Threat Vector
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Threat Vector

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by Tom Clancy, Lou Diamond Phillips

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Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan.…  See more details below


Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan.

The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island. Meanwhile, Chinese cyber warfare experts have launched a devastating attack on American infrastructure. It's a new combat arena, but it’s every bit as deadly as any that has gone before.

Jack Ryan, Jr. and his colleagues at the Campus may be just the wild card that his father needs to stack the deck. There's just one problem: someone knows about the off-the-books intelligence agency and threatens to blow their cover sky high.

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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.)
From the Publisher
“Clancy still reigns.” —The Washington Post

“Pulse-pounding action grabs you from the opening page and keeps hold till the end.” —The Burlington Hawk Eye

“The man who virtually invented this genre.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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

Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
Jack Ryan Series, #15
Edition description:
Unabridged, 16 CDs, 19 hours
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Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.60(d)

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"Each plotline comes to us mainly in a series of tightly written action visual as anything on a movie screen, with the added enticement of crisp, accurate and hard driving prose." —Chicago Tribune

"Hard to put down." —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Threat Vector 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 254 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
The-Llama More than 1 year ago
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.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
VoraciousReader2 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
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!!!
BBStam More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
mtownsend More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
spell binding as all his other books. very hard to lay down and do my work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an unbelievable read. Tom Clancy is AWESOME!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Portions read like a porn novel, others are convoluted and the closing used the "dust bin" method of sweeping up loose ends to close out plot lines. All in all I regret purchasing this novel as Clancy's quality has degraded. If there is a followup novel I will NOT be buying it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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? 
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AMA001 More than 1 year ago
It appears a lot of readers found this book disappointing. But I really liked it. It kept me engrossed and so glad I purchased it.
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DianeSWA More than 1 year ago
read it if you are a Clancy fan.
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Outstanding read. Once again , I could not put this book down. I am an avid reader who is not easily impressed. Others who have rated this low or so so, with all due respect, have no clue what they are talking about. Outstanding, and I highly recommend.
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