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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (86,779 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 Jason Beck | 2/10/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian | 2/8/2014

    " I thught this book was very interesting in so many ways. It was about a group of ten soldiers that are strained on a heroic helicopter mission, and it goes down after that they also go to the Columbia there is alot of drugtrafficing and they are trying to stop it. I really recommend this book to students who play the Call Of Duty series, I think they will be really impressed by this book. "

  • 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?" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 2/3/2014

    " After Hunt for the Red October I expected more than we got "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Stephens | 2/1/2014

    " I started these books because I wanted something new to read and I like the Jack Ryan character. But he seems to be relegated to secondary character status. Plus, I found the book overly long and had probably 20 or so "main" characters. All in all, it was an OK read, but I found it a bit tedious and am really glad that I am finished with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/1/2014

    " Before I got bogged down in the sheer length of this series, I really enjoyed Jack Ryan's story (before they even selected Harrison Ford to play him in the film.) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 William Haloupek | 1/28/2014

    " The first chapter contains one of the most disturbing and disgusting scenes I have ever encountered in fiction. Not what I want for entertainment. "

  • 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 Shaeley Santiago | 1/20/2014

    " Drugs are a problem that need solved, especially during an election year. So, the president wants to see what can be done about Colombian drug lords and their marketing in the US. Ding Chavez is chosen to be part of the mission run by Clark. By the time Ryan discovers what's happening, it is almost too late to get the troops out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney Hunter | 1/16/2014

    " Definitely read the book. Skip the movie. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/4/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Atholl Tomlinson | 1/2/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tj Webb | 1/2/2014

    " Yet another case where the book was soooo much better than the movie. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rey | 12/27/2013

    " i dont dance mr. president... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 12/24/2013

    " Tom Clancy movie remakes blow. "

  • 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 12/20/2013

    " Good book for an action novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Navajojim | 12/15/2013

    " A damn good book, very good. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 12/7/2013

    " My personal favorite of all the Clancy's -- Jack Ryan wasn't yet superman, and the new characters introduced in this book (like Ding Chavez and John Clark) weren't yet caricatures. I see this as the pinnacle of the Ryan series, after which (sadly) followed a long, slow decline into self-parody. "

  • 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tom | 8/14/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connor | 6/16/2013

    " Good bur gory. It took a while to read but worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Binder | 10/5/2012

    " read when I was in my twenties "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 6/21/2012

    " I really love Tom Clancy but this one was a bit over the top for me. It was not his best book. I still enjoyed it though. "

  • 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 Brian | 4/26/2012

    " Solid and typical Clancy novel. Ryan goes to Columbia to extract a squad sent to disrupt drug trafficers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Whittle | 4/22/2012

    " The first Jack Ryan book I read (yes, I know it's out of sequence). With the introduction of the mysterious Mr. Clark was completely absorbing and (it's probably not a word) unputdownable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 3/20/2012

    " 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 Andrew Ziegler | 3/2/2012

    " First and Only Clancy novel I have ever read. Loved it. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stevie Widner | 1/15/2012

    " Good plot. Clancy shows he hasn't lost a thing in this installment of the Ryan series. Only flaw is the lengthy chapters and the amount of characters one must keep up with. Other than that, good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ck | 11/9/2011

    " My favourite Tom Clancy novel. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 angrykitty | 9/10/2011

    " good book. the whole war on drugs thing is intersting. on a side note, i found out recently that a guy i work with is the basis for one of the main military characters. weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco Odradek | 9/6/2011

    " L'avevo sulla libreria da .. 15 anni.. e poi... l'ho divorato :) "

  • 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 5/19/2011

    " Typical Clancy, I enjoyed the story but was bogged down in military speak and details. I liked seeing Ding Chavez again. Again, the story is good but it's a hot and cold read. Skimming the details that make you yawn until you hit a pocket of pages that thrill you and you're totally into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 يوسف زهدى | 3/31/2011

    " A good novel about how politics, personal gains and espionage acts affect each other, with different players, US president, CIA, Marines blackops and drugs cartels, the novel is interesting and has lots of action "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/28/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 2/8/2011

    " very suspenseful. I've read it before so I know what stuff is going to happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 1/30/2011

    " I believe this is the last Clancy novel I made it through completely. Jack Ryan is the man.

    With the Iron Curtain having fallen, it was time for Clancy to change gears so we head to South America and the War on Drugs. It was a compelling story, but not the best in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 1/29/2011

    " No matter how many times I read this book, it always thrills me. Brilliantly plotted, great storytelling. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 12/15/2010

    " Do you need to cheat and learn a lot about the military really fast for something you're writing? This is the book for you! Incredibly descriptive and engaging, if a little on the long side, and the plot does wrap up rather quickly. Different ending than the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/11/2010

    " Read this awhile ago, but the story was good. Exciting and one thrill ride after another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esther | 11/15/2010

    " I really liked the basic story of the book. I just wish he wouldn't use so much cursing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 11/11/2010

    " With help from the president, Jack Ryan gets snipers into Columbia drug czar territory and barely back out again. "

  • 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.