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.
It's been obvious over the past few years that Clancy is all but retired. However, whoever made the decision to hire Mark Greaney to write the Clancy books made a great decision. This book gave me the old Clancy feel written by one of the best up and comers in the business. If anybody is looking for another writer to follow, Mark Greaney and the Grey Man series is the way to go.
The pairing of Clancy and Greaney hit a home run with this one. This is more like the work of Clancy back during his "Hunt For Red October" Days and I totally enjoyed it. Since he seems to heading toward phasing John Clark out due to his 'age' I would like to see a younger version brought in, but for us old timers who have been reading Clancy for years, tread lightly and let us see flashes of the Old John Clark in the New One! Now, Mr, Phillips, while I have admired your abilities as an actor for a long time, I must say you need some lessons from people like Brick and Guildall or a better editor. I could hear every BREATH you took and it was very annoying. I had to try very hard to shut it out. You never hear Scott Brick nor George Guidall take a breath much less a sharp intake because they have run out of air. You have a good voice learn to use it better.
Nicely accurate; scarily possible
As a Desert Storm fighter vet, my favorite scene was the large force attack package and engagements during the attack on China.
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Jack Ryan and son Jack Jnr. failed to grab my attention this time in what I thought was one of the weaker books in this series. The plot was a B movie script of Chinese officials duping their leader into almost going to war with the USA. It really needed someone from Jacks Academy to leap into Beijing wearing a cape, with their hands on their spread hips.
The ending involved using miffed local boy scouts and girl guides to hold off the Chinese Army whilst Jack Jnr. knocked off the baddie.
No wonder I kept falling asleep during this one.
PS. Jack - stop getting girlfriends. They keep betraying you son.
On a brighter note, LDP did a good job as narrator with what I thought was a dull story.
I enjoyed reading this book. The characterizations were well drawn, even for those of us who haven't read all the other books in the series. The pacing was tight. I like that in this kind of novel. The plot twists were also plausible. Finally, the narration was well done. Good distinctions between characters with the voices imparting meaning beyond the words.
One of my favorite things about a Clancy novel is the attention to detail. It sharpens the imagination and transports you right in the middle of the action...it also makes you wonder just how close to the mark he might be!
And LDP as narrator is the icing on the cake. There are narrators who speak differently for each character - only with the best is that a good thing - most just end up missing the mark. LDP gives each personality their own voice without overtly changing the sound. His accents from different regions are believable and he maintains them well.
Two of the best! Clancy and Phillips. I don't know how authors collaborate, but kudos to Mark Greaney for maintaining the Clancy experience!
Kind of scary. The whole Jack Ryan series (and now Jack Jr) keeps the alternative history of the world with it to make things flow seamlessly. Technology keeps advancing but the story line keeps going. Some of the detail (and in some cases hopefully supposition) is disturbing (assuming it's accurate) - especially for those who sometimes travel to the Middle Kingdom. The bad guys are bad, the good guys are good and you feel for some of the characters even though you know exactly what is going on.
More than some of Clancy's other recent novels I found myself asking "what would I do it if was in that situation?" Brings up some interesting moral questions, and also highlights some of the potential fear some of us might have in the cyber age.
Excellent! Clancy has done it again. This tale of high tech cyber-warfare should make everyone take notice. I've already put a post-it note on my laptop camera lens. LD Phillips is superb; his character accents are perfect. Makes the hour-long commute to work enjoyable.
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