Timely. Accurate. Eye-opening. This was my first book about an EMP attack or societal breakdown scenario. After reading, I researched the concepts and talked with several friends in energy industry. Everything I found verifies the technical aspects of this novel with one minor exception. Granted I am from North Carolina and spend many summers in the Black Mountain/Old Fort/Asheville areas and can relate to locations personally and emotionally, Forstchen crafts a well written novel with realistic, fairly well developed characters. The one minor technical question I had involves the concept of planes dropping out of the sky immediately after and EMP. I'm not familiar with plane steering but thought a plane could still glide after a full electronic failure. Many EMP books indicate they drop out of control immediately by spiraling out of control. I mention this as minor because it has no overall impact on the story and serves only as an example of everyday technology that would be impacted by an EMP.
This is a very timely concept and is considered one the best of its genre. Newt Gingrich's foreward shares some congressional views on how this scenario is viewed in Washington. Recent congressional discussions indicate it is still a viable threat yet no real action has been taken. Experts agree that a tanker in the Gulf of Mexico could launch a missile over the US and reach an altitude sufficient for a nationwide EMP within 20 minutes and we would not have time to respond. It is a very realistic scenario and sadly the average American is unaware of the potential.
This is an audio book I can listen to repeatedly and learn something new from each time. I wish it were required reading in high schools as an Iranian warship is about to arrive on the US east coast, a Russian warship is currently docked in Cuba, and we approach a two front cold war with China and Russia. One of the major movie studios purchased the rights to this novel but the contract expired. Hopefully someone else will develop this into a major motion picture.
While a printed Tom Clancy novel can often get bogged down in technical details, audio versions keep my attention. The narrator holds my attention during the technical parts without putting me to sleep.
My favorite part is when President Ryan must rebuild the government from scratch for the first time since our Founding Fathers. He asks the people to send ordinary citizens-- farmers, doctors, business leaders, entrepreneurs---- instead of professional politicians.
I enjoy his inflections and style in which he represents for each character.
As much as I would like to, Clancy novels are too long for one sitting. However, I often listened longer than I should have.
I immediately thought of "Executive Orders" last week when the Malaysian 777 disappeared. A somewhat similar scenario evolves in "Executive Orders" although a much smaller aircraft. Still, the concept has merit as Isreal announces they now fear an attack by the missing aircraft.
I've read every other Griffin novel and always look forward to new ones. This one, however, is 70% reflections on previous adventures with little new story and no plot. In an afterward, Griffin describes it as a tribute to M*A*S*H but I found no humor or purpose at all. "Hazardous Duty" diverts from previously successful formulas. I'm puzzled as to why Griffin strayed from proven approaches. I almost gave up on it by the third chapter but hoped it would pick up by the end. However, it plodded along until ending abruptly. Perhaps the concept of a mentally compromised President as Clandenine is meant to reflect a potential Joe Biden administration but the overall scenario in this book is preposterous.
The best part about this book is Audible's return/exchange policy.
I will listen to a future Grisham book but with greater skepticism. He seems to be stuck in a formulaic format of a lawyer tired of the law, continuing to stay in the field, hating big firms, and winning after someone else makes a grand discovery that wins his case. I found "Sycamore Row" to be Grisham's most predictable novel yet. When I read the summary, I eagerly awaited the chance to revisit the "A Time to Kill" characters. I figured if anyone could make dull probate law exciting or at least suspenseful it would be Grisham. I kept hoping for some twist or revelation that would shake it up and help it rise to the caliber of earlier novels. Alas, it barely maintains the mediocre level of his last few books.
Most of the characters were read well although the accents were tough to handle. He mentions how one character reverted back to his native accent for certain letters late in the book but had never used them until then. The voices were distinguishably different but they seemed to have different accents. I have not listened to other books read by Beck but to me his Southern accent did not sound authentic.
No. Lightning struck for Grisham and the characters of Ford county once. It was unlikely for it to successfully strike twice, especially for the same star attorney. I doubt there's a sleepy county in America in which it could strike three times with the desired effect on readers and maintain realism. I enjoy reading novels with settings making me wish I could walk the streets and feel like I know the townspeople.
I highly recommend Grisham's juvenile series about Theodore Boone, especially the first two novels.
Absolutely! Lou Diamond Phillips was a great choice as narrator.
The timely subject matter of cyber warfare and the detail in which Clancy explains how real it is. I love the Jack Ryan characters and this book is a great addition to the series. I like the technical information related to cyber warfare and the manner in which is explained. It is not as dry and technical as the data in "The Hunt for Red October".
John Clark... Always pictured him with a tough, raspy voice and Phillips captures it well.
I hated to hit pause long enough to run into a store or other errand.
The length may sound long but flies by as quickly as reading hardback copies.
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