This is my very first time reading Tom Clancy book; for this reason I cannot say I am a fan of Mr. Clancy's books. I took this one because of all the good reviews I read and thought well; maybe I should give it a try!
Locked on is basically standard terrorism thriller with a very complex plot. Let me first warn you if you have never read Tom Clancy's book, please don't start with this one as most the characters are introduced without background and from what I understood most of them come from Clancy previous books.
The book has several plots and subplots, there's a plot by a rogue Pakistani general to destroy the Pakistani civilian government so he can take control; there's a plot to destroy Moscow with a nuclear weapon; and there's a plot by a weakened Democratic president named Kealty to undermine Jack Sr.'s campaign in the last weeks before the election because of these many plots, the book began a little slowly. It was a bit hard to understand the connection between different characters at the beginning.
There's even a romance plotline that portrays Jack Ryan Jr. showing some interest towards a smart, beautiful CIA operative named Melanie. Each plotline contains several pages where various actions, scene are described. All characters are scattered on different mission in different parts of the world. One or two characters are based in Pakistan, some in Russia, some in Germany, some in France. There is so much going on at the same time.
For you to enjoy it will really depend on how you come to it: if you are a committed Clancy/Ryan's fan, you'll probably be keen on reading it but slightly wary given the recent books. If you are new to Clancy, and thinking of starting (and I encourage you to do), this is not the place to start, read them in publications order. If you are interested in a modern techno-thriller, this is OK but there are better in the genre.
I have been told that this book is a typical Clancy, multi-layered, densely plotted style.
In overall Locked On is well written and structured book. I do recommend it for Clancy's fans and to those who like complex and action driven books.