Threat Vector

Threat Vector

by Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney

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For President Jack Ryan, his son Jack Ryan, Jr., and the covert organization known as The Campus, the fight against America’s enemies is never over. But the danger has just hit home in a way they never expected in this #1 New York Times bestselling Tom Clancy thriller....

The Campus has been discovered. And whoever knows they exist knows they can be destroyed. Meanwhile, President Jack Ryan has been swept back into the Oval Office—and his wisdom and courage are needed more desperately than ever.

Internal political and economic strife has pushed the leadership of China to the edge of disaster. And those who wish to consolidate their power are using the opportunity to strike at long-desired Taiwan, as well as the Americans who have protected the tiny nation.

Now, as two of the world’s superpowers move ever closer to a final confrontation, President Ryan must use the only wild card he has left—The Campus. But with their existence about to be revealed, they might not even have a chance to enter the battle before the world is consumed by war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425262306
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Series: Jack Ryan Series , #15
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 52,714
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A little more than thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October—the first of the phenomenally successful Jack Ryan novels—sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it “the perfect yarn.” From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.

Mark Greaney
 has a degree in international relations and political science. In his research for the Gray Man novels, including Mission CriticalAgent in PlaceGunmetal GrayBack BlastDead EyeBallisticOn Target, and The Gray Man, he traveled to more than fifteen countries and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combative tactics. He is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tom Clancy Support and DefendTom Clancy Full Force and EffectTom Clancy Commander in Chief, and Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance. With Tom Clancy, he coauthored Locked OnThreat Vector, and Command Authority.


Huntingtown, Maryland

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1947

Date of Death:

October 1, 2013

Place of Birth:

Baltimore, Maryland


Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland, 1965; B.A. in English, Loyola College, 1969

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"Each plotline comes to us mainly in a series of tightly written action visual as anything on a movie screen, with the added enticement of crisp, accurate and hard driving prose." —Chicago Tribune

"Hard to put down." —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Threat Vector 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 259 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will update this later but must say I am a bit less than thrilled so far. The plot is okay so far but followers of the series will find certain items distracting, for example it is stated that Jack Jr. is the eldest Ryan child. If simple items such as this slipped by the editors, I do not hold out much hope this will be one of the better books in the series. I honestly wonder if Mr. Clancy has read this book, much less had anything to do with writing it.
The-Llama More than 1 year ago
Not overly impressed.   I'm tired of having things like a "cover id" and other espionage terms explained to me as I'm reading.  Anyone reading this series is already well informed on these terms.  I feel like i'm seen as an uneducated reader in-spite of the fact that I have been following these characters from the start.  Attention to Character detail is poor.  For example, Jack Jr. is not the eldest Ryan child.  Anyone who has read this series knows this. Mark Greaney has marginalized the the characters we have come to love in an attempt to create an overly complex story.  "Locked On" had this same problem.   I read Tom Clancy novels for their excellent attention to accuracy about how military and special forces operate.   I also read them  because the main characters are kept as the central focal point for the story; not the disaster which happens to occurring at the moment. Mark Greaney however seems to make all the peripheral characters more important than the main characters.   I will no longer purchase any books written by Mark Greaney. I would like to see, however, another Grant Blackwood endeavor.     
VoraciousReader2 More than 1 year ago
As a long time Clancy fan, I have to admit that I'm glad that Jack Ryan hasn't gone the way of the dodo. But I also have to be realistic with the fact that one of the great things about the Jack Ryan universe was that it so closely paralleled what was happening in our own world. And yet, the imaginative solutions Ryan implemented were so amazing that we all WISHED they would happen in real life. My own mother has voted for Jack Ryan for President... TWICE... as write in candidates. Threat Vector lacks the complexity in plot and scope that Clancy's earlier novels had - mostly because Threat Vector wasn't written by Clancy. Sure, he might have read it and said "yeah, this is good," but Mark Greaney, the real author doesn't have the same personal knowledge of the military that Clancy had, and it shows. Characters are less fleshed out, situational descriptions are Hollywoodish, and even classic characters are mere shadows of themselves. From a plot perspective, Threat Vector is also a rehash. In Clancy's universe, China is a defeated enemy, and yet Greaney brings the Dragon back to life and expects us to believe that despite their questionable sea power, the United States Navy is technically helpless to prevent China's domination of the South China Sea? Even the cyberwarfare was dumbed down so that non-computer folks could understand it, which is definitely at odds with how Clancy wrote. Rather than dumbing things down, he educated the reader. Remember the Cardinal in the Kremlin? I was practically an expert on Laser Missile Defense after that book. In the end, Threat Vector was a fun read - a way to pass the time. But it is very clear that the Jack Ryan series is in decline and that the sun has set on Jack Ryan, and even Jack Jr. Too bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got tired of Clancys books a few years ago. Still dont know why I read this one but sure am glad that I did. Very well written and an extremely easy story line to follow. If you are like me and have skipped a few of his works then its time to get back with a very good story teller and enjoy a thriller again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reads like a first draft; it's all exposition and no action. If you were looking to get sucked into a gripping story, think again. Imagine seeing a really great film in the theater; now imagine listening to your teenage kid describing the film instead. That's about how far this book is from reading classic Clancy. Pity to see a good plot so handicapped by plodding, pedantic, unimaginative prose. Tom, we miss you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not completely through the book, but Tom Clancy does not disappoint. This is a great book, and it continues right off of Locked On. Tom Clancy does a great job of continuing to link the books, and create a growing story. I love it. I bought it, and spent 3 hours at Star Bucks reading it. I'm hooked.
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
Im glad I read the abridged version as the technological explanations in this technology heavy novel, slowed the plot down and dfied the reader to keep up. What keeps me reading Clancy is the fantasy of having an organization like the Campus and it's capabilities and staff in our government inrtigues me. I wish it were true!!!
BBStam More than 1 year ago
I used to love Clancy's books, but hadn't read one in a while. But, I loved Threat Vector. It may not be deep, but it's got lots of action and is a real page turner. It's great to reunite with characters like John Clark and Jack Ryan. Clancy's back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have heard carping from Jack Senior fans that it is just not the same. I agree; it is better! Less techie and more thriller. I love the Campus books and hope there is more to come. Don't miss any of them; but i felt this was the best one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid follower of Clancy's work; I was dissappointed with this endeavor. Where IS Tom Clancy? There are portions of book I skipped because so boring and I have read ALL of his books over and over. Did Mr Clancy even read the final edit.
mtownsend More than 1 year ago
This is bringing some closure to the current thread & series. While I was hesitant due to Mark Greaney being involved, TV is a very good read. Better character development, there was an ending, but there is a set-up for the next in the series if they decide to go forward. Overall a good read, good enough I bought it on Audible aslo. Worth the time, but I still think B&N is too costly for E-books. Get on board or I will go elsewhere. Kindle is my next effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
spell binding as all his other books. very hard to lay down and do my work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an unbelievable read. Tom Clancy is AWESOME!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Portions read like a porn novel, others are convoluted and the closing used the "dust bin" method of sweeping up loose ends to close out plot lines. All in all I regret purchasing this novel as Clancy's quality has degraded. If there is a followup novel I will NOT be buying it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am confused because why is it that there is not even a basic summary about this book or what it is about? I mean come on, if it is out there to buy at stores and online, you have the book to at least print up what is written on the book jacket? 
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AMA001 More than 1 year ago
It appears a lot of readers found this book disappointing. But I really liked it. It kept me engrossed and so glad I purchased it.