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The Teeth of the Tiger

Written by: Tom Clancy
Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
4 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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In a nondescript office building in suburban Maryland, the firm Hendley Associates does a profitable business in stocks, bonds, and international currencies, but its true mission is quite different: to identify and locate terrorist threats, and then deal with them, in whatever manner necessary. Established with the knowledge of President John Patrick Ryan, "the Campus" is always on the lookout for promising new talent, its recruiters scattered throughout the armed forces and government agencies - and three men are about to cross its radar.

The first is Dominic Caruso, a rookie FBI agent, barely a year out of Quantico, whose decisive actions resolve a particularly brutal kidnap/murder case. The second is Caruso's brother, Brian, a Marine captain just back from his first combat action in Afghanistan, and already a man to watch. And the third is their cousin...a young man named Jack Ryan, Jr.

Jack was raised on intrigue. As his father moved through the ranks of the CIA and then into the White House, Jack received a life course in the world and the way it operates from agents, statesmen, analysts, Secret Service men, and black ops specialists such as John Clark and Ding Chavez. He wants to put it all to work now, but when he knocks on the front door of "the Campus," he finds that nothing has prepared him for what he is about to encounter. For it is indeed a different world out there - and in here. And it is about to become far more dangerous.

©2003 Tom Clancy (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

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Not Great. Did Clancy write this? Or pull a "Trump

I truly like Tom Clancy. His work is like candy for the brain, admittedly, but a fun escape. By the time he got to this point in the Jack Ryan series, he got pretty thin. It feels as though ghost-written. Clancy just slapped his name on it.
The novel is decent but predictable. The reader is a little annoying and some passages are actually repeated. A fair read

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So, so

For a Tom Clancy, this book runs pretty slow. It never brings you to the edge of your seat. The editing of the audio is very poor as there’s a bunch of repetitive sentences and or paragraphs. I’d pass it on for another.

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  • Zachary Hazelwood
  • 2018-06-17

Good story. Problems with playback.

This is a shorter novel than most. Storyline is a little rushed and not as in depth as other Ryanverse novels. Still a good story.

There are problems with this particular recording. There are several instances where a line (part of a sentence) is repeated. It can be a disorienting and makes me aware that I am listening to a novel and pulls me out of the story when it happens. Still worth the download, but I wished that were fixed.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • 2016-05-12

Introduction of Jack Ryan jr. as an covert agent

Tom Clancy's 2003 release, The Teeth of the Tiger stands out in several ways. First, Jack Ryan refuses to run for a second full term as US president. His old friend ex-military pilot Robby Jackson (and Ryan's VP) runs for the office and becomes the first black president of the US. As he leaves office Ryan forms a covert operations group named "The Company" which is hidden in the Maryland offices of the financial firm Hendley Associates. Jerry Hendley, and old spy himself, owns Hendley Associates and heads "The Company" Our old friend John Clark is team leader and brings with him Ding Chavez and Jack Ryan Sr's nephews the Caruso brothers. New CIA agent Ryan Jr. joins the group with his cousins.

Teeth of the Tiger is the last novel that Tom Clancy wrote without a co-author. It is also the novel where the Jack Ryan series became the Jack Ryan Jr. series. The senior Ryan remains very much in the novels but the protagonist is the junior Ryan.

This is an excellent book, and one of the more interesting ones, but it is now among the very best books in the Jack Ryan series. Nevertheless, as a transition novel it is a vital and necessary part of continuing the Ryan series.

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  • Ben
  • 2004-08-22

A little implausible

I enjoied this book. I would like to read the next book in the series. I definitely felt as if I knew these people. My only complaint is that it seems unlikely that three rank amatures would be sent against seasoned terrorists. What chance could new, raw recruits possibly have against experienced, tempered, cold-as-stone assassins? This is not a joke. These people are for real. They are monsters. They can smell you coming miles away. There is no smiling at them across the hallway and hoping they don't make you.
I liked the main characters and I thought the beginning of the book was strong. The action scenes seemed a little rushed, though. And the ending. The ending happened to fast it was almost anti-climatic.

I don't want to pan this book. I just want the next one to be better. Now that you don't have to re-introduce the main chacters, hopefully we can hit the ground running in the next one. And soon, please.

