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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,864 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Clancy Narrator: Steven Weber Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781455829170
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Tom Clancy is a master of espionage who has written numerous books on the topic, some fiction and some non-fiction. In Against All Enemies, he introduces us to a new leading man—Max Moore, an ex-SEAL who is now working for the CIA's Special Activities Division. Moore is stationed on an American ship carrying a Taliban prisoner off the coast of Pakistan. In a brutal attack, everyone on board the ship is killed except for Max and the need to get revenge is what drives him to find out which terrorist cell is responsible.

The Taliban are the obvious enemies in this book but Clancy brings in a twist when he has them working hand in hand with Mexican drug cartels. The Taliban are trying to bring the jihad back on United States territory and are using the drug cartels to get a foothold. To make matters more complicated, there is a war going on between the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels and a lot of corruption among the police and government officials in Mexico as well as Pakistan.

At first, Moore and his team attempt to play the cartels off of each other but they are only mildly successful in doing this and the Taliban manage to smuggle their people into the US. Now, they are planning to target flights in several cities by using surface-to-air missile launchers and it's up to Moore and his team to prevent this from happening. Towards the end, Moore is sent to Belize to get the leader of the terrorist cell and manages to do so after an exciting boat chase.

Clancy and his co-writer, Peter Telep, have written a book that echoes Clancy's earlier work. Although Clancy is best known for his tales of espionage centered around the cold war, Against All Enemies shows that he is also capable of creating a gripping tale in the world as it exists currently, with threats of terrorism from many quarters and more than two main players in the game. Clancy is on point when it comes to descriptions of technology and we see Moore working with various gadgets that Clancy has obviously researched thoroughly. He also uses a lot of insider jargon which gives him the ring of authenticity e.g., he calls CIA operatives "blue badgers" and consultants "green badgers."

Tom Clancy was born in 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland and went to Loyola college. After graduating, he married his first wife, Wanda, and worked as an insurance broker until he wrote his first novel, The Hunt for Red October which was later made into a movie starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin. His subsequent books, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger were also made into movies starring Harrison Ford while The Sum of All Fears featured Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman. In 1999, he divorced Wanda and married freelance journalist Alexandra Marie Llewellyn.

Clancy's co-writer in this book, Peter Telep, is also an author in his own right, with 30 books to his name. He teaches at the University of Central Florida.

For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn.

And then…news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance? The Taliban is trying to exploit a Mexican drug cartel to which they supply opium as a means to bring the fire of jihad to the hearts of the infidels. It is up to Moore, and his team, to infiltrate and dismantle the drug cartel, even as they hunt for those who would bring the ultimate terror and destruction to the streets of America.

In a story that races from the remote, war-scarred landscapes of the Middle East to the blood-soaked chaos of the U.S.–Mexico border, Tom Clancy once again delivers a heart-stopping thriller that is frighteningly close to reality.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 1/29/2014

    " A very engagingly written Navy Seals adventure as only Tom Clancy can do it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Cable | 1/29/2014

    " I did not like it as much as his previous books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/29/2014

    " I enjoyed the read. I am looking for more of Max Moore in the next book whether he is on his own or joins with the rest of the crew. But it is nice to have someone in the CIA taking care of business. Even if it is inside our borders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/27/2014

    " I was very disappointed in this book. I found the concept of the Mexican drug cartels working with the Afghan heroine organization to be very intriguing, but Clancy never really makes the connection. I really feel this book should have been two books. One about our hero bringing down the cartels, and the other about the Afghan terrorists using the cartels. JMHO! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/25/2014

    " OK problem is that Clancy is not writing all the stuff- and it shows. Tom start writing your books by yourself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy Foster | 1/24/2014

    " I guess I'm just not a Clancy fan any longer. The last 2 I've read have been struggles. I devoured his stuff in college - maybe I'm just at a different place than I was back then. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tracy | 1/22/2014

    " What a snooze fest! While there is typical "Clancyesque" elements here (multiple story lines, technical details, etc.) things just don't work well. Traditional characters from previous Clancy novels are nowhere to be seen and the characters here are pretty one dimensional. The climax of the story is pretty by the book and there is nothing redeeming in this waste of a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom N | 1/21/2014

