Dead or Alive brings together - for the first time - an all-star cast of Clancy’s greatest characters in a joint showdown with global terrorists.
Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the "Campus" - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn't know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.
The Campus has now turned their sights on the Emir, the number-one terrorist threat to Western civilization. A reclusive figure and mastermind of vicious terrorist acts, the Emir has eluded capture by the world's law-enforcement agencies. But now - with the help of ex-CIA agent John Clark and protégé Marine Colonel Ding Chavez - the Campus is in on the hunt.
In a fast-paced, intense performance, film and television star Lou Diamond Phillips narrates the story of their mission - to bring in the Emir, dead or alive.
Take another thrill ride with Jack Ryan.
©2010 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I found the book too wordy and so filled with minute details that my mind would wonder necessitating rewind, re-listen and often re-listen again. Lou Diamond Philips was great. I will think twice before reading Clancy (a former favorite) again.
I love most of Clancy's work, but this one is a bit of a difficult read. Phillips does a great job with the narration, but I find the story line difficult to follow at times. It jumps around a lot and in a way that I lose track of (and interest in) what is happening. I'll finish the book since I paid for it, but its far from gripping like many of his other books are. I don't find myself sitting in my car for 5 minutes after I get to my garage because I just can't wait to see what happens next as I have in the past. Overall a disappointing read when compared to his other works.
It has been a while since I last read a Clancy novel. I stopped because I found his style (but not his plots) very boring. Things haven't changed. The plot was really well done, but getting there was a challenge. He spent the first part of the book switching back and forth between scenes - and since I couldn't sit down and read in one sitting, I had to do a lot of back tracking on my IPod so I could relisten - not an easy thing to do. But I hung in and did it. Then when I finished, I found that some of his early scenes really had little to do with the plot. I realize that is classic Clancy - and I could have liked the book ok if he had not also used it as a vehicle to belabor his pet peeves with a number of things in the military, our society, and people in general. I guess I'm glad I read it, even though I didn't enjoy it very much.
I have read pretty much every book Tom Clancy has ever written, from his riveting The Hunt for Red October to the dreadful Rainbow Six. This is an improvement over the latter, but a mere shadow of the former. The story reads like a deliberate setup for the next book, which could be a pretty good one.
Worth a listen, but don't expect too much.
plot was kinda boring. too many characters to keep track of. very tired of muslims being the enemy. can't we fight the good ol' russians instead? they have easier names to remember. Tom's older works are much better
I found the book wordy, at times too much written about unimportant subjects and at times slow and boring. I have read other books he has written and they were great.
Like a few comments before, I really liked the action parts with covert ops but the preaching presidential candidate speech was just too much. Seemed like it was trying to be everything to everyone and became too thinly spread to be really good. The secret organisation too; bypassing the constitution and just about everything else with all the good guys spouting its worth...mmm...really?
Superb reading by Lou Diamond Phillips. I wish I could use the word superb for the book itself. I did not mind the length or verbosity as mentioned by some of the other reviewers as the plot kept me interested enough.
The anti-liberal stance was a little over the top. I got tired of rolling my eyes, and it took away from the book. Otherwise an OK work by one of my favorite authors.
I resist the temptation to name this review "DOA," but not "Dead or Alive," but "Dead on Arrival." It is not quite that bad, but almost. With all of the glaring reviews for Dead or Alive, it makes me wonder if there are professional review companies out there that are paid a fee to place (in Clancy's case) dozens of great reviews for the author. First, with the exception of the Middle Eastern voices, the reader was horrible, plus the actual female voice seemed like the producers simply copied her voice in after the bulk of the voice over was done. How did that get by the focus group? It was actually irritating until I could finally block it out. Second, I don't need a character telling me that the President is doing a screw up job. Why not go back to fiction 101 and show the president making screw up decisions, instead of trying to convince me that he was a screw-up. In fact, ironically, the decisions that he makes in the book seemed to be prudent, but perhaps that is my moderate ideology coming out, so who is Clancy preaching too. Third, part of the plot was unbelievable, particularly in the end with the doctor, because no one, not even the doctor himself seemed to believe that what he was doing was working the way he was told it would work. If the characters do not believe the process, how can the reader believe it.
I would ask for my money back if I thought I could get a refund. I would wait for this to be made into a movie and then pray that the screenplay writer(s), director and producers do a better job at adapting to the screen than Clancy did at laying out on the page.
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