His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.
©2009 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House
I love Tom Clancy books, I also really enjoy this narrator who has done a number of Clancy titles. Great prequel to the entire jack Ryan series. John Clark is an amazing character.
Poor audio quality, although the sorry and reading is excellent. Hopefully audible can correct this for future listeners.
I had started with Clear and Present Danger, because for some reason I thought that was the first Jack Ryan book. I kept getting confused about John Kelly and Mr. Clark; almost nothing about Jack Ryan. About half-way through, I took a break and researched the chronological order of the books, and sought out the previews. The most helpful was the one pointing out that this was the one to start with. It was difficult for me to follow, due to the numerous characters, mid-chapter changes of scenery and characters. After completing it, I actually listened to the first few chapters again, as well as the last chapter. That helped to clear up some important issues in my mind; namely, the names of the numerous bad guys; some of the good guys, particularly the high-ranking service officers; how the pictures of the POWs were obtained by the drone.
Several reviewers gave a bad rap to the narrator; however, I thought he did a very good job. When I re-listened, I did speed up the narration to 1.5, and that was helpful. I wish Audible could do 1.25 (both speeding up and slowing down).
It did make me wonder how I would handle having someone like John Kelly in my life; could we truly be close.
Now, to Patriot Games!
A great read, and one of my first Tom Clancy books. I recommend this and all Clancy novels
A little long, at 27 hours, but excellent early Clancy, great timeless topic even though it's a couple of decades old, and excellent overall.
Read this book 4 or 5 times now... Excellent read. It's got a feel of Dexter meets Jason Bourne... Probably one of my top 3 favorite books
Clark is the best and his back story is amazing. I have read this before and it did not disappoint. Narrator the only thing that was not perfect. He is fine but not the best with different voices or pauses.
My favorite book, set in modern times. Maybe EVER!!! I've read this book 6 times in last 15 years. Can't wait for it to fade, so I can read it. Again.
"Great story, bad narration"
I really enjoy this book, it's got a few twists, good pace, vivid descriptions etc. But it is really let down by the narrator/recording - unfortunately the same on most classic Clancy books by the look of it. He is pretty monotone and doesn't bring much life to the story, but the worst is that multiple recording sessions have been chopped together mid-sentence! This is noticeable and distracting. Also, there is a complete lack of pause to indicate the end of a chapter or a change of scene making some jumps from sleepy USA to Vietnam PoW camp scenes very jarring.
Still, despite it all, worth a listen on the merit of the story alone.
I was originally introduced to the John Clark character when I read Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six and this story is a great insight into his character, his morals and sence of justice.
"don't care about narrator "
I'm sure there is a grain of truth to this story. John Clark is a hero. when's the movie out?
"Superb story ruined by poor recording quality"
This book has had me gripped since starting it. Having "stumbled" across Mr Clark in previously read Clancy books, it has been great to see where he started out from. My only gripe, as alluded to in my headline is the awful recording quality and perhaps Michael Pritchards' monotone performance
Weird book full of weird characters with odd names,not easy to understand.Not for me .
Listened to this after all the other Tom Clancy books. Loved it. Good to know John Clarke's back story
This is one of the better Tom Clancy books, it is focused on John Kelly (Clark) and has all of the hallmarks of a Clancy novel in the level of detail, and pace of the story, some of the characters are a bit over the top, but that does not detract from the overall story. This is one of those books, that is hard to put down or stop listeneing to! The audio quality is good and the narrator keeps the story going at a decent pace. Overall an excellant audiobook and I am likely to go back to it at some stage in the future.
Gripping story line with great detail creates an atmosphere that engulfs you.
I could not stop listening to this book. Tom Clancy at his best.
Some reviews critisised the narrator I could not disagree more. I think he pitched it just right.
I found this hard to put down and was listening at every opportunity. I loved the whole idea of the hero and what he achieved and shall follow up with any sequels of his exploits. If you like fast paced thrillers then this is for you.. Highly recommended.
A really enjoyable book... good plot, fast paced and with vivid descriptions. The narration sounds likes it's dated but it doesn't take from the overall content.
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