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Threat Vector Audiobook

Threat Vector

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Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

Meanwhile, Chinese cyber-warfare experts have launched a devastating attack on American infrastructure. It's a new combat arena, but it’s every bit as deadly as any that has gone before. Jack Ryan, Jr., and his colleagues at the Campus may be just the wild card that his father needs to stack the deck. There's just one problem: someone knows about the off-the-books intelligence agency and threatens to blow their cover sky high.

©2012 Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    steve champion fresno, CA United States 10-24-13
    steve champion fresno, CA United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story"

    Having spent years growing older with these characters, its nice to see they are feeling the years too!!
    Pity Mr Clancy died before his time, however I look forward to the book that's already done.

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    Rosemary CHESAPEAKE, VA, United States 10-10-13
    Rosemary CHESAPEAKE, VA, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "This is so true to what is going on it is uncanny."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely I would recommend this book to a friend, it is probably more accurate that the news.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really like Gavin Biery, the behind the scenes computer whiz who can do just about anything in the cyberworld.


    What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

    Such a great and consistent portrayal of the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me shudder, thinking that this cyber-warfare is really happening, and hoping we really have some folks that are as good as Jack Jr. and Ding and Gavin to defend us.


    Any additional comments?

    Tom Clancy will be missed greatly!

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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 10-05-13
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

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    "The Master of the Modern Warfare Thriller"

    I finished this listen just before Clancy's death. His passing took me back 30 years to The Hunt for Red October. What set him apart as an author was the depth of his research, and his respect for his reader, and his country. He will be missed. I thought Threat Vector the best I had listened to in the last decade. Listen. You will not be disappointed. The future of modern warfare could not be made clearer.

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    Dennis United States 10-04-13
    Dennis United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "GOOD BUT NOT GREAT"

    Clancy and Greaney are great writers and I cannot tell you not to buy this book. It was good but not great. I felt all the small details made the book too long, at times causing me to lose interest. If you can get it on sale all the better. Would I purchase it at full price, I don't think so.

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    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 09-05-13
    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Simple Joe

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    "Starts slow and finishes fast"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There are lots and lots of little sub stories that tie into the main story. This is somewhat necessary, but it makes the whole book drag, especially in the beginning.


    What three words best describe Lou Diamond Phillips’s voice?

    Stop Please Stop. I like Lou Diamond Phillips the actor, but he doesn't have the voice for these kinds of books plain and simple. My 12 year old son even complained and he doesn't even listen to the books except when he's riding with me in the car. I will say one positive thing and that is he does impersonations very well, but that in no way makes up for a voice that should stay on the big screen. I didn't believe what I read about the narration, but believe me Lou Diamond Phillips should get out of the book business.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Chinese Cyber Espianage


    Any additional comments?

    The book starts out very slow and picks up later. Too many sub plots and not so interesting details describing the criminals, etc. etc. It's only because the last third of the book was good that I gave it a 4.

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    simmi Berwyn, PA, United States 09-04-13
    simmi Berwyn, PA, United States 09-04-13
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    "Nice long listen loses suspense"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I definitely would not want to read this book, but listening to it, made my long drives pleasant. Some characters were never followed through, and some were to much involved.
    Just too wordy at times.


    Was Threat Vector worth the listening time?

    I'm glad I listened to it.


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    Emad Khader Qatar 09-01-13
    Emad Khader Qatar 09-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Simplistic and shallow"
    What would have made Threat Vector better?

    More depth to the characters is needed. A better plot with deeper understanding of the geopolitical situation is a must if this book is to seem plausible. Chinese motives were very simplistic and reactions once conflict starts inept.


    What could Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less factual errors would have made the book more enjoyable. For example, Barcelona is not the capital of Spain and does not have an American Embassy. Also, Hong Kong is part of China (self-administering though) and is not a free-for-all zone for special forces and spies to operate at will.


    Any additional comments?

    Tom Clancy's books are usually better researched and more plausible. Not this one.

