I got this book purely for my own political interest.
I mean think of it...two people who don't know they are twins run against one another for public office, and the ending would shock anyone even if you study politics.
I found my self not really pulling for one character or another, but I did find several characters I was glad were the bad guys.
If you love politics and enjoy great American dream stories then this is your book.
You feel as if you are right there with the mob or the FBI. The story is told in a unique two perspective way. You can probably read every other chapter and still enjoy the book but it's better to read the entire thing.
It is interesting to read about events from the Cold War era since this book is told in the period of the mid to late 1980's.
Only a couple of mistakes but I'm not sure if they are due to the reader or the author. In either case it isn't enough to take away from the book.
If you are at all interested in mob culture or the FBI this is a great book. It doesn't hurt that it is written by two insiders. The Unabridged version is also better than the abridged since it is read by Stephen Hoye and not the authors. Hoye does a great job with the voices.
Though Grisham admits he's a lawyer not a spy he does a good job in this book of making many of the things sound very real.
I often find myself wishing Grisham would put epalogs at the end of his books and this one is no different. However, it's also fun to speculate about the ending on your own.
Grisham also gets the battle between the FBI and CIA dead on and you can really imagine these two agencies going at each other.
I started the book not liking the main character, but as the story unfolds you are an observer to an interesting change in the character as he realizes the hunter is the hunted.
This book sounds good, but once you start to read it you find something different.
Anyone who does some basic research will find that several items in this book are out right illegal or are just flat dumb.
The book promotes insider trading, something the Securities and Exchange Commission doesn't like, tax fraud, something the Internal Revenue Service doesn't like, and I am 99% sure the Federal Trade Commission would like to examine the truth in advertising statements for the book.
What a sham...just plug the authors name into google and read away for more details.
This is a great book.
I started out with giving the book a 5 but it only rates a three.
The reason is not the reader, but the books dialog.
There are times in this book where the characters don't seem they are as smart as they could be in their rolls.
In addition parts of the book have just terrible choppy dialog. For example, early in the book you get the feeling that the characters just zone out at times...not something you expect from a Navy officer.
Other than that this book has it all. A military assault, Congress showing some backbone, and one of the most explosive closing scenes I've read in a long time.
This is a really great program with some good stories, but like many public radio programs it doesn't check its politics at the studio door.
I have found some shows that do such as This American Life, but not this one.
Clancy did it again.
Every time I get a new book from him I tell myself I'm going to listen to the book in short intervals...Never happens.
He writes that good. I like the details in this book.
The issues with security Clancy raises are valid and I hope the DHS gets a copy.
Twins with humor, and the narrator gives their voices that cool feel.
The last scene really shows that Clancy has big plans for the younger Ryan.
The next book will be just as good since the ending of this book screams sequel.
From the openning scean to the final words this book is like reading a Tom Clancy book with bible prophacy tossed in.
The way the characters react to the events around them is what you would expect of the military, and the events around the main characters wife will pull at your hart strings.
If you're like me when listening to this book you better set aside a huge block of time because you wont be able to turn it off...and chances are you'll find yourself praying for the characters...it's that real.
This narator is probably the best I've heard in a long time...that's why it feels so real.
You'll be able to almost feel the grit on the faces of the Army Rangers in the Middle East, and at times you'll find yourself giving orders as if you were right there.
Lastly, if you have not read the original Left Behind books I strongly encourage that as you will not understand the uses of some of the terms or characters.
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