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.
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.
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
I have in the past recommend Tom Clancy's books and the audiobooks and I do not see that changing
Fast moving and so descriptive
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.
Lou Diamond Phillips delivered an amazing performance, giving each character their own vocal style. A perfect delivery of of a finely crafted Spy Tale.
The narrator - has a nice voice making it easy to follow the characters
I have not finished the book yet.
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.
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.
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?
Persons who are not critical of Foreign Policy: For example, China has never fought an offensive war in its history. It has been exploited by the British (Opium Wars) and the Japanese (WW II) and now we are to assume it will "attack" the US. in addition, China is doing very well exploiting the Capitalistic System: they have jobs and a favorable balance of trade,why would they want to pursue their objectives militarily. Finally, only one character dies in the story: Trash's wingman= everyone else kils all the bad guys and live on to fight another day. This is beyond preposterous.
No, I just wish that a person with Clancy's mind and resources would try to be more balanced. In my view, he has the Chinese leader practically begging the President for forgiveness.
The Author has a solid knowledge of the technical features of the internet and grasp the potential threat from CyberWarfare.
The last three chapters need to be rethought. Trash's flight and rescue by Jr. was not credible. No "force" is that dumb. The villagers would have killed both the pilot and Jr.
The writing, especially the dialog.
I don't know that anyone could have made this dialog sound natural.
bow wow arf arf arf
In the bar in China...the first gun battle
the different pitch of his mono-tone voice great
wise I could have....you know other things to do like grands to school....pick-up after school
when will the movie come out?
I'm a huge Mark Greaney fan and since the first Jack Ryan books I listened to were read by Scott Brick and after seeing how many reviewers were not fans of Lou Diamond Phillips' performance I had only purchased the Scott Brick books. Then I read a review that identified Lou Diamond Phillips as a character on Longmire. I quickly googled Longmire to see which one he was and he's Standing Bear. I immediately bought a Jack Ryan book that he performed and while, having just listened to 4 books that Scott Brick performed, it was a major change. A few chapters into the book I was hooked. Now I'm listening to the third one Lou Diamond Phillips performed. The book and he are excellent.
To much detail. Did not sound like a Tom Clancy novel. Spent too much time talking about military tools and not enough time building the story.
Greenery detracted from the book. Again, too much detail!
May be the best in the Jack Ryan Jr series. This story made me actually look forward to my long commutes every day so I could have the time to listen. It is NOT classic "Clancy". Way more action than analysis, detail, and background stories. Can't wait for the next book!
"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.
Great book, kept me guessing till the end. O was not sure about the narration at first but Mr Phillips grows on you and soon really enjoyed his reading.
"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!
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