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Tom Clancy Enemy Contact

Written by: Mike Maden
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Jack Ryan Jr.'s race to stop an international criminal conspiracy is intertwined with the fate of an old friend in this blistering entry in the number-one New York Times best-selling series.

The CIA's deepest secrets are being given away for a larger agenda that will undermine the entire Western intelligence community. Director of National Intelligence Mary Pat Foley wants it stopped but doesn't know who, how, or why. 

Jack Ryan Jr., is dispatched to Poland on a different mission. The clues are thin, and the sketchy trail dead ends in a harrowing fight from which he barely escapes with his life. If that's not bad enough, Jack gets more tragic news. An old friend, who's dying from cancer, has one final request for Jack. It seems simple enough, but before it's done, Jack will find himself alone, his life hanging by a thread. 

If he survives, he'll be one step closer to finding the shadowy figure behind the CIA leak and its true purpose, but in the process, he'll challenge the world's most dangerous criminal syndicate with devastating consequences.

©2019 Mike Maden (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Just terrible.

This has to be the worst book in the series, just awful. It was all over the map, way too many coincidences and Jack Ryan Jr’s character is regressing.

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  • M. Turano
  • 2019-07-06

The Campus. story-line is getting a little tired.

First off, a minor gripe: Every time Jr meets someone new, they NEVER make the connection that the guy has the exact same name as the President? Off all the suspended belief in these books, I have the hardest time getting past this.

I've been reading and re-reading Tom Clancy for about 15 years, and I am a huge fan of the world he's created, The Campus series has had a decent run, but it's starting to get a little repetitive and boring. Could we maybe try something new? What's Jones up to these day? Where's Portagee? What about Rainbow Six? Or how about a story arc that extends beyond each individual book? John Clark will forever be one of the best action heroes committed to type, but he's in his 70's, let the man retire!

BTW, Scott Brick is a master, I love listening to him.

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  • shelley
  • 2019-06-12

Action Espionage and Cybercrime...

Whew! Just finished this third contribution by Mike Maden to the Jack Ryan Campus series. Nonstop is an understatement!
The story begins with Jack Jr going to see a friend from college. The man is dying and asks for a favor that Jack feels compelled to agree to. But before he can leave he's called by his superior to go to Poland. Teaming up with local authorities they discover some information pointing to US and Chinese involvement in underhanded activities. But then tragedy happens leaving Jack to question his own abilities and putting him in a depression.
Jack heads down to Chile to complete his promise to his friend only to run into unexpected opposition there. An ex US Ranger/bar owner tries to convince Jack to give up his promise and head home. Every excuse is given including the mountain he's to climb with his friend's ashes is dangerous. The room he was staying in is broken into that night is broken into, everything he has with him is stolen (including his friend's ashes) and and he's knocked around. Still feeling a need to go now for himself, a beaten down exhausted Jack has climbed 3/4 up and soon finds out just how dangerous. The mountain is the least of it.
This book is Excellent and has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
Scott Brick as always does an OUTSTANDING job narrating.
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  • Steven A. Harr
  • 2019-06-24

The worst book I have ever purchased.

It’s not Scott Brick. He did his job.

This book has the most laborious story plot ever. I am sure we were 80% into the book and then it completely turns into a whole new story line with absolutely no connection to the first mud puddle of a story except for a very stupid and virtually impossible connection between the villain in the first part of the book and his brother miraculously showing up on top of a mountain in an extremely remote part of the world. It’s just a stupid story. Don’t waste your money. Clancy would be ashamed.

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  • Jjacobson
  • 2019-06-16

The regression of Jack jr.?

Don’t get me wrong. I love these books/stories. This book just seemed off. John Patrick Ryan jr. must have been on idiot pills or he has regressed. Consider all the progress Jack jr has made and forget it. He thinks back to his lessons and remembers Clark’s voice with guidance but acts out of character. You can blame it on his battered physical and mental state but I don’t buy it. Maybe I’m out of line but this one just seemed off to me. That being said I’m still going to be setting here impatiently waiting for the next book. Please hurry but don’t close off the story short like this one. Seems like there could have been a great deal included to this speedy wrap up. Thanks again for the entertainment. I did enjoy it even though I’m complaining. Everyone wants more right!?

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  • LizzieR
  • 2019-06-21

First time I have been disappointed

This is the first time I have been disappointed in a Jack Ryan novel....the story is beyond far fetched and the pacing was horrible. I feel like the book was progressing well and then just rushed to an end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-05

Good Story but very depressing

Too negative and depressing in parts as Jack Jr is witness to too many atrocities and unbelievable personal rescues

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  • Gary L. Richardson
  • 2019-07-04

A Travel Log...Of Sorts

I love the series and have read all the books...but this one left me a bit disappointed. Most of the book is a disjointed hodgepodge of jumping all over the place trying to build a story while outlining interesting facts about Poland. Great if you are playing trivial pursuit but not so good if you are writing an installment of the Ryan jr series. The author forgot one of the main draws of the series is the interaction of the Campus characters....without that going on, the book is lacking. Scott Brick does a great job with narration as always....but authors need to get back to campus business in full. An ok installment when compared to the others.

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  • Lynne S Adams
  • 2019-07-01

Just awful

So disappointed.
I can’t believe how awful it was.
I listened to the end hoping that it would get better.
It didn’t.

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  • Clayton
  • 2019-06-28

4.5, Did the Russians hack this review site?

I generally don't write reviews. In this case I feel it necessary to add my voice. I started reading Clancy in 1983 and was disappointed only once (Patriot Games). Clancy was the consummate story teller, reading his books was like watching a Arabian weaver at work. Each story, while characters were in common and connected, the stories were unique, timely and realistically written. This author is formulaic at best. This story is timely, the Jack Jr. character has shown no growth over the past books. The saving grace for me is the narrator, Scott Brick. I believe that had I read this as a hard copy and not audible I would not have made it 1/4 of the way through.

Vince Flynn and Brad Thor's leading characters are still credible after a dozen stories, Maden is only on #3 and the character has lost credibility. Perhaps he should get with Flynn and Thor and learn how they have kept their leading charcter relevant.

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  • Phil
  • 2019-06-28

Not one of the best 'Clancy' Books

1. Can we just get Jack a wife / girlfriend or whatever?
2. Did we really need a gay / transvestite sideline?
3. What in the devil did the mountain side line have to do with anything

There was a nice twist in the end that somewhat saved the book -

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