A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.
The challenge facing President Jack Ryan is an old one with a terrifying new twist. The international stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade. A young, untested dictator is determined to prove his strength by breaking the deadlock. Like his father before him, he hangs his plans on the country's nuclear ambitions. Until now, that program was impeded by a lack of resources. However, there has been a dramatic change in the nation's economic fortune. A rich deposit of valuable minerals have been found in the Hermit Kingdom. Coupled with their nuclear capabilities, the money from this find will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage.
There's just one more step needed to complete this perfect plan... the elimination of the president of the United States.
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Thank You Mark Greaney!
The familiar characters in Tom Clancy's world pull us in every time. Oh sure, its a cloak and dagger thrill ride, but it's the characters and their relationships with one another that keep us wanting more. We actually see that even the bad guys are human beings with motives and stakes of their own instead of being simple antagonist tropes so familiar in modern literature. Some you feel sorry far and others you feel a twisted sense of relief when the finally get what they deserve. The interplay of the plots and numerous subplots keep the story from becoming stale and predictable. Mark Greaney even manages to make the political intrigue aspects of the story well...intriguing and engaging.
I gotta say that Scott Brick did a wonderful job. I've heard his narration on several other books and as always he did a great job of making each character as distinct as possible. However, I've become so accustomed to Lou Diamond Phillips as the go to Tom Clancy narrator that it is really hard for me to adjust to someone else. Again, Scott Brick is awesome, but I wish Lou would reprise his narrator role.
In the shadow of a insane regime, the Campus will face one of its greatest challenges yet both foreign and domestic .
I often discussed Tom Clancy's novels with my uncle who was an avid reader. He passed away nearly ten years ago, but every time I read or listen to the newest Tom Clancy novels it is like he is right there experiencing them with me. He was very critical of literature, but he always found Clancy's novels to be captivating and thought provoking as well as a lot of fun. Thank you Mark Greaney for keeping the franchise alive and providing me with more opportunities to enjoy another good read within the world of Tom Clancy. Tom and Danny would both be proud.
- Chris C
Great story! AWFUL narration!
Mark Greaney continues in the strong tradition of Tom Clancy in creating an engaging, fast paced action thriller.
Unfortunately, this audiobook falls on its face due to the poor narration.
Let's get this out of the way up front: Lou Diamond Phillips has been a fantastic narrator of this series for the 4 books preceding this one: Dead or Alive, Locked On, Threat Vector and Command Authority. Through his voice he brought a range and depth to the characters that fully immersed the listener in the storyline. I was really looking forward to another narration from him on this book, but sadly, it was not to be.
Now for the bad news. In my humble opinion, Scott Brick was the wrong choice for this audiobook. His narration is dull, narrow and melancholy. He sounds so sad as he's narrating this book, like his dog just died or something. There's little inflection in his voice, and his cadence is slow and overly drawn out. He puts emphasis on all the wrong words. It was kind of like listening to an inebriated William Shatner.
Scott's accents are terrible, as are his character voices. For example, there was no discernible difference between his impression of Ding Chavez and Mary Pat Foley. There was no change in tone, timbre or intonation between these characters, even when they were having a conversation with one another. The only indication that Scott had switched to voicing another character was by hearing the words "...said Chavez" or "Mary Pat then said...". Come on! Talk about disappointing.
Adding insult to injury, he mispronounced several names as well. For example, who is Gavin "Beerie"?
Contrast this with Lou Diamond Phillips' narrations of these iconic characters. Each voice was unique and instantly recognizable. The listener grew to know and care about their characters by the subtleties of inflection Lou brought. President Ryan sounded presidential. John Clark sounded tough and stoic. Center sounded menacing. Every voice he delivered was unique and perfectly matched to the character in the story. I can't imagine a better narrator for the Jack Ryan series that Lou Diamond Phillips.
Does that make me biased? You bet! But that doesn't mean my review is any less valid.
PLEASE bring back Lou Diamond Phillips for the next book!
If the next audiobook in the Jack Ryan series is not narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips, I'm not buying it!