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Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system.
One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB.
The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace . . . or war.
Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece -- a riveting novel about one of the most intriguing issues of our time.
©2009 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House
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By Thomas on 03-15-12

The most under rated book of the Jack Ryan series

Since the first time I read this book years ago I've been intrigued by this story. Why this book hasn't received the attention that several of the other books in this series have received is a mystery to me. I find it interesting that some of the people reviewing this book (and other books as well) find so much to criticize in the narrator while others heap high praise on the same narrator. Personally I think there could have been a few better choices for narrator than Michael Prichard, but unlike some others that reviewed this book I won't say that Prichard ruined it. Espionage is one of the themes that run all the way through this series and is a more important aspect in some of these books than others but this is the one with the strongest 007 type theme. Overall I highly rate this book and recommend it highly.

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By Ken on 10-22-12

Loyalty to a Traitor

To continue from Hunt for the Red October, this book is about someone who was hinted to before, a CIA source so valuable in the USSR that his information is DELTA class important and only five people know who he is, Code name Cardinal. when the Russians make a break through in laser technology he is asked to look into it.

Ryan is back, and this time he is part of the US, USSR nuclear arms talks. and travels back and forth with the ambassador and his team to give his CIA analyst still to his country.

When the Cardinal chain breaks down with some important information the CIA want on lasers and that the KGB get a hint that there is a spy with highly top secret information being leaked they unleash the whole team to find out who it could be.

what will happen when the game between the CIA and the KGB are fought over one man. can the CIA get what they need and get there man out. or will the KGB find out who he is before the CIA gets what is needed?

Like Hunt for Red October, The Cardinal of the Kremlin has multiple view points and is fun to keep track of, but instead of three we now have nine different major aspects (one is a husband wife team) with minor key players brought in as well. Clancy is a master of juggling two sides of the coin and being able to seamlessly bring everything together in a way that keeps you wondering how he did it. hints to actions are made without giving away how the end will come off. tricks and deceit are second nature as Clancy puts in surprise twists that make you wonder as to what is the end game. and yet as you try to figure out what is next you cant stop listening.

it is highly recommended to anyone who likes a good plot twist, CIA spy books, or just wants to enjoy a book set in modern times.

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By jimmys1984 on 03-18-11

Great story, good narration

I've always been a fan of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series, particularly the earlier novels (he runs out of ideas as the series progresses). 'The Cardinal of the Kremlin' is one of the best and keeps the reader gripped as well as providing enough technical and philosophical narrative to make it a more 'in depth' novel. Many plot lines all weave together well. I would recommend listening to/reading the earlier Ryan books too, but only 'The Hunt for Red October' has a direct bearing on 'The Cardinal of the Kremlin'.

The narration is good, slighly rushed in places, although at 25 hours this is a long listen anyway! Well worth it though. Recommended.

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By Snooky White on 02-15-13

Like listening to paint dry

Too often this book gets caught up in the kink of descriptions of equipment and stereotypical characters that contribute very little to the plot. All dreadfully sluggish. This is compounded by the narration, which is monotonous in the extreme, and reminds me of an episode of the A-Team I once had on cassette (only that was made tolerable by constant bursts of action!) Cannot believe this got so many good reviews - have been harsh in the interests of balance!

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By Danni-lee on 05-12-17

Couldnt get through this drab performance

Would you try another book written by Tom Clancy or narrated by Michael Prichard?

I have read the book and was looking forward to listening to this in the car but the performance is terrible. Same tone and inflection for every sentence. I gave up after about an hour.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Prichard?

Scott Brick - has done other Clancy novels and brings the story to life.

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