It has been  a long time since I’ve been engrossed in a Tom Clancy novel, and it is sad that I will no longer be so privileged. My first exposure, as I believe would common to many readers, was The Hunt for Red October.  These few words address Executive Orders and Debt of Honor. Read by Michael Prichard and John MacDonald, respectively, these books total approximately 87 hours of listening. I would suggest reading Debt of Honor first, as it is a tale that ends with information critical to the beginning of Executive Orders.

Tom Clancy’s generation, the baby-boomers, was one of the Cold War, and as a youngster, listening to tales of World War II, and as time marched forward, the Gulf War, and the overall Muslim-country-based angst. Well, guess what … these books reflect exactly that … Japan is the bad guy in Debt of Honor – and the Muslim terrorist is foundation of Executive Orders. The U.S. Capitol is destroyed, threats against the president and is family lace the pages. Ebola is unleashed, there are good-guy politicians, bad-guy politicians, good ‘o boys, sex scandals, and more. Typical of Clancy, these books are very detailed in the war strategies and technology of the era. No cell phones, but a world-wide-web is born.

Clancy, through his character Jack Ryan, is a flag-waving patriot … a red, white, and blue type A guy. The views are conservative. May have  those readers with a liberal bent rolling their eyes a bit.

My preference in audiobook narration is pretty simple. If I am enjoying the listen and not hitting re-wind a great deal, the narrator is doing a good job. No complaints.

There are thousands of reviews on Clancy books, ergo not much for me to add. There is a baby-boomer writer flavor. The authors of this generation were encouraged to pen 800 page novels. Think John Jakes, Robert Ludlum, James Clavell, Allen Drury … these long, wordy, books are fun. The plots and sub-plots are rich and detailed … sometimes wavering from the story, but always intriguing and usually educational and historically accurate. Books are not written like this any more. Too bad.

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