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The Bear and the Dragon | [Tom Clancy]

The Bear and the Dragon

Being President doesn't make things any easier, Jack Ryan finds out, especially when trouble's brewing in Moscow and China. Blending the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his hallmarks with intricate plotting, razor-sharp suspense, and a remarkable cast of characters, this is Clancy at his best - and there is none better.
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Publisher's Summary

In The Bear and The Dragon, the future is very near at hand indeed.

Newly elected in his own right, Jack Ryan has found that being President hasn't gotten any easier: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and in Moscow, someone may have tried to take out the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Things are unstable enough in Russia without high-level assassination, but even more disturbing may be the identities of the potential assassins. Were they political enemies, the Russian Mafia, disaffected former KGB? Or, Ryan wonders, is something far more dangerous at work here?

Ryan is right to wonder. For even while Russian investigators pursue the case, and some of his most trusted eyes and ears - including antiterrorism specialist John Clark - head to Moscow, forces in China are moving ahead with a plan of truly audacious proportions. Tired of what they view as the presumption of the West, eager to fulfill their destiny, they are taking matters into their own hands. If they succeed, the world as we know it will never look the same. If they fail...the consequences may be unspeakable.

Blending the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his hallmarks with intricate plotting, razor-sharp suspense, and a remarkable cast of characters, this is Clancy at his best - and there is none better.

©2000 Rubicon, Inc.; (P)2000 Random House Inc., Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Intoxicating, expertly researched - seemingly inside - information, about advanced weapons of war and espionage." (Publishers Weekly)
"Frank Muller puts out an amazing performance, whipping off endless Chinese and Russian names - even in dialogue - as if they were his native tongue." (AudioFile)
"When the door blows open and the shooting starts, nobody does it better than Tom Clancy." (The Dallas Morning News)

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    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 02-07-03
    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 02-07-03 Member Since 2002

    I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.

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    "Clancy's World is Fun"

    In Clancy's World, Jack Ryan is president, and man are we ever glad. The Russian's are our friends, the Chinese are our enemy, and even some of the people we think of as our friends, like India, simply are not as great as we'd like them to be. Clancy spins a web where the asian continent would like nothing more than to dominate the west, and would do so through the taking of the world's oil supplies. The premise of the book, a conflict between Russia (the Bear) and China (the Dragon) and the entry of the U.S. on the side of the Bear makes for an enjoyable read. If you like living in Tom Clancy's world, you'll like the technical details and the spying that goes on in this book. It is yet another reason to be glad Tom Clancy is on our side.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Adelaide, Australia 12-01-10
    Chris Adelaide, Australia 12-01-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good, once you get over the Narrator's voice!"

    This was my first audiobook download, and at first I must say, I was dissapointed! Straight away the Narrator's way he ended the sentences struck a nerve and I thought I'd give up after a few minutes.
    I stuck with it over my 45min journey, and although I found it slow going to begin, the story got good enough to over-power my opinion of the Narrator.
    Once into the story, I really enjoyed it! I found the Narration got better as the book progressed, and I really looked forward to the next time I got to listen. Overall it was a positive experience, but I can see how others don't like the Narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Edison, NJ, USA 02-15-05
    Paul Edison, NJ, USA 02-15-05
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    "Pretty good"

    This was my first Clancy book and it was exactly what I expected. It didn't seem forced or far out to me. Overall it was very enjoyable and very well read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Monee, IL, USA 01-06-04
    Kristin Monee, IL, USA 01-06-04
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    "Muller + Clancy -- it gets no better!"

    I'd given up reading Clancy books some years back, but couldn't pass up the chance to listen to a favorite author, read by my favorite reader! A great listen - just as expected!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew M Ojai, CA, USA 01-30-04
    Matthew M Ojai, CA, USA 01-30-04
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    "Excellent story and narration considering"

    The story is what you want from TC - excellent military insight and a plot that makes you think. The acting is very believable. The only reason I gave it 4/5 was that it took me a bit to get over the narrater's desire to always end statements in a whisper. As the story heats up, this trait becomes to fit a bit better though...so just hang in there for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Mannford, OK, United States 01-01-13
    David Mannford, OK, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2001
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    "great story, & author, terrible reader"
    Would you try another book from Tom Clancy and/or Frank Muller?

    Clancy - absolutely. Muller - no on your life


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was trying too hard. Tom Clancy books are very macho and this narrator was trying too hard and being way too overdramatic. The whole book is done in a very breathless / breathy style which doesn't fit a Clancy book at all. Made me think of a new actor in a community play trying way too hard and over acting.I bought this book originally in 2003 and could not finish it for that reason. 10 years later and I going to try and finish it again because I like Tom Clancy so much, Don't know if I will be able to complete it this time as the narration is SO bad.


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

    Yes, Everything about Clancy's books are marvelous.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Dowagiac, MI, United States 01-21-11
    Kelly Dowagiac, MI, United States 01-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The Book Whisperer is right!"

    I love Clancy novels but I just can't get over the guy whispering after every sentence. Made me laugh out loud for the first chapter. Come on...let's get a reader that is as good as Clancy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Auckland, New Zealand 01-12-11
    Louise Auckland, New Zealand 01-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The Bear and the Dragon"

    Really enjoyed the book, didn't like the narrator, not sure how to describe it, other than his idea of inflection which seemed to be by making his voice breathy, was a bit creepy and irritating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Homestead, FL, United States 04-04-05
    Rick Homestead, FL, United States 04-04-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    Clancy is a incredible, thank God he is one of the good guys

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M1Gunner Roseville, CA 07-15-14
    M1Gunner Roseville, CA 07-15-14 Member Since 2011

    GotYYZ

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    "Meh..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well spent only in that the book itself was very concise.


    If you’ve listened to books by Tom Clancy before, how does this one compare?

    Worst of the Audiobooks I've heard so far.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frank Muller’s performances?

    I was non plussed my Mr. Muller's performance to say the least.


    Was The Bear and the Dragon worth the listening time?

    Only if you are trying to get through the series.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can find this unabridged, get it. Way, way too short for a Clancy novel. After hearing Lou Diamond Phillips, and Michael Pritchard on previous Clancy audiobooks, the narrator for this book is, I am sorry to say, very lacking. Executive Orders was awesome, and I was hoping for a true continuation, but this was not well done at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Another Tom Clancy Classic"

    Ryan makes another appearance in this Tom Clancy novel. The build up and creating the atmosphere of the problems that Ryan face is tremendous. The description of what takes place on the boarders of China and Russia is fantastic. It was a good read.

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