Patriot Games : Jack Ryan (publication order)

  • by Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Jack Ryan (publication order)
  • 22 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is fall. CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack.
Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved - the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
By his impulsive act, he has gained both the gratitude of a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous men - men who do not sit on their hate.
Patriot Games is a prequel to The Hunt for Red October and has all the excitement and energy of Clancy's famous first book.


What the Critics Say

"Ambitious, daring, studded with spectacular as any thriller ever." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)


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Customer Reviews

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Oldie but Goodie!

I vaguely remember reading the book back in the 80's, I have seen and enjoyed the movie dozens of times but listening to the book was more fun than I anticipated. I'm not a purist when it comes to adapting books to movies and I appreciated the adaptions made in the translation of this title. The movie is fabulous in it's own right but listening to the book let my imagination visually soar. Scott Brick reading was phenomenal as ever. His inflections throughout the story are spot on - I have a bad habit of gasping at exciting points in the storyline while listening to a point my husband thinks something is wrong with me. The storyline is just one entertaining wild ride. Another very much enjoyed audiobook that I would recommend!
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- K. Masheter Deal

Story Line, Character Dev & Narration: Top Notch

Admittedly, I'm a fan of this series. Having skipped around a little re which ones I was listening to I decided to go back and listen to all in order. (I did skip Red October due to the quality concerns expressed by other reviewers.) All is first rate in this book. Even though there is a reasonable mix of characters and nationalities, Clancy keeps it clear enough that you don't find yourself wondering , 'who is this again?" Scott Brick handles the various accents exceptionally well. The pacing is just right to keep you fully involved but not so fast that you lose track of things.

Now, on to the next one.
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- Nancy F.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio