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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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  • KG
  • 01-27-13

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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  • Rick
  • Trussville, AL, United States
  • 01-17-13

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

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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  • Garry
  • Cannington, Australia
  • 12-30-12

Another great story

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

I have in the past recommend Tom Clancy's books and the audiobooks and I do not see that changing

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

Fast moving and so descriptive

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

This was in fact my first reading by Lou Diamond Phillips and I was very happy with the performance. He tries different voices without sounding silly. His performance and thinking of Mr Phillips as an actor in a film version makes the story more fun. I have since started listening to his other Clancy (Ryan) readings and finding that very enjoyable. Wish I had listened to them in order however.

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

None really.

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Bravo!

Lou Diamond Phillips delivered an amazing performance, giving each character their own vocal style. A perfect delivery of of a finely crafted Spy Tale.

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  • Sue
  • HOUSTON, TX, United States
  • 12-08-12

The sound mix has major issues!

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

The narrator - has a nice voice making it easy to follow the characters

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

I have not finished the book yet.

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

I have not listened to other books narrated by Phillips - but here are some problems. Everytime he takes a breath - you hear it. A good audio person should have been able to fix that. Also they have speeded up the rate of his talking so that I had to slow it down to 1/2 rate in order to follow the book. Average rate of speech is 150 WPM. When you make it faster it is harder for me - and perhaps others - to follow the story. When you slow it on an iPhone there is a slight reverberation. Not the fault of the iPhone.

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

My main reaction to the book is the issue with the breath intake of the reader. I should be focusing on the plot of the book not the audio problems of the book.

Any additional comments?

I am really concerned about this problem with audible books as this is the second book that I have observed this issue. The other was Darkness at Noon. Audible needs to fix this problem - or they shall lose me as a customer.<br/><br/>The Panther, Split Second & One Amazing Things were done beautifully. What gives????? Are you selective about who gets the better treatment in order to hurry the book to the public?

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-18-16

Outstanding espionage thriller

Threat Vector, released in 2012, is the second novel Tom Clancy co-wrote with Mark Greaney. It is a remarkably outstanding novel. Jack Ryan is back as President and the US and China are near outright war. The suspense is very, very intense. Jack Ryan Jr. is now employed by the Campus, a group who contracts espionage work with the CIA and he plays a significant part in the novel. One thing we learn is that Mark Greaney makes Tom Clancy novels better. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips narrates very well, but Scott Brick who narrates more recent novels in the series is much better. I very highly recommend Threat Vector.

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Disappointing Ending

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Persons who are not critical of Foreign Policy: For example, China has never fought an offensive war in its history. It has been exploited by the British (Opium Wars) and the Japanese (WW II) and now we are to assume it will "attack" the US. in addition, China is doing very well exploiting the Capitalistic System: they have jobs and a favorable balance of trade,why would they want to pursue their objectives militarily. Finally, only one character dies in the story: Trash's wingman= everyone else kils all the bad guys and live on to fight another day. This is beyond preposterous.

Has Threat Vector turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I just wish that a person with Clancy's mind and resources would try to be more balanced. In my view, he has the Chinese leader practically begging the President for forgiveness.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Author has a solid knowledge of the technical features of the internet and grasp the potential threat from CyberWarfare.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Threat Vector?

The last three chapters need to be rethought. Trash's flight and rescue by Jr. was not credible. No "force" is that dumb. The villagers would have killed both the pilot and Jr.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Pure crap.

What disappointed you about Threat Vector?

The writing, especially the dialog.

What was most disappointing about Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney ’s story?

Highly predictable.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lou Diamond Phillips?

I don't know that anyone could have made this dialog sound natural.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • warren
  • Detroit, MI, United States
  • 02-10-13

WOW

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

yes

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

In the bar in China...the first gun battle

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

the different pitch of his mono-tone voice great

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

wise I could have....you know other things to do like grands to school....pick-up after school

Any additional comments?

when will the movie come out?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms. G. Hadley
  • 04-14-13

more of Ryan

Great to have more of Tom Clancy and Ryan. Have benn disappointed for a long time that the story may not be finished but once ange he has not let down his readers. Perhaps they do not have have the same excitement that the 'cold war' stories had but now the danger comes from another area anf even more leathal. During the 'cold war' the threat was always there but never happened but now the new threat is only too real, major attacks have happened and 'wars'. The fear is real and has been addressed by Tom Clancy where other authors seem afraid of giving offence. Enjoyable and thrilling.

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  • Barbara
  • 04-09-13

Totally gripping

This audiobook had me hooked right from the first chapter. Clancy knows how to keep his readers engaged. He's a master storyteller and the subject of this book is very up to date with what's going on in the world right now. I found the narrator interpreted the book very well, even when the dialogue commanded the use of Chinese intonation. I'd recommend this book to anyone that likes the subject of espionage and cyber attacks.

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  • adam capper
  • 04-08-13

Threat Vector

What can i say another great list from Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney. I love how the caertor have grow with the series and devlop. I can not wait to find out what will be install for operators of Hendley Associates, after the cyber attacks from china "the campus" go to war to stop a war.

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  • Mark Wallace
  • 04-07-13

Pure escapism!

It's not clever, or that original, but it is a great page turner! Really enjoyable escapism, and gripping (despite not being that original in concept).

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  • darren
  • 04-07-13

Good read

Well read by lou diamond phillips and Flows along and keeps you gripped to the end

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  • S
  • 04-07-13

Threat Vector

Wanted the stroy to go on and on..... full of twist and truns.

Cannot wait for another story in the same vein..... if you watch the news it could striat off the front pape.

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  • Ian
  • 03-25-13

Thrilling read

This is my first Tom Clancy, but I love the idea's, plus the game franchise. Lou Diamond Phillips really makes this book come alive, but the story for me, was well paced and well structured. I could hardly put it down, but it was easy to follow if you did, then picked it back up again. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Paul
  • 02-22-13

Threat Vector

The son of the US President is an undercover operator for a CIA offshoot. If that is one of the more credible plot lines the listener is expected to accept you can imagine how incredible othere are.

The more the book progressed the more I thought it was comedy not thriller. I have never written a review before but feel obliged to warn other possible victims.

The plot of Lord of the Rings is more true to life than events in this "novel".

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  • brian
  • 02-22-13

Newsworthy

...and now they find evidence this actually exists. A very unusual book well written and presented. Recommended.

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  • Eileen
  • 02-16-13

Complicated, and too complicated

I didn't enjoy this book, it was over Long and over complicated. Frankly, only finished it because I did not want to be defeated by it. I didn't find it an original plot in any way. The narration was also far too fast. I found myself rewinding constantly. I usually enjoy this author, but this didn't really excite me

1 of 2 people found this review helpful