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
Good thing I was trapped on a plane or I would have not finished the book. Very slow getting started. The last 8 chapters were what I would expect from a Clancy novel.
Not Tom Clancy
The last 4 chapters were good. Came to a good climax.
Again, the last 4 chapters.
I wouldn't make a film of this book.
Definitely not Tom Clancy. Clancy tended to have too many characters in too many places with too many long Russian names. He usually did a lot of research so he could show some expertise in things like submarines. He really had a thing for Navy vessels. The books that Clancy started and Greaney finished are the best in the series because Greaney pulled back some of the excess. There was no Jacky Ryan, no John Clark, no Ding Chavez. Just Ryan's nephew and an FBI agent for the most part.
As always, Scott Brick was excellent. He is very good at using different voices. I always wonder how he keeps track. There weren't as many characters in this book, so this was no doubt easier than say The Patriot Games where he did an awesome job.
No. Not only is there a noticeable drop in story quality now that Greaney is solo ..but I just can't get past the downright awful performance of Scott Brick. Lou Diamond Phillips was superb in all the previous Jack Ryan Jr./Campus stories so why go with Brick? He's so awful I can't get past the first chapter and I'm returning this for my credit as soon as I end this review.
nothing by either of these guys
disappointment and anger
save your credit and find a new series - this one is dead with Brick performing a story that is already lacking in comparison to its predecessors.
It got to the point towards the end where I couldnt wait for it to be over. The bad guys can only escape so many times before it just gets stupid. Im not even going to finish it since the bad guys have escaped yet again. I was excited for the Campus series to continue but alas its not the same.
All about Dom Caruso & some of the Campus...little of Ryan Sr. or Jr. Iranian terrorists team up with journalists to attack USA: Kind of like present day reality!
Lou Diamond Phillips is a way better Narrator. Every character read by this guy sounded the same and that was annoying. Bring back LDP.
Okay, so it isn't quite up to the original Jack Ryan books, but that is to be expected. Greaney was blessed to get to step into a great series and have awesome characters to work with. I wasn't blown away but I did come away reasonably satisfied. I'd look to another Ryan book from Mark Greaney. I think Scott Brick is one of the best two or three readers working today. This is a good listen. Kick back and enjoy.
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!
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