This is the first Clancy book I have read. I was afraid it was going to be too technical (the reason I had not read any of his other books) but found it a pleasure to read. Clancy has a way of keeping you into the story line.
"Clear and Present Danger" is a different then some of Clancy's others books. It features Jack Ryan, not as the main character, but one of the major ones. There is a lot of emphasis put on the perspective of the special forces units behind enemy lines. As usual the book is better than the movie. The movie didn't capture the intense feeling of being both predator and prey that the soldiers experienced. If you liked the movie you will love the book.
What if --- the President has decided to get serious about the war on drugs? What if --- he used the military to not only stop the illegal transport of drugs, but to STOP the manufactureing!
Jack Ryan is NOT the hero this time!
This is the fourth installment in the Jack Ryan series. Jack moves into new and more dangerous territory as he rises up the chain of the CIA's command structure. This book places Jack in a more political role, unlike his "hero" role in "The Hunt for Red October", "Patriot Games", and "The Cardinal of the Kremlin". He helps guide the story along, but his primary role is to cover the "Buttocal areas" of his leaders.
The re-introduction of John clark (a minor character in "Cardinal of the Kremlin"), adds to the human element of the story.
This is an action packed novel, and as always, Clancy never seems to go more than a couple of minutes without spicing up the dialog. Again, be forwarned of his style of using "strong"language at times.
I give it some good marks, and I think you will enjoy the listen, whether you have read his other novels or not.
The U.S. ambassador to Columbia has been murdered by drug lords. Enemy covert agents filter into the jungles of South America--and Central America is ready to explode. FBI man Jack Ryan is in the eye of a storm--and for t he U.S. the stakes have never been greater.
Another great Tom Clancy novel. Its theme: America's war of drugs. Its subject: the assassination of three American officials in Columbia...and the covert---and shocking---U.S. response. Another page-turner!!
Great action, better than the movie. All of Tom Clancy's books are fantastic, I was reading these long before the movies came out. I have loved all of them, but most of my copies are hardback. Try this for a great action read.
Tom Clancy, the all-time master of worldclass suspense, present his most controversial bestseller. Its theme: America''s war on drugs. Its subject: the assassination of three American officials in Colombia... and the covert-and shocking- US response...CIA man Jack Ryan, hero of Patriot Games, finds that he will probably never have a boring summer: The sudden and surprising assassination of three American officials in Colombia. Many people in many places, moving off on missions they all mistakenly thought they understood. The future was too fearful for contemplation, and beyond the expected finish lines were things that, once decided, were better left unseen. Tom Clancy's new thriller is based on America's war on drugs... and the covert--and shocking--U.S. response.
At the end of the prologue to Clear and Present Danger, Clancy writes, "And so began something that had not quite begun and would not soon end, with many people in many places moving off in directions and on missions which they all mistakenly thought they understood. That was just as well. The future was too fearful for contemplation, and beyond the expected, illusory finish lines were things fated by the decisions made this morning--and, once decided, best unseen." In Clear and Present Danger nothing is as clear as it may seem.
The president, unsatisfied with the success of his "war on drugs," decides that he wants some immediate success. But after John Clark's covert strike team is deployed to Colombia for Operation Showboat, the drug lords strike back taking several civilian casualties. The chief executive's polls plummet. He orders Ritter to terminate their unofficial plan and leave no traces. Jack Ryan, who has just been named CIA deputy director of intelligence is enraged when he discovers that has been left out of the loop of Colombian operations. Several of America's most highly trained soldiers are stranded in an unfinished mission that, according to all records, never existed. Ryan decides to get the men out.
Ultimately, Clear and Present Danger is about good conscience, law, and politics, with Jack Ryan and CIA agent John Clark as its dual heroes. Ryan relentlessly pursues what he knows is right and legal, even if it means confronting the president of the United States. Clark is the perfect soldier, but a man who finally holds his men higher than the orders of any careless commander.
Along with the usual, stunning array of military hardware and the latest techno-gadgets, Clear and Present Danger further develops the relationships and characters that Clancy fans have grown to love. Admiral James Greer passes the CIA torch to his pupil, Ryan. Mr. Clark and Chavez meet for the first time. Other recurring characters like Robert Ritter and "the President" add continuity to Clancy's believable, alternate reality. This is Clancy at his best. --Patrick O'Kelley
From Publishers Weekly
When a U.S. president decides that drug smuggling has become a "clear and present danger" to national security, the response is a complex and covert military campaign against the "Colombian Cartel." "The dean of techno-thrillers demonstrates once again his mastery of the genre," stated PW. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Tom Clancy, the all-time master of world-class suspense, presents his most controversial bestseller. Its theme: America's war on drugs. Its subject: the assassination of three American officials in Colombia...and the covert-and shocking-U.S. response. Its title: Clear and Present Danger.
Back cover: Tom Clancy, the all-time master of the techno-thriller, is back with his most controversial bestseller. Its theme: America's war on drugs. Its subject: The assassination of three American officials in Columbia... and the covert - and shocking - U.S. response.