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Executive Orders [Mass Market Paperback]

Tom Clancy
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June 3 2003 Jack Ryan (Book 8)
The President is dead--and the weight, literally, of the world falls on Jack Ryan's shoulders, in Tom Clancy's newest and most extraordinary novel.

I don't know what to do. Where's the manual, the training course, for this job? Whom do I ask? Where do I go?

Debt of Honor ended with Tom Clancy's most shocking conclusion ever; a joint session of Congress destroyed, the President dead, most of the Cabinet and the Congress dead, the Supreme Court and the Joint Chiefs likewise. Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before had been confirmed as the new Vice-President of the United States is told that he is now President.

President John Patrick Ryan.

And that is where Executive Orders begins. Ryan had agreed to accept the vice-presidency only as a caretaker for a year, and now, suddenly an incalculable weight has fallen on his shoulders. How do you run a government without a government? Where do you even begin? With stunning force, Ryan's responsibilities crush on him. He must calm an anxious and grieving nation, allay the skepticism of the world's leaders, conduct a swift investigation of the tragedy, and arrange a massive state funeral--all while attempting to reconstitute a Cabinet and a Congress with the greatest possible speed.

But that is not all. Many eyes are on him now, and many of them are unfriendly. In Beijing, Tehran, and other world capitals, including Washington D.C., there are those eager to take advantage where they may, some of whom bear a deep animus toward the United States--some of whom, from Ryan's past, harbor intense animosity toward the new President himself. Soon they will begin to move on their opportunities; soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so big even he cannot imagine it.

Tom Clancy has written remarkable novels before, but nothing comparable to the timeliness and drama of Executive Orders. Filled with the exceptional realism and intricate plotting that are his hallmarks, it attests to the words of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "This man can tell a story."

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Tom Clancy goes to the White House in this thriller of political terror and global disaster. The American political situation takes a disturbing turn as the President, Congress, and Supreme Court are obliterated when a Japanese terrorist lands a 747 on the Capitol. Meanwhile the Iranians are unleashing an Ebola virus threat on the country. Jack Ryan, CIA agent, is cast in the middle of this maelstrom. Because of a recent sex scandal, Ryan was appointed vice president, a slot he doesn't hold for long when he lands in the Chief Executive's chair. He goes after the Iranians and then tries to piece together the country and his life the only way he knows how--with a fury that we've grown accustomed to in Clancy's intricate, detailed, and accurate stories of warfare and intrigue. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Jack Ryan, Clancy's amazing upwardly mobile series hero, must put together a government from the wreckage left at the end of Debt of Honor (Putnam, 1994). While Jack, who assumed the U.S. presidency after the shocking deaths of the president and many congresspeople, attends to affairs of state, selecting a new Cabinet and arranging for special Congressional elections, enemies far and near continue to create nefarious plots against the United States. Political enemies prove themselves equally relentless, attacking the very legitimacy of Ryan's presidential role. While Clancy is, as always, chillingly up-to-date, he telegraphs too many plotlines here. Worse, Ryan has become something of a whiner, complaining at length about the miseries of living a political life. At almost 900 pages, the book includes too much minutiae and dwells overlong on Ryan's earlier adventures. However, with a two-million-copy first printing, Ryan's presence?at least for now?is assured in most public libraries.?Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Information Services, Inc., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars The last Clancy book I read July 9 2004
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I had read all of Tom Clancy's books up to and including this one. But this one made me realize that now that the Cold War was over, so was my fascination with Clancy. This book is part "Tom Clancy's Public Policy Opinions" and part virus outbreak, with a homegrown terrorist plot that, without giving too much away, ends up a major disappointment. The virus plot is interesting, but the political plot wasn't to me. Perhaps this is because I don't share Clancy's views, and he portrayed them as such basic common sense, with the opposing side so hapless in offering a rebuttle, that I was a little offended. This also made me reflect on his previous books and realize even more that his characters all seem to be either really really good guys or really really bad guys with horrible character flaws. There's never any shades of gray to his characters, and even the "scandal" that dogs Ryan is due to him being too noble for his own good. Finally, I realized that with Jack Ryan as president, his days of dodging torpedos in a submarine were at an end, and thus, my favorite literary action character was being retired to a desk job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling masterpiece. June 27 2004
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"Executive Orders" picks up where Tom Clancy's previous novel "Debt of Honor" left off, as Jack Ryan--moments after being confirmed as Vice President--has just been sworn in as the new President of the United States following a tragic attack which has claimed the lives of President Roger Durling, most of the House & Senate members and all nine Supreme Court justices. Ryan immediately finds himself facing numerous challenges both at home and abroad. Domestic enemies, including the mainstream media and a disgraced former vice president question the legitimacy of Ryan's presidency. And in the Middle East, Iran invades Iraq after assassinating the Iraqi president, and now the two nations are unified as the UIR--United Islamic Republic. A biological attack on the United States by UIR-sponsored terrorists leads to another Gulf War as President Ryan sends U.S. troops into the region to deal with the attackers and their sponsors. "Executive Orders" is an outstanding read, the best of the presidential phase of the Jack Ryan series. As "Red Rabbit" revisited the beginning of Jack Ryan's CIA career, I would love to see Clancy revisit Ryan's presidency someday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great chapter of the Jack Ryan series. May 12 2004
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Tom Clancy is the master of multiple plots and subplots, as he expertly proves in this book.
The book begins with multiple - and at the time, unrelated - incidents happening in different places. An airplane driven by terrorists is piloted into the Capitol, killing the president, and Jack Ryan is asked to step in as president. A never-before-seen outbreak of the Ebola virus is found. And two men sit around talking politics.
But by the end of this gripping story, the plots and subplots have interwoven to make one plot that could only be thought up by a genius like Tom Clancy.
I won't say any more so I don't spoil the book, but anyone should read this.
Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book is too fat. May 6 2004
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If clancy had put this book on diet it could have been a five star book. The plot is there but it is covered up with needless chatter. You have to be good skimmer to find just the good stuff. This book is a thiller. It is not "War and Peace". Maybe Reader's Digest can turn it into a five star book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Honest Non-Political Man in the White House March 19 2004
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Jack Ryan is doing his best. He took the opportunity to become Vice-President as his way out of government service - he'd serve, then retire to teaching. But then things went wrong, and the President, most of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the cabinet were killed in a terrorist action. Jack Ryan finds himself the head of the country - a job he never wanted.
Faced with being the most important President since George Washingon, he faces a press who thinks he is playing by political rules, an enemy in the middle East who is out to cripple the country, and an ex-Vice President who claims he never really resigned.
The middle-east thinks he's weak because he won't crush political enemies. The press pounces on him because he is being honest in a political world of dishonesty. His enemies think it's the right time to cripple the country - with an attack on the country, and an attack on his daughter.
The question Clancy asks is clear - could another man, faced with a devestation of the American political system, rise to the occassion and reject tyrnany and kingdom over democratic law. Plus, could he, if faced with terrible domestic and foreign policy issues, make the right choices to combat threats, both foreign and domestic.
Executive Orders put Jack Ryan, an honest man who served his country the best he could, in the position of being President. He wanted strict constituational law, but was willing to take a step beyond it (in preventing free travel in the wake of germ warfare crisis) - and very willing to be impeached and removed from office as a cost of his decision.
Jack Ryan is the hero of the everyday man - somebody who understands the world and the threats, and is willing to admit his weakness in domestic affairs. When facing rebuilding the government, he wants people who really know what the real world is like. In the end, he neither wants or craves power - he just wants to do what he thinks is the right thing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Not English it is American
A horrible book. Firstly too long. Readers will forget the plot by the time they reach the last chapter. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2004 by 72 year old Daryaei Dancing
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Ryan at his angriest...and his finest.
Following the dramatic ending of "Debt Of Honor", the United States' new President is none other than Jack Ryan. Finally... Read more
Published on March 5 2004 by Brad Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars This new-open novel of Clancy is undoubtebly perfect: Aris
In DEBT OF HONOR end's the story when the 747 jetliner drove by a japanese-terrorist crash on the capitol building which killed almost the cabinet member and congress-dead, as well... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by aris
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping masterpiece of Mr. Clancy: by ARIS B.
In Executive Orders, Jack Ryan has just becomne president, following the events of Debt of Honour. He has to deal with an assortment of domestic problems, along with simply being... Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Executive Order - unbelievable and fascinating
'Executive Orders' opens with Jack Ryan, the hero of numerous Tom Clancy novels, having suddenly found himself President of the United States as the result of a terrorist attack... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004 by aris
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Excellent book by Clancy
Executive Orders takes just ONE minute after Debt Of Honor horrifying ending; with a plane crashed into the Congress building killing all of Congress, the Joint Chief's Of Staff,... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004 by Eric
3.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling But Shallow
Tom Clancy's Executive Orders is a lengthy, entertaining read. The crash of a JAL 747 airliner into the Capitol building unexpectedly pushes former CIA agent Jack Ryan into a... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Lloyd Sakazaki
5.0 out of 5 stars a really great book. MUST READ!
you know i address dis to everyone who knew the the character - JOHN PATRICK RYAN - I've read the book of Mr. Clancy since CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER and it's so believable. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2004 by aris
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