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Threat Vector (Jack Ryan Universe #15)

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Clancy is back and the stakes have never been higher.
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 Qiang. They hav
Hardcover, 848 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Putnam Adult
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Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Why did I give it 3 stars? 835 pages for a story that could have been told in 300! The book is filled with details for every weapon, air plane, naval ship(US and foreign)tank, car, bike and strategy that was used. And then details of every character from where and when they were born to when they took their first steps, when they were potty trained and when they started to work for or against their countries. The story was good the usual Tom Clancy fair, every one hates america and then they com ...more
Dec 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Yet another disappointing Tom Clancy and company novel, all the more so because his older work was compelling. Jack Ryan Sr. is back in the White House again, confronting a crisis with an aggressive China trying to assert itself. Its tactics include military, economic, and cyber warfare, and the situation brings his son Jack Jr. and colleagues at the off the book group known as the Campus into the crossfire. Clancy continues to ignore his own continuity, something that he's been doing ever since ...more
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure I fully understand why a successful author publishes a book “with” another writer, but I enjoy the Jack Ryan series so much, I happily read it. I’m so glad I did. Domingo Chavez, Jack Ryan Jr, and even John Clark, are back in action again! Also, the team’s computer wizard, is a nice , humorous, addition to the characters.

It was very interesting to read about – and now better understand – computer hackers as they relate to nation security. (Apparently, you don’t need a Mata Hari for
Nick Brett
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mark Greaney's second effort in writing Tom Clancy's books for him. And this is an improvement on the excellent Locked On. While it is a shame that Clancy no longer writes 'his' books, in Mark Greaney he has found a very good writer who is able to take the Clancy style and give it his own voice.

In Threat Vector the Chinese are the bad guys, advancing a shooting war over the South China Sea with cyber warfare to weaken and confuse the US. So while Jack Ryan sr does things at a Presidential level,
Jim Voorhies
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's like most of Clancy's work. There are technical details for almost every weapon even mentioned in passing, filled with opinionated political points of view common to the current Republican members of congress, evil, dastardly villains bent on successfully destroying America, and only foiled at great trouble and expense by good people willing to risk everything to stop them. He's gotten good over the years at bringing back characters he created in past novels who were supposed to have gotten ...more
There are mixed opinions about this book from many GoodReads reviewers; some take the position that Clancy’s books have slipped in quality since he has taken on co-authors. Personally, I found Threat Vector to be a very exciting, fast-paced novel with lots of action reflective of today’s world. The usual cast of characters of Henley Associates is present. For those not familiar with recent Clancy novels, Henley Associates is a “private, under-the-table” intelligence organization. It is self-fund ...more
Patricia Reding
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I do enjoy a book that will take me away for a good while! In this case, the 800+ pages kept me occupied for a couple of days and each time I put it down, I looked forward to going back for more. What fun!

I can only image how much research goes into creating a story that includes governmental intrigue, political pressures, bureaucratic input, military procedures, weapons systems, and so on. I sincerely appreciate all the effort that it takes.

I’ve not read any of the other books in this series, b
Tom Tischler
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
President Jack Ryan is back in the White House and right
off the bat he is faced with an international threat. An
aborted coup in China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with
no choice but to agree to the policies of General Su Ke Qiang
which means China will be moving into the South China Sea
and planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan Administration
is determined to thwart China's plans but the stakes are high
The Chinese Navy has a new breed of missles which endangers
the Navy's plans to protect th
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spy-espionage
This is really quite an engrossing read by Tom Clancy which focuses on international cyber infiltration and espionage promoted by China, a country bent on hacking into industrial and governmental computer systems for profit and power. China's desire to bring the South China Sea (SCS) under its control presents a real threat to Jack Ryan, now President of the United States. His son, Jack Jr., now 27, has followed in his father's footsteps and is an analyst and operations agent in a para-CIA organ ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: trash-heap
Clancy remains the king of 'Murica prose. Anything our heroes do, even if explicitly prohibited by the Constitution, laws, and common sense, is fine if it done in our Nation's Best Interest.

