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Publisher's Summary

Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

Meanwhile, Chinese cyber-warfare experts have launched a devastating attack on American infrastructure. It's a new combat arena, but it’s every bit as deadly as any that has gone before. Jack Ryan, Jr., and his colleagues at the Campus may be just the wild card that his father needs to stack the deck. There's just one problem: someone knows about the off-the-books intelligence agency and threatens to blow their cover sky high.

©2012 Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • George
  • Saint Charles, MO, United States
  • 08-25-13

Great Story, Narration Issues

What didn’t you like about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance?

Lou Diamond Phillips is a great actor. He also did a fantastic job playing the various roles in this book. The problem is he gasps for air constantly. Hey.. all of us have to breath, but once I noticed the quick puffs of air every few words, I couldn't enjoy the performance. You could even tell where the director/editor spliced in voice sections (because the gasp went away for twice as long). Make sure you listen to a sample on iTunes or Audible before buying this.

If I heard gasping for air (small ones but loud) on any of the other 50 or so books I have listened to (back to the old Brilliance days and cassettes), I wouldn't care.

Sorry Lou. Hope you don't read this. I love your work otherwise.

Any additional comments?

A bit far fetched as far as what Presiden't son was up to -- but classic Clancy all the way so I went ahead and bought in.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Ron
  • Basehor, KS, United States
  • 12-05-12

Cyber war with China!

There is a new war taking place China has decided to declare a cyber war on the USA. They are doing it by proxy using an unofficial off the books agency that officially does not exist. This agency uses computer exploits to infiltrate corporate and governmental agencies in combination with human assets that they have compromised and are black mailing into rendering aid.

Jack Ryan is once again in the oval office and is doing everything in his power to stop a full-fledged shooting war. But he has to deal with President Wei Zhen Lin who has lost control of his country to General Su Ke Quiang.

We also see Jack Ryan Jr. storyline progress and he is quickly gaining valuable in field abilities.

This book reminded me of Tom Clancy’s earlier work Net Force but I found the book enjoyable and Lou Diamond Phillips did a great job narrating.


13 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Loooouuuu

Would you consider the audio edition of Threat Vector to be better than the print version?

didn't read the print edition

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes, I kept waiting for the Americans to see their way trough to success path. In the end it depended on a few of the individual people involved and what they had learned.

Which character – as performed by Lou Diamond Phillips – was your favorite?

None specifically.

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

yes. It is fast moving and occurring over a short time frame. Stopping and starting as my own life happened caused me to go back several chapters at each start to make sure I knew where I was at. I didn't mind having to do that, but I think it would have been fun to charge right throug beginning to end.

Any additional comments?

Lou Diamond Phillips is great narrator. He doesn't overwhelm the story with theatrics, but he does get it done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good reading

A good cliché listen/read. Perfect for my everyday commute. Quite suspenseful and good depiction of action.

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  • Tim
  • Poulsbo, WA, United States
  • 06-03-15

Too much of everythinbg

Is there anything you would change about this book?

remove unnecessary characters, remove unnecessary scenes, shrink the scope and complexity in general. And while your at it, make it a little more believable

Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney ? Why or why not?

I have enjoyed their work individually, but I may not try another collaboration. I was a bit shocked at how much this story jumped around with shallow lines that were distractingly contrived and unbelievable.

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

I actually was quite comfortable with his reading.

Any additional comments?

Deus ex machina comes to mind, how else could so many US intrusions into China and Chinese intrusions into neighboring countries resolve so easily, insane missions, unbelievable plots... I barely got through this one and will not following the series any further.

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  • Maryann
  • Birmingham, AL, United States
  • 02-27-15

Blockbuster

This is probably the most unrelenting intense novel I've read. Non stop action. But action not just for action sake but every word integral to the story. You don't want to be doing anything else while listening to this book it commands your total attention and focus. I loved it and plan to try another in the series after I recover.☺️

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  • Jean
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 11-09-14

Great Action and Suspense

Would you listen to Threat Vector again? Why?

No! I read a lot and I have a good memory and read once and proceed to other books with the exception of great poetry or fantastic literature writings such as "In Search of Lost Time" by Marcel Proust. However, if a movie inspired by Threat Vector was made, I'd Watch it.

What other book might you compare Threat Vector to and why?

David Baldacci's books because they are also preoccupied with American politics and the President's involvement.

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

Lou Diamond Phillip's performance was exceptional! It was so true to life!

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

No, I didn't laugh or cry. It made me conscious of hackers and the necessity of computer security.

Any additional comments?

