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Tom Clancy Line of Sight

(Jack Ryan Universe #25)

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Jack Ryan Jr. finds that the scars of war can last a lifetime in the latest entry in Tom Clancy's #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Twenty-six years ago, Dr. Cathy Ryan restored the eyesight of a young Bosnian girl who had been injured during an attack in the Bosnian War. Today, her son Jack Ryan Jr. has agreed to track down the young woman and deliver a letter from his
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Paperback, 592 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Random House Large Print Publishing
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Triciareader This is confusing. He started with the Jack Ryan series; then there were mentions of Jack Ryan, Jr. and, eventually a 'Jack Ryan, Jr.' series was…moreThis is confusing. He started with the Jack Ryan series; then there were mentions of Jack Ryan, Jr. and, eventually a 'Jack Ryan, Jr.' series was identified. Unfortunately, if you check titles, they're often (see list below) the Jack Ryan series. If you check multiple sites, you'll get multiple different answers. Some days, I think publishers/authors like to sow confusion. :( As the cataloger at a public library, I made the decision to follow the numbering of the Jack Ryan series, since it is the original and more popular.

This is what I set up for patrons at my library:

Tom Clancy -
Jack Ryan series overlaps with the Jack Ryan, Jr. Series, to wit:
Jack Ryan #12 = Jack Ryan, Jr. #1
Jack Ryan #13 = Jack Ryan, Jr. #2
Jack Ryan #14 = Jack Ryan, Jr. #3
Jack Ryan #15 = Jack Ryan, Jr. #4
Jack Ryan #16 = Jack Ryan, Jr. #5
Jack Ryan #17 = Jack Ryan, Jr. #6
Jack Ryan #18 = Jack Ryan, Jr. #7
Jack Ryan #19 = Jack Ryan, Jr. #8
Jack Ryan #21 = Jack Ryan, Jr. #9
Jack Ryan #23= Jack Ryan, Jr. #10
Jack Ryan #25 = Jack Ryan, Jr. #12(less)
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Tim
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patience rewarded with better writing and action the second half. 8 of 10 stars
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Following the events of Tom Clancy Point of Contact, Jack Ryan Junior returns, this time to carry out another assignment for his employer, Hendley Associates, a front for a top-secret program known as the Campus, which answers only to the president of the United States of America, Jack Ryan Senior. . . Jack’s father.

Lunch around the Ryans’ table, located in the president and First Lady’s private quarters, becomes a tad awkward when Cathy Ryan a
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Jean
It has been sometime since I read any of the Clancy books that have come out after his death. This is book four in the Jack Ryan Jr. series written by Mike Maden. The setting for the book is Bosnia. Maden does a good job describing the countryside and its history. Jack Jr. is on vacation and his mother asks him to find a girl that she had performed eye surgery on during the war.

The writing is average. The plot twists and turns as the suspense builds throughout the story. I feel Maden is being he
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Wayland Smith
You know those movies or shows where some hot shot detective breaks all the rules and pisses off his boss but manages to somehow keep his job? This series is getting like that. Jack Ryan, Jr, son of the President of the United States, improbably manages to keep going on field missions, ignoring his boss' orders, but keeps not getting fired.

In this one, Jack is doing some of his actual work as his "cover," a financial analyst, in Bosnia (yes, the place has many names, I'm using that one as a sho
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Nick Brett
Aug 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Hey, are you related to the President"?.......Is a question nobody asks. Ever. And that is just one of a bucket load of irritations in this dreadful book.
Part dull techno-thriller, part travel guide and part fashion guide, this is the latest in a series desperately missing Mark Greaney. “The inspiration behind the thrilling Amazon Prime series Jack Ryan” shouts the blurb, but the new TV series is a re-imagining of Ryan Senior in his early days, and this is about Junior sitting with the RyanVers
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Jo
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Its very unusual that two authors take over the writing of a popular franchise like Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series. I've read a few by Mark Greaney and enjoyed them as Greaney stayed true to Clancy's vision, whereas Mike Maden has dulled down the action and added a namby pamby love story.My advise give this one a miss and wait for the next one by Mark Greaney.
Jim Cerone The Perfect Host DJ MC
Slow, dry and boring. Apologies to the author, but if I wanted a history lesson, I'd read non-fiction.
Christian D.  Orr
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another worthy successor to the Clancy legacy

