Threat Vector [NOOK Book]

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For Jack Ryan, Jr., and his comrades at the covert organization known as The Campus, the fight against America’s enemies is never over. But the danger has just hit home in a way they never expected…

The Campus has been discovered. And whoever knows they exist knows they can be destroyed. Meanwhile, President Jack Ryan has been swept back into the Oval Office—and his wisdom ...
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Overview

For Jack Ryan, Jr., and his comrades at the covert organization known as The Campus, the fight against America’s enemies is never over. But the danger has just hit home in a way they never expected…

The Campus has been discovered. And whoever knows they exist knows they can be destroyed. Meanwhile, President Jack Ryan has been swept back into the Oval Office—and his wisdom and courage are needed more desperately than ever.

Internal political and economic strife has pushed the leadership of China to the edge of disaster. And those who wish to consolidate their power are using the opportunity to strike at long-desired Taiwan, as well as the Americans who have protected the tiny nation.

Now, as two of the world’s superpowers move ever closer to a final confrontation, President Ryan must use the only wild card he has left—The Campus. But with their existence about to be revealed, they might not even have a chance to enter the battle before the world is consumed by war.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This highly readable if workmanlike techno thriller from bestseller Clancy and Greaney (Locked On) chronicles the epic struggle between the United States and a China bent on economic and geographic expansion. When China's President Wei Zhen Lin faces drastic economic problems, he becomes a pawn of Su Ke Qiang, chairman of the Central Military Commission of China, who begins to make aggressive moves in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, someone code-named Center is carrying out extremely sophisticated cyber-attacks against U.S. interests around the world. Various other high-stakes actions occur in Turkey, Russia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Washington, D.C. Fortunately, the Americans can count on U.S. president Jack Ryan, son Jack Jr., and ex–Navy Seal John Clark to combat the Chinese giant. Clancy fans will welcome all the high-tech data as well as heroes who can single-handedly take out whole teams of bad guys. Agents: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh and Tracy Fisher, William Morris Endeavor. (Dec.)
Kirkus Reviews
In which Jack Ryan, Junior and Senior, take on most of the bad guys in the world. Guess who wins. Writing with international relations maven turned novelist Greaney, techno geek and political mayhem lover Clancy (The Hunt for Red October, 1984, etc.) drafts a legion of villains--al-Qaida operatives, rogue spooks, former Gadhafi agents and high-ups in the Chinese Communist Party--who are separately and together up to decidedly no good when it comes to the sovereign interests of the U.S., now led by former CIA agent Jack Ryan. His namesake son is a field agent, as adept as dad at identifying and eliminating threats, and the threats are ever so many. Junior and company have a clinically efficient way about them: "Target Four died, slumped on the floor by the toilet in the bathroom of the sports stadium, certain that this all must have been some terrible mistake." Even so, getting to the heaviest of the heavies, among them brilliant hackers who, from the safety of China, are working 24/7 to break into America's computers, takes them a little more effort and planning. Most of those heavies are believable, though one of them, a certain Tong, has a sort of Odd Job quality to him: "Not much gave him pleasure, his brain had been virtually programmed by the state so that it did not respond to such banal stimuli as pleasure." It's a pleasure, banal or no, to watch the Ryans at work against such fierce competition, and Clancy and Greaney are at the top of their game. Interestingly, too, Clancy's writing has shed some of its erstwhile woodenness, and though he still loves gadgetry and military hardware, his latest doesn't read like a tech manual, which is all to the good. A satisfying thriller, with enough evildoers left over to ensure the possibility of another Ryan-Ryan adventure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101607954
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Series: Jack Ryan Series , #15
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 5,571
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews and then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it “the perfect yarn.” Since then Clancy has established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense.



Mark Greaney has a degree in international relations and political science and is pursuing his master’s in intelligence studies with a concentration in criminal intelligence. He is the author of the Gray Man novels: The Gray Man, On Target, Ballistic and Dead Eye. In his research for them, he traveled to seven countries and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combat tactics.
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    1. Hometown:
      Huntingtown, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 12, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Baltimore, Maryland
    1. Date of Death:
      October 1, 2013
    2. Place of Death:
      Baltimore, Maryland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    For Now

    I will update this later but must say I am a bit less than thrilled so far. The plot is okay so far but followers of the series will find certain items distracting, for example it is stated that Jack Jr. is the eldest Ryan child.

    If simple items such as this slipped by the editors, I do not hold out much hope this will be one of the better books in the series. I honestly wonder if Mr. Clancy has read this book, much less had anything to do with writing it.

    24 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    Not overly impressed.   I'm tired of having things like a "

    Not overly impressed.   I'm tired of having things like a "cover id" and other espionage terms explained
    to me as I'm reading.  Anyone reading this series is already well informed on these terms.  I feel like
    i'm seen as an uneducated reader in-spite of the fact that I have been following these characters
    from the start.  Attention to Character detail is poor.  For example, Jack Jr. is not the eldest Ryan child. 
    Anyone who has read this series knows this.

    Mark Greaney has marginalized the the characters we have come to love in an attempt to create an
    overly complex story.  "Locked On" had this same problem.  

