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Publisher's Summary

Jack Ryan, historian, ex-Marine, and CIA analyst, is vacationing in London when the Ulster Liberation Army makes a terrorist attack on the Prince and Princess of Wales. By instinctively diving forward to break up the attack, he gains both the gratitude of a nation and the hatred of its most dangerous men. Jack Ryan must summon all of the skills and knowledge at his command to battle back against his nemesis.
©1987 Jack Ryan Enterprises Ltd.; (P)1987 Random House Inc., Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House Inc.

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"Ambitious, daring, studded with facts...as spectacular as any thriller ever." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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good book, but disappointing abridgement

The story's great, the narrator is very good, but the abridgement is disappointing (although someone who has not read the book would probably enjoy this abridgement, despite the fact that many of the best characterization bits are missing). The completely unnecessary musical interludes are horrible - very melodramatic, corny, quite distracting.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Patriot Games

If you like Tom Clancy this is a terrible abridgement. It leaves all the important parts out.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent On All Counts

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

Anybody who is an action adventure or Tom Clancy fan should enjoy this book, which is non-stop action in a realistic context.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Ryan is a main character in a series of Clancy books. The character is real, human, and personable, with a family and children. He is an unlikely hero who always finds himself in situations where he comes to the rescue.

Which character – as performed by Martin Sheen – was your favorite?

I have always enjoyed Martin Sheen's voice. In this case, he performs all the characters well, but I particularly enjoy his characterization of the main character, Jack Ryan.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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well performed, but average story

I am not the most avid spy novel reader, so take that in account. The story was okay, but nothing you couldn't figure out on your own. I kept waiting for plot twists. none came. I'll try another Chancy novel to see if, in my eyes, he redeems himself.

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Great Book

I knew the story from the movie but it was a great listen, although shorter than I expected. Martin Sheen is easy to listen to.