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Jack Ryan Jr. finds himself on the front lines of cyber war and in the eye of a killer storm in this thriller in Tom Clancy''s #1 New York Times bestselling series.

A former U.S. senator and defense contractor needs someone to look over the books of Dalfan Technologies, a Singapore company--quickly. He turns to Jack Ryan, Jr., and Paul Brown, two employees of one of the best financial analysis firms in the country, which also happens to be the cover for The Campus, a top secret American intelligence agency.

Brown has no idea that Jack works for The Campus. Jack has no idea that the awkward accountant has been tasked with uploading a cyberwarfare program into the highly secure Dalfan Technologies mainframe on behalf of the CIA. On the verge of mission success, Brown discovers a game within the game, and the people who now want to kill him are as deadly as the cyclone bearing down on the island nation. Together Ryan and Brown race to escape both the dangerous storm and a team of trained assassins in order to prevent a global catastrophe, even at the cost of their own lives.

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“[A] taut, exciting thriller... Clancy fans can rest assured that the state of the franchise is strong."— Publishers Weekly

“[A] turbocharged narrative...With typhoons; deadly Chinese and North Korean operatives wielding bats, knives, and guns; and a weaponized thumb drive, the action reaches Clancy levels early and stays there.” Kirkus Reviews
 
“[Maden] proves that he knows the ins-and-outs of an action story and can certainly take readers to the edge of their seats when it comes to thrills. It’s nice to know that Tom Clancy’s creation will have more adventures ahead.”— Suspense Magazine

“Longtime fans can rest assured, Point of Contact reads like a vintage Tom Clancy thriller...Maden takes over the Jack Ryan Junior franchise and mixes nail-biting suspense with hard-hitting action to deliver a blockbuster hit that Clancy fans will love.”— The Real Book Spy

“Sure to satisfy the legend''s longtime fans.”— Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

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, 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.
 
Mike Maden grew up working in the canneries, feed mills and slaughterhouses of California’s San Joaquin Valley. A lifelong fascination with history and warfare ultimately lead to a Ph.D. in political science focused on conflict and technology in international relations. Like millions of others, he first became a Tom Clancy fan after reading The Hunt for Red October, and began his published fiction career in the same techno-thriller genre, starting with Drone and the sequels, Blue Warrior, Drone Command and Drone Threat. He’s honored to be joining “The Campus” as a writer in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Jr., series. He can be reached on social media through his website MikeMaden.com.

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1

The North Sea

Albuskjell Oilfield, Norway

Latitude 56° North, Longitude 3° East

Freeze or drown.

He wasn’t sure which one would come first. It didn’t really matter. Either way, Jack Ryan, Jr., knew he was going to die in the next two minutes.

The F470 Zodiac rubber raiding craft pounded through the chopping waves beneath a storm-shrouded moon. Jack clutched the safety ropes in both fists to keep from getting thrown overboard. So did Adara Sherman, seated in front of him. She was getting it worse than he was. Every bounce threw more spray in their faces. Jack’s NVGs were spattered with ice. He couldn’t risk wiping off the night-vision lenses while he was riding this bucking bronco. But a half-mile ahead he could still barely make out the oil rig, lights off, its hulking frame a black shadow above the surging sea. That was fine by Jack. The darkness shielded their approach.

Jack’s teeth chattered and his mind clouded in the numbing cold. The freezing North Sea wind seemed to slice right through his five-millimeter wetsuit, and the stinging sleet felt like a broken beer bottle dragged across his exposed skin.

Despite their misery, Bartosz “Midas” Jankowski gunned the engine full throttle, his goggled eyes fixed on his GPS. They were supposed to run quiet, but they got off late. At least the howling wind swept away most of the noise from the baffled fifty-five-horsepower outboard motor in back.

The high winds also meant a helicopter landing was out of the question, and fast-roping out of it—Jack’s favorite new skill—even more so. All three of them were getting beat to hell, and time wasn’t their friend. If they didn’t reach the oil platform ladder in the next two minutes, they would fail the mission.

Assuming we survive for the next two minutes, Jack reminded himself.

And then there were the gunmen on the oil rig to deal with. But right now, armed killers seemed like the least of their problems.

As if on cue, a rogue wave swelled beneath the speeding craft, lifting the port side out of the water. Jack had shoved the toes of his boots through the safety rope along the rubber deck for purchase but felt himself pitching over the side anyway. Midas grabbed the drag handle of Jack’s vest with a sure hand at the last second, saving him from a headlong dive into the angry black sea.

