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3.00037929072634 out of 53.00037929072634 out of 53.00037929072634 out of 53.00037929072634 out of 53.00037929072634 out of 5 3.00 (10,546 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Clancy Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Ryan Series Release Date: July 2003 ISBN: 9780736697064
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Long before he was president or head of the CIA, before he fought terrorist attacks on the Super Bowl or the White House, even before a submarine named Red October made its perilous way across the Atlantic, Jack Ryan was an historian, teacher, and recent ex-Marine temporarily living in England while researching a book. A series of deadly encounters with an IRA splinter group had brought him to the attention of the CIA’s Deputy Director, Vice Admiral James Greer—as well as his counterpart with the British SIS, Sir Basil Charleston—and when Greer asked him if he wanted to come aboard as a freelance analyst, Jack was quick to accept. The opportunity was irresistible, and he was sure he could fit it in with the rest of his work.

And then Jack forgot all about the rest of his work, because one of his first assignments was to help debrief a high-level Soviet defector, and the defector told an amazing tale: Top Soviet officials, including Yuri Andropov, were planning to assassinate Pope John Paul II.

Could it be true? As the days and weeks go by, Ryan must battle, first to try to confirm the plot, and then to prevent it, but this is a brave new world, and nothing he has done up to now has prepared him for the lethal game of cat-and-mouse that is the Soviet Union versus the United States. In the end, it will be not just the Pope’s life but the stability of the Western world that is at stake…and it may already be too late for a novice CIA analyst to do anything about it.

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  • “Smart and likable, Jack Ryan has become one of the best-known characters in contemporary American fiction.” 

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dragon Donna | 5/2/2016

    " greatest audiobook i have ever used.................................................................................. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/17/2014

    " Reading through the Jack Ryan series slowly - my "bedtime reading" around everything else on the to read pile. Just good, escapist fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Thomas | 2/16/2014

    " I really hope that Clancy writes other books like this one. How Jack Ryan was involved in a REAL historical event. GOOD Stuff! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 2/15/2014

    " It seems that Clancy has gone downhill with Red Rabbit and Bear and the Dragon. Or maybe I'm just getting older. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jose Campana | 2/9/2014

    " Very average Tom Clancy boilerplate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 2/2/2014

    " Believable story about how the Russians tried to kill JPII "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Gaskill | 1/31/2014

    " My first Tom Clancy book that I read; it was very detailed and intriguing. Of course, all books by Tom Clancy are interesting reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 1/23/2014

    " A bit repetitive but Jack Ryan is always a fun character to follow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 1/23/2014

    " Readable but lots of repeated lines. Sloppy writing & ostentatiously outdated views- lots of cracks about women. I kept waiting for twists to come but no luck- barely managed to finish, very bloated. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 User3162 | 1/20/2014

    " I gave up halfway through this book. If you edited out about 80% of this book, you might have a good story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 1/12/2014

    " Worst Tom Clancy book I've ever read. No suspense at all, very repetitive. The opposite of a good page turning spy novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/4/2014

    " Not as deep or detailed as the other Clancy/Ryan novels I've read so far. The ending left much to be desired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 12/29/2013

    " I had not read Clancy for a while until I picked this up on a whim. Not bad, but did not grip me as much as his first few books. I did enjoy his foray into psudo-historical fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex Tamayo | 12/9/2013

    " Seemed like Clancy was just dying to get back to the Cold War era. Slow plod through both sides' ignorance of the other, interesting start for Jack Ryan's saga though. Makes me want to jump back to Executive Orders... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Meredith | 12/2/2013

    " This isn't as action packed as "Teeth Of The Tiger" but is more focused on stealth and tactics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 11/25/2013

    " Back to the beginning for Jack Ryan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc Moran | 9/6/2013

    " I love a good cold war yarn, but this one dragged and lost it's footing in more than one place. Not Clancy's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/25/2013

