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Executive Orders (A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 8) by [Clancy, Tom]
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Length: 1380 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Tom Clancy goes to the White House in this thriller of political terror and global disaster. The American political situation takes a disturbing turn as the President, Congress, and Supreme Court are obliterated when a Japanese terrorist lands a 747 on the Capitol. Meanwhile the Iranians are unleashing an Ebola virus threat on the country. Jack Ryan, CIA agent, is cast in the middle of this maelstrom. Because of a recent sex scandal, Ryan was appointed vice president, a slot he doesn't hold for long when he lands in the Chief Executive's chair. He goes after the Iranians and then tries to piece together the country and his life the only way he knows how--with a fury that we've grown accustomed to in Clancy's intricate, detailed, and accurate stories of warfare and intrigue.

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Jack Ryan, Clancy's amazing upwardly mobile series hero, must put together a government from the wreckage left at the end of Debt of Honor (Putnam, 1994). While Jack, who assumed the U.S. presidency after the shocking deaths of the president and many congresspeople, attends to affairs of state, selecting a new Cabinet and arranging for special Congressional elections, enemies far and near continue to create nefarious plots against the United States. Political enemies prove themselves equally relentless, attacking the very legitimacy of Ryan's presidential role. While Clancy is, as always, chillingly up-to-date, he telegraphs too many plotlines here. Worse, Ryan has become something of a whiner, complaining at length about the miseries of living a political life. At almost 900 pages, the book includes too much minutiae and dwells overlong on Ryan's earlier adventures. However, with a two-million-copy first printing, Ryan's presence?at least for now?is assured in most public libraries.?Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Information Services, Inc., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3721 KB
  • Print Length: 1380 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (Jan. 22 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QEAQP8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 480 customer reviews
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had read all of Tom Clancy's books up to and including this one. But this one made me realize that now that the Cold War was over, so was my fascination with Clancy. This book is part "Tom Clancy's Public Policy Opinions" and part virus outbreak, with a homegrown terrorist plot that, without giving too much away, ends up a major disappointment. The virus plot is interesting, but the political plot wasn't to me. Perhaps this is because I don't share Clancy's views, and he portrayed them as such basic common sense, with the opposing side so hapless in offering a rebuttle, that I was a little offended. This also made me reflect on his previous books and realize even more that his characters all seem to be either really really good guys or really really bad guys with horrible character flaws. There's never any shades of gray to his characters, and even the "scandal" that dogs Ryan is due to him being too noble for his own good. Finally, I realized that with Jack Ryan as president, his days of dodging torpedos in a submarine were at an end, and thus, my favorite literary action character was being retired to a desk job.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Executive Orders" picks up where Tom Clancy's previous novel "Debt of Honor" left off, as Jack Ryan--moments after being confirmed as Vice President--has just been sworn in as the new President of the United States following a tragic attack which has claimed the lives of President Roger Durling, most of the House & Senate members and all nine Supreme Court justices. Ryan immediately finds himself facing numerous challenges both at home and abroad. Domestic enemies, including the mainstream media and a disgraced former vice president question the legitimacy of Ryan's presidency. And in the Middle East, Iran invades Iraq after assassinating the Iraqi president, and now the two nations are unified as the UIR--United Islamic Republic. A biological attack on the United States by UIR-sponsored terrorists leads to another Gulf War as President Ryan sends U.S. troops into the region to deal with the attackers and their sponsors. "Executive Orders" is an outstanding read, the best of the presidential phase of the Jack Ryan series. As "Red Rabbit" revisited the beginning of Jack Ryan's CIA career, I would love to see Clancy revisit Ryan's presidency someday.
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Format: Hardcover
Tom Clancy's Executive Orders is a lengthy, entertaining read. The crash of a JAL 747 airliner into the Capitol building unexpectedly pushes former CIA agent Jack Ryan into a challenging job he doesn't really want--the American Presidency. Honorably placing duty and public service ahead of politics, Mr. Ryan steers America through a multi-faceted crisis, defeating terrorism (kidnapping and assassination attempts, and the malicious planting of a deadly Ebola virus in U.S. cities), halting the aggression of a religious leader and his Iran-Iraq army, and skillfully managing foreign diplomacy with Japan, China, India and Russia.
Published in 1996, the book's engrossing plot notably contains certain prescient links to more recent events: The fictional crash of the airliner into the Capitol may be viewed as foretelling the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. Also, the events surrounding the Ayatollah Daryaei with his expansionist United Islamic Republic in the book bear a resemblance to the real-world 2003 war with Iraq and ensuing capture of Saddam Hussein.
I find the book's primary weakness to be its overly predictable plot line: Good guy meets bad guy, suspense builds, and the expected outcome follows, i.e., good guy wins. In this case, the good guy is not just President Ryan but, in a more philosophical sense, an idealistic vision of the merits of democracy, opportunity, and political and religious freedom--all with a U.S.-centric flair.
Being an action-packed novel of interlocking sub-plots carefully woven together by the author, the book could easily be made into an enthralling Hollywood movie, complete with impressive techno-war battle scenes showing enemy tanks being blown up and burnt to a crisp.
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As with other Clancy novels, Executive Orders is full of intrigue and excitement. Before reading it I was unsure I'd find it interesting thinking that it was more a political story than a military-type action story found in other Clancy novels, but I went ahead and read it and I think it's one of the best ones I've read by Clancy. It contains multiple plots concerning reestablishing the government, an attack on Jack Ryan and his daughter, a biological attack on America and a question of whether or not Ryan is really the president. All of these different happenings help to make this book very exciting and compeling. It's a book you don't want to put down. Although this book is rather long and many people have often complained of the length of this book and others by Clancy, I appreciate Clancy's attention to detail even if perhaps sometimes unnecessary. That attention to detail helps the stories to be better written and gives the reader the feeling that Clancy really knows what he's talking about. Also, I've read Debt of Honor which came before Executive Orders and I think Executive Orders is considerably better. For any true Clancy/Jack Ryan fan this is worth the read.
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