No. I had high hopes for this book, but just couldn't finish it. Not sure whether the fault lies w/ the author or narrator, but the accent, speech patterns and dialog for one of the novels central characters, "Rainbow", was delivered in a manner that was offensive. Clearly, the narrator/author don't have a clue on how Black people, educated or otherwise, speak. I had a similar experience with another book I bought some time ago about the Baja Drug Cartels in which most of the locations and characters were in Baja California, Mexico and all of the characters names were Hispanic. Apparently, the narrator had spent little or no time learning to pronounce any of the names of the characters or Mexican place names. His Spanish accented English equally poor. It showed little respect for the people or the language of the area.
Someone with greater sensitivity towards how ethnic characters speak.
re: Movie - No. Not w/o a major rewrite of how the ethnic characters (especially "Rainbow") speak and act. As written, Rainbow's dialog and delivery were racially offensive.
The author should have left the crude political/racial stereotypes. I've enjoyed all of his books up to this point but won't buy another. If he wants to make political statements, he can send a letter to his newspaper, write an Op Ed piece for the NY Times or better still, run for office.
He does poorly with Black people's accents, especially Black female's accents.
Leave out any references to Colonel Obobo, his background, ethnicity, etc. In fact, leave out Obobo entirely. Addressing his ethnicity did nothing to the plot except to make this reader wonder why the author was choosing to make such a crude, and possibly, racist stereotype.
Better, more extensive character development. Fewer right-wing speeches.
Plot – Interesting premise, but unfortunately, it was very poorly executed.
Narrator – Should have taken more time working out the voices of the individual characters.
Characters – Characters were one-dimensional and cartoon-ish.
Author – Author spent little time on character development and their motivation for doing what they were doing. Far too much time was spent on making speeches….that made little sense.
Too many characters sounded the same.Too many males with a gruff, gravelly voices. Narrator wasn't consistent in their pronunciation (ex, Sergei vs. "Ser-Gee").
All of the anti-government diatribes. Author took little to explain why his characters did what they did and felt the way they do.In the end they just all came off as "cartoons characters",
This was a disappointing read for me, given how much I enjoyed his other books.
I'd consider reading another, but would be hesitant, given how disappointing Red Shirts was.
This could have been a great story, but given that the narrator had no concept of how to pronounce Spanish (place names, names of the characters, etc.), I just couldn't force myself to finish listening to the book.
Did anyone knowledgeable, listen to this performance before releasing it?
Skip this one!
What a disappointment!
I should have known better.
This book was just personal political statement structured around cartoon-ish characters (dumb terrorists, one dimensional former communists, bad environmentalists, one dimensional Protestant preachers, and, worst of all, good wall street financiers).
In addition, as a person of color, I was particularly offended by the Clancy's portrayal of the character of the Vice President. No well educated, self-respecting, Black person would speak that way, act that way or be as overtly prejudiced as he was portrayed to be. Ask yourself, would former Secretary Rice or General Powell act or speak the way Clancy's character did?
Skip this one!
Wouldn't recommend to a friend.
Author seemed to tire and run out of creative "gas" with several parts of the book (rescue in the desert, etc.). The dialog of some characters, especially ethnic characters, lacked authenticity, depth and were cartoon-ish.
Narrator's voice and characterizations for Afro-American (especially for the character Stokley) and other ethnic characters was remarkably poor.
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