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Locked On (Jack Ryan Universe #14)

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Tom Clancy's All-Star lineup is back. Jack Ryan, his son, Jack Jr., John Clark Ding Chavez and the rest of the Campus team are facing their greatest challenge ever.
Jack Ryan, Sr. has made a momentous choice. He's running for President of the United States again and thus giving up a peaceful retirement to help his country in its darkest hour. But he doesn't anticipate the
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Hardcover, 853 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Nick Brett
Dec 27, 2011 Nick Brett rated it really liked it
It is really important to put this book into perspective along with the recent “Clancy” works and understand it is a book written in the style of Tom Clancy and the direction of the publishers.

Clancy’s last good book was Executive Orders (average US Amazon score of 4 stars), he dipped slightly with Rainbow Six (Average of 3.5) before turning out the turgid Bear And The Dragon (average of 2.5 stars) and then the final book written by him, the very weak Red Rabbit (average of 2 stars). Then the ou
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Jaclyn Day
May 30, 2012 Jaclyn Day rated it did not like it
I went through a phase years ago when I read nearly every Tom Clancy book in quick succession. I found them fascinating and (of course) exciting. (If you haven’t read his books, you may have seen films based on them: The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, etc.)

So, having read some of his best work, this book completely fell flat for me. It hurts my soul to say this, but this book is so below-average that I finished it and actually said, “Terribl
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Philip
Jan 03, 2012 Philip rated it it was ok
I liked a lot of what Clancy has written over time.
I read and reread everything that he wrote up to Rainbow Six.

There are several reasons that I think this book is far inferior to his old work(other than being probably ghost written).

Clancy has always written with a politically conservative slant. That isn't a problem to me. What is a problem to me is that I think that in this book, the political tangents take me out of the story. It's not the political aspect that bothers me, but it is sloppily
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Christy
Feb 09, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it
By far the best Clancy novel since Rainbow Six. Against All Enemies was difficult to muddle through in parts, but this was a gripping, can't put it down Clancy original. I am really enjoying seeing Jack Ryan, Jr. develop as a character. For long time readers of Clancy like myself, it's hard to imagine Jack Jr all grown up! He's becoming quite the bad ass in his own right! The twisting plot leaves you in many different places at once, but it all ties together nicely in the end. If you are a liber ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 27, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
I've read a great many of Tom Clancy's books and liked most of them. I do have to say that the last few weren't quite as good (in my opinion of course) as his earlier books. When I read The Bear and the Dragon it occurred to me that possibly Mr. Clancy's sales were so good that editors were doing less and less with the manuscript. I don't know. But it seemed to me that the book was just more...wordy...than they had been before. I think the theme continued through what I read after that one.

There
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Matt N
Oct 27, 2011 Matt N rated it it was ok
Despite my steadfast loyalty to Mr. Clancy, (I will always buy his books) I must admit this book disappointed me. I recognize the best days of the Ryan Franchise are probably past, but I was hopeful for more. I agree the political diatribes were too much (sometimes felt as if I had turned on Fox News halfway through one chapter), and could have been utilized in a more succinct manner (I agree with his position, but to beat down the opposition accomplished little in the book, except to bore me fo ...more
Paddy
Nov 04, 2013 Paddy rated it it was ok
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I personally did not like the book Locked On by Tom Clancy. I did not like it for a few reasons. One reason is that the book was a bit slow paced at times. I am a kind a of reader that likes books to be fast paced and on going. For example at the beginning of the book it was all about chasing terrorists, so I thought I was going to like it. Then as I got into the book a little more it started talking about the presidents kids. I thought that that this would tie into the terrorist situa
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Topher
Unlike the other 2 Tom Clancy co-authored novels (and at 800ish pages each, and 3 of them in a 1 year period when most authors only put out 1 300 or so page novel, how much of this do you think is actually Clancy?) in the past year, this one seemed less interested in fetishizing pain, torture, interrogation, and up-close military action.

That was a major improvement.

Instead, you can clearly see that Clancy & co have clearly swallowed the kool aid, errr, tea, of the Tea Party. The conservative
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Jim
Mar 27, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
Another great book from Tom Clancy. I am glad he has some help now, I missed seeing a new huge novel every year or so. I always learn a lot when reading Clancy, here are some things I learned in this book:

The Russians have a really cool attack helicopter, the KA-50 Black Shark:


The Super Max prison in Florence, Colorado is Super Secure:


The tower in Dubai is really, really tall:


Although I know it already, it is always good to be reminded that the terrorists are not bumbling fools as they are often
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David Williams
Feb 18, 2012 David Williams rated it really liked it
Locked On is the newest book in the "Ryanverse." For over 25 years Clancy has shared the history of Jack Ryan and company with us. In some ways this world is a parallel universe. Ryan experiences much of the same history, but he is there in ways that no true historical figure can be.

The book starts off a short time after Dead or Alive and continues the story from there. Jack Ryan, Jr. is now the lead character. Along with his cousin Dominick Caruso, and Ryan stalwarts John Clark and Ding Chavez
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Alain Burrese
Aug 04, 2012 Alain Burrese rated it really liked it
"Locked On" by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney picks up where "Dead Or Alive" left off and continues the tale featuring all of Clancy's popular characters, including Jack Ryan Sr., Jack Ryan Jr., John Clark, "Ding" Chavez, and Dominic Caruso. Some of the other regulars are also back in minor roles, as well as the new operator to the campus team, Sam Driscoll.

I enjoyed the book. It was a engaging action yarn with characters I liked reading about again. Just as I enjoyed "Dead Or Alive." There have b
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Aildiin
Mar 27, 2013 Aildiin rated it liked it
I used to be an avid reader of Tom Clancy's books.
Back when they were good that is. Then the quality dipped down seriously 12 years ago or so and I stopped reading them.
Recently I started reading thrillers again and I wondered to my self 'what's happened to my buddy Tom Clancy?' I checked online and it turned out not much. He kept writing books that were worse and worse, then he got a ghost to write for him that wasn't much good either and then finally came Mark Greaney. And it turned out that t
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Bjoern
I've always thought that with the transition from Jack Ryan himself (okay, what good can you do after he got president? That's definitely not a hands-on job and so most of the elements that made a good "jack Ryan" novel were no longer possible to include) to his son and the duo Clark/Chavez as main protagonists the novel series has seriously declined in its appeal.

This book is no exemption from that sad rule, while it still is enjoyable and has a lot of action over the 850 pages, there is a lot
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Peter Salomon
Jul 18, 2012 Peter Salomon rated it it was amazing
This book has all the hallmarks of recent Tom Clancy novels, not as techie as at the beginning of his career but still with the subtle edge afforded him due to his past books having proven that he's willing to not have the typical 'happy ending' (see 'Denver, nuking' for an example). I was a little thrown out of the novel (released in 2011 so most likely written in 2009-2010) by how prescient so much of the book is, very eerie to read about a terror attack at a movie theater, blasting through th ...more
Sharon
Aug 12, 2012 Sharon rated it did not like it
In the past, I have been able to tolerate Clancy's racism and jingoism. His pacing and meticulous attention to detail have made his books an entertaining and readable. But has he ever been to Cairo? His descriptions of the characters in the Khan-el-Khalili souq bear absolutely no resemblance to reality. He describes the bazaar as infested with rabid, devout Muslims; nothing could be further from the truth. The average vendor that I have met in the souq is generally Christian or nonobservant, an ...more
Harvey Burgess
Feb 17, 2013 Harvey Burgess rated it really liked it
Tom Clancy is the master of things covert and military, and he covers all those bases in the intricate "Locked On," where we find long-time protagonist Jack Ryan running for President and his son, Jack Jr., assuming the reins he once deftly handled in the world of spooks and spycraft. Not one to uncomplicate plots, Clancy weaves a montage of separate storylines into this tapestry, including Jack Jr.'s antics, Jack Sr.'s campaign, veteran superspy John Clark's own problems and past and the nefari ...more
Domenico
Mar 05, 2012 Domenico rated it really liked it
It's the next generation of Clancy characters. After a brief deviation from his regular set of characters in his last book, Clancy returns to Jack Ryan, John Clark, and their protégés (and progeny). While it's mostly "by the numbers" military/espionage techno-thriller that Clancy invented, he still manages to turn out a yarn that keeps you glued to each cliffhanging chapter.

I was especially amused to see Clancy play out the politics, which were very clearly Clancy's own political being trumpeted
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Steven Jr.
Dec 26, 2011 Steven Jr. rated it really liked it
This is nearly a return to true Clancy form, fused with a brand of high octane action unlike anything he has been personally involved with. Clark's subplot was, by far and large, the best of the bunch, but the others hold their mettle, as well.

Near the end, there were errors and a lot of telling of the story as opposed to showing, abd the climax was anti-climatic, but overall, a thriller that is hard to put down.
Greg
Jan 04, 2012 Greg rated it it was ok
Clancy wrote this book with a co-author, and I could tell. In fact, I would guess that Clancy mostly wrote the first half of the book, and his co-author the second half...the difference in style, wordsmithing, subtelty, technical knowledge. and so forth seems obvious to me. The deeper I went into the book, the less interesting became - more crude without reason, less well-researched, less technically accurate, less artfully constructed. Too bad, because it had the potential to be a good novel.
Rainy Day
Dec 20, 2011 Rainy Day rated it did not like it
I hoped for a classic Clancy novel with a riveting story line. Instead I got a lot of important sounding details, that didn’t move the story. The book was not lacking in characters, a new one showed up quite often, but quantity does not equal quality! I didn’t read the whole thing. I survived as long as I could. Then I read the end.
Ben
May 30, 2013 Ben rated it it was ok
I have no problem with a book with a right-wing point of view, but the left-wing characters in this book are such ridiculous caricatures that the book comes across like a Fox pundit's daydream. Fortunately, Clancy and this particular ghost-writer leaves the (overt) politics at home next time out and focus on the action.
Joe Stufflebeam
Aug 08, 2014 Joe Stufflebeam rated it it was ok
I didn''t like this Clancy book. He normally sets a pretty high bar so this one felt like a let down. It felt as though I was watching a movie version where much of the good detail was missing from the dialog.
Shawn Williacy
Mar 11, 2012 Shawn Williacy rated it really liked it
I always enjoy books by Tom Clancy. There are very detailed and have multiple story lines going on that take time for you to see how they are all connected.
David Adams
Jul 23, 2013 David Adams rated it really liked it
Good read, fast-paced. Typical Clancy.
Hazel Lewis
Jul 03, 2014 Hazel Lewis rated it did not like it
Very glad I skipped most of the book and read the last ten pages! Won't be reading any more Clancy books.
Pedro
Dec 13, 2011 Pedro rated it it was amazing
I am glad to say that this book is probably one of the better recent books in the Jack Ryan series. I really did not expect it to be so good.
Adam
May 03, 2017 Adam rated it liked it
The plot was more engaging this time than it was in Dead or Alive. Both plot streams--Ryan's re-election and Operation Saker--are evenly spaced and move along fairly smoothly. There's enough development in each chapter that I could tell what was going on and wanted to read further. Operation Saker was a little overly complicated--(view spoiler) Rehan and his cohorts' ends were ve ...more
Thom Swennes
May 28, 2017 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it
Jack Ryan is again running for president. After a term in office, he was replaced by Edward Kealty and the change hasn’t charmed the voters. They expect to see Ryan return to the Oval Office in a landslide victory in November.
Jack Ryan Jr., the son of the campaigning candidate, is attached to the Campus, an off-the-record agency that has its finger in everything, foreign and domestic. The Campus was a brainchild of Jack Sr. during his first term in office. Pakistani fractions, join with Dagestan
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Alex Gherzo
Nov 12, 2013 Alex Gherzo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like its predecessor, Dead or Alive, Locked On is a fun thriller that, for the most part, feels like it belongs in Clancy's world, even if it wasn't entirely written by him (or if he had nothing at all to do with it). The classic characters -- provided they're still alive -- return, and the younger generation continues to be a worthy batch of additions to the Ryan universe. Picking up where Dead or Alive left off, terrorist mastermind the Emir has been captured and Jack Ryan is once again runnin ...more
Ian Greveling
Jun 14, 2017 Ian Greveling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long but compelling read

This fast paced book has lots of,plots and subplots to keep you entertained, bringing them all together at the end. This book requires you to read in continuous go (as opposed to putting it down for a couple of weeks and picking back up) because it is hard to keep track of all the characters and the plots.

It would have been good to see a more definitive outcome for a couple of the subplots at the end but they are somewhat implied.

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Tom Clancy was an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College. As a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history, his dream of writing a novel came true with his first effort, The Hunt for Red October (1984).

He since wrote more than a dozen novels, which have a blend of realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. Ten of the novels, including The Teeth of
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