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)
First I want to say this is a great book, in print! I spend my days driving and love to listen to books on my Ipod.
The first thing I noticed was the narrator talks like he is dictating a long letter. I do not think he ever takes a breath and he talks very fast.
Sometimes he moves from one chapter to the next without a pause and I get lost. I also find it hard to distinguse between characters because his voice never seems to change.
These things may not bother some people but this is a very long book and the narrator of a book can either make or break a book.
When you listen to this book you want to check your tape player, and clean the head and rollers, but wait, you can't because it is a digital recording. The quality of the recording is horrible. The person who produced this version of the recording needs to be fired along with the quality assurance people who you would expect to be checking the recording. This is not a Audible problem, the MP3 recordings from Brilliance are the same horrible clipped compression. I bought the Hunt for Red October on MP3 cd and it has the same flaws. Someone should have caught this.
terrible voice. great book. for the first ten minutes i couldnt pay attention to the storyline because i was trying to accertain if i was listening to a computer running a text to speech program.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
I read this book in hardback. I was surprised at how long it took to set up the storyline. It took patience, I never cared for the mechanical details in Clancy's work and usually breezed by it as a reader.
However, his characters are so well developed and believable. After the ball finally got rolling in the second part of the reading, I could not stop listening. The action and suspense are nothing short of remarkable.
Don't bother buying this book, the computer spliced voice is extremely anoying. I wish I could get my money back.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
Tom Clancy writes with a new twist, before he writes about the USSR and Terrorists, this time its about criminals who according to the president is a "clear and present danger." so how does the United States of America deal with the Colombian drug lords? the CIA creates a huge black ops mission that borders on the side of illegal. with James Greer in the hospital, Jack Ryan is acting DDI and unfortunately is kept out of the loop. unfortunately for the rest of the CIA that just makes Ryan more persistent. but what happens when a black op gets out of hand.
Tom Clancy is brilliant in how he shows that even in the US government agencies there can be divisions and mistakes. there is also integrity and loyalty found with those who challenge corruption.
Almost anyone. The narration was rather flat. There was no distinction between settings. No pause, no change, nothing to tell you that there had been a change. So several sentences into the next paragraph you would realize you were no longer in DC but had moved into Colombia (for example).
Very disappointing. This was the first Tom Clancy novel I had listened to/read. After seeing several movie adaptation of his novels I had higher expectations.
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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