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  • Executive Orders

  • Jack Ryan, Book 8
  • Written by: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 51 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The US President, along with most of the Cabinet and Congress, is dead. Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before had been confirmed as the new Vice-President of the United States is told that he is now President.

President John Patrick Ryan.

With stunning force, Ryan's responsibilities crush on him. He must calm an anxious and grieving nation, all while attempting to reconstitute a Cabinet and a Congress with the greatest possible speed.

But that is not all. Both within Washington DC and across the globe, there are those eager to act on the animosity towards the United States and others from Jack Ryan's past that harbour a grudge towards the new President himself. Soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so big even he cannot imagine it.

©1996 Jack Ryan Limited Partnership (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc

Critic Reviews

"His plotting here is masterful, as is his strumming of patriotic heartstrings. This is heavyweight entertainment." ( Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)
"Vintage Clancy ... The conclusion features the most harrowing battlefield prose Clancy has written since Red Storm Rising." ( Bookpage)

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too long...

was a very long book, not sure why?

It was not as intriguing for such a long story

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  • Christopher J. Ward
  • 08-12-14

This was written pre-9/11: keep that in mind.

I regard Tom Clancy as a solid, competent writer who deserved the success he has received. We foreigners who have been to the US have to remind ourselves that while Special Forces are carefully selected and trained to be the very best they can be and enjoy most of the advantages of hi-tech, offensive and defensive, they are still human and can be killed, wounded or mentally damaged. In Executive Orders, a Japanese pilot, seething over conflict described in a previous book, takes a 747 below the radar, kills hi co-pilot and dives the huge bomb into Congress, killing most of the US government, including the President, and the chain of command down to a level beneath the Joint Chiefs. Our hero Jack Ryan is thrust but unwanted circumstance into the role of President, with only one Senator protesting. The reluctant POTUS faces danger from many quarters but manages to find sufficient men with backbone to rally to the cause and uncover/destroy the real perpetrators of the plot to take out the US. If the plunged 747 decapitating the US government only to be foiled doesn't grab you, the underlying plot, which involves the weaponizing of the ebola virus, should make thinkers pause and pay more attention to events in Africa and the Middle East.

Mr Clancy has written a powerful account of a mega tragedy for the US and the world. I rate Red Star Rising as the best of Clancy's books but even with the passage of time this is a very close second. I purchased not knowing that that it was set on a different time line. Normally, my first reaction would be to return the book but I'm pleased I hung in there. It's a long but very worthwhile read.

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  • Greg
  • 05-09-22

Fantastic writing & story but scarily prescient

For a book written 20 years ago I was amazing how true parts of it rang with the current COVID crisis of the last few years bows receding. Government & Public Reactions done perfectly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-19

Mesmerizing and spell binding

Good book with a great story. Definitely one of the best fiction I have ever read to date. Even better to listen to this again on an audiobook

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-11-14

well worth listening time

Would you listen to Executive Orders again? Why?

yes, I am sure I missed some as I sat late in the evening to get my next fix so will repeat the enjoyable experience at some time in the future.

Who was your favorite character and why?

no real favourite

Which character – as performed by Michael Prichard – was your favorite?

I am not American so enjoy the different accents, he gives a marvellous performance

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

it would be nice but not possible

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  • James
  • 15-06-14

President Jack Ryan

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

I recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys great political thrillers. Tom Clancy was a master of the genre.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Ryan for his ability to step up to plate.

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

Once again too lengthy but I gave it a red hot go.

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  • Clarence
  • 25-08-17

Lifeless

If it wasn't for the author, I wouldn't listen to this book. Michael Prichard is lifeless. It's just a guy reading a book. These is no depth in the characters. Everyone sounds like everyone else. Unlike some other books I listen to where the Narrator makes the effort to breathe life into every single character, Michael Prichard makes no effort at all.

Tom Clancy books deserve a better Narrator that keeps me interested.

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  • jpp
  • 25-07-16

Fast paced and exciting.

The story of how Jack Ryan becomes President of the United States. How he has to fight enemies from within America and outside too.

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  • james
  • 26-04-16

good book as normal thay take time to get into

book it brings home all day true dangers of the real life and see how we mad deal with them .

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  • CGM
  • 11-02-16

outstanding

cracking story and gripping throughout. This is the second listened to and I would buy another in this series.

