Called out of retirement to serve as the new president's National Security Advisor, Jack Ryan quickly realizes that the problems of peace are fully as complex as those of war. Enemies have become friends, friends enemies, and even the form of conflict has changed. What he cannot realize, however, is just how close the next conflict is. And when one of those new enemies readies a strike not only at America's territory, but at the heart of her economy, it is Ryan who must prepare an untested president to meet the challenge. For there is a debt of honor to be paid - and the price will be terrifyingly high.
©1994 Jack Ryan Limited Partnership; (P)1999 Random House Inc.
"A shocker climax so plausible you'll wonder why it hasn't yet happened." (Entertainment Weekly)
The abridgement makes this book hard to follow. The Clancy plots are naturally complex, and this one adds a lot of action on top of that. Abridging makes it jumbled and disjointed. Unfortunately it doesn't appear to be available unabridged.
If you like Tom Clancy's writing, you'll hate this edition! This abridged version has been cut down so much it's difficult to follow the story. If I hadn't read the paper version previously, I would have been completly lost. It's like being given a sandwich without the bread. You've got the meat but nothing to hold the whole mess together.
I had read the paper version years ago and this had become my favourite Tom Clancy book. I had also enjoyed the details about the economic warefare on the US currency and share market. The abridged version is not the same. I wish hadn't overlooked the fact that I was buying an abridged version.
Wish I could have purchased an unabridged version. I couldn't stop thinking about all that I was missing by choosing to listen to rather than read this book. I'll only be listening to unabridged books in the future. That said, this was a very interesting, compelling story.
Wait for the unabridged version... especially if you've read the book. As has been mentioned before, the story line came out disjointed, and generally not as exciting. The narrator's Russian and Japanese accents were terrible.
I had read the first 25% of this book in hardback and due to new job with alot of extra time I wanted to listen to it in mp3 format.
I was completely takin back by the amount of the book, mainly character development, that had been left out. As I am new to audio books I will definatly keep my eyes out for abridged versions. On the lighter side the main characters name is Jack Ryan ,as Im sure you all know, and at the end of each of his Questions thru out the narrator always says (to define who is speaking of course)"Jack askes" so I laughed alot due to the fact it seems as if he is calling everybody "jackasses" due to the quickness of the narration.hehe.
And Buffalo George
Classic Clancy. He presents a future world in a frighteningly plausible manner; a restless Japan,an India emerging from the third world to become one of the 21st century's superpowers, and a United States that has comfortably assumed its own superpower. Published 1994, the story depicts plausible series of events culminating in a tragedy that predicts a shadow of actual current events. As always, Clancy describes in detail the operations of global finance as well as military operations. The ending is cliff hanger; the reader must go on to the next book in the series.
Not bad over all.
Ryan of course. Not a politician, but a great expert.
I hadn't before.
Ryan to debate foreign policy. I'm sure we'd get along well.
The narrator isn't that bad with accents.
For the full-force effect of any Tom Clancy novel, you simply MUST be given time to digest it all, and that means, UN-abridged. The facts, the twists and turns, the nail-biting, they all necessitate time to absorb, to saturate, to take it all in. I was in the nuclear Navy when Hunt for Red October was published. Clancy knew his stuff then, and he still is, quite simply, the Command Master Chief of military / tech / espionage novels. Don't shortchange yourself by trying to fit a 30+ hour story into a mere 5 or 6 hours.
If you have no other choice, then 5 hours is better than starving, but remember: you have the honor of sitting at the knee of the master, don't rush through it. You might get to the end, without noting anything of value along the journey.
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