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Threat Vector | [Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney]

Threat Vector

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    George Saint Charles, MO, United States 08-25-13
    George Saint Charles, MO, United States 08-25-13
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    "Great Story, Narration Issues"
    What didn’t you like about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance?

    Lou Diamond Phillips is a great actor. He also did a fantastic job playing the various roles in this book. The problem is he gasps for air constantly. Hey.. all of us have to breath, but once I noticed the quick puffs of air every few words, I couldn't enjoy the performance. You could even tell where the director/editor spliced in voice sections (because the gasp went away for twice as long). Make sure you listen to a sample on iTunes or Audible before buying this.

    If I heard gasping for air (small ones but loud) on any of the other 50 or so books I have listened to (back to the old Brilliance days and cassettes), I wouldn't care.

    Sorry Lou. Hope you don't read this. I love your work otherwise.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit far fetched as far as what Presiden't son was up to -- but classic Clancy all the way so I went ahead and bought in.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Xavier 08-11-13
    Xavier 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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    Jan Galax, VA, United States 01-30-13
    Jan Galax, VA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Serviceable Clancy"

    You know how Clancy books (most books) go; someone is attacking the US, it looks bad, gets worse, the tide turns, the good guys win with only minor injuries via displays of brilliance and bravery. Jack Ryan and progeny come out shining like a rose.

    Knowing that going in, this book is serviceable, but not exceptional. Good plot line, fun locations, reasonable action, characters you know and love. Better for old time Clancy fans than for newbies trying their first (start with Patriot Games, or Without Remorse).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 01-25-13
    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 01-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 01-17-13
    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2011
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Austin, TX 01-05-13
    Doug Austin, TX 01-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Phenomenal – Then Anti-Climatic"

    Once I got used to Clancy’s writing style I became deeply engrossed in this story’s universe. The characters are cardboard thin, but stand as reminders of a Cold War American point-of-view in action. The good guys are tough, no-nonsense, risk-taking, and politically righteous. In fact, listening to these characters troubleshoot international threats made me realize how different America is today.

    Despite that, the middle of this novel is just PACKED with shocking and compelling strategies used by the Chinese to truly threaten our comfortable modern society. There is serious (and scary) creativity here….the kind that makes you wonder just how vulnerable the U.S. may be against cyber warfare. From corporate espionage in Silicon Valley, to dogfights above the South China Sea, to action in the neon backstreets of Hong Kong, the book truly goes all in. I felt the sensation of being convinced that the bad guys had finally figured out how to beat America. They had us. The escalation of events teased me with a peak at an epic digital war that threatened to engage all branches of the U.S. Military in a desperate fight for survival. The largest fighting force in the history of world, the American Military, seemed on the verge of actually becoming obsolete….

    Then, the nightmare just ends. Right when the gloves are about the come off, the book folds up into a neat ‘Mission Accomplished.’ This should have been Book 1 to what would have been a breathtaking series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Cannington, Australia 12-30-12
    Garry Cannington, Australia 12-30-12 Member Since 2014

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "Another great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have in the past recommend Tom Clancy's books and the audiobooks and I do not see that changing


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Fast moving and so descriptive


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

    This was in fact my first reading by Lou Diamond Phillips and I was very happy with the performance. He tries different voices without sounding silly. His performance and thinking of Mr Phillips as an actor in a film version makes the story more fun. I have since started listening to his other Clancy (Ryan) readings and finding that very enjoyable. Wish I had listened to them in order however.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    None really.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Vikoren 12-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    Lou Diamond Phillips delivered an amazing performance, giving each character their own vocal style. A perfect delivery of of a finely crafted Spy Tale.

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    Sue HOUSTON, TX, United States 12-08-12
    Sue HOUSTON, TX, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The sound mix has major issues!"
    What made the experience of listening to Threat Vector the most enjoyable?

    The narrator - has a nice voice making it easy to follow the characters


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

    I have not finished the book yet.


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

    I have not listened to other books narrated by Phillips - but here are some problems. Everytime he takes a breath - you hear it. A good audio person should have been able to fix that. Also they have speeded up the rate of his talking so that I had to slow it down to 1/2 rate in order to follow the book. Average rate of speech is 150 WPM. When you make it faster it is harder for me - and perhaps others - to follow the story. When you slow it on an iPhone there is a slight reverberation. Not the fault of the iPhone.


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

    My main reaction to the book is the issue with the breath intake of the reader. I should be focusing on the plot of the book not the audio problems of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am really concerned about this problem with audible books as this is the second book that I have observed this issue. The other was Darkness at Noon. Audible needs to fix this problem - or they shall lose me as a customer.

    The Panther, Split Second & One Amazing Things were done beautifully. What gives????? Are you selective about who gets the better treatment in order to hurry the book to the public?

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    warren Detroit, MI, United States 02-10-13
    warren Detroit, MI, United States 02-10-13

    bow wow arf arf arf

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    "WOW"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Threat Vector to be better than the print version?

    yes


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

    In the bar in China...the first gun battle


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

    the different pitch of his mono-tone voice great


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

    wise I could have....you know other things to do like grands to school....pick-up after school


    Any additional comments?

    when will the movie come out?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • 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
  • Edward
    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
  • darren
    Cirencester, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Good read"

    Well read by lou diamond phillips and Flows along and keeps you gripped to the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S
    Gisborne, New Zealand
    4/7/13
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    "Threat Vector "

    Wanted the stroy to go on and on..... full of twist and truns.

    Cannot wait for another story in the same vein..... if you watch the news it could striat off the front pape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    3/25/13
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    "Thrilling read"

    This is my first Tom Clancy, but I love the idea's, plus the game franchise. Lou Diamond Phillips really makes this book come alive, but the story for me, was well paced and well structured. I could hardly put it down, but it was easy to follow if you did, then picked it back up again. Highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Co.Dublin, Ireland
    2/22/13
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    "Threat Vector"

    The son of the US President is an undercover operator for a CIA offshoot. If that is one of the more credible plot lines the listener is expected to accept you can imagine how incredible othere are.

    The more the book progressed the more I thought it was comedy not thriller. I have never written a review before but feel obliged to warn other possible victims.

    The plot of Lord of the Rings is more true to life than events in this "novel".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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