President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known. A high-level assassination attempt in Russia has the newly elected Ryan sending his most trusted eyes and ears - including antiterrorism specialist John Clark - to Moscow, for he fears the worst is yet to come. And he's right. The attempt has left the already unstable Russia vulnerable to ambitious forces in China eager to fulfill their destiny. If they succeed, the world as we know it will never look the same. If they fail, the consequences may be unspeakable. Blending the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his hallmarks with intricate plotting, razor-sharp suspense and a remarkable cast of characters, this is Clancy at his best.
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"Clancy ... towers above other novelists in his ability to deliver geo-political, techo-military goods on a global scale...and here he's at the top of that war-gaming.' (Publishers Weekly)
"Clancy is a natural storyteller." (USA Today)
Yes, because it's a brilliantly detailed and twisting scenario that builds from small acts and unlinked conversations and espionage into huge mobilisations of national armies and tank battles and missiles and jet figher battles! A rip-roaring military adventure!
Observing from different perspectives how perceived slights on one side can be the gravest insult, where as the other side is completely unaware they have done anything wrong, and the fates of nations rests of these mis-interpretations due to cultural differences.
I thought he was a very good narrator, I laughed my head off the first time he tried an english accent, very well done!
Thunder is building in the east...
Very bloody long! But that's what I got it for! I have an hour's drive each way on my commute every day! This book lasted a month. Thinking back now over all the events, it feels like I've read 3 or 4 different books; there are so many separate story lines going on which all get tied together at the end, exceptionally well done by Clancy.
Favourite character has got to be the old sniper, Pavel Petrovich Gogol
"Before I killed Germans with this rifle, now I will kill Chinese"
"Help me with my wolves boy!"
"I've never shot a General before"
Whilst many many hours this book was very engaging and had a complex story. I found it nicely detailed with rich information allowing me to be absorbed into the story line. Only the last chapter or so did I find rushed, but I suppose the story can't just keep going
it took so long for the exciting part to start and it felt like he was tired of writing the previous 50 chapters when the war really starts because within the following 10 chapters so much happed and it was lucky it was an audio book because I don't think I could read as much as 50 chapters till the real sh it the fan. but still a good listen overall
I did like the story line
The story was spoilt by poor narration
For me -the story was ruined and made hard to follow by the narrator...but that is my view, other may disagree
I returned the book, and got a refund.
I do like tom Clancy books, although the story lines are now a bit dated, generally they are still entertaining, however I found the narration of this book made it almost impossible to enjoy it.
Nationalist American yarn. Written for Americans and a boastful inaccurate tale of their place in the world. Luckily the Americans I know are much more grounded and connected to the rest of the world. Give it a miss.
"Chinese egomaniac vs Jack Ryan"
Yes I will in the future. Tom Clancy was a great author and listening to his stories as well just improves the reading experience.
Nomuri is my favourite character in this novel. He is the reason that America led by Jack Ryan is able to prevent China from fulfilling their misguided destiny, and the sex scenes and flirting with his source are hilarious.
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