Command Authority : Jack Ryan (publication order)

  • by Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Series: Jack Ryan (publication order)
  • 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Decades ago, when he was a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan, Sr. was sent on what was supposed to be a simple support mission to investigate the death of an operative looking into the suspicious banking activities at a Swiss bank. Ryan’s dogged tenacity uncovered not only financial deceit, but also the existence of a KGB assassin code-named Zenith.
He was never able to find the killer.But in the shadowy world of covert operations, nothing stays hidden forever.In the present, a new strong man has emerged in the ever-chaotic Russian republic the enigmatic President Valeri Volodin. His rise to power was meteoric, but shrouded in deception and treachery.
The foundations of his personal empire are built on a bloody secret from his past, and he will eliminate anyone who comes close to that truth. For he has set in motion a plot to return Russia to its former glory and might with the rest of the world once again trembling in fear of the mighty Bear.When an old friend of the Ryans is poisoned by a radioactive agent, the trail leads to Russia. And Jack Ryan, Jr. aided by his compatriots John Clark and the covert warriors of the secretive Campus must delve into an international conflict thirty years in the making, and finish what his father started.
With President Ryan fighting a desperate campaign to thwart Russian aggression, and his son fighting a silent war against a ruthless foe, the chances for global conflict grow greater ? and the possibility of survival may soon be lost for all...


What the Critics Say

Heart-stopping action ... entertaining and eminently topical.' ( The Washington Post )


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Customer Reviews

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Tom Clancy is the master of this kind of fiction and the way in which he progresses the dual stories of the present day and thirty years previosuly is quite masterful. The action in both story lines is well paced and relevant bringing the two to nicely together to a satisfying conclusion. The mix of modern military action and hi-tech covert operations works extremely well for me.

As others among my fellow Brits have said I had to raise an eyebrow at the accents but to discount this book for that issue would be a mistake. The characters are at least clear, consistent and easily identifiable so while it did bring a smile to my lips it certainly didn't sully my enjoyment of the book in any great way. If that kind of thing does irritate you though then you have been warned!

But I'd say don't be put off, go for it!
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- Simon

Disappointing compared to threat vector

Would you try another book written by Tom Clancy or narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips?

Lou Diamond Phillips has done a great job with the last four Tom Clancy books, I've only marked this down as it requires a great deal of british accents, that sadly most american actors can't do, they either come off as Dick van dyke, or as an american parody of and 18th century stereotype, that never existed.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

this book lacks the twists and excitement that I expected from Tom Clancy, and although its solidly written, next to the previous book, it left me feeling that it was just a bit lame.

What aspect of Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance might you have changed?

if he could do a british accent that this book demands a LOT of.

Do you think Command Authority needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Well, probably, but given that Tom Clancy died recently, I guess that's not going to happen.

Any additional comments?

As a fan of Tom Clancy, and Lou Diamond Phillips, I can say read this book, but don't let it cloud your judgement of the last books. go read the last three before this, they're awesome.

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- Ian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2013
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd