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
Clancy writes a great story but this one is so full of foul language and terms like Jap, Chink, etc. that I'm finding it difficult to overlook the ugliness and stay focused on the plot. Disappointed. Even though the plot is good I'm only giving it 3 stars.
500 Down, 149,500 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.
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.
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