Clancy has written another blockbuster, and it is a timely and significant departure from his Jack Ryan series. Former SEAL and CIA operative Maxwell Moore is the only survivor when his unit is wiped out by the Taliban in Afghanistan. He discovers a direct link between the Taliban and the Mexican drug cartels, which are becoming increasingly bold and violent. Returning to the States, Moore leads a task force that combats the cartels' malevolent influence and seeks to stop the efforts of the Taliban to wreak brutal terror on America. Aided by his new team, Moore's job is to infiltrate and destroy the particular cartel that has joined with the Taliban. Verdict Max Moore is no Jack Ryan. Where Ryan was an honest and cerebral Everyman, Moore is a ruthless, lethal, and sometimes amoral hero. Clancy's Clear and Present Danger also dealt with the drug trade and was the better book. Still, most of Clancy's fans should enjoy this sometimes overly complex but fast-paced novel about America's incredibly savage enemies.-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Narrator Steven Weber turns in an enthralling performance in this audio version of Clancy's latest novel of international conspiracies, violence, and red-blooded American daring-do. Max Moore is a former Navy Seal who uncovers a bizarre link between the deadly terrorists of the Middle East and the ruthless drug cartels of Mexico. Looking to thwart potential attacks against the United States, Max puts together a crack team of operatives to defeat the two organizations and save the day. Weber immerses himself in the authors' intricate world, perfectly capturing the novel's tone and pacing. Additionally, Weber's characterizations are spot on. His rendition of dialogue sounds natural, and he deftly handles various accents and pronunciations that span international borders. At more than 18 hours, this is a long listen, but thanks to Weber's narration, there's never a dull moment. A Putnam hardcover. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.