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Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.

Ryan's responsibilities crush in on him. Where should he begin? He must calm a nation, pacify world leaders, arrange a massive funeral -- while he rebuilds a government as quickly as possible. But that's not all. Enemies abroad and at home see opportunities, and they'll soon present President Ryan with an unimaginable crisis. How will he tackle his greatest challenge ever?

©2009 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House

Critic Reviews

"Holmes writes with an easy warmth about kind people who are trying their best but messing things up anyway.... A warm and lovely romance, perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell and Louise Miller.” (Kirkus Reviews [starred review])

“The charm of Holmes’ novel comes not only from a genuine friendship between Evvie and Dean that develops into a sweet romance but also from watching amiable Evvie stumble through the process of finding herself in a realistic way. A warm and funny book that will utterly captivate fans of Abbi Waxman and Taylor Jenkins Reid.” (Booklist [starred review])

“Holmes’ debut charms, as a young widow and a former Major League pitcher learn to begin again.... At times deeply emotional yet sometimes extremely humorous, this is a satisfying crowd-pleaser.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Don't some of us wish Jack ryan was real?

I would hesitate to name any single one of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books as my favorite, but if I did Executive Orders would probably be it. What an excellent book! When I started reading this series sometime in the late 80's it never dawned on me that Jack Ryan would ever become president. Still Clancy comes up with a plausible if unlikely sequence of events to propel Jack Ryan into the presidency of the United States. My only problem with the whole scenario is that I find it hard to believe that there are any politicians with as much common sense as Jack Ryan demonstrates in this book. Prichard does a good job as narrator of this book although there might be some better choices for narrator. Some people don't care for the detail that Clancy puts into his books or the length of this book in particular. I don't understand that myself. To my way of thinking I got this audio book for entertainment. Isn't 51 hours of entertainment better than 5 hours of entertainment? Would I recommend this book? I sure would!

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Long labour of listening

A monster of a book but worth every cent, this Jack Ryan tale is woven into a great tapestry. The charicters are sublime and they all work. His knowledge on warfare, be it truth or fiction, is of the highest calibre. If you only get one Clancy, get this one but be warned, it is very hard to turn off. Ideal for when you have a week of painting the house or you are confined to quarters!

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Too much of a good thing

Love Tom Clancy, but I really struggled to get through this monster of a book. This story undoubtedly lost many readers due to the gargantuan heaps of minutiae which is often repetitive. I got the impression at one time that Clancy was getting paid by the word. I didn't need to know the thread count of the linen napkins in the KLM first class passenger cabin. It was just way too much. At over 50 hours of audio (900 pages, half a million words the weight of a sack of sugar in hard cover), this book was simply too long. Most Clancy books I have read are less than half that long. The abridged version is five hours long. This tells us that the original is way too long and the story can be told in a much more compressed time frame.

After reading this book, I think I could work at the CDC because I learned more about Ebola and infectious diseases than probably half of the people that already work there.

What distracted me further was Clancy's one tone dialog. It seems as every character speaks as if they all were from the same part of the country and all the same age. There is no variation in the dialog and I felt like I was going to blow a gasket hearing the question tag "okay?" over and over and over and over and over and over and over... and in the same tone and vocal inflection. It's like Stepford Wives all speaking the same style of dialect.

The reader is simply horrible and does nothing to add any nuance to the various characters. They are all read with the same cadence and dialect. Some have a bit of a different accent, but the foreign accents on the whole are messy, inaccurate and annoying.

I can't remember if I paid full price for this book, but if I did I certainly have buyer's remorse.

Overall, the story is good and plot interesting. But the painfully excruciating details of non-essential and often unnecessary plot elements just bog this book down in a morass of self-flagellation.

As I started out writing this review, I gave the story four stars based on the outline of the plot. But the more I write, the more I realized how frustrating this book was to finish and downgraded to three... which may be overly generous. Perhaps Mr. Clancy viewed this book as his magnum opus and literary legacy when he pumped so much into it. If it was intended as such, it was a failure for an otherwise brilliant career.

You can skip whole chapters if you want and never lose the plot, because it will all be revisited in mind-numbing detail to set up the final crescendo which is not in as much detail as the rest of the book indicates. There is a excruciatingly long buildup for a comparative short payoff.

Good luck and good reading/listening.

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Classic Tom Clancey

I have been listening to the complete "Ryanverse" from start to finish. The different readers have different styles but I haven't had an issue with either.

Admittedly its a shock switching from one to another after listening for 40-50 hours but after an hour or so it doesn't matter to me. If it was possible to pick one I would stick with one but so it goes. The Clancy books are a good read or a good listen and that upwards of 55 hours you do get your moneys worth.

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Entertaining story, Poor narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I am generally impressed with audio books from Audible.com - the narrators are well chosen and well-directed, but not this one. Clancy's books have so much material that I usually like getting them as audiobooks as listening to the story makes me slow down and read the entire book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Needs a different narrator.

What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

He's barely better than a computer generated voice. He doesn't used much inflection, he doesn't do anything to help you cue into which character is speaking and his performance does not advance the story in this book.

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

No

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A highly improbable scenario made plausible!

I think it is fair to say that Tom Clancy's tales would not be for everyone! For starters, there's the sheer volume of listening that's required! And then the stories themselves are woven together with many threads. This particular story seems so completely improbable that it is a tribute both to Tom's lively imagination and the Narrator, Michael Pritchard's delivery, that the end result is a story which seems completely plausible!
I'm sure others would disagree on that point but I found the descriptions of the various phases of the book quite believable. Tom's writing style has always appealed to me. His account of the battle phases carry comprehensive details of the weaponry used & it's effects. It could all be made up or it could be meticulously researched but the end result is beyond question!
If you drive a lot, like I do, or you simply have the time necessary for such a story, then I would recommend it!