    " A good Tom Clancy thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serge | 1/20/2014

    " very good book! gives a great insight on how terrorists are using the loose borders and mexican drug cartels to enter this country.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amro | 1/12/2014

    " Boring. No more Tom Clancy for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 1/3/2014

    " Not really a Tom Clancy book. The co-author likely did most of the writing. Maybe Clancy did the plotting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip Land | 11/15/2013

    " I really just finished this. I got the book from Booksfree.com, but one of the disks was damaged, so I got to pick up on the story line again, and I love the way it ends. GREAT BOOK! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/19/2013

    " As always, too many characters to keep track of, but a thoroughly enjoyable book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dugger | 6/22/2013

    " Clancy's foray into the Mexican drug cartel story. Will have to compare with Raymond Khoury's Devils Elixir to see which is better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/9/2013

    " Typical Clancy in many respects, *but* Clancy has strayed from his dictates about putting sex in a book - usually he doesn't. This one was a bit over the top for me, I might not finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 1/12/2013

    " A little disappointed, maybe it was me. I'm use to his Jack Ryan books.I was looking forward (before I started reading it) The large movement of armies (Bear and Dragon) but he dealt nicely with the new threat of terrorism and covert operations that happen to protect in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Gledhill | 9/15/2012

    " All I can say about this book is Brilliant...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belita | 6/9/2012

    " Lots of action, heavy on the military jargon. Almost 800 pages. Liked it, but thought I would never finish "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 5/26/2012

    " A decent action novel...Clancy idea, but written mostly by the secondary author. Worth reading, but don't expect it to be up to "Clear and Present Danger" standard of writing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy Lavergne | 5/13/2012

    " Clancy has another hit. Like the new hero hope there are more stories to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylwia | 12/10/2011

    " It was certainly better than I've expected. Not as good as the classic Jack Ryan novels, of course, but still much better than some of his latest books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Burhans | 11/20/2011

    " Still good stories, but really starting to damage the Clancy brand. He is pumping them out faster and ghost written now so not s strong as the original ones. Still I find myself getting them as soon as they come out. However instead of buying them, I am getting them at the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 8/26/2011

    " Tom Clancy is a better author now with help from others. Of course, it wasn't always that way. I really like the Maxwell character and the story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 7/9/2011

    " Now I have to wait for the follow-up... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anandh | 6/21/2011

    " Though the theme(Pakistani terrorism and Mexican drug cartels) is a bit hackneyed, the plot of a solo avenger is almost believable. A good read though not the usual top class of Tom Clancy. Still, worth a read for once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bluesun2600 | 6/18/2011

    " Not a bad read. Definitely, sets Max Moore up for more stories at some point in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 6/14/2011

    " lots of action and suspense. i hope none of this happens in our nation. but--------it good to know will have seals "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 6/14/2011

    " Lots of action from beginning to end. Not bogged down in nearly as much drudgery as many of his other books. In my opinion, his best in a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleele | 6/9/2011

    " Tom Clancy needs to have an editor. This book doesn't need to be nearly 800 pages long. Too much detail. Not bad, but I think I will have to check it out again to finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Doug | 6/2/2011

    " I've read tom clancy, and this is not he. More gently said this is not one of his classics. I hung on till the end but didn't enjoy it at all. "

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About the Author
Author Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy (1947–2013) was the author of numerous #1 New York Times bestselling novels, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Red Rabbit, Teeth of the Tiger, and Red Storm Rising. His nonfiction work includes Into the Storm: A Study in Command, Every Man a Tiger, and Battle Ready. Clancy was the cofounder of Red Storm Entertainment, a video game developing company responsible for the successful Rainbow Six series, Ghost Recon series, Splinter Cell series, and others.

About the Narrator

Steven Weber, an actor and an Earphones Award–winning narrator, made his film debut in 1984 in The Flamingo Kid and has since acted in numerous films and television series, including Wings and The Shining. He has also appeared in many stage productions, including National Anthems and the Broadway musical The Producers.