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Threat Vector

(Jack Ryan Universe #15)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  14,684 ratings  ·  890 reviews
For Jack Ryan, Jr., and his comrades at the covert organization known as The Campus, the fight against America’s enemies is never over. But the danger has just hit home in a way they never expected…

The Campus has been discovered. And whoever knows they exist knows they can be destroyed. Meanwhile, President Jack Ryan has been swept back into the Oval Office—and his wisdom
Hardcover, 835 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 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 e
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
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
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
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tom Clancy has left the building. The “old” Tom Clancy, who turned geopolitical situations into War and Peace like doorstoppers, and brought Uncle Sam victory against the Russians, Columbians, terrorists, Japanese, Iranians and Chinese has been off his game in the last decade, with duds such as Teeth of the Tiger and Dead Or Alive. So as a result, he’s turned to a rising talent, Mark Greaney of the successful “Grey Man” series to help collaborate on future books. Hard core fans of the pre-2000 b ...more
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
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
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
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Threat Vector seemed to bring back some of Clancy's classic feel to it, as far as the writing style, whilst reading the descriptions of weapons and aircraft and yada yada, it felt like classic Tom Clancy all over again!!

The story picks up not long after the events in Locked On. Jack Ryan Sr. has just been sworn back into the Oval Office as President of the United States, and he and the US are already facing a new world threat. The Campus has been exposed and discovered, by an unknown enemy. At
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
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
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
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Ross Sidor
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Following the superb "Locked On," the all-time high point of the Tom Clancy literary universe continues with Threat Vector, once more written with Mark Greaney. This is also, to date, the best cyberwarfare thriller and one of the best thrillers centered around China.

Most notably, the book also features The Campus's most dangerous and lethal adversary, an extremely proficient and capable Chinese espionage cell code named the Ghost Ship. Consisting of the country's best hackers and backed up by a
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
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
Amit Bagaria
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Tom Clancy novel... but not as good as the immediate preceding book "Locked On".

1) China is the main antagonist
2) China carries out fatal attacks on Indian Navy ships (the real aircraft carrier INS Viraat is named) and threatens India, but India does not back off
3) CIA, NSA, US Navy and US Marine Corps are involved

1) The novel is too long, like Locked On
2) Too many characters, many with similar names, so it is often confusing
3) Autho
C.T. Phipps
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tom-clancy
Threat Vector is the fourth book in the Campus books starring Jack Ryan Junior. For those unfamiliar with the series, the series takes place in the same universe as the majority of Tom Clancy's work, starring the son of his CIA-analyst-turned-President hero, Jack Ryan (Senior). Masquerading as a member of an innocuous brokerage firm, Jack Ryan (Junior) conducts assassinations of terrorists and other off-the-books missions with his cousins as well as several friends of his dad. This is all made ...more
Ronnie Taylor
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book-cd
Audio book, was awesome to hear Lou Diamond Phillips do every single voice of all the characters it was amazing you don't have to follow the series to understand what's going on because it was multiple Des that you have to constantly change it was perfect for a long drive moments of reflection in an awesome page Turner, if you have a cd player in your car ,try audio books for a change, jack ryan Jr is not the same as the movie, plus it didn't follow original storyline, he's the oldest child , ...more
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
N.L. 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
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
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
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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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