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Executive Orders Audiobook

Executive Orders: Jack Ryan, Book 8

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1996 Jack Ryan Limited Partnership (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Christopher Howrah, Australia 12-08-14
    Christopher Howrah, Australia 12-08-14 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "This was written pre-9/11: keep that in mind."

    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.

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    Bisccuits2 new zealand 11-02-14
    Bisccuits2 new zealand 11-02-14

    CC Bisseker

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    "well worth listening time"
    Would you listen to Executive Orders again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    no real favourite


    Which character – as performed by Michael Prichard – was your favorite?

    I am not American so enjoy the different accents, he gives a marvellous performance


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it would be nice but not possible


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    James 06-15-14
    James 06-15-14
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    "President Jack Ryan"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys great political thrillers. Tom Clancy was a master of the genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Ryan for his ability to step up to plate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Once again too lengthy but I gave it a red hot go.


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  • Ivory200
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    7/24/15
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    "The thriller of thrillers, hold on to your hats."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Executive Orders to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Executive Orders to, and why?

    Clear and present danger.


    What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Every detail is clear.


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

    Kept me awake while on a long boring drive!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jaki Palmer
    1/13/15
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    "dont bother unless you like long convaluting story"
    Would you try another book written by Tom Clancy or narrated by Michael Prichard?

    No tedious book and tedious delivery


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Clancy again?

    I very much doubt it


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Flat delivery - it sounded like it was a chore for him to read the book. It certainly was a chore to listen to him.


    What character would you cut from Executive Orders?

    Most of them


    Any additional comments?

    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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    9/12/16
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    "This book is brill"

    Loved the way it clears up all lose ends from debt of honour and shows president Ryan to grow more presdential. Sand box is brill X

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  • jpp
    7/25/16
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    "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.

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  • Jake
    7/3/16
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    "Another Tom Clancy book thoroughly enjoyed!"

    Great story and performed well. I would definitely get another book from the series! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • james
    4/26/16
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    "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 .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    2/29/16
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    "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 )

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  • CGM
    2/11/16
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    "outstanding"

    cracking story and gripping throughout. This is the second listened to and I would buy another in this series.

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  • Lee
    1/6/16
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    "loved it.. amazing.."

    Brilliant book. loved and listen to it everyday. would recommend it to any clancy fan.

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  • WilliamRous
    8/6/15
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    "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.

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