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2.45 out of 52.45 out of 52.45 out of 52.45 out of 52.45 out of 5 2.45 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Clancy Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Ryan Series Release Date: August 2002 ISBN: 9780553756265
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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 Greeras well as his counterpart with the British SIS, Sir Basil Charlestonand 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 the 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.

"Clancy creates not only compelling characters but frighteningly topical situations and heart-stopping action," wrote The Washington Post about The Bear and the Dragon. "Among the handful of superstars, Clancy still reigns, and he is not likely to be dethroned any time soon." These words were never truer than about the remarkable pages of his breathtaking new novel. This is Clancy at his bestand there is none better.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 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 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

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W.Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.