The first is Dominic Caruso, a rookie FBI agent, barely a year out of Quantico, whose decisive actions resolve a particularly brutal kidnap/murder case. The second is Caruso's brother, Brian, a Marine captain just back from his first combat action in Afghanistan, and already a man to watch. And the third is their cousin...a young man named Jack Ryan, Jr.
Jack was raised on intrigue. As his father moved through the ranks of the CIA and then into the White House, Jack received a life course in the world and the way it operates from agents, statesmen, analysts, Secret Service men, and black ops specialists such as John Clark and Ding Chavez. He wants to put it all to work now, but when he knocks on the front door of "the Campus," he finds that nothing has prepared him for what he is about to encounter. For it is indeed a different world out there - and in here. And it is about to become far more dangerous.
©2003 Tom Clancy; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Tom Clancy's 2003 release, The Teeth of the Tiger stands out in several ways. First, Jack Ryan refuses to run for a second full term as US president. His old friend ex-military pilot Robby Jackson (and Ryan's VP) runs for the office and becomes the first black president of the US. As he leaves office Ryan forms a covert operations group named "The Company" which is hidden in the Maryland offices of the financial firm Hendley Associates. Jerry Hendley, and old spy himself, owns Hendley Associates and heads "The Company" Our old friend John Clark is team leader and brings with him Ding Chavez and Jack Ryan Sr's nephews the Caruso brothers. New CIA agent Ryan Jr. joins the group with his cousins.
Teeth of the Tiger is the last novel that Tom Clancy wrote without a co-author. It is also the novel where the Jack Ryan series became the Jack Ryan Jr. series. The senior Ryan remains very much in the novels but the protagonist is the junior Ryan.
This is an excellent book, and one of the more interesting ones, but it is now among the very best books in the Jack Ryan series. Nevertheless, as a transition novel it is a vital and necessary part of continuing the Ryan series.
As an avid Clancy fan I have read or listened to just about everything he has published. I am impressed with even his bad novels. I will not rate Teeth of the Tiger as bad, just not one of his best. The storyline as usual was so close to truth that it is easy to believe but it tends to be a bit dull and lacking in, the normal for Clancy, action. The ending left me hanging but not looking for further adventures of Jack junior. I still recommend the book but not to first time Clancy readers/listeners
This was a typical Clancy book. I very much enjoyed it. That is until it abruptly and inexplicably ended. It was as if there were other parts to the download that I didn't have. I literally checked for missing parts twice. It wasn't until I pulled my hardcover off the shelf and looked at the ending that I really believed that the book had ended this way.
I would recommend it if you like Clancy's spy novels and if you are willing to be entertained for 16 hours and then left hanging and disappointed (with the ending) at the conclusion of the book.
Where did your fast moving action filled style go to? This novel is slow and tedious. The reader is also very annoying with the ability to move from one scene to another without a pause or a breath so that you're not quite sure where your at. He also has not developed the ability to use distinguishing voices, so that as he moves from character to character you're not quite sure who's talking. The book ends suddenly! You almost expect to hear a "to be continued in the sequel", but you know something, you're glad that it's over.
I enjoied this book. I would like to read the next book in the series. I definitely felt as if I knew these people. My only complaint is that it seems unlikely that three rank amatures would be sent against seasoned terrorists. What chance could new, raw recruits possibly have against experienced, tempered, cold-as-stone assassins? This is not a joke. These people are for real. They are monsters. They can smell you coming miles away. There is no smiling at them across the hallway and hoping they don't make you.
I liked the main characters and I thought the beginning of the book was strong. The action scenes seemed a little rushed, though. And the ending. The ending happened to fast it was almost anti-climatic.
I don't want to pan this book. I just want the next one to be better. Now that you don't have to re-introduce the main chacters, hopefully we can hit the ground running in the next one. And soon, please.
It has taken 16 hours of listening to the built up of the story and the characters and then, it ends before it really start. I can definitely read the sequel without reading this book. It is a total disappointment after listening for 16 hours for something to happen..and it never happen.
Clancy used to write about things that were real and used to dispel the very mythology he puts forth in this book. I've read all of Mr. Clancy's work and I've always been impressed with the realism and believability of his books--until now. I fear that one of the very best there has ever been is about to become less than medocre to say the least. This book certainly is less than believable. Save your book credits on this one, folks.
