Former U.S. Senator Weston Rhodes is a defense contractor with an urgent problem. His company needs someone to look over the books of Dalfan Technologies, a Singapore company—quickly. He turns to his old friend Gerry Hendley for help. Hendley Associates is one of the best financial analysis firms in the country and the cover for The Campus, a top-secret American intelligence agency. Rhodes asks for two specific analysts, Jack Ryan Jr., and Paul Brown, a mild-mannered forensic accountant.
Both Ryan and Brown initially resist, for different reasons. On the long flight over, Ryan worries he’s being sidelined from the next Campus operation in America’s war on terror. Brown—who was never very good with people—only worries about the numbers, and finding a good cup of tea.
Brown has no idea Jack works for The Campus but the awkward accountant is hiding secrets of his own. Rhodes has tasked him with uploading a cyberwarfare program into the highly secure Dalfan Technologies mainframe on behalf of the CIA.
On the verge of mission success, Brown discovers a game within the game, and the people who now want to kill him are as deadly as the cyclone bearing down on the island nation. Together Ryan and Brown race to escape both the murderous storm and a team of trained assassins in order to prevent a global catastrophe, even at the cost of their own lives.
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By One in Ten on 30-06-17
Starts well - then gets worse
Is there anything you would change about this book?
This started well with the usual parallel story lines. This approach then stalls with a growing focus on an increasingly implausible situation in a Singapore technology company.
Jack Ryan becomes more and more cartoon like in his behaviour and the 'in one jump he was free' type of narrative.
There was also lots of' '.....Jack knew he shouldn't....but somehow he couldn't help himself....'
What was most disappointing about Mike Maden’s story?
Lack of pace, unlikely situations, non believable characterisations - even for a Jack Ryan story.
What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?
The performance was generally good.
Was Tom Clancy Point of Contact worth the listening time?
I got bored about half way through.
Any additional comments?
Not one of the better books in the series.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By simon whatling on 07-09-17
I'm a big Tom Clancy fan. I realise we now live in the world post Tom and this new writer Mike Maden has tried hard to follow the Clancy style, lots of detail and description such that the book is like an audio descriptive movie and you can see this as another one that could go that way. The story or the big issue behind it is topical as in involves North Korea but really there is nothing there other than a back drop. The actual plot could be written with say Spectre being the baddie and James Bond needing to save the world. Saying that I liked the story. However where the book or story fails is a major, major flaw in the plot and I really don't know what happened. Did the writer come under time pressure to end the story more quickly than he had planned out or did he just forget a key tension point that he had set up as he failed to go back and explain what happened. I won't say more but I promise you you will read what I am saying. Now the thing that kept me from slating the book was the narration as it was the same guy who has read so many of the Jack Ryan series. Without him I may have not ended the book and may not buy the next one which inevitably will be written and made available through Audible. Sadly I was very disappointed.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By shelley on 15-06-17
Give the guy a break!
Any additional comments?
I really enjoyed this book. I bought it having very low expectations. I think that's because I was really unhappy with the last author (not Greany) that I returned the book. This one was such a surprise. I think Mike Maden did a great job. Not being an author I am only guessing but I think it would be very difficult to put aside my own style of writing and do every other book with another author who already has a following AND try to pick up from a story that you didn't write and give it continuity- KUDOS Mr. Maden, I for one think you did wonderfully!
This is a really good book with a fantastic plot. Lots of irony as Ryan Jr and his partner, each unaware of what the other is doing and suspicious of each other work towards an explosive ending.
Scott Brick, as always gives a great performance.
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By Amazon Customer on 19-06-17
So bad I don't even know where to begin...
I'm scratching my head trying to figure out what the purpose was for this book. First, it could literally have been 1/2 as long. So much written that had nothing to do with the story. I'm guessing the author and publishers knew this and threw in a tropical cyclone to try and add some drama...fail.
The action was, well, unremarkable. No suspense whatsoever. No surprises. The only thing that kept me hanging on was the narration.
Don't waste a credit on this. It pains me to say it but it's true. Wait for the next one, which will hopefully be written by Greaney.
22 of 24 people found this review helpful