• Tom Clancy Point of Contact

  • Jack Ryan Jr., Book 3
  • By: Mike Maden
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (5,376 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jack Ryan, Jr. finds himself on the front lines of cyber war and in the eye of a killer storm in this thriller in Tom Clancy's number-one New York Times best-selling series.

A former U.S. senator and defense contractor needs someone to look over the books of Dalfan Technologies, a Singapore company - quickly. He turns to Jack Ryan, Jr., and Paul Brown, two employees of one of the best financial analysis firms in the country, which also happens to be the cover for The Campus, a top secret American intelligence agency.

Brown has no idea that Jack works for The Campus. Jack has no idea that the awkward accountant has been tasked 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 dangerous 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

Critic Reviews

“[A] taut, exciting thriller.... Clancy fans can rest assured that the state of the franchise is strong." (Publishers Weekly)

“[A] turbocharged narrative.... With typhoons; deadly Chinese and North Korean operatives wielding bats, knives, and guns; and a weaponized thumb drive, the action reaches Clancy levels early and stays there.” (Kirkus Reviews)  

“[Maden] proves that he knows the ins-and-outs of an action story and can certainly take readers to the edge of their seats when it comes to thrills. It’s nice to know that Tom Clancy’s creation will have more adventures ahead.” (Suspense Magazine) 

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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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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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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.

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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!

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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 .

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Disappointed

I am a HUGE fan of the entire Jack Ryan Series...
This however, did not measure up to the rest of the series. It felt like a combination of "True Faith and Allegiance" and "Rainbow Six"
I was constantly waiting for more development of the story but found the author attempting to maintain "action scenes" through the book.
It just fell short of what I have come to expect in the series.

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Too verbose, too long, disappointed

Is there anything you would change about this book?

shorten by >3hrs

What do you think your next listen will be?

not sure

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes, average not impressed

Do you think Tom Clancy Point of Contact needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no

Any additional comments?

too much minutia dragging the story into being boring.

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Unrealistic Characters

Would you try another book from Mike Maden and/or Scott Brick?

Scott Brick is solid, always. I don't know about MM, but I found this book to be pretty lame. The story wasn't compelling. The dialog was weak.

Was Tom Clancy Point of Contact worth the listening time?

Nope, unfortunately it wasn't in my opinion.

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Big Disappointment

trite, trite,trite. cliche ridden. female characters serve as foils for the men. Jack, Jr. proceeds at breakneck speed with hardly a thought for the consequences. most of the plot revolves around jr getting shot, bashed, and hit in the head - several times - always with no memory loss or concussion. I'd say based on this story jr will have irreversible brain damage by the next story. save your money. this book is an insult to a tom Clancy fan.

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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

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  • One in Ten
  • 06-30-17

Starts well - then gets worse

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This started well with the usual parallel story lines. This approach then stalls with a growing focus on an increasingly implausible situation in a Singapore technology company.

Jack Ryan becomes more and more cartoon like in his behaviour and the 'in one jump he was free' type of narrative.

There was also lots of' '.....Jack knew he shouldn't....but somehow he couldn't help himself....'

Really?!

What was most disappointing about Mike Maden’s story?

Lack of pace, unlikely situations, non believable characterisations - even for a Jack Ryan story.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

The performance was generally good.

Was Tom Clancy Point of Contact worth the listening time?

I got bored about half way through.

Any additional comments?

Not one of the better books in the series.

