Review: Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance: A Jack Ryan Novel by Mark Greaney
Wow, I just finished listening to Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance written by the amazing Mark Greaney, performed as an audiobook by the great Scott Brick and I can say without a doubt that this one is the best Jack Ryan book in the last 10 years and the best Thriller of 2016. Mark Greaney is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Tom Clancy Commander-in-Chief and over the years he has written or co-written, alongside Tom Clancy, 7 thrillers in the Jack Ryan Universe. Mark also has an original series of his own that introduces the readers to the infamous Gray Man… I listened to all his books and enjoyed each and everyone of them… You can even find a few reviews that I’ve written on AudiobookNews.club.
I started Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance on December 6th, exactly when it was released and I listened to it for a few hours every day. I wanted to read it all in one stand, because of the fantastic writing, the frantic pace and being pushed forward by the scary plot, but at the same time I treasured the experience and wanted for it to never end.
Without me giving any of the key plot points away, I will tell you that Jack Ryan is back for another heart stopping adventure! Oh, yeah, and it’s not only Jack, since we have the entire Campus team back in action. The story is great and the plot is strong and very well thought out.
Everything starts with an assassination attempt in New Jersey that targets a US Navy Commander and his family as they are enjoying a quiet dinner at a nice restaurant. After that, we are witnesses to a chain of events that makes it clear to everyone that an unknown party is leaking information to ISIS and to other international players about enlisted men and women in the United States… Spies are compromised, soldiers are attacked at home and abroad. Nobody is safe, nothing is secret anymore and the only ones who can find a solution to this crisis are Jack, Dom, Ding and the famous John Clark.
The plot is filled with twists and turns, the action moves at breakneck speeds from the United States to Iran, back to the US and after that to Romania. The story is so good and so brilliantly written that I found myself keeping my breath from time to time… Near the end are some explosive moments, filled with non stop action that will keep you on the edge of your seat… There are guns, terrorists, gadgets, hackers, espionage, tech details about weapons, aircrafts and computers, there are spies, hand to hand combat, training sequences, helicopters, planes, boats, bombs, politics and lots of drama… Beware, once you start reading, you might not want to stop!
Mark Greaney is in my humble opinion one of the best Thriller writers out there and the research he did for True Faith and Allegiance is nothing short of excellent. Some of the action in this new espionage thriller takes place in Romania and let me tell you that Mr. Greaney nailed it all exactly the way it is. Some of you may know that I live in Romania, I’m from Bucharest and even own a house near one of the cities Mark features in this book. Yes, there are hackers there, no, I’m not one of them :), but it was great to see such a big and renowned author doing his research at such a huge scale…
As I mentioned In the beginning of this review, Scott Brick is the one that brings Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance to life with his expert and perfect narration. For me, Scott became Jack Ryan after he picked up the series when Michael Prichard stopped recording the Clancy audiobooks. President of the United States Jack Ryan and his son Jack Jr. alongside the ex-Rainbow Six operatives John Clark and Ding Chavez, plus the actual Campus members like Dom and others are like family to me. Scott uses his talent, brings them all to life, switches between accents and employs subtile changes to his voice to make it easy for the listener to identify who is speaking. He even gets right the few words in Romanian. Great job, Scott!
If you are a Tom Clancy / Jack Ryan fan, or just prefer thrillers and espionage, you will absolutely love True Faith and Allegiance! Mark Greaney is getting better with every book that he releases and I want to say a big THANK YOU to him for treating the Clancy fans with the respect they deserve, for not throwing out an empty and short book, but for delivering a masterpiece!
Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance: A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 17
Author: Mark Greaney
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genre: Thriller / Espionage
Duration: 19 hrs and 34 mins
Series: The Jack Ryan Universe, Book 22
Publisher: Random House Audio
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