Threat Vector Online 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 Chinaâ€™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 itâ€™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 This probably won't be the most popular opinion, but I am willing to place Threat Vector in the top ten best Clancy books I've ever read, but just barely in the ten best; like ninth or tenth. So this basically picks up where the previous books with the Ryan family left off: Jack settling into the White House (again) and dealing with the Chinese (again), Jack Jr continuing to work for "The Campus", while balancing his life with CIA analyst Melanie Kraft, and so on and so on. John Clark is recovering and trying to deal with his injured hand thanks to Russian SVR rezident Valentin Kovalenko. There's enough in here to keep the majority of people busy for the length of time they're reading this. Tom Clancy hit pay-dirt with Mark Greaney for co-author. There's that old-fashioned Clancyesque suspense where you can't wait to turn the page so you can find out what happens next (Well it was there for me), and a good thing for most people (bad for myself) is that Clancy has become more accessible to mainstream readers; no more obsessive detail (BOO!!) on the workings of a piece of military hardware or maneuvers & tactics.
A Tom Clancy novel is no longer a Tom Clancy written novel. In the beginning, he paid very close attention to detail. The books had dramatic flow. Getting around 100 pages left, one could not help but stay wherever you were to finish. The pages would not turn fast enough. Now Clancy has made millions and found if he puts his name in big black letters on anything, it sells. He now gives vague outlines to other writers to do the work for him. The books uses characters created by Clancy, doing the job Clancy gave them, but it is nowhere near the page turning flow of Clancy nor the accuracy of Clancy. He has made too much money to be bothered with it now. I do sincerely wish this was not true. I sat in a restaurant parking lot finishing The Hunt For Red October when it first came out. I would love that feeling
Many other reviewers have noted that this most recent work by Mr. Clancy doesn't live up to their expectations or keep them on the edge of their seat like "The Hunt for Red October" or "Clear and Present Danger". If however, one reviews this book without the nostalgia of one's youth, then I believe it stands on its own and is a very enjoyable thriller. Realize we can't be nine years old again and watch "Star Wars" on a Sunday afternoon after church with our friends and compare every Sci-Fi movie to that experience any more than we can think back to how we felt when we first visited the Soviet submarine Red October 27 years ago and hold every Clancy novel up to that experience. In my humble opinion, this is a good book and you will be glad you cozied up with it for a few hours.
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