Message from Dom: Don George has been a longtime listener and friend of my show. Since Don is one of the most upstanding citizens of “DomTown USA,” it is only fitting that Don be the inaugural guest contributor to my Favorite Books and Authors feature on my blog. Don’s a Tom Clancy fan and in this post, he reviews Threat Vector from Clancy and co-writer Mark Greaney:
Here is Don’s guest review:
Threat Vector (Jack Ryan Novels)When Tom Clancy first introduced us to Jack Ryan SR in 1984 in The Hunt for Red October, he created a franchise that would continue for 20+ years. Clancy et al did something amazing when they created Ryan’s son, Jack JR, as an emerging character in Eye of the Tiger in 2004. While “dad’s” adventures are legendary, “JRs” have become second to none, and his character continues to strengthen, supported by a cast of his cousin, Dominick Caruso, former Senator Gerry Hendley, John Clark, “Ding” Chavez and the “off the books” characters intelligence operation of “The Campus.”
What makes JR and the others outstanding characters is their human characteristics, the daily challenges of family and relationships, and the delicate balance that is struck between their professional calling and the respect for human life and dignity.
Threat Vector, the latest thriller in the Jack Ryan series, takes on the twists and turns of cyberwarfare and cyber espionage. The converging plot lines are ever focused on the termination of the most elusive threat to the USA and the peaceful world.
Hendley Associates, a highly profitable financial services firm, is a “front” for a top-secret intelligence operation chartered to find terrorists wherever they are and eliminate them as future threats. Jack Ryan JR works as an analyst-turned-field-operative along with the well developed characters from the three previous novels, and takes on a nearly indestructible and undetectable threat of epic proportions. While a techno-thriller, it’s an easy read that will delight even those who are less than “computer literate.:
Like every Clancy nove, Threat Vector is a page-turner.
Driven by the economic downturn of the past few years, China’s President Wei Zhen Lin, the architect of 20+ years of economic growth and global superiority, is faced with implosion of the country’s economy and an irreversible failure of the power gained by China’s success. He’s leveraged into compliance by Gen. Su Ke Qiang, Chairman of the Central Military Commission who rescues Lin from political failure…at a price.
Using hijacked computer networks on nearly every continent, a brilliant Chinese Scientist, Dr Tong, supports a plot by his government to reclaim dominance in the Pacific Rim. Tong, and his band of international cyber hackers, the best in the world, plant Trojan horses (in computer code) into nearly all Western Defense Systems, financial systems, and manufacturing systems. There are virtually no secrets of the West of which Tong and China’s leaders are unaware. Tong also has the international muscle necessary to eliminate and terminate any human threats to his mission.
GPS systems fail, military planes fall from the sky, weapon systems are compromised, and power grids are shut down, all by mysterious and “untraceable” failures. The Campus, dispatching teams to Europe and Asia, gets a major break in the case when their own “impenetrable” network is suddenly compromised. Victory comes at great personal cost to the members of the The Campus.
THREAT VECTOR is simply captivating, entertaining and a joy to read. Even if you have not read the precursors to this book, you can pick it up and not be lost.
About my Guest Reviewer:
Don George lives in Bucks County with his family and pets. He’s a seasoned international business and management executive and consultant and a change management specialist. Don has lived or worked on every continent except Antarctica.
Don is an avid reader of fiction, historical fiction, and biographies. He has read every Clancy work of fiction, in sequence. Don says that the locations are accurately described and very real, down to the streets, buildings, waterways and local feel of areas and culture. Don’s rating system is based on the ringing of the Liberty Bell, a 5-gong system.
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