Razio Yamata is one of Japan's most influential industrialists, and part of a relatively small group of authority who wield tremendous authority in the Pacific Rim's economic powerhouse.
He has devised a plan to cripple the American greatness, humble the US military, and elevate Japan to a position of dominance on the world stage.
Yamata's motivation lies in his desire to pay off a Debt of Honor to his parents and to the country he feels is responsible for their deaths - America. All he needs is a catalyst to set his plan in motion.
When the faulty gas tank on one Tennessee family's car leads to their fiery death, an opportunistic U.S. congressman uses the occasion to rush a new trade law through the system. The law is designed to squeeze Japan economically. Instead, it provides Yamata with the leverage he needs to put his plan into action.
As Yamata's plan begins to unfold, it becomes clear to the world that someone is launching a fully-integrated operation against the United States. There's only one man to find out who the culprit is - Jack Ryan, the new President's National Security Advisor.
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"As always, the author of Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger spins out story threads in a rich but bewildering tangle of plot and setting, then vigorously weaves them together. Here, the heart-stopping climax is unexpected, but oddly appropriate." (Publishers Weekly)
"A harrowing tale... Clancy keeps you riveted with political intrigue and military maneuvering [and] sends you rushing headlong to the book's stunning conclusion." (USA Today)
The story is fabulous, I've read it several times but wanted to listen to it in the car, I lasted five minutes before turning it off.
The moment I switched it off and couldn't here the dreadful monotone voice of the narrator.
Everything, his tone and intonation, is dire, he makes no effort to alter his pitch or tone to indicate dialogue. I would rather listen to a sheep sheering contest on the radio.
Come on, there have got to be better narrators than this, you've ruined a superb story.
The story itself is one of my favourite Tom Clancy Novels, especially when considered with the follow up novel 'Executive Orders'.The story builds slowly and does an excellent job of drawing you in.
The ending. I won't say any more as I don't want to ruin it!
Robotic, lacks emotion
not really, although I did find that I couldn't stop listening at certain parts of the story.
Great story, let down by the Narration. In particular, I found John McDonald's narration of character voices to be especially poor. His 'Al Trent' voice in particular, with the accent he gives him, is both awful and laughable in equal measure, breaking any atmosphere that has been built.
narrated by someone who sounds human and not a synthetic voice
don't know, could not get passed the voice
any body with soul
disappointment, have not listened passed half of chapter one
rubbish narration spoilt the book and made it impossible to carry on with
Story is good but aided quality makes it almost impossible to listen to.
Sounds like a robot
I think the narrator (listed as John MacDonald) is either a computer or it's Stephen Hawking in disguise. The book sounds like an early attempt at a Text-To-Speech effort by Kindle - a monotone voice sounding very electronic and devoid of inflection. It is going to be very difficult to listen to this for 38 hours.
I read the first 4 novels in the Jack Ryan series this was my first audiobook.
It was amazing I was engrossed from start to finish.
This book is a journey like all Tom Clancys books.read learn why this book is so good , the ending is shockingly relevant to the times we live in . Enjoy it,is a true Clancy .
This is a Tom Clancy book and so you pretty much know what you're getting. I have read this in hard copy and it's as good a yarn as any Clancy tale - well-researched, imaginative and exciting. I was looking forward to listening to this on along journey but had to give up part way through. The narration is the worst I have ever heard on any audio book. It's wooden, unexpressive, monotonous and almost synthetic in quality. Truly appalling. I blame the producer as much as the narrator.
It's a Clancy story.
I'm sure John MacDonald is a very pleasant and talented chap, but this is not one of his finer pieces of work.
Not a comfortable read for a pacifist, but the rich technical detail and skilful play between the different storylines is gripping to its devastating end.
The pro American bias sails too close to frank jingoism to allow the full 5 stars for the story, but it speaks to the depth of historical context that Clancy supplies, that I have actually committed to reading a historical tome on The role of Japan in WW2. This novel just makes you want to know more.... And that is surely a good thing.
"Consider the debt paid"
Japan, megalomaniac, Ryan
John Clark as he is just a great hero who gets the job done.
Just leave Tom Clancy's books alone and stop mangling them by making movies that completely change the books.
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