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Dead or Alive | [Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood]

Dead or Alive

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 03-05-13
    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "Tom Clancy does it again"
    What did you love best about Dead or Alive?

    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."


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

    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.


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

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Herz Syracuse, NY United States 01-25-11
    R. Herz Syracuse, NY United States 01-25-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Read"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tesia 01-17-11
    Tesia 01-17-11
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    "Fantastic!"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 01-12-11
    Jim 01-12-11

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    "Too good to pass up!"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chute53 BELLA VISTA, ARKANSAS, United States 01-12-11
    Chute53 BELLA VISTA, ARKANSAS, United States 01-12-11

    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.

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    "Technical goodies with excellent naration."

    This audio book was well done. I was with each character, and felt afterwards that I had "been there and done that." Congradulations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    VoxVolat Dallas, TX, United States 12-28-10
    VoxVolat Dallas, TX, United States 12-28-10 Member Since 2013

    mainly read romances and books for a book club that take me all over the map.

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    "Clancey Is Back For Real!!!"

    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.

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    Thomas Rockville, MD, United States 12-11-10
    Thomas Rockville, MD, United States 12-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Pretty Good"

    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.

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    James Sandy Hook, CT, United States 01-14-11
    James Sandy Hook, CT, United States 01-14-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Dead, Alive or Somewhere in the Middle"

    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.

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    stephen 12-12-10
    stephen 12-12-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Dead or Alive, or as I call it, With Remorse"

    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.

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    R.E. Vazquez Glen Allen, VA USA 12-11-10
    R.E. Vazquez Glen Allen, VA USA 12-11-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Nothing has changed in a decade"

    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.

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  • Alan
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    1/9/11
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    "Good Clancy Read"

    A very good, fast paced Clancy Novel that is very well narrated...if you are a Clancy fan this will be well worth it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J. M. Toy
    Bangor, N Ireland
    6/7/11
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    "The Ryan clan strike again"

    As usual an excellent book and well up to Clancy's standard. Each time you read his stories you can't wait for the sequel and this one is no different. The story line is very pertinent and credible in to-days situation and the action/reaction of politicians in the story seems to coincide with the actions of so many to-day. The question left hanging is will Jack Ryan regain the Presidency!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    LeicseterUnited Kingdom
    1/6/11
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    "Disappointing"

    I'm giving it 3 stars because the narration was excellent however the story left something to be desired. If you're looking for a thriller with Jack Ryan (former President) you're out of luck. In this book he's more of a guest character popping up for a scene or two every now and again.

    From starting off very well the plot takes a long time to develop. I found myself losing interest in the story which is sad because the I thought the idea was quite good and some of the characters quite interesting. All of the zing found in some of the previous books in the series is missing.

    I found myself fast forwarding to get to the end. In the end I skipped about three hours and I doubt I missed anything important. I've read elsewhere that this book is around 950 pages, well they could have cut that by at least half and the book would have been better for it. This is not a Clancy book that I'll listen to again but then it's not really a Clancy book, it was 'co-written'.beta inappVoteInfo

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Alin
    Dalkeith, United Kingdom
    4/10/13
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    "Clancy Reinvigorated!"

    With these recent releases, Clancy has collaborated with other writers to bring a new series to life, following Jack Ryan Jr and his journey into the world of black ops, espionage and off the books wetwork.



    The 3 books in this series so far are narrated with skill by Lou Diamond Phillips with his years of experience bringing these characters to life and making them instantly recognisable as the stories unfold.



    This run of stories following the exploits of some old and some new characters under the guise of 'The Campus' are gripping and exciting. Any Clancy fan will enjoy them and am sure you'll agree that, with his collaborations, he has reinvigorated his storytelling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Faversham, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Gripping Listening for any Clancy Fan"

    This story carries on the story of Jack Junior. The new Agency still in its infancy gets a couple of new well loved members, in a story line that leaves you physically hating an old Ryanverse character, brings you to the end of a story that leaves your ears wanting more of the same.

    Superbly read by Lou Diamond Phillips, you will find yourself hoping that you get stuck in traffic or on the train just so you can listen to a bit more of this gripping adventure. The daily commute has become the most fun part of my working day!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DAMON
    Frome, United Kingdom
    12/26/11
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    "Another good listen from Tom Clancy"

    Title says it all really, really enjoyed this book, can't wait for the next one I can download and listen to Highly recommended to anyone as LDP is a fantastic narrator (as well as a fairly good actor!!!). Thanks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • angela
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    11/22/11
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    "Fantastic"

    One of the best audio books I have listened to so far, I could really relate to the characters and the story line was very nicely done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    1/30/11
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    "Dead or Alive"

    This book itself includes a number of well know characters from Tom Clancy's earlier works.This combined with a very well crafted annotation by Lou Diamond Philips makes it a very enjoyable listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    SydneyUnited Kingdom
    12/14/10
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    "Great narrator"

    Great read. Lou Diamond Phillips does an excellent job narrating.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jon Lambert
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    "Another Tom Clancy at his best"

    Yet another outstanding story by Tom Clancy. I am truly enjoying this series about the Adventures of Jack Ryan, Jack Ryan Jr. This book is another follow-up to Campus storyline and the numerous activities of the Campus team and Rainbow 6 the Special Activities Black Ops unit that always manages to, not only save the day, but save the world as well. This, like all his other books is expertly researched and delivered flawlessly. Once started it is extremely hard to put down. Never a dull moment I would highly recommend this audible book to any Tom Clancy fan. An enthralling adventure and awesome listen. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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