Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.
Ryan's responsibilities crush in on him. Where should he begin? He must calm a nation, pacify world leaders, arrange a massive funeral -- while he rebuilds a government as quickly as possible. But that's not all. Enemies abroad and at home see opportunities, and they'll soon present President Ryan with an unimaginable crisis. How will he tackle his greatest challenge ever?
©2009 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House
I would hesitate to name any single one of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books as my favorite, but if I did Executive Orders would probably be it. What an excellent book! When I started reading this series sometime in the late 80's it never dawned on me that Jack Ryan would ever become president. Still Clancy comes up with a plausible if unlikely sequence of events to propel Jack Ryan into the presidency of the United States. My only problem with the whole scenario is that I find it hard to believe that there are any politicians with as much common sense as Jack Ryan demonstrates in this book. Prichard does a good job as narrator of this book although there might be some better choices for narrator. Some people don't care for the detail that Clancy puts into his books or the length of this book in particular. I don't understand that myself. To my way of thinking I got this audio book for entertainment. Isn't 51 hours of entertainment better than 5 hours of entertainment? Would I recommend this book? I sure would!
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.
A monster of a book but worth every cent, this Jack Ryan tale is woven into a great tapestry. The charicters are sublime and they all work. His knowledge on warfare, be it truth or fiction, is of the highest calibre. If you only get one Clancy, get this one but be warned, it is very hard to turn off. Ideal for when you have a week of painting the house or you are confined to quarters!
Several reviews suggested that Tom Clancy and his reader, Michael Prichard, had missed the mark with this edition of Jack Ryan. I am about half through with the book and find it exceptional and the narration is quite good.
Perhaps if you have not read any of the other books in this series, or not seen any of the pictures, you might get lost in the plot. However, anyone who is a fan of Tam Clancy and these charcters should find this an outstanding read. The complaint about the detail is understandable, but this is what Clancy has built his readership.
I was concerned with the negative reviews, but very happy I purchased this book, and find the unabridged version much to my satisfaction.
I have been listening to the complete "Ryanverse" from start to finish. The different readers have different styles but I haven't had an issue with either.
Admittedly its a shock switching from one to another after listening for 40-50 hours but after an hour or so it doesn't matter to me. If it was possible to pick one I would stick with one but so it goes. The Clancy books are a good read or a good listen and that upwards of 55 hours you do get your moneys worth.
No. I am generally impressed with audio books from Audible.com - the narrators are well chosen and well-directed, but not this one. Clancy's books have so much material that I usually like getting them as audiobooks as listening to the story makes me slow down and read the entire book.
Needs a different narrator.
He's barely better than a computer generated voice. He doesn't used much inflection, he doesn't do anything to help you cue into which character is speaking and his performance does not advance the story in this book.
I love Tom Clancy books. Read Debt of Honor and loved it. I decided to listen to Executive Orders. I am only about 1 hour into the 51 hours and I am in pain, the narrator is terrible. He speaks in a monotone, there is no inflections, no excitement, no trying to make different voices for different characters. I'm considering stopping and just reading it myself. I'm sure the story is great, but the narrator is just ruining it.
The plot was excellent, and not always predictable, at points I was cringing with emotion waiting to hair how things would unfold.
The narator spoke to slowly. I suggest listening at a faster speed 1.25x or 1.5x to tolerate his voice.
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As much as I love the ease of listening to audio books, there is one drawback: you can't easily skim forward through brutal violence or excruciating boredom in the way you can in print. This book has some violence and lots of the boredom parts.
True to Clancy's pattern, the storyline and interest picks up significantly at the 1/2 way point. However, even after that mid-pt there still are long periods where Clancy indulges his love of detailing all things military: strategy, hardware and history.
So why 4 stars? Because this series is extraordinary. It brings out feelings of patriotism, family, and hardiness of spirit. The story arc is mesmerizing, the characters are memorable, and it always leaves the listener (at least this one) wanting to know what happens next.
One final note: with a more dynamic narrator, this book would move better. I've listened to a couple of the next books in this series and can attest to the talent of Lou Diamond Phillips and the incredible difference he makes as the narrator.
I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!
