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Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he's honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States.

But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous. A devout enemy of Jack Sr. launches a privately funded vendetta to discredit him by connecting the presidential candidate to a mysterious killing in the past by John Clark, his longtime ally.

A shadowy mercenary team is dispatched to capture the former Navy SEAL. With Clark on the run, it’s up to Jack Ryan Jr., along with Ding Chavez, Dominic Caruso, and the rest of the Campus team, to stop a threat emerging in the Middle East: A corrupt Pakistani general has entered into a deadly pact with a fanatical terrorist to procure nuclear warheads, which can be used to blackmail any world power into submission.

With the breakneck speed and military action scenes that have made him the premier thriller writer of our time, Tom Clancy delivers a novel of high-tech warfare in which the enemy within may be even more devastating than the enemy without.

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  • Ron
  • Basehor, KS, United States
  • 12-16-11

Enjoyable but not his best.

I am a big Tom Clancy fan but I am going to have to say that the storyline on this was not as good as his past novels. I found the severe view of politics in this story to be a distraction and could have done without. The politics either made you good or evil depending on which side of the isle you are on. Besides the politics there was your typical action scenes that we all have come to love form Clancy. I found Lou Diamond Phillips enjoyable to listen to and I would listen to more of his narration's.

27 of 40 people found this review helpful

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Boring, nothing happened, characters unbelievable

Would you try another book from Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney and/or Lou Diamond Phillips?

No, not by Tom Clancy. He mailed this one in. The characters were not believable. Jack Jr. could not even follow simple orders. The hero is running a major Op minutes after losing the use of his shooting hand then using his shooting hand with abandon, poor continuity.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am now listening to Extremely loud and incredibly close by Foer

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I don't think it was the narrators fault. The script was

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None. I am disappointed I wasted a free credit on this book.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-10-16

First Tom Clancy novel with Mark Greaney co-author

This review is part of my catching up with some great espionage thriller novels I listened to several years ago. I need to start by noting that Audible has made a complete mess or putting the Jack Ryan/Jack Ryan Jr. series novels in order. One needs to lo look elsewhere to get the books in order.

Locked On is the first Clancy novel co-authored with Mark Greaney and the second in the Jack Ryan series with a co-author. By the time this novel was released I had listened to all Jack Ryan series books. Thee novel is clearly better and more concisely written than prior Clancy novels.

With his father running for re-election, Ryan Jr. refuses Secret Service protection and joins the Campus in a "safe" job. He reports to John Clark and works with Clark's son-in-law Ding Chavez as well as the Caruso brothers who are Ryan, Jr's first cousins. Locked On is an outstanding novel! It is the first of three Greaney co-wrote with Clancy. In addition, Greaney has released three Ryan Jr. novels since Clancy's death. All are superb.

Lou Diamond Phillips may be a great actor but he is nor a great audiobook narrator. Thankfully Scott Brick picks up the narration with the next novel.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 01-29-12

Clancy makes up for his previous mistake

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

Clancy's last attempt at a book was a disaster, but he's back at the top of his game with this one. The plot is exciting with more than a few pulse-pounding moment, and Lou Diamond Phillips does another outstanding job that goes beyond mere narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Clark steals the show by displaying great guts despite his slowing down with age.

What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

Phillips doesn't just read the story to you; he understands his characters and has a unique gift for pacing and timing (but I still think his Jack Ryan Sr sounds a little too much like John Wayne).

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

I actually did have a queasy moment, but to go on any further would spoil it. You'll have to read it for yourself.

Any additional comments?

It was clear to me that Clancy has an unapologetic right wing slant, but not being American myself I might look at this a little more from the outside than some other readers. His views are often so extreme at times that I had to laugh at them, mainly because Clancy's unyielding conservatism simply reflects the same attitudes of so many Americans as evident with the current Republican race. In other words, don't let personal politics get in the way of a good political thriller.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Jump the Shark

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Nope. Clancy has

Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney again?

