One of Tom Clancy's most storied characters, Dominic Caruso, is the only one who can stop America's secrets from falling into enemy hands in this blockbuster new novel written by Clancy's longtime coauthor.
Over the course of three decades, Tom Clancy created a world alive with prescient action and remarkable individuals. In Tom Clancy Support and Defend, Dominic Caruso is presented with the deadliest challenge of his career.
Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack.
Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world. The CIA is desperate to get the drive back, but so are the Russians and various terrorist groups all of whom are closer to catching the fugitive. Only Caruso stands in their way, but can he succeed without the aid of his Campus colleagues?
©2014 Mark Greaney (P)2014 Random House Audio
Mark Greaney is not Tom Clancy, and Clancy wasn't Greaney, either. If you picked up this book expecting the writing and the storytelling to be exactly the way Clancy would have done it, you aren't being realistic. No two people will write the same story the same way, and Mr. Clancy is gone.
This review is probably colored by the fact that I am a huge Greaney fan, and also by the fact that I was growing weary of Clancy's writing. I just finished Clancy's "The Bear and the Dragon" and it was over 40 hours long. I had to MAKE myself finish it. Clancy's writing had become ridiculously tedious and preachy.
Clancy fleshed out his characters a little more fully than Greaney tends to, and I hope Greaney will move in that direction in future titles. There's a reason John Clark, et al. are such beloved characters, and it's because Clancy took the time to delve into their souls.
This book was a fast-paced, excellent read, and I can't wait for the next one!
The plot itself was pretty good. Plenty of action and suspense. It was a curious book in that Greaney spent time exploring the character and motivations of the main "bad guy" and not nearly as much about the Dom Caruso, the main hero. I would have liked to know more what makes Dom tick. As it stands the book made him pretty 2 dimensional.
It was a decent story, so I would not consider it a waste of time. Could have been better though.
One of the most memorable moments in the story was when the helo pilot faked a malfunction to allow his daughter to escape.
The Israeli Krav Maga instructor and his family were the more memorable characters. Too bad they died faster than Yoda.
This book was a bit of a disappointment. I am a huge fan of Tom Clancy, the Jack Ryan series and recently the Campus series. With that being said, I was disappointed that this didn't seem to really be a part of the series. Asides from Carusos' involvement with the Campus in previous books this could just as easily have been written as a stand alone book. You could very easily have removed the Campus involvement from this book, changed Caruso and Shermans names, and the book would have been the same, albeit without the Branding associated with Clancy, Ryan and the Campus. Granted this book would not have done as well without that Branding. I had such high hopes for this book considering Mr. Clancy won't be writing anymore. Such a waste for a Clancy book.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
This is a great action packed spy novel. Ethan Ross is on the run with information everybody wants. Dom Caruso wants revenge for the death of a friend and his family. A great story read by Scott Brick who gives an excellent performance. Dom Caruso is the only Campus operator who oppears in this novel with reference to the others only. Still it is probably one of the better Campus novels even though their is no Jack Ryan Senior or Junior in this book. Mark Greaney does a great job continuing on with this series on his own after the death of Tom Clancy with whom the Campus novels were co-written. A great read and an enjoyable listen. Tom Clancy readers will not be disappointed.
I will listen to it again someday. It is a book. It's just not a Clancy...
The ending was predictable. But the execution of the ending was exciting.
Therein lies the problem... Since there were 4... 5, maybe 6 characters in the whole book, I guess you have to go with the star, Dom.
There really weren't any moving moments. It's an action thriller. The bullets do all the moving.
Considered a "Campus" novel, but this is not the Clancy stories that built the Ryanverse. I hoped Mark had learned a thing or two from Tom, and I'm sure he did, but Tom could weave a story that wrapped around you like a blanket. Mark has presented us a pretty good screenplay!
I don't think I'll be back to Mark Greaney; for me there are better choices out there.
Scott Brick, to me, has a great voice quality but he also has a strange narrative style; many times he ends sentences almost as if they are questions. "I am going to the bathroom?", "He stepped out of the shower?"; distracting and out of character.
I wouldn't recommend. IMHO, this is not a true Clancy-quality book or a "Campus" book in anyway, shape or form; if you are expecting a new Campus novel with all of the crew you will be disappointed.