Here's how he (or his ghost writer) must write a book:
- gather lots of acronyms.
- assemble many scary facts about how our enemies can hurt us.
- get lists of darned huge guns and warships
- list out almost-all-male character "types" and assign them to a team - big jawed beefs are 'Murican, skinny little drunks
Alain Burrese
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed “Threat Vector” by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. This was one of the most enjoyable Tom Clancy novels I've read in a long time. While I enjoyed the getting back to the characters I'd come to like when “Dead or Alive” and “Locked On” came out, I felt this continuing story from those two was even more suspenseful, action packed and well paced. It started out with a bang and continued right to the very end. The 835 page novel could have gone on like it did for another 800 pages ...more
Tony Nielsen
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tom Clancy and his assistant writer Mark Greaney have delivered a whopping 700 plus pages of a modern good guys as in USA and bad guys as in China political thriller which is as engaging as usual. Clancy has been consistently landing thrillers like Threat Vector into our laps for a couple of decades now and this one doesn't miss a beat. His longtime character now President Jack Ryan takes a bit of a back seat this time as Jack Junior in his role as a roving agent for the "private" organisation c ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ever since Tom Clancy moved his storyline from Jack Ryan, Sr. to Jack Ryan, Jr. and The Campus, his books have turned away from lots of military hardware and more towards cloak and dagger activities. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but there definitely has been a shift in the narrative.

Once again, John Clark, Domingo "Ding" Chavez, Jack Ryan, Jr., Dominic Caruso and the other members of The Campus get involved in a crisis which has global implications. I would say this is predominantly a spy
Mike French
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed very much! A real page turner! Good thing because there are a lot of pages to turn.
Steve Wilson
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a tough one to get through.

At 835 pages, 'Threat Vector' is a brick of a book that rivals other Clancy novels like 'Rainbow Six', 'Executive Orders', and 'The Bear and The Dragon'. And with its exorbitant length, it begs the question; does any book really require such a high page count? My purely subjective answer is no.

In 'Threat Vector', economics and politics combine to push China's leadership to take desperate action. The People's Republic wants hegemony over the South China Sea an
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tom Clancy writes ACTION!!! I listened to this book. Yes, equipment description way beyond my knowledge, but I enjoy his writing, his sense of humor and his patriotism. Lou Diamond Phillips was the narrator and he was great!! Good book.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Threat Vector by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney is another Jack Ryan novel. If you have read the author's previous novels before, than I'm sure you don't need me or others telling you of what to expect from him. You'll definitely have your usual spy games, political jousts, organizations that ends in 3-4 letter acronyms assassination attempts, guns and a whole lot of violence. However, what makes Threat Vector so interesting as many others have already noted is the "realness" factor. The authors tr ...more
Nancy Brisson
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
There are no threats that are more current and less fixable than threats to cyber-security. Hackers are demonstrating daily that they can do as they please with the internet. They can hack into our personal sites and into our commercial sites and even into secure government sites. They can get access to classified documents and even access lists of employees at secret installations. They could turn off our electric grid, divert our water, interrupt our public transportation and their capabilitie ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The audio equivalent of an 18-hour long event movie. Despite some apprehension, I enjoyed this book. The plotting and conniving are vintage Clancy (with perhaps a healthy dose of emotions from his collaborator Mark Greaney). The narrator, Lou Diamond Phillips, does a commendably outstanding job bringing the story to life. There is an especially entertaining warplane battle that had me imagining Top Gun as the action unfolded.

