I bought this to complete the Roth American Life trilogy (American Pastoral, The Human Stain). I loved the others, and like this book. I enjoyed Ron Silver's performance. The audio quality is truly awful, the worst I have heard from Audible, but I still thought it was worth the listen especially if you have read the other two books (though they are not thematically linked and each stands alone). Better audio quality would add the 4th star.
Clancy uses this book for an undisguised rant about the politics of the Obama administration. He is entitled to his opinion, but he is not entitled to sell me his opinion as part of a guilty pleasure novel. It should have a warning label.
The book begins with some interesting premises and characters, and devolves into a poisonous anti Muslim pro Jesus tract. To add insult to injury, the author has not even wrapped up the story and is probably positioning himself for another book. Don't expect to see me buying it.
I found my self fully engaged in this novel from its very beginning. The writing is levels above the usual bland story-telling common to this genre.
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