Book Reviews of The Bear and the Dragon (Jack Ryan, Bk 10) (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)

The Bear and the Dragon (Jack Ryan, Bk 10) (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
The Bear and the Dragon - Jack Ryan, Bk 10 - Audio Cassette - Abridged
Author: Tom Clancy, Frank Muller (Narrator)
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ISBN-13: 9780375415821
ISBN-10: 0375415823
Publication Date: 9/5/2000
Edition: Abridged
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Random House Audio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 3
This book is alright. Unfortunately it is heavily abridged. There are 6 CDs, while the unabridged copy contains 35 CDs. I read this one first and felt it left something to be desired. After listening to the complete book, I came to realize how important it is to read the complete work. This book is worth the 2 credits. It is unfortunate in our club that we don't yet have a way to recognize a book that would be available on 35 CDs.
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Helpful Score: 2
Ryan is president and Russia and China are at each others throats. Couldn't put this one down.
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Helpful Score: 1
A classic Tom Clancy and another Jack Ryan: President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis. A assassination attempt on a high level politician sends anti-terrorism specialist John Clark to Moscow. This is a major conflict between two super powers; Russia and China. It took me a chapter or two to get the feel for this one, but after that, you would have had to pry my hands off this book. A close look at each country's military technology and intelligence. You military guys will love this book, but so will the ladies, I know I did. This is a thrilling story with a super plot and action on every page! It made me a Tom Clancy fan. I didn't realize I started at the rear end of a series! (this novel stands alone, don't feel you have to read the previous books) Needless to say-I went back and found the others and read them too. You will learn a lot about how politics, government and the military function-up front and behind the scenes! I wish Tom Clancy had been my history teacher!
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awesome!
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Good fiction book about all the occurences and details that could relate to the pope assassination in the 80's.
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Excellent book. Keep you on the edge of your seat
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Eleventh book in the Jack Ryan series
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A lesser Clancy, if there is such a thing, but a Clancy nonetheless. Russia and China this time, lots of espionage, quite a few memorable characters (in addition to the usual, of course.)
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Typical Clancy
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Exciting typical Clancy adventure.
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Excellent Jack Ryan book. A little slow in places, just like all of Clancy\'s books, but overall it did a good job picking up where the others left off. Yet to the novice jack Ryan reader its a great read by itself.
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Typical Jack Ryan fare. Good read.
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Good Clancy, enjoyed very much. Great listen. Good road company.
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Truly exciting and topical, one of Clancy's best. The audio abridgement by Random House received Clancy's blessing, and sounds full, complete, lacking for nothing.
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Jack Ryan was always a man of the people. In The Bear and The Dragon, Jack is working through his 1st elected term as President of the United States, and he isn't sure he likes the job. He is trying to steer the country in straightforward ways. However, the policies the U.S. find to be fair are yet another reason for Minister Zhang, of the Peoples Republic of China to begin a war in an attempt to wrest Siberia from the Russians.

Published in 2000, this book is showing a small amount of age, as it cannot foresee the world events we have lived through in the past decade or so. It is, however, reflective of how China still does business with the U.S. The country that seems out of step in this book is a Russia without Mr. Putin trying to re-establish the glory days of the USSR. Otherwise, strategies and intrigues still ring true here; while technology has begun to lag.

This is a classic Clancy styled book, not coauthored, and with never-ending paragraphs, repetitious review of character's thoughts, and dialog out of the 1970's. Tom Clancy always had a well planned outline but took twice as long as necessary to bring you from one step to the next.

Clancy fans will still enjoy this story, but it will never be a classic. Out of his many books I believe Patriot Games will remain the best story he published.
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Espionage novel as expected from Clancy, this one involving Russia and China. A fat read at more than 1100 pages.
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Excellent book, I would recommend it to anyone.
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A clash of world powers. A president's trial by fire....

THE BEAR AND THE DRAGON
President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known, in Tom Clancy's extraordinary new novel...

