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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,419 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Clancy Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Ryan Series Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9780307934581
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Colombian drug lords, bored with Uncle Sam's hectoring, assassinate the head of the FBI. The message is clear: Bug off!

At what point do these druggies threaten national security? When can a nation act against its enemies? These are questions Jack Ryan must answer because someone has quietly stepped over the line.

Does anyone know who the real enemy is? How much action is too much? Which lines have been crossed? Ryan and his "dark side," a shadowy field officer known only as Mr. Clark, are charged with finding out. They expect danger from without...but the danger from within may be the greatest of all!


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rousing adventure…a crackling good yarn!”

    Washington Post

  • “The issues raised are real ones, and a jump ahead of the headlines.”

    New York Times

  • “Absorbing reading…you won’t stop until you hit the last pages!”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Tom Clancy has done it again…heavy-caliber excitement!”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “A clear and certain winner!”

    New York Daily News

  • “The dean of techno-thrillers demonstrates once again his mastery of the genre.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce Snell | 2/5/2014

    " Book 6 in the Jack Ryan series by Tom Clancy. This is a big complicated book - most other writers could have made two or three complete stories from the various plots and sub-plots, but Clancy in a display of his best writing style makes one all encompassing event of it. The various stories have to do with drug pirates captured and the information they provide leading to seizing almost a billion dollars of drug money and other assets around the world; military special operations troops being trained and sent to Colombia to interrupt the drug trade; and (of course) Jack Ryan coming into his own as DDI at CIA and under-covering the illegal operation and the Vice President's plan to let the troops be murdered in Colombia. This is not my favorite story concept in the series, in that I find the War on Drugs to be a futile mistake, but Clancy brings the characters to life and makes it compelling. For people who have seen the movie (the absolute worst movie ever made from a Clancy story) the book will be a surprise, and will cause most people to ask the question, "How does this book get turned into that awful movie?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carey | 1/26/2014

    " As always, Tom Clancy tells a great story - he always seems to have his ear to the current political/military pipeline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny | 1/23/2014

    " Features the mysterious Mr. Clark, and battles against Columbian Drug lords. Graphic and epic as are all Tom Clancy's novels. This is not a beach read. I love the intricate weaving of various story lines into one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Graham | 1/10/2014

    " One of my favorite Clancy's- a great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ned Frederick | 1/6/2014

    " My favorite Tom Clancy book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 1/6/2014

    " Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy is the fourth book I've read by Tom Clancy and for the first time Jack Ryan is dealing with the Columbian Drug Cartel. This book is longer than the other 3 I've read but I can see they get longer as they become newer. This book had a different feel than the others probably because instead of there being a ton of Russians there were a bunch of Hispanics. No but seroiusly it did have more of a military book than a political one and like the othersa he focuses on one main plot with plenty of sub plots that get tied up in the end. Overall a good book 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene de la Torre | 1/1/2014

    " there is a stage when you think that clancy is your man, and you read several of his books and you suddenly feel nausea. The same plot, the same man,the same heroism. The familiarity makes you puke. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 12/30/2013

    " Good book about clandestine operations and some also good details about South American intrigue. Clancy also does a good job describing action scenes and putting together plausible, while still entertaining scenarios. Compared to the book, the movie was stupid. Well researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 12/29/2013

    " My first Clancy book. Somehow I never read him before. Great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Mulraney | 12/23/2013

    " A tome of a novel. Took me forever to get through, but that was also 15+ years ago! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seren Senior | 12/11/2013

    " The best of Clancy's main Jack Ryan series. Read the whole thing in 3 days...couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Atholl Tomlinson | 12/2/2013

    " Pretty good, typical Tom Clancy - Jack Ryan book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 11/18/2013

    " See my review of Patriot Games. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tom | 10/27/2013

    " Jack Ryan AND John Clark playing major roles in the same Tom Clancy book. Very good premise and well executed. Up there with his finest works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/8/2012

    " Wow. This must be the book that established Tom Clancy as a best seller. I've read his novels out of order. That doesn't seem to matter, just adds flavor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/16/2012

    " Wow, so far the movie doesn't follow the book at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leon | 10/29/2011

    " You can't get enough of Jack Ryan as this series now involves a "conspiracy" of sort with one of the most powerful man in the country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Navajojim | 7/5/2011

    " A damn good book, very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 6/9/2011

    " Well done, love the development of characters by Clancy and his consistency "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/7/2011

    " First 200 of some 600 pages dragged out but then high octane reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 6/1/2010

    " Have seen the movie before and knew it'd be a quick read. Enjoying it so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Beck | 9/30/2009

    " An epic story! I loved it. If you have read "Killing Pablo" this story will be much more relevant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 4/2/2009

    " You've probably seen the movie, which is just fine. But if the movie is four or five star, then the book is a solid ten! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 3/28/2009

    " A good read. Lots of action and suspense. makes you appreciate our military men "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Mellon | 12/7/2008

    " One of the first to delve deep into the drug wars! Interesting read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 11/30/2008

    " This one really began to get me thinking and is the catalyst for the series of novels I'm writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Brateman | 10/12/2008

    " Not one of Clancy's best, especially the strange promise to his fallen friend's next of kin near the end. The storyline was good, but Clancy doesn't do too well at personalities in his writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 9/12/2008

    " I liked this one a lot when I was younger. It still makes me want to be a light-infantry soldier. The moral quandries in this one are done much better than in his later works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 6/30/2008

    " good story but as with all tom clancy books it contains more swearing that I'd like "

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About the Author
Author Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy (1947–2013) was the author of numerous #1 New York Times bestselling novels, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Red Rabbit, Teeth of the Tiger, and Red Storm Rising. His nonfiction work includes Into the Storm: A Study in Command, Every Man a Tiger, and Battle Ready. Clancy was the cofounder of Red Storm Entertainment, a video game developing company responsible for the successful Rainbow Six series, Ghost Recon series, Splinter Cell series, and others.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.