    I read Tom Clancy novels for their excellent attention to accuracy about how military and special forces operate.   I also read them 
    because the main characters are kept as the central focal point for the story; not the disaster which
    happens to occurring at the moment. Mark Greaney however seems to make all the peripheral
    characters more important than the main characters.  

    I will no longer purchase any books written by Mark Greaney.


    I would like to see, however, another Grant Blackwood endeavor.   
     

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Waste of time and money

    This book reads like a first draft; it's all exposition and no action. If you were looking to get sucked into a gripping story, think again. Imagine seeing a really great film in the theater; now imagine listening to your teenage kid describing the film instead. That's about how far this book is from reading classic Clancy. Pity to see a good plot so handicapped by plodding, pedantic, unimaginative prose. Tom, we miss you!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    Where is Tom Clancy?

    Where is Tom Clancy?

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    I am confused because why is it that there is not even a basic s

    I am confused because why is it that there is not even a basic summary about this book or what it is about? I mean come on, if it is out there to buy at stores and online, you have the book to at least print up what is written on the book jacket? 

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Clancy

    Got tired of Clancys books a few years ago. Still dont know why I read this one but sure am glad that I did. Very well written and an extremely easy story line to follow. If you are like me and have skipped a few of his works then its time to get back with a very good story teller and enjoy a thriller again.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    I am not completely through the book, but Tom Clancy does not di

    I am not completely through the book, but Tom Clancy does not disappoint. This is a great book, and it continues right off of Locked On. Tom Clancy does a great job of continuing to link the books, and create a growing story. I love it.
    I bought it, and spent 3 hours at Star Bucks reading it. I'm hooked.


    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 4, 2012

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    4 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    It's not Tom Clancy anymore.

    As a long time Clancy fan, I have to admit that I'm glad that Jack Ryan hasn't gone the way of the dodo. But I also have to be realistic with the fact that one of the great things about the Jack Ryan universe was that it so closely paralleled what was happening in our own world. And yet, the imaginative solutions Ryan implemented were so amazing that we all WISHED they would happen in real life. My own mother has voted for Jack Ryan for President... TWICE... as write in candidates.

    Threat Vector lacks the complexity in plot and scope that Clancy's earlier novels had - mostly because Threat Vector wasn't written by Clancy. Sure, he might have read it and said "yeah, this is good," but Mark Greaney, the real author doesn't have the same personal knowledge of the military that Clancy had, and it shows. Characters are less fleshed out, situational descriptions are Hollywoodish, and even classic characters are mere shadows of themselves.

    From a plot perspective, Threat Vector is also a rehash. In Clancy's universe, China is a defeated enemy, and yet Greaney brings the Dragon back to life and expects us to believe that despite their questionable sea power, the United States Navy is technically helpless to prevent China's domination of the South China Sea?

    Even the cyberwarfare was dumbed down so that non-computer folks could understand it, which is definitely at odds with how Clancy wrote. Rather than dumbing things down, he educated the reader. Remember the Cardinal in the Kremlin? I was practically an expert on Laser Missile Defense after that book.

    In the end, Threat Vector was a fun read - a way to pass the time. But it is very clear that the Jack Ryan series is in decline and that the sun has set on Jack Ryan, and even Jack Jr. Too bad.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Excellent as always. Another great book from a great author. It

    Excellent as always. Another great book from a great author. It is predictable, but I think most books in this genre are to an extent. Well worth reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!

    Tom Clancy never seems to disappoint. This novel keeps you at the edge of your seat.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    Im glad I read the abridged version as the technological explana

    Im glad I read the abridged version as the technological explanations in this technology heavy novel, slowed the plot down and dfied the reader to keep up. What keeps me reading Clancy is the fantasy of having an organization like the Campus and it's capabilities and staff in our government inrtigues me. I wish it were true!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    I used to love Clancy's books, but hadn't read one in a while. B

    I used to love Clancy's books, but hadn't read one in a while. But, I loved Threat Vector. It may not be deep, but it's got lots of action and is a real page turner. It's great to reunite with characters like John Clark and Jack Ryan. Clancy's back!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Loved it

    Very entertaining read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Another great.

    Another great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Junior better

    I have heard carping from Jack Senior fans that it is just not the same. I agree; it is better! Less techie and more thriller. I love the Campus books and hope there is more to come. Don't miss any of them; but i felt this was the best one

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Disappointing

    As an avid follower of Clancy's work; I was dissappointed with this endeavor. Where IS Tom Clancy? There are portions of book I skipped because so boring and I have read ALL of his books over and over. Did Mr Clancy even read the final edit.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    great read

    This is bringing some closure to the current thread & series.
    While I was hesitant due to Mark Greaney being involved, TV is a very good read.

    Better character development, there was an ending, but there is a set-up for the next in the series if they decide to go forward.

    Overall a good read, good enough I bought it on Audible aslo.

    Worth the time, but I still think B&N is too costly for E-books.
    Get on board or I will go elsewhere. Kindle is my next effort.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    the best yet recomend it to all my friends

    spell binding as all his other books.
    very hard to lay down and do my work

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Wow!

    This was an unbelievable read. Tom Clancy is AWESOME!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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