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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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    jean Gatineau, QC, Canada 04-02-13
    jean Gatineau, QC, Canada 04-02-13
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    "Worst book in a while"
    What disappointed you about Dead or Alive?

    I did not appreciated the narration nor the story. Even up to part 2 of the book i was really board and decided to quit lessening.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Im now reading the Personal MBA and it is excellent


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lou Diamond Phillips?

    Any one but him


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-18-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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

    If it weren't for Lou I would not have listened for as long as I did. His dialects were impressive. Who knew?....I will look out for his other recordings. Great job!


    Any additional comments?

    I tried,.....I just could not make it through. 12 hours in I gave up. I loved Clancy years ago but, Wow, so many complete descriptions of everything with so many three and four letter equipment initials. I liked the Characters but the,story did not move fast enough between the descriptions of everything. Maybe better suited for war buffs that are interested in all of the equipment. Maybe I will try an older shorter Clancy.

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    Ilean I. Isaza 03-11-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Ok,not that exiting, perhaps for gun lovers"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    no is well written, just not my cup of tea


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Least interesting the political aspect and the detailed gun descriptions


    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was Dead or Alive worth the listening time?

    a polite yes


    Any additional comments?

    None. Certainly this book has a preferred audience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Hockman DUBLIN, OH, United States 03-01-13
    Tom Hockman DUBLIN, OH, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2009

    Big Audible fan since 2007. Love all types of books from sci-fi, mystery, thriller, bios, science, political analysis, and classics.

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    "Two dimensional plot and characters"
    What disappointed you about Dead or Alive?

    The characters of Dead or Alive, and all Clancy books, are so two-dimensional, predictable, and devoid of any unique traits that I was bored by the first hour of the book. The plot didn't seem any more engaging.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Daniel Suarez is the heir-apparent to techno-military thrillers. I've read his Daemon and FreedomTM books and look forward to Kill Decision.


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

    Yes, he does fine with the characters. It's the dialog that is as bland as cardboard. There is no richness to the prose to liven up the listening experience.


    What character would you cut from Dead or Alive?

    Jack Ryan Sr.


    Any additional comments?

    Every character is a stereotype. The total cutout of Mrs. Ryan in any scenes, but still referencing her and her supposed strong opinions about the actions of her husband and son, seem like bad writing. How can some characters keep talking about another one that never makes an appearance in the novel? Also, Clancy's protagonists in all his novels never seem in real peril or make serious mistakes. He offers the occasional death or wounding of a good guy, but the Good Guys never seem to make any real mistakes. It's like watching a football game where your team is always two touchdowns ahead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 02-28-13
    Lee 02-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Lengthy Detailed In-depth Long Spook Ops"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead or Alive the most enjoyable?

    The parts that were not detailed and drawn out


    What other book might you compare Dead or Alive to and why?

    None


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

    All of it, he was very good.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Thorough extensive almost exhaustive explanation and scene setting, so if you like details you’ll love this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David A. Smith Berkeley, CA USA 02-25-13
    David A. Smith Berkeley, CA USA 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A good story ruined by right wing political slant."

    All the good characters are Irish Catholics with the token black and Hispanic military types and even an ex Democratic Senator. It's as if it was edited by Fox News.

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    William Waltrip Dallas, Texas 02-21-13
    William Waltrip Dallas, Texas 02-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It glorifies war"

    This book was well written by knowledgeable writers. It would be the perfect tool for an Army recruiter. It glorifies war, and the thrill of killing, going into detail about the types of guns, etc. It was a little hard for me to follow, listening while I drive or walk, because the writers created multiple episodes that they finally bring together to create the story.

    I much prefer the stories by Vince Flynn.

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    Christine D. Baker 02-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "What you'd expect from Tom Clancy"

    It's a good action novel. The characters are fairly likeable. Lou Diamond Phillips often does a horrible job with some of the Arabic pronunciation and Clancy has some very skewed ideas about Islam, but neither of those are particularly surprising.

    Overall, it was a pretty diverting listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Westlake Village, CA, United States 01-31-13
    Colin Westlake Village, CA, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Story is Dull, not up to Clancy standards."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sort of. I usually listen while driving in traffic. I constantly found myself drifting away from the story. Constant introduction of new characters would lose me .
    Sometimes I got so tired I had to turn it off.


    Has Dead or Alive turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I enjoy most of Clancy's books and most books in this genre


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

    I liked everything about his performance, but I think he had a tough book to carry.


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

    Still reading so can't say


    Any additional comments?

    I have read almost all of Clancy's early stuff but drifted away when he started with the co-authors. Started reading all of the Vince Flynn "Mitch Rapp" series. The most recent Vince Flynn "The Last Man" was a bit tired and same old same old. I picked up "Threat Vector" by Clancy and thought it was fantastic, far above the Vince Flynn stuff. I decided to go back to the beginning of the series, thus "Dead of Alive". I find it slow and uninspiring. Characters are a bit one dimensional.... Democrats are all far left idiots, conservatives are all level headed trustworthy sorts. The President is such an idiot that he is beyond believable. One of the things I have enjoyed about Clancy compared to Vince Flynn and others is that he does not see it all politics as black and white. It is more complicated than that and he has been able to show the nuances of party politics, governments, religion, good vs evil etc... I hope for better on the next one.

    Colin Donahue

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark A. Bentley Northern Virginia, United States 01-26-13
    Mark A. Bentley Northern Virginia, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Had its moments"
    What did you like best about Dead or Alive? What did you like least?

    Performance is very good, althought LDP gets stuck on certain "foreign" accents, and tends to repeat them. Plots was simplistic, but entertaining. Starts out very strong, but gets bogged down before too long. Clancy (or, more likely, Blackwood; Clancy appears to have sold his name to the highest bidder, which I find a little repugnant) spends way too much time creating an inept caricature of a president, only to allow his heroes to poke fun at him. Adopting a previous character, Clancy has turned him into a parody of President Obama, and spends a ridiculous amount of time injecting his own right-wing politics into the story.

    A few ridiculous factual errors spoil an otherwise interesting read. For example, one jet airplane is describe as having spent many hours as a commercial jet for a major airline, servicing a route from west to east. Perhaps it was dismantled and shipped via truck for the westbound leg? Stupid, stupid errors...

    Finally, the book is a mismash of the Ryan universe; characters that died off books ago reappear; 9/11 is a major motivator, even though it never "happened" in the Ryan universe, while the major plot element of "Sum of All Fears" (far worse than our own 9/11), is never mentioned; the US is at war with Iraq, even though there was no GW Bush in Ryan's universe to start such a war. And so on.

    The book tries to be both a stand-alone novel as well as one that rests on the earlier works of Clancy -- back when Clancy actually wrote his own books, instead of paying someone else to do the heavy lifting. Overall, I enjoyed it, but it is a shadow of Clancy's earlier work.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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