Dead or Alive brings together - for the first time - an all-star cast of Clancy’s greatest characters in a joint showdown with global terrorists.
Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the "Campus" - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn't know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.
The Campus has now turned their sights on the Emir, the number-one terrorist threat to Western civilization. A reclusive figure and mastermind of vicious terrorist acts, the Emir has eluded capture by the world's law-enforcement agencies. But now - with the help of ex-CIA agent John Clark and protégé Marine Colonel Ding Chavez - the Campus is in on the hunt.
In a fast-paced, intense performance, film and television star Lou Diamond Phillips narrates the story of their mission - to bring in the Emir, dead or alive.
Take another thrill ride with Jack Ryan.
©2010 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.
The continuation of John Clark and Ding Chavez after "Rainbow Six" and the forced retirement of both of them. I have really enjoyed the story lines in the "Jack Ryan" universe of John Clark in particular. Especially since the book "Without Remorse."
Lou Diamond Phillips was born to be an actor/narrator. His performane of Tom Clancy's novels as been great entertainment. His ability to create unique inflextion of his voice for each character and situation causes the written word to become alive.
If I had had the time when I started this book I would have sat in a cozy chair in a calm quiet room with a cup of coffee and just listened until the end. But atlas, life is not perfect.
I thought it was slow at first, but then as the several plots began to intertwine, it got momentum -- it is a terrific read into contemporary events, and the narrator, Lou Diamond Phillips, does a truly outstanding job.
I found myself leaving the house early for class just so I could listen to this audiobook in the car. Really great narration by Lou Diamond Phillips. Wonderfully taut and gripping action throughout. Couldn't "put it down!" Highly recommended!
An enjoyable and timely read. I particularly appreciate the high level of research that is obvious in the story. The pacing is great with interesting side notes as to the how of things happening in the story. Also an insiders view of the workings of government that are not apparent to the typical viewer of the 6 o'clock news. The reader of course nails the characters with animation and accent renditions that would have you believe there is an entire cast. I will be looking forward to more titles narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips.
GET the book, you will love it!
I listen while doing those tasks when I don't need to be mentally engaged all the time. If I miss something I listen all over again.
This audio book was well done. I was with each character, and felt afterwards that I had "been there and done that." Congradulations.
mainly read romances and books for a book club that take me all over the map.
The novels Tom Clancey recently has written were just not up to snuff. Dead or Alive shows he still has what it takes and can take us into the deapths of the spy world in the modern era. This book sets the stage for what could be many to follow. We can only hope. A fantastic listen.
After the last novel "Teeth of the Tiger" which was flat and of no substance, this was a definite improvement. It was great to have the old guard come back and I really like the way Tom Clancy integrated the old characters with the new. That said, the timeline of the plot of the "bad guys" is convoluted. That was the only thing that prevented this book from being a great story. Tom Clancy had an original idea, technically correct, great characters but I think he spread himself too thin and it caused the timeline of the book to be both confusing and inaccurate.
As far as the narrator, much to my surprise, Lou Diamond Phillips did a good job reading this book. So If you love the characters from the old Jack Ryan series, and want to see them in a more modern setting then this is a pretty good book. If its your first time reading a a Jack Ryan series, I would not recommend this book at all. Try starting with the Hunt for Red october.
First of all, Lou Diamond Philips is brilliant in his performance. I look forward to more. I wish i could say the same about Tom Clancy. He's never been the same since the USSR collapsed. The story was okay, not his best by far, but better than his other recent efforts. I did find his intrusion of right wing politics only annoying, with one exception. His pandering portrayal of the Saudi royal family and the implication that the Democratic Party was more corrupt and "ungodly" was insulting to every American, and beneath him. I am surprised and curious as to what the reason was behind this, but he should be called out on it. He uses 9/11 for his own gain when it's convenient, but obviously learned nothing from it.
I was enjoying this book until about the halfway mark. Then it became very difficult to maintain interest. It just ran out of gas. I re-read his older books quite often and enjoy them every time. But this one won't be one of them. The most interesting parts of this book seemed to be the setup for a future book.
If it's a Tom Clancy book, you can be sure of several things:
Mr. Clancy has done his technical research to the last detail and spends page after page explaining it to us. In a previous book, he literally described a nuclear explosion millisecond by millisecond. He does similar things here. Sometimes, you find yourself tuning the narrator off because you don't particularly care how a bullet acts after striking. This is one reason for the extraordinary length of his books.
He also introduces so many characters and sub-plots so quickly that it is difficult to remember what the main plot is. It's easy to lose interest in what a character does when he or she only appears every five chapters.
In short, he kills us with insignificant details and smothers us with new sub-plots and characters.
I was hoping that time had mellowed his fondness for verbosity. It hasn't.
"A must for any Clancy fan..."
I have been a fan of Tom Clancy for years and have read the classics(rainbow 6, hunt for read October, Clear and Present Danger etc) and whilst it is clearly a different style, the pace and essence of it can not help but grip a true fan. The era of Ryan/Clark lives on!!
"A great cure for INSOMNIA!!"
I literally put me to sleep every time!! The narator just droned on with the same pitch and enthusiasm with every sittuation.
"Strength in length"
Having skipped a lot of Clancy books wasn't sure if I would still like the genre. This is a long book and builds very slowly. It also depends a lot on high tech interplay that I am not qualified to authenticate. It does to seem to come from a 'right wing' perspective.
I have to say though that the action really does build and grabbed my attention so no regrets from me with this!
"Dead or Alive"
Like his last book which introduced Jack Ryan's son this follows the usual Clancy format and is a good enough listen. However his views as an author seem to have moved further and further to the right and one finds the heroes less admirable as a result
"dead or alive"
I found this book really disapointing, slow and long. it just never got my attention nor did i feel the need to carry on listening, i did listen all the way through and the narration was good but the story itself did not grip me at all. I really wanted to like it but cant say i did. 5 out of 10 at best
"Ok, not the best"
I quite enjoyed this! Not a Clancy classic (has the poor old dear lost the ability to write a book on his own, or is the money getting in the way of the keyboard?) but a reasonable yarn all the same.
Try playing product placement bingo to liven up the boring bits!
"Right wing flapping"
The sub-text to a turgid story is an overt critique of the current US administration. Clancy, like most fervent Republicans, have an oddly reactionary view of Obama (think of all the 'he's a socialist Islamic loving non-American Progressive' rhetoric and Clancy has used 'Dead or Alive' to pump his political bias with the subtlety of a crow bar over the back of the head. Lou Diamond Phillips talent is the only worthy aspect of this right wing/fundamentalist Christian dribble.
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