For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance? The Taliban is trying to exploit a Mexican drug cartel to which they supply opium as a means to bring the fire of jihad to the hearts of the infidels. It is up to Moore, and his team, to infiltrate and dismantle the drug cartel, even as they hunt for those who would bring the ultimate terror and destruction to the streets of America.In a story that races from the remote, war-scarred landscapes of the Middle East to the blood-soaked chaos of the U.S.–Mexico border, Tom Clancy once again delivers a heart-stopping thriller that is frighteningly close to reality.
©2011 Tom Clancy (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I agree with what others have said, this is a waste of time and money. I am VERY disappointed. I will not preorder again, I will wait for reviews. I also will not by Clancy again unless he writes the book. This one is a garbled mess. I kept wondering why I was falling asleep or saying "who cares" again and again. If I had to take a test on this book I would flunk because it was that hard to pay attention to. The highlight was the narrator and as a testament to his reading I practiced rolling my r's while I was listening to the book. This is a real loser with an extremely unsympathetic main character. Where's Mitch when I need him??
Tom Clancy is a poor writer with predictable plot lines. He writes all his novels with a 3rd person omnipotent viewpoint which requires very little literary skill. I used to be a big fan but think I grew out of him in my 20s though I gave this book a listen to. Parts were interesting and he certainly does a great deal of research but every character is flat, every hero perfect, and the action is so constant that it grows boring. I remember when they attacked Ryan’s daughter in a Washington day care center in Executive Orders – now that was an action sequence!
I guess that in some successful writers time, comes a moment when cash precedes quality. In Clancys authorship this moment has arrived some time ago. Beeing a fan, after reading Red Storm Rising,its sad to admit that very few stories after this groundbreaking thriller has met these standards. Definitely not this one. A sad orgy in extreme violence and seal-porn. An very one-dimentionally main character. Sorry Tom, but if this is the your new standard you might as well call it a day.
Maxwell Moore was a fairly likable character with an interesting biography and was, for the most part, believable and not overblown. Other characters were also well written. Some of the scenes were very good and there were some interesting and well-described situations. Unfortunately, these good parts were often separated by a lot of unnecessary details and seemingly unconnected side stories. If I had not been a captive audience on a long car trip, I'm not sure that I would have listened to the entire book. In my opinion the book should have been made shorter by about one-third.
Very disappointed in this Tom Clancy. I've really enjoy other books he has written but this one held zero interest for me. Didn't even finish it, and I think I can count on 1 hand the number of books that I have not finished. This was a waste of a "credit".
Having read or listen to all of Clancys' works I was shocked at the poor quality of this book. World class explorers going in to Napal right next to China without a GPS, radio or emergency locator beacon - give me a break. More like fantacy land! I was hard pressed to finsh the CD.
I love Clancy books and audible reading in general. This book was such a disappointment. Shallow, predictable writing. Forced story line. He needs to go back to the writing style that made him successful. Terrible reader, too. Couldn't someone of Clancy's stature get a John Lee or anyone other than Weber?
I give, I haven't finished, but I really have to give up before I feel a need to throw myself on a grenade. I keep waiting for the story to develop, a point to it all would be REALLY great. I would settle for simply having a main character,, good or evil, that portends of something good in the near future. I have listened to endless descriptions of Seal training (Thanks but I got that on History Channel) and background of love lost drug lords in Mexico (Thanks again but I got that on nightly news). Hours and Hours and I still have no villain or hero which is OK because I also still have no plot. It is just too bad to keep going. Thank heaven I am not reading the book (which I assume is as thick as the New York Yellow Pages) because I would have to beat myself with it.
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