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Clear and Present Danger

Jack Ryan
Narrated by: Michael Prichard
Series: Jack Ryan (publication order), Book 4, Jack Ryan, Book 5
Length: 30 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (426 ratings)

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Summary

At what point does criminal activity threaten national security? When can a nation respond to it as to an enemy? These are the questions Jack Ryan must consider when he hears the awful news: Colombian drug lords, tired of being harassed by US law enforcement agents, have assassinated three high American officials, and that is just the beginning. The message is clear: Leave us alone. But they have pushed too far. Someone steps quietly over the line they have drawn, deploying covert-action teams in Colombia, intending to take the fight to the enemy. But does anyone know who the real enemy is? And how much action is too much? Who is doing what? Which line has been crossed? Ryan and his "dark side" counterpart, a shadowy field officer known only as Mr. Clark, must find out. They expect danger from without - but the danger from within may be the greatest of all.

©1989 Jack Ryan Enterprises Ltd. (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"The dean of techno-thrillers demonstrates once again his mastery of the genre." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Absorbing to listen to...You won't be able to stop listening." ( Wall Street Journal)

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amazing book

What made the experience of listening to Clear and Present Danger the most enjoyable?

could not put the book down ( or turn my phone off as the case may be)
completely addictive

Who was your favorite character and why?

john Clarke.... nearly james bond

Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances? How does this one compare?

like most of Michael prichards narration .. he has emotion in the reading

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political

was a tad slow, fairly political. was nothing on rainbow 6 but had some of the key characters in.

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  • 03-01-15

excellent

a great story in the Clancy style, detailed and absorbing. pronunciation a bit dodgy .in places. but that's Americanisms. Recommended.

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  • Andy
  • Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 28-07-14

Average Clancy good narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes its a harmless way to kill time on a boring journey

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clark

Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He's a very good narrater and this is a high standard performance

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Its already been done

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As good as the film

Not bad but slow for the first 3 ahours but picked up after just like the movie that's all I can say

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Great but not the best

Great read but a bit padded.
The reader can’t do accents so all his characters are the same.

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A Rare Treat!

Well narrated and dramatised. Full of insightful depths, into how intelligence is handled and measured, within the world of America.

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  • HellRazor
  • In Transit. An eclectic gourmand rather than a picky gourmet.
  • 24-12-18

Not Great Art. Just Pretty Good Writing.

I understand this novel, when first published, landed on the NY Times B/S List and stayed there for quite awhile, I can see why.

I can also see why Clancy became an institution and how much of a Ying-Yang effect the American Political zeitgeist (sorry about the terminology) had on him and how much he must have influenced it. Considering the book was written over 30 years ago, a surprising amount of the content is still relevant and even the stuff that isn't, can be still looked at from the present without expending any psychic energy in suspending disbelief or questioning its plausible historic verisimilitude.
Clancy is, of course, unabashedly patriotic, militaristic, and will surprise no one in his predictably conservative view on the Drug War, treatment of politics and politicians. To some readers, like myself, this will be enough to prevent them from becoming starry-eyed fanboys of the author.

He writes his characters from the outside-in and therefore they lack a certain depth of characterisation and the individual idiosyncrasies that lend themselves to the reader's perception of breathing, bleeding, living people which might shift the author into the coterie of great American authors. Rather than amalgamating various personality traits into a single character, one get's the feeling of the reverse process going on in this book. This gives the impression that the many characters in this book can be condensed into a few, less than multidimensional types. Occasionally leading to confusion and difficulty in recognising one from another.

Clancy is very adept at moving an adventure story along and making it addictive. Personally, I find the technical expertise of the author very satisfying, although I would understand that this approach is not everyone's cup of tea.

I completed the over 30 hours of listening time of this production in less than a week and enjoyed it. I would certainly take the time and look forward to reading some of the author's other work.

The narrator was a competent & clear reader of the work whose strengths outweighed his weaknesses.

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Excellent Clancy novel read the book. years ago.

What a great way to relive a book on audio. Clancy will always be one of the great authors.

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an excellent gripping novel. well read

an excellent gripping novel. well read. another great example of one of the greats. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • James
  • 15-06-14

Drug Cartels and terrorists. Explosive Action!

What made the experience of listening to Clear and Present Danger the most enjoyable?

The many twist and turns in the story and Jack Ryan unravelling all the deception.

What other book might you compare Clear and Present Danger to and why?

There is no other book of a similar type that could even compare.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Drug Cartels, the former Cuban spy and Cutter getting their comeuppance. Also the rescue of Domingo Chavez and his first meeting with John Clark.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes although it is too long to do that.