For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance? The Taliban is trying to exploit a Mexican drug cartel to which they supply opium as a means to bring the fire of jihad to the hearts of the infidels. It is up to Moore, and his team, to infiltrate and dismantle the drug cartel, even as they hunt for those who would bring the ultimate terror and destruction to the streets of America.In a story that races from the remote, war-scarred landscapes of the Middle East to the blood-soaked chaos of the U.S.–Mexico border, Tom Clancy once again delivers a heart-stopping thriller that is frighteningly close to reality.
I've read most of Clancy's novels and rate this one as a very good listen. It kept my interest, had well developed characters and wasn't too hard to follow. I don't really get the negative reviews. The narrator was pretty good too. I would say listen to the sample and if you like that, get the book.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
When you put your name on a book, you should read it before it is published. Poor Moore has all of these angst attacks and he doesn't learn from them. When I want tortured souls I will read a romance novel (no disrespect), but I wanted an action book about Middle Eastern drug dealers and the Juarez Cartel. I do not believe the writer has spent time along the Border, much less Brewster County. Definitely not up to par.
22 of 25 people found this review helpful
Peter Telep may have studied all of Clancy's books - if he did, he learned nothing - Against All Enemies is not a Tom Clancy book - other than on the title page. Same for the guy writing for Ludlum, I should have known better.
Audible - look at the reviews! You should consider giving all of us a bonus credit
Clancy is great every time I listen - as long as he wrote it.
To Audible customers who love Tom Clancy - You will HATE this book.
44 of 51 people found this review helpful
I was lost in the first 4 hours of this book, and almost stopped reading it. I am 8 hours into it now and give it a 4.5. Lots of characters to try to remember, but I am hooked into the story now. It would be nice if it came with a text file of the players. To me, it is much better that the last book. I will update when I get to the end.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
Steven Weber did a good job narrating this book. I don't think this book was as good as the early Tom Clancy books. This book had his usual multiple plots going and coming together at the end of the book but just lacked something that was in the earlier books. I like the detail and found the airport security problems interesting as well as the action in Pakistan. I almost feel that Tom Clancy is just sitting back on his laurel and hiring some else to do the hard work of writing.
14 of 16 people found this review helpful
I am a huge fan of Tom Clancy's novels... loved his authentic story telling and even his attention to detail. But this was obviously NOT written by Clancy. While the story was enough to keep me listening... I found myself groaning and rolling my eyes at the lame dialogue and the weak attempt at showing the characters inner turmoil. It would be interesting to see how many times he used the term "gasp" and how many instances of "balled his fist tight" there were.
In addition the narrator did no favors with his over the top drama! If you want Clancy.. don't read this
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Tom has jumped the shark like Patterson. This is like KFC is to Colonel Sanders. Just not the same. Reader was totally fine but probably last book because he died of boredom reading it.,I am insulted by this ripoff. Tom Clancy you should apologize for this crap. You should be forced to read it since you obviously didnt.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
I'm usually not critical of audiobooks, and I listen to quite a few, but what I grew up loving from Clancy is not here. This is a very bad attempt at creating a "modern" hero. Way to fragmented and frankly incoherent at times. It smacks of ghostwriting by a poorly formed committee, i.e James Patterson's bad efforts. Hope he tightens it up a lot with the next book, otherwise he's lost a fan.
19 of 23 people found this review helpful
I recall staying up all night reading the latest spy thrillers from Tom Clancy. His last two novels I regret are not of the same caliber. I was somewhat disappointed by this novel. The best part is the last quarter of the book. I didn't find Steven Weber to be a captivating narrator. I almost stop listening at one point.
If you want suspense and action stick with Vince Flynn novels.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
I am sorry but I cannot think this was written by TC, it is misses everything that makes his work work. Either he is in his dotage and lost the plot or he is being 'played' by the publishers. Couldn't follow it, the names were all over the place and you lost track, it just made me think 'what is going on here?' This is the only bad report I have ever written for TC and if he DIDN'T actually write it but leant his name to it in some way well then it is a publishing ripoff. If he did write it then it is time to stop, sorry!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Tom Clancy does it again. Would go and watch the movie if Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer put their heads together. My second audio book and I was impressed by Steven Webers very accurate impressions of the various dialects involved in the story which made it a joy to listen to. If you like good guys vs bad guy stories then this is for you.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book was hard going from the start. It's full of cliches and as cheesy as hell. You have little or no empathy with the main character who is frankly no more than a knuckle headed misogynist dinosaur.
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
Loved it really good story line and left it open for this character to jump to the jack Ryan novels
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
People who enjoy descriptions of things. People who enjoy descriptions of things where the author uses the foreign word for an item (with an achingly earnest attempt at an accent) then translates it into English presumably in order to add some local flavour would love it. Other people who would enjoy it are those who can't take a hint and really need something hammering home before it sinks in. Character X has rich parents, we get it - you don't need to describe the crystal chandeliers, the golden toilets, the diamond encrusted gym etc etc.
What could Tom Clancy and Peter Telep have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Made it about a third of the length by cutting out 90% of the descriptions and needless waffle.
Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Weber’s performances?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Generally disappointed in the quality of the book which I'd bought on the back of listening to Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising. This isn't a patch on that and the attempt at writing a "normal" thriller is godawful - inadvertantly poor dialogue, cheesy descriptions of characters and their coffee coloured skin, flashing emerald eyes, raptor like noses etc etc etc.
Any additional comments?
Don't buy it. Seriously. Trust me on this.
Gripping edge of your seat story. Tom Clancy is one of my favourites. Beautifully narrated !
As with all Clancy books, you cannot fault the writing or the technical expertise. I did however find the character development of Max to be quite predictable. My chief criticism however is that the story seemed to jump around a lot and this was rather confusing for the first 14 hours of this 18 hour book.
as the title says the performance is superb and the book is only moderately good.
Where does Against All Enemies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Against all enemies is amongst the best audio books i have listened to it is compelling stuff
What other book might you compare Against All Enemies to, and why?
This book is similar to other Clancy novels in its attention to detail
Interms of othher athours it could be compared to le carre in its quality
Have you listened to any of Steven Weber’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I have not listened to any other performances by Steven Weber but wouldn't be ipset if the next book is performed by him
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Fictional current affairs
What disappointed you about Against All Enemies?
Rubbish story: people dying for the sake of it; complicated plot for the sake of it; contradictions in the main character's psyche; no sense whatsoever of the true consequences of death or betrayal or torture... In short, this is a video game fantasy for low-IQ, kill-em-all males. It has NONE of the hallmarks of a Tom Clancy story. If this were a script, even Jean Claude Van Damme would reject it.
Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Clancy and Peter Telep again?
Tom Clancy, yes. I have listened and read everything by Tom Clancy going all the way back to the early 90's. Peter Telep needs to read some Tom Clancy too.
Which character – as performed by Steven Weber – was your favourite?
None of them. Steven Weber is a pretty good narrator though, insofar as he can drop in and out of different accents and convey emotion in all of them. But he has a really irritating tick...he does a little gasp before starting to read every line. That took me quite a while to 'stop hearing'.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
No redeeming qualities. I came very close to returning it.
I expected this to be exciting, thriller like. To be honest, I suppose it's been written to engage an audience who are wrapped up in the ins and outs of which exact gauge bullet is being loaded into the gun. I would prefer that the hero just shoots the villain, but the devil is in the detail and this slows the action down too much. If I hear the phrase 'eyes widen' once more I'll go mad. I felt this was repetitive and the hero couldn't save anybody. Almost all of his contacts are killed. Poor in a literary sense and not very exciting. My eyes did not widen.