- Hardcover: 1 pages
- Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons; Limited edition (Aug. 1 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399139605
- ISBN-13: 978-0399139604
- Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 5.7 x 16.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 839 g
- Average Customer Review: 151 customer reviews
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Debt Of Honor Limited Edition Hardcover – Aug 1 1994
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Razio Yamata is one of Japan's most influential industrialists, and part of a relatively small group of authority who wield tremendous authority in the Pacific Rim's economic powerhouse. He has devised a plan to cripple the American greatness, humble the U.S. military, and elevate Japan to a position of dominance on the world stage. Yamata's motivation lies in his desire to pay off a Debt of Honor to his parents and to the country he feels is responsible for their deaths: America. All he needs is a catalyst to set his plan in motion. When the faulty gas tank on one Tennessee family's car leads to their fiery death, an opportunistic U.S. congressman uses the occasion to rush a new trade law through the system. The law is designed to squeeze Japan economically. Instead, it provides Yamata with the leverage he needs to put his plan into action. As Yamata's plan begins to unfold, it becomes clear to the world that someone is launching a fully integrated operation against the United States. There's only one man to find out who the culprit is: Jack Ryan, the new president's National Security Advisor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Jack Ryan, now the President's National Security Adviser, finds himself embroiled in the buildup to a new world war-one in which the stock market and national economic policy are as critical as advanced weaponry. A power-hungry Japanese financier, still blaming America for his parents' deaths in WWII, plans to use his immense wealth to purchase his revenge. A fatal auto accident in the U.S., caused by faulty gas tanks in two Japanese cars, leads to the breakdown of U.S.-Japanese trade agreements. Spies track each other; nuclear weapons are built and hidden; Ryan and an assortment of his old colleagues maneuver ships, planes and spies into harm's way. As always, the author of Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger spins out story threads in a rich but bewildering tangle of plot and setting, then vigorously weaves them together. Here, the heart-stopping climax is unexpected, but oddly appropriate. As always, Clancy instructs (sometimes didactically) as he entertains, teaching us about currency trading, Asian business etiquette and the daily life of an American politician. Without taking up Japan-bashing, as Michael Crichton did in Rising Sun, or partisan politics, Clancy warns that recent downsizing in the defense establishment has so depleted our military resources that the country is vulnerable to aggression that can arise anywhere, anytime. 2 million first printing; BOMC selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As I watched events unfold on that fateful day, I kept getting this nagging feeling that this story all seemed too familiar. Where had I heard it before? Was it a movie I had seen? A book I had read?
Then I remembered. Tom Clancyï¿½s 1994 novel, "Debt of Honor." At the time of its publication in 1994, it was the latest in the continuing saga of Jack Ryan, that fictional Central Intelligence Agency operative in several of Clancyï¿½s previous novels.
By the time I read "Debt of Honor" in 1994, I had found myself growing tired of Clancyï¿½s books. Each one seemed infinitely longer than its predecessor, filled with more complex twists and turns of plot; laced with more of Clancyï¿½s tiresome personal political philosophy; and filled with plots and subplots that seemed progressively more far-fetched.
When I finished "Debt of Honor," I thought Clancy had really out-done himself by creating a plot that was so unrealistic that it bordered on the ludicrous. In his usual highly charged, "grab ï¿½em by the throat and donï¿½t let ï¿½em go ï¿½til the last page" fashion, Clancy took me on quite a journey. In retrospect, it was a journey I should have paid more attention to!
For me, "Debt of Honor" was vintage Clancy: lots of interesting "techno-war" stuff, but not much else. Despite being unrealistic to the point of absurdity, the plot is indeed well crafted and quite exciting. Itï¿½s pretty easy to get caught up in the chain of events that Clancy creates, even though you, the reader, will probably have a pretty fair idea of where the book is headed by the halfway pointï¿½
ï¿½Or will you?
One of the major reasons for the tremendous popularity of Tom Clancyï¿½s novels over the years has been their almost uncanny ability to foreshadow future events, as well as future trends in military technology and geopolitical thinking. One of Clancyï¿½s greatest strengths as a writer of fiction is the meticulous research he does before ever setting pen to paper (or, in modern parlance, before cranking up the olï¿½ word processor and "inputting data.") Even with their frequently fantastic plots and subplots, Clancyï¿½s novels always have a realistic "feel" to them. I suppose thatï¿½s why I continue reading them, even though their plots are wearing thin and seem to reach further and further into the realm of impossibility, thereby rendering the impossible distinctly possible.
"Rendering the impossible distinctly possible" is exactly what happened with "Debt of Honor;" for this seemingly incredible plot foreshadowed last Septemberï¿½s terrorist attacks in a truly chilling fashion.
Last September, life really did tragically imitate art. And, in light of those catastrophic events, the plot of "Debt of Honor" doesnï¿½t seem quite so far-fetched after all.
Give Tom Clancy his due. He did his homework, drew some pretty somber conclusions about what just might happen from his research, and concocted a plot that really should have served as a warning to all of us: "America, letï¿½s get our act togetherï¿½ the next time weï¿½re attacked, it will be in the least expected ways. It will involve what our government now calls rather euphemistically ï¿½asymmetrical warfare.ï¿½ And we, as a nation, are not prepared to defend ourselves for what is surely coming."
Because I pooh-poohed "Debt of Honor," as so much "Clancy fancy," judging it "too outrageous," I dismissed the authorï¿½s vitally important message. I suspect a lot of people who read this book mightï¿½ve done the same.
In hindsight, itï¿½s scary just how accurate a prediction Clancy made in "Debt of Honor." Whatï¿½s even scarier is that he continued sounding the same message in the sequel to this book, entitled "Executive Orders." Its premise: biological weapons in the hands of state-sponsored middle eastern terrorists.
To fully appreciate the situation in Debt of Honor, the full political and military ramificaitons of Clancy's works must have come true - ICBM nuke disarmament, and a general reduction of war forces of both sides of the eastern block and NATO.
So if Japan becomes a nuclear power, and takes over Guam, could the US respond - especially if their financial situation is thrown into chaos via computer "virus" - or deliberate trap?
I don't agree with several of Clancy's postulates, such as ICBM disarmement (in face of the China threat), or a President putting a member of the opposite political party in the VP slot (as happened to Jack Ryan in the book). While perhaps necessary for future novels (such as Execute Orders), Jack Ryan's accendency to the Presidency is needed, politicians and congress members would reject a VP like Jack, since he would be a heartbeat away from the top job. However, the book is a satifying work of fiction well worth the read.
Debt of Honor is a HUGE book packed with tightly woven and extremely detailed plots that could, in a lesser hand, have choked the book to inertia, there is such a thing as too much information Tom. Certainly the methodical and microscopic detailed set-up may turn some people off, it almost did me in, which is why I give the novel three stars instead of four. But the pay off in watching the US economy meltdown and the subsequent battle scenes, both on the field and in the boardroom, as well as the sex scandal revolving around the Vice-Presiden, are well worth wading through all the plausibility building info Clancy throws at us. Fans of this sort of thing will have probably read this already, but I recommend it to those with a ghoulish curiosity about the ending. If one good thing has come from reading this supersized mega-thriller it's that Executive Orders has now been added to my Clancy Reading List.
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