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  • Lee
  • 06-01-16

loved it.. amazing..

Brilliant book. loved and listen to it everyday. would recommend it to any clancy fan.

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  • WillAmazonShop
  • 06-08-15

Good story.Terrible narration by Michael Prichard.

The book was great but the narration was sadly very poor. Many words had the incorrect English pronunciation. Volume constantly changed and tempo was often wrong.

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  • Ivory200
  • 24-07-15

The thriller of thrillers, hold on to your hats.

Would you consider the audio edition of Executive Orders to be better than the print version?

Yes, in that every last detail is presented. The danger with reading an exciting book is that you skip on too fast to find out what happens next. Much better to listen to every word properly.

What other book might you compare Executive Orders to, and why?

Clear and present danger.

What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Every detail is clear.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Kept me awake while on a long boring drive!

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  • Jaki Palmer
  • 13-01-15

dont bother unless you like long convaluting story

Would you try another book written by Tom Clancy or narrated by Michael Prichard?

No tedious book and tedious delivery

Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Clancy again?

I very much doubt it

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Flat delivery - it sounded like it was a chore for him to read the book. It certainly was a chore to listen to him.

What character would you cut from Executive Orders?

Most of them

Any additional comments?

The audio book was in 6 parts - if got rid of the constant repartition and cut back on 'how great Uncle Sam' rhetoric then maybe I would have been able to listen to the whole book!!

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  • sparky
  • 07-07-14

Tom Clancy in audio form really delivers

Where does Executive Orders rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is the best book by far and have listening to it multiple times in the few weeks I have had it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Executive Orders?

I don't want to spoil the ending but listening to the final sevens really made the hairs on my arms stand on end. The audio is delivered so well

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

On the whole yes. Some narration seems very robotic but then that has a lot to do with the Way Tom Clancy writes

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It would be difficult as lots of stuff imagined is earily true to life.

Any additional comments?

Keep up the good work some more clanceys heading my way next month

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-08-22

Executive Orders

the story leads you into the checks and balances of the United States government, in a realistic way. On the other hand, how issues can be manipulated by the need, for individual power. A very good story line, fast moving situations, which keeps you turning the 'page'.

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  • ockelford
  • 18-06-15

awesome book

one of my favorite tom Clancy stories. gripping and fantastic narrative, with realistic action. narrator was clear and held my attention well. highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-21

Executive Orders

Excellent story, but as a female, I found all the extended battle talk did drag on a little . Good book to read in these uncertain times 2021😭

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  • Craig
  • 16-06-21

Amazing! Especially right now

You can tell it is fiction by the way certain people immediately reacted to a viral outbreak.

Life does not imitate art here

Great book. Love listening to Clancy if there were a few more time based predictions of future events people would think he is the modern Nostradamus

Pritchard is back!!! Really makes up for the forgettable narration of the previous two books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-20

What Can I Say

I read a few of The Clancy books over the past couple of decades and loved them. That was when I was working the long hours and fitting reading in when I could. Now with eyesight gone and a lot more time on my hands I’m going through the Audio series and loving them. Executive Orders of course has its slow moments but boy oh boy Clancy certainly knows how to put it all together for an absolute CLIMATIC FINALE. The last 10 hours I could hardly drag myself away from the book. Also nobody could outdo Michael Pritchards brilliant narration. I’m hooked and don’t think a month will pass without my listening to a Tom Clancy Epic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-20

great read

Great book , very close to our current situation with covid 19 but with no war

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-20

Executive Orders

So many parallel plots happening at the same time.!!
Like a box of puppies at the end of the second last chapter all the plots are together in one big box.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-19

Clancy is solid

Clancy is so well researched that his writing makes you feel you are living an alternate life. He is so technical but doesn't overwhelm with terminology and explains acronyms and procedures and processes without detracting from the suspense of the story.

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  • Dudley
  • 27-07-18

A great epic story

A wonderful story that you will enjoy - thank you Mr Clancy. Sometimes the story went on for too long & lost momentum. If only the world had a Jack Ryan. There was some gratuitous homophobic references that were not Jack Ryan like ‘fag’ bag & racist views ‘glad my family were taken from Africa’ really? Why do that?

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  • Andrew
  • 14-09-16

Very long, but worth it

Takes a while to get going, but once it does it's hard to put down.