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In the early 1980s, long before he was President or head of the CIA, even before a submarine named Red October crossed the Atlantic, Jack Ryan was an historian, teacher, and recent ex-Marine temporarily living in England. A series of deadly encounters with an IRA splinter group had brought him to the attention of the CIA's Deputy Director, Vice Admiral James Greer - and when Greer asked him to come aboard Jack was quick to accept. The opportunity was irresistible.Then Jack forgot about the rest of his work, because on his first day, an extraordinary document crossed his desk. The new Pope had just delivered a private ultimatum to Warsaw: If the government persisted in its repression, he would feel compelled to resign the papacy and return to Poland.
That was going to have consequences.
In Moscow, another man was contemplating those very same consequences. Yuri Andropov, the chairman of the KGB, did not like what this meant for him or for his nation. All it took was one man to cause everything he had worked for to crumble...and all it took was one man to stop him. The Pope was very powerful - but he was also mortal.
And so it begins, an almost unthinkable plot - a plan to bring down not just leaders, but nations. Ryan will find himself in the middle of a chain reaction, a high-stakes game meant to shake the world...and in which a novice CIA analyst might just be out of his depth.
©2002 Rubicon Inc., (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Smart and likable, Jack Ryan has become one of the best-known characters in contemporary American fiction." (Washington Post)
"The daily games [Clancy's] spies play are fascinating." (USA Today)
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By Gerald on 08-18-03

Don't abridge Clancy!

I haven't listened to the abridged version of the book; I read the unabridged version. So this is an attempt to encourage Audible to make available an unabridged version. It's hard for me to imagine that anyone who enjoys the exquisite detail and elaborate plotting of Clancy's novels will ever be satisfied with an abridged version. If others share this view, plaese let Audible know about it so that we can enjoy listening to Clancy books as they should be.

Gerry Connell

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By Tom Anderson on 05-21-03

Don't listen to unabfidged Clancy

I really was disappointed by this audio. I hope it's because it was abridged. It was the poorest Clancy I have 'read'. Stay away.

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