The book is an easy, enjoyable read. Nostalgic for those that grew up in the 50's. literary work it is not, a hard core police procedural it is. Characters are multi faceted and being developed further with each novel. Not much to add to all the previous accolades, just sit back and let the stories take you back to a simpler time before CSI forensics, when cops ruled, women wore skirts, and bulls were gods... Dick Hill provides a theatrical narration that brings you back to the days of radio, great job. Enjoy!!!
I use the word cerebral not to insult but to make it clear this is no Court Gentry, Gray Man type ACTION thriller. I do enjoy Court Gentry... This is not a thriller but an complex espionage story that involves many characters that are developed fully, locations that the author takes the time to give you the atmosphere and history of the location, and a plot that is twisted with many possible scenarios as to the true betrayal... I did not give it 5 stars because I did feel it was a little too long and could have been brought to conclusion about 50 or so pages sooner. As most have indicated this is a story in the style of le Carré, Silva. and Furst. I do highly recommend this book, but only if you are a fan of those authors and genre...
Enjoy the book. good mystery with a twist. narration is a little off the pace, to dragged out. Bogged down!!! ...but an enjoyable read!!!
entertaining but unrealistic... If you enjoy the impossible and verisimilitude is not important than this is the protagonist for you!!!
This is an espionage spy novel. This is not an action thriller with fireworks every other page and feats of a super human strength... This is a novel that requires patience and thought as the story develops into an plot of intrigue and mystery. This novel is not for folks looking for Mitch Rapp or "The Gray man" type of action, this is more on the order of Silva and le Carre.... The characters are complex, the plot complex, and the ending fulfilling. Someone once said you can tell the quality of the novel by how long after you finish the book you continue to think about the characters; I won't forget these characters anytime soon!!! If you are into espionage novels that are complex cat and mouse spy stories I recommend you give this novel a try.
A good read, the sound effects in the audible edition were distracting and amateurish... Characters were shallow and forgettable... A good beach read, that is about it!!!!
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!!!!
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