Powerful Enlightening Real
When he got out of a tank to rescue his men and the SS decided not to shoot out of respect for a ranking officer that would do such a thing
My favorite scene was the whole story about the concentration camp and Colonel Sparks reaction to the shooting of the guards and his respect for human life regardless of the situation he was in. This was coupled with his reaction to the General that wanted a photo opportunity. I was touched by someone who could witness such horrors and maintain such decency in all of it - a true hero.
There were several shocking scenes in this book that made the reality of war come to light.
I loved this story, which is probably why I finished it. Also, Lou Diamond Phillips was excellent as the narrator. However, the language was so bad that it should have an explicit warning. If the language was more toned down and reminiscent of the original Clancy novels this would have been so much better. As it stands, I'm not sure I will get the next in the series due to he language.
It was a fun plot. It really wasn't to the level of a true Jack Ryan novel, but still fun none the less. Several times I almost forgot I was running because I was so absorbed into the story. It won't wow anyone with deep characters or truly complex story lines with deep researched military understanding, but it is still fun and a good distraction to cardio.
He is easy to listen to and understand. Then, add to that the characters he pulls off and you have a great performance.
Please put an explicit rating on this and any other Clancy's that are this laced with poor language.
I really enjoyed this book and was disappointed when it came to an end after the battle of Midway. I would have listened to hours more if it covered more of the war and will probably listen to this again.
I was intrigued by the disparity between what actually happened and what knowledge the Japanese actually acted on after the Battle of the Coral Sea and how that played into an under estimation of the US ability leading up to the Battle of Midway. In addition, the ability of the US to break the Japanese codes and how that turned the tides in the US favor was very interesting. I didn't realize that the unsung heros of the Battle of Midway were the code breakers that set up the US forces to accomplish what they did.
Honestly, I don't usually take the time to read books right now, but I have plenty of time during commutes to listen to books. This story did not require acting or presenting various dialects. It required a serious tone as it was a serious set of circumstances. In that endeavor, this was a perfect presentation by the reader.
Intended for younger teens, it is still a fun time for adults...a clever take on Alice in Wonderland.
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