LYNCHBURG, VA, United States | Member Since 2011
This was my first Baldacci listen and it was well worth the time. The characters were interesting. The story flowed with necessary action. Baldacci produces a believeable Aristillian "tragic hero". The flaws in this hero highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the subordinate characters. The writing quality is sufficient to mask the anti-war, anti-free market views that are not so subtly inserted by the author an entirely inconsistent with the actions of the characters even those promoted as ideal figures.
Nobody says, "Leave go of me." In this book, everybody does. Why? It just sounds silly and distracts from the story.
Baldacci starts a great story with a great character but both quickly take a back seat to his progressive agenda. Puller could be a great male character but the author is compelled to apologize for men, men who like women, men who lead and men who defend freedom. This great investigator, Army Ranger, expert marksmen, expert killer is outmanned by every women he encounters. I get it. You want women in combat. You want openly gay men leading the military. You can't deal with the now fact of WMD's in Iraq. So just write the Gay Ranger and His Husband Work as Admins for the all Female Black Ops Team book. Commit to the fantasy and let fly. Don't hide behind the male hero role that you despise.
Mr Greaney kept the story going in a manner consistent with Tom Clancy's work. There are few rapid conclusions and a few story misses but overall this was an enjoyable listen. I like Scott Brick but prefer Lou Diamond Phillips for these stories and hope he will return. Among the living, Crais, Childs and Greaney top the list.
OK. This story is OK. It is a bit trite and predictable. I am not sure why so many male authors feel compelled to add a female character to save the day. Is this pandering to the female reader demographic? Most likely. Just stick with "the guy is a loaner" or a realistic scout/sniper combination.
Further, the final disposition of the bad guy is telegraphed. It has become a lazy author tact to preserve the existing villain rather than work to create an original story.
Finally, and this is painful for Marines, get the freaking terminology right. I am not speaking of the weapons systems and minutia.
Marines are Marines. We are not soldiers. Marines do not refer to other Marines as soldiers. Warriors, grunts, devil dogs, jarheads, but never soldiers.
Secondly, Marines say Ooohrah not Hooah (Who-Uh). That is an army attempt to once again emulate the Corps. This is true of Marines in the fleet, MARSOC, JSOC and anywhere else.
Lastly, from USMC boot camp forward, every Marine knows that 0500 is ZERO FIVE HUNDRED and never, ever O Five Hundred. O is a letter in the alphabet and not a number. 0 (Zero) is a number. Time is referenced as numbers always.
These may be reading errors but they evoke a visceral response from Marines. If you are taking the time to make this an audio book. Get the phrases right. I can't believe Gunny Coughlin made these errors in the writing.
I will give the next book a shot (pun intended) but if there is no improvement, I will move on. Still looking for someone to step up and continue to efforts of Flynn and Clancy.
Tom Clancy leaves us with an excellent book. It not only offers some closure for the Jack Ryan Jr. series, it connects father and son in a way that leaves us wanting more without leaving us hanging. I would recommend reading the Jack Jr series in order before coming to this book and then reading this for all it is worth. You will be pleased and satisfied. Finally, Lou Diamond Phillips is excellent in his capacity as narrator. There is really nothing wrong with this presentation at all accept that it is Mr Clancy's last.
...at least nowhere near an assassin. The surprise ending was no surprise at all. This is the story of our top counterterrorism agent who demonstrates his expertise by serving as a tour director for a cops daughter thjat happened to witness a terrorist act. The story is not at all plausible and the agent is only successful as the untrained female he escorts provides answer to solve every mystery. Once again, Brad Thor writes a book about a secondary female character and uses Scott Harvath to market the story. The performance is excellent however the story is not worthy of Armand Schultz.
It is an average part of a story and Mr Card is taking that approach with much of his work of late. This, ironically after he credits the publisher whit patience while he finishes. This is a lazy prequel that tries to tell far too much of story that we don't want to know and fails. At this rate, there are five more books before we ever reach the second formic war. Mazer Rackham is the story we want to know. The other stories just drags into far too many books before the End(ers) Game.
I waited for this book to start and it never did. Scott Harvath has a great resume and occasional tough language but as a character in this book (and much of the series) he is a non factor. In this book, the much better story line was taking place elsewhere. Brad Thor seems to like strong women and builds all of these stories around those women and how they save the day. Let's either make Harvath the hardcore hero or leave him out of the books altogether. So, if you come to this book looking for a Mitch Rapp or a Jack Reacher then move along. There is nothing to see here. On a positive note, Brad Thor does a good job of weaving history into his books. Such a good job in fact that it is much more compelling the his own work of fiction.
The story is laughable as it seems the Mr Peterson ran out of ideas following book 2. The character has potential but it is wasted entirely here. The author continues to miss some basic Marine Corps knowledge as demonstrated by his use or misuse of military and uniquely Marine Corps language. The narrator may exacerbate the problem in reading the letter o for the number 0 and the like. If we ignore all that, which is asking a lot, we have to deal with the authors fear of a strong male character that can take care of himself without the aid of 12 year old girls and 120 lb female FBI agents. Then there is the reckless random violence on the streets where our hero thigh shoots kidnappers and assassins. Tom Clancy and the late Vince Flynn (in the final Mitch Rapp book) are good examples of how to write male leads in this savage world of espionage. Mr Peterson should read a few of these. Or maybe a little more Jack Reacher and a little less Jack and Jill.
This was not as enjoyable as the first book in the series. There are a few big misses for a main character that is a Marine. First, A Marine is not a soldier. We never use that title. We are Marines. The dialogue around the Corps misses the mark. The story is OK if not entirely plausible. The Scoot Sniper teamwork and unity is done well. Worth the read.
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