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Locked On

Written by: Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he's honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States.

But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous. A devout enemy of Jack Sr. launches a privately funded vendetta to discredit him by connecting the presidential candidate to a mysterious killing in the past by John Clark, his longtime ally.

A shadowy mercenary team is dispatched to capture the former Navy SEAL. With Clark on the run, it’s up to Jack Ryan Jr., along with Ding Chavez, Dominic Caruso, and the rest of the Campus team, to stop a threat emerging in the Middle East: A corrupt Pakistani general has entered into a deadly pact with a fanatical terrorist to procure nuclear warheads, which can be used to blackmail any world power into submission.

With the breakneck speed and military action scenes that have made him the premier thriller writer of our time, Tom Clancy delivers a novel of high-tech warfare in which the enemy within may be even more devastating than the enemy without.

©2011 Tom Clancy (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Pure Pulp

I wonder what happened to Tom Clancy to get him to put his name on this book. A Willie Nelson-style tax bill? This is nothing like Clancy's previous work. Unrecognizable.

Lou Diamond Phillips sounds like he had a cold. Each time he takes a breath it sounds like a gasp. Good reader, but very annoying.

A fun book if you are looking for a paperbook action story, but not if you want a Clancy story

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SOOO much better!!

this far surpasses the last one. really enjoyed it and Lou is one if the best readers period.

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  • Jean
  • 2012-01-11

Locked On

Lou Diamond Phillips brought the story to life with his great narration. In keeping with the Tom Clancy tradition there is a lot of action and politics. I enjoyed Clark back as the head of Rainbow even if it was temporary. Thought the flight attendant on the corporate jet as a former naval medic and all round expert was great and hope Clancy expands her role in future books. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Jackie
  • 2013-11-14

WHAT? WHEN? WHO? WHY? WHERE?

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who likes lots of detail about the characters, location and politics; and don't mind if the story drags on and on and on.

What could Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Cut back on the characters (way to many to keep up with) the story didn't grab me and I didn't know where it was going, I didn't know who was significant to the story. I couldn't follow who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. I didn't know why some characters were introduced into the story.

What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lou Diamond Phillips was great...I personally think the story needs a re-write.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

...I am more than half way through the story and so far the answer would be done. I am going to finish it (it's taken awhile-because I don't like it) and unless some miracle pops out at the end I am sticking with done.P.S. If, some miracle pops out at the end I will come back and update this remark.

Any additional comments?

Often I don't give much credit to reviews that rate 1 or 2 when the majority of the ratings are 4's and 5's but next time I will read them and consider them more than I have in the past.

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  • Florence Nightingale
  • 2012-07-31

Great narration but story didn't hold my attention

What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

He is so good that I forgot I was listening to Lou Diamond Phillips. He has great ability to change his voice from character to character.

Any additional comments?

Maybe it's just me, but I tried 3 times to finish listening to the story, and I just couldn't. The characters didn't grab my attention. I didn't feel any emotion that made me want to continue. And for me personally, there was too much information about the technical aspects. I'm sure some people would appreciate that part, but not me.

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  • Aaron
  • 2013-08-30

labored, intensive, mostly dull.

Formulaic. Somehow it had just enough interest to keep my listening for the entire time, but cannot recall why now.

The romance had a nice twist, but was otherwise littered with corny dialogue and telling emotions with little feeling.

Glad that George Bush and Bush Jr. were along for the ride. Too many political undertones for my taste, but I guess we must all choose sides eventually, right?

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  • Joseph
  • 2011-12-21

Give me more! Loved it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Locked On to be better than the print version?

Due to a busy work schedule I enjoy audio books more because I spend most of my time in the car travelling to and from work and while Im at work.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Locked On?

I particularly loved the shoot out scene in France. Lots of action, and was on the edge of y seat through out that scene.

What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I absolutely love his style of narration. He adds accents, different tones, different speach styles according to the characters background or origin and stays on point with his narration. When i listen to his narration i can actually picture mentally the different characters. Very enjoyable, in fact aside from being a Clancy follower, Im becoming a Lou Diamond Phillips follower. Great Narration!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to the book over the course of a week or two.

Any additional comments?

I do not agree with some of the other ratings this book has recieved. I found it to be very enjoyable and cant wait for the next book re: The campus and The Team. Loved it!

29 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Garry
  • 2017-06-23

Five star listen

Any additional comments?

Very topical, accurate, enjoyable, believable, varied and a great story. Well, that's it in a nutshell. I do still have my doubts about Jack Ryan Jnr stories but he is probably less of the story than some of the favourites of the past. You can tell a great sequence of stories are being developed.

Highly recommended to people who like Tom Clancy books (and Mark Greaney too of course)

Lou Diamond Philips does a good job.

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  • Esther Trakinski
  • 2012-01-10

WAY too much detail!

What disappointed you about Locked On?

Though I am usually a Clancy fan, and thought Lou Diamond Phillips is a superb narrator, this book is beyond tedious. There are too many meandering unrelated story lines and the book is so full of extraneous technical detail that it could use another round or two of heavy editing! Indeed, it feels like the authors are just showing off their technical knowledge without regard to pacing of the story.

Has Locked On turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but will now look for books read by him. He's one of the best narrators I've heard, and I've listened to over one hundred audible books.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Locked On?

I'd cut most of the technical information and jargon. I'd also spin off some of the story lines for another book.

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  • Terry J
  • 2011-12-28

To many names!!

Kept losing track of all the names of --- just about in the middle of sentence we were jumped to a new location...!

The action tells were as great as ever in Clancy's books!!!!!

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  • cranberryraisin
  • 2019-04-16

If you like talking about guns, read/listen

I like guns. I like action movies. I normally really like Tom Clancy novels because they read like an action movie in my head. Whenever I see a Tom Clancy title in an audible sale, I have to snatch it up because I know it's going to be an enjoyable 15+ hours of my life where I can multitask some menial task while I picture some awesome fight and chase scenes. But this book.... the lack of imagery and character development made it very hard to get through. I don't know how you can make characters, that I've already invested in from other titles, so uninteresting that I rather sit through traffic in "silence" instead of continue to listen to the novel. I just wish the author gave as much attention to detail as he gave the guns in this book to the the actual scenery the characters were in. You get so many details on what gun is being reloaded with what caliber bullet, and the character aiming down what modified sights, but almost nothing on what building they're running into or street their being chased down on. The book also reads like some NRA fan boy's fever dream. Women are evil. Everyone but the USA are evil or unreliable. Democrats and the media are dirty snakes, and Republicans are the saviors the nation needs.

That being said, Lou Diamond Phillips does a great job. His British accent could use work, but everything else was great.

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  • SJCA History
  • 2017-06-18

Great book and performance

Lou Diamond Phillips does an outstanding job in reading and portraying the characters and building the connection to his listeners.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful