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Executive Orders

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Written By: Tom Clancy

Narrated By: Edward Herrmann

Date: August 1996

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


The President is dead—and the weight, literally, of the world falls on Jack Ryan’s shoulders, in Tom Clancy’s newest and most extraordinary novel.

Debt of Honor ended with Tom Clancy’s most shocking conclusion ever; a joint session of Congress destroyed, the President dead, most of the Cabinet and the Congress dead, the Supreme Court and the Joint Chiefs likewise. 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.

And that is where Executive Orders begins. Ryan had agreed to accept the vice presidency only as a caretaker for a year, and now, suddenly an incalculable weight has fallen on his shoulders. How do you run a government without a government? Where do you even begin? With stunning force, Ryan’s responsibilities crush on him. He must calm an anxious and grieving nation, allay the skepticism of the world's leaders, conduct a swift investigation of the tragedy, and arrange a massive state funeral—all while attempting to reconstitute a Cabinet and a Congress with the greatest possible speed.

But that is not all. Many eyes are on him now, and many of them are unfriendly. In Beijing, Tehran, and other world capitals, including Washington, DC, there are those eager to take advantage where they may, some of whom bear a deep animus toward the United States—some of whom, from Ryan’s past, harbor intense animosity toward the new President himself. Soon they will begin to move on their opportunities; soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so big even he cannot imagine it.


  • Jason Glenn

    This is my favorite Tom Clancy novel yet!! Excellent and fast paced storyline. Yet again this is another poor quality recording that is very quiet even at full volume. This has been a regular problem lately, almost as though the base recording was not properly set by audiobooks. I used another service to test this same book and had no volume problems??

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Stuart L.

    I just finished listening to the complete series for the 4th time in the last 20 years. It is still exciting and attention grabbing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    One of my favorite Clancy novels ..... and when read/listened to in the current political climate the parallels are striking, in good ways and in not so good ways. Jack Ryan is a fiction, but he’s sure a fiction worth studying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Richard F

    Clancy is always a good read. As I drive for a living, it turns out I get more out of his books by listening to audio.

  • jcorbett

    As always, Clancy just gets better with age. The book is excellent, the storyline is relevant, and "President" Ryan makes you wish for the real deal.

  • Joey

    Executive orders is a great book! I have listened to many Tom Clancy audio books and this is my favorite! Tragically, the abridged version (which this is) is not even the bare bones of the story. I listened to the abridged version and left it feeling confused. Later, I got the unabridged version and learned that the abridged version was missing 85% of the story! This has become one of my favorite books by Tom Clancy. Don't cheat yourself, Ask for the Unabridged CD Version by Books on Tape! I love this story so much I plan on buying the Unabridged CD Version and keeping it for myself.(And that's saying something)

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this book. Jack Ryan is back in action.

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