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Clear and Present Danger | [Tom Clancy]

Clear and Present Danger

Colombian drug lords, bored with Uncle Sam's hectoring, assassinate the head of the FBI. The message is clear: Bug off! At what point do these druggies threaten national security? When can a nation act against its enemies? These are questions Jack Ryan must answer because someone has quietly stepped over the line.
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Publisher's Summary

Colombian drug lords, bored with Uncle Sam's hectoring, assassinate the head of the FBI. The message is clear: Bug off!

At what point do these druggies threaten national security? When can a nation act against its enemies? These are questions Jack Ryan must answer because someone has quietly stepped over the line.

Does anyone know who the real enemy is? How much action is too much? Which lines have been crossed? Ryan and his "dark side", a shadowy field officer known only as Mr. Clark, are charged with finding out. They expect danger from without... but the danger from within may be the greatest of all.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Ryan.

©1990 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House

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    T. Heidner 01-07-11
    T. Heidner 01-07-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrific Book. Much better Narrator"

    Tom Clancy does it again. The book kept my attention throughout and was hard to put down. Michael Prichard does a great job on this reproduction of the book. Unlike the other reading by J. Charles, Prichard is easy to understand and reads at an understandable rate. I can only hope that he narrates some of the other books.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sandee Marble Falls, TX, United States 05-14-12
    Sandee Marble Falls, TX, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sitting on th the Edge of your seat!"
    Would you listen to Clear and Present Danger again? Why?

    Yes and the reason is, it is so detailed there are so many things you can miss the first time through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In the Jack Ryan series I always likeJack Ryan, but I also liked Mr.Clark and Mr. Chavez. the parts they play are very intense.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Much the same. He is a very fitting narrator for the Jack Ryan series.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the helicopter landed on the small boat out in the middle of the ocean during the hurricane to bring the surviving men to safety.


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy the Tom Clancy books and especially the Jack Ryan series. I just really enjoy his personality.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Milford, MA, United States 04-08-13
    Ralph Milford, MA, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Jack Ryan: the thinking person's James Bond"

    Preface: I have been a fan of Tom Clancy novels long before I started audiobooks. I love the jargon, the level of detail, the technology described so completely. I like the military, political and even the personal intrigue. Also, as you might guess from the review headline, I think Jack Ryan makes a great hero character.

    This is a fine story about America's attempt to use a covert military operation to stem the drug trade from Columbia, an action sanctioned by the president during an election year. The political infighting is fascinating - a study in personal gain, leverage, and back-stabbing. The operation itself is described with an enormous amount of detail, from the planning, supplies, strategy, tactics, and of course, weapons. Great stuff, if you're into it.

    The narrator, Michael Prichard, was competent, but undistinguished. Many of his "voices" sound very similar, and at times it's difficult to keep track of which character is speaking, especially in a 3-way "conversation". Still, he is easy to understand and his pacing and pronunciation were very good. Still he's not as good as some other narrators.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 10-23-14
    Thomas 10-23-14
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    "A sophisticated story badly narrated."

    The story is constructed on several different layers and by itself needs a lot of concentration.
    Cut over between mini chapters are hard to recognize as the narrator speaks in a very boring tone. I had to rewind very often to catch the change of scenes. When reading a book you have a visible break whereas in an audiobook the narrator should ensure this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 05-10-12
    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2011

    audio books are Theater of the Mind when done right. They lift words from a page written by an author and transport you into another world

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    "The Master at his finest"
    Where does Clear and Present Danger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is not only one of the best audio books, It is one of Tom Clancy's Best. I have read this book and now have listened to it many many many years after I read it and Michael Prichard really did a nice job with this one.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes This Plot has so many twists to it just Like Tom always brings to his works


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mr.Clark walking right up to the truck and taking matters into his own hands to help out members of his team.


    Any additional comments?

    Tom Clancy's Ryan series is one of the best series ever created.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terrance Ferguson 08-10-15 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.

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    "Great but not 5 stars."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It set up and covered alot of really ugly issues. I love the intricate chess game.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tie between Clarke and Cortez. Both were hyper intelligent and thought quickly and effectively when things were going crazy. Both were professional and true to what they were.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes i have. About the same. Hes terrible for voices, especially women and or accents. But he can narrate and convey a mood like no other.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    For every action...


    Any additional comments?

    Another fantastic character driven plot by Clancy. This one didn't feel quite as intimate as some others but the story had a very cause and effect / domino sort of feel to it. The writing does a very good job of convincing you that the situation is dire and ugly. It gives you an intimate picture of what something is. It never felt like the author just said "because is said so".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Onefastkawi 08-07-15
    Onefastkawi 08-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Typical Tom Clancy"

    love the book, and the narration is awesome! eager to listen the next book. RIP

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JF 08-04-15
    JF 08-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very disappointed"

    If it wasn't for all the people's thoughts and histories, it would be a fairly interesting 15 page book.

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    juho kojima 07-15-15
    juho kojima 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Clancy at his best"
    If you could sum up Clear and Present Danger in three words, what would they be?

    Classic techno thriller


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    YES!!!!!!


    Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yeah. I like his style, because it does not over shadow the book. This book was a "good" performance.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Clancy fan like me you will enjoy the book. If you are new to Clancy this book is a good point to start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Alfaro Greer, SC 05-17-15
    Jose Alfaro Greer, SC 05-17-15 Member Since 2011

    Chisco

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    "Pretty good but..."

    I felt Clancy was just kind of philosophizing a lot in this book in a way that inhibited the story. Overall a great read though and a cool story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sarah
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    "For me better than the film"

    Clancys books are long and complicated with much scene interchanging and I wondered how they would transfer to audio. In my opinion its not a bad job. I enjoyed it and I think Clancys plot line is better judged than the edits they made to publish the film. I was not disappointed by the narrator (who for me was neutral not droning, I dont think I could have stood it if the narrator had been 'dramatic') and I like my purchases to be as long as possible :-) For me good bang for the buck.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • lima
    2/23/11
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    "Great Audio Book"

    It was with some trepidation that I downloaded this book. It's a very long book and I was worried that it would be over complicated and 'waffly'. On the contrary it's very easy to follow. It is obviously well researched and does give a lot of background detail, but this adds to the plot rather than detracts from it. It's a very fluid story that draws you in to the narrative and doesn't want to let you go.
    The narration is good, fairly neutral but with voice acting thats sufficient to differentiate between the characters.
    It certainly did not seem overly long, I was just sorry when I'd finished it. A really great story, highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Wright
    Glasgow
    1/13/11
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    "30 Hours of droning"

    Having seen the film I was keen to listen to this audiobook. I suspect the story would be good but I only managed around 40 minutes listening to the irritating narration. The narrator, Michael Prichard has a tendency to pause often and for too long. It sounds like he can't be bothered and simply drones on for 30 hours. I wonder if a different narrator could have cut the length down to under 20 hours. I had hoped to get all of the Tom Clancy unabridged audiobooks but I couldn't stand it if they are all read by Prichard.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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