I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
Because of a attack of a mad Japanese father wanting the revenge of his son and brothers death almost the entire united states government is dead, Ryan going to be sworn in as vice president is now president of the United States. and has to restore order. except what he thinks the USA needs is not the same as the former vice president.
at the same time a sick boy has come down with Ebola and the dictator of Iraq is assassinated. Iran adsorbs Iraq into its borders and transports the Ebola virus to Iran to weaponize it. what other plans does Iran have?
China accidentally hits a plane and pulls the us navel from the Indian ocean, and India starts to make its moves.
I have read most of Tom Clancy's work. I have enjoyed it all. Upon joining Audible I looked for the opportunity to hear his work and see if the stories were as alive as reading. Notwithstanding the mediocre narration in Executive Orders, the answer is yes. Sure I would have preferred a better performance but for me the story is the reason why we read or listen. If you are a new to Tom Clancy, I recommend you read or listen to Debt of Honor first. Doing so will really set the stage for Executive Orders and introduce you to Jack Ryan.
I love Tom Clancy books. Read Debt of Honor and loved it. I decided to listen to Executive Orders. I am only about 1 hour into the 51 hours and I am in pain, the narrator is terrible. He speaks in a monotone, there is no inflections, no excitement, no trying to make different voices for different characters. I'm considering stopping and just reading it myself. I'm sure the story is great, but the narrator is just ruining it.
Another great tom Clancy book
It ranks high among tom Clancy books
Good book but very long.
One of Tom's best. Finally, finally, enough action throughout. So many things happening at once that I wonder how he could possibly think of them all. Jack Ryan has finally gotten interesting and does enough. As a former CIA agent, WE know he has the guts to do hard things, and here he has the chance to. I love the slimy former VP and his attempts to regain his position, and the political questions this whole scenario raises. I just wonder if Tom doesn't give our enemies ideas on how to hurt us?
White House Down, oh, wait, it was Debt of Honor, was amazing at the end --it took long enough to get there-- I had to forklift my jaw off the floor, and I couldn't wait to read this one. Executive Orders picked up right where Debt of White House Honor Down left off. Fantastic duo (after the excessive blabber in D of H).
And Tom dares to address the Taiwan - PRC issue. I have never heard it mentioned in any literature.
The shoot-out at the OK Corral, no wait, it was a daycare center.
I love the entire hospital dedication to patients and science thing. The CDC and the WHO and then the individual doctors who risk their lives to help. The whole e-bola crisis was fascinating, and I had to look up and out the window to get back to the reality that there isn't an epidemic here right now. however, there are AIDS families who live with this same horror and stomach-dropping loss every day. Tom goes there too.
I don't care how handsome and fan-tastic Jack Ryan is, my heart still belongs to John Kelly/Clark and just sings when he appears. He is about 2 feet and 50 pounds bigger than Jack. I always hope he will be needed and usually is. He and Ding round out the stories.
Could have been edited by 75 to 80% to make a taunt, more typical Clancy thriller.
Cut out the nowhere going story lines.
My last Clancy novel.
A politician with common sense and does whats in the best interest of the country---no wonder it fiction:) Excellent listenings!
This is Clancy's greatest novel yet. No spoilers here.
In my reviews I highlight the best and the worst of a novel, short and sweet.
2 Best parts of the book
1. The way he explores Jack Ryan as a flawed man who could only be thrust into the Presidency and would never have become president in a "typical way."
2. The obstacles present in being president with little or no support system. Clancy shows the flaws in the career politician mentality that has become Washington. It is easy to forget how the founding fathers came to be President as working men and after they were President they returned to their jobs or did other government jobs.
2 Worst parts of the book
1. Unlike some of Clancy's novels this could have been longer! He could have expanded some parts of the story line, instead they just fizzled out.
2. I am not really sure, I could not put this book down.
The action of this book, the detail and the conflicting situation makes this book hard to put down. The story is BEST read in order (book order not published order). There are a lot of subtle story-lines that are connected to previous books and make this book more enjoyable!
While a printed Tom Clancy novel can often get bogged down in technical details, audio versions keep my attention. The narrator holds my attention during the technical parts without putting me to sleep.
My favorite part is when President Ryan must rebuild the government from scratch for the first time since our Founding Fathers. He asks the people to send ordinary citizens-- farmers, doctors, business leaders, entrepreneurs---- instead of professional politicians.
I enjoy his inflections and style in which he represents for each character.
As much as I would like to, Clancy novels are too long for one sitting. However, I often listened longer than I should have.
I immediately thought of "Executive Orders" last week when the Malaysian 777 disappeared. A somewhat similar scenario evolves in "Executive Orders" although a much smaller aircraft. Still, the concept has merit as Isreal announces they now fear an attack by the missing aircraft.
Coming in at over 50 hours, this picks up where Debt of Honor left off. Jack Ryan is the unelected President without a government to govern. And of course there are plots against him. Because? Well, because he's Jack Ryan of course.
This is classic Clancy, rich on the militaristic details that fans have come to love and expect. And the typical depth of characterization to go along with it. You'll love it if that's what you're expecting. Like Vince Flynn, Clancy likes to rail against "liberal" politics of nearly any stripe; any form of adult supervision; or anyone who may question the unfettered executive with unlimited resources. It gets a bit tiresome. While that's not my cup of tea, it's a good yarn nonetheless.
I'm thinking this could have been tightened up a bit and not lost anything. I had left the Ryanverse behind many years ago, having returned recently with a later story. I found I missed Mr. Clark and Diego Chavez. While they do not appear in this installment, I know they'll be around again.
This is as good as it gets for Jack Ryan. Or does it? On to the next chapter to find out.