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Dead or Alive

Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
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Summary

Don't Miss the Original Series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Starring John Krasinski!

Tom Clancy delivers a #1 New York Times bestselling Jack Ryan novel that will remind readers why he is the acknowledged master of international intrigue and nonstop military action.

It is The Campus. Secretly created under the administration of President Jack Ryan, its sole purpose is to eliminate terrorists and those who protect them. Officially, it has no connection to the American government - a necessity in a time when those in power consider themselves above such arcane ideals as loyalty, justice, and right or wrong.

Now covert intelligence expert Jack Ryan Jr. and his compatriots at The Campus - joined by black ops warriors John Clark and “Ding” Chavez - have come up against their greatest foe: a sadistic killer known as the Emir. Mastermind of countless horrific attacks, the Emir has eluded capture by every law enforcement agency in the world. But his greatest devastation is yet to be unleashed as he plans a monumental strike at the heart of America.

On the trail of the Emir, Jack Ryan Jr. will find himself following in his legendary father’s footsteps on a manhunt that will take him and his allies across the globe, into the shadowy arenas of political gamesmanship, and back onto U.S. soil in a race to prevent the possible fall of the West....

Take another thrill ride with Jack Ryan.
©2010 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

“Heart-stopping action...entertaining and eminently topical.” (The Washington Post

“The best characters from all of Clancy’s previous novels are on the case.... For fans of the genre, Dead or Alive is likely to provide a long weekend’s pleasure.” (Los Angeles Times 

“Clancy is back at the top of his game.... In-depth research, continuous suspense, and scores of fascinating characters.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review)) 

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Been a long time!

I started listening to the unabridged version of this. I have never listened to nor read an abridged book, but two hours in I remembered why it’s been so long since I read Tom Clancy books. I loved his earlier books (which I read, I’m new to audiobooks) Cardinal of the Kremlin, Hunt for red October etc but they became far too detailed. So I returned it and got the abridged version. Gasp! Actually sacrilege in my opinion!

It may be testament to the researchers (may be he did it himself), maybe it was just his interests, maybe it was all fiction but whatever, I really didn’t want nor need to know for example the minutiae of how an engine (or whatever) worked, I know enough to take care of my car and I just want to be entertained when reading/listening to fiction otherwise I’d read manuals. So I think the stories were excellent but too much chafe. It sounds like I’m being horrible, he’s clearly very clever but I read a lot of reports and reference books (which l enjoy) for work but in my own time I just want escapism and entertainment. So I think with Clancy’s (et al), only, it’s going to be abridged all the way!

And I did enjoy it! So I wonder what happened in the other 11 hours!

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Another excellent story from the brilliant mind.

Tom Clancy's literary career cannot be anything than spectacular. This novel a beginning of an amazing series should not be missed. Full of adventure, mystery that will keep you glued to listening to the very end of another brilliant move. 5 star plus.

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Classic Tom Clancy Action

I bought 'Dead or Alive' as I am going on holiday in a few months and wanted to have a few books stocked up to listen to on the plane and on the beach.

Unfortunately within 3 days of buying the audio-book I'd listened to it all. I just wanted to listen to the first bit to check it was downloaded OK but then I was hooked.

In terms of the actual plot and characters, it's typical Tom Clancy, if you've enjoyed the Rainbow Six and other 'Ryan' books you'll enjoy this one. It's very much the same but different.

It's gritty military/spy fiction - probably not going to win any prizes for the most cunning twist in the tail but it's very easy to listen to, particularly if you don't want to get bogged down in the detail about if things would really happen like that in real life. From memory in previous books the accuracy seemed to be a bit better - particularly on bits that were central to the plot.

There's a whole host of things that are just a little bit technically inaccurate but after all it is supposed to be fiction. For Example - There's a bit about fake aircraft transponders that was a bit iffy.

Overall an absolute classic Tom Clancy plot that I found difficult to put down. Some of it a bit far-fetched and in some places a bit predictable but nevertheless very entertaining fiction with a decent enough smattering of real events/capabilities/places to keep you interested.

I would give it 8 out of 10 if you know what you are getting into and are looking for a bit of blunt-force-trauma rather than brain-surgery. Worth a listen.

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  • Lady Pamela
  • 25-10-15

Dead? Maybe this book?

Plowed through this book on the power of it's author, but wasn't too impressed. There was a lot of action, yes. But, even in it's condensed version, was 9 hours or so and contained a lot of droll discussion. What must the unabridged version be? That meant there was little character development--only the bad guys were new characters and they didn't last for the duration. The plot was pretty mundane...no, boring...chase after a terrorist. I'm not giving up on Clancy, yet!

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  • Steve B
  • 28-09-15

Interesting

Another writer carrying on the Tom Clancy legacy. A recommended read for those that enjoyed Clancy's books.

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  • DakotaMan
  • 30-01-11

A sorry disappointment

I was really looking forward to this audio book, but it has been a chore to get through. If this had been Mr. Clancy's first book, we never would have heard from him again. Slow, plodding, overly political and over descriptive--even in the abridged version. There is nothing special about the plot and the story takes forever to move along. I did think Lou Diamond Philips did a wonderful job--too bad the literature is so weak. Time to forget this author and try out someone at the top opf their game instead of at the end of it... like John Sanford's new Virgil Flowers series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-10-19

My least favorite TC novel.

I thought the story was too convenient.
I didn't care for the narrator. LDP seemed sleepy.

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  • Bob Gibson
  • 04-09-19

Not up to the"normal" Clancy standards

I don't know how much of it was because of the reader, and how much was because of the writing, but I was disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-19

to short

the stories have gotten to be about half the length but the same cost. if the book is half the length maybe it should be half the cost.

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  • Cy
  • 15-06-18

GREAT!

Another great book. I'm a huge fan of "The Campus" and the folks doing the work. Great story and great characters.
Mr. Phillips does an outstanding job!

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  • Patricia M. Grammer
  • 01-04-18

Awesome!

I always enjoy Jack Ryan books. Grant Blackwood did well. I will read them all.