Ryan makes another appearance in this Tom Clancy novel. The build up and creating the atmosphere of the problems that Ryan face is tremendous. The des..Show More »cription of what takes place on the boarders of China and Russia is fantastic. It was a good read.
I bought 'Dead or Alive' as I am going on holiday in a few months and wanted to have a few books stocked up to listen to on the plane and on the beach..Show More ».
Unfortunately within 3 days of buying the audio-book I'd listened to it all. I just wanted to listen to the first bit to check it was downloaded OK but then I was hooked.
In terms of the actual plot and characters, it's typical Tom Clancy, if you've enjoyed the Rainbow Six and other 'Ryan' books you'll enjoy this one. It's very much the same but different.
It's gritty military/spy fiction - probably not going to win any prizes for the most cunning twist in the tail but it's very easy to listen to, particularly if you don't want to get bogged down in the detail about if things would really happen like that in real life. From memory in previous books the accuracy seemed to be a bit better - particularly on bits that were central to the plot.
There's a whole host of things that are just a little bit technically inaccurate but after all it is supposed to be fiction. For Example - There's a bit about fake aircraft transponders that was a bit iffy.
Overall an absolute classic Tom Clancy plot that I found difficult to put down. Some of it a bit far-fetched and in some places a bit predictable but nevertheless very entertaining fiction with a decent enough smattering of real events/capabilities/places to keep you interested.
I would give it 8 out of 10 if you know what you are getting into and are looking for a bit of blunt-force-trauma rather than brain-surgery. Worth a listen.