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Command Authority | [Tom Clancy]

Command Authority

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.
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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

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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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    Chris Fairy Meadow, Australia 01-03-14
    Chris Fairy Meadow, Australia 01-03-14 Member Since 2011

    Sci-Fi, Hell yeah!!!!!

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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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    Garry Cannington, Australia 01-02-14
    Garry Cannington, Australia 01-02-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Mooroopna, Australia 12-31-13
    James Mooroopna, 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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    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


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    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


    1 of 1 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.


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Sandy
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom
    3/12/14
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    "Lou Diamond Phillips' UK regional accents"
    Would you listen to Command Authority again? Why?

    Yes, the story is so well interwoven and complex that I feel I've missed some points, particularly since I nearly always listen in bed before(and after)I go to sleep!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack, of course, in both incarnations and generations!


    Did Lou Diamond Phillips do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Reasonable well apart from the grossly exaggerated Scots accent and the sort of upper-class cockney accents of most of the London characters. His pronunciation Edinberg set my teeth on edge having in a former life had a US boss who used to pronounce it Eddinborrow!


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

    Yes, the death of Ox


    Any additional comments?

    Lou does an excellent(for me, anyway) Mexican accent in other TC books but should not enter the murky world of UK regional accents. I suppose we should be glad there was not a need for a Brummy accent! Or maybe it would have been a moment of light relief if there had been!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    2/20/14
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    "Normal Clancy material."
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    Good book, but Jack juniors car transformed from a Merc to a Beemer while he was in Corby,!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    Renfrew, United Kingdom
    2/11/14
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    "More of the same."
    If you could sum up Command Authority in three words, what would they be?

    The three words I would use to sum up the latest instalment of the "Jack Ryan" series are (Gripping, Educating, Entertaining).


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

    It is very similar to previous "Jack Ryan" books, because it introduces something new into the mix. Each book has a new slant - International Terrorism, Biological Warfare, Cyber Warfare and now State Sponsored OC.


    What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

    He has a great way of projecting the character with his voice. Very entertaining.


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

    In the epilogue when Ryan returns to London and tell Cathy he will be there in a minute once he has checked on the kids. So ordinary, so real.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there is another instalment although TC is no longer with us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Marchington, United Kingdom
    2/9/14
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    "Another fantastic Clancy book"

    I hope that someone takes this franchise over after the sad and premature death of Clancy. The Ryan junior, Clarke et al characters provide real excitement and are a nice complement to the earlier Ryan novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. J. J. Brown
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    2/4/14
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    "Nice story. Great start."
    If you could sum up Command Authority in three words, what would they be?

    I'm not through this entirely yet but had to note down my thoughts. Lou Phillips should not be asked or attempt to imitate a British accent. In all fairness to Lou he gives it a good try but it just doesn't work out at all. If you're American you may not notice much though.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the start was great, I'm about halfway through now.


    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sally Alp
    New Southgate London Uk
    1/4/14
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    "Two Jack Ryan WOW"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you want to read an a book about espionage then The Jack Ryan saga is one to get your teeth into. It not 007 it's better


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not anyone character can be my favourite. All work well with one another


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

    No one really. Lou's performance was good for all characters. You could tell them apart


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

    The emotional reaction would be GOD there is not going to be anymore Tom Clancy's book. We have lost a great author


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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