Locked On

Locked On

by Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney

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Locked On 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 357 reviews.
vacshop More than 1 year ago
First of all, I just have to say that if some of these reviewers haven't figured out by now that a novel written 'with' the author is never up to the standards of a novel written 'by' the author then maybe they should stick to non-fiction. Second of all, if you're going to let 2 short phrases out of a 544 page novel, sway your opinion of the whole book then why waste your money on a Clancy novel to begin with? No criticism of Fox News? That's right, but I didn't see any criticism of CNN either and they are just as liberally biased as Fox is Conservative. Who the heck watches MSNBC anyway? Can you imagine the plot for a spy/action/war/espionage novel written by an author with liberal bias? What would it be about; how polite we were when we asked for our drone back? How many of our guys get killed before we get to fire back? What's the proper degree of back bend when bowing to the Chinese premier or the king of Saudi Arabia? What's the protocol for a state dinner for the president of Iran? Ok, now that I have that off my chest, I thought this was a very well written, exciting and well researched book. It's what I look for in an action novel of this type; action, excitement, intrigue, heroism, the good guys beat the bad guys. The bad guys don't play fair, why should we? In short - when I read about about US forces against enemy forces I like it when we win. Now I too am going to go back and reread some on Clancy's older novels (with and by) so I can refresh my memory on how some of the old characters like John and Chavez developed. I will continue to be Clancy fan until until his choice of co-authors forgets whose side he or she is on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in 5 days. Couldn't put it down. The twist of the election and the biased and evil billionaire (George Soros?) Was a nice turn. The complaining from others about the liberal bashing is comical. Where are your complaints on the poor products being turned out by the liberal media daily in real life? This is a FICTION book written as entertainment. Reading is a true escape for me and Tom Clancy writings really help me relax. Can't wait for the next one in this series. Thank you Tom!
sirbrit More than 1 year ago
Not even finished with this book. Its back to the old ways and its great!! To all u bleeding heart liberals... bet its just not nice when somebody tells you how the world really operates and the media can't ignore it or cover it up huh? love it!! So glad to see you back Tom!
CraigFL More than 1 year ago
Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney have a armchair gripping spy thriller that is eerily pertinent with regard to current international affairs. Even though this is fiction, it opens the reader's eyes to the very real possibility that a variant these circumstances could conceivably happen in any of several unstable countries or sympathetic governments with a dual agenda. At 853 pages it's a whopper--but it's a fast read. I finished it in 3 days time. If nothing else, I gives the reader a good reason to keep informed on international and national events...not to be lulled into complacency in today's endless cable news cycles with a biased agenda, and not take every postulation at face value. Pretty sure there's another round forthcoming!
Jnewm777 More than 1 year ago
I hesitated in ordering this book as I felt Clancy's later work wasn't on par with his earlier Jack Ryan novels (Bear and the Dragon was terrible in my opinion). That said, when I heard several years ago that a new series was starting with a new generation of characters, including Jack Jr. I didn't have much hope and stayed away from the earlier installments. I now wish I hadn't as I'm very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the writing and the level of detail and character development he goes into. In that respect, compared to Clancy at his best, most the writers of this genre (even those that I enjoy very much) can't compete. Is it a perfect book? No. But it is very enjoyable and the quality of story telling reminds me of Clancy's earlier writings.
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
How far will career politicians go to save their own careers?? Tom gives you insight into it. It's harsh but blunt in pointing out there are no limits or concerns for collateral damage to other people or even their own co-horts. Against a backround of middle east terrorism,that we have been through before, the political plot is what stays with you and continues into the next Clancy novel. The novel ends open ended. Enjoy the read.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Keeps you reading. So hard to put down
Tommy_I More than 1 year ago
Clancy's books featuring Jack Ryan have always hustled right along, with good characterizations, excellent scene setting, and the ability to put the reader into the action without bogging one down in boring minutiae. This book is no different, and if that's all you're looking for you won't be disappointed. But over the years, Clancy has actually changed the Ryan character significantly. While Ryan was never completely apolitical, he seemed to operate above that plane, on a more noble level, his actions as often as not based on practical, realistic considerations instead of base political ones. In this book, virtually every page has some form of right-wing political commentary - a piece of dialog, a character's thought, an author's note meant to set the scene. At times the book reads like it was co-written by a Fox News commentator. According to the authors, the entire Campus team is made up of noble, dedicated, Oliver North types, working their brave patriotic magic behind the scenes because the venal, cowardly powers that be just can't be trusted to do what is right. The American press is assumed to be liberal; anyone whose politics are to the left of Dick Cheney is simple