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 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.
I really tried very hard to like this book. I listened to the whole thing, and was confused through it all. There were so many story lines, all going every which way. Definately not what I would expect from Tom Clancy.
Long, drawen out, and boring.This book put me to sleep on several nights...owing in part to Lou Diamond Phillips uninspiring narration. I was well into Part II and still didn't really have a good handle on the plot. Definitely not the vintage Clancy from Hunt from Red October and Patriot Games. A very disappointing read.
If you loved Clancy back when he was still writing his own books--and was creative--you'll enjoy this reboot of his franchise characters. He brings them back (the Ryan family and their house on Peregrine Bluff, John Clark and Ding Chavez), even using some the same descriptive phrases (as if copy/pasting from his old Word files). The plot is classic Clancy, down to all the stylistic ticks, just reset in a hunt for Osama (who's just not called that).
It should feel tired, but it doesn't, in the same way that seeing a classic rock band reuniting after 20 years and going back on tour doesn't: you remember why you liked them in the first place, and the nostalgia makes it rewarding.
But like that old-time rock band, I'm not sure it's sustainable after the reunion tour. The world has moved on, and Clancy's characters really haven't. It's clear from the ending that he's trying to tee the ball for another run with these characters. If so, then he needs to bring something fresh to the new franchise, and dropping them and his style essentially unchanged into 2011 won't work (in my opinion).
Speaking of old-timers, I had no idea that Lou Diamon Phillips was doing narration work now. He was outstanding in this audiobook. He carried the novel with his delivery. Very fun and addicting to listen to.
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