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.
Lou Diamond Phillips has great performance and is an excellent narrator to this complex story with many characters and threads. He aptly tracts that characters slightly different voices and maintains the character voices throughout the 18 hours of audio.
Tom Clancy contiues his great writing style and ability to weave a thread of reality into fiction. It is never very hard to have to suspend dis-belief while reading this novel, especially with how close the subjaect matter is to reality.
I am only a casual reader, and generall read for information (technical, etc.). Tom Clancy novels have rarely disappointed in their ability to entertain and, in most cases, educate. The education is not the typical typoe, but more of an enlightenment on complex issues - like electronic espionage in this case. This was my first Audible experience and it did not disappoint.
Engaging on many levels. Getting alittle out of the realm of possible on all the ways Jack Jr can be the new superhero.
The concept and the warning to all that evil is real and many nations are looking to hurt us at any cost
He reads well and manages to give each character a unique persona
No too long for one setting
Jack Jr. saves the world, but not by himself and certainly doesn't get any help from his girlfriend, Melanie Craft. Was on the edge of my car seat the entire time.
Clancy has a way of writing that is very detailed. I feel like Hennley Associates is real.
I liked the action. From the opening scenes to the very end.
Air to Air Jet fighter scene.
Yes. I hate that Sam Grainger dies. I do like that Crane and his men all die.
Don't like that Jack doesn't stay with Melanie.
By far one of the better books I have read.
Yes, Clancy really shows how to write action well.
This is the only book that he has read that I can remember. Won't be the last as he has a true talent. Was easy to quickly recognize each character.
This one had me scheduling time when I could listen and difficult to turn off. He has a great talent for taking you through actions scenes. The concept that computer hacking and infiltrating networks are as big of a thread as conventional weapons in warfare keeps you thinking throughout the entire book.
This is a great audiobook. The threat of cyberwarfare seems very plausible, and the story itself is gripping. Maybe the superheroic exploits of the characters are a little over the top, but you don't read Tom Clancy for total realism. And the narrator was great. He used just a hint of accents to remind the listener of the different ethnicities of the characters. If you buy this book, resign yourself to the fact that you will definitely be listening to it instead of doing things that you SHOULD be doing. It's a hard book to turn off.
So, when you think of plugging in and tuning out, this IS the audio book you are looking for. The narration is excellent, the story is fast-paced and make the miles slide by in the car- and it's long enough that it isn't light fluff that's over in no time...
It ranks as the quintessential audio book- spies, jet fighters, intrigue-- it's all there. You will not be disappointed- unless you're looking for love, romance and that other stuff. Enjoy!
Read & Learn
I would definitely put this in the Top 5 of all the books I've listened to in the past few years.
This is the first time I have heard Lou Diamond Phillips narrate and I was pleasantly surprised. He does an excellent job keeping the dialogue flowing and varies the voices just enough so you know who's talking without it being overly dramatic or distracting.
quite enlightening tale
China's plans for the future. the Russian was part of a previous book and was not needed.
yes he is very good!
the action sequences were very gripping
Like all of Tom Clancy's novel, this one is well researched, but it takes us into a new arena, cyber warfare. Threat Vector presents a scenario, so well done, and yet so scary, you'll think twice before sitting down to your computer.
I sell oil, in Houston ( go figure, right )
Clancy and Phillips make a good team. Phillips doesn't have the voice ranges some of the other readers have when making characters come to life. He does make the story sound as if the main character is telling you what happened. Long story short, it's worth the listen...
"Locked on part 2"
Yes! Tom Clancy has done it again! Narrator pulls of an excellent Chinese speaking accent which makes the story even more immersive. It's quite interesting that I had just finished Mark Russinovich's Trojan Horse which also points a finger to China and their cyber-tech. I guess it's no secret though.
A very exciting yarn with just the right balance of action to tech. I really want to see this and Locked on at the movies. It would be awesome.
I really enjoyed this book. It's fast paced contains a few twists
Well worth listening too.
"one of the better narrations for a while..."
Brilliant narration and a half believable story/plot which makes a huge difference... one of the better Clancy novels....
"A great Tom Clancy!"
This book is very easy to listen to - so perfect for doing two things at once, in my case listening and crafting. If you have seen any of the Tom Clancy films with different actors playing Jack Ryan it is simply a case of picking your favourite 'Jack' and then imagining his son in action.
There is an action scene where a key character realises that there are more than two parties involved in an event and he is the only person who has oversight of the actions of the different groups and what is about to take place.
Good, clear narration - not too slow but well enunciated.
Have purchased several of the Tom Clancy books, all ready by Lou Diamond Phillips as preferred his narration from the samples, and was not disappointed.
Not read the printed version, but then again why would I, when the audio is so good. Lou Diamond Philips does an excellent job.
This is classic Tom Clancey, even if it was probably written by Mark Greaney. All the usual characters appear , Ryan, Clarke, Ding etc. along with some new additions. The storyline is fast paced and exciting. As you would expect from a Tom Clancey novel the technical data is spot on.
The scene when the American pilots go up against the Chinese is fantastic real edge of the seat stuff.
Overall I would recommend Vector Threat to any Tom Clancey fan.
"Nowhere Near His Best"
Threat Vector is set in the modern world of warfare and its premise is perfectly realistic, the next major wars most likely will be fought with computers hacking in to UAV control systems and government databases. This is not my problem with this novel.
My problem is that it simply doesn't flow as well as previous Clancy novels, the story somehow feels disjointed and bitty even though this is the unabridged version. There are sub-plots that don't need to be there, Jack's girlfriend spying on him for the FBI for instance, and all they succeed in doing is making the book feel like a struggle to finish, rather than something to be enjoyed it ends up feeling a bit like a chore.
Maybe it's just me but Clancy should stick to just writing the military side of books, his description of the warfare elements and the camaraderie is still good. It's just a shame its context doesn't let you enjoy it.
"Expert performance of a cracking tale"
Diamond- Phillips brings the bad guys to life with sinister brilliance in this multi-stranded thriller in which all of our favourite characters in this series really get to play.
"The story keeps moving along with the action"
The characters from previous Tom Clancy novels are all there but you get to see them in another light
The flight into China and the escape route that needs to be taken.
Lou's performance on this recording is great, like his others and really suits to the Jack Ryan novels
"Intelligent, informative & exciting. Typical Clancy."
Do not underestimate the narrator, Lou D Phillips is excellent.
The book is a rollicking ride of guns, intelligence gathering, friendship & politics. In the main edge of your seat stuff!
"Typically pacey,exciting and promising"
The story touches on all the elements of a good tail. Politics, cyber warfare, espionage, kinetic action and romance all get the Clancy touch that carry you through, " can't put the book down novel". Tom you are missed
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