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Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel | [Mark Greaney]

Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel

Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.
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Publisher's Summary

One of Tom Clancy's most storied characters, Dominic Caruso, is the only one who can stop America's secrets from falling into enemy hands in this blockbuster new novel written by Clancy's longtime coauthor.

Over the course of three decades, Tom Clancy created a world alive with prescient action and remarkable individuals. In Tom Clancy Support and Defend, Dominic Caruso is presented with the deadliest challenge of his career.

Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack.

Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world. The CIA is desperate to get the drive back, but so are the Russians and various terrorist groups all of whom are closer to catching the fugitive. Only Caruso stands in their way, but can he succeed without the aid of his Campus colleagues?

©2014 Mark Greaney (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Lori 07-29-14
    Lori 07-29-14
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a decent story, so I would not consider it a waste of time. Could have been better though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tom Clancy Support and Defend?

    One of the most memorable moments in the story was when the helo pilot faked a malfunction to allow his daughter to escape.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The Israeli Krav Maga instructor and his family were the more memorable characters. Too bad they died faster than Yoda.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a bit of a disappointment. I am a huge fan of Tom Clancy, the Jack Ryan series and recently the Campus series. With that being said, I was disappointed that this didn't seem to really be a part of the series. Asides from Carusos' involvement with the Campus in previous books this could just as easily have been written as a stand alone book. You could very easily have removed the Campus involvement from this book, changed Caruso and Shermans names, and the book would have been the same, albeit without the Branding associated with Clancy, Ryan and the Campus. Granted this book would not have done as well without that Branding. I had such high hopes for this book considering Mr. Clancy won't be writing anymore. Such a waste for a Clancy book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. A. James pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-28-14
    R. A. James pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good and fun, but..."
    Would you listen to Tom Clancy Support and Defend again? Why?

    I will listen to it again someday. It is a book. It's just not a Clancy...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was predictable. But the execution of the ending was exciting.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Therein lies the problem... Since there were 4... 5, maybe 6 characters in the whole book, I guess you have to go with the star, Dom.


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

    There really weren't any moving moments. It's an action thriller. The bullets do all the moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Considered a "Campus" novel, but this is not the Clancy stories that built the Ryanverse. I hoped Mark had learned a thing or two from Tom, and I'm sure he did, but Tom could weave a story that wrapped around you like a blanket. Mark has presented us a pretty good screenplay!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 07-25-14
    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 07-25-14 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "A great action packed spy novel!"

    This is a great action packed spy novel. Ethan Ross is on the run with information everybody wants. Dom Caruso wants revenge for the death of a friend and his family. A great story read by Scott Brick who gives an excellent performance. Dom Caruso is the only Campus operator who oppears in this novel with reference to the others only. Still it is probably one of the better Campus novels even though their is no Jack Ryan Senior or Junior in this book. Mark Greaney does a great job continuing on with this series on his own after the death of Tom Clancy with whom the Campus novels were co-written. A great read and an enjoyable listen. Tom Clancy readers will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bradford Heath, Texas, United States 07-30-14
    Bradford Heath, Texas, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "First post-Clancy book; IMHO not a "Campus" book"
    Would you try another book from Mark Greaney and/or Scott Brick?

    I don't think I'll be back to Mark Greaney; for me there are better choices out there.

    Scott Brick, to me, has a great voice quality but he also has a strange narrative style; many times he ends sentences almost as if they are questions. "I am going to the bathroom?", "He stepped out of the shower?"; distracting and out of character.


    Would you recommend Tom Clancy Support and Defend to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend. IMHO, this is not a true Clancy-quality book or a "Campus" book in anyway, shape or form; if you are expecting a new Campus novel with all of the crew you will be disappointed.

