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Publisher's Summary

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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Two Versions. Don't Buy This One

There are two unabridged versions of this audiobook on Audible. This version's presentation by J Charles is rushed and less enjoyable. Approximately 5 hours shorter than the version I exchanged for narrated by Michael Pritchard. Much more enjoyable. Typical great story by Clancy.

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Politics is always a problem

The politicians always make a mess of things. John Clark and Jack Ryan by doing the right things bail some of the politicians out. The rest go to jail or worse if only it were true today!!

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Good read.

Some have said it moved a little slow. At times it did, but don't all books need a plot that isn't non-stop action?

If you don't like the slower detailed parts of the book, quit reading and just keep watching movies.

The plot and character development lives up to my expectations for Tom Clancy...now on to The Sum of All Fears!

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  • Laura
  • EVERETT, WA, United States
  • 04-18-14

No tone difference between characters

Great book, great movie, pretty good audio book.

I've read Tom Clancy's books over and over. I own them all, well, all the ones he himself wrote. I haven't gotten into the newer franchise books written in conjunction with other writers. I also own all the movies based on his books. I'm not typically into military novels, but I've always ranked Tom Clancy in my top 10 favorite authors. I've read and enjoyed Clear and Present Danger multiple times, and my enjoyment has never diminished. Clancy always has just enough detail to make his books interesting to me, but never so much as to make me feel like I'm reading a technical manual or military play book. I enjoy his characters, again, enough information that they are real people to me, but never so much that character descriptions take over the plot. I get to feel like I'm really there, along side these characters, engaged in mundane routine military life or exciting action packed battle scenes. I rediscovered all of these things in this audio book. I just have one complaint, and its a pretty big complaint, the narrator, while not terrible, has no variation for characters, female, male, latino, irish, whatever, they all sound the same! Sometimes, I litterally couldn't figure out who was speaking and had to rewind. I kept thinking, its good I've read this book so many times and know what it going on, and even then, I had trouble keeping characters and speakers straight. It was very frustrating. If not for Clancy's skill as a writer, I would have stopped listening.

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Pretty good

You can always count on Tom Clancy for a good story. He is knowledgeable and thorough.

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  • KENNETH
  • bristol, CT, United States
  • 02-04-13

Meeting Expectation

A good story with detailed description of both characters and environment. Each substory led to the overal effect on the main plot.

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Typical Good stuff from Tom Clancy

Can't go wrong teeing this one up to listen too. Excellent delivery and recommend.

A good killer of time

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Difficult to follow the reader

What did you love best about Clear and Present Danger?

As with all the stories I have read and listened to by Tom Clancy, this one is exciting, fast-paced, and difficult to put down. I am not usually a big fan of stories involving large amounts of military action, but Tom Clancy has a knack of making even this aspect of things very interesting. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Clancy's writing in general and the Jack Ryan series in particular.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I truly love audio books for the ability to absorb good books while doing other things like commuting to work. Unfortunately, with this book I have to recommend reading rather than listening. While the narrator is not bad, it is extremely difficult to follow the story line. As with most Clancy narratives, one of the intriguing aspects of this novel is that the story line unfolds across a number of locations, subplots, and characters. And also as per the usual Clancy method, some or all of these story lines are treated within the same chapter. Unfortunately, this particular recording tends to blur them all together into one continuous thread so that by the time you realize the story has shifted from one plot line to another, you almost have to back up in the recording to make sense of what you just heard. I am not sure whether this is the narrator or the editor's fault; the fact remains that it makes the story tough to follow if you aren't already familiar with it.

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This book could use a new or at least an updated recording. It is too good a story to have this poor a recording to go with it.

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  • Nancy F.
  • Sierra Foothills, Northern CA
  • 08-04-12

You Must Pay Attention

I did not find this narrator as annoying as other reviewers. I did find the book to be tedious if my attention strayed even the least bit -- in part that may be a narration problem because it didn't always hold my attention. It does start slow but slowly and surely picks up speed and interest. If you're invested in this series, you shouldn't skip this book because it adds to the larger story arc. If I had realized there were two different versions, I likely would have purchased the michael Prichard narration with more satisfied results.

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I enjoy it, But...

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

I have read Tom Clancy before and enjoyed it but this time I found it hard to follow. He had you in one place with certain characters, then suddenely without even taking the slighest pause you found yourself in a different location. I found myself going back over sections to see what it was I missed.I think it was the reader, He did not switch voices for the characters which didn't help.