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
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.
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.
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!!!
Retired and loving every minute!
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.
The reality that a major war could start with the killing of two civilians by police is not too far fetched.
"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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