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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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    timothy 09-04-15
    timothy 09-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good reading"

    A good cliché listen/read. Perfect for my everyday commute. Quite suspenseful and good depiction of action.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Massachusetts 07-17-15
    Carol Massachusetts 07-17-15

    Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!

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    "OK, I'm OSW (Officially Scared Witless)"

    A longstanding extragovernmental agency in China has, over several years, secretly hacked into all the important American defense and intelligence networks. Not only are U.S. military communications and intelligence agents compromised, now the Chinese military is able to hijack satellite-guided drones and missiles--meaning that the U.S. must completely shut down all such gadgetry ("kill the hostages," in cyberspeak) as the Chinese begin their military move to take over territories in the South China Sea.

    There's a lot of other stuff going on in this novel, but given recent events the cyber hacking was the scariest, and all too believable. Never fear, however--the supersecret U.S. extragovernmental agency The Campus, which over the last few years has secretly hacked into all important American defense and intelligence networks, has become aware of the threat. It's a thrill ride right to the end, with exciting battles fought on land, sea, and air, and even more interesting battles of nerve and wits. Guess which side wins.

    I enjoyed this book, which brings closure to several storylines that form a loose trilogy of Clancy's final collaborations, "Dead or Alive," "Locked On," and now "Threat Vector."

    Unless you are a superfan of military and espionage thrillers, I think the abridged version of Threat Vector would work just as well as the sometimes tedious full version. And finally, narrator Lou Diamond Phillips is great. With due respect to seasoned professional Scott Brick, I was disappointed to note his return as narrator after several Clancy entries performed by LDP.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 06-03-15
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 06-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Too much of everythinbg"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    remove unnecessary characters, remove unnecessary scenes, shrink the scope and complexity in general. And while your at it, make it a little more believable


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney ? Why or why not?

    I have enjoyed their work individually, but I may not try another collaboration. I was a bit shocked at how much this story jumped around with shallow lines that were distractingly contrived and unbelievable.


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

    I actually was quite comfortable with his reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Deus ex machina comes to mind, how else could so many US intrusions into China and Chinese intrusions into neighboring countries resolve so easily, insane missions, unbelievable plots... I barely got through this one and will not following the series any further.

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    Maryann Birmingham, AL, United States 02-27-15
    Maryann Birmingham, AL, United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Blockbuster"

    This is probably the most unrelenting intense novel I've read. Non stop action. But action not just for action sake but every word integral to the story. You don't want to be doing anything else while listening to this book it commands your total attention and focus. I loved it and plan to try another in the series after I recover.☺️

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    M.W. 02-10-14
    M.W. 02-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "What a Team"

    These are some pretty heavy hitting authors, along with an excellent reader. Chinese cyber warfare is the backdrop for this cyber terror novel…though the US doesn't mind some good old fashioned bombs in the end, either.

    Lots of action. I'd definitely put this into the category of a good read for a long car trip as the action won't have you daydreaming or dozing off.

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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-11-13
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "Exciting ride into China/American/Global affairs"

    I am a total Clancy fan. When I first began reading Clancy I found that his plots required more intellectual effort than most counter-terrorism novels. But my brain has adapted to his complex yet thoroughly entertaining plots and countless characters. This is the greatest fun for me. Clancy offers insights into political science, global history, military science and counter espionage in a thrilling action packed story format. I'm slowly going back to previous Clancy novels in this series for the first time as well as re-listening to those I've only heard once. Like many things in life, experiencing his books the second time around offers increased enjoyment in that I understand details that I missed the first time around. Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-27-13
    Stacey Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Trash for people who think that they're smart"

    In order to accept the premise of this book, you must accept the following:
    1. The son of the President works for the CIA....OK, this is possible
    2. The son of the President is an active CIA assassin. Yeah, right.
    3. The son of the President refuses Secret Service protection. Yeah, right, and this would of course never make the news.
    4. A terrorist who is a computer expert, does not delete his internet browsing history.
    5. A popular Silicon Valley software genius suddenly goes postal on his staff and then blows up his company's hardware, but not before emailing his supposed suicide note.

    Look, these are just a few of the annoying events and assumptions that you must accept to buy into this trash. Sorry, I know, if you do buy into it the story may keep you out of the bars for a while, but I am honestly shocked at what garbage this is.

    Then there is Lou, the reader...wow, what a variety of accents he can do in his monotone....

    Sorry, but it's not for me. No harm intended, but Clancy, as wealthy as he is, has become a fast food chef for something like literature.

    What a waste of credits.

    FYI, no, I did not finish it. After the hooker sets up nice American father businessman, it was NO MAS.

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    KG Maine 01-27-13
    KG Maine 01-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting scenario, lackluster plot"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they're interested in how a cyberwar might play out in its early stages. No, if they're looking for an intricate plot, character development, etc. Clancy's The Hunt for Red October reads like a chess match. Threat Vector was like watching the game end in 4 or 5 moves. In a word, it's anticlimactic.


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

    This was my first time listening to Lou Diamond Phillips. He a very good narrator; easy to understand with enough variation between characters to keep it interesting. He could slow down the pace a little, but you get used to his speed after a while. I'd definitely listen to him again.


    Could you see Threat Vector being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see it, but I wouldn't see it. This would be a typical Hollywood blockbuster; full of hype with little substance.


    Any additional comments?

