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Clear and Present Danger (Jack Ryan #6) Mass Market Paperback – 1989


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425122123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425122129
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 3.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #506,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. G. Hamer on Aug. 24 2001
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Generally, Tom Clancy can do no wrong in my eyes (except when he lends his name and his ideas to authors less able than himself so he can take a cut of whatever they earn). Clear and Present Danger is a perfect example of Clancy at his polished best - the guy simply sets new standards of storytelling excellence. Though he occasionally drifts into needless description [...], Clancy delivers the ultimate thrillers time after time. Where I might downgrade another author for ever-elaborating, Clancy can be forgiven because the rest of the book makes up for its few shortcomings. In brief, the U.S. ambassador to Columbia is murdered by drug lords. Enemy agents filter into the jungles and Central America is ready to explode. 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, because a group of highly trained American soldiers are stranded on an unfinished mission that officially never happened. Ryan decides to get the men out. Clear and Present Danger has all the ingredients of a Clancy Classic. And Clancy doesn't disappoint, sprinkling a plot her, a counter-plot there; a pinch of action here, a measure of suspense there. And finally stirring the carefully balanced ingredients so that the finished product is a tale that won't disappoint. When Clancy delivers, he delivers big time, and Clear and Present Danger is one of his best deliveries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Dukovich on Jan. 9 2001
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...not his best of all time. That distinction belongs to The Cardinal of the Kremlin, but this story is certainly a relavent and engrossing tale of the drug trade in Columbia and America. After an American citizen is killed by thugs, it seems like an open and shut case of piracy. But it is discovered that the businessman had ties to the Columbian drug cartels and the President (who is never given a name in this book, just his Secret Service codename, Wrangler) is determined to hurt the cartels once and for all. Operation Reciprocity is initiated with two parts. The first is a reconnaisance operation in Columbia to find the druggies, and the other part involves shooting druggie planes before they can deliver their cargo. But the gloves come off after the Director of the FBI, Emil Jacobs, is killed in Bogota, and the President's National Security Advisor orders a new operation: Reciprocity, which is meant to kill drug producers in an attempt to deal with the drugs. However, the NSA is corrupted, and the soldiers must fight for their lives. Jack Ryan, of course, comes to the rescue. He doesn't have a large role until halfway through the book. I thought this book was great, better than the movie, which I also liked a lot. The actor cast to play Ritter in the movie was especially good, but he looked nothing like the Ritter I was imagining. This book does have tons of bad language, and although its to be expected in Clancy's work, its concentration is larger here than in his other books. It is a little long at the beginning 100 pages, but it gets good quickly. If you like Clancy this is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Cooley on Nov. 23 2001
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"Clear and Present Danger" is the best of Clancy's novels. I find it amazing that Clancy can conceive a storyline and more often than not that story comes to fruition in real life. I decided to read this one even though I had seen the movie and was astonished at how far the movie strayed from the book. The book is so much better with so much more detail (obviously) and a much more fluid storyline. I have read most of Clancy's novels and this one is the best of the Ryan series and probably my favorite of them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matherson on Dec 6 2001
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Probably the most reflective of all of Clancy's books, this tells the story of what would happen if the "cold" war on drugs developed into a "hot" war. Was turned into a decidedly skeptical film. The most cogent narrative takes place in the early stages, on board the coast guard cutter. Also features lots of derring-do on board Pave Low helicopters, if you're into that sort of thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27 2001
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This exciting book really got my attenction. Tom Clancy pulled off a really good book. The drug war in Columbia comes to America when an important person gets assasinated. Jack Ryan takes control. A highly skilled task force is assembled and some major descicions will be made.......... I enjoyed this book greatly because of the excitement and suspence. This book was brilliantly written.
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This book is perhaps my favorite after the Hunt for Red October. It involves the President declaring an unofficial war on the drug dealers on Central America. He sends in a covert military force to find drug lords and their operations and destroy them. This leads to some very well written combat scenes, as well as an excellent picture of the covert forces that our military has. This book introduces Ding Chavez, a later friend and close co-worker of Mr. Clark, who is also featured prominently in this story. Of particular interest in this novel is the meeting between Jack Ryan and Mr. Clark. Very well written.
As to the movie that bears this name, this book is infinitely better and much much different. There isn't any attempt at political correctness or saying that the President has exceeded his authority in starting the war. He didn't, and the book explains the powers of the President very well. Also, the movie took out two of the best sequences in the book and one of its most memorable characters. The Coast Guard vessel captained by Red Weggner. In the movie, there are two drug runners arrested in the Gulf of Mexico by a Coast Guard ship. But in the book, this scene is expanded and includes a mock trial and faked execution of one of the drug runners in order to get the other one to talk. It's fantastic reading. And then, at the end of the novel, Red Weggner and his boys return to rescue Jack Ryan and company in the middle of a hurricane. They totally ignored this ending, going for the politically correct ending instead, which was a huge disappointment (Tom Clancy himself was very upset by this and vowed that no one would be allowed to make any books of his into movies again).
If you want to know the real story, read this book. Run as fast as you can away from that movie that poses as a Jack Ryan story. It's not. This book is.
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