President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known. A high-level assassination attempt in Russia has the newly elected Ryan sending his most trusted eyes and ears - including antiterrorism specialist John Clark - to Moscow, for he fears the worst is yet to come. And he’s right. The attempt has left the already unstable Russia vulnerable to ambitious forces in China eager to fulfill their destiny. If they succeed, the world as we know it will never look the same. If they fail, the consequences may be unspeakable. Blending the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his hallmarks with intricate plotting, razor-sharp suspense and a remarkable cast of characters, this is Clancy at his best.
"Clancy ... towers above other novelists in his ability to deliver geo-political, techo-military goods on a global scale...and here he's at the top of that war-gaming.' (Publishers Weekly)
"Clancy is a natural storyteller." (USA Today)
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So different from the others
I'm quickly becoming a Tom Clancy fan and have been enjoying his stories. This one is an outlier. At first I thought it was just the dreadful narrator that made this book so disappointing, but its racism and sexism got to me too, though I can't speak for more than the first 8 hours when I gave up on it. Even if you are characterising an unpleasant person, there are some places you just don't go. For example, two characters speaking about president Mao's penchant for raping young girls, and one of them guffaws "Well at least it wasn't a boy".
Yes, am already into one of the others.
No never again. Flat, un-nuanced, and slow. He should get a job making destination recordings for a train company.
Other reviews say that the last few chapters are great. I'll have to take their word for it but if that's the case then collapse the first bit into a short into and go straight for the last few chapters!
- P. M. Beckman
Chinese egomaniac vs Jack Ryan
Yes I will in the future. Tom Clancy was a great author and listening to his stories as well just improves the reading experience.
Nomuri is my favourite character in this novel. He is the reason that America led by Jack Ryan is able to prevent China from fulfilling their misguided destiny, and the sex scenes and flirting with his source are hilarious.