    This book, on the cover, claims to be a "Campus" novel. You will not see Jack Ryan here, nor Junior, nor will you see most of the major Campus characters. It was almost as if whoever owns the rights to Clancys character told Greaney "Look, now that Toms' gone and you're on your own you can write a book with 3 minor Campus members and if that works out we'll see about letting you write with some of his main characters". About all that shows up here is Dominic Caruso (the main character and the most prevalent Campus player of this book), the minor Campus character Adara Sherman (Flight Attendant \ Nurse) and very, very brief appearances by Jerry Hendley (Campus chief). Other than that, no Campus. Very disappointing.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Overly-dramatized performance


    Was Tom Clancy Support and Defend worth the listening time?

    Yes, but I was ready for it to be over.


    Any additional comments?

    The story seemed a bit too contrived in many ways.

    I don't care for stories where the main characters just happen to have info or connections right where they need them at a critical juncture; it seems unimaginative. To me, this seems to happen several times in this story. Paraphrasing one example in this book: Caruso: "I need information on naval vessels". Sherman:" Well I just happen to have been in the Navy and know all there is to know about that". Please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phil edelestein, IL, United States 07-30-14
    Phil edelestein, IL, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not bad for the first post-Tom Novel"

    Much better than some of the spin off series.

    This book focuses on a single campus character

    In all worth the time to listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sue HEMET, CA, United States 07-29-14
    Sue HEMET, CA, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "great read"
    What did you love best about Tom Clancy Support and Defend?

    The fact that this writer can write a compelling book and not have to use profanity to get his message across.


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

    You bet..


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Scott Brick and sometimes get books just because he is doing the reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 07-27-14
    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2011

    thank me

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    "masterful thrill ride"
    What made the experience of listening to Tom Clancy Support and Defend the most enjoyable?

    The way Mark Greaney told this story buy taking a Character like Dominic Caruso and expanding on what he has been changing into then adding more characters to help fill the story just like Tom would do


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the ending shaped up, it was such a heart pounding thrill ride


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott was very good, I liked Lou Diamond from the last few better, but Scott has done a few earlier Clancy Novels and thus he is very good at what he does and he did bring some characters to life


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

    You laughed in parts with the wit of Dom and Adara Sherman. The book was driven like a thriller should be. Well thought out and full of great characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This will set up for the next Campus novel and the whole team. I can't wait for that one. This book the first where Mark Greaney was solo and he hit it out of the park into the street. I loved the ending, I loved the building the story up and I loved seeing a fun character like Dominic Caruso grow and his value to the Campus just grew even deeper. Adara Sherman having a bigger part was very nice too almost wished we could have a novel with her she seems like she can take care of herself very well too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States 07-28-14
    Donald New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A major disappointment"
    What disappointed you about Tom Clancy Support and Defend?

    I saw Mark Greaney, Grey Man, and thought it would a good book. First time with
    Tom Clancy, and it will be a long time again


    What could Mark Greaney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I can't believe he was the author. Not his style at all as far as I am concerned.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    Really disappointed - would have to be with a friends recommendation


    What character would you cut from Tom Clancy Support and Defend?

    This was just a boring book for me. No character stood out .


    Any additional comments?

    Just a major disappointment

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    brian cincinnati, OH, United States 07-23-14
    brian cincinnati, OH, United States 07-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Taking over from where the late Clancy left off."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. Why, I'm not sure.


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

    It did. Not knowing who would survive mostly.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    All of them. Scott's very good at accents.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Llanyre, United Kingdom
    7/30/14
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    "Still brilliant....."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, despite Tom moving on this still was a great story


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favourite?

    Narrator was good, not quite as good as Lou Diamond but pretty close.


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

    The book kept me into it from start to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought i would give this a go but without Tom around anymore i was not expecting much but I was in the story from start to finish. The book was based on just 1 campus member so did miss the others especially J Ryan jnr but Sherman was with Dom all the way through which helped. But overall this book was great and kept me as into it as if Tom had written it himself, looking forward to more campus adventures now :) Hope Mark is able to continue to keep Tom's legacy going on :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • don
    peterborough, United Kingdom
    7/28/14
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    "great tom clancy book"
    Would you listen to Tom Clancy Support and Defend again? Why?

    I was very dubious about listening to a "post mortem" written book , but I very pleasantly surprised by this book . In fact this surpasses a lot of earlier books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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