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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22,285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Clancy Narrator: Scott Brick, John MacDonald Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Ryan Series Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9780307938718
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Against all odds we have made it into the last half of the 1990s. The Cold War looks solved, Arabs and Jews are talking, confrontation is on the wane. In this new harmony, one discord -- what becomes of unemployed terrorists?

You can bet they aren't going to retire quietly. Shunned by the Soviets, isolated by Middle Eastern realignment, one cadre hits on a scheme to jump-start the war machine. It's brilliant in its simplicity. With a single act they bring the world to nuclear boil. Jack Ryan and Dan Murray sweat to defuse a cataclysmic response.


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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 2/20/2014

    " Actually, a pretty darned good follow-up to "Clear and Present Danger," which only makes the precipitous off-the-cliff nosedive between this book and "Debt of Honor" all the sadder. Kind of a last-gasp attempt to wring drama out of US-Russian mistrust, while moving the focus from the Cold War over to the Middle East -- well played, Tom. Well played. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/19/2014

    " All the Clancy books are great "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard Wright | 2/15/2014

    " Oh thank God. Thank God it's over. I picked this up en route to Goa a few weeks ago, and I seem to have been reading it forever. As always, Clancy's world is incredibly detailed and credible, in many ways all the more impressive for its sometime parallels to the world we live in today. As ever, the central plot is great. As ever, there's just too bloody much detail for anybody outside of the military to maintain much interest. The characters are for the most part the same seven or eight core people, given different names and accents, and recycled at whim into a cast of thousands. The thousands are too many to keep track of. The detail of what they're doing is too monotonous and minuscule to do anything but slow the plot. And while the writing is functional, watch the inelegance of his point of view switches, requiring only a new paragraph to instigate, making it occasionally an act of backtracking and deduction to work out whose thoughts you're trying to follow. There's a good story buried in here, but it's splashed over so pointlessly large a canvas as to require almost forensic reconstruction to be able to see it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leelakrishna | 2/4/2014

    " lot of info. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Martin | 2/4/2014

    " The book was okay, but I really did not like how the villians in the movie were altered (for political reasons) from Iranians to Neo-Nazis... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ricardo | 1/31/2014

    " I'm a big Tom Clancy fan (except for those books where the description of the military equipment can be 10 pages long). This is one of my favorites from him "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 1/26/2014

    " As much as I'd come to dislike Clancy and his books, I actually found myself enjoying this one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaethe | 1/23/2014

    " Jack Ryan saves the world again. This time from nuclear disaster and an incompetent president. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 1/21/2014

    " You have to like Clancy to like this. It takes a bit to get going and Clancy loves to go overboard in descriptives - "Amal stood on a cliff, formed in the jurassic period by pressure from volcanoes, he was holding an uzi, the metal for the uzi was mined in siberia by people who have low cholesterol b/c they eat a lot of salad...", I get it, Amal has a gun, move on! Despite that, he takes an all too real scenario and gives it legs, puts the thought in the back of your brain, and does a good job working through the characters and scenarios. Not a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 1/13/2014

    " I do a little blah-blah-blahing through the middle of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 12/23/2013

    " Classic WWIII but may be dated now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale Brakhage | 12/16/2013

    " Top Secret info from the 70s on nuclear weaponry "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Reid | 11/24/2013

    " They didn't blow up the super bowl in the movie, that's all I'll say about that. How could Hollywood screw up such crucial part to his story? I thought that it made it better that they killed a bunch of people in the book. I couldn't believe that Tom Clancy actually set the bomb off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devon Aguirre | 9/27/2013

    " Wow this was great. Not what i expected after seeing the movie. The whole time i was convinced that the book was too long but in the end it all came together to make a really suspenseful story. I couldn't put the last 150 pages down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad Mellon | 5/7/2013

    " A good read but I got the feeling Clancy was writing under deadline "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/12/2013

    " A visionary of what could be, Clancy's telling of what happens when terrorists set off a nuclear device at the Super Bowl provides a chilling view of what could be a worst case scenario for the US government and how they could react. Excellent book, and the movie sucks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KC | 12/30/2012

    " does life imitate art or vice versa? read this book and you be the judge... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 11/5/2012

    " Pretty cool, I guess? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 7/7/2012

    " It was OK. Nothing amazing. I think it was better than the movie but that does not really say much. If you like Clancy, I think you will be disappointed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 K.J. Kron | 6/9/2012

    " I can't believe I read the entire book. The first five hundred pages were slow and he let's it be know that he's republican - at least that's my opinion. Perhaps he's making a jab at Hillary? It does pick up at the end, but it seems farfetched - even in a post 9-11 world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 5/28/2012

    " Favorite Clancy Novel, didn't care for the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rex Fuller | 3/14/2012

    " One of the best thrillers there is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roland | 4/30/2011

    " Perhaps I should have read the book before seeing the movie. Book just seemed long winded and confused. Wasn't easy but I did finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devon | 4/11/2011

    " Wow this was great. Not what i expected after seeing the movie. The whole time i was convinced that the book was too long but in the end it all came together to make a really suspenseful story. I couldn't put the last 150 pages down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/31/2011

    " My first Tom Clancy novel, and I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. "

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

    " It was OK. Nothing amazing. I think it was better than the movie but that does not really say much. If you like Clancy, I think you will be disappointed. "

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

    " I don't have a lot of recollection of this story other than trying to blow up the Super Bowl. Jack Ryan is a compelling character and Clancy writes him beautifully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 12/22/2010

    " pretty good thriller. Very different from the movie. The book gets a bit bogged down in the submarine thread, but it was very fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 12/14/2010

    " Overall its a pretty good book kind of boring at times but toward the end it is very easy to get through and quite nail biting and by nail biting i mean wanting to kill one of the characters or two maybe "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryldetrick | 12/9/2010

    " Heart pounding right up until the very end!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/16/2010

    " Tom Clancy is my current favorite author! His stories are complex, but plot lines feed into each other. "

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

    " Jack Ryan is a good spook, very well written espionage book. "

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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 Narrators

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.

John MacDonald (1952–2008) was a director, producer, and founder of the Washington Stage Guild in Washington, DC. A graduate of Catholic University, MacDonald was a popular figure in the Mid-Atlantic theater scene. He made dozens of recordings for the Talking Book program at the Library of Congress before entering the commercial audiobook field.