Jack glanced to his right at the other Zodiac just a few yards away. In the green haze of his iced NVGs, Jack saw Dom Caruso flash him a quick “Okay?” with his gloved thumb. Jack thumbed him back. No time for chitchat. Ding Chavez drove Dom’s boat, his eyes fixed on the GPS locator.

The five special operators of The Campus were a close-knit team, the tip of the spear of the private “off-the-books” intelligence agency known only to President Ryan and a select few of his closest advisers. They were a small organization, but they punched hard—and far above their weight. This mission was proof of that. They did the jobs the CIA or other government intelligence services couldn’t do. Or wouldn’t.

Tonight was no exception.

Jack ran through the schematics of the oil rig platform in his mind again, particularly the control room and machine shop—his two targets. Gavin Biery’s webmaster magic had come through again. If it weren’t for him they’d be going in totally blind.

Gavin’s intel brief confirmed four hostages and six Green Army Faction eco-terrorists, armed and trained. But intel on a hostage-rescue operation like this was always sketchy. John Clark’s warning echoed in his head. “Stay frosty out there. You don’t know what you don’t know.”

True that.

“It’s time,” Ding whispered in everyone’s comms.

“Roger that,” Midas confirmed.

Jack watched Ding’s boat veer off at a sharp angle, its bulletproof Armorflate rubber skin shredding water into the turn. The small drilling platform had two access ladders. Jack’s boat would take the front; Ding and Dom would scramble up the back. On training runs with the Norwegian MJK (Marinejegerkommandoen) this past week, the weather had been cold but calm and they’d been able to get the timing down perfectly. But out here tonight on a raging North Sea, everything was up for grabs.

The mission had two goals: save the hostages and kill or capture the tangos. The Green Army Faction threatened not only to kill the captured oil workers but also to blow the rig, causing another catastrophic oil-spill disaster like Deepwater Horizon if their ransom demands weren’t met. American policy had always been to ignore ransom demands from terrorists. Meeting them inevitably led to more terror. Any student of history knew that. But some governments and corporations apparently didn’t read history.

Those were the people Green Army Faction targeted. -Profitably.

But in this case, intel from an informant indicated that the group on the rig had no intention of surrendering after the money transfer. In their sick minds, they planned on “saving the earth” by poisoning the sea in order to fuel more public outrage at the oil industry. Killing the oil rig workers was a sacred bonus, like ISIS butchering captive infidels.

The decommissioned oil rig stood in an abandoned field dead center in the North Sea and in international waters. The Texas wildcatting team was developing new fracking-style technology to revive dead underwater wells. The GAF got wind of it and struck.

When it became clear that the hostages would be killed, the company’s desperate security chief called his friend John Clark, hoping Clark could mobilize some of his old Rainbow Six connections. But with only a four-hour window remaining, there weren’t any options.

Except one.

By sheer coincidence, John Clark had arranged for The Campus operators to train with MJK operators for exactly this kind of mission just two hours away. The Norwegian government wouldn’t allow the MJK to aid in the assault, but Clark called in a few chits and arranged for the Møvik—a Swedish-built CB90-class fast-assault craft—to drop the team off. After that, they were on their own.

The hastily devised plan was that both Campus teams would scale the ladders at the same time and make a simultaneous assault on three of the four buildings on the rig, taking out bad guys along the way. Jack’s team would take the front of the platform. Midas and Adara would go for the crew’s quarters, where the hostages were probably kept, while Jack cleared the control room, after which he’d drive toward the machine shop. On the back side of the rig, Ding’s two-man team would first assault the drilling and process modules, where the explosives were undoubtedly positioned. After clearing them, they would support the assault on the crew’s quarters or machine shop as needed. Each team would drive toward the center of the facility, herding any surviving GAF fighters into the middle and forcing them to surrender—or die.

At least, that was the plan.

They all agreed that clear and constant communication was key to their success. No telling what the real situation was on the rig or the precise number of either terrorists or hostages.

Their biggest challenge tonight beyond the hellish weather was their limited firepower. Each team member carried the same two suppressed weapons systems: short-barreled SIG Sauer MPX submachine guns and SIG Sauer P229 pistols, both in nine-millimeter. They couldn’t use larger calibers for fear of overpenetration, and explosives or even flash-bang grenades were out of the question in the highly flammable environment. Brains, brawn, and steady hands were their only force multipliers. Given the makeup of the team, Jack figured that was good enough.

