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Teeth Of The Tiger [Hardcover]

Tom Clancy
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Aug. 12 2003 Jack Ryan Novels
A man named Mohammed sits in a café in Vienna, about to propose a deal to a Colombian. Mohammed has a strong network of agents and sympathizers throughout Europe and the Middle East, and the Colombian has an equally strong drug network throughout America. What if they were to form an alliance, to combine all their assets and connections? The potential for profits would be enormous-and the potential for destruction unimaginable.

In the Brave New World of terrorism-where anybody with a spare AK-47, a knowledge of kitchen chemistry, or simply the will to die can become a player-the old rules no longer apply. No matter what new governmental organizations come into being, the only truly effective ones are those that are quick and agile, free of oversight and restrictions . . . and outside the system.

Way outside the system.

In a nondescript office building in suburban Maryland, the firm Hendley Associates does a profitable business in stocks, bonds, and international currencies, but its true mission is quite different: to identify and locate terrorist threats, and then deal with them, in whatever manner necessary. Established with the knowledge of President John Patrick Ryan, "the Campus" is always on the lookout for promising new talent, its recruiters scattered throughout the armed forces and government agencies-and three men are about to cross its radar.

The first is Dominic Caruso, a rookie FBI agent, barely a year out of Quantico, whose decisive actions resolve a particularly brutal kidnap/murder case. The second is Caruso's brother, Brian, a Marine captain just back from his first combat action in Afghanistan, and already a man to watch. And the third is their cousin . . . a young man named Jack Ryan, Jr.

Jack was raised on intrigue. As his father moved through the ranks of the CIA and then into the White House, Jack received a life course in the world and the way it operates from agents, statesmen, analysts, Secret Service men, and black ops specialists such as John Clark and Ding Chavez. He wants to put it all to work now-but when he knocks on the front door of "the Campus," he finds that nothing has prepared him for what he is about to encounter. For it is indeed a different world out there, and in here . . . and it is about to become far more dangerous.

