Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here? While Ryan dispatches his most trusted eyes and ears, including black ops specialist John Clark, to find out the truth of the matter, forces in China are moving ahead with a plan of truly audacious proportions. If they succeed, the world will never look the same again.
©2009 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House
This story is about Russia, China, and the USA , human rights and the treatment of citizens...a whole lot of history, and predictions for the future.
The story highlights ... Greed, a country on the fringe of becoming economically stable, and unusuall alliances ... Something here for all readers...lots of emotional flares... And vulnerablity by strong people.
Worth a credit any day
Michael Prichard turns in a great job reading
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.
Audible would do well to let us all know when you select a book if there are ones that you should have heard first. I got the series out of order which was confusing. That being said, a great book and a long listen
Jack Ryan and John Clark
not so Monotone.
Felt like the reader, a little monotoned.
I have listened to a lot of Clancy's books. This is the first one that seemed a little too predictable in some areas and unrealistic in others.
I always enjoy the breakdown/strategy of battle that Clancy brought and was not disappointed in that aspect.
I think this is only my first or second Audible review. Having been massively disappointed with the last offering of Brad Thor and The Campus series I decided to reach back for some older Tom Clancy. This book had it all. The plot, character development and the action were all very well done. The variety was fantastic too. Michael Prichard stepped it up a notch as well.
Not my favorite Tom Clancy by a mile. Now I know why this was somewhat obscure. Without giving away a major story theme - too much time was spent on that point. Yes, the antagonist country is evil because of this practice but I didn't pick the book to be lectured on the subject.
One of the better books in the Jack Ryan series. Clancy tended to be all over the map in most of the books, but then I buy the unabridged. Most of the book takes place in Russia. Clancy seems to have had a liking of Russia and Russian names.
There was some suspense, but I wouldn't say I was on the edge of my seat. I did stay up later than I should have during some parts.
Probably when the old Russian sniper kills the Chinese general.
The taking of Russia.
"Repetitive and turgid story"
This book was a real disappointment with a mediocre reader. He made no attempt to give accents to the different characters so it was hard to know if it was supposed to be a Chinese or Russian speaking.
It's very repetitive and the dialogue is clunky. Don't bother with this one.
"If its available in abridged form go for that."
Tom Clancy books make good films. This was hard going. This one couldn't be classed as fast paced!!
"The Bear and the Dragon - Fabulous listening!"
The Bear and the Dragon, like many Tom Clancy novels is one that you don’t want to put down or, in this case, turn off. While I normally listen to audiobooks in the car, this was one that got unhooked and taken with me. It’s hard to believe that this is nearly forty three hours of audio, the plot is so gripping it certainly doesn’t feel that long. Most of the storyline is perhaps all too believable in today’s world, with just a few elements stretching the imagination. Then again, if it didn’t stretch the imagination it might not be such an entertaining listen. Michael Prichard’s narration is excellent, well paced and clear. This is a great story and very good value. Thoroughly recommended.
A cracking listen, complicated storyline and well crafted characters (new ones as well as old ones), thoroughly enjoyed the lisen, Id recommend it to anyone. I listen to my audible books whilst working night shift and, for once, didnt want work to end as it meant waiting for the next "installment". Even though you knew the good guys would save the world, it was still a good story.
"The Bear and the Dragon"
I read this a long time ago, and loved it then. I loved listening to it just as much.
what a lovely way to pass the ironing.
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