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Dead or Alive (Jack Ryan, Jr. Series) by [Clancy, Tom, Blackwood, Grant]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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“Heart-stopping action…entertaining and eminently topical.” —The Washington Post

“The best characters from all of Clancy’s previous novels are on the case.…For fans of the genre, Dead or Alive is likely to provide a long weekend’s pleasure.”—Los Angeles Times

“Clancy is back at the top of his game…In-depth research, continuous suspense, and scores of fascinating characters.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Tom Clancy returns with a #1 New York Times bestseller that will remind readers why he is the acknowledged master of international intrigue and nonstop military action.
It is The Campus. Secretly created under the administration of President Jack Ryan, its sole purpose is to eliminate terrorists and those who protect them. Officially, it has no connection to the American government—a necessity in a time when those in power consider themselves above such arcane ideals as loyalty, justice, and right or wrong.

Now covert intelligence expert Jack Ryan Jr. and his compatriots at The Campus—joined by black ops warriors John Clark and “Ding” Chavez—have come up against their greatest foe: a sadistic killer known as the Emir. Mastermind of countless horrific attacks, the Emir has eluded capture by every law enforcement agency in the world. But his greatest devastation is yet to be unleashed as he plans a monumental strike at the heart of America.

On the trail of the Emir, Jack Ryan Jr. will find himself following in his legendary father’s footsteps on a manhunt that will take him and his allies across the globe, into the shadowy arenas of political gamesmanship, and back onto U.S. soil in a race to prevent the possible fall of the West…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2204 KB
  • Print Length: 702 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (Sept. 27 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052RDJNQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I plodded through this expensive and over wordy 950 page novel. I've usually been able to respect Clancy's attention to detail and depend upon that accuracy to carry me through parts of the plot that might elude my own knowledge. I'm a Canadian and was not shocked to see some of the silliness that is believed to be the case by American readers such as the RCMP wearing red tunics and riding around on horses. The Mounties wear regular police type uniforms albeit it in a tan shirt and navy blue pants configuration and ride around in regular police cruisers. Detectives dress in civilian clothing from suits to undercover garb the same as any other police force. Once again as soon as a terrorist arrives in Canada via an airliner with a nuclear device he is wisked through customs without a hitch while explaining that had he attempted to pull the same thing in the United States he would have been quickly discovered. Instead he slips through a hole in the fence on the Canadian/American border. There is the claim about the best in the world American sniper which at the time of writing was untrue. These lapses in accuracy tend to make me leery of Clancy's claims in other areas. It only takes one clanger to queer the whole thing.
This book was obviously written too early to account for the underwear bomber's easy access to an American carrier and his eluding security despite his father giving him up and the British having him on their no-fly list. So much for Clancy's belief that the intelligence services in the US are state of the art.
As is the case with most American books the precision with which their intelligence and covert services work is well oiled and razor sharp but also a myth and this made it difficult for me to make it through a great deal of the prose.
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Format: Hardcover
"For my iniquities have gone over my head;
Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
My wounds are foul and festering
Because of my foolishness." -- Psalm 38:4-5 (NKJV)

Dead or Alive pits the Emir and his global terror network against the United States, with only the hope that the secret group, The Campus, can act in time to avoid horror. If that plot sounds familiar, you've read some variation on it several times in the last decade by other authors. What's different here? Authors Tom Clancy and Grant Blackwood work in the major surviving characters from the earlier Jack Ryan novels. Although the names are familiar and friendly to the memory, the characters themselves are more similar in name than in reality. So if you think you are going to enjoy a vintage Jack Ryan thriller, think again.

If that puts you off, realize that you'll be disappointed if you are looking for the old zing in this series. It's just not there. You'll probably grade the book as one or two stars, as a poor imitation of "the prior characters and stories."

If you can put that feeling aside and focus on the book itself, it's about a two-and-a-half star effort that's mainly marred by taking forever to develop over the 950 pages in my edition. The strength of the slow development is that your curiosity will grow about what the terror plot involves, but I doubt if you'll be intrigued. If you enjoy learning how to run a terror network over the Internet, the book becomes a little more interesting. If you want to gain a little paranoia about American vulnerability to terrorists, the book is decent in that regard.

The test for me with such a "thriller" is whether I can put it down in the middle for a few days and feel relaxed about not knowing what's coming next.
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By Norman Wolf TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 3 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Despite the fact that not a single 9/11 hijacker came through Canada (they all entered the US through sea or airports), most Americans still believe the oft-repeated lie that several of them or most of them came through from Canada without ever being challenged by us.

Unfortunately, Clancy must be one of those ignorant fools, because he has Canada time and time agin letting terrorists through to the US without even a superficial investigation. Plane disappears over Moose Jaw after declaring an emergency, and there is no follow-up? No Cf-18s from CFB Moose Jaw go up to check the area and see that there is a relatively slow jet proceeding towards the US border? Nonsense.

Nuclear bomb disguised as equipment allowed into Vancouver and thence to the US after being told it was merely a portable x-ray machine to x-ray cattle? No visual inspection or request to see the schematics? No check with the university that was mentioned?

Canadian security is nearly as good as American, if not AS good. After all, Toronto is just one Canadian city that was targeted by terrorists (and fortunately, they were forestalled and arrested). We know we are not entirely immune to Arab and Muslim hostility and jealousy.

This kind of misguided American patriotism just convinces more Americans that we are a bunch of soft clowns who should be taken over by the US for their own good. At worst, it leads to more hate and distrust of us. At best, Americans think we are lazy, stupid and naive, and a dubious ally against terrorism.
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