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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st mmpb edition (July 29 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425180964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425180969
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 10.6 x 5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,032 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian on July 9 2004
Format: Hardcover
I just recently finished Clancy's The Bear and the Dragon and I have mixed feelings about it. Let me describe the story a little and then give my opinion.
The Chinese economy is in serious trouble, and the Chinese Politburo members are not making things any better when they are unreasonable in trade negotiations with the US. President Ryan is fed up with their stubborn disregard for fair trade practices. China further makes things worse in their attempt to kill a high ranking Soviet official, not to mention the killing of two unarmed clergy members who attempt to prevent the abortion of a child in a Chinese hospital. Growing discontent from the rest of the world towards the Chinese causes those in the Chinese Politburo to attack Russia, where enormous gold and oil finds have just taken place. In this maneuver, China hopes to better strengthen it's position as a world power and more dominant political force. President Ryan and US armed forces come to Russia's aid and a riveting war takes place.
What I didn't like about this book was that it takes so long to really get the real plot of the novel, which is the war between China and Russia. Clancy spends about half the book building up to this climax with the developments of the subplots concerning the assassination attempt and murder of clergy. These elements are entertaining and important to the story, but it seems like much less time could be devoted to their unfolding. As always, Clancy provides a lot of background detail which considerably adds to this book's bulk. It isn't until you've read over 600 pages that you really get to the war.
What was good about the book is that once you do get to the war which occurs, the action is pretty much non-stop and very entertaing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joanna M Couric on Jan. 15 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was an astonishing display of talent from Tom Clancy. I truly enjoyed this book, it was my favorite of all of his. It may have been a little slow at times, but it picked up easily and kept me on the edge of my seat. My only regret was the number of explicit scenes portrayed in the book; however this was only a small shortcoming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Reed on July 18 2004
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Let's be clear. This is not Debt of Honor or Executive Orders (probably the best one-two punch I've ever read). That being said, it's an easy, decent read. On the Clancy scale, if you like the Op-Center stuff, you'll like this. If you find Op-Center too much like a mind-numbing, cookie cutter read, don't get this. I fall in the latter category. :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BasinBictory on June 7 2004
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Thought it was a bit much to read a novel of over 1000 pages, but I was surprised a bit at the fluidity of the plot. The climax is in grand Clancy fashion, a cataclysmic armageddon where the good guys come out on top and the bad guys wind up dead, or in a fate worse than death - public humiliation (which I guess to many politicians is indeed worse than death).
Now - some criticisms that prevented me from giving him 5 stars: Clancy seems to use the characters' code names (like "swordsman" for Jack Ryan, "surgeon" for his wife, etc.) for whole entire chapters that I think detracts from the readability of the novel. It was to the point where I had to make a list with the characters' names and their corresponding code names so I would know who was doing what and to whom. It was rather tedious on that point.
Another point which I had once thought unworthy of Mr. Clancy is his very thinly veiled racism toward Asians in general and Chinese in particular. While in his other novel, "Debt of Honor" the Japanese were largely portrayed in a fairly neutral light, (except of course, the chief bad guys) his other novel "Without Remorse" referred to the Vietnamese as "barbarians," "arrogant, cruel, and stupid." While that should have hinted at Clancy's racist tinge, he saves his most vituperous descriptions of Asians for this novel - describing the Chinese as "Klingons" and generally giving the reader the impression that the Chinese are something other than human, with other than human motives driving them. In this aspect, I am rather disappointed in Mr. Clancy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skvoznyak on March 1 2004
Format: Hardcover
I can't believe that this book is scoring so poorly here; I think it's his best work in years. Clancy mixes in humor, tension and action into a novel about a conflict that could happen any day. What more could you ask for?
It's my belief that Clancy is being punished by some reviewers for some of the ghostwritten garbage that comes out under his name. This book, however, is a REAL Clancy novel and more than met my expectations. Give it a try and it should meet yours, as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat on Feb. 25 2004
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This was a great book. I have now read it twice, however i am disappointed to find the reports from other people who did not like this book, even people who have read the other books in this series, this book is as good if not better than the rest. Rainbow Six is by far my favorite, with all the detail that he builds into battle sequence and the caracter backround, from what the sniper sees as he looks through his scope to see the damage he has done to his target to where the Rainbow Six team thinks about its objective, etc.

As for Frank Owen from Chicago, IL who wrote a earlier review, he says "Additionally, I am disappointed by the increasingly frequent usage of vulgarity in Clancy's books (especially Rainbow Six) as it does not seem necessary and certainly reduces the number of people to whom I would reccomend the book."
Hey Frank welcome to the real world where real people speak real words, not high educated harvard english. A Special Ops team member might speak more vulgarities than 5 ordinary gangbangers in a day, let alone during a operation
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