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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1376 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (Aug. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425158632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425158630
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 4.9 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (478 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kaj G. Trapp on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rnorton828 on 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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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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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 as Pres. Durling and his wife, brought for Vice-President John Patrick Ryan as the new President of the United States of America, though only he was convince by Pres. Durling as a vice-president caretaker for 1 year, though he didn't like the job. Then here's now the EXECUTIVE ORDER begins. As the new President, the fact that Ryan have had no such idea how he will heal the nation while some other's try to distabilized the country( a. resign-Vice Pres. Edward Kealty take the chance to destroy Mr. Ryan's unprepared speech in official funeral for dead-Pres. Durling that made media a reason to air Ryan's legal-status.; b. two undercover plan try to assasinate Ryan's daughter).
In some part of the world, Iran-people-against america made a long-research for the new discover ebola-virus and wanted them to spread across america. While Daryei convinced Badryan to join his military regiment both with a colossal-plan to attack american forces and government.
The question that always inculcate from the reader is that, How Mr. Clancy his long-hero John Patrick Ryan comes to an enormous crisis that have had to solve problems whether inside and outside.
Tom Clancy undoubtebly a superb writer. Don't miss this one...a highly-recommended...
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