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.
This is like one of those movies you would watch at 2am when you are half awake...you hear a lot of action, a few repeat characters...and nothing else...I listened to more than half of the story and have no idea whats happening...
This novel needed a good editor. There are subplots that are unnecessary and contribute nothing to the story, including whether Jack Ryan Sr will run again for president, the fecklessness of the Kealty administration and the Sam Driscoll story line (after he leaves Afghanistan). While Clancy's political leanings have never been a secret, his heavy handed attacks on Democrats are too much.(And for the record, I'm a registered Republican). Clancy should stick to militarty/spy stories and avoid politics
I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
If you wish for the days in which a politician took no prisoners, and you love a great yarn, this is a gratifying listen. Jack is back, with Jack, Jr. rapidly catching up to his father's footsteps. All the preposterous narrow escapes of the Jack Ryan series are here, as well as some contemporary social commentary and wishful thinking on the part of the author. This one opens the door for a number of great additions to the franchise. Lots of fun!
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
Sorry fellow listeners, but while I found him hard to read I found him the perfect companion to listen to. If you like his style this will not dissapoint
i was very impressed with the reading by Lou D. Phillips. The plot was very interesting although there were a few times where many details were not needed. overalll, excellent!
Lou Diamond Phillips is jsut not the right person to narrate this book. His characters all sound the same whether young or old, man or woman. I got so lost tyring to figure out whos who.because there was very little distinction in each character's voices.
Clancy's best novel in a long while. Young Jack Ryan earns his creds in this story and becomes a standalone character worthy of future books. Lou Diamond Philips does a first rate job of bringing to story to life, even if his Jack Sr voice is a little too much like John Wayne. Overall, highly recommended.
I've read pretty much all the Jack Ryan books, and while this seems to lack some of the depth of the original books, I like where they are going with Jack Jr. You get used to characters like Clark and Dominguez, and they help tie you back to the older stories. This re-emergence of Jack Sr. is very promising, I can't wait for the next installment. I was also surprised at how well Lou Diamond Phillips did with the narration. He's no Jim Dale, but he made the characters come alive with just subtle changes to his voice, enough to believe you were listing to different people. I enjoyed this book a great deal and will definitely be watching for the next one.
I've read everything Tom Clancy has written, not ghost written. While I saw he had a helper in this one - I kept my hopes up for it as it involved Jack Ryan (character from Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, etc)
I was so disappointed with this book. I found it tiresome, very predictable, and the worse thing a book can be: boring. I had to stop listening to it and go back months later to finish it.
I wish I would have skipped it and waited for a $0.99 sale for my Kindle instead of using an Audible credit.
"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.
"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!
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
"Great mix of action & prescient political awareness ."
Enjoyed this immensely. Great story & wonderfully narrated by L. D Phillips (the narrator can enhance or totally ruin even a super book.
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.
"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!
"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.
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.
"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
Great read. Lou Diamond Phillips does an excellent job narrating.
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