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While last year's Clancy novel, Red Rabbit, hit #1 first week out, sales reportedly were down from previous books, as were the thumbs of critics, who found the book slow, talky and lacking in action. In an effort to repair the damage as well as to revitalize his long-running Jack Ryan series, Clancy has scrapped his usual one-novel-every-two-years cycle to deliver a shorter, swifter tale featuring not Ryan but Ryan's son, also known as Jack, as well as two of young Jack's cousins, fraternal twins Dominic and Brian Caruso, the former an FBI agent, the latter a Marine. All three are recruited to a privately funded vigilante organization, Hendley Associates, that aims to strike at America's enemies-particularly, terrorists-when the Feds can't or won't. The narrative divides into two parts. The first concerns the training of the three, with young Ryan basically pushing his way into the organization while Dominic is signed on after taking the law into his own hands by shooting a child killer, and Brian after demonstrating smarts during combat in Afghanistan. Their grapplings with the moral and logistical demands of their new jobs alternate with a villains' plot, as Islamic terrorists cut a deal with Colombian drug smugglers, sneak into the U.S. and move toward their killing-field objectives, four shopping malls in mid-America. The plot strands tie up in a terrifically exciting sequence, the novel's highlight, as Dom and Brian, by chance shopping at one mall, take down four of the terrorists. But the terrorists kill scores of innocents, so the rest of the novel details American vengeance-the teeth of the tiger-as the twins fly to Europe, followed by Jack, to take out several of the terrorists' handlers. This isn't Clancy's strongest novel, but it's a big improvement over Red Rabbit. Geopolitical analysis and operational details overwhelm the few action sequences, perhaps to the chagrin of many Clancy fans, but the author knows this stuff like no one else and delivers it all in his inimitable clipped manner. Clancy's smart flag-waving and targeting of terrorists will please many, of course, and leaves plenty of room for sequels. Expect generally satisfied fans.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Tom Clancy is the world's favorite international thriller author. Starting with The Hunt For Red October, all of Mr. Clancy's books have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Mr. Clancy lives in Maryland and owns an interest in the Baltimore Orioles.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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THE TOWN of West Odenton, Maryland, isn't much of a town at all, just a post office for people who live in the general area, a few gas stations and a 7-Eleven, plus the usual fast-food places for people who need a fat-filled breakfast on the drive from Columbia, Maryland, to their jobs in Washington, D.C. And half a mile from the modest post office building was a mid-rise office building of government-undistinguished architecture. Read the first page
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By Torval Mork TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I was sifting through a box of books left in the "donation" area of our condo building and found "Teeth of the Tiger." Having read all of the Jack Ryan novels, I felt well versed in the Tom Clancy dogma and decided why not continue forward. What a waste of time that turned out to be. I couldn't believe some of the wooden dialogue that was written for the three central characters. The two brothers (Dom and Brian - cousins to Jack Ryan Jr.) spoke to each other like two wide-eyed Archie comic high school students. If I spoke to my brother like that I'd be hard pressed to show myself in public. I find it easy to suspend myself in the reality that the TV show "24" creates from episode to eposide, because the action has you on the edge of your seat so you have no choice but to lean forward and give in to the thrill ride. Conversely, Teeth of the Tiger has a couple too many coincidences, such as the brothers (who have been recruited by a clandestine government sponsored anti terror agency) who just happen to be shopping at the mall that's been targeted by suicide gunmen. What a bore, to me the climax happened way too early, and caused me to flip unread pages to the end, which was entirely uneventful. I think Mr. Clancy, out of respect for the fans who he impressed with the Ryan chronicles, should kindly step aside and let a new generation write for an age that requires an entirely different type of dialogue, and a heck of a lot more adrenalin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time for Jack Ryan Jr. 3.5 Stars Aug. 12 2003
Format:Hardcover
The last novel that Tom Clancy presented to readers was not well received. With," Teeth of the Tiger", we are again presented with a young Jack Ryan but this time it is a new generation and not a work that is a prequel to previous books. This book ends abruptly and does so at a point that would normally mark the half way mark in terms of length of one of Mr. Clancy's works. This book is not a sweeping complete tale; it is clearly one in a series. This work borrows from, "Clear and Present Danger", "Without Remorse", and finally, "Rainbow Six".
The concepts of sanctioned action outside of nearly any governmental oversight, the drug trade and finally forms of revenge were all explored in the other works that I mentioned. The new twist here has to do with populating the events with Jack Ryan Jr. and two of his first cousins. There is nothing here readers have not been exposed to before and have enjoyed. Mr. Clancy brings great authenticity to the organizations he creates here just as he always does in his work. What is missing this time is the very deft hand he has always been when it comes to the gadgets and weapons systems he presented. His books read as though he had unique access to information, one work even included a satellite photo that caused a bit of an uproar. His very first book was said to have caused consternation in the Navy due to the remarkable and correct detail he offered readers This book's events largely take place in the world of cyberspace and Mr. Clancy clearly is not as comfortable with this and related subjects.
I have read all of his stand-alone novels and as a reader from the very first work I would like to see new novels and complete works like those he presented in the past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift Jan. 9 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was the perfect gift for Christmas. The person who received it was very happy to receive it as a gift. It came before Christmas even though it was not to be here until Jan. Great service.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ryanverse, it ain't March 17 2013
By aes
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am one of those who loves the character of Jack Ryan and the books Tom Clancy has written about him - books that are detailed and demand a reader to pay attention, books that create a character one can admire while at the same time engage those looking for action. But do not look to this "sequel" to "The Bear and the Dragon" as another real contribution to the series. Sadly, the novels about the Jack Ryan we know and love ("Ryanverse") effectively ended with that book. Perhaps the first tip-off should have been the fact that "The Teeth of the Tiger" is so short. In it, Clancy quickly kills off one beloved character and elevates a disliked one. It's as if he's telling the readers who love the series, "Take that, I don't care anymore." The writing is pathetic (filled with inane dialogue like, "Hang a big Roge-O on that, bro") and the plot is silly. I suspect (and dearly hope) that this was ghostwritten. The character of Jack Jr. is interesting, as is the concept of the environment in which he finds himself, but Clancy has let his audience down with this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Promising Restart to Aging Series Aug. 13 2003
Format:Hardcover
With a whole new cast of characters this is a promising restart to the Jack Ryan, (Jr. this time) franchise. The writing is clear, and crisper than it seems to have been in Clancy's last few novels. Shorter than most Clancy novels this one's pages will roll off of your fingrtips faster than you want them to, and leave you wanting more of Jack Jr., much more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When is part 2??? Aug. 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being a HUGE fan of Clancy (I've read them all), I certainly enjoyed this book.
My main problem is that the book ended far too early, without the typical "double climatic" endings that I'd been accustomed to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cirrusreview July 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Now that I've read so many reviews panning Clancy's latest I'm starting to wonder if I need to get an IQ test before adding my thoughts. While its not Ludlum (even Ludlum hasn't been Ludlum for a while), its still a fun read and well worth the $17.95 or whatever it costs now. I do like Jack-the-Younger, lets face it, the senior has to be in his 60's and suspension of disbelief only goes so far with action figures (read: Harrison Ford). A litte flag waving about offing terrorists is also a pleasant escape from our present political enviorment. And yes, sometimes the dialogue is pat and even silly but I'll accept Tom's lack of poetry for his technical description the latest covert poison injection systems any time. I mean, we're not reading him to get all teary-eyed anyway, are we guys? (and you three girls out there who are reading this).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Teethless tiger??
This is the first book I ever read by skipping plenty of pages throughout the process.... It was simply too boring and too big for such a short story.
Published on Oct. 3 2005 by Waldy
1.0 out of 5 stars A big mess
This was possibly the worst book I ever read. The plot is extremely unoriginal (killing terrorists. As well Clancy can't write a book for his life some chapters are basically just... Read more
Published on March 16 2005
2.0 out of 5 stars Bring back the old characters
These new characters are like old Clancy lite. Watered down versions of everyone's favorite characters, Clark, Jack Ryan, the Foleys, Ding...
I did not like this book...
Published on July 15 2004 by "jadespartan"
1.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it less stars if I could...
To be fair, I thought the idea of a clandestine, vigilante group to be intriguing. (Why not level the playing field? Read more
Published on July 14 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Teeth of the Tiger has no bite
I've been a big fan of Tom Clancy novels for some time. I've noticed that over the past few, his topics are getting weaker and the repetitiveness of the dialog/topic are becoming... Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by S. DELANCEY
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun ride, but only half he story
I am a fan of Clancy's novels and have read them all. This one, like many of the others, is a fast read. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by amanuensis
2.0 out of 5 stars half a book
To me, this was not a typical Clancy book. It seemed light while reading it without as much substance as one of his earlier thrillers. Read more
Published on June 29 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Ending
I'm not the biggest fan of Clancy's new material. Sure, Red October and Patriot Games are classics that will never lose their appeal, but the new stuff (Op-Center, etc. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by John Dough
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