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It's rare when I listen to two books from a series back to back -- I usually feel a need for a "listening palette" refresh after a long book, and if it's a really good series, I don't want to consume the books too fast. This time I made an exception. I had just listened to Locked On (book 14 in the series). It ended with a cliffhanger, leaving me rather irritated, but still very curious. I couldn't resist immediately launching into book 15, Threat Vector. I'm glad I did. Threat Vector is one of the best of this entire series. It includes heart stopping action scenes, interesting developments in the main characters' lives and a soul satisfying thrashing of the really bad guys.
Even though Threat Vector continues where Locked On leaves off, it is still a very different book. The threat to the US changes from Middle East terrorist organizations and nuclear weapons to the Chinese and cyber warfare. I got bogged down in parts of Locked On, while Threat Vector moves right along and consistently held my interest. And although character development isn't necessarily a key ingredient in Clancy's books, there really is character change and growth in this book.
Lou Diamond Phillips again serves to add color, tension and a wonderful pacing. Most of the earlier books would have been significantly improved if he had provided the narration from the very beginning.
I loved this book so much that I could not stop listening. On my 400 mile trip to Arizona I got a ticket because I did not notice the speed limit went from 75 to 65. I told the officer that I was listening to a Tom Clancy novel and he said that he loved his novels too. However he did admonish me to pay attention to the road more.
A really wonderful book and considering what is going on in the year 2015 Clancy definitely has a wonderful understanding of world politics and the military and technical capabilities of China
This is a very timely story and I find it ironic that I'm listening to it at a time when we are actually facing Chinese hackers. It was a great read!