Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the story combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes listeners deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world.
When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America.
©2012 Dick Couch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The characters depicted in this tale were realistic, down to earth people. Solid family men who are extraordinary in skill and brave to the extreme. Men who are willing to give their lives for the sake of their nation. The pace of their exploits continued to increase to a crescendo in the final chapters. Clancy, true to form, presents facts and extrapolates into fiction providing intrigue and believable scenarios. Intelligence gathered during Covert Operations leads the seal team across the globe to prevent a terrorist attack which will dwarf 911. Success mixed with tragedy touches the emotions as the story winds down. I highly recommend this audio book.
Can't wait for the movie to come out next weekend. I just completed two other Tom Clancy books on tape and of the three this one is my favorite. George does a good job reading as he always does, engaging yet calm and clear. I told my wife when this comes out at the theater she will have to have her tissues ready for the ending, that is all I'll say. Great listen.
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I get confused with some of these Tom Clancy Presents books-where his name is top of the book in BOLD but the book is written by someone else. Does he get the blame for writing this tear jerker? or do Couch and Galdoris? Oh well-in any case, what it isn't is anything close to "The Hunt for Red October" in writing ability. Is Clancy sponsoring these new writers if they follow some sort of outline he gives them? I'm really curious here.
'Act of Valor', which I guess is also a movie I missed, is a heroic 'Navy Seals Give Their Lives For The Free World" kind of novel that has been written many times before. Of course the guy who gets killed in the end is the one with the pregnant wife, of course the Mexican Federales are slightly less competent than the Seals. But worse of all is the placing of Federales in Costa Rica. This is an example of a writer not doing his research. Costa Rica has not had a standing army since 1948 when then President Jose Figures Ferer abolished it and the country decided to spend that money on schools and health for the population-what a concept. Costa Rica is a peace loving country and the country written about here may be Nicaragua or Columbia but it's NOT Costa Rica. I've been a resident of that country and believe a huge disservice was done in the misleading writing in this book.
OK-off my soap box now.
The novel has fairly bland character development. All bad guys are truly evil, All good guys are Americans and in some instances, Mexican. No indication that there just might be American bad guys involved in dope running or on the receiving end of the bad stuff thats being passed.
The plot was a bit confusing and was primarily devoted to technical descriptions of guns, planes, submarines, night vision goggles etc etc etc. Towards the end a bit of plot came out wherein bad guys were going to have muslem faithful wear bomb vests and blow up America. Nothing new or original.
This gets 3 stars for average average average. If you love this kind of novel, you'll love the book. This wouldn't be my choice of a first Tom Clancy book t read, however--for that I'd suggest one of his early ones like Red October. That book was thrilling!
Clancy can do so much better.
I purchased this book on the basis of past reviews.Ffrankly i found it boring, the plot tryte, the naration over excited, and the author must learn the art of preci. Far to much detail in non action sections. all in all it sould have been great, instead it was barely mediocore.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Steven Weber did an excellent job narrating this story. Couch and Galdorisi got more people reading their book with Tom Clancy presenting and promoting it. The book was an excellent story of the lives of Navy Seals facing today's challenges and battlefields in the midst of civilians in countries that are friends as well as in those of our enemies. I like the fact that the wives of the seals were presented in the story and as strong independent women they are. Book had lots of battle action as well as suspense and the usual human interaction and politics. If you like military books you well enjoy this one as well as learn a few things.
Right at the top. My first book that is a novelization and my expectations were pretty low. This was awesome!
Unbroken - Emotional and action packed
Great story, great performance, all around awesome! I got teary eyed!
IT WAS CLEAR AND READ WITH PURPOSE. NICE THAT AUDIBLE KEEPS THE POSSITION WHERE LAST YOU LISTENED TO
READ WITH PURPOSE AND EMPATHY
Semi retired computer field engineer.
Yes, I might listen to this again, but my read/listening patterns is to only listen once and move on. Still, this was a awesome book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes action, with a military theme, a strong sense of love for defending principle, true friendship and country. A very patriotic work that is not cheesy. One thing that is important to me in a story is strong character development. This book has that which creates a strong foundation for everything else.
Oh, the ending. There may be tears.
The boat scene.
Same as the title, (which is what they did for the movie).
If this kind of book is your thing, I doubt you will be disappointed.
Because of my profession, I truly enjoyed being able to identify with the way of life depicted in the story.
The sacrifice made by one to save many.
Gunboat reception from the river of the cartel pursuers.
The wife's point of view during the funeral.
I wish the movie incorporated all the intricacies of the book - the public doesn't understand what it is that these heroes do and the price paid.
The quick moving book was well written, performed, and built connections between all of the points on the globe in a smooth and interesting way. The imagery was vivid and clear, opening up possible situations that made sense and colored the way I know look at reports on activities involving SEAL teams.
Enough, but not too much, of the political overhead that shaped and continues to shape Special Operations was given to flavor the reasoning for decisions that were rolled downhill.
Brotherly comradery was clearly evident and the feelings they had for each other drew you into their inner circle, making you feel like you were sitting around the campfire with them.
I look forward to seeing the movie after listening to the book.
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