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Command Authority Audiobook

Command Authority

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Publisher's Summary

Decades ago, when he was a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan, Sr. was sent on what was supposed to be a simple support mission to investigate the death of an operative looking into the suspicious banking activities at a Swiss bank. Ryan’s dogged tenacity uncovered not only financial deceit, but also the existence of a KGB assassin code-named Zenith.

He was never able to find the killer.But in the shadowy world of covert operations, nothing stays hidden forever.In the present, a new strong man has emerged in the ever-chaotic Russian republic the enigmatic President Valeri Volodin. His rise to power was meteoric, but shrouded in deception and treachery.

The foundations of his personal empire are built on a bloody secret from his past, and he will eliminate anyone who comes close to that truth. For he has set in motion a plot to return Russia to its former glory and might with the rest of the world once again trembling in fear of the mighty Bear.When an old friend of the Ryans is poisoned by a radioactive agent, the trail leads to Russia. And Jack Ryan, Jr. aided by his compatriots John Clark and the covert warriors of the secretive Campus must delve into an international conflict thirty years in the making, and finish what his father started.

With President Ryan fighting a desperate campaign to thwart Russian aggression, and his son fighting a silent war against a ruthless foe, the chances for global conflict grow greater ? and the possibility of survival may soon be lost for all...

©2013 Copyright © Rubicon, Inc, 2013. (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

Heart-stopping action ... entertaining and eminently topical.' (The Washington Post )

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    glen Pingrup, Australia 02-04-14
    glen Pingrup, Australia 02-04-14
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    "bit disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    no, there wasnt really any one thing wrong , just the story was a so predictable, the only surprise happened in the 1st chapter with the killing of golovko.


    Would you recommend Command Authority to your friends? Why or why not?

    i wouldn't recommend that they pay good money, wait till it gets to your library.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lou Diamond Phillips’s performances?

    yes , performance was good, the author just didn't give him much of a story to tell


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    not at cinema prices no,but would rent it in dvd


    Any additional comments?

    i own every one of the jack ryan series and this is probably the worst,apart from a very poor narration of Red Rabbit that i once listened to.(funny how you remember the bad ones)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Cannington, Australia 01-02-14
    Garry Cannington, Australia 01-02-14 Member Since 2014

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "It is with Regret I finished this."
    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Lou Diamond Phillips was excellent. Having listened to other of his performances I am glad he did this too.


    Any additional comments?

    I was sorry to finish this as it was Tom Clancy's last. I have enjoyed the wild ride of his stories particularly the John Ryan (Snr) stories and was dubious of the John Ryan (Jnr) trail yet I have grown to love the sagas. Tom Clancy will be missed by this reader/listener and will wonder if Mark Greaney will take on the mammoth steps to continue the stories on, I don't know.

    This is a long way around to say this was as great book as expected, a well written, well told book and one that deserves to be in my library. I will listen to this again and marvel at how the past and present, the injection from other Ryan books and the characters have grown.

    Why the regret, I just hope maybe, there is something more. If not, I will just have to read and listen again and enjoy a master storyteller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 06-29-14
    Mark 06-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Lou Diamond Phillips should read ALL audio books"
    What did you love best about Command Authority?

    Lou Diamond Phillips


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

    It was swift enough to keep it tight.


    What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voices, emotion. Just great.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Lou Diamond Phillips is the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 06-15-14
    James 06-15-14
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    "Tom Clancy's final book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would to anyone who loves political thrillers and a good spy novel.


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

    Yes, Lou Diamond Phillips does a great reading and his character voices are brilliant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey craigmore, Australia 04-28-14
    Tracey craigmore, Australia 04-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "lack of command"
    What did you like best about Command Authority? What did you like least?

    it is a hard book to get into when jumping back to old jack ryan then to young ryan


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Clancy? Why or why not?

    maybe give another ago


    What aspect of Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance would you have changed?

    hard to say his vioce tends to drone after a while


    Could you see Command Authority being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes possibly with harrison ford as old jack and matthew mcounagh as young ryan


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Fairy Meadow, Australia 01-03-14
    Chris Fairy Meadow, Australia 01-03-14
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    "Did Tom Clancy even read this???"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story and Clancyverse is just so far removed from the earlier books. The problem is that Jack Ryan Jr is now more James Bond than everyday man.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am looking forward to Sci fi or military.


    What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As a narrator he brings a great voice and hearing him speak allows me to visualise the book so much more.


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

    I would say sadness as I just remember reading every book as it came out and enjoying them then when Red Rabbit came out the quality just dropped.


    Any additional comments?

    The problem for me is that the writers now have made the main characters just indestructible. In the last book Clark cops a beating and even now all the main characters are up and killing with no effort. The tv show 24 has a lot to answer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Melbourne, Australia 12-31-13
    James Melbourne, Australia 12-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not much new, OK if your a fan..."

