The U.S. president, unsatisfied with the success of his "war on drugs", decides that he wants some immediate success. But after John Clark's covert strike team is deployed to Colombia for Operation Showboat, the drug lords strike back, taking several civilian casualties. The chief executive's polls plummet. He orders that the unofficial plan be terminated, leaving no traces.
Jack Ryan, who has just been named CIA deputy director of intelligence, is enraged when he discovers that he has been left out of the loop. Several of America's most highly trained soldiers are stranded on an unfinished mission that, according to all records, never existed. Ryan decides to get the men out.
Take another thrill ride with Jack Ryan.
©2004 Tom Clancy; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
"Rousing adventure....A crackling good yarn." (The Washington Post)
"The issues raised are real ones, and a jump ahead of the headlines." (The New York Times)
If you're listening to this book on Audible's player, you can reduce the speed to .95 instead of 1. That resolves the speed issue and makes the narrator's voice sound better, although since this is such a long book you will definitely notice when the narrator took a break and came back to record more. Anyway, the story is so good that I didn't notice the sound quality issues most of the time.
Lots of action vividly written. I enjoyed it very much and recommend this book it's a great listen.
Continuing my reread of the Jack Ryan books. I have to say the 1st 4 books are the best along with Without Remorse and Rainbow Six. I enjoyed the others as well but they got longer and more wordy as the series went on
I could swear there were 2 different readers of this and it was jolting at first. Overall not really a lot of Jack in this book. Also it's so different than the movie I got confused a couple times.
Still a quite enjoyable book adding some characters we'll see again.
There are two unabridged versions of this audiobook on Audible. This version's presentation by J Charles is rushed and less enjoyable. Approximately 5 hours shorter than the version I exchanged for narrated by Michael Pritchard. Much more enjoyable. Typical great story by Clancy.
The politicians always make a mess of things. John Clark and Jack Ryan by doing the right things bail some of the politicians out. The rest go to jail or worse if only it were true today!!
Some have said it moved a little slow. At times it did, but don't all books need a plot that isn't non-stop action?
If you don't like the slower detailed parts of the book, quit reading and just keep watching movies.
The plot and character development lives up to my expectations for Tom Clancy...now on to The Sum of All Fears!
Great book, great movie, pretty good audio book.
I've read Tom Clancy's books over and over. I own them all, well, all the ones he himself wrote. I haven't gotten into the newer franchise books written in conjunction with other writers. I also own all the movies based on his books. I'm not typically into military novels, but I've always ranked Tom Clancy in my top 10 favorite authors. I've read and enjoyed Clear and Present Danger multiple times, and my enjoyment has never diminished. Clancy always has just enough detail to make his books interesting to me, but never so much as to make me feel like I'm reading a technical manual or military play book. I enjoy his characters, again, enough information that they are real people to me, but never so much that character descriptions take over the plot. I get to feel like I'm really there, along side these characters, engaged in mundane routine military life or exciting action packed battle scenes. I rediscovered all of these things in this audio book. I just have one complaint, and its a pretty big complaint, the narrator, while not terrible, has no variation for characters, female, male, latino, irish, whatever, they all sound the same! Sometimes, I litterally couldn't figure out who was speaking and had to rewind. I kept thinking, its good I've read this book so many times and know what it going on, and even then, I had trouble keeping characters and speakers straight. It was very frustrating. If not for Clancy's skill as a writer, I would have stopped listening.
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