I think it is fair to say that Tom Clancy's tales would not be for everyone! For starters, there's the sheer volume of listening that's required! And then the stories themselves are woven together with many threads. This particular story seems so completely improbable that it is a tribute both to Tom's lively imagination and the Narrator, Michael Pritchard's delivery, that the end result is a story which seems completely plausible!
I'm sure others would disagree on that point but I found the descriptions of the various phases of the book quite believable. Tom's writing style has always appealed to me. His account of the battle phases carry comprehensive details of the weaponry used & it's effects. It could all be made up or it could be meticulously researched but the end result is beyond question!
If you drive a lot, like I do, or you simply have the time necessary for such a story, then I would recommend it!
Where in the world did you get Israel? Not even close!!!!
This is one of my favorite Clancy novels. It is an amazing story and to think it was witten several years prior to 9/11!
I was a little diasappointed by Michael Prichard's reading of the unabridged version. In my opinion, the gentleman that does the abridged version did a much better job with a variety of accents.
This is one book I enjoy lisening to over and over again. The detail of the tank and air battles are great.
"Not an Enjoyable Listen"
I was looking forward to Executive Orders, especially given other reviews and ratings. However, I found the narrator's delivery to be so irritating and monotonous that I have given up listening to it. I now have the printed version and it is an excellent read. I have downloaded many books from Audible and this is the worst by a long, long way. I just wish they would allow occasional returns. I suppose I am in the minority on this one but so be it.
Was looking forward to this as like Tom Clancy's books but the narrator spoilt it for me. I only got through half the 1st part. It was like listerning to a machine speaking, sometimes I got lost because I didn't realise we'd changed situation - so disappointed.
"51 hours of a single voice"
This book would have been more interesting had the narrator used different voices. It was difficult to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys. Having said that, it was a good story but a bit long winded at times.I normally "read" Tom Clancy's books.
"Executive Orders - Is Rubish"
Very disapointed. The narrator is terrible; his monotone voice and feeble attempts at foreign accents irritates. Clancy's writting is not on form, with continuous self indulgent drivel and a non-existent plot (after 7 hours) - I have given up!
"Jack Ryan - RIP Tom Clancy 2/10/2013"
The best part of this story was the lead up to the main event which was not really as interesting as war rarely is. Clancy kind of tapers of and the rest of the story kind of pales in to insignificance after that.
This is the story about how Jack Sr. meets his presidential job head on so any other Tom Clancy book after this is a good way to go.
I was disappointed with the narrator but as this was done before the Jack Ryan Jr. stories I felt I got more quantity over quality. Would buy this again if it was narrated by the same guy that did Threat Vector.
This is what the Jack Ryan film should have been about. Hopefully this will be one for 2014/15
It's a pity that I write a review the day that the Writer dies. Very sad day as I will have to look elsewhere for something that would even come close to this type of story. I am a Tom Clancy Fan and am gutted that he will never be able to write about Jack Ryan Sr. Jr. ever again.
In a book written pre 9/11 it is a fast paced thriller of the highest order that you expect from Tom Clancy, the plot seemed possible but unlikely, one terrorist attack on the U.S
followed by a chemical warfare attack, the whole premise of the book was tragically mirrored by the events of 9/11 and the following weeks, it is a five star read which when read now is a sad but stark warning to how a small group can wreak havac
It was one of those books I just didn't want to end. Even though it is probably one of the longest books I have listened to. I am now a Jack Ryan groupie!
"You won't want to put it down"
This is a classic piece dripping tension and intricately complex interlocking blocks from the ever-brilliant pen of Tom Clancy.
I do recommend reading Debt of Honour before reading this book just to catch up with how Jack Ryan got to become US President, but then hang on for another amazing ride.
Clancy is always technically excellent and his ability to create highly complex plot lines is undiminished.
Well worth an Audible credit, and at 53 hours +, it'll take you a month to read anyway !
This was fabulous. I loved every minute of it. I could be biased because Tom Clancey has yet to write a bad book, in my opinion.
"A great story"
I am a fan of Tom Clancy and particularly the Jack Ryan novels. I have read this book and the previous Debt of Honor before. I thought I would take a chance on this audio book even though some of the reviews I read were less than complimentary on the reading. I had no problem listening all the way through this book. The reading was not the best, hence the 4 stars, but the story kept me listening.
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