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Threat Vector (Jack Ryan Jr) [Hardcover]

Tom Clancy
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Book Description

6 Dec 2012 Jack Ryan Jr

Tom Clancy's great hero, Jack Ryan Jr, returns in Threat Vector: an explosive tale of global superpowers doing battle.

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 Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan.

The Ryan administration is determined to thwart these Chinese ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as hundreds of Chinese anti-ship missiles thwart the US Navy's plans to protect the island. Meanwhile, Chinese cyber warfare experts have launched a devastating attack on American infrastructure.

Jack Ryan Jr and his colleagues at the Campus may be just the wild card that his father needs to stack the deck. There's just one problem: someone knows about the off-the-books intelligence agency and may be ready to blow their cover sky high.

Threat Vector follows the gripping novels Locked On and Dead or Alive as the fourth title in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Jr Series.

Praise for Tom Clancy:

`Truly riveting, a dazzling read' Sunday Express

`A brilliantly constructed thriller' Daily Mail

Thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore's Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted on to the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it 'the perfect yarn'. From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.

Mark Greaney has a degree in international relations and political science and is pursuing his master's in intelligence studies with a concentration in criminal intelligence. He is the author of The Gray Man, On Target, and Ballistic.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (6 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718176944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718176945
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore's Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted on to the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it 'the perfect yarn'. From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.

Mark Greaney has a degree in international relations and political science and is pursuing his master's in intelligence studies with a concentration in criminal intelligence. He is the author of The Gray Man, On Target, and Ballistic. In his research for these novels, he travelled to seven countries and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine and close-range combat tactics.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clancy finds his Form 12 Dec 2012
By Chris Hoare TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Threat Vector is a bit different from past Clancy books; over the series the story of the Ryan family went from a terrorist attack on his family; to over the course of several books multiple terrorist attacks on his Country. From small battles through Biological War to Ultrawar; and the last two The Bear and the Dragon and The Teeth of the Tiger portrayed a warfare and battlefield that was different to what we were seeing in Iraq and Afghanistan. Along the way; despite the vast lead character count, the books lost their soul - ceased being about a spy doing small things and became descriptions of how the USA could overpower anyway with its technological prowess.

With the reboot bringing Jack Ryan's Son as a new analyst / operations officer at the blacker than black Hendley Associates; Threat Vector takes us back to spies treading softly; to risks behind every door and to characters living with paranoia. The old faces are there; to the point that the book has a 3 page character list before you get to page 1. At 700 pages I had planned to read 100 a day for a week and make it to the end. I finished in 3 days. The changing scenary; and fast moving situations lead me to chasing down the last 300 pages on the third day. As with all Clancy books there is a lot of setup and a snap finish; but with threat vector he provides a denouement settling the characters down and handing over the baton from Ryan Sr to Jnr.

Threat vector is a vast improvement on the two books above; and provides a great story and look at how a war between technological superpowers might look today. If you like the Clancy of old the combined story with Mark Greaney has much to appreciate here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his original Jack Ryan novels 22 Oct 2013
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The book has an interesting plot-line but the development of the plot seems shallow when compared to Clancy's original Jack Ryan novels. There is still a level of detail which gives the feeling of authenticity, but without getting bogged down in too much detail, however the climax of the novel is a bit of anti-climax and my feeling at the end was one of disappointment.

I see Tom Clancy sadly died recently and I hope he will be remembered for his original novels (a favourite read of the late President Ronald Reagan apparently) and not his later offerings which had started to look formulaic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read - quite involving 14 Jan 2014
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Taking the old crew and continuing with their story, albeit the later books are not as good as Clancy's early works, but it amazes me that the authors can still keep coming up with new avenues to explore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars built up excitement through the book 24 Dec 2013
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A long slow start , but gradually more and more exciting, and difficult to put down !
Look forward to the next read
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting cyber warfare tale. 4 Dec 2012
By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Have you ever read a book before whose theme just stayed in your mind to such an extent that you found yourself thinking about it long after you had finished reading it? That is what THREAT VECTOR has been for me. Part of the reason is because I recognize that the basic plot ideas here could actually become reality in some form. Could. That is a very important word in that sentence. Another part of the reason this story has stayed in my mind so strongly is that this collaborative effort between Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney has characters who come so vividly alive on the pages that I accept that this just might have actually happened to them. Yes, it is fiction, but it certainly does open up the possibilities of "what if...............".

What if one nation had a secret cyber network in place now which could watch operatives of other governments carry out their missions in startling, minute, real time detail? What if they had unlimited resources to continue to develop their technology to take over the United States, indeed the world, using this cyber warfare? And what if loss of life meant absolutely nothing to them as long as they accomplished their goal? It is the mission of Jack Ryan, Jr. and everyone else at The Campus to find this Chinese government Ghost Ship - the technology center - and destroy it, no matter how impossible the mission may seem. Can everyone survive this mission?

I think this book was incredible. Quite a strong statement and yet, for me, it fits here. I had a love/hate reaction to the main plot because it is hard to face the fact that something like this might actually be possible. In the first sections of the novel some of the details seemed to take a long time to develop, but ultimately I understand the reasons it was necessary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...... 5 Mar 2013
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Not bad with some great detail, bit long winded at times. It's definitely worth a read if you're a Tom Clancy fan but it won't bring new readers to the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual quality. 7 Nov 2013
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Not at all up to his usual standard but nevertheless still a good read but could be better as in previous books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a Bore 22 April 2014
By carbine
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A bit too much along the lines of some of his other novels. almost predictable what is going to happen next.
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