After the promise of the first 3 books in this series (with Jack Ryan J

Kieran Smith
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Characterization really isn't the forte of either of the authors. Nearly every character, no matter how short their appearance, is introduced with inane and irrelevant details about where they grew up, what their hobbies were, who their first kiss was etc. The Chinese characters are mostly caricatures, which some would be justified as finding racist, if it wasn't for the fact that the non-Chinese characters are stereotypes as well, albeit less negative ones. The opposing force, in typical Clancy ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is (as noted parenthetically beside the title) a Jack Ryan Jr. book. I began reading Tom Clancy's books years (and years) ago. I remember President Reagan carrying one under his arm as he got off Air Force 1 and a reporter calling out to him to ask how he liked it. He said it was, "a pretty good yarn".

Tom Clancy passed away in 2013. This book was written in 2012 as a collaboration between Mr. Clancy and another of my favorite authors Mark Greaney. I don't know how much of the writing each d
Monique Snyman
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ah, nothing spells for more awesomeness than a Jack Ryan story. You all know Jack Ryan… even the ladies who aren’t into these kinds of books know him. Remember Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger? Remember Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears? Remember Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October? Yes, that’s right they all share something in common… Jack Ryan. Yes, I know the films aren’t placed in chronological order, but that’s beside the point. The point is that he’s back ...more
Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney deliver the thrills in this 835 page volume (depending on which version you read). Jack Ryan Sr. is back at the helm as President of the US, and Junior is working as a financial analyst but is really an undercover operative for The Campus, sanctioned by the Pres to carry out missions the CIA can't. Leaks in the CIA and cyberattacks on the US lead Jack Jr. and his henchmen John Clark, Domingo (Ding) Sanchez, Sam Driscoll and his cousin Dom Caruso to the Chinese, who ha ...more
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
De nuevo, God Bless America en formato Jack Ryan. No sé qué porcentaje de la novela ha escrito Clancy, pero la revisión de estilo es suya. Aunque en esta novela, la última por ahora de la saga de los Ryan, había tanto que morder que a los autores no les ha quedado más remedio que pasar de puntillas por grandes zonas del argumento. China quiere ampliar sus aguas territoriales comiéndose las de India, Vietnam y Filipinas, y al mismo tiempo lanza un ciberataque contra los EE.UU. para que no osen me ...more
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
I will always read these books but each time I become more disillusioned. The writing skill has declined considerably becoming over wordy and with superfluous characters. I think worse still is the believability of this storyline. I am imagine middle, republican, gun loving Americans might belive it but the rest of the world does have more intelligence. It is perhaps best in jack Ryan is laid to rest along with the rest of the crew. For me believability was lost the moment he made president.

Manish K Singh
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
What got me excited about this book was that the plot drew from the contemporary tension in the Asia-pacific region and added the reported attack of China's Cyber Army - as in news about two years ago.
There are so many dots that this book connected, though none too non-trivial.

We get a (fictional) look inside China, the growth engine has run its course and the party president faces inevitable economic slowdown. Today: a much talked about issue in financial circles.

There is some (military) act
Frazer Shaw
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
Threat Vector is set in the modern world of warfare and its premise is perfectly realistic, the next major wars most likely will be fought with computers hacking in to UAV control systems and government databases. This is not my problem with this novel.

My problem is that it simply doesn't flow as well as previous Clancy novels, the story somehow feels disjointed and bitty. There are sub-plots that don't need to be there, Jack's girlfriend spying on him for the FBI for instance, and all they suc
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book points to the coming threat of cyber-warfare. Are you prepared? Are we, as a country, prepared for what could come to be?

If you work in technology, will this book be enough to alter your career flow so that you can help prevent the coming cyber war?

Pretty typical Clancy in the Ryan/Clark universe. Not to downplay it, but if you've read a handful of the books in the series, this one follows the general pattern. Hundreds of pages of detailed build up with action mixed in, followed by 50
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting..It's too close to home,though and I wonder if that's how it's gonna be or something like it in reality...As fiction, it's superb!! full of the usual Tom Clancy action. Even if it's co-written, it has the Tom Clancy signature..I enjoyed reading through the detailed description of every movement, the personal view and feelings of every character, the technical descriptions.. I love the details because you're not going to wonder how everything happened. That's why I prefer reading than ...more
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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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