This is my third Silva novel and I find I am enjoying and appreciating his novels more with each book. This is a great story with all the elements of a great espionage thriller. The line between fact and fiction is blurred as the author weaves a tale of terror that could be tomorrows headlines. The narration is great and I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy the genre...
Caveat: If you are looking for Court Gentry, Mitch Rapp, or any other similar figure you will not find those super human characters and exploits in this book. What you will find are characters that are very well developed, plots that are well developed, relevant background information on locations, techniques, and trade craft. This is not an action based thriller, but a novel of espionage, betrayal, evil, and sacrifice. The protagonists are very real and easy to empathize with as they struggle with the dangers and moral dilemmas they face. As one reviewer already said "an indicator of how good a novel is written is when you finish the novel, the protagonist stay with you and you think about them, their situation, and future". I will not forget these characters.... Patience is required when starting this novel, but that patience will be rewarded. The narrator is good, I would have liked him to use more acting in portraying the different characters. Different accents, etc for each character, otherwise he did a good job. I hope the author is working on another novel in the same tradition as "Red Sparrow". Highly recommended!!!
First things first: there is no realism, plausibility, or reality in this novel. I realize it is fiction but nothing rings true, and everything is on steroids... That said it is one heck of a roller coaster ride. Gentry is thrown into predicament after predicament and blast thru them, but never comes away unscathed. The man is beyond super human and so are his exploits. As one reviewer said " Poorly developed characters doing exactly what you expect...a villain that will make you go "ho hum" At times the story is soooo predictable you get the urge to quit so you skim. The climax is soooo over the top, unreal, it is almost comical. Sad because at times the characters are there for the author to develop and allow the reader to relate, and empathize with, instead you are thrown into another action sequence. This is a good novel to read to take a break from cerebral espionage novels that force you to think and at the end exhaust you with emotion. This is definitely not that type, more so written to be an action movie with a Bruce Willis type as the protagonist. If you are an action junkie, than this is your read. I found the narration to be excellent.
Command Authority & Threat Vector were so good I decided to go back and read Cardinal of the Kremlin. I have read some of Clancy's earlier novels enjoyed some but gave up on later novels as to much data, subplots that were difficult to follow and were confusing, just very difficult to follow and boring at times that lead to skimming. After several hours of listening to Cardinal I realized how much Greaney improved upon Clancy's work. I gave up on Cardinal for the reasons above... Greaney's addition to the Clancy franchise has done away with all that I disliked about Clancy's style. I highly recommend these two novels and hope you enjoy the action, concise subplots, and the characters that continue to amaze and entertain...
I could not finish this book... Just not what I expected based on the reviews...
The collaboration of Mark Greaney with Tom Clancy has made for a very tight concise action packed novel. If you have read some of Clancy's earlier works you know he is a master at plots, sub plots, and bringing them all together at the end. I found in Clancy's later works that the plot, sub plots became wrapped up in Minutiae, information in such detail that skimming would not detract from the plot. I could not finish some of his later works, too slow, too VOLUMINOUS... In Threat Vector you find none of that, just a great action pack story with the sub plots you come to expect and characters that just jump off the page with realism... Hopefully Command Authority will be as good... Highly recommended. The narration is super!!!!
I did not enjoy this book one iota.... I could not finish the story, just did not like anything about it!!!
Lisa Gardener continues to put out consistent high quality novels... Even though this is one of her earlier works, it is a gem... I enjoyed the story, characters, and suspense. Highly recommended!!!
I read/listen to half this book before I cashed it in. This was the most predictable story I have ever read, no surprises, boring.shallow characters, and Scot is the most one dimensional character in the world of pulp fiction. The writing was so simplistic and boring it did remind me of "see Dick run, see Jane run...." Simply not my cup of tea, I have absolutely nothing good to say about this book. Daniel Silva this author is not!!!!
I am not a literary critic. I can tell you that if you are in the mood for a good old country cowboy western then this is a book you should enjoy. Good story, characters, plot, and a satisfactory ending. So saddle up, make sure you have your bedroll and victuals and get ready for some action. Enjoy, I did!!!
This is the first book I have read by Matt Braun. This book peaked my interest from the beginning. As I read on I realized not only did I have a great western, but a who done it western. As the book went on I kept looking for clues as to who the guilty hombre was. My interest was peaking when suddenly on page 181 a great book became a run of the mill western, a good one none the less. I can't say much more without writing a spoiler, so all I will say is the author threw a monkey wrench into the works and blew it for me. As a result I will say it was a good western that I recommend if you like the genre; BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN GREAT!!!!
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