If you have an axe to grind with either political persuasion in the War on Terror then you are bound to be tweaked at some point, but in a refreshing way. The author does a great job in taking an objective approach and repeatedly reminds us that nations, states and individuals can most certainly be predicted to act in a way that best serves their own self-interests. Impressive command of intelligence, but some holes are evident when you hear code phrases like ?for some strange reason? or ?inexplicably?. Some of those gaps in Stratfor?s intelligence are filled with reading of other materials, particularly from sources who were actually involved with the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. When you finish this selection, you?re going to have a more global view on the situation.
I've seen the Griffin books for years, but never got around to reading them, so I was excited to see that he finally is featured on Audible. He seems to be able to develop great characters with a lot of depth and interesting backgrounds. Maybe it's the abridgement here, but I would have to agree with the earlier reviewer that the story was pretty predictable.
If you are worried that this selection is going to generate into some sort of political diatribe or some thinly disguised effort by McCain to take on the mantle of a courageous person, you can rest easy.
McCain attacks the subject matter in a straightforward manner in a way that makes you believe that he, himself, has asked the very same questions about courage and has searched often and deep for the answers.
The real stories regarding heroic and courageous performance by others are gripping and were easily the highlight of the book for me.
I read everyone's reviews here and I thought, "It's Tom Clancy, it can't be that bad".
Ouch. For the legions of Clancy fans who enjoy the detailed research that goes into his other titles, this one will leave you flat.
As another reviewer mentioned, what was Clancy thinking having a former president's son leaping into the spook world? Like no one knows who Jack Jr. is? Like his Secret Service contingent is going to let Jack Jr. travel by himself to Europe to chase terrorists? Like "People" magazine wouldn't be following him around to have him on the cover of it's "Sexiest Man of the Year" issue?
And attention to tradecraft is comical. He has identical twins (who are rookies in the business) doing hits on terrorists in Europe...interesting, but don't you think they would stick out? Plus they do their hit the same way on three separate people in the span of a few days...do you think any intelligence agency or police agency would not notice? He has Jack Jr. and the twins actually in the hotel room right next to one of their targets as the three casually discuss their plans.
Still, the concept of a self-funded anti-terrorist organization is intriguing and plausible the way he has it set up.
Overall, entertaining, but not up to the usual stuff.
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