I said after the last book that I would not, but look at me now.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Wishing for the old Clancy.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Dan
  • Fayetteville, AR, United States
  • 01-16-12

Jack Jr. Takes Charge

Jack Ryan, Jr. is going to make sure that the Jack Ryan legend lives on. Locked On passes the torch from father to son. While Jack Sr. appears in the book, it is only a cameo role. The spotlight is on Jack Jr. as he becomes an integral part of The Campus. He still has a lot to learn from John Clark and the rest of the campus crew but he is on his way to establishing his own character and identity separate from his dad. The narration was outstanding bringing each of the characters to life. At times the technical descriptions were a little tedious and the ending was a little incomplete and not quite satisfying but certainly provided the setting for the next adventure of Jack Jr. No book is perfect and this was a very good book. With Jack Jr's father as POTUS, his girlfriend established (more or less) and Clark, Ding and Dom there to get him through the tough times, I hope the wait for the next installment is not too far off.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Finally, the Clancy we know and love...

Would you consider the audio edition of Locked On to be better than the print version?

For me, audio is always better because I tend skim, especially when Clancy goes into detailed technical descriptions. And then there is the remarkable talent of Lou Diamond Phillips bringing every character to life.

What other book might you compare Locked On to and why?

I think Locked On is the first Clancy novel in years to match the mastery of the first Jack Ryan novels. This book reminds me of Executive Orders. Clancy has always written from a conservative world view, and often his fiction comes true in real life. A month after his book, Executive Orders, was released a plane crashed into the White House. Critics were saying his plot was far fetched.

What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

I cannot say enough good things about the talent of LDP. Every character has its own unique voice and I found myself thinking of them as real people.

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

No, it just left me wishing for more.

Any additional comments?

I think it is a mistake to label Mr. Clancy's work as too political. He is renowned for his accuracy in describing military capabilities and political policies that influnce them. This is a great book!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Derek
  • LOUISVILLE, KY, United States
  • 12-27-11

Sub par for Clancy

Clancy devotees will moan about this one! Mark Greaney devotees will wish he would just write more Gray Man!

Plot is good fiction. . . . too long too develop . . . .Ponduras . . . . neverthless I enjoyed it somewhat ,but felt the credit was not spent wisely.

But what do I know . . just an old man hasbeen!

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Over the top in too many places

When I think of Tom Clancy at his best I think of a book like Cardinal of the Kremlin or Hunt for the Red October. GONE is that Tom Clancy .. this one is full of manufactured twists and plots that don't have the human touch that made his earlier books so wonderful to listen to. John Clark, who has always been an outstanding character, suddenly turns into a "super hero" impervious to torture and pain and able to get up and run an operation after days of capture and torture and mistreatment .. and on and on.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Middle East Unrest

Lou Diamond Phillips, does a fair job as narrator. I found it hard to follow at times, because he talks very fast and runs his wording together.
I don't feel this is one of Tom Clancy's best.....it appears as a fill in.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 02-06-12

Back on form Tom

I used to love a good Tom Clancy book but over the past few years he just seemed to have lost the plot.
Not with this I am please to say. It might not be his best but is still a great story well narrated.

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  • Robert
  • 02-04-12

Locked On

excellent again from Tom Clancy as usual. excellent again from Tom Clancy as usual. excellent again from Tom Clancy as usual

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  • Peter
  • 01-15-12

Sounds like the narrator was paid on piece work...

I really enjoyed the first chapter, I found the detailed descriptions enjoyable, however Lou Diamond Philips narration was rushed and began to get annoying really quickly. As the book progressed I found myself looking for options to slow the narration down as I thought perhaps I had it on some kind of "Speed Read"

I didn't, it's a shame I would have probably enjoyed this as a throw away no brainer listed/read.

A bit too bloody and a tad too violent for the sake of lazy excitement for my liking.