It is fall. CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack.
Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved -- the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
By his impulsive act, he has gained both the gratitude of a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous men -- men who do not sit on their hate.
Patriot Games is a prequel to The Hunt for Red October and has all the excitement and energy of Clancy's famous first book.
©1998 Tom Clancy (P)2011 Random House
"Ambitious, daring, studded with facts...as spectacular as any thriller ever." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Though the book is interesting and I really like Tom Clancy novels, the narrator makes it painful to listen at times - being very lethargic and pedantic in his delivery. Glad it wasn't the first audiobook I bought, because I think it would have been the last.
"Great story- just ignore the accents"
So long as you can get past most of the UK characters speaking with Dick Van Dyke accents it is a fine story.
Odd however that the publisher (or at least the person who wrote audible's "publisher's notes") doesn't appear to have read or heard the story (maybe they saw the film?) The Duke and Duchess of Kent definitely do not feature in this book.
I read the other reviews with interest and had to agree that this is not Scott Brick's best piece of work. His attempt at English and Irish accents are a little cringing. Get past that and the storyline does take a while to get going. HOWEVER, there is a part in the middle of the story that almost had me in tears! I don't want to give the story away, but let's just say that as a husband and father it really got to me. This is a story where you can really empathise with the characters.
I decided to start with this book as the first Jack Ryan book and follow up with the second "Red Rabbit". One slight problem, Audible don't have it on their list - Grrrr!
Although the narrator takes a little getting used to, and as others say his accents are horrendous. The story however is great. Starts quickly and so many twists, even though i had seen the film years ago, there was so much more in this. I listen to it in the car and dont want to arrive anywhere as it means i will have to stop listening.
This is my least favourite Tom Clancy book but that's no excuse for the diabolical narration. The attempts at English and Irish accents are just terrible, the English sound straight out of Mary Poppins, never met a copper speak like that. The Irish accents just hurt my ears, I stopped listening to it after part 1 I just couldn't take it any more
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