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Stunning!

In the wake of our current pandemic, this story hit home some, wrong president 🤷🏾‍♂️, anyway, I had a tear in my eye, hate in my heart, and an overwhelming joy, this is my 2nd go with this book, I encourage all who are thinking of purchasing this audio to do so, regardless of your political view, I believe you’ll love this long but totally involved story, ENJOY!

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Ececutive Orders

Several reviews suggested that Tom Clancy and his reader, Michael Prichard, had missed the mark with this edition of Jack Ryan. I am about half through with the book and find it exceptional and the narration is quite good.

Perhaps if you have not read any of the other books in this series, or not seen any of the pictures, you might get lost in the plot. However, anyone who is a fan of Tam Clancy and these charcters should find this an outstanding read. The complaint about the detail is understandable, but this is what Clancy has built his readership.
I was concerned with the negative reviews, but very happy I purchased this book, and find the unabridged version much to my satisfaction.

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Sluggish like a rainy day

Wow....painfully slow over detailed. Wanted to put me to sleep. I usually like this particular narrator, but even he sounded bored and tired while reading. Slightly interesting educational stuff.

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If you are a Clancy fan, the story matters

I have read most of Tom Clancy's work. I have enjoyed it all. Upon joining Audible I looked for the opportunity to hear his work and see if the stories were as alive as reading. Notwithstanding the mediocre narration in Executive Orders, the answer is yes. Sure I would have preferred a better performance but for me the story is the reason why we read or listen. If you are a new to Tom Clancy, I recommend you read or listen to Debt of Honor first. Doing so will really set the stage for Executive Orders and introduce you to Jack Ryan.

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  • Robert
  • 08-13-12

Not an Enjoyable Listen

I was looking forward to Executive Orders, especially given other reviews and ratings. However, I found the narrator's delivery to be so irritating and monotonous that I have given up listening to it. I now have the printed version and it is an excellent read. I have downloaded many books from Audible and this is the worst by a long, long way. I just wish they would allow occasional returns. I suppose I am in the minority on this one but so be it.

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  • Ruth
  • 09-11-12

Spoilt

Was looking forward to this as like Tom Clancy's books but the narrator spoilt it for me. I only got through half the 1st part. It was like listerning to a machine speaking, sometimes I got lost because I didn't realise we'd changed situation - so disappointed.

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  • Lingwelli
  • 02-04-13

51 hours of a single voice

This book would have been more interesting had the narrator used different voices. It was difficult to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys. Having said that, it was a good story but a bit long winded at times.I normally "read" Tom Clancy's books.

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  • Charles T
  • 09-22-12

Executive Orders - Is Rubish

Very disapointed. The narrator is terrible; his monotone voice and feeble attempts at foreign accents irritates. Clancy's writting is not on form, with continuous self indulgent drivel and a non-existent plot (after 7 hours) - I have given up!

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  • Lou's review
  • 10-02-13

Jack Ryan - RIP Tom Clancy 2/10/2013

What made the experience of listening to Executive Orders the most enjoyable?

The best part of this story was the lead up to the main event which was not really as interesting as war rarely is. Clancy kind of tapers of and the rest of the story kind of pales in to insignificance after that.

What other book might you compare Executive Orders to, and why?

This is the story about how Jack Sr. meets his presidential job head on so any other Tom Clancy book after this is a good way to go.

Did Michael Prichard do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

I was disappointed with the narrator but as this was done before the Jack Ryan Jr. stories I felt I got more quantity over quality. Would buy this again if it was narrated by the same guy that did Threat Vector.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This is what the Jack Ryan film should have been about. Hopefully this will be one for 2014/15

Any additional comments?

It's a pity that I write a review the day that the Writer dies. Very sad day as I will have to look elsewhere for something that would even come close to this type of story. I am a Tom Clancy Fan and am gutted that he will never be able to write about Jack Ryan Sr. Jr. ever again.

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  • rob
  • 04-13-13

scarily predictive

In a book written pre 9/11 it is a fast paced thriller of the highest order that you expect from Tom Clancy, the plot seemed possible but unlikely, one terrorist attack on the U.S

followed by a chemical warfare attack, the whole premise of the book was tragically mirrored by the events of 9/11 and the following weeks, it is a five star read which when read now is a sad but stark warning to how a small group can wreak havac

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  • Mr
  • 12-08-12

Gripping

It was one of those books I just didn't want to end. Even though it is probably one of the longest books I have listened to. I am now a Jack Ryan groupie!

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  • Clive B
  • 12-16-11

You won't want to put it down

This is a classic piece dripping tension and intricately complex interlocking blocks from the ever-brilliant pen of Tom Clancy.
I do recommend reading Debt of Honour before reading this book just to catch up with how Jack Ryan got to become US President, but then hang on for another amazing ride.
Clancy is always technically excellent and his ability to create highly complex plot lines is undiminished.
Well worth an Audible credit, and at 53 hours +, it'll take you a month to read anyway !

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  • liz
  • 11-21-11

Executive Orders

This was fabulous. I loved every minute of it. I could be biased because Tom Clancey has yet to write a bad book, in my opinion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-13

A great story

I am a fan of Tom Clancy and particularly the Jack Ryan novels. I have read this book and the previous Debt of Honor before. I thought I would take a chance on this audio book even though some of the reviews I read were less than complimentary on the reading. I had no problem listening all the way through this book. The reading was not the best, hence the 4 stars, but the story kept me listening.