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  • Julie
  • 2003-12-18

Excruciating tedium

I loved his early books and appreciated his attention to detail. But in this one, every time something is about to happen in the here and now, someone has to reflect back on what "old Dad" did before or speculate on his thought processes and moral conundrums. There is so much angst and soul searching, repeated ad nauseum, that the action could fill a very thin novelette indeed. And there was such extreme repetition of things described in minute detail at different intervals in the book to different people that I found myself talking back to the tape "yeah yeah yeah, I heard this already!" I've never fast forwarded through a book before, but I did extensively on this one, and wished I'd opted for an abridged version. An interesting story, poorly and tediously told. Where was the editor on this stinker?

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  • Harris
  • 2003-10-17

Wha happened to ye Tom Clancy?

Where did your fast moving action filled style go to? This novel is slow and tedious. The reader is also very annoying with the ability to move from one scene to another without a pause or a breath so that you're not quite sure where your at. He also has not developed the ability to use distinguishing voices, so that as he moves from character to character you're not quite sure who's talking. The book ends suddenly! You almost expect to hear a "to be continued in the sequel", but you know something, you're glad that it's over.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Ben Anderson
  • 2007-12-09

Good start, abrupt ending

This was a typical Clancy book. I very much enjoyed it. That is until it abruptly and inexplicably ended. It was as if there were other parts to the download that I didn't have. I literally checked for missing parts twice. It wasn't until I pulled my hardcover off the shelf and looked at the ending that I really believed that the book had ended this way.
I would recommend it if you like Clancy's spy novels and if you are willing to be entertained for 16 hours and then left hanging and disappointed (with the ending) at the conclusion of the book.


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  • Janet
  • 2003-12-28

Believe the reviews!

Wish I had. This book was a waste of time. I kept waiting for suspence and drama. I got unrealistic characters (twins who seem like such nice kids, except for their vocabulary and the fact that they can kill someone without any emotion) and a rambling story line that just ends.

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  • John
  • 2004-08-08

NOT CLANCY'S BEST

As an avid Clancy fan I have read or listened to just about everything he has published. I am impressed with even his bad novels. I will not rate Teeth of the Tiger as bad, just not one of his best. The storyline as usual was so close to truth that it is easy to believe but it tends to be a bit dull and lacking in, the normal for Clancy, action. The ending left me hanging but not looking for further adventures of Jack junior. I still recommend the book but not to first time Clancy readers/listeners

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • rnbowers
  • 2004-03-17

Completely rediculas.

Clancy used to write about things that were real and used to dispel the very mythology he puts forth in this book. I've read all of Mr. Clancy's work and I've always been impressed with the realism and believability of his books--until now. I fear that one of the very best there has ever been is about to become less than medocre to say the least. This book certainly is less than believable. Save your book credits on this one, folks.

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  • Linda Likes to Learn
  • 2003-10-23

BORING listening, UNBELIEVEABLE. Waste of time!

Tom Clancy - writing about Jack Ryan and his 21st century swashbuckling and globe-trotting adventure/spy/drama books - must have been having a VERY bad day when he wrote this stinker of a book! Jack Ryan, now President, authorizes his OWN SON and NEPHEWS to become paid assasins for a government kill-team that targets 'suspected' 'bad guys' ??? Give me a break! The whole book was so implausible that I had a hard time in grasping the concept -- thinking that surely I was missing out on the IMPORTANT stuff.... and come to find out, there wasn't any of THAT, either!

To make matters even worse, the narrator sounds like he's reading poetry - not trying to enliven already dull characters and at least differentiate in voices or dialog, plus he has an annoying habit of ending all his long-winded sentences on a 'downturn' -- sounding like everything had a "Oh, poor thing, it's so sad....." sound -- that might be helpful in reading bedtime stories to not-very-sleepy kids -- but certainly not what was needed for an 'action' story.

And the reward for listening through a painful 16 hours of this nonsense? The story just ends.... as our unproven (to me) hero flies off into the blue - supposedly on his way to another adventure. If it's another adventure like this first one, I'll read a paragraph synopsis and feel like I came out ahead.

Tom Clancy may have 'hit it big' previously -- but this is a total bust! I only rated it ONE star because there was nothing LESS that would qualify as a rating!

14 of 18 people found this review helpful