By far one of the better books I have read.
Yes, Clancy really shows how to write action well.
This is the only book that he has read that I can remember. Won't be the last as he has a true talent. Was easy to quickly recognize each character.
This one had me scheduling time when I could listen and difficult to turn off. He has a great talent for taking you through actions scenes. The concept that computer hacking and infiltrating networks are as big of a thread as conventional weapons in warfare keeps you thinking throughout the entire book.
What did I like best ? Good story line and many strong characters. What did I like least? I am a big fan of the previous book
All of the intense action scenes ..... There were many
Ridding the fence on this one.
I wish they would have used Stephen Lang who narrated the previous book if not to just add a consistency to how the listener pictures the characters.
Great book for the most part. I am a shooting enthusiast so appreciated the great detail the author went into regarding the weapons and how the trained used them. The "hero" was often believable though at times it was a let down when he would make catch phrase comments like something from a Arnold or Stalone movie. The ending was also a bit over the top. Still I found myself not wanting to stop listening.
Do you remember those old episodes of Star Trek where they would beam down to a planet not knowing what to expect. Amongst the main characters would be that unknown Ensign or Cadet whom you just knew would get killed. You would know if Stephen King were to have ever written an episode of Star Trek as that unknown Ensign or Cadet would likely be the only one to survive in the end. Several characters whom I thought "This will be the one who becomes the hero, just ended up as another fatality. At times this book lost my interest but I dare not give up on it as I was stumped to find which, if any of the characters would make it to the end.
This one had great potential but was just too strung out. It was disappointing to finally get to the ending just to find it has none. I doubt I will spend the money or Audible Credits to see if the story comes to a close in the book to follow, or the next....
If I were to rate this book on it's aspects as a horror novel, I would give it a 4 out of 5. At times I found myself more drawn to how it covered childhood friendships. There is one chapter that just ruined it for me since it's participants were children ages 10 to 11. I don't think anyone could write about a Gang Bank and make it at all tasteful when it involves children.
I enjoyed the first 2 books of the series a great deal more than this third and final. The positive is the vast array of narrators which gave each character an identity seldom provided when a single person tries to create so many different voices.
The negative is the ending which was a bit of a let down. I guess I am just too much of a fan of the "happily ever after" ending which this one lacks.
As a hunter and target shooter, I was interested in this book when I read it gave a great deal of information on snipers and their equipment. It was a real eye opener regarding what is put upon the shoulders of todays snipers out there serving their country. Very entertaining
I am another who felt a good narrator would have added a great deal to my enjoyment. A good narrator can add so much just as a poor one can take away. This one suffered from that fate.
I have to admit that often when choosing which book to spend my 1 monthly Audible Book credit on, I try and find books longer in length. In this case, I regret it.
The first 10 hours of the book kept a good pace and I was thrilled to think that I had another 24 hours to go. It slowed down a good bit unfortunately. I guess I am also a traditionalist when it comes to books and movies. I want all the good guys to live and the bad guys to get what they have coming to them, hopefully at the hands of the good guys.
This book sways far from that. Another reviewer made comment on how the narrator made it difficult to distinguish between characters. This book has so many characters that I think it would be difficult for anyone to tackle the feat. If I could have given this book 3.5 stars I would have. It just drug on at times which kept it from getting 4 stars. I could see this easily becoming a movie, under 2 hours long.
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