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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.
Tom Clancy lives in Maryland. His books include THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, RAINBOW SIX, THE BEAR AND THE DRAGON and RED RABBIT, all of which have been international bestsellers. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Excellent Vendor, would happily purchase from again! Superb story, well done!Published 7 months ago by JHW
After the first Jack Ryan Jr book, I thought this one would be as good. Not impressed...and what's with that ending? Boring!!!Published 14 months ago by Cussler lover
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. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Cathy Ross
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
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 morePublished on March 16 2005
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... Read more
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. Read morePublished on July 17 2004
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...
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 morePublished on July 9 2004 by S. DELANCEY