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Decades ago, when he was a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan, Sr. was sent on what was supposed to be a simple support mission to investigate the death of an operative looking into the suspicious banking activities at a Swiss bank. Ryan’s dogged tenacity uncovered not only financial deceit, but also the existence of a KGB assassin code-named Zenith.
He was never able to find the killer.But in the shadowy world of covert operations, nothing stays hidden forever.In the present, a new strong man has emerged in the ever-chaotic Russian republic the enigmatic President Valeri Volodin. His rise to power was meteoric, but shrouded in deception and treachery.
The foundations of his personal empire are built on a bloody secret from his past, and he will eliminate anyone who comes close to that truth. For he has set in motion a plot to return Russia to its former glory and might with the rest of the world once again trembling in fear of the mighty Bear.When an old friend of the Ryans is poisoned by a radioactive agent, the trail leads to Russia. And Jack Ryan, Jr. aided by his compatriots John Clark and the covert warriors of the secretive Campus must delve into an international conflict thirty years in the making, and finish what his father started.
With President Ryan fighting a desperate campaign to thwart Russian aggression, and his son fighting a silent war against a ruthless foe, the chances for global conflict grow greater ? and the possibility of survival may soon be lost for all...
©2013 Copyright © Rubicon, Inc, 2013. (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Heart-stopping action ... entertaining and eminently topical.' (The Washington Post )
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By glen on 02-04-14

bit disappointing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

no, there wasnt really any one thing wrong , just the story was a so predictable, the only surprise happened in the 1st chapter with the killing of golovko.

Would you recommend Command Authority to your friends? Why or why not?

i wouldn't recommend that they pay good money, wait till it gets to your library.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lou Diamond Phillips’s performances?

yes , performance was good, the author just didn't give him much of a story to tell

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

not at cinema prices no,but would rent it in dvd

Any additional comments?

i own every one of the jack ryan series and this is probably the worst,apart from a very poor narration of Red Rabbit that i once listened to.(funny how you remember the bad ones)

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By Garry on 01-02-14

It is with Regret I finished this.

Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Lou Diamond Phillips was excellent. Having listened to other of his performances I am glad he did this too.

Any additional comments?

I was sorry to finish this as it was Tom Clancy's last. I have enjoyed the wild ride of his stories particularly the John Ryan (Snr) stories and was dubious of the John Ryan (Jnr) trail yet I have grown to love the sagas. Tom Clancy will be missed by this reader/listener and will wonder if Mark Greaney will take on the mammoth steps to continue the stories on, I don't know.

This is a long way around to say this was as great book as expected, a well written, well told book and one that deserves to be in my library. I will listen to this again and marvel at how the past and present, the injection from other Ryan books and the characters have grown.

Why the regret, I just hope maybe, there is something more. If not, I will just have to read and listen again and enjoy a master storyteller.

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By Simon on 10-12-14


Tom Clancy is the master of this kind of fiction and the way in which he progresses the dual stories of the present day and thirty years previosuly is quite masterful. The action in both story lines is well paced and relevant bringing the two to nicely together to a satisfying conclusion. The mix of modern military action and hi-tech covert operations works extremely well for me.

As others among my fellow Brits have said I had to raise an eyebrow at the accents but to discount this book for that issue would be a mistake. The characters are at least clear, consistent and easily identifiable so while it did bring a smile to my lips it certainly didn't sully my enjoyment of the book in any great way. If that kind of thing does irritate you though then you have been warned!

But I'd say don't be put off, go for it!

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By Ian on 04-21-14

Disappointing compared to threat vector

Would you try another book written by Tom Clancy or narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips?

Lou Diamond Phillips has done a great job with the last four Tom Clancy books, I've only marked this down as it requires a great deal of british accents, that sadly most american actors can't do, they either come off as Dick van dyke, or as an american parody of and 18th century stereotype, that never existed.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

this book lacks the twists and excitement that I expected from Tom Clancy, and although its solidly written, next to the previous book, it left me feeling that it was just a bit lame.

What aspect of Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance might you have changed?

if he could do a british accent that this book demands a LOT of.

Do you think Command Authority needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Well, probably, but given that Tom Clancy died recently, I guess that's not going to happen.

Any additional comments?

As a fan of Tom Clancy, and Lou Diamond Phillips, I can say read this book, but don't let it cloud your judgement of the last books. go read the last three before this, they're awesome.

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By Paul on 12-11-16

great book

it feels like old school Tom Clancy novels with less preaching and more action then recent books.

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