Executive Orders

Version: Abridged
Author: Tom Clancy
Narrator: Edward Hermann
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: August 1996
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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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.

Reviews (7)

Written by Stuart L. on March 26th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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

Written by Anonymous on June 2nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Great book

Written by Richard F on May 20th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Written by Jason Glenn on May 9th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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??

Excellent, sorry it was abridged!

Written by jcorbett from Middletown, CT on April 21st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

Don't Get the abridged version

Written by Joey on February 10th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

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 SimplyAudioBooks.com 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)

Executive Orders

Written by Anonymous on March 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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

Author Details

Author Details

Clancy, Tom

Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. (born April 12, 1947), who writes under the name Tom Clancy, is an American author of bestselling political thrillers, best known for his technically-detailed espionage and military science story-lines during the Cold War. His name is also a brand for similar books written by other authors.

While some reviewers regard Clancy's prose as pedestrian, many of his books have been spectacular bestsellers. Clancy fans cite intricate plots, attention to detail and technical accuracy in military and intelligence topics.

Clancy is one of only two authors to have sold two million copies on a first printing in the 1990s. His 1989 novel Clear and Present Danger, sold 1,625,544 hardcover copies, making it the #1 bestselling novel of the 1980s.

Tom Clancy was born April 12, 1947 at Franklin Square Hospital, in Baltimore, MD. He attended Loyola High School in Towson, MD, graduating with the class of 1965.

Clancy studied English Literature at Loyola College in Baltimore, graduating with the class of 1969. In a message to the usenet newsgroup alt.books.tom-clancy, he remarked that he studied English because "I wasn't smart enough to do physics." Before making his literary debut, he spent some time running an independent insurance business.

Clancy married his first wife, Wanda, in 1970. After having several children together, they divorced in 1998. Wanda was represented by Baltimore lawyer Sheila Sachs. Divorce papers filed by Wanda in 1996 gave the reason that Tom Clancy had "committed adultery with one Katherine Huang", supposedly a New York assistant district attorney he met on the Internet. Much of the media attention focus on the Clancys' divorce resulted from Tom's then-pending bid to buy the Minnesota Vikings.

In 1999, Clancy, at age 52, married 32-year old fellow writer Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, on June 26. Also, according to the Tom Clancy FAQ website:

It was previously reported in the Washington Post that he was to marry a niece of Colin Powell just after the divorce to his first wife was finalized. Clancy is known to be very protective of his personal life. He has 4 children.

In 1998, Tom Clancy attempted to purchase the Minnesota Vikings, and had a purchase agreement in place, but the deal fell through after his divorce settlement significantly decreased his net worth. He is currently the Vice Chairman of Community Projects & Public Affairs for the Baltimore Orioles.

Tom Clancy was an early, and to many, surprising defender of Islam after the 9/11 terror attacks. He was interviewed on CNN later that day.

The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears have been turned into commercially successful films with actors such as Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck as Clancy's most famous character Jack Ryan. As with many movie adaptations of popular novels, there is controversy amongst fans concerning the (non-)canonicity of the movies, most of which take fairly extensive liberties with the original plot. Recently, there have been talks about a movie based on the bestselling novel, Rainbow Six.

In recent years, his novels have become more political, showcasing his conservative philosophy. In the novels Executive Orders and The Bear and the Dragon, Jack Ryan is President of the United States. Some of Ryan's policies include a more aggressive War on Drugs (with an emphasis on arresting high-profile drug users to curtail demand) and replacing the progressive income tax with a flat tax. Some fans have objected to this focus on domestic politics rather than military subjects. Of course, Clancy's political opinions were very much in evidence in previous novels; those opinions typically addressed foreign/defense policies.

Nevertheless, Clancy's books have continued to sell briskly, perhaps due to momentum from his previous popularity. Alternatively his books' popularity could be due to his ideas resonating positively with his fans. He returned, somewhat, to his earlier approach with The Bear and the Dragon, which starts off as a political novel, and metamorphoses into a war procedural two-thirds of the way through.

With the release of The Teeth of the Tiger, Clancy introduced Jack Ryan's son and two nephews as main characters. Presumably, he has retired Jack Ryan as a central character. Many fans have expressed disappointment in Clancy's recent fiction works and sales of his books have reflected the growing trend of readers turning away from Clancy.

Clancy has written several nonfiction books about various branches of the US armed forces (see non-fiction listing, below) Clancy has branded several lines of books with his name that are written by other, acknowledged authors following premises or storylines generally in keeping with Clancy's works:

* Tom Clancy's Net Force
* Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers
* Tom Clancy's Op-Center
* Tom Clancy's Power Plays.

These are sometimes referred to by fans as "apostrophe" books; Clancy did not initially acknowledge that these series were being authored by others, only thanking the actual authors in the headnotes for their "invaluable contribution to the manuscript".

In 1997 Tom Clancy signed a book deal with Pearson Custom Publishing and Penguin Putnam Inc. (both part of Pearson Education), that paid him US$50 million for the world-English rights to two new books. He then signed a second agreement for another US$25 million for a four-year book/multimedia deal. Clancy followed this up with an agreement with Berkley Books for 24 paperbacks to tie in with the ABC television miniseries "Tom Clancy's Net Force" in an agreement worth US$22 million bringing the total value of the package to US$97 million.

All but two of Clancy's novels feature Jack Ryan and/or John Clark.