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Locked On (The Campus #3)

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While Jack Ryan runs for President, his off-book top secret intelligence agency The Campus calls on his son, Jack Jr., comrade John Clark, Ding Chavez, Dominick Caruso and the team. Ryan's opponent uses trumped up charges against Clark. Clark travels the world to find the backer. The Campus seek why a Pakistani military officer meets Dagestani terrorists.
Hardcover, 853 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Putnam Adult
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Nick Brett
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
Jaclyn Day
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
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
Woeful. Tom, or whoever is writing for him, just gets more and more lazy. The characters are 2 dimensional and the machinations necessary to get one character at the head of events in two places within a limited timeframe, well frankly, I wanted to punch Tom on the nose. I kept waiting for the shark to turn up. This is possibly the lamest thing outside of the Op Centre type franchises. Avoid.
Oh, btw, encrypted calls. Both ends have to be encrypted Tom, both ends. :(
Mike (the Paladin)
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.

Matt N
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
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
This was the first time I've read anything by Tom Clancy. I chose this book because the co-author, Mark Greaney, is a friend and I have enjoyed the books in his Gray Man series.

The action and plot of this novel were fun, if often a bit cliched. However, I had two major problems with the book:

First off, there were no contractions used in this book. Seriously- who talks to each other without using contractions? It was crazy to read, and a bit distracting. Like reading about a bunch of robots.

Or ra
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
Locked On

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
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
Robert Crane
Let's start with basics. This is not a Tom Clancy novel, in the traditional sense. By which I mean The Hunt for Red October thru The Bear and the Dragon. Some hallmarks of that style include long, slow buildups, introducing characters, or, in one memorable case in The Sum of All Fears, a set of logs that he follows for almost NINE HUNDRED PAGES, checking in every few chapters to remind us of them, keep us apprised of their progress, until they reach their moment of importance.

That's Clancy. He's
David Williams
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
Alain Burrese
"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
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
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
Peter Salomon
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
Harvey Burgess
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
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
Tom Clancy is the undisputed master of the military/spy thriller, and Locked On kept up the high standard for page-turners based on plausible outcomes of current geo-political realities.

In Locked On, the world comes to the brink of nuclear war between Pakistan and India when a Pakistani general with sympathies and alliances with radical Islamic terrorist groups steals two nuclear warheads and gives them to the terrorist groups in order to start a war which will usher in a modern-day caliphate.

It has been awhile since I've read a Tom Clancy novel. Glad I picked this one to reintroduce myself to his work. A very well written and exciting book. It is fairly accurate (having spent a long time in the military-there are small errors-but hardly anything important). This is my first time reading about Jack Ryan Jr and I have to say he is a likeable character. Most of the "good" guys are. There is a smattering of older recurring characters that are handled very well. It is a very relevant sto ...more
Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October was in the first order I made when joining Literary Guild, and I have bought all the Jack Ryan/John Clark series since then. I almost gave up after Red Rabbit and Teeth of the Tiger. I finally read the first two stories with co-writers receiving credit on the cover and was thrilled with my perceived improvement in the overall storytelling. So I eagerly plunged into Locked On, despite its length. And about two hundred pages in, I was beginning to reconsider. ...more
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.
Phenomenal political espionage thriller from the master himself, Tom Clancy - may he rest in peace - that rarely takes its foot off the throttle. What will truly shock the reader, though, is that this book was published in 2011, and contains an incredible amount of content you would swear is ripped from today's headlines. Once again, this is a Clancy book that reflects how he could be at the top of his selected craft. This novel is perhaps the most layered work I can recall reading in recent mem ...more
Steven Hildreth Jr.
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.
Wayland Smith
This is another installment of the world of Jack Ryan and company. Jack is running for President, a process he loathes. His opponent decides to take a swipe at one of Jack's closest allies, and drums up charges against John Clark. Clark goes on the run as the ultra secret "Campus" team digs into what's going on with him, as well as what some terrorists are up to.

Clancy was never a liberal particularly, and he takes some even more sharp right turns here. It didn't bother me, but I could see it be
Ce livre est la suite des aventures de Jack Ryan Jr. L'histoire nous transporte cette fois au Pakistan et dans une des province russe avec une population musulmane. On doute donc que l'auteur parlera de terrorisme.

J'ai trouvé le roman pas mal en dents-de-scie. Ce que j'ai moins aimé c'est la partie sur l'élection de Jack Ryan Sr. Le gros problème vient d'une prise de position politique que je n'adhère pas trop. Ce que j'aimais des romans précédents c'était que Clancy ne nous achalait pas trop av
There was a period of time, right after college, when I tore through all of the Tom Clancy oevre, and I've been mostly keeping up as he puts out new Jack Ryan novels. Some are better than others. They're kind of guilty pleasures, in that even the bad ones are still exciting and entertaining. I have to say, though, that while the books have always had a conservative bent to them, the more recent stories (including this novel) have gotten awfully heavy-handed on the politics. I do not enjoy that a ...more
Rainy Day
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 Curties
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.
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