    I found it better than his last few books. I'm not so much into Clancy's novels these days but I have been reading them for so long and have so much invested in the characters that I cant help but read them.
    I think that now that Mr. Clancy has left us that it is time to end the series. I hope they don't let it drag on like other authors.
    Jack Ryan has run out of puff...the publishers need to let it go...

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  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    10/12/14
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    "Masterful"

    Tom Clancy is the master of this kind of fiction and the way in which he progresses the dual stories of the present day and thirty years previosuly is quite masterful. The action in both story lines is well paced and relevant bringing the two to nicely together to a satisfying conclusion. The mix of modern military action and hi-tech covert operations works extremely well for me.

    As others among my fellow Brits have said I had to raise an eyebrow at the accents but to discount this book for that issue would be a mistake. The characters are at least clear, consistent and easily identifiable so while it did bring a smile to my lips it certainly didn't sully my enjoyment of the book in any great way. If that kind of thing does irritate you though then you have been warned!

    But I'd say don't be put off, go for it!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    4/21/14
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    "Disappointing compared to threat vector"
    Would you try another book written by Tom Clancy or narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips?

    Lou Diamond Phillips has done a great job with the last four Tom Clancy books, I've only marked this down as it requires a great deal of british accents, that sadly most american actors can't do, they either come off as Dick van dyke, or as an american parody of and 18th century stereotype, that never existed.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    this book lacks the twists and excitement that I expected from Tom Clancy, and although its solidly written, next to the previous book, it left me feeling that it was just a bit lame.


    What aspect of Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance might you have changed?

    if he could do a british accent that this book demands a LOT of.


    Do you think Command Authority needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, probably, but given that Tom Clancy died recently, I guess that's not going to happen.


    Any additional comments?

    As a fan of Tom Clancy, and Lou Diamond Phillips, I can say read this book, but don't let it cloud your judgement of the last books. go read the last three before this, they're awesome.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Henfield, United Kingdom
    1/6/14
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    "The worst British accent since Dick Van Dyke"
    Would you try another book written by Tom Clancy or narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips?

    Sadly there wont be any


    What other book might you compare Command Authority to, and why?

    Standard Clancy stuff - bought in all the characters


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Hugely - this man simply doesnt know how to do a British accent. We dont all sound like David Niven !

    And if the accents werent bad enough he actually pronounced the Scottish capital 'Edinburg'


    Was Command Authority worth the listening time?

    Yes, but please get someone who can do the accents to read it next time


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lotus
    PERTH, United Kingdom
    2/3/14
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    "Another great yarn"

    A must read for all those Jack Ryan fans out there, had me sitting in the car outside the house during some of the action scenes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "A return to the Cold War"
    Would you listen to Command Authority again? Why?

    Yes. This is another worthy addition to the Jack Ryanverse. One can only hope that someone will continue it now that Tom Clancy has passed away


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a return to the confrontational cold war storyline that Tom Clancy was so good at


    Which character – as performed by Lou Diamond Phillips – was your favourite?

    Jack Ryan


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me thrilled


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Lowestoft, United Kingdom
    12/7/13
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    "Terrible narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Command Authority the most enjoyable?


    It was NOT enjoyable. This narrator draws a short breath at the beginning of each sentence which becomes such an irritation as to spoil the whole book - would really like to give it back !!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Command Authority?

    I dont have a specific memorable moment


    What didn’t you like about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance?

    I didnt like any aspect of it.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No - I was trying to concentrate on the story line whilst attempting to ignore, unsuccessfully, the narrators exceptionally irritating rendering.


    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Noble
    7/31/15
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    "WOW"

    Another fantastic story by the late great Mr Clancy. Fantastically narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sandra
    DEAL, United Kingdom
    7/10/14
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    "Aussie Accents"
    Where does Command Authority rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I will miss Tom Clancy i have read all his books, this was one of his best,


    What did you like best about this story?

    How he predicted the present day situation in Ukraine, his next book about a plant in the White House would have been a smash.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Please tell the producers of these AUDIO BOOKS that we British don't all have a cross between a Aussie and Cockney accents.The worst accent since Dick Van Dyke.


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

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. J. Sewter
    UK
    6/28/16
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    "Jack Ryan!"

    This story is about three Jack Ryan's! President Jack Ryan, President Jack Ryan '30 years ago' and Jack Ryan (son of Jack Ryan - similar age to 30 years ago Jack Ryan!) All three Jack Ryan's are suitably heroic (and virtually the same in character). When listening to in several chunks these Jack Ryan's can easily merge into one and as a result is easy to become disoriented. Honestly I gave up with about an hour to go - it wasn't awful, but for me, it would work so much better on screen.
    Narrator was good but his English accent, on occasion, actually made me laugh out loud.
    In summary - not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    somewhere right now
    6/4/16
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    "Possibly good story let down by poor narration"

    The narration was bad enough to put me off completely. I wasn't able to listen to enough of the story to provide a meaningful review however there are so many wonderfully narrated audio books on audible I'd say spend your credits / money on something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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