    " Return to early days of CIA Jack Ryan. Polish Pope? Assassination by Russkies? WTF. Good fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 6/3/2013

    " I had to Wikipedia this to find out that Clancy has gone back and based this on a real plot. Kinda cool knowing that. It is fun so far. I thought I would hate going back in time with Jack Ryan, but I actually am enjoying getting more back-story into Ryan, the Foley's, Adm Greer, Ritter, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greer Andjanetta | 11/11/2012

    " A novel based around the attempted assassination of the pope several years ago. Clancy's Jack Ryan character is featured again in a well-written and entertaining story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Huguelet | 10/11/2012

    " Starting development chapters are very slow with a lot of redundant ideas and scenarios. I almost gave up. I'd agree that this is not one of Tom Clancy's absolute best, but ultimately I enjoyed this and am glad I read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dennis | 7/13/2012

    " Bit of a snoozer -- For Clancy, that is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 4/29/2012

    " Much like The Bear and The Dragon, this was not up to par with the rest of the Jack Ryan series, however I did enjoy the double climax and the fact that the book concluded shortly after the climax. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 4/10/2012

    " Tom Clancy, a new CIA analyst named Jack Ryan and a plot to kill the pope, what's not to grab your attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rod | 3/30/2012

    " taut thriller about a KGB defection. not all that thriling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renata | 1/2/2012

    " I like this book. Quite an interesting story. Recomended to read during long winter evenings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 12/29/2011

    " I have always been enthralled by Clancy's works and this novel kept me rapt, so that has not changed... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RH31 | 12/14/2011

    " Another great one from Tom Clancy and the narration really added to the suspense. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Burhans | 5/21/2011

    " The Jack Ryan series finds itself with a new generation. Still plausible, still technically good, and still worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 5/1/2011

    " Starts out REALLY slow. Pretty good overall, but it takes a long time to do anything interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jmswtsn | 4/26/2011

    " The worst book Clancy has ever written. Overtly biases politically, I think he may have just copy and pasted words from his earlier works. Whoever edited this book should be fired for allowing the same sentences to appear 3 or 4 times in throughout the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Brook | 4/17/2011

    " I agree totally with George " dead rather than red" continually repeats details throughout book, hardest book of Tom's I have read. Really had to try hard to finish this "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martha | 4/14/2011

    " Macho macho man.

    If you read it, count the number of times the author refers to Jack's investment fortune, or his beautiful wife's surgical brilliance. Money = superiority. Nothing subtle. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 3/20/2011

    " Worst Tom Clancy book I've ever read. No suspense at all, very repetitive. The opposite of a good page turning spy novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 2/19/2011

    " Love all of the Jack Ryan books. "

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

    " Great book. This is my favorite Clancy novel. You get to see Jack Ryan growing up and growing up quick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 1/20/2011

    " I love a good cold war yarn, but this one dragged and lost it's footing in more than one place. Not Clancy's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryldetrick | 12/9/2010

    " This book just ... felt odd. I think it was because of trying to go back to the beginning of a character's life that we already know so well. It seemed like trying to unring a bell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brit | 11/26/2010

    " What can I say? Anything Tom Clancy does is brilliant. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew | 11/21/2010

    " Couldn't even finish this book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 10/27/2010

    " This is a really bad book. A decent story which would have been better told in 180 pages rather than 656 pages, mortly of Clancey's right-wing ranting. Clancey hasn't wriiten a good book since 1986. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 User3162 | 10/6/2010

    " I gave up halfway through this book. If you edited out about 80% of this book, you might have a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 10/2/2010

    " No wars in this one, thankfully; it's all espionage. Unfortunately, the operations go way too smoothly and makes the story sadly predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 9/27/2010

    " Somehow I missed this Jack Ryan book. I guess I was busy in 2002. It was not nearly as good as his other books. It lacked the pulse racing ending that make his books so fun to read. I felt like Clancy was using this book to explore his Catholic heritage. That part was interesting. "

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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

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.