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Locked On (Jack Ryan Universe #14)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,629 Ratings  ·  582 Reviews
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
Paperback, 720 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
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Nick Brett
Dec 27, 2011 Nick Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2013 Jaclyn Day rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2015 Philip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2011 Mocara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. :(
Feb 21, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 01, 2014 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.

Matt N
Mar 29, 2012 Matt N rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 04, 2013 Paddy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
David Williams
Feb 18, 2012 David Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
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
Aug 04, 2012 Alain Burrese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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'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
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
Aug 12, 2012 Sharon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2012 Peter Salomon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2013 Harvey Burgess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 2012 Domenico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
C.T. Phipps
Sep 14, 2015 C.T. Phipps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Locked On by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney is the sequel to the novel Dead or Alive (which I also reviewed). It is the third novel in the Campus series, which deals with the wildly implausible off-the-books assassination squad assembled by Jack Ryan when he's President that employs his son. The Campus doesn't answer to its liberal President, Ed Kealty (boo!), but their own sense of justice (yay!), while doing all manner of illegal things which would technically qualify them as terrorists under in ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Louis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Dec 01, 2014 Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2012 Greg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 11, 2014 Ru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Derek Cook
Another great Clancy thriller. The only significant detraction from this book was a bit of unrealism near the end, but I still think this was my favorite book from the Campus series thusfar. It's been years since I read the earlier Clark & Chavez books including Rainbow 6 and others, but this book and the continuation of those characters motivates me to go back and relive their earlier appearances in the Jack Ryan universe. I really like how Clancy used his book to provide commentary state o ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Yves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 19, 2014 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 20, 2011 Rainy Day rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 24, 2013 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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