The US President, along with most of the Cabinet and Congress, is dead. Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before had been confirmed as the new Vice-President of the United States is told that he is now President.
President John Patrick Ryan.
With stunning force, Ryan's responsibilities crush on him. He must calm an anxious and grieving nation, all while attempting to reconstitute a Cabinet and a Congress with the greatest possible speed.
But that is not all. Both within Washington DC and across the globe, there are those eager to act on the animosity towards the United States and others from Jack Ryan's past that harbour a grudge towards the new President himself. Soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so big even he cannot imagine it.
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"His plotting here is masterful, as is his strumming of patriotic heartstrings. This is heavyweight entertainment." (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)
"Vintage Clancy ... The conclusion features the most harrowing battlefield prose Clancy has written since Red Storm Rising." (Bookpage)
Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.
I regard Tom Clancy as a solid, competent writer who deserved the success he has received. We foreigners who have been to the US have to remind ourselves that while Special Forces are carefully selected and trained to be the very best they can be and enjoy most of the advantages of hi-tech, offensive and defensive, they are still human and can be killed, wounded or mentally damaged. In Executive Orders, a Japanese pilot, seething over conflict described in a previous book, takes a 747 below the radar, kills hi co-pilot and dives the huge bomb into Congress, killing most of the US government, including the President, and the chain of command down to a level beneath the Joint Chiefs. Our hero Jack Ryan is thrust but unwanted circumstance into the role of President, with only one Senator protesting. The reluctant POTUS faces danger from many quarters but manages to find sufficient men with backbone to rally to the cause and uncover/destroy the real perpetrators of the plot to take out the US. If the plunged 747 decapitating the US government only to be foiled doesn't grab you, the underlying plot, which involves the weaponizing of the ebola virus, should make thinkers pause and pay more attention to events in Africa and the Middle East.
Mr Clancy has written a powerful account of a mega tragedy for the US and the world. I rate Red Star Rising as the best of Clancy's books but even with the passage of time this is a very close second. I purchased not knowing that that it was set on a different time line. Normally, my first reaction would be to return the book but I'm pleased I hung in there. It's a long but very worthwhile read.
yes, I am sure I missed some as I sat late in the evening to get my next fix so will repeat the enjoyable experience at some time in the future.
no real favourite
I am not American so enjoy the different accents, he gives a marvellous performance
it would be nice but not possible
I recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys great political thrillers. Tom Clancy was a master of the genre.
Jack Ryan for his ability to step up to plate.
Once again too lengthy but I gave it a red hot go.
"The thriller of thrillers, hold on to your hats."
Yes, in that every last detail is presented. The danger with reading an exciting book is that you skip on too fast to find out what happens next. Much better to listen to every word properly.
Clear and present danger.
Every detail is clear.
Kept me awake while on a long boring drive!
"dont bother unless you like long convaluting story"
No tedious book and tedious delivery
I very much doubt it
Flat delivery - it sounded like it was a chore for him to read the book. It certainly was a chore to listen to him.
Most of them
The audio book was in 6 parts - if got rid of the constant repartition and cut back on 'how great Uncle Sam' rhetoric then maybe I would have been able to listen to the whole book!!
"Fast paced and exciting."
The story of how Jack Ryan becomes President of the United States. How he has to fight enemies from within America and outside too.
"Another Tom Clancy book thoroughly enjoyed!"
Great story and performed well. I would definitely get another book from the series! :)
"good book as normal thay take time to get into"
book it brings home all day true dangers of the real life and see how we mad deal with them .
"what rubbish! !"
l can't believe I listened to all of this book. the reader is awful he sounds like he is bored as I was. this book could have been written by the Whitehouse to promote the American way. I only stayed with because of the star rating (audible you kidded me )
cracking story and gripping throughout. This is the second listened to and I would buy another in this series.
"loved it.. amazing.."
Brilliant book. loved and listen to it everyday. would recommend it to any clancy fan.
"Good story.Terrible narration by Michael Prichard."
The book was great but the narration was sadly very poor. Many words had the incorrect English pronunciation. Volume constantly changed and tempo was often wrong.
"Epic tale from an on-form Clancy"
Unlikely because it would be such a commitment!!!! 50 hrs!!!!!!!
Ryan of course.... the intelligent and honest hero. He was dealing with problems that are so relevant to today. I kept thinking about how he would be received by a modern electorate. Probably with the same distrust as all politicians.
Not sure it matched the pace but it did work well. The clarity and careful delivery of the words somehow matched the main characters and theme of the novel.
This probably would have been impossible due to its length but I did find myself easily listening to 2-3 hrs at a time and not wanting to end these sessions.
The book was fascinating because, although it was set post GulfWar 1, the topics were so relevant to all that is happening in the world right now. Quite eerie in fact! A visionary Clancy perhaps?
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