The bow of the Zodiac dipped as Midas throttled down. That told Jack they were close. The rolling swells kept the boat -rocking violently, but not so badly that Jack couldn’t raise his hands to finally clear his NVGs. The boat was just a few yards away from the platform ladder now. He could barely make out the other Zodiac on the far side of the rig. The sleet turned to thick flakes of snow, reducing the value of the NVGs to nearly zero now.

“Ten seconds,” Midas whispered in the comms.

“Rog . . . Go . . . op,” Ding replied.

“Say . . .” Midas whispered.

No reply.

“What’s wrong?” Jack spoke into his comms.

He saw Midas’s lips move but didn’t hear anything in his earpiece.

Comms down!

As soon as Jack thought it, Midas was already switching to hand signals.

This was going to be an old-school op for sure.

The Zodiac slowed further. Adara reached down for the rope and its hard rubber grapple as Midas cut the engine. The boat was lifted by another high wave and crashed violently into one of the thick steel piers supporting the platform, but the inflated rubber bounced harmlessly off in the direction of the nearby ladder. Adara tossed the grapple and hit a ladder rung on the first try, then she and Jack pulled hard on the rope until the Zodiac was close enough to tie off and secure.

The problem now was the other boat. It was critical that both teams scale the ladders at the same time. Jack pulled his tactical light and flashed it twice in Ding’s direction. A moment later someone flashed back.

Jack signaled “good to go” to Midas and Adara. They both acknowledged and Adara took the lead, lifting one boot from the heaving deck to the top of the gunwale, then timing her next step onto the ladder with her other boot to the rising swell, pulling herself up with one hand as the boat lifted to its apogee, all in a singular motion of effortless grace. She instantly began the arduous hundred-foot climb.

Jack watched her in the flickering green glow of his goggles. From down here in the rocking boat it looked like Adara was climbing up into the blackened portal of a rusted steel hell.

The boat pitched down again as Midas took position next. At the top of the next swell Midas stepped up. He landed a heavy boot on a rung and pulled his broad frame up by his strong arms, then began his swift, wordless climb.

The boat plummeted down again, and Jack’s stomach with it, hitting the bottom of the swell so hard that Jack’s knees nearly buckled. The waves were getting worse.

Jack tugged on his MPX to verify the sling was still snug as he stood back up and planted his right boot on the gunwale. A moment later he felt the massive surge beneath him and the boat rocketed upward, but the hull crashed hard against the steel ladder just as Jack stepped off, throwing him forward. He barely managed to grab an icy rung with both gloved hands as his knees slammed against the sharp steel, boots dangling in midair. A moment later his feet found a rung and he was secure. His eyes tracked the fleeing swell as it crashed against another steel pylon.

His heart raced. That was close.

Jack paused just long enough to take a deep breath and gather his wits.

Big mistake.

Out of the corner of his eye he saw another rogue wave suddenly breaking over him in a white-capped fury.

He braced himself against the ladder just as the wave hit.

Too late.

2

All Jack could do was hold on grab-ass tight. The wave hit him like a great gray bull, smashing the side of his helmeted face against the ladder’s steel, but somehow he hung on.

A second passed and the furious gray monster sped away into the forbidding dark.

Jack couldn’t believe his luck. He didn’t wait for the next one.

He untangled himself as quickly as he could and began the ascent, spitting and coughing up briny seawater through his mouth and nose. He scrambled as fast as he dared on the frozen steel, driven upward by John Clark’s raspy voice ringing in his brain: “Shit happens in threes.” Comms going down and a big-ass rogue wave counted for two. He didn’t want to think about what the third might be.

The first few soaking-wet steps were easy, but his left foot slipped badly on the next ice-coated rung. Once again his heart raced, but his fast reflexes secured him tightly to the ladder. His mind was clearer now—running from death had that effect on a man’s brain—and in a moment he was in his stride, carefully but swiftly alternating hands and feet in the dangerous ascent.

He climbed several rungs before glancing up to locate the rest of his team. They were already near the top and scrambling fast, unaware of his near-death experience. The gunshot to Adara’s leg in Chicago last year clearly hadn’t slowed her down.

Gaining confidence in his stride, Jack picked up the climbing tempo. The adrenaline was fueling him now, which helped cut the cold, even though he was drenched and the exertion was warming him up despite the blasting snow. The burning in his thighs was a good sign that he was still alive. Even the seawater still stinging his sinuses helped clear his mind.

So far, so good.

He slowed as he entered the guardrail cage near the top of the ladder, expecting Adara’s gloved hand in the open hole to signal him to hold. The plan was for the three of them to rally at the entrance, then split up and assault their respective targets some ninety feet apart. He popped his head up quickly to scan the platform.

Adara and Midas were gone. What the hell?

So much for the plan.

Jack cleared the hole and the guardrails and assumed a crouching position on the steel-grated deck, designed to keep seawater from accumulating. Most of the snow fell through, so there were no clear boot prints for Jack to follow. He glanced to his left, where the crew’s quarters were located. He didn’t see either Midas or Adara, but according to the plan that’s where they were headed. The schematics indicated that the entrance door was around the corner from where he was, so if the two of them were positioning there, he wouldn’t be able to see them anyway.

Jack checked his watch. If the other team was in place, they’d hit their door in the next thirty seconds.

Time to get to work.

Jack racked the charging handle of his MPX. The terrorists would all be inside in weather like this. Of course they were. He smiled to himself. What moron would be outside in this shit? The snow fell heavier now in the fierce wind—near-blizzard conditions. Jack brushed away the ice crusting on the back of his gloves.

He tried his comms again but still got no reply. Even if Adara and Midas were squatting here next to him, they couldn’t talk to one another—in this wind they’d have to shout, and even if they could hear one another they’d risk giving their positions away.

Jack watched the seconds tick by. He was grateful for the long, tedious hours of training he’d spent over the last week on a platform not unlike this one, especially now that he was finally here in the freezing dark, getting hammered by gale-force winds and with time slipping away. He checked his watch again.

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Brandon S.
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Poor writing and not fit for the Tom Clancy legacy, let alone as a book that you pay money for.
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2018
I don''t normally write Amazon book reviews, but I felt so strongly about this, I had to...here goes: What the hell did I just read? This is pure dreck. The series has been bouncing back and forth between the hands of various writers now since Clancy''s... See more
I don''t normally write Amazon book reviews, but I felt so strongly about this, I had to...here goes:

What the hell did I just read? This is pure dreck.

The series has been bouncing back and forth between the hands of various writers now since Clancy''s passing, but it''s always been more or less intact till now.

Jack Ryan Jr''s characterization is completely off. His dialogue and thought processes barely feel like him and are a hollowed-out shell of him when they are remotely in the right neighborhood. Throughout the story line, he takes foolish risks for no real reason, demonstrates lower competency, and seems to have lost a lot of the analytical and trained espionage skills that help make him who he is. It would have been better off if they had started off with an entirely new main protagonist instead of this imitation Jack Ryan Jr.

Lian Fairchild is introduced as a secondary character who I at first thought might be the first new strong female character since Ysabel Kashani, but she ultimately proves to be flat and two-dimensional. Any chemistry or dynamism in her character only appears briefly and then is completely abandoned as events escalate.

The geopolitical element is laughable, with the international "actors" only being involved to introduce plot elements, mcguffins, or to facilitate the opposition. There is no real depth to this aspect, which is sad since geopolitical intrigue has been a core element of the Jack Ryan Sr/Jr books from the beginning.

The plot goes from vaguely developed and shallow, to jarring and disjointed as it raises from event to event...trying to force a sense of urgency and danger at a point when things have already devolved into nonsensical mish-mash. There were lots of times in the second half of the book where it felt like the progress of the narrative staggered and devolved.

The crowning irritation is the heavy focus on the new character of Paul Brown. The author exerts a lot of effort to make him central to the plotline and, by the end, to inflate his reputation and importance. He ultimately fails, I found the character incompetent, unlikeable, and impractical for a "key former-intelligence officer" => see the end sequence and his insistence upon tagging along. Oh yeah, and let''s not forget his grief for a love that we know nothing about in detail...it''s merely a checklist item rather than a fully developed aspect of the character. The backstory given does not justify the level of regard the author lavishes upon this character. As puffed up as his seeming importance was, I ended up looking online to see if there was a "Paul Brown" prequel that maybe they were trying to shill us on to fill in the gaps...nope, doesn''t exist. I HATED this character.

Now for the few good comments I have - Maden''s characterization of technology was refreshing and relevant...too bad it barely merited more than an appearance to dazzle and briefly serve a purpose. Also, his knowledge of Singapore seemed solid, although he seemed a little aggressive with the Singlish...la! :p

P.S. POTENTIAL SPOILERS => plot points that were barely fleshed out and quickly abandoned:
* Who the hell were those Australian ex-SF guys?
* Who the hell were the people in Zvezdev''s employ in Singapore?
* What did China want to meet with President Ryan about in secret at the conference?
* What happened in relation to the conference?
* What happened to North Korea after the conference?
* Why were the Chinese giving technology so generously to the North Koreans
* Where the hell did North Korea get the hackerz skillz from?
* What exactly was Yong up to? (Oh, he stole some stuff for the Chinese...how appropriately vague...considering that people were willing to kill for it)
* Who deleted all the Dalfan security footage of Jack Ryan Jr.? Was it Yong?
* Why does everyone in the intelligence community love Paul Brown like he is the Second Coming? (e.g. John Clark, Jack Ryan Sr., random pilot dude, etc.)
* How did they clean up the mess politically and legally with all them dead people? (Oh yeah, political magic...YES I KNOW THIS HAPPENS, but it''s lazy storytelling to leave it implied and not to address it at all)
* So pieces of Stuxnet code are just easily available on the web now? And in places where Dalfan''s super air-tight IT security would just let you Google while on their intranet? Riiight.
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Evil Larico
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Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2017
Entertaining at best. The story, however, makes Jack Jr. look like the cartoon Prince of Persia video game: regardless of how hard the hit, fall, or blow, he gets up and pushes on. He was previously disciplined by the Campus for going rogue and worried he''ll be sacked if he... See more
Entertaining at best. The story, however, makes Jack Jr. look like the cartoon Prince of Persia video game: regardless of how hard the hit, fall, or blow, he gets up and pushes on. He was previously disciplined by the Campus for going rogue and worried he''ll be sacked if he does it again...and then goes right ahead and does it again. No matter the final outcome, too many people (US, Singaporeans, Chinese, North Koreans, Bulgarians) now know or can make an intelligent deduction that the US president''s son is a spook. With his cover as good as blown in this book, thanks to Mike Maden, perhaps Jack Jr. will just be a desk-bound financial analyst in future stories. My guess is the results of Jack Jr.''s lack of judgment will just be ignored. Finally, why would the president publicly reveal the secret details of a hush-hush operation even if it was to honor a dead hero at his funeral? (Ordinary farmers and dairymen were present at the services.) I suppose these snags should be expected when there''s a buffet of authors writing "official" Tom Clancy books.
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C. F Fulbright
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Bad Addition to the Tom Clancy Ghost Writer Stable
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2017
Two stars The book was going along fine until the last 10% or so, when it became bizarre and unrealistic, and its characters suddenly stupid. A major cyclone hits Singapore, knocking out all cell phone service. So of course the hero and his two sidekicks jump in... See more
Two stars

The book was going along fine until the last 10% or so, when it became bizarre and unrealistic, and its characters suddenly stupid. A major cyclone hits Singapore, knocking out all cell phone service. So of course the hero and his two sidekicks jump in the car and drive through cyclonic winds and waves to Kuala Lumpur to make a cell phone call. Is there really not a single landline telephone in Singapore today?

There are various loose ends that never get explained or tied up. In the first chapter, North Korea launches a submarine missile that the Navy determines is heading in an unusual trajectory, but you never hear anything more about that missile. One minute Jack Ryan Jr. is a wizard of counter-surveillance and clandestine operations, the next minute he''s rear-ended by a truck because he was not looking in his rear-view mirror, and then almost has his brains beat out by somebody with a baseball bat coming up from behind him when he joins three other guys he knows to be bad guys for a game of Mahjong. The bad guy son of the Singapore tycoon find one of the sidekicks with suspicious software code and confront hims, but you never hear another peep about that encounter. There''s a countdown to whether the cataclysm will occur for chapter after chapter, and then suddenly it''s two days later and you''ve got to make your own conclusions about what did or did not happen.

The body count is much higher than for any other Jack Ryan Jr. book I remember, and he seems to feel no remorse when killed several men at a time.

Mike Maden is a bad addition to the Tom Clancy ghost writer stable.
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Jared
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Ugh...jack ryan jr...suffer a consequence or two
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2018
It is time for jack ryan Jr to retire or meet his demise. The publishers continue to place him in increasing unrealistic situations and have him come out on top "without remorse," consequences, or any real effort. This tendency, paired with bland foreshadowing and... See more
It is time for jack ryan Jr to retire or meet his demise. The publishers continue to place him in increasing unrealistic situations and have him come out on top "without remorse," consequences, or any real effort. This tendency, paired with bland foreshadowing and remarkable coincidence, has robbed the Ryanverse of the complexity and intrigue it once had (eg. JRJr receives training on a very specific form of knife fighting and *GASP* it''s a part of the big battle 6 days later on a completely unrelated white-side mission!) The publishers even throw in John Clark''s and Ding Chavez''s (and even Sam Driscoll) names to remind you how compact and thrilling these stories used to be. I am, however, fully invested in the Ryanverse so I will continue to wait for these books on paperback. It''s worth the 10 bucks just to be able to say you''re caught up. Otherwise I''d take a hard pass on JRJr if he is in standalone stories. Like somebody else said, he is a good bit character in a collective of classic Clancy characters.
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SteVen H.
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Maden emulates part of Clancy‘s writing style just with more action...
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2021
Book Review - Tom Clancy''s Point of Contact is very well written by author Mike Maden with remarkable characters, some scary villains and a great plot! Maden emulates part of Clancy‘s writing style with passion and love, while he delivers some heart pounding action... See more
Book Review - Tom Clancy''s Point of Contact is very well written by author Mike Maden with remarkable characters, some scary villains and a great plot! Maden emulates part of Clancy‘s writing style with passion and love, while he delivers some heart pounding action sequences that seem to be his trademark, from his Drone series thrillers. Rest assured, all four of them are really good. I fell in love with Singapore from the way Dr. Maden painted this impressive city, I could see it in my mind’s eye… Also, there was some amazing tech described, which is Maden''s specialty, high end drones which sounds very interesting and scary at the same time. In Point of Contact we see how good people do bad things for the wrong reasons, we see how they can be manipulated, lied to, threatened and bullied. In this newly introduced techno-thriller we still have gun fights, fist fights, knife fights and other fights! There is espionage, betrayal, politics and senators, gangsters and special operators, Beautiful women and dangerous bad guys, all wrapped up into a very well thought up story, which touches on current events and crises. This was Maden''s first Jack Ryan, Jr. novel and probably his best of the four that he wrote. Really good read!
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Liza
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Weak and rather poorly-written book
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2018
I really miss Tom Clancy. When reading Point of Contact I often looked at my collection of Tom Clancy paperbacks longing to replace Point of Contact with REAL Clancy whose fan I became years ago. I liked Mike Maden Drone novels very much,he is a good writer... See more
I really miss Tom Clancy.
When reading Point of Contact I often looked at my collection of Tom Clancy paperbacks longing to replace Point of Contact with REAL Clancy whose fan I became years ago.

I liked Mike Maden Drone novels very much,he is a good writer and,obviously,knows a lot about drones,AI,AR,cybersecurity and the like.
So,when there are technical/security passages in the Point of Contact,the book becomes interesting,but that was all that kept my interest.
Point of Contact is about the North Korean plan to crash world stock markets with the virus planted in computers of the Singapore - based tech company which is planned to be sold to the US.
So,Jack Ryan Jr and his accountant Paul Brown face the difficult task of auditing that Singapore company before the sale goes through and,at the same time,attempt to uncover the sinister plot of Northern Koreans and that is where the book starts to disintegrate into disjointed passages awkwardly put together.
Thrown into the mix of short adventures which make the book are:
- former US senator,now at the defense company board,blackmailed by Bulgarian Intelligence and turned traitor
- Bulgarian intelligence turned mafia and working for North Koreans
- North Koreans whose intention of crashing stock markets is not clear
- Chinese Intelligence whose beautiful officer is having an affairs with the heir of Singapore tech company
- Singapore company ready to be sold to American company but also selling secret technology to the Chinese

And many other sketchy characters suddenly popping up and promptly maimed or killed by Jack Ryan Jr.

The beginning of the Point of Contact was exciting,but further I read more disappointed and bored I became.
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Mikio Miyaki
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
gratified with a story of blocking NK
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2017
Welcome on board to the Campus, Mike Maden. “Point Of Contact” illustrates a growing process of Jack Ryan, Jr. Performing severe duty in the north sea, Jack has learned his lesson. He realized his loose judgement on people put his comrades into a very dangerous position. He... See more
Welcome on board to the Campus, Mike Maden. “Point Of Contact” illustrates a growing process of Jack Ryan, Jr. Performing severe duty in the north sea, Jack has learned his lesson. He realized his loose judgement on people put his comrades into a very dangerous position. He needs to deepen his understanding of people. Jack and an accountant of Hendley Associates, Paul Brown, were ordered to do a forensic audit on Dalfan Technology in Singapore. Dalfan, which has a cutting edge technology on VR, Drone, and Quantum Communication, is going to merge with Marine Aerospace. A board member of Marin Aerospace, Weston Rhodes, has been coerced to implant a stock market crushing software into a Dalton’s main frame by former Bulgarian CSS, Zvezdev. Rhodes forced this role on his old acquaintance, Paul. Zvezdev is handled by a North Korean, Deputy Ri, who seeks the peace, safety, and security of North Korea, and the end of China, and the West along with China. Jack has not revealed his black-side job at the Campus to Paul, and Paul has neither talked about his clandestine mission during the auditing to Jack. At first, they felt dubious about their partners. Who is this mysterious Paul actually? Sensing something queer in a Dalfan business, and finding out malicious background of a conspiratorial software, Jack and Paul’s adventure began. Paul shows a Herculean sprint in a finale.

Maden, as an avid reader of the Ryan series, inlays memorable episodes of the former series in everywhere. The world seems to have no unilateral options available to stop the North Korean missile and nuclear programs or effect regime change there. Maden insinuates an assassination of Kim Jong Num and a close relation between North Korea and Malaysia. An episode of blocking the North Korean’s evil intention relieves our mind a great deal. The story itself remind us of recent ransomware incidents, the malware is said to be developed by North Korea, and is spread worldwide by them. Story construction is well designed, and episode development is suspenseful. Opening hostage rescue operation in blizzard foretells much harsher weather condition at the end of story. Maden selected a huge cyclone for this purpose. An unexpected twist of two characters’ past is funny. A lackluster accountant is revealed as a real hero in the legendary operation, while a glorious senator is proved as a mere puppet. Daring to say, though, few points needs to be elaborated. Maden looks like skipping some important explanation. Is this intentional, or not? For example, when Paul is captured by Yong Fairchild on the spot of checking contents of the USB(p 380), what happened to both of them? Why did Yong hastily take sanctuary in China. Maden doesn’t explain anything of a familiar line in the software, connected to another, and another. What kind of business did Yong hide in the warehouse? Jack couldn’t discover even a hint of it. What was Maili’s role, and her order from her country. From what ground, was she hoping to convince Yong of the strategic advantage a merger with Marin Aerospace would have for him, and for her agency? Dr. Gordon Fairchild disappeared from the scene after he entertained two auditors at their arrival. Is an episode of Sania Masood necessary to the content? Even with these defection, a moralistic development as usual is enjoyable. We are pleased to find the forth writer is joining to the Campus.
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Darth DragonettiTop Contributor: Star Wars
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A Welcome Change of Pace
Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2019
"Tom Clancy Point of Contact" is a 2017 publication, and is the third book in the Jack Ryan Jr. series. It marks the first entry of author Mike Maden into the series. "Point of Contact" finds Jack Ryan Jr on a rare white-side mission for the Campus. At the behest... See more
"Tom Clancy Point of Contact" is a 2017 publication, and is the third book in the Jack Ryan Jr. series. It marks the first entry of author Mike Maden into the series.

"Point of Contact" finds Jack Ryan Jr on a rare white-side mission for the Campus. At the behest of a friend, Gerry Hendley has asked Jack to accompany (or in Jack''s mind, babysit) accountant Paul Brown to Singapore, in order to perform an audit of Dalfan Technologies. Gerry''s friend, former Senator Weston Rhodes represents a company that would like to merge with Dalfan, but would like a routine audit performed on the company before the merger to make sure everything is on the up and up. Unfortunately, Jack and Paul are being played, but neither fully understand the game, and it quickly becomes apparent that a routine audit could turn into something deadly and catastrophic for them both.

"PoC" is a tale of corporate intrigue, espionage, and cutting-edge technology. It is a little different from the typical Clancy tale, but I appreciate it for a change. Like the other Jack Jr novels, it is a "lean and mean," trimmed down novel that contains only one story thread; some readers may like this and others may not. The real action and suspense does not begin until the last quarter of the novel. The first three quarters of the book focuses on Jack and Paul''s investigation into Dalfan, as well as a detailed look into the different types of technology the company is involved in developing. Though the descriptions of technology are interesting, they do slow down the pace of the novel. There are also sections of the book that feel like filler, particularly the first several chapters, which do not have any bearing on the rest of the novel.

"PoC" comes across as a well-written and intelligent thriller. Author Mike Maden obviously did a great deal of research into the technology presented in the book, as well as into the nation-state of Singapore. Maden also does a good job developing Jack Jr into a compelling and interesting character. However, by the end of the book, Jack starts to feel like John Rambo, a problem that has plagued the other Jack Jr novels. Though well-trained, Jack is too much of a one-man army, and it hurts the credibility of the story. There is also the fact that very few people seem to realize Jr is the son of the President of the United States.

If you are willing to overlook a few negative points, you ought to give "Point of Contact" a shot. It is a quick and light read with some interesting technology, and is a nice change of pace from usual Clancy fare. I look forward to Mike Maden''s future forays into the Clancy universe.
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Beachbum
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
2.5* and if they stay like this for much longer 2*
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2019
These most recent books are nowhere near as good as the original Clancy authored stories. Strange really as I read these authors own books and enjoy them very much Not sure what it is really, but a lot is lacking. Less action, less grittiness, less suspense This story is...See more
These most recent books are nowhere near as good as the original Clancy authored stories. Strange really as I read these authors own books and enjoy them very much Not sure what it is really, but a lot is lacking. Less action, less grittiness, less suspense This story is just about Jack Jnr again, a couple of very.small sub stories that kind of link to the main one, but nothing would have been lost without them Overall a marginally average book, that had.possibilities and failed to meet most of them
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Western Fan
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Poorest book in the series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 4, 2019
These Jack Ryan/Ryan Jnr books seem to coming off an assembly line and Mr Greaney has written one of the worst and I cannot understand how other readers have seen to give it praise. The book drags, the simple plot line is slow to develop, one aspect is never cleared up and,...See more
These Jack Ryan/Ryan Jnr books seem to coming off an assembly line and Mr Greaney has written one of the worst and I cannot understand how other readers have seen to give it praise. The book drags, the simple plot line is slow to develop, one aspect is never cleared up and, as to how the hero finally contacts the authorities to stop the threat, well that is simply ignored. And while Jack Ryan Jnr seems to be very adept at handling himself in all the combat situations, when it comes to common sense Mr Greaney makes him seem like a thicko.
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R. Lihou
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Once on board with the story I did find it hard to put down
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 26, 2020
I enjoyed Tom Clancy books in my teens so I thought I would give this a go. Once I start a book it is unusual for me not to finish it. But this one got shelved for a few months as the start did not get my interest. Even on the second attempt I very nearly gave up early on...See more
I enjoyed Tom Clancy books in my teens so I thought I would give this a go. Once I start a book it is unusual for me not to finish it. But this one got shelved for a few months as the start did not get my interest. Even on the second attempt I very nearly gave up early on it. Maybe I missed out on reading previous books but none of the characters drew me in until Paul Brown is introduced. Once on board with the story I did find it hard to put down. On balance there are enough parts where it lives up to its billing to make it a worthwhile read.
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Ron Robson
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Another good book in this series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 15, 2019
This was a well thought out book set, in the main, in Singapore. The story is very up to date in terms of the digital age and the threats facing the World. The story has a number of red herrings which lead the reader in different directions whilst returning to the main...See more
This was a well thought out book set, in the main, in Singapore. The story is very up to date in terms of the digital age and the threats facing the World. The story has a number of red herrings which lead the reader in different directions whilst returning to the main theme, good intense book with plenty of action.
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Anthony
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NOT A PAGE TURNER
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 11, 2019
An interesting, well written storyline but it does tend to go into a lot of uneccessary detail which can be a little boring. The action,when it happens, is as one would expect fast and furious. I enjoyed the book but not as much as later Clancy/Ryan editions however, it is...See more
An interesting, well written storyline but it does tend to go into a lot of uneccessary detail which can be a little boring. The action,when it happens, is as one would expect fast and furious. I enjoyed the book but not as much as later Clancy/Ryan editions however, it is a good read.
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