I don't think I'll be back to Mark Greaney; for me there are better choices out there.
Scott Brick, to me, has a great voice quality but he also has a strange narrative style; many times he ends sentences almost as if they are questions. "I am going to the bathroom?", "He stepped out of the shower?"; distracting and out of character.
I wouldn't recommend. IMHO, this is not a true Clancy-quality book or a "Campus" book in anyway, shape or form; if you are expecting a new Campus novel with all of the crew you will be disappointed.
This book, on the cover, claims to be a "Campus" novel. You will not see Jack Ryan here, nor Junior, nor will you see most of the major Campus characters. It was almost as if whoever owns the rights to Clancys character told Greaney "Look, now that Toms' gone and you're on your own you can write a book with 3 minor Campus members and if that works out we'll see about letting you write with some of his main characters". About all that shows up here is Dominic Caruso (the main character and the most prevalent Campus player of this book), the minor Campus character Adara Sherman (Flight Attendant \ Nurse) and very, very brief appearances by Jerry Hendley (Campus chief). Other than that, no Campus. Very disappointing.
Yes, but I was ready for it to be over.
The story seemed a bit too contrived in many ways.
I don't care for stories where the main characters just happen to have info or connections right where they need them at a critical juncture; it seems unimaginative. To me, this seems to happen several times in this story. Paraphrasing one example in this book: Caruso: "I need information on naval vessels". Sherman:" Well I just happen to have been in the Navy and know all there is to know about that". Please.
Great action, and a stellar performance by Lou Diamond Phillips
This is my second time to hear LDP perform, and I have to say I am somewhat amazed by his incredible talent. From my brief previous exposure to him I never knew he had such depth of performance; his character voices are right on the money. He is quickly becoming my favorite narrator.
Pet Peeve - This is the UNABRIDGED version of this book; so many other reviewers are complaining about the length\detail of this reading. I would suggest the abridged version for those who don't want as much detail, but IMHO it is unfair to buy the lengthiest version of a book then criticize it for being "too long" as though the author has done something wrong. For my taste, I appreciate the unabridged versions and the hard work and detail that goes into them.
If another book were offered by this author, I would definitely make it a point to listen to the preview in its' entirety before purchasing. I found a few of the historical facts to be incorrect, such as referring to Herman Kossler (the captain of the USS Cavalla which sunk the Japanese carrier Shokoku) as James Kossler. Mistakes like this bother me on two levels: first and foremost, this gentleman was awarded the Navy Cross for this fantastic battle action, the least we can do is get his name correct. Secondly, when I see such a glaring error that is easy to research it leads me to wonder what other inaccuracies are contained in the work.
Another aspect I did not care for was the constant comparisons of segments of this battle to the American Civil War. One or two references was sufficient; after the first dozen or so I found myself starting to laugh as yet another comparison would be made in this regard. It got to the point of enough already, I can't believe he's trying to draw this comparison again!
The tone of the narrators voice was pleasant enough, but his overall speech was so robotic it sounded like it could have been a synthesized computer voice.
I am sure that this author is a fine man, but I would submit that perhaps he could research and produce his books more carefully and that he should refrain from overly tiresome references to another war or time period.
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