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Tom Clancy Point of Contact Audiobook

Tom Clancy Point of Contact: Jack Ryan Jr., Book 4

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In the latest electrifying adventure in Tom Clancy's #1 New York Times bestselling series, Jack Ryan, Jr., learns that sometimes the deadliest secret may be standing right next to you.

Former U.S. Senator Weston Rhodes is a defense contractor with an urgent problem. His company needs someone to look over the books of Dalfan Technologies, a Singapore company—quickly. He turns to his old friend Gerry Hendley for help. Hendley Associates is one of the best financial analysis firms in the country and the cover for The Campus, a top-secret American intelligence agency. Rhodes asks for two specific analysts, Jack Ryan Jr., and Paul Brown, a mild-mannered forensic accountant.

Both Ryan and Brown initially resist, for different reasons. On the long flight over, Ryan worries he’s being sidelined from the next Campus operation in America’s war on terror. Brown—who was never very good with people—only worries about the numbers, and finding a good cup of tea.

Brown has no idea Jack works for The Campus but the awkward accountant is hiding secrets of his own. Rhodes has tasked him with uploading a cyberwarfare program into the highly secure Dalfan Technologies mainframe on behalf of the CIA.

On the verge of mission success, Brown discovers a game within the game, and the people who now want to kill him are as deadly as the cyclone bearing down on the island nation. Together Ryan and Brown race to escape both the murderous storm and a team of trained assassins in order to prevent a global catastrophe, even at the cost of their own lives.

©2017 Mike Maden (P)2017 Random House Audio

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 06-15-17
    shelley Raleigh, NC 06-15-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Give the guy a break!"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I bought it having very low expectations. I think that's because I was really unhappy with the last author (not Greany) that I returned the book. This one was such a surprise. I think Mike Maden did a great job. Not being an author I am only guessing but I think it would be very difficult to put aside my own style of writing and do every other book with another author who already has a following AND try to pick up from a story that you didn't write and give it continuity- KUDOS Mr. Maden, I for one think you did wonderfully!
    This is a really good book with a fantastic plot. Lots of irony as Ryan Jr and his partner, each unaware of what the other is doing and suspicious of each other work towards an explosive ending.
    Scott Brick, as always gives a great performance.
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Victor @ theAudiobookBlog 06-16-17 Member Since 2017

    Audiobooks represent a huge part of my life. I love the industry, the writers and the amazing narrators. Visit theAudiobookBlog dot com

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    "New author, old friends"
    What made the experience of listening to Tom Clancy Point of Contact the most enjoyable?

    Old school writing style, great performance by Scott


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters, the plot, everything


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    From Singapore with Love


    Any additional comments?

    We lost the amazing Tom Clancy a few years ago, but his much loved characters lived on thanks to a few authors, some better than others. The Jack Ryan series is his most successful, and now, with the awesome Mark Greaney passing the main series to Marc Cameron and with Mike Maden picking up the Jack Ryan Jr. aka The Campus Series from Grant Blackwood, some really interesting things are bound to happen in this riveting universe.This week saw the release of Tom Clancy Point of Contact, the first book written by Mr. Mike Maden and after I listened to it all I can say without a doubt that the spin-off Campus series is in better hands than it ever was before.Tom Clancy Point of Contact opens with a great first chapter, full of action and tense moments, in which we see a part of the campus special operators as they try to defuse a hostage situation. After that the story focuses mainly on Jack Jr. and a fellow coworker from Hendley Associates who are sent to Singapore in order to look into some Business opportunities in a favor for an important senator of the United States.But, as we all know, things can go wrong in a blink of an eye and people aren’t always what they seem to be. I won’t spoil the story for you, so all that I’ll add is that Tom Clancy Point of Contact is very well written, with remarkable characters, some scary villains and a great plot! Author Mike Maden emulates part of Clancy‘s writing style with passion and love, while he delivers some heartpownding action sequences that seem to be his trademark, from what I heard about previous thrillers. Rest assured, I’ll give those a try as well, in the near future. I fell in love with Singapore from the way Mr. Maden painted this impressive city, I could see it in my mind’s eye… Also, there was some amazing tech described, from VR to high end drones which sound very interesting and scary at the same time.In Tom Clancy Point of Contact we see how good people do bad things for the wrong reasons, we see how they can be manipulated, lied to, threatened and bullied. In this unputdownable thriller we have gun fights, fist fights, knife fights and other fights! There is espionage, betrayal, politics and senators, gangsters and special operators, Beautiful women and dangerous bad guys, all wrapped up into a very well thought up story, which touches on current events and crises.The amazing Scott Brick returns once more to the Jack Ryan universe and brings to life old friends. He reads, he acts, he uses his accents in order to help the listener differentiate between the vast variety of characters of different nationalities. At the same time it’s clear that he enjoys the story and has a good time delivering another Stellar performance.Scott Brick is one of the best narrators out there, in an industry full of talented artists and his contribution to this series makes it even more immersive and highly enjoyable!This is a very promising first step into the Jack Ryan universe by a new, talented, author who is clearly treating Tom Clancy‘s characters and work with the love and respect they deserve! If you like Tom Clancy, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn or Robert Ludlum, you’ll be very happy with what Mike Maden delivers in in this page-turner!

