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 will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Went on vacation with my wife. We both like to listen to books, but have different tastes. She is a huge Clancy fan and I am ok with him. She has read all the Clancy books written, I have just read "Hunt For Red October". She said this was not Clancy's best, but she would give it four stars. I found it a little too long, sometimes boring, but very informative. we both agreed that an editor was needed.
Once a writer gets as famous as Clancy if he writes about pigs farting then an editor is scared to say anything and pigs farting gets published and probably becomes a best seller. In this book are some scenes that just go on and on and on. For instance there is a scene that involves a gun fight in a strip bar. It takes up about 2 hours of listening and four or five chapters. Some Clancy fans may love this, but I thought it went on too long.
As someone who easily gets confused by different characters, who they are and what they are doing in the story, I found I had none of that as a problem. Clancy builds his characters well enough that you know who they are even if you don't hear from them for hours or chapters. I enjoyed the China politics where my wife thought that was boring. I am more of a political junkie then she is. Some may think this story of computer hacking by different countries may not be realistic, while I believe it is happening as we speak. I seem to remember stories about it during the Clinton Presidency.
While I had no problem knowing who the different characters were, I did get a little confused on the whole story and all the in's and out's of all the back stabbing, spying, twist and turns, while my wife had no problem keeping up, even though she fell asleep during some of it. She was tired, and does not travel well.
I don't believe you must read any of the other books to follow this story, but my wife enjoyed knowing what certain characters did in previous books. Unless this is on sale, I would suggest you read them in order for a slightly more pleasurable experience.
LDP is a good narrator, I was surprised.
This is a great Clancy book. I have loved his stories for many years and this is one of the best.
He presents excellently researched computer hacking data that is impacting our world today.
The whole Chinese connection is also very accurate. So much of what Clancy reveals in the story are things that are actually happening in that country. I really wish this was all just fantasy, but I fear it is not.
Mark Greaney is another one of my favorite authors and is influence is appreciated. Pick up one of his books and you will not be disappointed.
I basically listened with all my available time, excluding my family, and getting those all too common comments like " What are you listening too that is so important you don't have time to talk..." Oh well, I must need counseling. I love a book that puts me in this zone, and this one did.
Thanks Tom and Mark.
Lately, I have to read Clancy books twice to be able to follow it. This book had fewer characters to try to follow.
While this book didn't have the magic of his earlier books, it was still an interesting book.
Just when I wondered for Clancy would get back to the top writing with co-authors then
WHAM. "Threat Vector" thunders from above, beyond and through cyber space and the realities of the imperfect technological age that is our world.
He's changed as fast as new technologies and makes you hold on tight giving you the option, either become a computer nerd or a secret operative. This real and plausible story shows another vulnerability our Government faces. To protect and defend has added a new meaning. I wasted a lot of gas going out of my way rather than going straight home at times. It's a winner!
Espionage; check. Intrigue; check. Fighter planes, cybercrime, hard-hitting action; check, check, check.
There's never been a better took in this series! I loved it! I can't wait until the next one!
Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney make a great combination and Lou Diamond Phillips provided a great read. I have always enjoyed both authors but in combination with continuation of Clancy's story line, this is a hit. I was initially concerned when I saw that LD Phillips was the reader but he did a great job and I will be looking for more that he has done.
I spend about 55 hours a week driving and really enjoy having a good book to pass the miles.
I have really enjoyed Tom Clancy's last three collaborations. The new generation of characters blends well with the old timers. Mark Greaney is a good stand alone action thriller author as well. If you have enjoyed Tom Clancy's cold war era thrillers these books won't disappoint. When you've read these new stories try out Greaney's Gray Man series they are also hard to put down. I was a little put off by Phillips narration as it is a little monotone but he is by no means the worst I've heard and it doesn't hurt the story at all.
Wonderful book. I could not stop listening. Every word spoken was captivating. My favorite character was Jack Jr.
Very dull and to much detail about charcters. Takes way to long to get into the "meat" of the book.
I can't say, the story may be good, but see the headline
Not sure who I would have cast, but if a listener has the problem I have.... listening to a narrator inhale at the start of every sentence... and it puts them off.... I can't recommend listening to the book. Read it in print
No, couldn't get past the sound of LDP inhaling
As much as I respect and enjoy LDP as an actor, I will never "buy" another book with him as the narrator.
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