This book, on the cover, claims to be a "Campus" novel. You will not see Jack Ryan here, nor Junior, nor will you see most of the major Campus characters. It was almost as if whoever owns the rights to Clancys character told Greaney "Look, now that Toms' gone and you're on your own you can write a book with 3 minor Campus members and if that works out we'll see about letting you write with some of his main characters". About all that shows up here is Dominic Caruso (the main character and the most prevalent Campus player of this book), the minor Campus character Adara Sherman (Flight Attendant \ Nurse) and very, very brief appearances by Jerry Hendley (Campus chief). Other than that, no Campus. Very disappointing.
Yes, but I was ready for it to be over.
The story seemed a bit too contrived in many ways.
I don't care for stories where the main characters just happen to have info or connections right where they need them at a critical juncture; it seems unimaginative. To me, this seems to happen several times in this story. Paraphrasing one example in this book: Caruso: "I need information on naval vessels". Sherman:" Well I just happen to have been in the Navy and know all there is to know about that". Please.
Lots of great detail as always but that does not translate into being to wordy, just seems knowledgable as with al of his books
The tempo was fantastic and kept my in the story
I have not
Just totally disappointing. Mr. Greaney is writing a Grey Man book and sticking the Clancy logo on it. This book doesnt even come close to the plots the late Mr. Clancy would spin for us. Clancy fans think back to the good old days of Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games. Even farther back to Debt of Honor or Without Remorse and compare then and this. The characters and the development of the plots that kept me turning pages into the wee hours, I remember how detailed and precise those novels were. Remember how ALIVE those people were and what we have here is just clap-trap.
I hesitated to purchase this book because I thought Clancy's recent novels were getting a little mundane. I'm glad I got this one because it's one of Clancy's better ones in a long time. Fast paced, great plot, and lots of action. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
no. offensive language
No. But I wish Tom Clancy would clean up the language of his characters.
The narrator reads the lines as written - but he shouldn't have.
The story was interesting. But I lost interest in the characters.
Why offend and alienate a large section of the readers? Do we really need to hear the "F" word over and over and over again? Made me dislike the characters and to lose interest in the story.
Yes, despite Tom moving on this still was a great story
Narrator was good, not quite as good as Lou Diamond but pretty close.
The book kept me into it from start to finish.
I thought i would give this a go but without Tom around anymore i was not expecting much but I was in the story from start to finish. The book was based on just 1 campus member so did miss the others especially J Ryan jnr but Sherman was with Dom all the way through which helped. But overall this book was great and kept me as into it as if Tom had written it himself, looking forward to more campus adventures now :) Hope Mark is able to continue to keep Tom's legacy going on :)
"great tom clancy book"
I was very dubious about listening to a "post mortem" written book , but I very pleasantly surprised by this book . In fact this surpasses a lot of earlier books.
"This is not Tom Clancy and the narrator is poor"
First and foremost the narrator is completely inappropriate for an action novel. He would be better off sticking to 50 Shades of Grey or Mills and Boon, where his exaggerated breathlessness and melodramatics maybe appreciated. When the previous narrators like Michael Pritchard and Lou Diamond Philips have proven to be so successful, why change to a completely different style of narration?
Second, anyone who has read or listened to previous Tom Clancy campus novels will notice the difference. This story lacks the detail, complexity and sophistication which was Clancy's hallmark. The opening part of the book also lacks credibility. Without giving the plot away, would the bad guys really send eight men, including four suicide bombers and hijack a ship to assassinate one retired soldier?
All of that said, the story itself keeps you listening. It moves along at a good pace and builds towards an explosive ending. If you can cope with the narration, the book is an enjoyable 'read'.
"Mark Greaney's attempt at Tom Clancey not Bad"
Haven't got the printed version.
I like The Campus and how Dominic as a character has grown
Dominic's memories and his principles of revenge
I bought the book as it is a Campus series. It was good!! But it would have better with full participation of the Campus
I thought this was a such an enjoyable listen. I felt quite exhausted for Dom, I kept willing him on after the baddies! Scott Brick was a great narrator. I really hope that Mark will be able to keep the campus novels going. A good tribute for Tom Clancy fans
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