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The Sum of All Fears | [Tom Clancy]

The Sum of All Fears

Against all odds we have made it into the last half of the 1990s. The Cold War looks solved, Arabs and Jews are talking, confrontation is on the wane. In this new harmony, one discord -- what becomes of unemployed terrorists?
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Against all odds we have made it into the last half of the 1990s. The Cold War looks solved, Arabs and Jews are talking, confrontation is on the wane. In this new harmony, one discord -- what becomes of unemployed terrorists?

You can bet they aren't going to retire quietly. Shunned by the Soviets, isolated by Middle Eastern realignment, one cadre hits on a scheme to jump-start the war machine. It's brilliant in its simplicity. With a single act they bring the world to nuclear boil. Jack Ryan and Dan Murray sweat to defuse a cataclysmic response.

©1992 Tom Clancy (P)2011 Random House

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    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 11-14-11
    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 11-14-11 Member Since 2011

    I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!

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    "Thoughts on The Sum of All Fears"

    As a Company Representative covering a substantial part of Central Qld, I spend a lot of time in my Car!
    Tom Clancy's Books not only deliver excellent stories but also good value in the Hours it takes to conclude them!
    The Sum of All Fears has the usual Clancy ingredients, very precise descriptions & strong detail. I think that the Reader, Scott Brick, is perfectly suited to this style of narrative.
    His voice & tone add an extra dimension to a long story which could easily become boring with a less accomplished Reader.
    As with most long stories, I find it best digested in large chunks! Most of my journeys are 3 hours plus and this enables me to get really involved. I think a Book like this would be less satisfying if it were listened to in ten to twenty minute sessions. I will undoubtedly be working my way through all of Tom's work!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Michael S. 02-22-12
    Michael S. 02-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Love everything about this book"
    Where does The Sum of All Fears rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's near the top of my list. I love the spy genre, with Tom Clancy and W.E.B. Griffin being my favorite authors. I love the way he explains what is happening during the nuclear explosion, and the way he weaves together multiple story lines. Classic Clancy.


    What other book might you compare The Sum of All Fears to and why?

    I'd compare it to any amazing mystery book that has been raped in film by Ben Affleck.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Jack Ryan, and John Clark get really distinctive voices in the book, and it adds an extra element of realism to it. I especially appreciate the way Mr. Brick addresses the female dialog. He doesn't go over the top, and gives them fairly neutral voicing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jack refuses to second the Presidents launch order I was almost jumping up and down in my car.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 12-11-12
    Ken 12-11-12 Member Since 2014

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    "Clancy does it again"

    Tom Clancy changes his writing just a little, instead of writing about things that may or may not have happened like in his other books. this time, he comes out clearly with a fictional alternate universe that drastically changes.

    Israel lost a nuclear bomb in the past, and now with trouble brewing in the middle east Jack Ryan came up with a idea to fix the conflicts in the middle east. but not all Muslims are happy. some terrorist group find the lost Israeli bomb and with the help of a few other terrorist friends what will they do with this bomb.

    Scott Brick has some great talent as he reads this turning point to his books, from here on out the world will not be the same and so don't miss out on the start of events that will make you think more then before.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 01-31-12
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Well done thriller matched with great narration"

    My first Clancy book and it clearly won't be my last. Excellent writing style. A well thought out plot. Kept me interested throughout the entire book. Also, Brick's narration matches the book perfectly. Clancy tends to go into detail at times, but Brick's narration makes it interesting. I have to admit, if a different narrator was chosen who could not pull off this type of book, this could have been a 3 star book. That does make me nervous going forward with Clancy's Ryan book series seeing the different narrators. I just have to cross my fingers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Acworth, GA, United States 10-21-11
    John Acworth, GA, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2014
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    "WOW! Awesome story. This guy can write."

    The imagery is so vivid that after book you turn on the HDTV and wander why the picture is dull. My first TC book and worth the wait. One of my favorites of all time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle E. Loveland Aiken, SC USA 04-08-15
    Gayle E. Loveland Aiken, SC USA 04-08-15 Member Since 2013

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    "EXCELLENT NARRATION; PLOT A TAD CONVOLUTED"

    ---Firstly, this is truly a TALENTED narrator; the many DOZENS of voices/accents he adopts is amazing!
    ---Gripping story, but a tad far-fetched. Also, I think Clancy used a few too many plot lines--it was, at times, a bit difficult to keep up...
    ---All told, a very exciting/horrifying tale of near-apocalypse....Very good!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryce 03-04-15
    Bryce 03-04-15
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    "The Sum of All Fears (Unabridged) Scott Brick"

    The performance was the best I've heard to date, and the story was also excellent.

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    oldgeek 02-12-15
    oldgeek 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"

    This is a really great story with lots of characters but it helps to listen to the Jack Ryan series in chronological order to help with the character development and past events to enhance the story.

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    Onefastkawi 08-16-15
    Onefastkawi 08-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "WOW..."

    Again typical Tom Clancy novel... narration was excellent. As a truck driver I love listening to books while I drive and this book (like all of his) did not disappoint.

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    joel f. 08-15-15
    joel f. 08-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story! Book way better than movie"

    Story was great. The movie was way of base. Tom Clancy does a great job making you hate some of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Alan
    Co Cork, Ireland
    5/25/11
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    "One of the better ones!"

    Admittedly a big Tom Clancy fan but I found this book to be in my top three Clancy novels...very enjoyable even if the narration sounds slightly dated...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • liz
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    2/15/13
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    "The Sum of all fears"

    This narration held my attention for every spare minute I had to listen to it. Tom Clansey gets it out there for all of us to see; the reality that espionage and war can bring to the human soul, and the actions they are prepared to take. Worth listening to more than once.

    Liz

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    HERTFORD, United Kingdom
    12/3/12
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    "Hasn't stood the test of time"

    This was a novel I really enjoyed as a youth however not now. Perhaps I have mellowed in the post cold war sun, but the right wing republican ideology is grating and the sexual encounters are very, Mills and Boon. On reflection this is nowhere near as good as the Non-Jack Ryan, Red Storm rising which given it's setting should have been more outdated but isn't.



    Not worth the 30hrs of listening time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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