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.
Great story line and subplot, I found myself talking and yelling the characters.
The capture of the chinese death squad leader, he folded like a deck of cards, coward!
The rescue of the Hornet pilot
This was my first audio book by Clancy, It shall not be the last!
Love excellent narrators like Ray Porter. Love the Joe Ledger series.
The author is not alive. So there is no next novel.
The book starts off very well. But ending was hurried and unbelievable.
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.
Absolutely I would recommend this book to a friend, it is probably more accurate that the news.
I really like Gavin Biery, the behind the scenes computer whiz who can do just about anything in the cyberworld.
Such a great and consistent portrayal of the characters.
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.
Tom Clancy will be missed greatly!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Chinese Cyber Espianage
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.
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.
I'm glad I listened to it.
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.
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.
Tom Clancy's books are usually better researched and more plausible. Not this one.
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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