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A newly belligerent Chinese government leaves US President Jack Ryan with only a few desperate options in this continuation of the number one New York Times best-selling Tom Clancy series.

Jack Ryan is dealing with an aggressive challenge from the Chinese government. Pawns are being moved around a global chessboard: an attack on an oil platform in Africa, a terrorist strike on an American destroyer, and a storm-tossed American spy ship that may fall into Chinese hands. It seems that President Zhao is determined to limit Ryan's choices in the upcoming G20 negotiations.

But there are hints that there's even more going on behind the scenes. A routine traffic stop in rural Texas leads to a shocking discovery - a link to a Chinese spy who may have intelligence that lays bare an unexpected revelation. John Clark and the members of the Campus are in close pursuit, but can they get the information in time?

©2017 Marc Cameron (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-29-17

Marc Cameron's first Jack Ryan series novel

Author Marc Cameron's effort writing his first novel in the Jack Ryan series is much, much better than the best effort of Grant Blackwood with Ryan while not being as good as any of Mark Greaney efforts. Cameron the well established author of the outstanding Jericho Quinn series.

What I like most about Power and Empire: (1) It is true to the tradition of Clancy and Greaney in the handling of the characters and (2) John Clark, my favorite Clancy character other than Jack Ryan Sr., may now be an old man but his take no prisoners style is back. What I like least about the novel is that the plot meanders a bit near the midpoint of the novel. Power and Empire is a long and complex novel with many characters which is written more in the style of Tom Clancy himself than of the more compact and concise style of Mark Greaney.

I had some problems in rating this novel; does it deserve 5 stars or 4? Deciding on rating the narration was easy. This is Scott Brick at his very best.

29 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Cameron Captures Early Clancy Magic

The pace and realism of this novel reminds me of Clancy’s work. This is not to say Greaney’s work on the series was not good, it certainly is good reading. But with Cameron I sensed that our heroes are more realistic, limited and vulnerable.

The plot is clever and captured my attention from beginning to end. The characters are familiar, and that is a good thing. There are several new characters I found extremely entertaining.

Brick’s narration is sterling.

This is a great choice for early Clancy fans.

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  • Robert
  • El Lago, TX, USA
  • 12-01-17

Another great book

Being from Dallas this book is very familiar in its location. The subject is very timely for those of us that live in Texas.
Very many believable twist and turn with the right amount of violence!
Well done!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Clancy's characters old and new are the best

this was a good first book for Me. C (see what I did there's lol) I'm looking forward to more of his take on this universe that's my favorite of all time.

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Not one of the best

Marc Cameron is not Mark Greaney or Tom Clancy, but this is a fun stroll into the jack Ryan universe. The main characters are well preserved for the most part in very similar roles to previous books. With a return of a version of John Clark from 20 years ago the crazy snake eater on a mission. So over all nothing exciting no insight into current world affairs. Just the usual the campus saves the world quietly and pres ryan almost gets killed but fast thinking saves him and a foreign leader better a diplomatic relationship in a very pres ryan way. Best new characters are a potential jack junior girlfriend bad ass and pres Ryan's new head or secret service.
Negatives: poor climax, other characters are not developed well and a gaijin's knowledge of Tokyo.
Take away thought: Jack Ryan for president 2020 or at least a solid human like him.

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Excellent as always!<br />

Only thing bad about this Ryan series audiobook is the wait and anticipation for the next release... Tom would be proud to see his beloved characters continue on their journey...

Unabridged always.

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awesomesauce

I absolutely love it! great story and plenty of action along with plenty of suspenseful moments.

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Rushed Ending

The tempo and character building were excellent ... then it seemed at the end the author just ran out of ideas. Still, it was an excellent listen and I enjoyed it ... even if the finale seemed rushed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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best one since Clancy died.

great ending, resolves major issues and leaves you wanting more. many references in book require prior Clancy Jack Ryan knowledge but it would stand alone as its own book.

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CLANCY CLASSIC

Well done. Loved inclusion of classic John Clark. Great story with President Ryan, his son, and Handley Associates!