Two things about me: I've been a huge fan of Clancy thrillers, and I stick exclusively to unabridged titles. Two things about the book ? if this were my first Clancy, it is unlikely there would be a second, and if ever there were a case for abridged novels, this is it! Clancy goes on and on and on, agonizing over the wrongs of communism, on and on and on about how wonderful Jack and wife are, on and on and on about mundane topics. The book really doesn?t start to move until half way through the third part of the book ? 20 hours later! Save a credit on this one.
The book starts out great - not what I expected. It gives a history of the region (Greece, Rome, Africa, Americas, etc.) then gives some of the more popular beliefs and myths. Well done. But, wow - does he get on a soap box concerning the Americas. It really gets old and soures an otherwise good listen.
The book ranged from "wow, I didn't know that", to blah, blah. You'll learn a lot about the formation of the countries Europem, Asia Minor, and Africa. You get insight into the "ancient" hostilities that lead to WWII, war between the Serbs and Croats, hostility between the Greeks and Turks, and more. I would rate it higher, but despite all the good things about the book, toward the end I was really ready for it to be over.
I thought I'd hate the book when the reader started. He had a lisp, and talked about the thee-IA. He loses soon loses the lisp - which supprised me, and did an okay job.
The book ranges from being very interesting to mind numbing detail about seemingly irrelevant details. For example, a fair amount of time is given detailing Casey's personal life, including dating and marriage plans.
Not a bad book if the CIA or spying in general interest you, but it won't go down as one of your all time best listens.
Really enjoyed this. Good insight into the man, dispelled some myths and verified others. If you like WWII history, or the history of individuals who made a difference in his/her time, you'll like this
Information in the book is very interesting, but an unabridged book should not be modified by the reader. Johnson tries to be funny, adds his own comments, and fails.
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