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.
What a waste of time. I did not even finish listening, which has never happened before. Lame story line and the charactors are one dimensional. The only upside is the narrator. Lou Diamond had the voices and accents down, too bad it was wasted on this book.
Getting another Tom Clancy book after such a long time was like meeting an old friend that I hadn't seen in years. I'm not really going to review the book itself, although it was a typical well written Tom Clancy thriller. I've never reviewed a book before, but after listening to Lou Diamond Phillips I had to log on and write this. Phillips' reading of this book was absolutely fantastic. I've always been a fan of Scott Brick, George Guidall and a few others, but frankly I thought this narration was the best I've ever heard. This was a book I would have enjoyed if it had been read by a reasonbly competent monkey, but the combination of Tom Clancy and this spot-on narration made this a few weeks of truly enjoyable driving.
It's Clancy, so it is technically thorough and accurate. My favorite thing about this book was the narration. Lou Diamond Phillips did a spectacular job. He addressed each character, individually. His pace was great...Which leant itself to a stellar, action packed ride. I hope this team happens again and again.
I think there was a plot in there; something like catch the bad terrorist, if written with halt the words it may have been interesting.
a generous supply of characters with too many different agendas becomes confusing. Then it becomes boring, and at the end it becomes pretty exciting. not worth the time to get there.
A disapointment. While the technical style of writing is excellent and the narration is equally well done, the theme lacks substance. The characters are moved around like cardboard images and lack the substance of reality. Tom Clancy knows his facts, but I was bored with the feeling the story lacked soul.
Unfortunately, the first 2/3rds of the novel are spent on separate story arcs. Yes, of course they eventually come together but by the time they do, you're just so worn out that you don't care.
The narration by Lou Diamond Phillips is wonderful, but the plot suffers from too many complications and too much background clutter. In the end, I didn't really care about any of the characters, nor did I care what they were up to.
The not so subtle mission of this book seems to be to erect a delicate strawman. Built as a caricature of liberal lawyers and dressed as a panty waisted Democrat politician. In swoops the hyper-masculine, do no wrong, selfless soldier to crush the strawman under his impeccably spit shined boots. As long as you are scared spitless into never voting for anyone left of a Neo-conservative, the story will have accomplished its task!
If you can roll your eyes and dismiss the partisan drivel, you can salvage a decent plot from the book. It wouldn't have taken a great deal of effort to fashion a believable fine line argument to give a prosecutor a less silly reason to charge a front line soldier with a crime than the one, I'm guessing, Grant Blackwood came up with. I'm giving Tom Clancy the benefit of the doubt here. I know he's a right winger, but I've never noticed he was so lazy in masking his contempt for Democrats. There are flashes of Clancy at his best, detailing the finer points of military tactics and intelligence subterfuge, but only small pieces of sources and methods that will help the enemies of America terrorize our citizenry.
Had this book been shorter, much shorter, it may have kept my interest while building the plot. As some people like to hear themselves talk, Clancy must love to experience himself writing (and writing) with every little detail and self-narrative which his fingers can create. The story itself is just OK and his self-indulgent style just prolonged a story-line which would have been more captivating had it moved along more swiftly. If ever a book was meant to be abridged, Dead or Alive is that book.
"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
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.
"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!!
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