Having taken Jack Ryan, Sr. way beyond the realm of possibility, Clancy needed to come up with new characters, and the tie in to his kid and nephews gives the plot line some context.
Much of the book is made up of dialogue between the two cousins, who refer to each other alternatively by endearing Italian nicknames (Enzo?) and more often as "Bro" (!). Maybe real life conversations with twenty - something males also leaves something to be desired, but this is really hard to listen to.
Far fetched plots and unlikely outcomes are commonplace in this genre, and I can listen to some pretty silly stuff, so long as the writing itself is interesting to listen to. Here, the dialogue between the brothers, and Jr.'s references to "Dad" really made me grate my teeth.
Wish I had. This book was a waste of time. I kept waiting for suspence and drama. I got unrealistic characters (twins who seem like such nice kids, except for their vocabulary and the fact that they can kill someone without any emotion) and a rambling story line that just ends.
Tom Clancy - writing about Jack Ryan and his 21st century swashbuckling and globe-trotting adventure/spy/drama books - must have been having a VERY bad day when he wrote this stinker of a book! Jack Ryan, now President, authorizes his OWN SON and NEPHEWS to become paid assasins for a government kill-team that targets 'suspected' 'bad guys' ??? Give me a break! The whole book was so implausible that I had a hard time in grasping the concept -- thinking that surely I was missing out on the IMPORTANT stuff.... and come to find out, there wasn't any of THAT, either!
To make matters even worse, the narrator sounds like he's reading poetry - not trying to enliven already dull characters and at least differentiate in voices or dialog, plus he has an annoying habit of ending all his long-winded sentences on a 'downturn' -- sounding like everything had a "Oh, poor thing, it's so sad....." sound -- that might be helpful in reading bedtime stories to not-very-sleepy kids -- but certainly not what was needed for an 'action' story.
And the reward for listening through a painful 16 hours of this nonsense? The story just ends.... as our unproven (to me) hero flies off into the blue - supposedly on his way to another adventure. If it's another adventure like this first one, I'll read a paragraph synopsis and feel like I came out ahead.
Tom Clancy may have 'hit it big' previously -- but this is a total bust! I only rated it ONE star because there was nothing LESS that would qualify as a rating!
"Don't judge Tom Clancy on this ridiculous reading."
This put me off Tom Clancy as the narration is really really annoying. The story and writing is great but I just hated the treatment and can't get past it.
"good but not enough"
good to see a back story but missing something that the other books had maby to short for my liking
It's not often I feel the need to write a review, but this is one of them. The story is great on every level, however it's ruined by the reader. He has a voice that could be (in terms of a colour ) described as beige.
His pronunciation of some words caused me to replay the word to see if I'd actually heard correctly!
His Mexican accent is definitely Irish!
And the editor for this performance must have had the week off as there were so many times when the same line was repeated.
All in all, the book was good enough for me to want to listen to the end, but I certainly would avoid any other books narrated by this reader!
"errors in editing"
story as good as ever with a clancy. however, it seems that whoever was meant to edit the performance didn't have their best day. about a dozen times, sections are repeated, as the reader tries another take.
also, the readers Mexican accent sounds Irish to my ear!!!
Wouldn't listen to another book read by this guy. Awful. Bland and dull tone. Had to listen too. No flow.
We know Tom likes a full story, but this one never really got going the way he normally does... Just hope it's a decent start to a great series and not a sign of things to come. Also... I know it's a novel but three cousins all recruited at the same time?!
"a little boring"
not the best as the story was too slow and the voice changes not clear. also, my copy had about 8 duplications of sentences during playback.
"outstanding audio masterpiece"
Keeps and maintains high suspense
Well above average but, honestly other readers have surpassed him.
Yet another outstanding work
"Seem a bit disjointed"
Did not seem to flow
Needed to flow from one Character to next like in his earlierwork
Not sure on the narrator
"Sack the reader!"
Not as good. Ending took me completely by surprise - it didn't feel like the story was finished.
The editing was dreadful - bits kept being repeated and the narrator was nowhere near as good as others I have heard.
I love the characters and admittedly had read the rest of the series before this one. I am glad I did as I would not have read them if I had started with this.
The author should consider the names of his characters now the audio world is here. Listening to 'jack asked' over and over again in an amercian accent soon got wearing even if the first time produced a little giggle. And the character Brian kept sounding like Ryan causing much confusion.
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