Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.
Ryan's responsibilities crush in on him. Where should he begin? He must calm a nation, pacify world leaders, arrange a massive funeral -- while he rebuilds a government as quickly as possible. But that's not all. Enemies abroad and at home see opportunities, and they'll soon present President Ryan with an unimaginable crisis. How will he tackle his greatest challenge ever?
©2009 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House
"Not an Enjoyable Listen"
I was looking forward to Executive Orders, especially given other reviews and ratings. However, I found the narrator's delivery to be so irritating and monotonous that I have given up listening to it. I now have the printed version and it is an excellent read. I have downloaded many books from Audible and this is the worst by a long, long way. I just wish they would allow occasional returns. I suppose I am in the minority on this one but so be it.
Was looking forward to this as like Tom Clancy's books but the narrator spoilt it for me. I only got through half the 1st part. It was like listerning to a machine speaking, sometimes I got lost because I didn't realise we'd changed situation - so disappointed.
"51 hours of a single voice"
This book would have been more interesting had the narrator used different voices. It was difficult to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys. Having said that, it was a good story but a bit long winded at times.I normally "read" Tom Clancy's books.
"Executive Orders - Is Rubish"
Very disapointed. The narrator is terrible; his monotone voice and feeble attempts at foreign accents irritates. Clancy's writting is not on form, with continuous self indulgent drivel and a non-existent plot (after 7 hours) - I have given up!
This was fabulous. I loved every minute of it. I could be biased because Tom Clancey has yet to write a bad book, in my opinion.
"A great story"
I am a fan of Tom Clancy and particularly the Jack Ryan novels. I have read this book and the previous Debt of Honor before. I thought I would take a chance on this audio book even though some of the reviews I read were less than complimentary on the reading. I had no problem listening all the way through this book. The reading was not the best, hence the 4 stars, but the story kept me listening.
In a book written pre 9/11 it is a fast paced thriller of the highest order that you expect from Tom Clancy, the plot seemed possible but unlikely, one terrorist attack on the U.S
followed by a chemical warfare attack, the whole premise of the book was tragically mirrored by the events of 9/11 and the following weeks, it is a five star read which when read now is a sad but stark warning to how a small group can wreak havac
It was one of those books I just didn't want to end. Even though it is probably one of the longest books I have listened to. I am now a Jack Ryan groupie!
"You won't want to put it down"
This is a classic piece dripping tension and intricately complex interlocking blocks from the ever-brilliant pen of Tom Clancy.
I do recommend reading Debt of Honour before reading this book just to catch up with how Jack Ryan got to become US President, but then hang on for another amazing ride.
Clancy is always technically excellent and his ability to create highly complex plot lines is undiminished.
Well worth an Audible credit, and at 53 hours +, it'll take you a month to read anyway !
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