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The Bear and the Dragon | [Tom Clancy]

The Bear and the Dragon

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?
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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

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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 04-19-11
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 04-19-11 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Watch what you listen (the order that is)"

    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

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    Derek Pasadena, CA, United States 05-11-15
    Derek Pasadena, CA, United States 05-11-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Chinese Redoux of Red Storm Rising"

    The book was solid Tom Clancy. That said, it sounded like he was running out of original ideas when he put this book out. The idea of a conflict between China and Russia was an interesting thought experiment and made this book worthwhile. However, Clancy is no Ian Fleming and is known for his in depth technical background information embedded in his stories rather than the picturesque descriptions written into the James Bond stories. When a Bond story is lacking, the reader can take solace in the fact that it was enjoyable to read. This story is lacking in the technical details department which made the story less than satisfying. I enjoy reading Clancy so much that I found myself asking if he was rushing to finish the book to meet a deadline. Clancy is still awesome, but I wish he had beefed up this draft to make the story a little more believable.

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    Cruizeguru 05-03-15
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    "Good Stuff as always"

    Story say good with plenty of detail on technical stuff and the characters were good.

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    lou 04-25-15
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    A well developed story. typical Clancy novel. lots of detail to give you the reality of almost being there. A bit more forgiving on a story within a story. Now, the SFX. Sound effects. The production could of used some sound effects, but not too much as not to distract the listener of course. I'll even settle for a little melodrama. Overall, another top notch Clancy novel.

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    eejeej 04-04-15
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    I love books featuring John Ryan. This one was a wonderful continuation and very exciting. Unfortunately it is very realistic and possible. But that makes it all the better.

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    Mark Tallahassee, FL, United States 03-24-15
    Mark Tallahassee, FL, United States 03-24-15 Member Since 2015

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    "most excellent book"

    1 of my favorite of Clancy . 4 th listen

    A+++. All characters active & participate in world wide plot to capture gold & oil from the Bear (Russia).

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    Gray Plano, TX, United States 03-16-15
    Gray Plano, TX, United States 03-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Block buster end!"

    Great all around. You are either a fan or you're not of Clancy... But this was even better then reading it.

    Can't recommend enough!!!

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    Jerry 03-10-15
    Jerry 03-10-15 Member Since 2013

    Retired and loving every minute!

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    "great story but too.........long"

    Great Story well written and plotted. It was long....... At times I couldn't remember what all had happened earlier in the book. it's like two stories joined together.

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    Rod Claar Renton, WA USA 03-08-15
    Rod Claar Renton, WA USA 03-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story, Oh Jack can you be our real president"

    The reality that a major war could start with the killing of two civilians by police is not too far fetched.

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    David 01-24-15
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    "Another great Jack Ryan novel!"

    Classic Clancy! Loved it!I It had a couple moments of felt "Hollywood" to me, but fantastic book overall! Really enjoyed it!

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