I love stories with multiple simultaneous activity. Threat Vector has all that -- in spades. What I don't like is endless jabber about computer programming, especially on an audio book. We should be warned. When reading a book, you can happily skip past the five pages of geek language and get on with the story simply by skimming and scanning. With sound, all you can do is stay with it. When you fast-forward, you have no idea what you are missing. I like to have some control over the reading. I want to skip pseudo-technical bullcrap, long chases, endless descriptions of firearms construction, etc. I'm one of those guys that prefers relationships, character development, and a story that keeps moving forward. This audiobook is a case where the unabridged edition would have saved both time and money.
Most interesting was the scary possibility that governments have to outsource spying and killing. Least interesting is the highly improbably brinksmanship of the Chinese government.
Lou Diamond Phillips might be the best reader in Audible.com history. He nails gender, accents. One truly forgets there is only one narrator. So clean. So clear. I probably can't afford him, but I want him on my next book. My name, Lou, is Jack Dermody. Find me on the web.
No movie -- too much violence, too many chases, too many improbable outcomes.
Author of three books with infused companion songs. Multimedia is the new way to tell a story.
As a Tom Clancy who has read all of the Jack Ryan series, I was glad to try this latest installment as an audiobook. Professionally produced from pen to microphone. Well done.
I started listening to the book just during my hour drive to work. It wasn't long before I was listening during breaks and after I got home at night. The action and intensity just keeps building right up to the end. It's got spies, computer gadgets, fighter jets, world powers on the brink of war and lots of good guys saving the day in the nick of time. John Clark is back and president Jack Ryan along with Jack Junior are major characters.
All loose ends are wrapped up by the end of the book and in the epilogue.
Gavin, the computer nerd - expert.
The story is great, but the dialogue is so stilted that even the excellent reading of Lou Diamond Phillips can't rescue it. The problem is that the characters don't ever use contractions when they talk, and as we know, that just isn't how people speak to each other. This isn't so noticeable when reading because we tend to contract in our heads, but with spoken word it just becomes stilted and silly to hear these rough and tumble characters speaking with such fomality -- even in the most crisis-ridden moments.
The reality of the story and the excitement
Shutting the enemy down
It's been the best book so far. Looking forward to more from Clancy.
No - too long for that.
I enjoyed the story and was surprised at the ending - which is unusual for me. I found L D Phillips extremely distracting as a narrator.
No, but I looked forward to the commute with it 'waiting' for me in the car.
How current can you get? Obama and President Xi Jinping of China just met about cyber-security (6-2013). Is Clancy clairvoyant; does he have an in with the State Department; or maybe we have a Hendley Associates and he is a part of it?
This is a detailed book. Clancy takes a long time setting up the characters and the scenarios. We learn how software and weapons work. There is a lot of jargon but in the end it gives a better understanding of what is to follow and you don’t have to be a cyber or computer geek or a jet pilot to understand it.
The book kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a spellbinding look at a possible future.
Current headlines should make us aware of our exposure to cyber-hacking and appreciate this great story.
Having read all Tom Clancy's books to Rainbow Six, I'm listening to rest - now only two to go. For me as a slow reader, listening is far better and so much more enjoyable given I can get through a book in less than half the time.
I will be looking for more books read by Lou Diamond Phillips as well.