Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I have two problems with Clancy. You highlighted my first one. His books take a long time to develop. Its usually a couple of hundred pages before the action really picks up. My second problem is he can get overly technical at times. Its usually during the first 1/3 when its a grind to read.
That said once you get past the grind the books are hard to put down and you have hundreds of pages of suspense.
That's part of why I like his stuff though. I feel like I've "earned" the thrill of the last 2/3rds of his books. I think it makes for a better overall story line than many others put together.
I once read "Ultimate Jest" which was just a complete grind the entire time with zero reward at the end. It had paragraphs that would run on for pages at a time, things never came together, I just gritted my teeth and finished the 800+ pages because I had already started long after I realized I would never be happy. It got a lot of praise; I'll never understand why.