Threat Vector by Tom Clancy by Tom Clancy
Click Here to Download the Book 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 have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missile endangers the US Navy's plans to protect the island. Meanwhile, Chinese cyberwarfare experts have launched a devastating attack on American infrastructure. It's a new combat arena, but it’s every bit as deadly as any that has gone before. 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 threatens to blow their cover sky high.
Reviews 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-funded from it supposed actual function of being a financial management organization. It was Jack Ryan, Senior’s idea, set up during his first term as president, and is headed by his friend, ex-Senator Gerry Henley. In Threat Vector Jack has returned to the presidency following the disastrous term of Ken Kealty, who all but dismantled the U.S. military. Jack Ryan, Junior began working for Henley Associates, ostensibly as a financial manager but in actuality as a extremely effective intelligence analyst. In the immediately prior Clancy novel - Locked On - Jack, Junior got a taste of field work as an intelligence operative. This increases dramatically in Threat Vector, when the legendary John Clark has to retire after his limited recovery from the severe injuries inflicted by the Russians in Locked On. The primary threat in this novel is posed by the renegade head of the Chinese military Chairman Su, supported by a shadowy figure known as “Center.” Su is determined to completely take over control of the entire South China Sea as well as Taiwan and will stop at nothing, including direct orders from the President of China. Center’s specialty is cyber warfare. In these efforts he is supported by 100+ hackers and a band of goons who do his bidding. There seem to be no boundaries that Center is unable to breach. He takes over control of multiple U.S. drone aircraft, using their munitions wherever he wants to use them. He also is able to control the cooling-water system for nuclear power plants within the U.S. illustrating the potential he has for causing calamitous results. In light of the cyber-attacks, which preclude a conventional military response by President Ryan, Jack, Junior and the other operatives at Henley Associates are kept busy in various parts of the world in an effort to thwart the plans of Su & Center.
I VERY MUCH enjoyed this latest Clancy novel and do recommend it to others who enjoy an exciting tale full of danger, suspense, and intrigue on a global scale.
I pre-ordered this book because I am a Tom Clancy fan. I also don't mind that Clancy co-author's with others, I think that is good mentoring technique, or at least I like to think so. Threat Vector is a great read, it starts out fast and picks up steam and continues on until the climax. I have enjoyed the new team of Clark, Chavez, Jack Ryan, Jr. and Dominic Caruso as well as Sam Driscoll. This team works well together and they all want the same thing, to bring the hurt to Terrorist and keep America safe. But this book starts out with them seeking a little bit of revenge, they want to give some payback for the death of Dominic's brother, Brian. They get what they want, but a whole lot more. Jump from this to the President of China and his internal problems with the Politburo and you add another dimension to a story that will weave its way through multiple layers of spies, multiple countries, and a bunch of government hacks that will cause you to have some serious nervousness. This book will leave you thinking about where the world is headed and how might it end up if good men decided to sit out the next problem and let evil run its course. I imagine that Greaney did a major portion of the writing of this book, if that is the case then I think that he is maturing as writer and that he is delivering the goods that Clancy fans will enjoy. This is another LONG, EPIC book, like you have become use to from Clancy. But I believe you will enjoy it and not be sad that you paid a few bucks out for a good entertaining novel.
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