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.
I started listening to the book just during my hour drive to work. It wasn't long before I was listening during breaks and after I got home at night. The action and intensity just keeps building right up to the end. It's got spies, computer gadgets, fighter jets, world powers on the brink of war and lots of good guys saving the day in the nick of time. John Clark is back and president Jack Ryan along with Jack Junior are major characters.
All loose ends are wrapped up by the end of the book and in the epilogue.
Gavin, the computer nerd - expert.
The story is great, but the dialogue is so stilted that even the excellent reading of Lou Diamond Phillips can't rescue it. The problem is that the characters don't ever use contractions when they talk, and as we know, that just isn't how people speak to each other. This isn't so noticeable when reading because we tend to contract in our heads, but with spoken word it just becomes stilted and silly to hear these rough and tumble characters speaking with such fomality -- even in the most crisis-ridden moments.
The reality of the story and the excitement
Shutting the enemy down
It's been the best book so far. Looking forward to more from Clancy.
No - too long for that.
I enjoyed the story and was surprised at the ending - which is unusual for me. I found L D Phillips extremely distracting as a narrator.
No, but I looked forward to the commute with it 'waiting' for me in the car.
How current can you get? Obama and President Xi Jinping of China just met about cyber-security (6-2013). Is Clancy clairvoyant; does he have an in with the State Department; or maybe we have a Hendley Associates and he is a part of it?
This is a detailed book. Clancy takes a long time setting up the characters and the scenarios. We learn how software and weapons work. There is a lot of jargon but in the end it gives a better understanding of what is to follow and you don’t have to be a cyber or computer geek or a jet pilot to understand it.
The book kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a spellbinding look at a possible future.
Current headlines should make us aware of our exposure to cyber-hacking and appreciate this great story.
Having read all Tom Clancy's books to Rainbow Six, I'm listening to rest - now only two to go. For me as a slow reader, listening is far better and so much more enjoyable given I can get through a book in less than half the time.
I will be looking for more books read by Lou Diamond Phillips as well.
Retired high level IT manager with the Federal Government worldwide. Love to travel and do photography. Have lived on 6 continents. Love to listen to audiobooks while we are driving.
Current day reality
Jack Ryan - effective and smart
LDP does an outstanding job of narration, brings the story alive. Hope he does more.
Haven't finished it yet but after 6 hours the whole story is moving me.
As head of cyber security worldwide for a major federal government agency this story feels like my biography.
When I first started reading Clancey I read a review of his research and ability to take public information to produce a dead-on story very close to the truth. Think his insight was deemed uncanny. Sometimes I get very uncomfortable reading him because I find myself running smack-dab into a wall of reality. This is no different as all or most of the book has been reflected in the news. China hacks into "unhackable" agencies with top level security. It's happening now. That's the tip of the iceburg.
Mark Greaney is one of my favorites and I think he partners well with Clancey.
And what a wonderful narrator Lou Diamond Phillips is. He pulls it all together with that melodious voice and command of accents.
For me, a top notch listen!
"Locked on part 2"
Yes! Tom Clancy has done it again! Narrator pulls of an excellent Chinese speaking accent which makes the story even more immersive. It's quite interesting that I had just finished Mark Russinovich's Trojan Horse which also points a finger to China and their cyber-tech. I guess it's no secret though.
A very exciting yarn with just the right balance of action to tech. I really want to see this and Locked on at the movies. It would be awesome.
I really enjoyed this book. It's fast paced contains a few twists
Well worth listening too.
"one of the better narrations for a while..."
Brilliant narration and a half believable story/plot which makes a huge difference... one of the better Clancy novels....
"A great Tom Clancy!"
This book is very easy to listen to - so perfect for doing two things at once, in my case listening and crafting. If you have seen any of the Tom Clancy films with different actors playing Jack Ryan it is simply a case of picking your favourite 'Jack' and then imagining his son in action.
There is an action scene where a key character realises that there are more than two parties involved in an event and he is the only person who has oversight of the actions of the different groups and what is about to take place.
Good, clear narration - not too slow but well enunciated.
Have purchased several of the Tom Clancy books, all ready by Lou Diamond Phillips as preferred his narration from the samples, and was not disappointed.
Not read the printed version, but then again why would I, when the audio is so good. Lou Diamond Philips does an excellent job.
This is classic Tom Clancey, even if it was probably written by Mark Greaney. All the usual characters appear , Ryan, Clarke, Ding etc. along with some new additions. The storyline is fast paced and exciting. As you would expect from a Tom Clancey novel the technical data is spot on.
The scene when the American pilots go up against the Chinese is fantastic real edge of the seat stuff.
Overall I would recommend Vector Threat to any Tom Clancey fan.
"Nowhere Near His Best"
Threat Vector is set in the modern world of warfare and its premise is perfectly realistic, the next major wars most likely will be fought with computers hacking in to UAV control systems and government databases. This is not my problem with this novel.
My problem is that it simply doesn't flow as well as previous Clancy novels, the story somehow feels disjointed and bitty even though this is the unabridged version. There are sub-plots that don't need to be there, Jack's girlfriend spying on him for the FBI for instance, and all they succeed in doing is making the book feel like a struggle to finish, rather than something to be enjoyed it ends up feeling a bit like a chore.
Maybe it's just me but Clancy should stick to just writing the military side of books, his description of the warfare elements and the camaraderie is still good. It's just a shame its context doesn't let you enjoy it.
"Expert performance of a cracking tale"
Diamond- Phillips brings the bad guys to life with sinister brilliance in this multi-stranded thriller in which all of our favourite characters in this series really get to play.
"The story keeps moving along with the action"
The characters from previous Tom Clancy novels are all there but you get to see them in another light
The flight into China and the escape route that needs to be taken.
Lou's performance on this recording is great, like his others and really suits to the Jack Ryan novels
"Intelligent, informative & exciting. Typical Clancy."
Do not underestimate the narrator, Lou D Phillips is excellent.
The book is a rollicking ride of guns, intelligence gathering, friendship & politics. In the main edge of your seat stuff!
"Typically pacey,exciting and promising"
The story touches on all the elements of a good tail. Politics, cyber warfare, espionage, kinetic action and romance all get the Clancy touch that carry you through, " can't put the book down novel". Tom you are missed
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