    Clancy spends more time describing military machinery and tactics than he does in developing characters and in spinning an engaging tale of strategy and deception.

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    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 01-25-13
    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 01-25-13 Member Since 2006

    Enjoys espionage, mystery, police procedurals, science, biographies.

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    "A Step Forward for Jack Ryan Jr."
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is more Clancy than recent novels, with more twists and sweeping story lines. Unlike other collaborations, this one feels more like Mr. Clancy actually showed up for the writing. The quality of research and the accuracy of the depiction of cyberwar was very well done. I found the Ryan Jr character more like able and less two dimensional than in previous books.


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

    I've neverr heard Mr. Phillips as a reader before and I was very impressed. His pacing is great and he is always clear and easy to understand. He's not overly emotional but he very much fit the story. I look forward to hearing him again.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wouldn't say I wanted to listen n one sitting but I also never felt a need to step away for a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    It's still not real Tom Clancy, but it's the best co-written effort

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    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 01-17-13
    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 01-17-13
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    "Frequent Listener"

    Okay, I read some of the reviews before I listened to the last three Ryan books. Of the three, this was my favorite. Mixing the politics of Washington, our relationship with China and then Jack juniors love life as he did made for a very enjoyable book. How do I tell if I like it? If I drive home and enter my garage, turn off the engine and then sit there to finish a chapter or hear the end of the event, then I know I like it. I sat in my garage 5 times with this book. Case closed.

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  • Pétur
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    1/26/14
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    "Great read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Complex, intriguing and above all a very well researched book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexity


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

    A great voice actor, capable of many diffrent voices and you know right away who he's acting.


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

    Made me excited, very excited.


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  • Gunnar
    Portugal
    12/30/13
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    "A Typical Tom Clancy Story"

    I sometimes get irritated by Tom Clancy's stories; the good guys are always good-looking, virtous and of impeccable caracter, the villains just the opposite. The Western World is normally saved at the last minute by the couragous heros and all is well.

    But it sells and I have to admit that I normally turn the pages (or keep listening) as fast as anyone.

    But it still leaves me unsatisfied at the end.

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  • Angela
    TAMWORTH, United Kingdom
    12/7/13
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    "Brilliant story and left me feeling unnerved."

    Brilliant book read with real clarity but it left me feeling weird as in oh my god that could actually happen. It wasn't a book I could listen to while doing other things as I had to concentrate on the plot. Well worth listening to.

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  • peter
    Btistol, United Kingdom
    7/4/13
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    "Another fantastic book"
    What made the experience of listening to Threat Vector the most enjoyable?

    All the characters from previous books coming together again


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Domingez is good but my favourite has got to be Jr


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yeap like all Tom Clancy books


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic listen and would highly recommend the rest of tom Clancys books :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kerstin
    Kista, Sweden
    6/30/13
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    "Great Listen"
    If you could sum up Threat Vector in three words, what would they be?

    Thriller, well performed, interesting to the end


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

    John Clark meets his past torturor


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Assault of the Campus


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Cyberspace is everywhere


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rita
    HORSHAM, United Kingdom
    6/22/13
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    "Cyber war between China and USA"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Following on from Locked On, The Campus( an off the books CIA) now have to help save the USA from a combined cyber and military attack by the "Chi comms" or the Peoples Army. The story moves between several narrative strands culminating in a covert attack on Chinese soil. The story is far fetched and simplistic; China bad America good. Interesting concept but I found the machismo of Jack Ryan President and the Ryan doctrine irritating.Too much specific detail about miltary hardware guns and gadgets. Nevertheless very well narrated, by Lou Diamond Phillips. Overall a ripping yarn but don't expect any subtlety!


    If you’ve listened to books by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney before, how does this one compare?

    Listened to Locked On. Better story,equally well narrated.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Jack junior discovers he is watched from a computer in one of the early scenes.Quite unnerving.


    Could you see Threat Vector being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Yes action heros, with Harrison Ford or Bruce Willis as John Clarke, or Jack Ryan senior.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. G. Hadley
    Birmingham, UK
    4/14/13
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    "more of Ryan"

    Great to have more of Tom Clancy and Ryan. Have benn disappointed for a long time that the story may not be finished but once ange he has not let down his readers. Perhaps they do not have have the same excitement that the 'cold war' stories had but now the danger comes from another area anf even more leathal. During the 'cold war' the threat was always there but never happened but now the new threat is only too real, major attacks have happened and 'wars'. The fear is real and has been addressed by Tom Clancy where other authors seem afraid of giving offence. Enjoyable and thrilling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Lee on the Solent, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Totally gripping"

    This audiobook had me hooked right from the first chapter. Clancy knows how to keep his readers engaged. He's a master storyteller and the subject of this book is very up to date with what's going on in the world right now. I found the narrator interpreted the book very well, even when the dialogue commanded the use of Chinese intonation. I'd recommend this book to anyone that likes the subject of espionage and cyber attacks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • adam capper
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Threat Vector"

    What can i say another great list from Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney. I love how the caertor have grow with the series and devlop. I can not wait to find out what will be install for operators of Hendley Associates, after the cyber attacks from china "the campus" go to war to stop a war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Wallace
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Pure escapism!"

    It's not clever, or that original, but it is a great page turner! Really enjoyable escapism, and gripping (despite not being that original in concept).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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