Great Action and Suspense

Jean A. Vachon

Usually I don’t particularly like to read international conflict novels...
However, Threat Vector by Tom Clancy and Mark Creany is an exception to this rule. This novel was packed with action and suspense from beginning to end. Once I started listening to it, I looked forward to listening to this fabulous story.
The story focuses on Jack Ryan, the US president, who is faced with an international threat coming from the Republic of China. China wants to expand its territory and hopes to contest the US’s control of world economy. Disagreement between the two Chinese leaders, President Wei Zhen Lin and General Su Ke Quiang slows down the realization of this end. The President wants to adopt slower economical changes while the General wishes to be more agressive. He is helped by a computer wizard whose code name is Center. The computer expert infiltrates American federal servers, computers, and iphones. Spies on both sides intervene. Blood is shed. Security is breached. Friendships are compromised. Who will win and how? Therein lies the interest of this fast-paced novel. Hackers use the latest technology to promote their cause.
After reading this novel, your outlook on computer security will change drastically...
Finally, I strongly recommend this novel which procured me enormous pleasure!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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What a Team

These are some pretty heavy hitting authors, along with an excellent reader. Chinese cyber warfare is the backdrop for this cyber terror novel…though the US doesn't mind some good old fashioned bombs in the end, either.

Lots of action. I'd definitely put this into the category of a good read for a long car trip as the action won't have you daydreaming or dozing off.

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  • Xavier
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 08-11-13

Exciting ride into China/American/Global affairs

I am a total Clancy fan. When I first began reading Clancy I found that his plots required more intellectual effort than most counter-terrorism novels. But my brain has adapted to his complex yet thoroughly entertaining plots and countless characters. This is the greatest fun for me. Clancy offers insights into political science, global history, military science and counter espionage in a thrilling action packed story format. I'm slowly going back to previous Clancy novels in this series for the first time as well as re-listening to those I've only heard once. Like many things in life, experiencing his books the second time around offers increased enjoyment in that I understand details that I missed the first time around. Enjoy.

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  • Fritz
  • Leesburg, VA, United States
  • 04-12-13

EXCELLENT, KEPT ME WANTING TO LISTEN!

Would you listen to Threat Vector again? Why?

YES. The story was interesting and the characters were presented in a detailed way.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. I kept wondering what would happen next.

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

Yes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Rod
  • 05-11-17

Another winner

I don't know how he does it but he does time for the next one

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  • D. P. Pegg
  • 11-13-16

enjoyed

Great book, kept me guessing till the end. O was not sure about the narration at first but Mr Phillips grows on you and soon really enjoyed his reading.

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  • Millie River
  • 04-10-16

Expert performance of a cracking tale

Diamond- Phillips brings the bad guys to life with sinister brilliance in this multi-stranded thriller in which all of our favourite characters in this series really get to play.

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  • Karl Heap
  • 12-01-15

The story keeps moving along with the action

What made the experience of listening to Threat Vector the most enjoyable?

The characters from previous Tom Clancy novels are all there but you get to see them in another light

What was one of the most memorable moments of Threat Vector?

The flight into China and the escape route that needs to be taken.

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

Lou's performance on this recording is great, like his others and really suits to the Jack Ryan novels

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  • Graham
  • 11-11-15

Intelligent, informative & exciting. Typical Clancy.

Do not underestimate the narrator, Lou D Phillips is excellent.
The book is a rollicking ride of guns, intelligence gathering, friendship & politics. In the main edge of your seat stuff!

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  • Steve
  • 09-03-15

Typically pacey,exciting and promising

The story touches on all the elements of a good tail. Politics, cyber warfare, espionage, kinetic action and romance all get the Clancy touch that carry you through, " can't put the book down novel". Tom you are missed

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  • Pétur
  • 01-26-14

Great read

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

Complex, intriguing and above all a very well researched book.

What did you like best about this story?

The complexity

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

A great voice actor, capable of many diffrent voices and you know right away who he's acting.

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

Made me excited, very excited.

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  • Gunnar
  • 12-30-13

A Typical Tom Clancy Story

I sometimes get irritated by Tom Clancy's stories; the good guys are always good-looking, virtous and of impeccable caracter, the villains just the opposite. The Western World is normally saved at the last minute by the couragous heros and all is well.

But it sells and I have to admit that I normally turn the pages (or keep listening) as fast as anyone.

But it still leaves me unsatisfied at the end.

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  • Angela
  • 12-07-13

Brilliant story and left me feeling unnerved.

Brilliant book read with real clarity but it left me feeling weird as in oh my god that could actually happen. It wasn't a book I could listen to while doing other things as I had to concentrate on the plot. Well worth listening to.

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  • peter
  • 07-04-13

Another fantastic book

What made the experience of listening to Threat Vector the most enjoyable?

All the characters from previous books coming together again

Who was your favorite character and why?

Domingez is good but my favourite has got to be Jr

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

Yeap like all Tom Clancy books

Any additional comments?

Fantastic listen and would highly recommend the rest of tom Clancys books :)