This book was absolutely painful to read.
- Characters are insufferable and completely lacking in appeal. Jack Ryan Jr comes across as a spoiled rich kid who in reality we all want to see go down in privileged flames.
- If you want a plot as believable as this one, watch an X-Men cartoon.
- Book ends with no warning, no conclusion, no satisfaction. It. Just. Ends.
I thought this was the weakest of Clancy's Ryanverse novels. The plot was formulaic and lacking the originality of his other novels. Jack Ryan Junior rides on the coattails of his father in much the same way as the author is riding on the coattails of his bestsellers. I normally am able to suspend disbelief, but something about the former President's son working undercover struck me as ridiculous.
2 stars out of 5
Excellent spy espionage book which will hold your attention throughout. "If you want to kick the tiger in his ass, you'd better have a plan for dealing with his teeth."
Just OK - not one of my favorites in the series.