This was nothing like a Spencer novel; it was a touchy-feely, warm and fuzzy story, completely unlike the Spencer novels of old. The author took the characters and tried to make them something they weren't. She tried to turn Spencer into Father Flanagan who carries a .44 and give Hawk a social conscious. There was hardly any action and no mystery whatsoever. 100% do not recommend this novel. Please bring back Ace Atkins.
Suspenseful, well thought out, European experience.
The story is based from a European perspective.
All of it!
First off, Audible lists the narrator as Dick Hill, he is not. I am frustrated with Audible for this error. The narrator is actually Jonathan Davis, who does a terrible job reading this book. He makes it very hard to listen to the story. He should stick with reading Star Wars books, for which is what he most known.
As for the book, it was bad. Most of it is a rehashing over and over (and over) again, what happened in the first five books in the series. I already read those and was hoping for more adventures, not a repetitious history of the series. I am a big fan of W. E. B. Griffin, but I am afraid that this joint venture with his son, William E. Butterworth the 4th is a poor and very disappointing novel.
After the last novel "Teeth of the Tiger" which was flat and of no substance, this was a definite improvement. It was great to have the old guard come back and I really like the way Tom Clancy integrated the old characters with the new. That said, the timeline of the plot of the "bad guys" is convoluted. That was the only thing that prevented this book from being a great story. Tom Clancy had an original idea, technically correct, great characters but I think he spread himself too thin and it caused the timeline of the book to be both confusing and inaccurate.
As far as the narrator, much to my surprise, Lou Diamond Phillips did a good job reading this book. So If you love the characters from the old Jack Ryan series, and want to see them in a more modern setting then this is a pretty good book. If its your first time reading a a Jack Ryan series, I would not recommend this book at all. Try starting with the Hunt for Red october.
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