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The U.S. president, unsatisfied with the success of his "war on drugs", decides that he wants some immediate success. But after John Clark's covert strike team is deployed to Colombia for Operation Showboat, the drug lords strike back, taking several civilian casualties. The chief executive's polls plummet. He orders that the unofficial plan be terminated, leaving no traces.

Jack Ryan, who has just been named CIA deputy director of intelligence, is enraged when he discovers that he has been left out of the loop. Several of America's most highly trained soldiers are stranded on an unfinished mission that, according to all records, never existed. Ryan decides to get the men out.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Ryan.
©2004 Tom Clancy (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Rousing adventure....A crackling good yarn." ( The Washington Post)
"The issues raised are real ones, and a jump ahead of the headlines." ( The New York Times)

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  • Archie
  • Manor, TX, USA
  • 08-20-08

Great book, terrible audio quality.

When you listen to this book you want to check your tape player, and clean the head and rollers, but wait, you can't because it is a digital recording. The quality of the recording is horrible. The person who produced this version of the recording needs to be fired along with the quality assurance people who you would expect to be checking the recording. This is not a Audible problem, the MP3 recordings from Brilliance are the same horrible clipped compression. I bought the Hunt for Red October on MP3 cd and it has the same flaws. Someone should have caught this.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Hard listen

First I want to say this is a great book, in print! I spend my days driving and love to listen to books on my Ipod.
The first thing I noticed was the narrator talks like he is dictating a long letter. I do not think he ever takes a breath and he talks very fast.
Sometimes he moves from one chapter to the next without a pause and I get lost. I also find it hard to distinguse between characters because his voice never seems to change.
These things may not bother some people but this is a very long book and the narrator of a book can either make or break a book.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • South Royalton, VT, USA
  • 06-29-10

Computer Spliced Voice

Don't bother buying this book, the computer spliced voice is extremely anoying. I wish I could get my money back.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew
  • browns mills, NJ, United States
  • 06-13-10

ROBOT VOICE

terrible voice. great book. for the first ten minutes i couldnt pay attention to the storyline because i was trying to accertain if i was listening to a computer running a text to speech program.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jack
  • WeatherfordUS Minor Outlying Islands
  • 02-25-10

Clear and Present Danger

Did not like the reader. Hard to understand and he read it too fast.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Good Story, but a Little hard to follow at times.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would if that person is also into Tom Clancy, but I think there are other stories that are more exciting. but this is not a good introductory book into the Tom Clancy/ Jack Ryan Universe

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

I Thought it was pretty crazy at times. Tom Clancy describes things in such great detail and knows how the world works! It was that much more believable!

Which character – as performed by J. Charles – was your favorite?

Honestly? J. Charles was a Bit flat sometimes, there was no real distinction or differentiation between characters.

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

The ending was good. the Narrator did a great job when one of the characters dies.
also another part was a Gunfight between a Police officer mowing his lawn and two Drug cartel hit-men was performed really well that was intense.

Any additional comments?

There are no clear transitions from the Narrator when the story changes locations and characters. Several times I found myself confused as to how these characters were with another group. or I thought they were in Washington? how could he be men in AK-47's marching up a Hill? oh now it's Chavez and Vega. I thought Jack was just at the Hospital with Greer.

Stuff like that, they don't emphasize the change in scenery. you need to be paying attention REALLY Hard.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

This is when Clancy was still a go getter

This story is so riveting, and the realistic characters are amazing. if yoube never read Clancy this one is a good one to start with, absolutely one of his best ever.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Awful Narration

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of J. Charles?

Almost anyone. The narration was rather flat. There was no distinction between settings. No pause, no change, nothing to tell you that there had been a change. So several sentences into the next paragraph you would realize you were no longer in DC but had moved into Colombia (for example).

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Very disappointing. This was the first Tom Clancy novel I had listened to/read. After seeing several movie adaptation of his novels I had higher expectations.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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blackest of black opps

Tom Clancy writes with a new twist, before he writes about the USSR and Terrorists, this time its about criminals who according to the president is a "clear and present danger." so how does the United States of America deal with the Colombian drug lords? the CIA creates a huge black ops mission that borders on the side of illegal. with James Greer in the hospital, Jack Ryan is acting DDI and unfortunately is kept out of the loop. unfortunately for the rest of the CIA that just makes Ryan more persistent. but what happens when a black op gets out of hand.

Tom Clancy is brilliant in how he shows that even in the US government agencies there can be divisions and mistakes. there is also integrity and loyalty found with those who challenge corruption.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Starts slow but ends in riveting action.

I read this book in hardback. I was surprised at how long it took to set up the storyline. It took patience, I never cared for the mechanical details in Clancy's work and usually breezed by it as a reader.
However, his characters are so well developed and believable. After the ball finally got rolling in the second part of the reading, I could not stop listening. The action and suspense are nothing short of remarkable.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful