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A runaway Jumbo jet has crashed into the Capitol Building in Washington, leaving the President dead along with most of the Cabinet and Congress. Dazed a confused, the man who only minutes before was confirmed as the new caretaker Vice-President is told that he is now President of the United States.President John Patrick RyanBut how do you run a government with out a govern A runaway Jumbo jet has crashed into the Capitol Building in Washington, leaving the President dead along with most of the Cabinet and Congress. Dazed a confused, the man who only minutes before was confirmed as the new caretaker Vice-President is told that he is now President of the United States.President John Patrick RyanBut how do you run a government with out a government? Where do you begin? Ryan knows that the eyes of the world are on him now - and many of them are unfriendly. In Beijing, in Tehran and even in Washington, there are those eager to take advantage. Soon they will make their moves; soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so even he could not imagine it.'


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A runaway Jumbo jet has crashed into the Capitol Building in Washington, leaving the President dead along with most of the Cabinet and Congress. Dazed a confused, the man who only minutes before was confirmed as the new caretaker Vice-President is told that he is now President of the United States.President John Patrick RyanBut how do you run a government with out a govern A runaway Jumbo jet has crashed into the Capitol Building in Washington, leaving the President dead along with most of the Cabinet and Congress. Dazed a confused, the man who only minutes before was confirmed as the new caretaker Vice-President is told that he is now President of the United States.President John Patrick RyanBut how do you run a government with out a government? Where do you begin? Ryan knows that the eyes of the world are on him now - and many of them are unfriendly. In Beijing, in Tehran and even in Washington, there are those eager to take advantage. Soon they will make their moves; soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so even he could not imagine it.'

30 review for Executive Orders (Jack Ryan

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul Hollis

    1358 pages yes 1358 of Tom Clancy and now the nightmare is finally over!! This book took me a year to read, not because of its length but because it's incredibly boring for loooong stretches, I would set it aside for months at a time. The beginning was good and the ending (the last 300 pages was gripping) but to get there you have to get through a 1000 pages of of the main character Jack Ryan, now president, whining and complaning about being president and the political process(if there was ever 1358 pages yes 1358 of Tom Clancy and now the nightmare is finally over!! This book took me a year to read, not because of its length but because it's incredibly boring for loooong stretches, I would set it aside for months at a time. The beginning was good and the ending (the last 300 pages was gripping) but to get there you have to get through a 1000 pages of of the main character Jack Ryan, now president, whining and complaning about being president and the political process(if there was ever any doubt where Clancy stands, he makes it pretty obvious). Every few pages Ryan complains about the bad day he's had blah blah blah and bums smokes from people(come'on he's the pres somebody buy him a pack already!!) Clancy threw in everything but the kitchen sink in this book, it's just too much. This book is a perfect example of what is wrong with book publishing in the past decade. Editors (remember them?) are now afraid to say no to the big brand name authors and let them get away with some horrendus decisions. This book could easily have been cut in half and nothing missed. Or better yet made in 2 books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Slater

    This book is the pinnacle of the Jack Ryan series of novels. We finally see Jack Ryan, reluctantly and tragically, become President of the United States. He hates it, and sees it as a curse. The problem is that he is good at it. The very fact that he doesn't want to be there makes him all the more appealing to the voters in the book and to the reader. Of course, his reluctance is seen as weakness by other world leaders, and some try to take advantage of the situation. Their mistake. This book ta This book is the pinnacle of the Jack Ryan series of novels. We finally see Jack Ryan, reluctantly and tragically, become President of the United States. He hates it, and sees it as a curse. The problem is that he is good at it. The very fact that he doesn't want to be there makes him all the more appealing to the voters in the book and to the reader. Of course, his reluctance is seen as weakness by other world leaders, and some try to take advantage of the situation. Their mistake. This book takes the Jack Ryan series to its ultimate height. As a Tom Clancy fan, I was naturally drawn to this book, but even if I were not a fan, I think this would have been a huge hit with me. Clancy wrote this book, and most before it, with an amazing degree of realism. So much of what happens in the books could easily happen in the real world, and that is what makes them so good. That is also what makes them so complex. Reality is complex, therefore so are Clancy's novels. This particular addition to the series struck just the right balance of politics, intrigue, military adventure, and even science to keep you turning page after page of this massive volume. If you have ever read any of the Jack Ryan novels, then you must read this one. If you have never read one, get one of the earlier ones. Otherwise, Executive Orders will be a bit of a spoiler.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    This was a 1358 page book - but it never felt slow and I was enthralled throughout. While sometimes Clancy's military maneuver segments were a bit over my head, they were interspersed with enough other action to keep it moving. A big thing I noticed about this book is that even though it was written in 1996, Clancy had a few plot lines that seemed like Nostradamus-esque foreshadowing to 20 years later.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rosalind

    Reading this was entirely an exercise in reading something that lies way outside my comfort zone. Why is it outside my comfort zone? Well, it's not aimed at me for a start; I'm a woman, and I'm not American. I knew what I was taking on; it's a thriller, by a mega-bestselling author who specialises in a particular kind of macho, flag-waving, Budweiser-swilling, big-dick, patriotic, all-action Americana. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, if the writing's good and knowing that I had every Reading this was entirely an exercise in reading something that lies way outside my comfort zone. Why is it outside my comfort zone? Well, it's not aimed at me for a start; I'm a woman, and I'm not American. I knew what I was taking on; it's a thriller, by a mega-bestselling author who specialises in a particular kind of macho, flag-waving, Budweiser-swilling, big-dick, patriotic, all-action Americana. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, if the writing's good and knowing that I had every opportunity to avoid reading it in full knowledge of what it was. And besides I don't always conform to type. I love the spy thrillers of John le Carré and while your standard Action Movie leaves me cold (Bond films in particular because actually I'm quite fond of Fleming's original Bond books) I do have a big soft spot for The Dirty Dozen for reasons I've never fully understood. So, I was determined to see this one through. Anyway, the premise of this 900-page doorstop is something like this. CIA spook and alleged family guy Jack Ryan becomes President by accident after a Japanese airline pilot flies a 747 into a packed Capitol (yes, really!) wiping out both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court and a goodly part of the Washington establishment. Yes, it's a Tea Party wet dream! Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, the demented leader of Iran takes advantage of the situation to take over Iraq and launch an invasion of Saudi Arabia with the wildly improbable cooperation of both India and China. And to complicate things, also attempts to kidnap the president's younger daughter and start an epidemic of haemorrhagic fever amongst America's car salesmen (you feel like shouting "Yay!" at that point) Ok, it's fantasy stuff (Le Carré always has the ring of authenticity, not least because he was a real spook while Clancy was an insurance salesman) and that's fine if it's well-written. The big problem is that it's appallingly badly written. To be fair, Clancy knows his stuff about military hardware and he's obviously done his homework about life in the White House; in fact those are the most interesting bits although still a poor substitute for The West Wing. The rest is just dismal. Violence? I wish there was some. For great stretches nothing happens at all except digressions on Clancyan hobby-horses like why the US tax system needs reform. There's no humanity; we keep being told how much President Ryan loves his family but we never see any evidence; he never takes time to read his youngest a story, or play with his son, or have conflicts with his teenage daughter. In fact by the end of the 900 pages we know hardly any more about the children than we did at the beginning. There's the endless pauses while the author stops to explain some trivial point to his braindead readership (hey, naval parlance still talks about a ship 'steaming' even though a modern ship's engines don't do it that way, isn't that amazing, tell Ripley's Believe It Or Not at once!) Foreigners, of course, are meekly compliant and admiring (Russians, would you believe?) or sinister, devious, comic-book villians (Gadzooks! My master plan has been foiled again by those pesky Americans!). Worst of all, though, is the sickly sentimentality of it all. The triumph of Mom's Apple Pie, beer and franks at the Ball Game and the Grand ol' Opry, with the mean streets of South Central LA and West Baltimore kept well out of the way in the Free Speech Zone. Hell, they love their President so much there's not a whisper of a protest even when the unelected President Ryan overrides the constitution to impose a ban on crossing state lines. I can think of one president who'd be glad of a tiny fraction of the cooperation from his truculent nation. And no, I'm not being unpatriotic: the US is a foreign country to me, I'm an alien there (I've been told as much in no uncertain terms) and owe no allegiange to Old Glory. Ok, it was an experiment, and I'm glad I read it. But I don't think I'll be going back that way any time soon.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    This picks up right from the ending point of the last book. One really needs to read that book before this one. Jack is now president of the country after the devastating events that hit the country. Is he ready for it as domestic people and leaders of foreign countries question his leadership and test him. This one is a little long as it is over thirteen hundred pages. That being said I was never bored with it and there were definitely times where I was emotional. One of the aspects I like about This picks up right from the ending point of the last book. One really needs to read that book before this one. Jack is now president of the country after the devastating events that hit the country. Is he ready for it as domestic people and leaders of foreign countries question his leadership and test him. This one is a little long as it is over thirteen hundred pages. That being said I was never bored with it and there were definitely times where I was emotional. One of the aspects I like about Tom Clancy's books is the realism and these events are unfortunately too real as they are similar to actual events. I think this is one of the reasons why I have enjoyed these last books as they evoke feelings because I have actually seen these events with my own eyes. And the realism just doesn't stop with dealing with these events but with its aftermath. Whether it is getting back up from the mat, grieving, or being tested by others as they view us weak because we were hit by terrorist attacks. While being entertained I was also being informed about how much is on the plate of the leader of this country. This book is also a little scary as we see a new form of attack and realize how easy this attack could happen. Once again, the realism is tangible and just leaps off the pages. Yes, reading these books is a commitment as they are very lengthy in nature. One just never realizes it though because right away you are sucked into the story and cannot stop reading. Once again Tom Clancy has written a very entertaining book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    This book is a serious contender for worst book I have ever read that is not by Dean Koontz. It is an excrutiating almost 1400 pages of awful dialogue, shocking misunderstanding of politics, simplification of international affairs, right-wing propaganda, and the utter ruination of a once enjoyable, if kind of silly, character--Jack Ryan. Maybe back in 1996, some people could be fooled by Clancy's ideas, but after the disasterous presidency of George Bush Jr., whose policies and thought process ar This book is a serious contender for worst book I have ever read that is not by Dean Koontz. It is an excrutiating almost 1400 pages of awful dialogue, shocking misunderstanding of politics, simplification of international affairs, right-wing propaganda, and the utter ruination of a once enjoyable, if kind of silly, character--Jack Ryan. Maybe back in 1996, some people could be fooled by Clancy's ideas, but after the disasterous presidency of George Bush Jr., whose policies and thought process are often similar to Ryan's in this novel, this book is completely without credibility. When I would see it laying on my coffee table out of the corner of my eye, I kept mistaking "Clancy" for "Cheney". That should tell you everything you need to know about this one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Don Stanton

    I first read it in 1996 when it came out....My reaction then was ho hum. I just finished it again. The man was 5 years before 9/11. Wow, did he call it or what? The things that he speaks about are exactly about what is happening in Europe and america today. I like very much his style of flipping form entity to entity. It truly gives the perspective of multiple plots running simultaneously. It could be confusing to those with a eighth grade reading ability. I read one cometary for a non american who I first read it in 1996 when it came out....My reaction then was ho hum. I just finished it again. The man was 5 years before 9/11. Wow, did he call it or what? The things that he speaks about are exactly about what is happening in Europe and america today. I like very much his style of flipping form entity to entity. It truly gives the perspective of multiple plots running simultaneously. It could be confusing to those with a eighth grade reading ability. I read one cometary for a non american who probably doesn't read the news or understands what is truly happening in the world today or her country hasn't been attached at all since 1996. She ignorantly equates the them of the book to 'The Men at Work' "Macho Macho Man." If she really read this book she would have seen plenty of "Macho Women," from other countries. I heartedly recommend this book for those with at least an High School education, any background in history that has more than 10 years in depth. Definitely not for the PETA, Code Pink crowd. Any of you been to France lately? I have. What a warm a fuzzy feeling it gives me to see two French Policemen with full automatic weapons walking amongst the crowds of passengers at the Gran Tran Gar in Lion. Talk about Macho...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jerome

    Jack Ryan and Tom Clancy may have reached their pinnacle of achievement with this book. However, this book is definitely not the place to start the series; as a minimum, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Debt of Honor should definitely be read before this book. Jack, due to the events detailed in Debt of Honor, suddenly finds himself President of the U.S., a position which he never aspired to and in which he feels decidedly uncomfortable. But, good former Marine that he is, he quickly Jack Ryan and Tom Clancy may have reached their pinnacle of achievement with this book. However, this book is definitely not the place to start the series; as a minimum, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Debt of Honor should definitely be read before this book. Jack, due to the events detailed in Debt of Honor, suddenly finds himself President of the U.S., a position which he never aspired to and in which he feels decidedly uncomfortable. But, good former Marine that he is, he quickly buckles down to the demands of the job - a job that rapidly spawns seemingly endless problems and complications. In detailing these, Clancy weaves an incredible number of sub-plots together: an assassination of the Iraqi President and the amalgamation of that country with Iran, an attempt to kidnap his youngest daughter, a biological attack on the U.S., a heat up of the continuing dispute between the two Chinas, an attempt by the former Vice President to remove Jack from office, and multiple attacks on his integrity by the news media. This is where Clancy shines, as each of these sub-plots is probably strong enough to be a novel in its own right. They all have strong dramatic elements and are not only plausible, but frightening in just how close they are to events in the real world that have occurred since this book was written - so much so that the notion has been put forth that certain terrorist elements got the ideas for their deeds from this book and Debt of Honor. Jack is well drawn. His reactions to situations and problems make sense for the type of man he is, and Clancy does a good job of making the reader empathize with him. Most of the other main characters are shown with enough depth to make them real, though it definitely helps if you have read the prior novels in this series, as some of the background for these characters was presented earlier, and is not re-hashed in this book. However, most of the characters are not excessively deep, and it is very clear who are the `good guys' and who are the `bad', which perhaps is a good thing in a thriller. The battle scenes are typical Clancy, filled with a great number (quite accurate) technical details - perhaps too much so, as at times the picture of just what war is really like gets lost in all these details. Also somewhat of a detraction is the fact that the `good guys' have too easy a time of it; it seems like all their plans are precisely accomplished, with few of the screw-ups and surprises that always happen in real conflicts. Which leads to the other fault with this book - it really is too long, and a fair amount of it could have been cut without losing the impressive tapestry effect. Some may object to the political viewpoints expressed in this novel, as they are decidedly on the right of the spectrum. But Clancy does a good job of detailing why these viewpoints should at least be given some careful thought by all Americans. Here we find good rationales behind limiting the power of the press under certain circumstances; the necessity for maintaining both a strong military and a strong intelligence network; cases where the power of the President may need to exceed the powers granted by the Constitution; when diplomacy is appropriate versus military action (and just how much diplomacy is dependent on having the military power to back up stated positions). It is just these viewpoints that elevate this book from a blockbuster adventure novel to one with substance. A quick perusal of any newspaper today will show exactly the points Clancy makes here, from the obvious `slanting' of the reporting to the need for a military that is second to none.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nolan

    In some ways, I hesitate to write about this book because it’s been out so long that everyone who will read this kind of thing already has. Master spook Jack Ryan has been sworn into the presidency minutes after a massive terrorist-sponsored explosion destroys the U.S. capitol building, killing nearly all of the members of Congress and the president. Ryan had been named vice president minutes earlier when a political scandal forced the resignation of the former vice president. This is an edge-of In some ways, I hesitate to write about this book because it’s been out so long that everyone who will read this kind of thing already has. Master spook Jack Ryan has been sworn into the presidency minutes after a massive terrorist-sponsored explosion destroys the U.S. capitol building, killing nearly all of the members of Congress and the president. Ryan had been named vice president minutes earlier when a political scandal forced the resignation of the former vice president. This is an edge-of-the-chair tapestry—not merely a story, but a veritable tapestry of plots and subplots—all dealing with how Ryan restores the government against huge odds while international powers seek to destroy the nation from without. This is a book that includes numerous subplots, and you jump from one to another instantly and without warning. If you let your mind wander during this one, you will miss crucial bits of information on which hangs the rest of the book. It will require your full concentration, and you’ll have no problem proffering that, so well written is this book. Clancy crafts this so as not to offend his readers too much; they won’t agree with every decision Jack Ryan makes or every policy to which he ascribes, but it’s written such that regardless of which side of the aisle you’re comfortable being on, you’ll cheer for the beleaguered president and those who want him to succeed. There are horrifying graphic scenes in the book. You’ll learn with chilling tension how easy it is for a terrorist to introduce deadly viruses into the nation. The horrors of Ebola are described graphically here. I read this while battling a respiratory thing, and it only served to heighten my sense of terror at the ease by which Ebola was introduced into the nation and the description of the disease’s impact on various organs. These plotlines are intricately woven. The military scenes here are classic Clancy. The descriptions are riveting and concise, and you can easily picture the battles in your mind. As I wrote above, most of you who like this kind of fiction will have long, long ago read this. I feel sorry for people who perfunctorily write off Clancy’s books. These are studies in intricacy, character development, and thought-provoking scenarios that will keep you up with your mind churning. I have to admit that I’ve been a bit jumpy at work the last couple of days. Any time someone sneezed or coughed, I found myself instantly asking, only partly in jest, whether this was the beginning of the new plague that is really only an airplane ride away from any of us. If you’ve always intended to read this one-time bestseller turned military fiction classic, perhaps now is as good a time as any to do it. Clancy drops the F-bomb here several times, and the name of God is taken in vain rather frequently, as you might expect in a book whose characters are stressed-out military types. But it will remain with me for a long time to come.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Holy shit! Not only was this the longest book I've read by Tom Clancy, but the longest book I've read, period! But I quote Yoda from the Star Wars Saga, (Size matters not. judge me by my size, do you?). Executive Order picks up right where Debt of Honor left off, a jet deliberately crashes into the US Capitol, killing the US President, and thousands of other people. Now Jack Ryan, who was elected Vice President right before the attack and now he's sworn in as the next President of the United Sta Holy shit! Not only was this the longest book I've read by Tom Clancy, but the longest book I've read, period! But I quote Yoda from the Star Wars Saga, (Size matters not. judge me by my size, do you?). Executive Order picks up right where Debt of Honor left off, a jet deliberately crashes into the US Capitol, killing the US President, and thousands of other people. Now Jack Ryan, who was elected Vice President right before the attack and now he's sworn in as the next President of the United States. Now Ryan has to address the Nation and rebuild the Senate and everything else that was long, whilst having to deal with terrorism in Saudi Arabia, and also a deadly Ebola Virus outbreak. The plot involving the Ebola Outbreak was interesting and at the same time disturbing, I still have to read the non-fiction book The Hot Zone. Towards the end I found myself skipping pages through like the tank battle between the Americans and the terrorists because they kept going back and fourth and I just thought it was more lengthy than it had to be, but other than that, the book was just non-stop thrills. Right up there with The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Without Remorse. Classic Tom Clancy! PS, those of you who like Tom Clancy and haven't yet read Debt of Honor yet, I highly recommend reading that one first before picking up Executive Orders.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Sternberg

    Tom Clancy believes in flat tax, military growth, keeping the judiciary constructionist, limited government, and reeling in a destructive liberal media. How do I know this? Clancy spends pages on boring polemic doing his best Ayn Rand impression. What a sludge! Oh, and this over thousand pages of text features an absurd number of characters and enough plots to choke Godzilla. There's an attempt on kidnapping his daughter, an attempt by Iran to take over Saudi Arabia, a case of weaponized Ebola, a Tom Clancy believes in flat tax, military growth, keeping the judiciary constructionist, limited government, and reeling in a destructive liberal media. How do I know this? Clancy spends pages on boring polemic doing his best Ayn Rand impression. What a sludge! Oh, and this over thousand pages of text features an absurd number of characters and enough plots to choke Godzilla. There's an attempt on kidnapping his daughter, an attempt by Iran to take over Saudi Arabia, a case of weaponized Ebola, a group of militia determined to blow something up in Washington, a secret service agent who is a.sleeper, the reconstruction of the government after its destruction, an attempt by a corrupt VP to.wrestle power away.. ..tired yet? This novel was a mess. Period. A colossal disappointment.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    The amount of subplots in this book is both Clancy's strength and weakness. Between China, India, the UIR, and Kealty, I wasn't bored for a moment. I actually understood and cared about all of them, always wondering what's going to happen next. This is one of the few Clancy books where the plot is always moving and with relatively few chapters of Clancy spouting techincal jargon. The action sequences in the book, especially toward the end, were much more like Red Storm Rising than the rest of the The amount of subplots in this book is both Clancy's strength and weakness. Between China, India, the UIR, and Kealty, I wasn't bored for a moment. I actually understood and cared about all of them, always wondering what's going to happen next. This is one of the few Clancy books where the plot is always moving and with relatively few chapters of Clancy spouting techincal jargon. The action sequences in the book, especially toward the end, were much more like Red Storm Rising than the rest of the Ryanverse, which is good. Thriller books require action. That said, Clancy still tries to tie up everything way too neatly. The Mountain Men subplot of two bubbas trying to kill the President is tied up at the very end without them even getting close to Ryan. Why include an unnecessary subplot that is killed in the crib? Plus, with 50 pages to go, China, India, the UIR, and Kealty are still problems. 50 pages later, they're wrapped up neatly and anticlimactically. I thought the writing of the Second Gulf War against the UIR was lazy; the US just happened to wipe out the combined armies of Iran and Iraq because...technology? And with the way Clancy likes to hint at what's to come in the next book, Kealty better come back with force because for all his bluster, he quietly defeats himself with no action on Ryan's part. Ryan's also a mixed bag. I like the fact that for once, he's not the perfect goody two-shoes. He does not know what he's doing, he makes mistakes, and for once people actually think badly of Ryan which makes it better when he proves them wrong. The constant praise of Ryan in the previous books was grating. But still, he is prone to his speeches and whining about morality and justice. A constant theme is "Ryan isn't like most politicians, he has feelings and values." Snore. That gets old really quick. And for God's sake, please stop with the supporting characters who are supposed to betray Ryan but can't because he's so gosh-darn wonderful (Holtzman, Ben Goodley, Ritter, etc.) Also, I have no idea why Tom Clancy thinks that people won't trust Ryan because "he's killed people." We had no problem trusting Teddy Roosevelt, JFK, or George HW Bush. Roger Durling was trustworthy enough in Debt of Honor. But Clancy trots these strawman arguments like they're revelations of the supposedly super liberal society we all live in. And speaking of liberal society, Ryan's speeches are all GOP/libertarian talking points. Yeah, Ryan says he's an independent. I think it's clear what party Clancy is really batting for. I don't care that Ryan is a closet Republican, I mind that his GOP talking points are passed off as independent. We get it, Clancy, you love Reagan. Still, I give it 5 stars because it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I hope Bear and the Dragon proves to be as good.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Colleen O'grady

    As usual with anything that Tom Clancy writes I am astounded at his breadth of knowledge of world affairs, the political no-how of nations including his homeland of USA. Once again he weaves this knowledge into a gripping tale of espionage, terrorism, fighting to do what is right against all odds. From the first Ryan novel Red October I have followed the efforts of Jack Ryan as an inteligence officer and historian, university lecturer and great thinker. This massive tome has kept me gripped to m As usual with anything that Tom Clancy writes I am astounded at his breadth of knowledge of world affairs, the political no-how of nations including his homeland of USA. Once again he weaves this knowledge into a gripping tale of espionage, terrorism, fighting to do what is right against all odds. From the first Ryan novel Red October I have followed the efforts of Jack Ryan as an inteligence officer and historian, university lecturer and great thinker. This massive tome has kept me gripped to my seat as I want to know where Clancy will take Ryan and me next. Believe it or not, I have learnt much about the American President and his role for that nation. I am not finished yet of course, but already have given it a five star rating. And now its finished the five star rating remains. Clancy is a gifted story-teller and a great writer. He weaves his various characters together in time and space so I know exactly who is up to what, and eagerly read on to see what happens next. Take the Mountain Men for example. Raring to go to do a serious mischief in Washington with a souped-up concrete mixture that's almost a time-bomb, and the person they were aiming for, the President, suddenly closes all movements between states because of an horrific infectious disease spreading across America and leaves them stranded. As their 'bomb' had a mixer full of manure, things got a bit smelly of course...great yarn. so know I am going to read Reflections of a Scientist by Henry Eyring. Something completely different

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    I think this is one of Clancy's top 5 novels - right up there along with "Hunt for Red October," "Wihthout Remorse," and "Cardinal of the Kremlin." It discribes the first few months of Jack Ryan's presidency, and the challenges he must face as other nations as well as those around him test the new chief executive. These include: trying to rebuild the government after the former President and the entire legislative branch and supreme court are wiped out in the suicide attack which destroyed the I think this is one of Clancy's top 5 novels - right up there along with "Hunt for Red October," "Wihthout Remorse," and "Cardinal of the Kremlin." It discribes the first few months of Jack Ryan's presidency, and the challenges he must face as other nations as well as those around him test the new chief executive. These include: trying to rebuild the government after the former President and the entire legislative branch and supreme court are wiped out in the suicide attack which destroyed the capitol; the legal challenge from the recently-resigned Vice President who has decided that he didn't really resign; a kidnap attempt on his toddler daughter, and a terrorist attack using a weapon of mass destruction instigated by a middle-eastern dictator, to name only a few. As if these aren't enough problems, it begins to appear that a full-scale war is brewing which will affect the largest oil-producing region in the world. This story gives the reader the most comprehensive insight into the character of Jack Ryan, delving into his conscience, his fears, and his relationships with those around him. It is the longest and most complex of Clancy's books to date, but also, without doubt, one of his most engrossing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    C

    As I plowed my way through this during the past two months, west Africa experienced an explosion in Ebola Virus Disease, and ISIS started beheading Americans and Brits and committing genocide over in Mesopotamia. And, of course, there's the whole airplane-as-bomb prescience, for this book was written before 9/11. Clancy was brilliant at laying out how possibilities can become realities in the area of foreign conflicts, and his books are very interesting except when I don't understand the vocabul As I plowed my way through this during the past two months, west Africa experienced an explosion in Ebola Virus Disease, and ISIS started beheading Americans and Brits and committing genocide over in Mesopotamia. And, of course, there's the whole airplane-as-bomb prescience, for this book was written before 9/11. Clancy was brilliant at laying out how possibilities can become realities in the area of foreign conflicts, and his books are very interesting except when I don't understand the vocabulary (sorry, I don't even know what AWAC stands for...I think it's a plane, though...). He also liked to give us satisfying comeuppances for the villains; sadly, such endings are not often realistic. It would sure be wonderful if the current real-life Ebola epidemic would behave like Clancy's fictional outbreak. God speed an effective vaccine! Oh, and did anyone else think of "Yes, Minister", the British comedy, while reading some of the interaction between Arnie Van Damm and Jack Ryan? :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Igor Ljubuncic

    At this point, Tom was milking the series so much it was Gouda cheese straight from the teat. Another classic, somewhat formulaic plot with a John Wayne ending. Trying to up the hype, the expectations are so high, your brain can't hope, and you end up disappointed. There's less heart, less attention to detail. Maybe Tom was considering politics at this point in his career, so he was focusing on his speeches for the Congress. No reason to keep it long, let's give it a proper spin: When Jack became At this point, Tom was milking the series so much it was Gouda cheese straight from the teat. Another classic, somewhat formulaic plot with a John Wayne ending. Trying to up the hype, the expectations are so high, your brain can't hope, and you end up disappointed. There's less heart, less attention to detail. Maybe Tom was considering politics at this point in his career, so he was focusing on his speeches for the Congress. No reason to keep it long, let's give it a proper spin: When Jack became America's boss, The country groped with a massive loss, At the Capitol Hill, A televised kill, He is not the man you wanna cross. Your faithfull, Jack Ryan, the President

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sindre

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Picking up where "Debt of Honor" left off, this was a very enjoyable read. The story itself, a highly militant islamic group trying to create a Middle Eastern superpowe, is thrilling enough, but the real piece de restistance are the fantastic subplots, all related to the main story. This includes a terrorist attack towards president Ryan's family, a biological terrorist attack with weaponized Ebola, a sleeper agent embedded within the Secret Service and a disgraced former vice president's attemp Picking up where "Debt of Honor" left off, this was a very enjoyable read. The story itself, a highly militant islamic group trying to create a Middle Eastern superpowe, is thrilling enough, but the real piece de restistance are the fantastic subplots, all related to the main story. This includes a terrorist attack towards president Ryan's family, a biological terrorist attack with weaponized Ebola, a sleeper agent embedded within the Secret Service and a disgraced former vice president's attempt at regaining power. The very best of the Ryanverse books I've read so far!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    My only attempt at a Tom Clancy novel. I was in fifth grade, and decided to read it to impress people. Even as a ten year old, I lost patience with Tom Clancy. I found it in a box a few years later and tried to read it again. Ten year old self: You were not wrong. Nooo, thank you. The best thing about Tom Clancy is his ongoing feud with Christopher Buckley. Which Christopher Buckley seems to win, every single time. Look up their letter writing spats online sometime. It's amazing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shane Phillips

    I could not finish this book. 12 hours into the audiobook and I could take no more. I guess I am just not a fan of Clancy’s writing. Such quotes as “he loaded the papers into his briefcase, most of them were useless” and a 13 minute diatribe on what secret service agents are thinking. I bet you could edit out 30% of this book and still get the story across.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brian Eshleman

    This was truly a great book, reminiscent for me of the television show The West Wing is that explored not only events but the adjustment of the president and his family to the immense responsibility he bears.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Harv Griffin

    Jack Ryan as POTUS. I have to skip through huge chunks of this, but I really like the First Family stuff. Have re-read many times.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    fanatical clerics political backstabbing to my mind Clancy of the first vintage well worth reading again.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rence Onday

    Sooo darned good read, I had to read it for 4 times...everytime I don't have a book to read, I go through it...still going for my 5th ;D

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sridhar Babu

    DEAR FRIENDS...!!! ** This is my blog about the Novel. This fictions is soooo huge containing 1359 pages, and I can't make it short. Kindly excuse me. ***This fiction deals about dangerous Ebola virus, used as bio weapon against the Americans. While I was reading these portions, my wife fell sick infected by typhoid virus, and recovered. **** While I was about to finish the novel, (( actually I was in 1196th page)) my vision in my left eye started dropping and started treatment for recovering my DEAR FRIENDS...!!! ** This is my blog about the Novel. This fictions is soooo huge containing 1359 pages, and I can't make it short. Kindly excuse me. ***This fiction deals about dangerous Ebola virus, used as bio weapon against the Americans. While I was reading these portions, my wife fell sick infected by typhoid virus, and recovered. **** While I was about to finish the novel, (( actually I was in 1196th page)) my vision in my left eye started dropping and started treatment for recovering my vision. AUTHOR... Tom Clancy . CHARACTERS....(( selective )) JACK RYAN, MAHMOUD HAJI DARYAEI, ARNIE VAN DAMM, ED KEALTY , ALI BADRAYN, PAT O' DAY, ANDREA PRICE, CATHY RYAN, ED FOLEY, JOHN CLARK, CHAVEZ, TONY BRETANO, Dr.MOHAMMED MOUDI , SISTER JEAN BAPTISTE and others.... LOCATION... WASHINGTON DC....(USA) TEHRAN ((IRAN)), IRAQ, SAUDI ARABIA-KUWAITI BORDER... GENRE... THRILLER... PLOT... The most devastating terrorist attack // act, in the history of America, happens at Capitol Hill, Washington DC. The Japanese Airlines 747 crashed into the Capitol building killing the present President Druling, the Joint Chiefs, Judges of Supreme Court and nearly all members of Congress . This terror attack was carried out deliberately by one disturbed and demented individual, a Japanese pilot named captain Sato for avenging America for intervening in Japanese conflict. Only Jack Ryan, confirmed vice President mere minutes before, survives to take the reins of a shaken and leaderless country. He must now, rebuild a government, comfort a grieving nation and become a true leader. Jack Ryan, a Boston College graduate, former stock trader, left that business to go to history, his first love. He taught history at the Naval Academy. His family consisting of wife Dr.Cathy and three children were targeted by terrorist group, and this near death experience brought him to Government . He joined in CIA, from there he never looked back. Because of his ability and intelligence he claimed in bureaucratic ladder very quickly and ended in becoming Vice President of America under the Presidency of Mr.Durling. Now the New American President Jack is surrounded by enemies-both inside the White House and around the world-all of them plotting to destroy an untested President, and bring back already wounded country to its knees. Jack Ryan has the following tasks ,challenges,and crises before him. The tasks and challenges created by his colleagues at the White House to bring him down politically and crises plotted by international enemies to bring down not only Ryan, but the country of America to its knees. JOHN PATRICK RYAN is an AMATEUR... The White House lobbyists, the Senators , media, press,and the staffs of Oval Office have one common opinion about the New President. John Ryan is just an bureaucrat, sort of an assistant to Government. He is not leader of political party or elected by the public through elections. In general He appears strong but when comes to leadership and decision making, he is lacking, because of his inexperience. Previously the American Presidents were elected by citizens on the basis of their popularity, charisma and their ability to achieve things for their country. The Dimensions of the constitutional crises in which America is found itself was nor apparent for the past years. Though John Patrick Ryan is a man of ability, his talent to perform his Presidential duties has not yet established.The initial indications are less than promising. Jack Ryan does not belong to any political party, he is just an amateur . These Amateurs can perform, able to grow into their duties only in an orderly way. After the terror attack, Ryan has to assure the American citizens, that whoever had done that barbaric act should be punished and brought to justice. For this Ryan has to give periodical reports to the public with proper facts and evidences of the investigations. He has to seek the cooperation of the Japanese Prime Minister and police to provide full details about the pilot by verifying identities using DNA testing. Ryan has to form a combined task force consisting of FBI, the Secret Service, Department of Justice and other federal agencies to take lead in investigations surrounding the tragic deaths. Ryan's another major task was to fill the cabinet appointments with people who will come to Washington at great personal sacrifice to do an important job for their country. Ryan fills these posts with outsiders who are not politicians, but people with pure professional interest. For treasury Department, he selects George Winston, who is the owner of a stock firm. For defense he picks Tony Bretano, a vociferous outsider for the last ten years, who promises the President that he will clean out Pentagon with his new schemes. For foreign affairs, he appoints Jack Alder, who started his carrier as a junior official. Ryan's views on abortion,and New Tax Policies causes huge criticism as well as appreciation among the media and public. Selecting pure conservatives as Supreme Court judges with an inexperienced team, also causes huge controversies among the Law firms of America. Former Vice President Ed Kealty, with an intention to bring down Ryan from the office, quotes a constitutional point that in the event of Vice President resigning from the post, after his resignation letter presented and accepted by the Secretary of State, only then a new vice president can be appointed. Ed Keatly says he never resigned from the post, his resignation letter not even drafted by him. Without his resignation as the Vice President, how come Ryan can be apoointed as the President?? THE INTERNATIONAL CRISES... UNITED ISLAMIC REPUBLIC...((UIR)) MAHMOUD HAJI DARYAEI, a religious cleric from Iran, has an important mission to complete during his life time. He makes a bid for superpower status. In uniting Iraq with Iran, they will get enormous oil wealth, that would give them contiguous borders with Kuwait and Saudi Kingdom. The conquest of these nations will double their wealth, combined Iran and Iraq will outnumber the combined populations of other states. By absorbing Azerbaijan, Usbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan, there will be significant resource and base for UNITED ISLAMIC REPUBLIC, defending against this superpower will be very difficult in future. For achieving this ultimate goal Daryaei, assisted by his commander ALI BADRAYN, assassinates Iraqi leader with his own security personal, and starts sending the Iraqi army generals to Sudan for unification of Iran and Iraq. Daryaei wants to punish America from intervening and stopping the United Islamic Republic by the way of crippling the country through Bio-war. He also starts sending Army to the Saudi-Quwaiti border for invading neighbours. At an isolated place near Tehran, a germ factory governed by an Iranian doctor mentioned as "Director" and supervised by MOHAMMED MOUDI,former WHO doctor is operating secretly. Its main purpose is to spread dangerous "EBOLA" virus at various gateway cities and towns of America and to cripple the nation psychologically . The Ebola virus is very dangerous and can spread through aerosol. If a person is infected with Ebola bug, his chance of survival is 80% nil. Mohammed Moudi kidnaps SISTER JEAN BAPTISTE, who got infected with Ebola Virus while treating a patient at an isolated village in Africa. Moudi assures Sister Jean that by treating her with advanced medical facilities in Paris She can be easily cured. Dr.Moudi instead of airlifting Sister Jean to Paris, brings her to the germ factory near Tehran by diverting the flight schedule . After Sister Jean's pathetic death, her Ebola infected blood is drawn and tested with two sets of criminals facing death penalty at Tehran. Watching their terrible death, the Ebola infected blood is collected in flasks and distributed to 20 travelers from Iran under the supervision of Badrayn. These "travelers" reach their destination and place the spray type flask at various important Cities of America such as, Orlando,Chicago,Housten,Phoenix, and San Francisco where vehicle exhibition, Trade centers,sports exhibition and horse shows were going on. All these travelers after completing their mission returns to Iran and reports about their successful. mission. Slowly and Steadily the plague starts spreading and with in few days many Ebola infected cases with high fever and vomit were reported from hospitals of America. For President Jack Ryan and his team there was no evidence of how the Ebola virus originated from Africa got into America. An attack was made upon civilians using a Bio-weapon of mass destruction and it is President Ryan's major task to save America from panic and plague. At Giant Steps kinder garden school where President Ryan"s last daughter Katie was studing, a major attempt to kidnap Katie by unknown persons lead by an Iranian mentioned as "Movie Star" was successfully put down by Secret Service guards resulting in heavy casual from both groups. In White House, under the directions of Daryaei, an Iranian assassin named Jeff Raman is posing as a loyal Secret Service guard, is waiting for the final order from Iran to murder President Ryan at proper time. THE PRESIDENT...THE PERFORMER ...!!! President Jack Ryan, in a desperate attempt to save America from Ebola virus and plague, issues some important Executive Order and appeals American citizens to obey it without any second thoughts. He orders to close all schools, colleges, business houses ((except for those providing essential services )) all places of public assembly, theaters, restaurants, bars until further notice. He orders to suspend all interstate travels, including commercial air travel, interstate trains and buses, until further notice. He activates the National Guard in all fifty states, places it under federal control to maintain public order. Guided by germ experts in Washington and laboratory in Atlanta, Ryan learns that the Ebola virus will be dangerous while infected primarily and will slowly lose its power to the secondary contacted people,,by means of hugs,kisses and by love making. With effective planning and treatment, Ryan saves America from plague and disaster. Though there are more than 5000 deaths, the country is saved from millions of deaths and sufferings. Ryan's Executive order to close everything, though criticized as unconstitutional was appreciated by the media and public as an intelligent and wise act , taken at the time of panic n confusion. Ryan learns that Ebola virus is originated from an isolated village of Africa and desperately wants to find out the barbarian who used this germ as a weapon of destruction against Americans. He sends his top secret service Agents John and Chavez to find out the facts. The CIA Agents after visiting Congo and Sudan, and by conducting full fledged investigations discovers about the sudden airlifting of Sister Jean to illegal germ factory at Tehran. They also discovers that green monkeys have been transported to Tehran for feeding the Ebola Virus. As per the reports submitted by John and Chavez, the President Ryan discovers that Mahmoud Haji Daryaei is behind this bio-weapon war and the failed attempt to kidnap his daughter. President Ryan takes a pledge, to destroy Daryaei and his Army to stop him from forming UIR. American forces working together with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait destroys six divisions of UIR Army which raged through all day and night. As per the Orders of President Ryan, by dispatching the 10th and 11th American cavalry regiments , National Guard, a massive battle was fought and the final UIR units attempts to flee the battle field were cut off and after a brief engagement begins to surrender to allied forces. The American forces emerges victories by killing ten thousand soldiers of UIR. Haji Daryaei vanishes from Iran, since his dreams about UIR, were shattered. President Ryan, orders to neutralize the germ factory at Tehran, by sending team of technical experts, accompanied by journalists for independent verification of facts. Ryan also warns UIR, if these are not carried out , the germ factory site will be destroyed with a low yield nuclear bomb with in twelve hours of the issue of the order. Since the Iraqi leader was assassinated by his own security personal, President Ryan as per the instructions of Secret Service Chief Andrea Price, and FBI director Ed Murray, orders to dig the backgrounds of all his Secret Service Personals. While checking Jeff Raman, they find secret list of phone calls made to a drug dealer, who is dead already, and his connections to Iran and Daryaei. The traitor is arrested and placed in a separate cell for further interrogations. ARNIE VAN DAMM, the Secretary for the State affairs helps to boost the image of President with his able guidance and advice. As per his advice President Ryan, gives frequent media and press interviews with latest updates according to the situations. President's new Cabinet appointees perform well and live up to his exceptions. Ryan's Secretary for Treasury George Winston's new Tax code, enabling people from all walks of life, to pay uniform tax to the government is well appreciated. Defense Secretary Tony Bertano's new budget proposal,enabling to fire over staffed departments, and to allot more funds for purchasing defense artillery is appreciated and accepted by Congress. President Ryan's Executive Orders at the time of outbreak of Plague and Gulf War was highly appreciated both Nationally and Inter-nationally and President Jack Ryan slowly and steadily becomes the darling of the Americans....!!! MY COMMENT... This is fiction is so huge with 1300+ pages, making the reader astonish about the time needed to finish it. But, once started, the pages starts flying. The portions about the Ebola virus, Haji Daryaei 's barbaric idea of using the virus as a weapon of mass destruction. The cruel measures carried out at Tehran by Mohammed Moudi and "the director" for testing the Virus. President Ryan's brilliant schemes in stopping the Virus from serious outbreak, and his appeals made to the Americans is so gripping and interesting. The only thumbs down thing is, lots of acronyms are used by the author throughout the novel. ..such as CDC ((Centers for disease control)) ,NBC, HMMWV (( High Mobility Multi purpose wheeled vehicle)),SNIE ((Special National Intelligence Estimate)), UIR ((United Arabic Republic)) ABA ((American Bar Association )) nick names POTUS for President, FLOTUS for his wife Caroline Ryan.. makes the reader confusing and frustrating... EXECUTIVE ORDERS.....WELL DRAFTED ..!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    This has so far been my favorite book in the Jack Ryan series. It had such a real feel to it, there was not an overwhelming amount of lecturing on one thing or another. the the build up to the key events was clear, in that you knew certain things were going to happen but in each case they played out in an interesting and very well thought out way. time was taken with each one to give a very real feel to it all. Definitely my favorite one so far, but many more still left

  26. 5 out of 5

    Edwina Callan

    Hubby really liked it. I thought it was just okay. Hubby already knew who Jack Ryan was and told me that I needed to watch a movie called "Red October" so I'd understand what this book was all about. Chances are slim to none that I'll ever watch it. lol

  27. 5 out of 5

    Will

    SUBJECTIVE READER REVIEW FOLLOWS: As a general note, I will say that reading the Tom Clancy catalogue is a war of attrition for even the most ardent of fans, which includes me. Executive Orders, though published 18 years ago is so incredibly timely compared to current geopolitical affairs it is scary. Not only is there now a United Islamic Republic comprised or Iran taking over Iraq, but the Iranians attack the US with aerosol-dispensed Ebola virus, crippling it by their choice of trade shows and SUBJECTIVE READER REVIEW FOLLOWS: As a general note, I will say that reading the Tom Clancy catalogue is a war of attrition for even the most ardent of fans, which includes me. Executive Orders, though published 18 years ago is so incredibly timely compared to current geopolitical affairs it is scary. Not only is there now a United Islamic Republic comprised or Iran taking over Iraq, but the Iranians attack the US with aerosol-dispensed Ebola virus, crippling it by their choice of trade shows and malls for dispersing it. Clancy brings up things you wouldn't think about associated with such an outbreak; like all of the military bases being quarantined when the virus shows up among dependents and soldiers alike. The fixes Jack Ryan is forced to confront, like a moratorium on interstate travel seem unimaginable, but are actually the only way to fight a virus that depends on interpersonal contact for new hosts. All in all, an incredible read that is so current in today's world it is uncanny. Executive Orders also fills in the timeline of Jack Ryan's first few months in office after the decapitation of the federal government. Although it took me two weeks to read it, Executive Orders is along the line of 'must reads' for serious action adventure junkies. SPOILER PLOT SUMMARY FOLLOWS: Attack on America. The Iranians have inserted sleeper cells in the US, masking them as Shah Pahlavi disciples, who come alive 15 years later to do their job. Iranian Ayatollah Mahmoud Haji Daryaei has his eyes on recreating the Ottoman Empire, and his first step is to have Saddam Hussein assassinated. Within days his fixer Ali Badrayn has gone to Iraq and negotiated the entire senior military staff and their families to evacuate and flee to Khartoum, Sudan. He has had his mad scientists incubating Ebola via African monkeys for years, and now sends in twenty agents to disperse aerosol canisters of the virus in twenty malls and trade shows around the US. He also sends in a hit team to take out POTUS's children while at school. He sets his military into integrating with the Iraqi leaderless military and immediately sets his sights on Saudi Arabia, which is exposed on Iraq's western border. The Ebola attack succeeds, and America is quickly immobilized due to the spread of the lethal virus. FBI Inspector Tom O'Day, going by day care to pick up his daughter, happens upon the attack on POTUS's youngest daughter, then foils the Iranians, killing three and rescuing the children. Daryaei begins his military activation by running integration exercises with the Iraqis, tuning up for the invasion while every US military base is under quarantine. The US moves what they have, basically two desert training brigades in the Mojave Desert and the Negev Desert, but these are the trainers of how to kill, and they quickly deploy to Saudi as pockets of uninfected bases begin delivering assets to Saudi. With a major effort, including a moratorium on interstate travel, Ryan along with the CDC and the Army's Chemical Brain trust at Ft. Dietrich manage to curb the spread of Ebola as the new United Islamic Republic army commences war with the Saudis and Kuwaitis. Working on intuition, Ryan suspects there is more subterfuge as the Secret Service and FBI screen every SS agent and find Aref Raman, an Iranian born agent, to be a sleeper cell, trick him and apprehend him as he tries to shoot POTUS. The Killer Training Center Brigades from Ft Irwin and the Negev suck the UIR divisions into a trap and end up slaughtering the entire army. In the end, Ryan declares on national TV that one man, not a religion, has loosed this war on America and that man must pay. With Clark and Dominguez, supported by Russian SVR leaders, they target Daryaei's quarters in Tehran and Ryan sends in to precision guided 500 pound HE bombs to ride the world of the latest megalomaniac.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rick Samps

    Following immediately on from Debt of Honor, this is a terrific, ambitious political drama, one of the last really good Jack Ryan books. It does however have more than its fair share of faults - self-indulgence, saccharine moments, a somewhat workmanlike approach to the climactic conflict. It isn't quite as good as most of its predecessors, marking a point where the series began going downhill, but its good enough to still merit 4 stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I’ve just finished the full Clancy meal of Middle-eastern bioterrorism, complete with raw Islamic take-over-the-world philosophies, global political conspiring, spicy special ops, presidential corruption, intrigue, and outright war. At a mere 1358 pages, how much terrorism can one author pack into one explosive novel? Executive Orders answers decisively in a prescient and potent way. Our hero, Jack Ryan, has become an unconventional leader of men forging a way for a hopeful American reality; the I’ve just finished the full Clancy meal of Middle-eastern bioterrorism, complete with raw Islamic take-over-the-world philosophies, global political conspiring, spicy special ops, presidential corruption, intrigue, and outright war. At a mere 1358 pages, how much terrorism can one author pack into one explosive novel? Executive Orders answers decisively in a prescient and potent way. Our hero, Jack Ryan, has become an unconventional leader of men forging a way for a hopeful American reality; the parallel to our own economic and international trials, profound (where is such a leader for our own time?). My personal favorite, Mr. Clark, is such a phenomenal asset (and person), one can only hope and pray that there are authentic “Mr. Clarks” out there operating on the planetary edge protecting American interests. With bio-weapons, the meatiest of several concurrent plots on the EO menu, it was inevitable that Jack’s wife (again) play a significant portion, stirring up my personal ire. A prominent physician at Johns Hopkins, character Cathy Ryan tells us directly that her job is who she is. Her career is more important than the safety of her husband, and children, more important than the needs of her family or of her country. She is very good at being a doctor. She likes what she does. She takes pride in helping patients, and in the recognition she receives for being the best, and this takes precedence over all else. Throughout the series, I’ve struggled with Dr/Mrs. Ryan’s decisions as the author force feeds a hard focus on life at the center of the 2 career power family. Tom Clancy’s gift for storytelling lies in his fantastically researched details. The mind tastes first the fine print while the soul ponders the ethical questions of war, terrorism, religion, politics, family, careers, skill, service, and sacrifice. Clancy’s medical accuracy, as a nurse, I can attest to. As a wife and mother, I’d like to see his women given opportunity to be more than professional players in a solely business-like world. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules the World Blessings on the hand of women! Angels guard its strength and grace, In the palace, cottage, hovel, Oh, no matter where the place; Would that never storms assailed it, Rainbows ever gently curled; For the hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world. Infancy's the tender fountain, Power may with beauty flow, Mother's first to guide the streamlets, From them souls unresting grow-- Grow on for the good or evil, Sunshine streamed or evil hurled; For the hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world. Woman, how divine your mission Here upon our natal sod! Keep, oh, keep the young heart open Always to the breath of God! All true trophies of the ages Are from mother-love impearled; For the hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world. Blessings on the hand of women! Fathers, sons, and daughters cry, And the sacred song is mingled With the worship in the sky-- Mingles where no tempest darkens, Rainbows evermore are hurled; For the hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world. William Ross Wallace (1819-1881)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrés

    I don't like politics, which is why, for me, the book gets somewhat better towards the end, with the advent of the Second Persian Gulf War. But let's take it from the beginning, shall we? Some background first. The war with Japan has ended. Jack Ryan, National Security Advisor, has been asked by President Durling to replace Edward Kealty in the role of Vicepresident because of some scandal or other. Ryan, thinking it's a good way to end his career of public service, reluctantly accepts. And then, I don't like politics, which is why, for me, the book gets somewhat better towards the end, with the advent of the Second Persian Gulf War. But let's take it from the beginning, shall we? Some background first. The war with Japan has ended. Jack Ryan, National Security Advisor, has been asked by President Durling to replace Edward Kealty in the role of Vicepresident because of some scandal or other. Ryan, thinking it's a good way to end his career of public service, reluctantly accepts. And then, just as he's sworn in, a 747 takes out the Capitol, with all its ramifications. To add another layer of difficulty, the airliner was Japanese. Jack Ryan is now President Ryan. Never one for the spotlight, you can imagine he's more than reticent to take on his new job. Several players at home and around the world sense this, make their judgments, and a few, assuming weakness, decide to take advantage of it. The key player is Iran's Ayatollah Daryaei who thinks it's about time his country got bigger. In order to achieve this he comes up with a plan to distract the US with several "unrelated" crisis while his tanks take a stroll down Saudi Arabia. At the same time, back home, everyone wants a piece of the new president, particularly the media and former Vicepresident Kealty who's now got his eye on the Oval Office. 70 to 80 percent of this book has Ryan taking the hits as they come, one after the other, all the while complaining he never wanted the job. Finally, at some point in the book somebody reminds him that as Vicepresident that was always a possiblity and that the country needs a president. Soul searching is fine but not when it takes up more than two-thirds of the book. During this soul searching the media hits him with stories of his past as a CIA spook, nods to previous titles such as "The Hunt for Red October," "The Cardinal of the Kremlin," and "Clear and Present Danger" to mention a few. Better yet we get to see a few familiar characters such as Bert Mancuso and Robby Jackson. While in any other circumstances Ryan would have undoubtedly appear a hero, here those events are manipulated to depict him as a loose cannon, unfit to be a president, as opposed to Ed Kealty, a career politician who knows how to lie to the media well enough that the media, in turn, likes him. Quite surprising that Clancy's points on the media and politicians are as valid today as they were back then. Something to ponder certainly. On the issue of plausibility, Clancy sure wanted to find out where the line was. Imagine, Daryaei has the good fortune that Capitol gets taken out roughly about the same time that Ebola case pops up, he has China and India willing to play ball, not to mention his other ace up his sleeve in the USSS. I'm not sure whether Daryaei overdid it or Clancy did. I would have liked to know more about the aftermath of the crisis, how it shapes relations with China and India, and so on. Unfortunately, the book ends with the Ryan Doctrine, something I would have been more comfortable reading about somewhere down the middle. To be honest, Ryan really becomes a president towards the end, and before you know it that's it. Finish.

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