Right along with Mark Greaney, Mike Maden has established himself as a worthy successor to Tom Clancy (God rest his soul) with this latest instalment in The Campus/Jack Ryan Jr. series, this time set in the Balkans (mainly Bosnia). Action-packed and nary a dull moment, with just a few technical nitpicks here and there (notated below). A timely reminder that while relative peace has held in the former Yugoslavia since the late 1990s, the powder keg pot
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Anne
Jun 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not up to Tom Clancy standards. Relies on a weak out of character love story to fill out a weak plot. Very disappointing. Save your time and money.
Dylan
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chad Manske
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#25 and the very latest of the Jack Ryan/Jack Ryan Jr series is a fantastic read! In keeping with the spirit of authorship of Tom Clancy, the author skillfully weaves a modern crisis that could be as real as belies it’s fictional narrative. Set in the Balkans and laced with Chechen, Serb, Christian, Muslim, Turkish, Syrian and Bosnian characters and undertones, readers are treated to a nail biting storyline as well as a broad brush cultural tour(places, food, etc.) of the beautiful Bosnian count ...more
Mike Kennedy
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tom-clancy
The typical summer Jack Ryan Jr book. Jack goes off, this time to search for a girl who Kathy Ryan performed surgery on when she was a kid. Jack falls for the girl and runs into trouble. It is a simple formula, but works. I felt like Jack Ryan Sr had a little more involvement in this book, but it is still not a full fledge Jack Senior/Campus novel. That being said, it is an excellent thriller that kept me wanting to read one more chapter. There are even a couple of twists that keep you on your t ...more
Luke Walker
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Jack Ryan Jr book and one of the first extended universe book of Tom Clancy’s I’ve read. The story moved quickly and I liked what Maden did with the story. If it has anything to do with Jack Ryan, I know I’ll like it. I recommend this book.
Sebastian
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Steengoed boek met een goed plot. Erg onderhoudend om te lezen een van de betere boeken van Tom Clancy
Vinayak Malik
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good fast read. The plot could have been better though
Mark
More of the same from the estate of Tom Clancy...still good stuff, but not quite the original...Young Jack & the Campus become involved in stopping an effort to reignite the 90s slaughter in the Balkans. while being targeted for assassination by a world-wide crime syndicate...We learn a little about the multiple sides in the Balkans' slaughter we euphemistically called "Ethnic Cleansing"...Jack loves & loses while saving the World again!
Muhammad
Jun 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wasted my time this crap. Same shit, international syndicate trying to kill Jack Ryan.
Tom Tischler
I picked up this book at the local library. I thought that it would be a continuation
of Tom Clancy. I was deeply disappointed by the story and barely managed to finish it.
This is not something that Tom Clancy would have written so I guess that I'll have
to pass on this one and I gave it a 2.
Cynthia
Jun 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
***SPOILER ALERT***

1) This author has written a previous "Ryan" novel, and this novel was just as bad as his last.
2) There is HARDLY ANY ACTION until the last 90 pages, or so.
3) Ryan Jr. is looking for a girl named Aida Curic in Sarajevo, and has his pal at Hendley give him the names of all girls with that name. He came up with about 20! Just how common a name is that; and I don't care what part of the world one is looking! First, he went through all the "blonde" women with that name, and then a
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Greville Waterman
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Tom Clancy I have read for years, perhaps since the great man himself wrote them but quite frankly, nothing has changed.

Very plot driven with breathtaking action and excitement punctuated by lots of technological gobbledegook and minimal characterisation.

The franchise (if I can so describe the books) knows exactly who it is appealing to and the book does its job well and I roared through it in no time at all.

