• Tom Clancy Chain of Command

  • A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 21
  • By: Marc Cameron
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,277 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The United States has stared down many threats with President Jack Ryan at the helm, but what if he’s not there when we need him? That’s the question facing a nation in the most shocking entry in Tom Clancy's number one New York Times best-selling series.

A shadowy billionaire uses his fortune to further his corrupt ambitions. Along the way, he’s toppled democratically elected governments and exacerbated divisions within stable nations. The competitors he’s destroyed, the people he’s hurt, they’re all just marks on a ledger. Now, he’s ready to implement his most ambitious plan of all. There’s only one force standing in his way - President Jack Ryan.

How do you compel a man like Jack Ryan to bend? He’s personally faced down everything from the Russian navy to cartel killers. It will take more than political headwinds or media disfavor to cause him to turn from his duty to the American people, but every man has an Achilles heel. Jack Ryan’s is his family.

The answer is as simple as it is shocking. The billionaire has assembled an international team of the most ruthless mercenaries alive. Their mission - kidnap the First Lady.

©2021 Marc Cameron (P)2021 Random House Audio

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I feel cheated (proceed with caution, spoilers)

I actually stayed up last night in case it dropped at midnight. I have a huge red dot on today's date in my calendar. I even thought about finding an ARC. I'm at a loss as to what has happened to Marc Cameron. I was one of many who didn't care for Don Bentley's Target Acquired, but I sort of gave it a pass, because I knew we would be back on track with this book. Not so.

1. It's as if someone told Mr. Cameron not to write personal interactions with characters any longer.
2. Some characters simply did not act like themselves.
3. Where is Lisanne?
4. I love new characters, but in this case, too much of the new characters.
5. Are you kidding me? After wading through all that, feeling Cathy's fear and pain, we don't even get a reunion with Jack and Cathy and the kids? What was Jack's reaction when he first saw Cathy and that she had been beaten? What was Jack Jr's reaction to the beating and drugs she was given? How is Cathy doing after such an ordeal? Did she describe the spiders the drugs elicited? How did the younger two do through the ordeal? In fact, the next time we see Jack after Cathy is directed to the helicopter, he is back in the Oval Office talking with the VP. WHAT? I honestly feel like chapters have been left out of the book and IF they were edited out, FIRE THE EDITOR.
6.. What happened to Burt? Is Cathy seeing he gets the proper medical attention?
7. Why was the ending so rushed? She is grabbed while witnessing the deaths of her detail, drugged, beaten, is treated horribly by bad men, meets Burt, short rescue,...then is directed to a helicopter. Last we see or hear from her.

What happened to great story-telling?

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Just spent the day absorbing this Novel, Fantastic

Tom would be so proud to see how his characters have grown... I can't wait for the next Jack Ryan, Jack Ryan Jr, Campus Novel... Thanks to Scott for his voice acting which makes the story come alive!

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Sooo disappointingly.

Just a constant description of chasing and weapons. No story, no love for Jack Ryan. Narration was done as if every line was the climax. No ups and downs. No story, just bs. So disappointing.

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Disappointed

Little real action. Little real intrigue. Not a good legacy book. I waited a long time for this.

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Another great entry in this series.

The FFirst Lady keeps a cool head in this situation, and Jack makes the right decisions in the crisis. Scott once again does an excellent narration performance, with the right tones, accents and more.

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Best in series for the last several years.

I have read and listened to the entire Jack Ryan series several times. It’s the best in the series since Command Authority in 2014. My only critique would be that the ending seemed abrupt. There was a lot more to the story that needed to be told.

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GREAT JACK RYAN BOOK!!

Another Jack Ryan book that takes so many twist & turns that keeps you on the edge of seat to the end. It's the kind of book that keeps up listening day & all through the night!! Takes you all around the world & back to DC. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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best, Jack Ryan novel yet

Scott, brick is the best. narrator that I listen to, hands down. Jack, Ryan novel was so good. The only thing I don't like is that I have to wait another year for the next one.

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GET A NEW WRITER!

This was damn weak and so disappointing. it would be getting ripped a lot harder if not for a Jack Ryan novel. Lame story. disjointed. Thin characters. Just a mess. I never really connected with anything. It's time for Cameron to go. Brick is always good.

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a truely Clancy novel

This is much better than the jack needs a girlfriend novels that have been coming out. Well worth the credit and time to listen

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