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
I generally like Tom Clancy. The epic scale of his books, however, requires a lot of background and setting up.
Michael Prichard does a fine job of making the various voices and accent. He keeps his expression mostly neutral, but that's fine. However, Michael makes frequent un-necesarry pauses, seemingly at random. For me, this was slowing the pace down too much, and also somwhat disorienting.
One of Tom Clancy's best. Full of military details for every weapon of war. China is the dragon, in an all out battle for the riches of the new Russia.
I hadn't heard much about this one but the complexity, wide range of viewpoints, characters and suspense was much better than some of the more popular Clancy books.
The narrator can make our break an audio book. Michael Prichard makes this one excellent! Typical Clancy and Prichard EXCELLENCE!
Good narrator. Great Story. Tom Clancy never disappoints. Micheal Pritchard is a very talented narrator. While the book is long the pages fly by as you're swept up in the story.
1123 down, Millions To Go!
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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