minded, deluded, greedy, or dedicated to the destruction of all that is right and good. There is no middle ground in this tale, no possibility that people can accept the movements toward popular self-determination across the Middle east without believing that there is the possibility that our strategic interests may not be served but that we may not have a say in the matter. This book is full of moral absolutes, both domestically and internationally; it's a black-and-white version of a technicolor world. You'll enjoy it if that's how you think, but if your mind is more open to other opinions, I think you'll find it hard to slog through the endless editorializing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was truly difficult to put down. The only problem with it is it did too good of a job setting up the follow up novel. I just wish I could order it now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The former Rainbow Six and the Campus guys pull the worlds bacon out of the fire once more. Good book but you need a diagram to keep track of who is who. So many middel eastern names it's hard to keep track. It is a believable trip into the minds of those that threaten our American way of life both internally and externally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have all the ryan series and this is the best. I read it in 2 days couldnt put it down
exfan75 More than 1 year ago
No more for me. Read all the Clancy books. Sometimes more than once. Really well written. Now it's time to move on. These books that are co-wtitten are just not worth the money or the time. All of these super heros that always win the far-fetched battles. Not realistic in any way. I'll not longer be a reader of Clancy. Locked on is not worth the effort. Half way through I started to skip read to get it over with. exfan
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CrashDummy More than 1 year ago
Clancy's co-authored works lack the depth of characters and intricacy of plot of his older, better works. An ok read and a decent time-waster but instantly forgettable and far below the standards I expect of Mr. Clancy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intrigue. Clancy and Baldacci are the authors I read most frequently. This one I'm not so sure, it seems pretty biased especially during this election year. If you get past that, it's a run of the mill thriller, well written of course.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Locked On" is not up to Clancy's earlier works. For Instance it lacked continuity with Clark's character. The ending was poor, even if the intention is to have a sequel to his volume. Terrible if not. If Tom needs an assistant to write, let that person stick to research, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fast pace book by one if my favorite authors.... just now have to wait for the next one to come out....the twist and turns just kept me turning the pages....and to leave it hanging at the end just makes me yearn for more... great series continues with old casts of people along with bringing on new ones..... Anthony
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read and from the ending there is more coming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Use to be a fan but good things come to an end. The plot is stiffer than a piece of plywood. Cobbled together without interest. Skip this one.
kdjDJ More than 1 year ago
While I usually really enjoy his books I found that this one was more of a plot justifying a political position at the expense of good storytelling. I prefer good stories to ones that proselytize. Sadly the politicking in the book became so blatant I was unable to finish reading the book, which for me, a prolific reader for more than half a century, is incredibly rare. I just wasted my money on this one. Sadly this will make me leery of purchasing his books in the future. Although it is of no significance, I consider myself a political conservative. That said, I do not read a book that might serve to support my political views; I read a book for pleasure and personal enjoyment. Maybe as this was a collaborative work, though, I am being too presumptive in blaming the primary author (at least it seems he is, based on the cover). That said, it's your dime (actually several) to spend as you please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that Jack Jr's coming of age is another great spin for this series. Already hooked and waiting on the follow up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Good action. Glad to see what The Campus and Rainbow crews get involved with.
Captain_Jack More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this work after being diverted to other authors for a time. Mostly well written and well edited. It seems I always reached the "good parts" at bed time. The plot's premise plays to the prejudices of my military mind. Fortunately, the premise is believable enough and made a good story. Some of the whiz bang is so extreme that I was left left thinking "oh really" but not extreme enough for me to put the book down. Upon reflection, some of the rescues were beyond improbable but they are entertaining as they are read. I found the political commentary gratuitous, distracting and stilted. It was easy to skip because it seemed to have been "plugged in" after the story was completed. Government by ideology seems a bad idea and a novel is a poor place to convince me otherwise. Besides, who says "liberals" are less responsive to reality than "conservatives". The political commentary is less prominent in this book than it is in some other books of the same genre. Flynn is much worse, for example. I would prefer that such material be omitted, not because I disagree with it (which is a fact) but because it detracts from the work. I recommend the book because it is a good and absorbing read, but it is not "Hunt for Red October". Unless you are a fan of ideological conservatism, skip the political commentary however. It is easy to isolate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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