Patriot Games (Unabridged) - Tom Clancy
After listening to "The Hunt for Red October" audiobook, I was very impressed with Clancy's writing style and his ability to generate non-stop action in his story. And, since I had seen all of the Jack Ryan movies I just naturally assumed that Patriot Games, the book, would be as good as what I was used to when it comes to Tom Clancy. Well ... something just isn't right here. I am convinced that Clancy sub-let his name out and Patriot Games was written by someone else under Clancy's name, or that Clancy was going through a really tough time while writing this because Patriot Games (the book) is not nearly as exciting as The Hunt for Red October.
To put it bluntly, the book is REALLY boring. There are a few moments of action, but they are diluted out by the pages and pages of pointless dialogue and meaningless interaction of Jack Ryan with the hospital staff, the police, the royal family, and his own family. Most of the first 7 chapters are just people talking ... and it's not interesting. It's not dramatic, suspensful, or funny. It's a narration of some guy recovering in a hospital and site-seeing with his family in England. Then we get a detailed trip report of Jack flying in a Concord ... where, once again, no action happens. Upon arrival back in the US, we are treated to more pointless details about his shoulder cast, Christmas morning, and some boring interaction with other people where he works. Perhaps there is action later, but I gave up after chapter 9 or 10 ... I don't even remember the exact chapter because I don't care. I then deleted it from my iPod. Totally boring. I will definitely think twice before buying another Clancy novel.