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--and change the face of the world as we know it...
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Typical Clancy writing and worth the reading but not one of his best - Russia comes off as a "good guy" and gets an assist from us - time marches on!!!!
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Tom Clancy knows how to keep a reader on the edge of one's seat!
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"Pretty good", says my husband! Cold war theme (Russia and China being the "bear" and the "dragon") featuring hero Jack Ryan. Tom Clancy once again writes with an exceptional sense of realism and the novel never lags.
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Solid typical Clancy
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My husbands favorite author. I know if I pick up any new Tom Clancy book He'll be happy for days.
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Jack Ryan does it again.
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Nice and intense.
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Newly elected in his own right, Jack Ryan has found that being president has not gotten any easier; domestic pitfalls await him at every turn, the Asian economy is going down the tubes, and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to take out chairman of SVR, the former KGB with the rocket propelled granade.
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President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known.
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"Klingons" is how hero Jack Ryan describes the villainsDthe Communist Chinese PolitburoDof Clancy's mammoth new novel; other Yanks refer to Chinese soldiers as "Joe Chinaman." It's not for subtlety of characterization, then, that this behemoth proves so relentlessly engrossing. Nor is it for any modulation in the arc of its action, which moves insistently from standstill to hurtle. Nor is it for the author's (expressed) understanding of life's viscissitudes; in this Clancyverse, no white hat with a name dies, but every black hat gets whupped bad. Partly it's for the sheer bulkDif ever a book should come equipped with wheels, it's this oneDwhich plunges readers into a sea of words so vast that, after hours of paddling happily through brisk prose, the horizon remains hidden from sight. Mostly, though, it's because that sea glitters with undeniable authority. Clancy has demonstrated in earlier books (Rainbow Six, etc.) that he towers above other novelists in his ability to deliver geo-political, techo-military goods on a global scaleDand here he's at the top of that war-gaming. With aplomb, he spins numerous plot strandsDamong them: a Sino-American spy seduces his way into Politburo secrets; enormous oil and gold reserves are discovered in Siberia; the new Papal Nuncio to Beijing is murdered; the Politburo orders a hit on a top Russian officialDthat lead to a Chinese invasion of Russia and a credible war scenario that occupies the novel's last quarter and that culiminates in a nuclear crescendo. Each thread carries a handbook's worth of intoxicating, expertly researchedDseemingly insideDinformation, about advanced weapons of war and espionage, about how various governments work, complemented always with ponderings about the tensions between individual honor and the demands of state.
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from back cover: 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 - and ther is none better.
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As president, Jack Ryan faces a potential world crisis that starts with an assasination attempt on the new Russian President. You get to follow interconnected events that take you around the world and through the workings of war and politics, both official and covert. If you like Tom Clancy's books then you will like this one.
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President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known, in Tom Clancy's extraordinary novel....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....to change the face of the world as we know it......
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Hardcover
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There is no dust cover
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BIG hardback! "When you've got a Tom Clancy novel in hand, who needs action movies?" --Tim Appelo
From Publishers Weekly: "Klingons" is how hero Jack Ryan describes the villains, the Communist Chinese Politburo, of Clancy's mammoth new novel; other Yanks refer to Chinese soldiers as "Joe Chinaman." It's not for subtlety of characterization, then, that this behemoth proves so relentlessly engrossing. Nor is it for any modulation in the arc of its action, which moves insistently from standstill to hurtle. Nor is it for the author's (expressed) understanding of life's viscissitudes; in this Clancyverse, no white hat with a name dies, but every black hat gets whupped bad. Partly it's for the sheer bulk, if ever a book should come equipped with wheels, it's this one, which plunges readers into a sea of words so vast that, after hours of paddling happily through brisk prose, the horizon remains hidden from sight. Mostly, though, it's because that sea glitters with undeniable authority. Clancy has demonstrated in earlier books (Rainbow Six, etc.) that he towers above other novelists in his ability to deliver geo-political, techo-military goods on a global scaleDand here he's at the top of that war-gaming. With aplomb, he spins numerous plot strandsDamong them: a Sino-American spy seduces his way into Politburo secrets; enormous oil and gold reserves are discovered in Siberia; the new Papal Nuncio to Beijing is murdered; the Politburo orders a hit on a top Russian officialDthat lead to a Chinese invasion of Russia and a credible war scenario that occupies the novel's last quarter and that culiminates in a nuclear crescendo. Each thread carries a handbook's worth of intoxicating, expertly researched, seemingly inside, information, about advanced weapons of war and espionage, about how various governments work, complemented always with ponderings about the tensions between individual honor and the demands of state. Add to that the excitement for Clancy fans of this being the first novel to feature not just Jack Ryan but also, in significant subordinate roles, Jack Clark and Ding Chavez of Rainbow Six and other tales, and you've got a juggernaut that's going to hit #1 its first week out and stay there for a good while." Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Dust jacket missing. Tom Clancy classic.
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Cover a bit funky, but solid book.