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Publisher's Summary

Jack Ryan, historian, ex-Marine, and CIA analyst, is vacationing in London when the Ulster Liberation Army makes a terrorist attack on the Prince and Princess of Wales. By instinctively diving forward to break up the attack, he gains both the gratitude of a nation and the hatred of its most dangerous men. Jack Ryan must summon all of the skills and knowledge at his command to battle back against his nemesis. 

Please note: This is the abridged edition. An unabridged version is also available.

©1987 Jack Ryan Enterprises Ltd. (P)1987 Random House Inc., Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

“A novel that crackles!” (The New York Times)

“A bang-up climax.” (The Washington Post

"Ambitious, daring...as spectacular as any thriller ever." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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A very good read

really really enjoyed it. The narrator really brought the story to life for me. Jack Ryan is awesome.

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  • P. Parr
  • 09-05-2009

Patriot Games

If you like Tom Clancy this is a terrible abridgement. It leaves all the important parts out.

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  • Laurie
  • 01-05-2008

good book, but disappointing abridgement

The story's great, the narrator is very good, but the abridgement is disappointing (although someone who has not read the book would probably enjoy this abridgement, despite the fact that many of the best characterization bits are missing). The completely unnecessary musical interludes are horrible - very melodramatic, corny, quite distracting.

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  • Michael K
  • 18-07-2018

only 4 chapters!! it doesn't say that anywhere!

they dont give you the full book. I feel gypped. what a waste of money.

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  • Charlie Curtis
  • 20-02-2013

Excellent On All Counts

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anybody who is an action adventure or Tom Clancy fan should enjoy this book, which is non-stop action in a realistic context.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Ryan is a main character in a series of Clancy books. The character is real, human, and personable, with a family and children. He is an unlikely hero who always finds himself in situations where he comes to the rescue.

Which character – as performed by Martin Sheen – was your favorite?

I have always enjoyed Martin Sheen's voice. In this case, he performs all the characters well, but I particularly enjoy his characterization of the main character, Jack Ryan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-2020

Not what I expected

Wasn't prepared for the massive amounts of story missing with the abridged version. Would have preferred if Martian Sheen read the novel in its entirety.

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  • Michael
  • 29-09-2021

So disappointing

It seemed like it was 1/2 a story. Really disappointing. Clancy. Martin was OK as a storyteller

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  • Racerxden
  • 06-07-2021

A short story. Man I gotta start reading the length before buying

It’s Clancy so of course it’s a great thriller. Martin Sheen is 1 of the best at his game as well. Yep, I gave up a full credit for this little short story. Maybe I’ll play it again back to back so I’ll feel like I got my money’s worth. Live and learn

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  • Renon Bradley
  • 23-06-2021

Disappointed that it's not the full book

I was really looking forward to hearing the full book, not an adapted shortened version of the novel. I'm rather upset that I wasted a credit on this.

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  • Darin
  • 18-06-2021

Only four chapters

There is only four chapters which is not listed in the description. And it is read to fast.

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  • David G.
  • 08-01-2021

This is really lame

This is a lame reader’s digest version with music and sound effects. It’s really REALLY bad. Looks for the full 22 hour version.
This is really bad. What a waste of time.

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  • dc
  • 29-07-2020

Just not long enough.

Great story and narration but no where near as good as The Hunt For Red October.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-2018

great performance

loved Martin Sheena reading of this Jack Ryan story. it's short but worth it. can't wait to hear the rest.

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