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5.0 out of 5 stars Honored Nov. 29 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is big in every sense. 766 pages hardcover, 990 paperback (there's more words per page in the hardcover) makes it intimidating at first, but don't let that stop you. If you like technilogical stuff, military things, plots-galore, and a good old shoot-shoot KA-BOOM kind of story, than DEBT OF HONOR is my recomendation.

Now don't worry, I am not going to give anything away, but I must say that I just finished the book 30 minutes ago and I am still mesmorised by the ending!

But before the ending, there is a lot of stuff going on. In the first hundred pages, there seems to be a dozen different plots going on that have nothing to do with each other, but throughout the book they most surely come together in the most intriging ways.

Much of the story takes place in Japan, and involves Japan, and judging from other reviews, I have seen that there is some animosity to the way Mr. Clancy portrays the Japanese. Whether it is the man on the street, or the man calling all the shots.

As for the men calling the shots, it must be known that every country has jerks. And this is a story of some jerks with power on the Japanese side. When it comes to the man on the street, I see nothing wrong.

I was an exchange student in Japan less than a year ago, and I like to think I learned a thing or two about the Japanese, especially when around a foreigner. And the few examples that are in this book about that were right on.

I was grinning, and even once slaped my knee because a similar thing happened to me that happened to "Klerk" and "Chekov". But enough about that. As for the rest of the book, I must say that it is very grand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and unlikely--an intriguing premise. May 30 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
America and Japan are vital allies and trading partners and I am confident that the two countries will never again engage in armed conflict with one another. A limited form of armed conflict between Japan and the United States is the intriguing premise of this novel, one of Clancy's best. Although unlikely, there is nothing that takes place in this novel that is quite impossible. Just not real probable, but hey, that's why we have fiction.
The basic storyline is simple (no spoilers here). The trade friction between Japan and the United States comes to a head when the US enacts a trade bill which essentially targets Japanese firms which engage in sharp practices against the US. This gives a clique of power-wielding industrialists an opportunity to put Japan on a course whereby it seeks to establish military control over much of the Western Pacific area, including Saipan, which is a United States territory. Therein lies the story. Far out, but not impossible. Here, Clancy is stretching his imaginative muscles and the result is a quite good novel. As usual, Clancy's skillful speculation about, and knowledge of, military technology gives this one more authenticity than most authors would be able to manage.
This one brings back our old friends Jack Ryan, John Clark, and Ding Chavez, who are the central players on the American side. This novel features some of Clancy's best writing, and is not overlong like most of his later works. Further, the Japanese side is presented largely with respect and dignity, excepting the core bad guys who are portrayed as well, bad guys.
One of Clancy's best, and if you like his other ones, you will probably thoroughly enjoy this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imagining the unimaginable May 26 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this Clancy novel the moment it came out in '96. It has one of the BEST ENDINGS of any book I've read. Unfortunately, September 11th, 2001 shed a completely different light on this book. In fact, the first thought I had when I learned of the horrible attack on that morning was, "someone read DEBT OF HONOR." (If I reveal the ending here, there's not much of a point for you to read it...)
So when Condoleeza Rice said to the press that "no one could have imagined" that someone would use airliners to attack buildings I was appalled by the bald-faced lie. Everyone knows that D.C. (the Pentagon, the White House, the CIA) reads Clancy's novels, in galley form before they're published. Not only did the terrorists imagine this, Clancy wrote a remarkably similar and spectacular scenario, allowing the D.C. war-gamers to imagine yet another horrible possibility. After all, Reagan purportedly got all fired up about the Star Wars Missile Defense System after reading Clancy's RED STORM RISING.
The WTC attack was not just an attack on a civilian target. Just like the Easter Egg attack depicted in the beginning of DEBT OF HONOR, the WTC attack was on an economic target for its symbolic value.
DEBT OF HONOR is long, perhaps too long. But that's what you expect from a good Tom Clancy novel and this is one of his better ones. This book is definitely worth reading. Sadly, post September 11th, this is true for more reasons than just because it's a good 'ole Tom Clancy yarn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enemy, Ally, or Something Else? April 20 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book Debt of Honor questions whether the Japanese accepted surrender at the end of WWII, of if it was just a retreat. Honor and Saving Face means much to the Japanese culture, and, if like in many Clancy novels, if they were pushed "one step closer", could they gain an upper hand and threaten war once again?
To fully appreciate the situation in Debt of Honor, the full political and military ramificaitons of Clancy's works must have come true - ICBM nuke disarmament, and a general reduction of war forces of both sides of the eastern block and NATO.
So if Japan becomes a nuclear power, and takes over Guam, could the US respond - especially if their financial situation is thrown into chaos via computer "virus" - or deliberate trap?
I don't agree with several of Clancy's postulates, such as ICBM disarmement (in face of the China threat), or a President putting a member of the opposite political party in the VP slot (as happened to Jack Ryan in the book). While perhaps necessary for future novels (such as Execute Orders), Jack Ryan's accendency to the Presidency is needed, politicians and congress members would reject a VP like Jack, since he would be a heartbeat away from the top job. However, the book is a satifying work of fiction well worth the read.
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Published 1 month ago by Cara Kerins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality book
Book was an excellent buy, considering it is hardback. My guess it was only read once by one careful reader! Was well packaged, and mailed promptly.
Published 21 months ago by Christine A Merrills
2.0 out of 5 stars Too lengthy...
Just like the other Clancy's books, this book is too lengthy. Could Clancy consider cutting his books a bit? I am not talking about the technical stuff. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Szeto Wai Hung
3.0 out of 5 stars And Some Say This Is Clancy's Best?!?
This book reminds me of the joke about asking a guy what time it is and by the time he gets finished telling you the history of timekeeping and the intricate evolution of... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Mountain Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book
As a soldier curently in Iraq, I've found more time to read. After reading this book i was a little disapponted that the action was so short. I did enjoy the book though. Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by S. Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit unrealistic with the war with Japan....
But still a great read. The book goes around a Japanese businessman with a lot of power and money. Now Jack comes back into the picture, two years off of retirement and now he is... Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars A definate must read if your a Tom Clancy fan.
Right now I have about 100 pages left to read in this book and I can barely put it down long enough to write this review. this is the third Tom Clancy book that I have read. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 & 1/2 stars would be more accurate
This is one of Tom Clancy's best novels, although unless you have an understanding of the stock market, the plot will serve to confuse you. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003 by "ynot4tony2"
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie
I bought this book 5 years ago and never got to finish it... until references were made after 9/11 about the ending of this book. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2003 by Hizon
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