Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!
A longstanding extragovernmental agency in China has, over several years, secretly hacked into all the important American defense and intelligence networks. Not only are U.S. military communications and intelligence agents compromised, now the Chinese military is able to hijack satellite-guided drones and missiles--meaning that the U.S. must completely shut down all such gadgetry ("kill the hostages," in cyberspeak) as the Chinese begin their military move to take over territories in the South China Sea.
There's a lot of other stuff going on in this novel, but given recent events the cyber hacking was the scariest, and all too believable. Never fear, however--the supersecret U.S. extragovernmental agency The Campus, which over the last few years has secretly hacked into all important American defense and intelligence networks, has become aware of the threat. It's a thrill ride right to the end, with exciting battles fought on land, sea, and air, and even more interesting battles of nerve and wits. Guess which side wins.
I enjoyed this book, which brings closure to several storylines that form a loose trilogy of Clancy's final collaborations, "Dead or Alive," "Locked On," and now "Threat Vector."
Unless you are a superfan of military and espionage thrillers, I think the abridged version of Threat Vector would work just as well as the sometimes tedious full version. And finally, narrator Lou Diamond Phillips is great. With due respect to seasoned professional Scott Brick, I was disappointed to note his return as narrator after several Clancy entries performed by LDP.
These are some pretty heavy hitting authors, along with an excellent reader. Chinese cyber warfare is the backdrop for this cyber terror novel…though the US doesn't mind some good old fashioned bombs in the end, either.
Lots of action. I'd definitely put this into the category of a good read for a long car trip as the action won't have you daydreaming or dozing off.
I definitely would not want to read this book, but listening to it, made my long drives pleasant. Some characters were never followed through, and some were to much involved.
Just too wordy at times.
I'm glad I listened to it.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
I am a total Clancy fan. When I first began reading Clancy I found that his plots required more intellectual effort than most counter-terrorism novels. But my brain has adapted to his complex yet thoroughly entertaining plots and countless characters. This is the greatest fun for me. Clancy offers insights into political science, global history, military science and counter espionage in a thrilling action packed story format. I'm slowly going back to previous Clancy novels in this series for the first time as well as re-listening to those I've only heard once. Like many things in life, experiencing his books the second time around offers increased enjoyment in that I understand details that I missed the first time around. Enjoy.
In order to accept the premise of this book, you must accept the following:
1. The son of the President works for the CIA....OK, this is possible
2. The son of the President is an active CIA assassin. Yeah, right.
3. The son of the President refuses Secret Service protection. Yeah, right, and this would of course never make the news.
4. A terrorist who is a computer expert, does not delete his internet browsing history.
5. A popular Silicon Valley software genius suddenly goes postal on his staff and then blows up his company's hardware, but not before emailing his supposed suicide note.
Look, these are just a few of the annoying events and assumptions that you must accept to buy into this trash. Sorry, I know, if you do buy into it the story may keep you out of the bars for a while, but I am honestly shocked at what garbage this is.
Then there is Lou, the reader...wow, what a variety of accents he can do in his monotone....
Sorry, but it's not for me. No harm intended, but Clancy, as wealthy as he is, has become a fast food chef for something like literature.
What a waste of credits.
FYI, no, I did not finish it. After the hooker sets up nice American father businessman, it was NO MAS.
You know how Clancy books (most books) go; someone is attacking the US, it looks bad, gets worse, the tide turns, the good guys win with only minor injuries via displays of brilliance and bravery. Jack Ryan and progeny come out shining like a rose.
Knowing that going in, this book is serviceable, but not exceptional. Good plot line, fun locations, reasonable action, characters you know and love. Better for old time Clancy fans than for newbies trying their first (start with Patriot Games, or Without Remorse).
Yes, if they're interested in how a cyberwar might play out in its early stages. No, if they're looking for an intricate plot, character development, etc. Clancy's The Hunt for Red October reads like a chess match. Threat Vector was like watching the game end in 4 or 5 moves. In a word, it's anticlimactic.
This was my first time listening to Lou Diamond Phillips. He a very good narrator; easy to understand with enough variation between characters to keep it interesting. He could slow down the pace a little, but you get used to his speed after a while. I'd definitely listen to him again.
I could see it, but I wouldn't see it. This would be a typical Hollywood blockbuster; full of hype with little substance.
Clancy spends more time describing military machinery and tactics than he does in developing characters and in spinning an engaging tale of strategy and deception.
The plot is more Clancy than recent novels, with more twists and sweeping story lines. Unlike other collaborations, this one feels more like Mr. Clancy actually showed up for the writing. The quality of research and the accuracy of the depiction of cyberwar was very well done. I found the Ryan Jr character more like able and less two dimensional than in previous books.
I've neverr heard Mr. Phillips as a reader before and I was very impressed. His pacing is great and he is always clear and easy to understand. He's not overly emotional but he very much fit the story. I look forward to hearing him again.
I wouldn't say I wanted to listen n one sitting but I also never felt a need to step away for a few days.
It's still not real Tom Clancy, but it's the best co-written effort
Okay, I read some of the reviews before I listened to the last three Ryan books. Of the three, this was my favorite. Mixing the politics of Washington, our relationship with China and then Jack juniors love life as he did made for a very enjoyable book. How do I tell if I like it? If I drive home and enter my garage, turn off the engine and then sit there to finish a chapter or hear the end of the event, then I know I like it. I sat in my garage 5 times with this book. Case closed.
Once I got used to Clancy’s writing style I became deeply engrossed in this story’s universe. The characters are cardboard thin, but stand as reminders of a Cold War American point-of-view in action. The good guys are tough, no-nonsense, risk-taking, and politically righteous. In fact, listening to these characters troubleshoot international threats made me realize how different America is today.
Despite that, the middle of this novel is just PACKED with shocking and compelling strategies used by the Chinese to truly threaten our comfortable modern society. There is serious (and scary) creativity here….the kind that makes you wonder just how vulnerable the U.S. may be against cyber warfare. From corporate espionage in Silicon Valley, to dogfights above the South China Sea, to action in the neon backstreets of Hong Kong, the book truly goes all in. I felt the sensation of being convinced that the bad guys had finally figured out how to beat America. They had us. The escalation of events teased me with a peak at an epic digital war that threatened to engage all branches of the U.S. Military in a desperate fight for survival. The largest fighting force in the history of world, the American Military, seemed on the verge of actually becoming obsolete….
Then, the nightmare just ends. Right when the gloves are about the come off, the book folds up into a neat ‘Mission Accomplished.’ This should have been Book 1 to what would have been a breathtaking series.