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Executive Orders | [Tom Clancy]

Executive Orders

When the President, most of the Cabinet, the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs and the majority of Congress are killed, Jack Ryan finds himself the new President, with the weight of the world on his shoulders.
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Publisher's Summary

The President is dead and the weight of the world falls on Jack Ryan's shoulders, in Tom Clancy's most extraordinary work. Ryan had agreed to accept the position of Vice President only as a caretaker for a year. But when the President, most of the Cabinet, the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs and the majority of Congress are killed, Ryan finds himself the new President. Around the world, unfriendly eyes are on Jack, eager to take advantage where they may and present Jack Ryan with a crisis so great that even he could not imagine it.

©1996 Jack Ryan Limited Partership; (P)1996 Random House Inc.

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    Louis New York, NY, USA 12-15-02
    Louis New York, NY, USA 12-15-02
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    "One more great listen from Clancy."

    In the Jack Ryan series from Tom Clancy, I put Executive Decision behind Debt of Honor and The Bear and the Dragon. But since, IMHO thoes are the Best of the Best in the audio world (both are AVAILABLE here on Audible) this is still a great story and a great listen. Top notch.

    LM

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    Michael Simi Valley, CA, USA 01-21-10
    Michael Simi Valley, CA, USA 01-21-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed this book despite it being abridged. The narrator was excellent. It did feel at times as though there were holes in the story, which is probably to be expected with an abridged version, but I didn't find that it took so much away that it made it difficult to follow. Good book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kiernan Langley , British Columbia, Canada 12-27-08
    Kiernan Langley , British Columbia, Canada 12-27-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Executive Orders"

    The abridged version while keeping the essence of the story did leave some caps unfilled and left me disappointed with the overall experience. However being a Tom Clancy fan I was still riveted by its content and development to its climax . I would recommend this version as to a first time Clancy reader but once they are hooked then I would recommend they read the fuller version Overall a good listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 01-05-07
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 01-05-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Not bad, but not terrific"

    Not bad, but not real entralling either...

    The typical fast paced story with minimal meat or intrigue for me. I am starting to think it may be personal taste at this point. While I love these types of movies, I find that I just don't enjoy the books as much.

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    James South Pasadena, CA, USA 05-27-05
    James South Pasadena, CA, USA 05-27-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Best of Clancy"

    Far and away the best Clancy novel since Red Storm Rising. Sadly, it marks the apogee of Jack Ryan's career. There is nowhere to go from here, and Clancy is not going to keep re-writing the West Wing. All his books from this one forward talks about someone else. Too bad. But enjoy this one. It's the real deal.

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    Harry Virginia Beach, VA, USA 01-02-05
    Harry Virginia Beach, VA, USA 01-02-05
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    "Really Good, But not Great"

    The "ABRIDGED" book is pretty good. I enjoy Tom Clancy novel immensely. Moreover, this book would be a very much improved Audiobook if it were not an abridged edition. However, it is my considered opinion that anyone who purchases and downloads this audiobook would not be disappointed.
    So buy this audiobook and enjoy.
    Happy New Year 2005

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    EENoted Durham, NC, United States 12-04-13
    EENoted Durham, NC, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Story is lost in abridged version"
    What would have made Executive Orders better?

    The abridgment editing appears to have taken the first sentence of each chapter,and left the rest on the floor. So it does not make much sense, and is confusing to figure out. Really a terrible job of editing. You get some slight sense of what the story is but you never get enough development of a story angle to care much about what happens.


    Has Executive Orders turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, certainly if they are abridged like this one,


    What three words best describe Edward Herrmann’s performance?

    Satisfactory, some character voices.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment; no excitement or mystery. Just random facts and statements. Sadness that I basically wasted a book credit.


    Any additional comments?

    This abridged version of the book should really be withdrawn from sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 03-16-12
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2011

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Oh, Ed Herman/please go back to sleep"

    Others had mentioned how poorly Edward Hermann does in performing this book and I must concur. I had just listened to a Clancy book performed by Lou Diamond Phillips and got spoiled by his abilities. Ed Hermann is, to my way of thinking, unable to get any sense of irony or excitement int his voice He has James T. Kirkish phrasing and pausing at strange times that makes you wanna say "HUN/ WHA?" and hit the 90 second replay over and over to figure it out.

    This pock takes place when Ryan is in the white house because apparently the President was shot..I didn't get them in order unfortunately.

    Plot is contrived and loaded with typical of Clancyesque overabundance of military background, acronyms, details about weapons and how the boats run.

    Protagonists: President Ryan (Swordsman) and Mr Clark, the former Mr Kelly are the primary dudes though there are lots of extra people standing around giving their lines then leaving the stage. Hermann does not do a variety of voices well, and lord help him if he has a russian, a chinese and a japanese woman all in a conversation. Good for a laugh.

    Antagonists: Several bad guys are well written. I don't know if any of the characters is written naturally..they all seem to be very stereotypical views of bad or good guys.

    Writing. At this point, Clancy has, I assume, a plethora of staff editors who pull his books together and say --on occasion-- "Too Much Information Tom," His editing is good but I can't comment on the typos as the book was read to me.


    Escapist literature, a very long book which I listened to at 1.5 speed and lost nothing. Thats my good friend Ed again who stretches his words out like he's talking at 33 and a third. Perhaps it's time for him to retire.

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    Daniel United States 12-12-11
    Daniel United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Tom Clancy does it again"
    What did you love best about Executive Orders?

    Several plots all coming together at the end


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Executive Orders?

    The destruction of the Capital Building


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Ultimatum to the Prime Minister of India


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but its too long for a single sitting


    Any additional comments?

    Hope all of Clancy's books are made into audiobooks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerard Easton, PA, United States 08-30-10
    Gerard Easton, PA, United States 08-30-10
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    Interesting, I would recommend it, but not my all time favorite.

    Love Jack Ryan though. I wish that he was real.

    It’s a shame that the people who we have in the Federal government today don't have the integrity Jack Ryan has.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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