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Publisher's Summary

Dead or Alive brings together - for the first time - an all-star cast of Clancy’s greatest characters in a joint showdown with global terrorists.

Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the "Campus" - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn't know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

The Campus has now turned their sights on the Emir, the number-one terrorist threat to Western civilization. A reclusive figure and mastermind of vicious terrorist acts, the Emir has eluded capture by the world's law-enforcement agencies. But now - with the help of ex-CIA agent John Clark and protégé Marine Colonel Ding Chavez - the Campus is in on the hunt.

In a fast-paced, intense performance, film and television star Lou Diamond Phillips narrates the story of their mission - to bring in the Emir, dead or alive.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Ryan.
©2010 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Nothing has changed in a decade

If it's a Tom Clancy book, you can be sure of several things:

Mr. Clancy has done his technical research to the last detail and spends page after page explaining it to us. In a previous book, he literally described a nuclear explosion millisecond by millisecond. He does similar things here. Sometimes, you find yourself tuning the narrator off because you don't particularly care how a bullet acts after striking. This is one reason for the extraordinary length of his books.
He also introduces so many characters and sub-plots so quickly that it is difficult to remember what the main plot is. It's easy to lose interest in what a character does when he or she only appears every five chapters.
In short, he kills us with insignificant details and smothers us with new sub-plots and characters.

I was hoping that time had mellowed his fondness for verbosity. It hasn't.

88 of 125 people found this review helpful

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  • Matt
  • yakima, WA, United States
  • 01-05-11

Non stop action beging to end!

Great listen! Great narration! Good action throughout, not bogged down by over dramatized emotion anywhere in the story. Kept me wanting more all the way thru.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Dead or nearly dead

Good golly, this book is boring. Clancy and Blackwood churn up adventure and take f o r e v e r to tell it. Every t is crossed, every i is double-dotted, events telegraphed and texted and carbon copy sent by carrier pigeon to make sure you get it. Lou Diamond Phillips is a fine narrator, but even he can't do anything with this sloggy mush.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Thrilling and better than the older ones

What did you love best about Dead or Alive?

It doesn't have the same old Clancy super powers where every single step is pitch perfect and Clark/Ryan/Chavez always figure things out on the first try.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead or Alive?

Rangers in the cave.

Which scene was your favorite?

Rangers in the cave.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • edward
  • lethbridge, AB, Canada
  • 06-16-13

good read

Would you consider the audio edition of Dead or Alive to be better than the print version?

as good

What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

great narrator has the quality to bring to life he should be doing lots more of these

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great read and fits today's events

Typical Clancy, it is technically correct with a gripping plot and sprinkled with lots of action. The story keeps you interested. It also shows with great clarity, through fiction, the real hazards of hamstringing our intelligence gathering agencies, both here and abroad.

One thing is clear. Tom Clancy and I have similar views about the current administration. It is interesting to read the words "President Ed Kealty" and think with a smile, "Look how Tom spelled Obama."

Politics aside, it was a very good read. Four and half stars in my book.

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1st Tom Clancy book - i'm a fan

I was expecting James patterson, but i got new age sherlock holmes coupeld with action. i loved it! i want to read everything he writes now!!

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  • John
  • Severna Park, MD, United States
  • 03-12-13

Another outstanding Clancy novel

Would you listen to Dead or Alive again? Why?

Yes - excellent storyline

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Clark

Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure - but he did a great job with this narration

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

All of the individual stories were great

Any additional comments?

Great book - highly recommended

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Suits me

Would you listen to Dead or Alive again? Why?

I will be listening to this story again. While the unabridged version is on the long side this suits me and, for the price I paid provided very good listening.

What did you like best about this story?

The hero gets injured - a good change. I like the improbability of events as they unfold, but then I get around to thinking, is this for real? I love sitting, in retirement, in the sunshine listening to a good story which helps me to withdraw from reality.

Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

No

Any additional comments?

Extremely good value for money listening for retired male heros like myself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Exiting, well told, too many characters

It is good, sometimes too much detail but it is fine I would read his books again

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  • J. Chettleburgh
  • 03-02-11

Ok, not the best

I quite enjoyed this! Not a Clancy classic (has the poor old dear lost the ability to write a book on his own, or is the money getting in the way of the keyboard?) but a reasonable yarn all the same.

Try playing product placement bingo to liven up the boring bits!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Colin
  • 02-01-11

Right wing flapping

The sub-text to a turgid story is an overt critique of the current US administration. Clancy, like most fervent Republicans, have an oddly reactionary view of Obama (think of all the 'he's a socialist Islamic loving non-American Progressive' rhetoric and Clancy has used 'Dead or Alive' to pump his political bias with the subtlety of a crow bar over the back of the head. Lou Diamond Phillips talent is the only worthy aspect of this right wing/fundamentalist Christian dribble.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful