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Threat Vector Audiobook

Threat Vector

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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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    timothy 09-04-15
    timothy 09-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good reading"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 06-03-15
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 06-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maryann Birmingham, AL, United States 02-27-15
    Maryann Birmingham, AL, United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "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.☺️

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M.W. 02-10-14
    M.W. 02-10-14 Member Since 2009
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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
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "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
    Fritz Leesburg, VA, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "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


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    KG 01-27-13
    KG 01-27-13
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    "Interesting scenario, lackluster plot"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they're interested in how a cyberwar might play out in its early stages. No, if they're looking for an intricate plot, character development, etc. Clancy's The Hunt for Red October reads like a chess match. Threat Vector was like watching the game end in 4 or 5 moves. In a word, it's anticlimactic.


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

    This was my first time listening to Lou Diamond Phillips. He a very good narrator; easy to understand with enough variation between characters to keep it interesting. He could slow down the pace a little, but you get used to his speed after a while. I'd definitely listen to him again.


    Could you see Threat Vector being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see it, but I wouldn't see it. This would be a typical Hollywood blockbuster; full of hype with little substance.


    Any additional comments?

    Clancy spends more time describing military machinery and tactics than he does in developing characters and in spinning an engaging tale of strategy and deception.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 01-25-13
    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 01-25-13 Member Since 2006

    Enjoys espionage, mystery, police procedurals, science, biographies.

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    "A Step Forward for Jack Ryan Jr."
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is more Clancy than recent novels, with more twists and sweeping story lines. Unlike other collaborations, this one feels more like Mr. Clancy actually showed up for the writing. The quality of research and the accuracy of the depiction of cyberwar was very well done. I found the Ryan Jr character more like able and less two dimensional than in previous books.


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

    I've neverr heard Mr. Phillips as a reader before and I was very impressed. His pacing is great and he is always clear and easy to understand. He's not overly emotional but he very much fit the story. I look forward to hearing him again.


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

    I wouldn't say I wanted to listen n one sitting but I also never felt a need to step away for a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    It's still not real Tom Clancy, but it's the best co-written effort

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 01-17-13
    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 01-17-13
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    "Frequent Listener"

    Okay, I read some of the reviews before I listened to the last three Ryan books. Of the three, this was my favorite. Mixing the politics of Washington, our relationship with China and then Jack juniors love life as he did made for a very enjoyable book. How do I tell if I like it? If I drive home and enter my garage, turn off the engine and then sit there to finish a chapter or hear the end of the event, then I know I like it. I sat in my garage 5 times with this book. Case closed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Austin, TX 01-05-13
    Doug Austin, TX 01-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Phenomenal – Then Anti-Climatic"

    Once I got used to Clancy’s writing style I became deeply engrossed in this story’s universe. The characters are cardboard thin, but stand as reminders of a Cold War American point-of-view in action. The good guys are tough, no-nonsense, risk-taking, and politically righteous. In fact, listening to these characters troubleshoot international threats made me realize how different America is today.

    Despite that, the middle of this novel is just PACKED with shocking and compelling strategies used by the Chinese to truly threaten our comfortable modern society. There is serious (and scary) creativity here….the kind that makes you wonder just how vulnerable the U.S. may be against cyber warfare. From corporate espionage in Silicon Valley, to dogfights above the South China Sea, to action in the neon backstreets of Hong Kong, the book truly goes all in. I felt the sensation of being convinced that the bad guys had finally figured out how to beat America. They had us. The escalation of events teased me with a peak at an epic digital war that threatened to engage all branches of the U.S. Military in a desperate fight for survival. The largest fighting force in the history of world, the American Military, seemed on the verge of actually becoming obsolete….

    Then, the nightmare just ends. Right when the gloves are about the come off, the book folds up into a neat ‘Mission Accomplished.’ This should have been Book 1 to what would have been a breathtaking series.

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  • Pixi
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    12/18/12
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    "Locked on part 2"

    Yes! Tom Clancy has done it again! Narrator pulls of an excellent Chinese speaking accent which makes the story even more immersive. It's quite interesting that I had just finished Mark Russinovich's Trojan Horse which also points a finger to China and their cyber-tech. I guess it's no secret though.



    A very exciting yarn with just the right balance of action to tech. I really want to see this and Locked on at the movies. It would be awesome.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • D. J. Steers
    Tunbridge Wells, Kent . England
    12/15/12
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    "Great book"

    I really enjoyed this book. It's fast paced contains a few twists

    Well worth listening too.

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  • Gary
    5/3/15
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    "one of the better narrations for a while..."

    Brilliant narration and a half believable story/plot which makes a huge difference... one of the better Clancy novels....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lorraine
    Rugby, United Kingdom
    12/7/14
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    "A great Tom Clancy!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is very easy to listen to - so perfect for doing two things at once, in my case listening and crafting. If you have seen any of the Tom Clancy films with different actors playing Jack Ryan it is simply a case of picking your favourite 'Jack' and then imagining his son in action.


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

    There is an action scene where a key character realises that there are more than two parties involved in an event and he is the only person who has oversight of the actions of the different groups and what is about to take place.


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

    Good, clear narration - not too slow but well enunciated.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Jack's Back!


    Any additional comments?

    Have purchased several of the Tom Clancy books, all ready by Lou Diamond Phillips as preferred his narration from the samples, and was not disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    7/9/14
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    "Excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Threat Vector to be better than the print version?

    Not read the printed version, but then again why would I, when the audio is so good. Lou Diamond Philips does an excellent job.


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

    This is classic Tom Clancey, even if it was probably written by Mark Greaney. All the usual characters appear , Ryan, Clarke, Ding etc. along with some new additions. The storyline is fast paced and exciting. As you would expect from a Tom Clancey novel the technical data is spot on.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scene when the American pilots go up against the Chinese is fantastic real edge of the seat stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I would recommend Vector Threat to any Tom Clancey fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • F. Shaw
    United Kingdom
    1/21/13
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    "Nowhere Near His Best"

    Threat Vector is set in the modern world of warfare and its premise is perfectly realistic, the next major wars most likely will be fought with computers hacking in to UAV control systems and government databases. This is not my problem with this novel.



    My problem is that it simply doesn't flow as well as previous Clancy novels, the story somehow feels disjointed and bitty even though this is the unabridged version. There are sub-plots that don't need to be there, Jack's girlfriend spying on him for the FBI for instance, and all they succeed in doing is making the book feel like a struggle to finish, rather than something to be enjoyed it ends up feeling a bit like a chore.



    Maybe it's just me but Clancy should stick to just writing the military side of books, his description of the warfare elements and the camaraderie is still good. It's just a shame its context doesn't let you enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/11/17
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    "Another winner"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. P. Pegg
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    11/13/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Millie River
    Lancashire, England
    4/10/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karl Heap
    12/1/15
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    "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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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