Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2010
The story was good. The technical military stuff e.g. "halo" jump, night ops, military hardware was great. The political stuff was very enjoyable. But the narration was often distracting. Dick Hill has a challenge when it is time to transition to the 4 female characters. It is so weak that it is just plain distracting from the story. His handling of female voices sounds "corny", contrived, almost comical. I liked Dick Hill in some past counter terrorism audio books but I guess they had no or few female characters. I loved the military, political, inter governmental agency politics and the overall theme of protecting our country even if extreme measures are sometimes needed. Dick needs to have a female SO stand in for him on the female parts.
At the end of my first listen I understood so little of the story I decided to start all over, and not because I enjoyed it so much. I felt I must not have given enough of my concentration to a novel designed to stimulate the mind of a smart person. I said to myself "I'm smart. I'll listen again but this time I'll try to listen better". I no longer blame myself. I rate the plot and the narrator poor. The plot is not close to linear. The plot jumps from WW1 to WW11 to Cold War era to post 911 to dream sequences to Civil war recollections to more dream sequences to what you may think is a dream sequence but is not one. The author introduces prehistoric anthropology, genetics, global war, theology, nuclear technology all woven in a web of science fiction. The story is crystal clear when it is reverting back to a 1917 scene because the author clearly states "it is 1917". But all the other periods in history, in which the author time warps, you have to continually unravel.
I imagine the the narrator's tenor voice with excellent diction and mild inflections earned A's in high school and college speech classes, however his tone and only "mild" inflection invite "daydreaming" and no real personality development. If you daydream for even 30 seconds you are lost and have to rewind. The number of times I had to rewind because I was "lost" are countless.
If you can solve a "Rubik's cube in 30 seconds you may enjoy this book. Personally, after 2 listens, I wondered if the author was self medicating on a mind altering substance while mentally writing a sci-fi novel showing off his knowledge of pre-historic anthropology, physics, biology, genetics, "master race" themes, world and sacred history, and theology. At first I thought it would be mind provoking and thought the reviews I read before my purchase were mostly 5 stars. Now I think I must have been lured into buying a book which only had, at the time, around 100 reviews of 5 stars. Now a lot of negative reviews have brought the average down to 4 stars.
The story was a great idea but the plot and narrator variables did not do it for me.
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.
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