Tom Clancy: Power and Empire: A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 18 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A newly belligerent Chinese government leaves US President Jack Ryan with only a few desperate options in this continuation of the number one New York Times best-selling Tom Clancy series.
Jack Ryan is dealing with an aggressive challenge from the Chinese government. Pawns are being moved around a global chessboard: an attack on an oil platform in Africa, a terrorist strike on an American destroyer, and a storm-tossed American spy ship that may fall into Chinese hands. It seems that President Zhao is determined to limit Ryan's choices in the upcoming G20 negotiations.
But there are hints that there's even more going on behind the scenes. A routine traffic stop in rural Texas leads to a shocking discovery - a link to a Chinese spy who may have intelligence that lays bare an unexpected revelation. John Clark and the members of the Campus are in close pursuit, but can they get the information in time?
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 52 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 28, 2017|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#6,225 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#68 in Military Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#128 in War & Military Fiction
#321 in War Fiction (Books)
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All in all, a good book. As I suspect there will be more 'Tom Clancy' novels, will likely have to pay a bit more attention to the actual writer to determine if worth buying at full price, or wait for a sale/borrow from the library.
Compared to Mark Greaney's "True Faith and Allegience" this one falls way, way short, I'm sorry to say.
While Tom Clancy used to skip around some, there is so much skipping from one part to another in this book that it us somewhat hard to keep track of without stopping and saying... wait, who was this person? More importantly, a lot of the events are simply unnecessary, left unexplained and do nothing for the story. Even the part of the Chinese freighter exploding really has no part in the book or the outcome. Certainly, the whole waste of pages explaining why the coast guard rescue swimmer chose the Coast Guard over the Air Force plays no conceivable part. What difference did it make to the whole story? NONE. The same could be said for many things including explaining about how the new person, Lisanne, who now makes the travel arrangements for the Campus, came to be and her duties several times - as well as making sure to say several times how she offers to do more and wants to. Gee, could that be a hint that in a book or two down the line, she will become the next operations person? Was that really necessary. Jack Ryan Jr. was called Junior too many times, and while always playing him up as the good guy with more morals, suddenly seems to now be the guy who gets the foreign girl in every book whether the Asian girl in this book, or the girl from Iran in a previous book, etc. He is looking like too much of a playboy, and what happened to respecting women. At one point, he is ready to give up his seat on the train in a gentleman like fashion, yet has no problem hanging behind at the end to obviously go to bed with the foreign agent on her "private tour". Sorry, not every guy just wants another notch on the bed post, and if you look at his earlier behaviors, it probably wouldn't happen this time either. He would probably be hearing his mother's voice in his head or his father's and would have just gone home. In today's world, there was far too much disrespect for all of the women in this book. No, this isn't my first Clancy/Cameron book, but for me... It will be the last.
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Now, following Clancy's death, we're locked into a regular round Jack Ryan novels penned by different authors and with the name Tom Clancy figuring heavily on the cover.
I have really enjoyed a number of these, specifically those written by Mark Greaney, who at least began his sinecure by writing jointly with the master, Clancy himself. But the ones written by Mike Maden, Grant Blackwood, and now Marc Cameron have been less impressive.
This is Marc Cameron's first foray into the Ryan universe. He gets the some stuff right, in that he knows the characters, roams the international stage, and has plenty of action. But what a tedious story. By the end I was flipping through entire chapters just to finish it.
The plot is unclear, disjointed, and with no sense of momentum. The violence is more graphic than in any other Ryan universe novel, with lots of detail about child sex slaves and snuff movies. Not the sort of stuff I like to read, or expect to find in a Ryan universe international political thriller. The connection between this and international relations and China and the US makes little sense. The motivations of the characters are rarely clear.
Sorry, but it's a pale shadow of Clancy, and of Greaney.
If this franchise is to survive, it will need to do much better. This book is simply not worth £10.99!
John Clark is a complicated character with immense history and I always thought it was a shame that Without Remorse was the only book that fully focused on him and told his background story (probably the best Clancy book in my humble opinion). This book reignited some of that although I did find it difficult at times to keep up with who was who and doing what but it was a very good read.
The only reason I cannot give it 5* is that, at his age, John Clark does now need to be portrayed somewhat differently although readers will understand his drive in this book if they had read Without Remorse.
All in all, glad I read it.
Marc Cameron’s first, and hopefully last, attempt to cash in on the Clancy name and characters is a total disgrace. His plotting is disjointed and confusing with many irrelevant threads that have no place in a ‘Clancy’ novel; I have no desire to read graphic descriptions of child trafficking and abuse.
From the description I expected to get back to basics with a tale of Jack Ryan Snr dealing with an international crisis but found this relegated to a minor role in the book. Worse, what little there was of it was poorly explained and difficult to follow through the numerous over-long diversions.
Very disappointing, not worthy of the Clancy name and definitely not worth £10.99. The only certain outcome is that I will never again read anything by Marc Cameron.
The structure is a mess. There are too many story lines and then they run out of time trying to tie it all up. It's a bit like "here's stuff I learned doing my research, let's make up a convoluted story to put it all together". I kind of stopped caring half way through. Where the first half was overly detailed, the second half feels rushed. The ending in particular is a rushed mess.
The characters are flat, often stereotypical (where the prior books did the opposite). Some of the writing about women is as if the writer never met an actual woman. It's all very trope-y and a little misogynistic. Ding suddenly started saying 'Mano all the time (but not in the middle of the book, as if the writer forgot he introduced that trope and then remembered again).
Several interesting new characters are introduced early on but then not explored, and then entirely dropped, which is a shame.
Not the best book!