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    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TRINITY, FL, United States 06-19-17
    Amazon Customer TRINITY, FL, United States 06-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "So bad I don't even know where to begin..."

    I'm scratching my head trying to figure out what the purpose was for this book. First, it could literally have been 1/2 as long. So much written that had nothing to do with the story. I'm guessing the author and publishers knew this and threw in a tropical cyclone to try and add some drama...fail.

    The action was, well, unremarkable. No suspense whatsoever. No surprises. The only thing that kept me hanging on was the narration.

    Don't waste a credit on this. It pains me to say it but it's true. Wait for the next one, which will hopefully be written by Greaney.

    Ugh!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    brian 06-15-17
    brian 06-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A new author steps upto the plate"
    What made the experience of listening to Tom Clancy Point of Contact the most enjoyable?

    The narration, Scott Brick is excellent with accents.


    What other book might you compare Tom Clancy Point of Contact to and why?

    It's just as good as the books written by the late Tom Clancy, and those that came after him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with the North Koreans meeting


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

    Paul's death almost made me cry, almost.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for fans of the late Mr. Clancy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Allen Anthony 06-15-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Jack is Back...with a great story!"

    This is the best Jack Ryan Jr., book in a number of years. The story is current with China and North Korea being major players, Characters that look and act like bad guys, only to have true motivations exposed as the book moves. Lots of action, adventure, deception , this author has truly captured the essence of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan character, and Scott Brick turned in another stellar job reading Mike Madens's book Point Of Contact

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Felicity Xenia Spamotic 06-18-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Where Did Jack's Friends Go? Also,Boring."

    If you love the Clancy books and the Ryan series, skip this book. Author spends 12 minutes describing how to pick a lock. Wretched. Also using the term "manhood" in a Harlequin Romance way. This book started well - and then I plodded through the next 10 hours waiting for excitement. There is absolutely nothing in the book to hold your attention.
    Not at all up to the quality of the rest of the books in this series .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CHARLES 06-17-17
    CHARLES 06-17-17
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    "Welcome Mr. Madden"

    Glad to welcome Mike to the family. Great detail, felt like I was reason classic Tom Clancy.

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    Deborah Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 06-17-17
    Deborah Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 06-17-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Jack strikes again!"

    Thank you so much for keeping the Jack Ryan story alive! I throughly enjoyed this latest Jack jr adventure. Keep writing!!!! I will listen again for sure :)

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    CTENUS 06-15-17
    CTENUS 06-15-17
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    "Does not disappoint! "

    The only thing I hate the most about the Jack Ryan, Jack Ryan Jr, and Campus series are the time spent waiting for the next novel to be written and released. I devoured this book in two days... Tom would be proud that his legacy lives on.

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 06-14-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 06-14-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "Outstanding addition to the Jack Ryan novels!"

    The subtitle of this novel reads, "Jack Ryan Jr., Book 4" Forget that because Audible has it right: Point of Contact is Book 23 of the Jack Ryan Universe series in chronological order. Tom Clancy wrote the first 12 Ryan books alone, he co-authored #13 with Grant Blackwood, cowrote #14 - #16 with Mark Greaney (Clancy died a few months before the release of #16), Mark Greaney wrote #17 and #18, Grant Blackwood was the author of #19, Greaney wrote #20 and #22 while Blackwood wrote #21, and finally with this novel, #23, we have a new author I had never heard of, Mike Maden. I have copies of all of these books except #21 by Grant Blackwood which was so bad I returned it.

    There are three less than 4 star novels in the Jack Ryan Universe series. They are #13, #19, and # 21 which are the three written or coauthored by Grant Blackwood. Blackwood may be a successful author but he does not write Jack Ryan Sr. or Jr. books well. The best of the first 22 books in the series are either early ones from Clancy himself or those authored or coauthored by Mark Greaney. The Clancy family have apparently decided a new Jack Ryan series novel should be released every six months beginning with Book 16. Mark Greaney has his own fabulously successful Gray Man/Court Gentry series, so he can only write one Ryan novel annually. So it appears that Mike Maden replaces Grant Blackwood as author of the other Ryan series books. Good move!!

    As he is a relatively inexperienced author of thrillers Mike Maden's selection surprises me. After listening to Point of Contact it appears to be an excellent decision. Maden has been successful at capturing the style of Tom Clancy in Clancy's earlier novels.

    After narrating three of Clancy's earlier audio novels Scott Brick has now narrated the most recent 7. Six narrators have been used in the Jack Ryan Universe series; Scott Brick is by far the best. His narration of this novel is outstanding, but that is really the norm for Scott Brick.

    I started reading and later listening to novels in the Jack Ryan series over 35 years ago soon after the publication of The Hunt for Red October. Point of Contact is a 5 star thriller which I highly recommend. I do not believe Maden is quite as good as Clancy at his best or as good as Mark Greaney, but I would certainly be willing to listen to Point of Contact again.

    19 of 30 people found this review helpful

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