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  • simon whatling
  • 09-07-17

Flawed😖

I'm a big Tom Clancy fan. I realise we now live in the world post Tom and this new writer Mike Maden has tried hard to follow the Clancy style, lots of detail and description such that the book is like an audio descriptive movie and you can see this as another one that could go that way. The story or the big issue behind it is topical as in involves North Korea but really there is nothing there other than a back drop. The actual plot could be written with say Spectre being the baddie and James Bond needing to save the world. Saying that I liked the story. However where the book or story fails is a major, major flaw in the plot and I really don't know what happened. Did the writer come under time pressure to end the story more quickly than he had planned out or did he just forget a key tension point that he had set up as he failed to go back and explain what happened. I won't say more but I promise you you will read what I am saying. Now the thing that kept me from slating the book was the narration as it was the same guy who has read so many of the Jack Ryan series. Without him I may have not ended the book and may not buy the next one which inevitably will be written and made available through Audible. Sadly I was very disappointed.

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  • d
  • 06-24-17

Great read

I really enjoyed this . I must admit I approached this book with intrepidation ,because it was different author , I pleasantly surprised.

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  • Alex
  • 10-18-17

Unusually slow burner

Slow burner this one but glad I saw it through to the end, a little slower than I would have expected.

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  • Alan Lewington
  • 05-06-19

superb

love anything with jack or jack ryan jnr in it . pity we didnt have the usual operators in it

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  • Paul Jones
  • 12-29-18

Another great story by Yom Clancy

Another great story by Tom Clancy since he passed away I was concerned that the ghost writers would not continue with his great work.

The books now are all about Jack Ryan JNR and the campus and I think they are just as good as the original books about Jack Ryan SNR. Scott Brick takes some time to get used to but when you do his story telling is ace. I am moving onto the next book in the series which I have seen has had some negative comments so I will let you know how I find it. But this is a good listen

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  • M. Kelly
  • 09-05-18

Disgrace to the Clancy genre

This is the worst book I’ve read from the Tom Clancy stables: and I’ve read most of them. He’ll be turning in his grave.

The narrator was mediocre at best.

The story was all over the place i get Clancy does techno thrillers with detail but this is ridiculous.

It took up to Chapter 35 for the real action to start. From there it was very obvious what was going to happen in a number of areas. Predictable scene setting and you just knew what was coming.

I’m done with this franchise if the next book is the same.

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  • Jen
  • 06-11-18

I like Jack Jnr so far, that said ...

the computer scenarios are very boring and I enjoy an extra 10 mins snooze, ta!

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  • JASON M.
  • 03-18-18

Author in contact with Clancys ethos but not skill

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

A worthwhile read, but lacking the skill of Tom Clancy when it comes to making the unbelievable, believable. The last overseas scene to include Jack Ryan , unil his return to the USA, left me incredulous...for all the wrong reasons!

What was most disappointing about Mike Maden’s story?

Mike Maden was brave to attempt a novel in the name of Tom Clancy, but his skill just is not there.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favourite?

It has to be the main character, Jack Ryan Jr

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes, but I would hope for a rewrite near the end.

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  • Vicks1963
  • 02-18-18

Another great read

Loved it all the way through. looking for another to equal my interest at the moment. It'll have to be another Jack Ryan book!

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  • iain
  • 06-19-17

good but not great

A good story and we'll narrated. the conclusion was a bit brief and disjointed. Not the up to the usual standard, but enjoyable none the less.

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  • big fan
  • 01-24-18

Classic Tom Clancy

A classic Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan Jnr adventure with multiple plot lines and well developed characters.

Thoroughly enjoyable escapism.

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  • 1mysteriouslife
  • 01-14-18

No point of contact

I did not find the story gripping. It was not a page turner. I just found the plot predictable and I had trouble finishing it. Not the Jack Ryan Universe book that I am used to

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  • Michael Zhu
  • 09-16-17

Enjoyable story and excellent narrator

Firstly, Scott Brick is an exceptional narrator who gives so much personality to every character in this audiobook, from our protagonist Jack Ryan to a sleep deprived Singaporean guard worried about his mother (not a spoiler).

The modern Tom Clancy stories are well crafted and well paced, with scenarios that feel grounded in reality. The story starts off with several disconnected parties all doing their own thing, then join together as the story unfolds.

This title is on par with the previous one in quality (True Faith and Allegiance).