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I'm a big fan of George Guidall. When I saw he was narrating this novel I decided to buy the book. Brad Thor could have improved his plot by spending more time in certain areas. For example, he does a great job setting up his theme of drawing a connection between T. Jefferson and Mohammed. His theme of disarming Islam extremists is unique and interesting. But then he disappoints by having the hero, S. Horvath, seem to be a rank amateur at thwarting a assassin who is hot on his trail by not showing a clue about personal security. Scott is continuously easily found by the assassin as if Scott has painted a bulls-eye on his back. Completely implausible. I loved all the in depth description of modern military gear. Scott, however, is a babe in the wood when it comes to security because it seems like a 15 year old with a personal computer and access to the internet could track him down, walk in on him, with no alarms sounded, and attack him and other top FBI, CIA, and Secret Service agents at will. Also the ending was weak, IMHO, and a lazy set-up to pre-sell his next book.
DeMille does a great job on this one. Detailed plot, great characters, lots of interesting action. I enjoyed a lot and will re read again this month.
I loved the movie. What an inspiring story of courage, physical stamina, teamwork and love of country and honor. The audiobook on the other hand was impossible to listen to. The narrator had an annoying over exaggerated country drawl and bragged to such a nauseating degree that it was impossible to listen. The U.S. Navy Seals deserve the highest praise this country can offer, but the narrator and writer seemed to be trying to stretch a 4 hour abridged novel into a 14 hour novel on the success of the motion picture. I suspect the motion picture was based on a much shorter abridged version of the book. The movie obviously followed an original shorter book and was a huge box office success. Then, I imagine, the author tried to get another payday by re releasing a longer unabridged version of the original shorter audiobook. I could only tolerate 2 hours of non stop bragging about how tough he and his buddies were while going through training. It was the "style" that was so unpleasant. The writer and narrator made a disaster in this 14 hour version. I will try to get a refund.
Great action. Deserves a longer review but I'm overdue in writing reviews to some really enjoyable listens. Enjoy...worth the money if you love heroes and the sacrifice and discipline of a sniper.
You won't regret getting this novel if you have enjoyed other "Lincoln Lawyer" type Connelly LA lawyer novels. Thoroughly enjoyed. Great plot.
This is another long overdue review. Flew to Manila for the XMAS holidays and listened to this audiobook 2 times. Clancy weaves such complex plots that it actually takes me 2 readings to get the most out of his novels. Clancy stands alone when it comes to adding extra's to his counter terrorism novels. Those extras include rich history and political science: be it Asia, Eastern Europe or the Middle East. Clancy also provides wonderful description of military weapons: whether aircraft carriers, submarines, fixed or rotary aircraft, tanks or the latest small arms weapons. His knowledge seems unequaled to all other writers when it comes to military science. I loved this story. Enjoy.
With Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney as the co authors, I knew I was in for a blockbuster of complex plot inspired by Clancy and riveting action provided by Greaney(the author of the Gray man series). Instead it was boring. There was very little action until the last 25% of the 18 hour book. Most of the first half was weaving a inter connected story going back and forth between the past escapades of the father, "Jack Ryan", when he was a budding CIA operative and the present escapades of the son "Jack Jr Ryan, a current "present day" CIA operative. Overall I found the story laboriously full of boring minutia and not enough excitement. I wanted so much to enjoy this novel, but it felt like the estate of the late Tom Clancy decided to get a ghost writer to write the story and put both Clancy and Greaney's name on it. I had to force myself to push to the end hoping for a miracle. I'd skip this one.
Lot's of non-stop action. I have already listened twice. This review is 4 months overdue because I was procrastinating to find the time to write a proper review. Just buy it! If you like a no nonsense anti terrorist hero, then enjoy the gray man series. I hope Mark Greaney keeps it pure. Baldacci was great in the beginning but after he became popular he started to "phone it in". Greaney is fantastic and equally entertaining as the "Mitch Rapp" counter terrorism novels. Highly recommended. Oh...the narrator is first rate as well.
I have "read" a number of Brad Thor novels and have to admit that after enjoying other novelists who prepare far more intriguing plots I will have to pass on future reads. In a word, predictability of what unfolds in the plot development makes me want to not finish the story.
The plot is rich in detail: international espionage, political science, weaponry, tactics, psychology, war strategy and superb story telling. I lost too much sleep, unable to turn off my audiobook after the 30 minute timer on my iPod player shut down the story for the night. Clancy is, in my opinion, the top writer of the most detailed, sophisticated, and knowledgeable espionage novels I've had the pleasure to enjoy. I cannot give this book a higher rating but if I could I would.
I liked the action parts of this novel, but the story was extremely weak and unbelievable in so many areas I don't know where to start. I have read 2 other Lee Child novels which I enjoyed, but this one was weak.
Also Dick Hill, the narrator, should not try to do any characters other than the main character. Every supporting character sounds the same-whether man or woman...like an alcoholic older woman(who we have all met on the street asking for a donation to her habit). Advise to the author, Lee Child: have someone else do the supporting characters other than Dick Hill. Dick Hill does a fine job for the main "tough guy" character. But it was tedious listening to Dick Hill repeat the same intonations for every single supporting character, whether male or female. I wanted to stop listening it was so painful.
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