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- Listening Length: 20 hours and 7 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Jan. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I0LY3LS
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Patriot Games: Jack Ryan Audiobook – Unabridged
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I've never tried Clancy, thought I'd try this audiobook from the library. Sorry to the narrator but I found his voice rather tedious and dry, though actually, this 'kinda' suited the main character! Jack Ryan is mid thirties, with a military background, a smart doctor wife and cute kid. He unwittingly gets caught up in foiling a terrorist plot whilst on holiday in London, earning the gratitude of the Royal Family as well as a stay care of the NHS (good advert for them). And a place on the Irish terrorists' hit list.
All well and good, I liked the plot. I just found Jack dry, pedantic in his detail, humourless at times. Jack gets to meet not only Prince Charles but the Queen as well, both of whom are pretty amusing to see through the eyes of an American author. Diana doesn't fare as well, she says maybe one sentence and is mainly seen as someone everyone is in love with.
Jack's wife gets a little more to do, quite a strong female character. Jack himself is both seen as an academic but also the gung-ho guy who gets both sides buttered by doing the research on the terrorists AND getting the chance to fight them physically. Trying to be everything at once.
A book of extremes, with dead-eye terrorists with no humanity on the other side of the coin, doing unspeakable deeds. Protracted climax, I thought, I got a little bored with it to be honest. I might try the film to see how it compares.
I'm not a huge fan of thrillers in general, though I liked some elements of this. This might have worked better for me on paper, listening to it was hard work with a narrator I didn't like and a dry exposition-heavy story.
Seriously? Is this written on the same typewriter that produced Red October? My goodness, it's dreadful. After two or three chapters I was sorely tempted to give up on it, but I persevered, and I'm afraid it got no better. Thankfully I had two very long flights to endure, so I was able to finish it in three days rather than dragging it out over weeks, as I was becoming reluctant to pick it up.
I'm now in a quandary over whether or not to try another. I may leave it a year or so before I bother.
If you haven't read any Tom Clancy, for goodness sake don't read this one first, you will wonder what all the fuss is about. Try Red October, it's fantastic.
While there’s no doubt who we’re supposed to root for, Tom Clancy has done a good job of showing that terrorists are not all mindless, suicidal bombers, which makes them all the more frightening. He also shows the work done quietly, out of the spotlight, by the security services who fight such men and woman on a daily business.
In this age of increased terrorist activity, Patriot Games gives an important insight into the war being fought to protect us all.
As with all Clancy's books that I've read the action is fast paced and well written and his insights into how the international intelligence community operates are very interesting indeed.
The book falls down a bit however when it comes to Ryan's family life. The sentimental exchanges between Ryan and his wife get increasingly sickly and can be slow and hard going at times. Ok Clancy, we get the idea, Ryan's a good, hard working, family guy, his wife is little miss perfect and his daughter is the most cherubic child ever to walk the face of the earth, you don't have to keep banging on about it. On the subject of Ryan's wife, I couldn't help thinking that Cathy Ryan, world renowned eye surgeon, loving wife, devoted mother and full time house keeper of privileged upbringing, was just a bit too perfect. Clancy really does want the reader to think that the sun shines out of her bottom.
Over all though the book is pretty good and I will certainly be reading more of Jack Ryan's adventures in the CIA.