• Tom Clancy Enemy Contact

  • By: Mike Maden
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (3,355 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jack Ryan, Jr.'s race to stop an international criminal conspiracy is intertwined with the fate of an old friend in this blistering entry in the number-one New York Times best-selling series.

The CIA's deepest secrets are being given away for a larger agenda that will undermine the entire Western intelligence community. Director of National Intelligence Mary Pat Foley wants it stopped but doesn't know who, how, or why. 

Jack Ryan, Jr., is dispatched to Poland on a different mission. The clues are thin, and the sketchy trail dead ends in a harrowing fight from which he barely escapes with his life. If that's not bad enough, Jack gets more tragic news. An old friend, who's dying from cancer, has one final request for Jack. It seems simple enough, but before it's done, Jack will find himself alone, his life hanging by a thread. 

If he survives, he'll be one step closer to finding the shadowy figure behind the CIA leak and its true purpose, but in the process, he'll challenge the world's most dangerous criminal syndicate with devastating consequences.

©2019 Mike Maden (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Drawing effectively on characters and story lines from the Clancy oeuvre, Maden adds top-notch action and excellent pacing to the mix. Fans of black-ops thrillers who may question the idea of continuing a deceased author’s stories should make an exception for Maden.” (Booklist)

“Maden’s style meshes perfectly with the classic Clancy yarns, with global action, struggle, suffering, and formidable foes who get what they deserve. Another well-crafted and enjoyable escape from reality. The Ryans just keep on saving the world.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“How much intrigue and mystery can be packed in one novel? Mike Maden really tests the limits in the new Jack Ryan Jr. novel. Enemy Contact takes off like a Navy fighter shot off a catapult.... An excellent summer beach read with all the plot twists, spy craft, and technology ripped from the headlines....Maden has definitely made this character and his supporting cast his own in this excellent third trip through the Tom Clancy universe.” (New York Journal of Books)

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Action Espionage and Cybercrime...

Whew! Just finished this third contribution by Mike Maden to the Jack Ryan Campus series. Nonstop is an understatement!
The story begins with Jack Jr going to see a friend from college. The man is dying and asks for a favor that Jack feels compelled to agree to. But before he can leave he's called by his superior to go to Poland. Teaming up with local authorities they discover some information pointing to US and Chinese involvement in underhanded activities. But then tragedy happens leaving Jack to question his own abilities and putting him in a depression.
Jack heads down to Chile to complete his promise to his friend only to run into unexpected opposition there. An ex US Ranger/bar owner tries to convince Jack to give up his promise and head home. Every excuse is given including the mountain he's to climb with his friend's ashes is dangerous. The room he was staying in is broken into that night is broken into, everything he has with him is stolen (including his friend's ashes) and and he's knocked around. Still feeling a need to go now for himself, a beaten down exhausted Jack has climbed 3/4 up and soon finds out just how dangerous. The mountain is the least of it.
This book is Excellent and has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
Scott Brick as always does an OUTSTANDING job narrating.
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The Campus. story-line is getting a little tired.

First off, a minor gripe: Every time Jr meets someone new, they NEVER make the connection that the guy has the exact same name as the President? Off all the suspended belief in these books, I have the hardest time getting past this.

I've been reading and re-reading Tom Clancy for about 15 years, and I am a huge fan of the world he's created, The Campus series has had a decent run, but it's starting to get a little repetitive and boring. Could we maybe try something new? What's Jones up to these day? Where's Portagee? What about Rainbow Six? Or how about a story arc that extends beyond each individual book? John Clark will forever be one of the best action heroes committed to type, but he's in his 70's, let the man retire!

BTW, Scott Brick is a master, I love listening to him.

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The worst book I have ever purchased.

It’s not Scott Brick. He did his job.

This book has the most laborious story plot ever. I am sure we were 80% into the book and then it completely turns into a whole new story line with absolutely no connection to the first mud puddle of a story except for a very stupid and virtually impossible connection between the villain in the first part of the book and his brother miraculously showing up on top of a mountain in an extremely remote part of the world. It’s just a stupid story. Don’t waste your money. Clancy would be ashamed.

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4.5, Did the Russians hack this review site?

I generally don't write reviews. In this case I feel it necessary to add my voice. I started reading Clancy in 1983 and was disappointed only once (Patriot Games). Clancy was the consummate story teller, reading his books was like watching a Arabian weaver at work. Each story, while characters were in common and connected, the stories were unique, timely and realistically written. This author is formulaic at best. This story is timely, the Jack Jr. character has shown no growth over the past books. The saving grace for me is the narrator, Scott Brick. I believe that had I read this as a hard copy and not audible I would not have made it 1/4 of the way through.

Vince Flynn and Brad Thor's leading characters are still credible after a dozen stories, Maden is only on #3 and the character has lost credibility. Perhaps he should get with Flynn and Thor and learn how they have kept their leading charcter relevant.

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Excellent espionage thriller!

Author Mike Maden continues the Jack Ryan, Jr. series in the spirit of Tom Clancy's writing. Now that Grant Blackwood is no longer writing the series the audio books are worth listening to. Scott Brick narrates as only he can.

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First time I have been disappointed

This is the first time I have been disappointed in a Jack Ryan novel....the story is beyond far fetched and the pacing was horrible. I feel like the book was progressing well and then just rushed to an end.

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Not one of the best 'Clancy' Books

1. Can we just get Jack a wife / girlfriend or whatever?
2. Did we really need a gay / transvestite sideline?
3. What in the devil did the mountain side line have to do with anything

There was a nice twist in the end that somewhat saved the book -

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Good Story but very depressing

Too negative and depressing in parts as Jack Jr is witness to too many atrocities and unbelievable personal rescues

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  • 06-18-19

meh...

sorry guys I had this on pre-order for months just feeling a little let down... how many times can Jack Ryan jr fall for the girl he meets, how many times can she get killed how about a little bit better storyline and a little more violence!

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The Ryanverse continues

Another fine entry in this series. Mike, and Marc are both doing well in picking up in Tom Clancy's world. Hope others do the same. The death of Jack's friend, though it happened offscreeen, was close to getting me to cry. Another fine listen. Scott Brick, was it, is an excellent narrator, one of my favorites.

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