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    Jayson Olson Rancho Santa Margarita, ca, United States 08-30-13
    Jayson Olson Rancho Santa Margarita, ca, United States 08-30-13
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    "4.5 stars. Full of action, intruiging story."

    Wow, just wow.

    As per usual, Tom Clancy continues to weave a web of threads into a very plausible and action packed techno-war novel. But, of his last few offerings, this one had me captivated from the first few chapters and I could barely put it down. A record for me to finish an audio book this quickly, and wanting more, more, more.

    It's a nice transition for many of his characters as well,. As some of Clancy's mainstays get older and mature he does a nice job of passing the torch by introducing some new characters I hope to see in future installments which is a good sign that an author can adapt and grow his universe as time marches on.

    Lou Diamond Phillips does an incredible job of providing very distinct voices and accents to a menagerie of characters with clear pronunciation and timing. I hope he'll do more for Clancy.

    As far as the story goes, I don't want to give away any spoilers, but the thought of Big Brother, cyber-attacks and cyber warfare just became extremely credible for me after listening to this and very plausible. The idea that hackers can infiltrate the CIA, military satelites, banking systems, the national power grid, and more with various ramifications described within is chilling and fascinating. The most unlikely bad guys of the future won't need guns, missles, and muscle....just a MIT degree and a keyboard to wreak havoc abroad.

    This novel never let up. The only reason I cannot give it 5 stars is that the ending, as powerful as it was, left a few loose ends that deserved more time. **Possible Spolier** I needed to know more about the motivation behind 'Center'...and his demise was a bit lackluster. I want Gavin, "Trash" and Adam fleshed out more...hopefully in future installements. Seems like a few characters didn't get their full due in this novel even though they may have played an integral part (Clark, Lipton, Kovolenko, etc.) What happens to the ROC, Taiwan, India, etc....That may be a bit nitpicky for a 20 hour novel, but it is just that good and I really got invested in these characters to have the book end in teh fashion it did...too quickly.

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    Brian Flushing, MI, United States 08-28-13
    Brian Flushing, MI, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A pretty good read."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It is a good book if you like political thrillers. It is very realistic and Clancy always gets the details right.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Threat Vector?

    The ending was not very predictable, and it didn't end like I thought it would.


    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but he does an excellent job with this book. His narration is borderline spectacular. He could do audiobooks for a living. He has a very even voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is as good as "Rainbow Six" which is the only other Clancy book I have read, and that book was well above average. He makes the story and characters realistic. He did an excellent job of realistically portraying China and Americas military strengths and weaknesses. I'm tired of reading these books that make China of the future out to be some military power that can't be beat.

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    John P. DERMODY Phoenix, AZ 08-08-13
    John P. DERMODY Phoenix, AZ 08-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Jack Dermody

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    "Narrator the best, story not designed for audio"
    What did you like best about Threat Vector? What did you like least?

    I love stories with multiple simultaneous activity. Threat Vector has all that -- in spades. What I don't like is endless jabber about computer programming, especially on an audio book. We should be warned. When reading a book, you can happily skip past the five pages of geek language and get on with the story simply by skimming and scanning. With sound, all you can do is stay with it. When you fast-forward, you have no idea what you are missing. I like to have some control over the reading. I want to skip pseudo-technical bullcrap, long chases, endless descriptions of firearms construction, etc. I'm one of those guys that prefers relationships, character development, and a story that keeps moving forward. This audiobook is a case where the unabridged edition would have saved both time and money.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting was the scary possibility that governments have to outsource spying and killing. Least interesting is the highly improbably brinksmanship of the Chinese government.


    What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lou Diamond Phillips might be the best reader in Audible.com history. He nails gender, accents. One truly forgets there is only one narrator. So clean. So clear. I probably can't afford him, but I want him on my next book. My name, Lou, is Jack Dermody. Find me on the web.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No movie -- too much violence, too many chases, too many improbable outcomes.


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