An excellent book of this genre.
Craig Carignan
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a pretty good story with interesting characters. I read it fairly quickly and enjoyed it throughly.
Will
SUBJECTIVE READER REVIEW WITH PLOT SPOILERS FOLLOWS:

If 'Line of Sight' had been about Bulgarian Vasilev's Iron Syndicate Kill List OR about the Russians assisting the Syrians, the Bosnian Mafia and Al-Qaeda in the Balkans launch World War III so Turkish President Ozyakup could become the Umma of the new Caliphate I'm pretty sure I'd have rated it 5 stars. But the latter 'tangent' was so complex and involved so many disparate partners that superimposing Vlad Vasilev's dying wish list into it ver
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thewanderingjew
Tom Clancy Line of Sight, Mike Madden, author; Scott Brick, narrator
Like most Clancy books, this one is exciting, but it is also very confusing and too detailed with extraneous information. There are so many tangential themes and so many unfamiliar sounding names and places that the listener will struggle with, that a print book would be a better choice to prevent the inevitable confusion even though the narrator is one of the best.
When the book begins, Jack Ryan saves someone who is being bruta
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Domenico
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Kevin VAN
Aug 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Campus outed!

I love the Jack Ryan series but this whole book was a complete letdown. More importantly, however, is the whole concept of the campus was destroyed in this book. The campus is supposed to be a super secret off the books spy agency. Writers in the past were cognizant of that and only individuals here and there became aware that members of the campus were more than their cover identities suggested. In this book, the Russans are on a conference call with President Ryan, Gerry, Gavin, J
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Richard New
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel Line of Sight, written by Mike Maden in Tom Clancy’s Ryanverse, is a bit different from the typical Clancy norm. Yes, all the known and loved characters are back and in tip-top shape, as expected. What this Reviewer found unusual was Jack, Jr is pretty much on his own in this one. There is some background help from the Campus operatives—brought into the story about midway as their own separate team—chasing down literal dead-end threads. They don’t catch up with Jack until the end. Gavi ...more
Ed
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#25 in the Jack Ryan universe (#2 by author Mike Maden). This 2018 series entry is written by author Maden who has a PhD in Political Science; this background shows as there is less description of weapons, ships and planes, and more time invested in a thoughtful exposition of the Yugoslav wars and their aftermath. The result is a landscape where every action has a Serbian, a Bosnian and a Croatian motive and it's difficult to know who to trust. An enjoyable read even though the Balkans are not a ...more
Tony Nielsen
Mike Maden has been anointed as Tom Clancy's ghost writer since the renowned author passed away in 2013. And in a similar way the once main character in Clancy's later books, President Jack Ryan, has, at least in Line of Sight, given way to his son Jack Junior.

Does it disappoint ?? No. Does it have you on the edge of your seat as you anticipate where the storyline will take you next ?? Not really. Line of Sight is a better than average contemporary thriller, no more, no less.


Jack Ryan Junior is
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AJ
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read despite the negative reviews

Like many Tom Clancy fans, I have been disappointed in the books that followed his death. Few have been the quality of the originals but as fans we need to get past that issue. Mark Greaney has been the exception but now that he has retired from the ranks, others are trying to pick up the story line. I read many negative reviews of this book and almost decided not to read it. However, I just flew on an over the ocean flight and decided to download it and gi
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Ryan Mac
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think that it might be time to skip the Jack Ryan Jr. books and stick with the full Campus books. This was a very uneven and unrealistic book for a number of reasons. First, he regularly ignores phone calls from his boss and doesn't get fired (didn't he have some issues with the boss in a previous book?). The other reasons get into spoiler territory but the situations that he gets himself out of with relative ease make no sense when he walks into completely stupid traps. I realize that people ...more
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I grew up working in the canneries, feed mills and slaughterhouses of California’s San Joaquin Valley. A lifelong fascination with history and warfare ultimately lead to a Ph.D. in political science focused on conflict and technology in international relations. Like millions of others, I first became a Tom Clancy fan after reading The Hunt for Red October, and began my published fiction career in ...more

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