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Summary

President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known. A high-level assassination attempt in Russia has the newly elected Ryan sending his most trusted eyes and ears - including antiterrorism specialist John Clark - to Moscow, for he fears the worst is yet to come. And he’s right. The attempt has left the already unstable Russia vulnerable to ambitious forces in China eager to fulfill their destiny. If they succeed, the world as we know it will never look the same. If they fail, the consequences may be unspeakable. Blending the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his hallmarks with intricate plotting, razor-sharp suspense and a remarkable cast of characters, this is Clancy at his best.

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Critic reviews

"Clancy ... towers above other novelists in his ability to deliver geo-political, techo-military goods on a global scale...and here he's at the top of that war-gaming.' ( Publishers Weekly)
"Clancy is a natural storyteller." ( USA Today)

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A good tale spoilt by dreadful reading skills.

Prichard spoilt this with the most boring narration and voice that it has ever been my misfortune to listen to.

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The ending had my heart pounding in my chest!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because it's a brilliantly detailed and twisting scenario that builds from small acts and unlinked conversations and espionage into huge mobilisations of national armies and tank battles and missiles and jet figher battles! A rip-roaring military adventure!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Observing from different perspectives how perceived slights on one side can be the gravest insult, where as the other side is completely unaware they have done anything wrong, and the fates of nations rests of these mis-interpretations due to cultural differences.

Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I thought he was a very good narrator, I laughed my head off the first time he tried an english accent, very well done!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Thunder is building in the east...

Any additional comments?

Very bloody long! But that's what I got it for! I have an hour's drive each way on my commute every day! This book lasted a month. Thinking back now over all the events, it feels like I've read 3 or 4 different books; there are so many separate story lines going on which all get tied together at the end, exceptionally well done by Clancy.

Favourite character has got to be the old sniper, Pavel Petrovich Gogol

"Before I killed Germans with this rifle, now I will kill Chinese"

"Help me with my wolves boy!"

"I've never shot a General before"

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Engaging to the end

Whilst many many hours this book was very engaging and had a complex story. I found it nicely detailed with rich information allowing me to be absorbed into the story line. Only the last chapter or so did I find rushed, but I suppose the story can't just keep going

Excellent narration

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Great stuff

Great story was sorry to hear it end would recommend to anybody
thanks very much

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The book doesn't really start till chapter 43

it took so long for the exciting part to start and it felt like he was tired of writing the previous 50 chapters when the war really starts because within the following 10 chapters so much happed and it was lucky it was an audio book because I don't think I could read as much as 50 chapters till the real sh it the fan. but still a good listen overall

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Racism was totally unnecessary. Story was little over dramatic. And a b too political.

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This book has not aged well

This book was very disappointing. A lot of sexist, racist and homophobic views come from the main characters, which can often be quite jarring and uncomfortable to listen to. This combined with outdated views on society and the environment, meant that I ended up disliking the main character of Jack Ryan. This was a shame as I am a big fan of the earlier books in the series. This book certainly gives the impression of the author using it as a personal political pulpit...

Overall, the main story is engaging and the ending fast paced, but this is completely overshadowed by the above issues.

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Clancy at his best.

Overall, pretty good. Good delivery without too many attempts at accents. Typical early Clancy book, well paced, plenty of twists, turns and sub plots.

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typical Clancy techno drama

a fascinating hypothesis but spoilt slightly by continual insertion of political / social commentary Quite slow moving until the final few chapters. A very long read but the fact I persevered means it was a compelling story.

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could have been half the size

the last 12 hours of the book where great, the first 26 where a draaaaaggggg

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  • P. M. Beckman
  • 31-07-17

So different from the others

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I'm quickly becoming a Tom Clancy fan and have been enjoying his stories. This one is an outlier. At first I thought it was just the dreadful narrator that made this book so disappointing, but its racism and sexism got to me too, though I can't speak for more than the first 8 hours when I gave up on it. Even if you are characterising an unpleasant person, there are some places you just don't go. For example, two characters speaking about president Mao's penchant for raping young girls, and one of them guffaws "Well at least it wasn't a boy".

Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Clancy again?

Yes, am already into one of the others.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Prichard’s performances?

No never again. Flat, un-nuanced, and slow. He should get a job making destination recordings for a train company.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bear and the Dragon?

Other reviews say that the last few chapters are great. I'll have to take their word for it but if that's the case then collapse the first bit into a short into and go straight for the last few chapters!

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  • 15-06-14

Chinese egomaniac vs Jack Ryan

Would you listen to The Bear and the Dragon again? Why?

Yes I will in the future. Tom Clancy was a great author and listening to his stories as well just improves the reading experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nomuri is my favourite character in this novel. He is the reason that America led by Jack Ryan is able to prevent China from fulfilling their misguided destiny, and the sex scenes and flirting with his source are hilarious.