Command Authority : The Jack Ryan Universe

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

Publisher's Summary

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...

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What the Critics Say

Heart-stopping action ... entertaining and eminently topical.' (The Washington Post )

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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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- glen

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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- Garry "I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2013
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd