Decades ago, when he was a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan, Sr. was sent on what was supposed to be a simple support mission to investigate the death of an operative looking into the suspicious banking activities at a Swiss bank. Ryan's dogged tenacity uncovered not only financial deceit, but also the existence of a KGB assassin code-named Zenith.
He was never able to find the killer.But in the shadowy world of covert operations, nothing stays hidden forever.In the present, a new strong man has emerged in the ever-chaotic Russian republic the enigmatic President Valeri Volodin. His rise to power was meteoric, but shrouded in deception and treachery.
The foundations of his personal empire are built on a bloody secret from his past, and he will eliminate anyone who comes close to that truth. For he has set in motion a plot to return Russia to its former glory and might with the rest of the world once again trembling in fear of the mighty Bear.When an old friend of the Ryans is poisoned by a radioactive agent, the trail leads to Russia. And Jack Ryan, Jr. aided by his compatriots John Clark and the covert warriors of the secretive Campus must delve into an international conflict thirty years in the making, and finish what his father started.
With President Ryan fighting a desperate campaign to thwart Russian aggression, and his son fighting a silent war against a ruthless foe, the chances for global conflict grow greater ? and the possibility of survival may soon be lost for all...
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Heart-stopping action ... entertaining and eminently topical.' (The Washington Post )
A man with a child in his ears - @ShutterSpin.
Tom Clancy is the master of this kind of fiction and the way in which he progresses the dual stories of the present day and thirty years previosuly is quite masterful. The action in both story lines is well paced and relevant bringing the two to nicely together to a satisfying conclusion. The mix of modern military action and hi-tech covert operations works extremely well for me.
As others among my fellow Brits have said I had to raise an eyebrow at the accents but to discount this book for that issue would be a mistake. The characters are at least clear, consistent and easily identifiable so while it did bring a smile to my lips it certainly didn't sully my enjoyment of the book in any great way. If that kind of thing does irritate you though then you have been warned!
But I'd say don't be put off, go for it!
Keen audible reader, with very high standards of narrator, who can either make or break a book, no matter how good it is.
Lou Diamond Phillips has done a great job with the last four Tom Clancy books, I've only marked this down as it requires a great deal of british accents, that sadly most american actors can't do, they either come off as Dick van dyke, or as an american parody of and 18th century stereotype, that never existed.
this book lacks the twists and excitement that I expected from Tom Clancy, and although its solidly written, next to the previous book, it left me feeling that it was just a bit lame.
if he could do a british accent that this book demands a LOT of.
Well, probably, but given that Tom Clancy died recently, I guess that's not going to happen.
As a fan of Tom Clancy, and Lou Diamond Phillips, I can say read this book, but don't let it cloud your judgement of the last books. go read the last three before this, they're awesome.
Sadly there wont be any
Standard Clancy stuff - bought in all the characters
Hugely - this man simply doesnt know how to do a British accent. We dont all sound like David Niven !
And if the accents werent bad enough he actually pronounced the Scottish capital 'Edinburg'
Yes, but please get someone who can do the accents to read it next time
A must read for all those Jack Ryan fans out there, had me sitting in the car outside the house during some of the action scenes.
Yes. This is another worthy addition to the Jack Ryanverse. One can only hope that someone will continue it now that Tom Clancy has passed away
It was a return to the confrontational cold war storyline that Tom Clancy was so good at
It made me thrilled
Commercial aviator and mariner
It was NOT enjoyable. This narrator draws a short breath at the beginning of each sentence which becomes such an irritation as to spoil the whole book - would really like to give it back !!
I dont have a specific memorable moment
I didnt like any aspect of it.
No - I was trying to concentrate on the story line whilst attempting to ignore, unsuccessfully, the narrators exceptionally irritating rendering.
I will miss Tom Clancy i have read all his books, this was one of his best,
How he predicted the present day situation in Ukraine, his next book about a plant in the White House would have been a smash.
Please tell the producers of these AUDIO BOOKS that we British don't all have a cross between a Aussie and Cockney accents.The worst accent since Dick Van Dyke.
Salisbury Plain Wilts. Love crimes and thrillers
I have listened to this book many, many times and still enjoy it so very much? I highly recommend it.
If I had to find one fault it is the accent used for the ex SAS operative it doesn't reflect any part of the U.K. More 'Mockney' than anything else. However, it doesn't spoil it for me.
no, there wasnt really any one thing wrong , just the story was a so predictable, the only surprise happened in the 1st chapter with the killing of golovko.
i wouldn't recommend that they pay good money, wait till it gets to your library.
yes , performance was good, the author just didn't give him much of a story to tell
not at cinema prices no,but would rent it in dvd
i own every one of the jack ryan series and this is probably the worst,apart from a very poor narration of Red Rabbit that i once listened to.(funny how you remember the bad ones)
"It is with Regret I finished this."
Lou Diamond Phillips was excellent. Having listened to other of his performances I am glad he did this too.
I was sorry to finish this as it was Tom Clancy's last. I have enjoyed the wild ride of his stories particularly the John Ryan (Snr) stories and was dubious of the John Ryan (Jnr) trail yet I have grown to love the sagas. Tom Clancy will be missed by this reader/listener and will wonder if Mark Greaney will take on the mammoth steps to continue the stories on, I don't know.
This is a long way around to say this was as great book as expected, a well written, well told book and one that deserves to be in my library. I will listen to this again and marvel at how the past and present, the injection from other Ryan books and the characters have grown.
Why the regret, I just hope maybe, there is something more. If not, I will just have to read and listen again and enjoy a master storyteller.
"Lou Diamond Phillips should read ALL audio books"
Lou Diamond Phillips
It was swift enough to keep it tight.
Great voices, emotion. Just great.
Lou Diamond Phillips is the best.
"Tom Clancy's final book"
Yes I would to anyone who loves political thrillers and a good spy novel.
Yes, Lou Diamond Phillips does a great reading and his character voices are brilliant.
"lack of command"
it is a hard book to get into when jumping back to old jack ryan then to young ryan
maybe give another ago
hard to say his vioce tends to drone after a while
yes possibly with harrison ford as old jack and matthew mcounagh as young ryan
"Did Tom Clancy even read this???"
The story and Clancyverse is just so far removed from the earlier books. The problem is that Jack Ryan Jr is now more James Bond than everyday man.
I am looking forward to Sci fi or military.
As a narrator he brings a great voice and hearing him speak allows me to visualise the book so much more.
I would say sadness as I just remember reading every book as it came out and enjoying them then when Red Rabbit came out the quality just dropped.
The problem for me is that the writers now have made the main characters just indestructible. In the last book Clark cops a beating and even now all the main characters are up and killing with no effort. The tv show 24 has a lot to answer.
"Not much new, OK if your a fan..."
I found it better than his last few books. I'm not so much into Clancy's novels these days but I have been reading them for so long and have so much invested in the characters that I cant help but read them.
I think that now that Mr. Clancy has left us that it is time to end the series. I hope they don't let it drag on like other authors.
Jack Ryan has run out of puff...the publishers need to let it go...
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