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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,663 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: 9780307934628
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The President is dead and the weight of the world falls on Jack Ryan’s shoulders in Tom Clancy’s most extraordinary work.

Ryan had agreed to accept the position of Vice President only as a caretaker for a year. But when the President, most of the Cabinet, the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs, and the majority of Congress are killed, Ryan finds himself the new President. Around the world, unfriendly eyes are on Jack, eager to take advantage where they may, presenting Jack Ryan with a crisis so great that even he could not imagine it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The is no doubting the wizardry of his craft…he is the honest-to-God creator of an exciting genre and a consistent producer of books that thunder, absorb, and entertain.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Gripping…compelling entertainment…Clancy has lost none of his nerve.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Clancy has evolved as a writer…Ryan emerges as a more rounded and complex character. Clandy’s strength is in his narrative drive, his ability to juggle convoluted plot elements without dropping any…He is a masterful, evan audacious, storyteller, willing to think the unthinkable and make it believable.” 

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A terrific storyteller with a fabulous cast of characters. His heroes are true heroes, but not perfect human beings. His villains are bad to the core. And his plots are so frighteningly real, you are fearful of picking up tomorrow’s newspaper.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “Ryan’s fans will not be disappointed at their hero’s performance on the biggest and most dramatic stage of his career.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “[Clancy] shines as a storyteller.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Clancy grabs the reader by the throat and won’t let go.” 

    Houston Chronicle

  • “One of the best books to come along lately…Moves fast with a lot of energy, keeping the reader spellbound.”

    Sunday Oklahoman

  • “His plotting here is masterful, as is his strumming of patriotic heartstrings. This is heavyweight entertainment.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Vintage Clancy…The conclusion feature the most harrowing battlefield prose Clancy has written since Red Storm Rising. I can’t think of a better way to while away the waning days of summer, reading this dandy yarn.” 

    BookPage

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian Pay | 2/16/2014

    " I remember this being pretty slow til the 2nd half "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Frankovich | 2/10/2014

    " This book is so old that it feels out of date. But, I'm re-reading it because I'm out of new books. Looking forward to trying some of his newer stuff! Love Tom Clancy!! : ) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 1/20/2014

    " extremely prophetic, with whats happened with terrorism since the book was written in the 1990's. probably my fav Tom Clancy book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Moon | 1/17/2014

    " My husband is a huge Tom Clancy fan, but this is the first Clancy book I have read. A huge, complex, suspenseful story -I wish Jack Ryan were running for President! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D.K. | 1/16/2014

    " Finally done! Long read but pretty good. The copy I had was 1358 pages! Honestly, the last hundred or so pages are the hardest to get through. Not because of graphic violence so much as too strong a focus on characters you're not emotionally involved with. However, the final chapter was pretty sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/9/2014

    " By far, Tom Clancy's best ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 1/9/2014

    " You'd think that eventually a former insurance salesman would stumble and write an only okay book. But not Tom Clancy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johan | 12/7/2013

    " Tom Clancy overload. Have read this book before. Still enjoyed the complexity and intrigues, but his political views started to annoy me. Too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Robertson | 11/26/2013

    " I. Love. This. Book. I couldn't put the thing down! I'm a total conspiracy theorist, so it fits right in with me. I like that there isn't a ton of military jargon like in some of Clancy's others... makes for faster reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Hill | 11/2/2013

    " The best Clancy novel ever. Three parallel plotlines. Three crises: one political, one military/foregin terrorism and one domestic terrorism. You won't be able to set this one down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal vasquez | 11/1/2013

    " Tom clancy is just an amazing writer. This book has so much action and it is a very thrilling book. There are many missions in this book and it involve alot of political terror. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 7/19/2013

    " Needed to read the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mac | 11/17/2012

    " Only 800 pages plus, of heart pounding, mind blowing real life problems once again Mr. Clancy puts you in the middle of the sweat, tears and wondering if the right choice is being made always in light of what can be lost. What would/could you do if you were in Jack's shoes? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebel | 8/26/2012

    " I'd like to think I would have finished this book but it's time to stop pretending....So I read the last page to see if Jack Ryan, once again, saved the world..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Gusek | 7/31/2012

    " Kind of long, but still very good. Not many twists in the plot, but discusses some interesting views about government. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spring | 6/22/2012

    " Interesting that Clancy wrote this pre-9/11. Don't read if you have a weak stomach, though. Any fan of Jack Ryan will like this one. I doubt it'll ever be made into a movie, too many sensitive issues in a post 9/11 world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Thong | 2/16/2012

    " one of my close favorite "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Haug | 1/6/2012

    " Fairly pedestrian rendition of this book, but I DO think a Tom Clancy novel does not lend itself to a dramatic presentation. Good story. When Clancy is on top of his game (like he is here), everything clicks right down to the page-turning conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bucklyn Bristow | 12/18/2011

    " Just what you expect from Clancy, well researched and well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared Shaver | 10/6/2011

    " Just a good read. Mr. Clancy's ability to touch on the hot points in political tension is very acute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jagad5 | 9/13/2011

    " I think this was the last of Clancy's excellent books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 8/26/2011

    " Wow, what a tome! Dense, but quite enjoyable - nice political thriller without the sexual element. This Tom Clancy guy is quite the public policy guru - I was very impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/17/2011

    " Loved the ending! Hmmm.... look at today and how we are using our drones on the terrorists, makes you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 5/11/2011

    " I love all Tom Clancy's book but this is one of the best. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Datamaggot | 4/26/2011

    " Killing german Terrorists, what more can you ask for in a novel? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 4/26/2011

    " finished reading this for David who was in the middle of it when we died "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tj | 4/21/2011

    " One of my all-time favorite books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 3/26/2011

    " I thought this book, since it featured Clark & Ding, would be among my fave's in the series. While not disappointed, it was OK, dragged a little, but the good guys won out in the end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 3/24/2011

    " For me, it's a toss-up between this and "Without Remorse" for Tom Clancy's best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 3/17/2011

    " Obviously written before environmentalism became popular "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaeley | 3/12/2011

    " John Clark leads an anti-terror group based out of England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/21/2011

    " Pretty good book but it tends to drag at times. Decent if you have nothing else you really want to read or you want to hang out and read by the pool, but I would not devote a lot of time to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/1/2011

    " I love Clancy's tales because they are full of technical details and full of suspense and this one provides all that and a more human touch to character development of the men from his previous books that are about the Rainbow team. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 1/29/2011

    " By this point, without the Cold War to provide inspiration, Clancy appeared to be wandering a bit. Still a good storyteller, but without the fervency of a true believer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/29/2011

    " John Clark is a bad-ass. I love these books and the Rainbow Six. "

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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.