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June 28, 2022

Tom Clancy Zero Hour by Don Bentley ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

After I graduated from college, I found myself for the first time as an adult with enough time to read for pleasure. Yet, I had no idea what I liked to read. What I had last read for pleasure in high school no longer interested me. My mom had a shelf full of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels. I enjoyed the movies that had been made from the books. I picked up my first novel Cardinal in the Kremlin, and I was hooked. Even though Clancy has died, there are a few authors that have continued the series. And I'm still enjoying the adventures in black op espionage.

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book cover of espionage novel Tom Clancy Zero Hour by Don Bentley
June 2022; G.P. Putnam's Sons; 978-0593422724
audio, ebook, print (496 pages); thrillers

I usually listen to the audiobooks of this series either because I received an audiobook ARC or because I didn't get an ARC and it's the only way I can fit it into my reading schedule. I forgot how much more I enjoy the books when I read them myself. I received an ebook ARC of Zero Hour and the tension was so much greater when I was reading it to myself.

I'm sure all the other books had just as much tension as this one, but when I listen to an audiobook I'm often multi-tasking so my attention is divided. Though when I read it myself all my attention is on the book.

Almost from the first page, I had to remind myself to relax my hands because my grip on my Kindle was so tight that I was afraid I would snap it in half.

Zero Hour hits the road running when Jack Jr. finds himself in the middle of a riot that is interrupted by a car bombing. Junior and Lisanne are on a recruiting trip in South Korea and once the action starts, be ready, because it doesn't let up. There are brief moments to catch your breath but it is mostly an adrenaline-infused rush to the conclusion. The story isn't rushed though; it is well-paced and there are plenty of twists as the plot shifts between Jack Jr and North Korean operatives in alternating chapters. 

We don't see Jack Sr. in this novel but we get brief conversations with John Clark and Ding from the Campus, but largely Jack Jr is on his own - which is pretty much how all his stories are.

Whether you are a Jack Ryan fan or just looking for a great espionage story, you can't go wrong with this one.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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