In the words of comic-book-guy (for you "Simpson's" fans), "Worst Clancy Book Ever!"
1st of all, despite being listed as a book in the "Jack Ryan" Series, its not. He's referred to in book ass president, but doesn't appear at all.
2nd of all, it is really uncharacteristically non-Clancy; makes me wonder if he really wrote it at all, or if it is one of his ghost-written books. Not as technical, many included technical elements are flagrantly wrong, much more repetitious than his normal books in regards to the military/espionage/medical "facts" he does include, really bad fieldcraft (spycraft) of the agents.
Remember in "Executive Orders" when he explicitly commented that you would never have a call saying anything like "I have the microfilm."? Well that's essentially what he does over and over again. The spooks are obvious, without use of subordinates or additional assets. They engage in cliche's like shooting out the tires of the bad guys car, and shooting the gun outta someone's hand (really!?)
There is a lot more talk about sex and sexual innuendo than Clancy usually employs. His character's, Clark and Chavez, act far less intelligent than the intelligence officers they are in other books (esp Clark), and bitch about others in CIA, etc. (including the Foleys). Although Clancy does tend to let his politics slip into his books, the conservative politics utterly flood this one (with laughably flat and ridiculous liberal environmentalists engaging in a conspiracy of hundreds--from a man whose prior books espouse that you if 2 people know a secret, it cannot be kept secret).
This is a (bad) action book, not a military-espionage book that Clancy (if this was him) is famous for. And worst of all, though it occurs in the same universe as Jack Ryan, it was certainly NOT a Jack Ryan book, and listen.
I will certainly be requesting a refund for this waste.
While often a sequel, especially in this genre fails to live up to its predecessor, this was another terrific book by Rhiannon Frater. The characters continued to deepen, and remained fresh, and the story and challenges remained exciting. Not a dull moment. Another one I would highly recommend. I am eagerly awaiting any more in this series.
This was one of the best zombie books if have ever read. It was balanced and believable. It was suspenseful, and kept me on the edge of my seat. As far as zed lit goes this one was as believable and exciting as they come.
It was a refreshing change to see this type of book from a female perspective, but even as a male listener, it was not off-putting whatsoever.
The characters were well-developed and interesting.
I would highly recommend this if you are a fan of the genre, or even just giving it a try.
The zombie-flesh-eating humans turned ghouls from the book may not have minded it, they didn't seem too particular.
The second level of zombies. The zombie-eating humans turned ghouls... Really a weak disappointment. Even if I was willing to accept their existence and ability to control the zombies, their motivations and actions ultimately stretched the limits of suspension of disbelief.
Acceptable. Unexceptional. Average.
Zombies... Arrrrrrrrr... Brrrraiins....
Not as bad as "Infection: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse" but does not live up to most other Z-lit. Instead of this go read Rhiannon Frater's "The First Days Series", or "World War Z"
This was a good bit of zed-lit. Initially I was hesitant, because the build up to the armageddon was a bit weak, but ultimately it was really good and fairly fresh... (theweak lead up was forgivable, because zombie books are not read for the fore-play). I liked the emphasis on stealth rather than fighting the zombies, and the accurate knowledge of weapons and tactics.
I could have done without the irradiated zombies, but thats my only other gripe, and it was not something that I would consider it a detraction--just a different preference.
The story was not only cliche and predictable, but tedious and downright silly.
No, but I will not ever get any more books from this author.
Daniel May was an acceptable narrator.
All. They were flat and silly.
I am a die hard zed-lit fan, and this one had nothing too it. The story hardly made sense in terms of its consistency, the plot was unbelievable (even for zombie books) and predictable. It was almost painful to listen to.
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