excellent reading of Lou Diamond Phillips can't rescue it. The problem is that the characters don't ever use contractions when they talk, and as we know, that just isn't how people speak to each other. This isn't so noticeable when reading because we tend to contract in our heads, but with spoken word it just becomes stilted and silly to hear these rough and tumble characters speaking with such fomality -- even in the most crisis-ridden moments.
The reality of the story and the excitement
Shutting the enemy down
It's been the best book so far. Looking forward to more from Clancy.
No - too long for that.
I enjoyed the story and was surprised at the ending - which is unusual for me. I found L D Phillips extremely distracting as a narrator.
No, but I looked forward to the commute with it 'waiting' for me in the car.
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!
Strong characters in all genres. and narrators who don't ham it up.
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.)