Command Authority : The Jack Ryan Universe

  • by Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Series: The Jack Ryan Universe
  • 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author and master of the technothriller returns with his All-Star team.
There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.


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Customer Reviews

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Great story with a couple of flaws

I wanted to savor, cherish, and adore this book as it is the last we will receive by Tom Clancy. But I also want to be true in reviewing it.

Here are the great Clancy characteristics that Command Authority has:

Complexity with a great ending:
Clancy is the master in writing extremely complex political tales that come spinning into an ending that leaves you breathless.Command Authority has that.

Wild and totally believable tales:
Not a detail was left out. At one point, Ryan senior uses an umbrella in a scene, and in the scene before that, Clancy specifically writes about Ryan borrowing the umbrella from the door man. Too many "action" authors miss that kind of detail. But it's that genius writing that makes all the wild scenes purely enjoyable.

Facts and details:
I always finish a Clancy novel feeling like I learned a bunch. This story delivers on that.

An obvious love for the subject matter:
Once again, Clancy's knowledge of military life and international travel and characters come through, which makes him so credible and this story great.

The Clancy characteristics that are missing from Command Authority:

Total clarity and super smooth flow. This book gets confusing. With going back and forth in time between Sr. and Jr. and the way the chapters are labeled, I got lost more than once, especially right in the middle of the book. I was just starting to tire of the feeling of not knowing what was going on, and then in the last 25% it got back on track and was easy to follow.

A love for the original characters:
Some of the characteristics that made the world LOVE Jack Ryan, weren't played up and weren't revisited. I don't grow tired of hearing how suave he is, and how super human and yet perfectly down to earth he is. I wanted to fall in love all over again, and a little bit of that was missing.

I don't know how much of the book was written by Mark Greaney. I searched for some information on that, but none could be found. We can only guess why exactly this book felt a little different.

Phillips as the narrator only gets four stars because he has a lilt to the way he finishes each sentence that works in interpersonal/conversational scenes, but is weird and a little distracting during the action scenes. Most of the time though, he's great.

Clancy fans will read/listen to this book no matter what, I know I was going to. With that said, I really do recommend this book.

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- Marci

Brilliant but borderline non-fiction!

Would you consider the audio edition of Command Authority to be better than the print version?

Don't know.. didn't read it

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Ryan Jr. Totally in control and cool

What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

The best performance I have ever heard on an audio book.. I can't believe how well he did so many (12) different characters in at least 3 dialects

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

too long but I couldn't wait to continue

Any additional comments?

This book is almost identical to what is really happening in Russia and with its leader Putin. It is chilling and eerily similar. Great story and well written

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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio