Executive Orders Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 1997
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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Some books are so good you wish they would never end. Sadly, this is not one of them. At 1358 pages, the story drags on way to long; I had to fight myself to finish it. Read morePublished on June 20 2014 by Robert Kanceruk
A horrible book. Firstly too long. Readers will forget the plot by the time they reach the last chapter. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2004 by 72 year old Daryaei Dancing
Tom Clancy is the master of multiple plots and subplots, as he expertly proves in this book.
The book begins with multiple - and at the time, unrelated - incidents happening... Read more
If clancy had put this book on diet it could have been a five star book. The plot is there but it is covered up with needless chatter. Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by andris virsnieks
Jack Ryan is doing his best. He took the opportunity to become Vice-President as his way out of government service - he'd serve, then retire to teaching. Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by Jeffrey Clinard
Following the dramatic ending of "Debt Of Honor", the United States' new President is none other than Jack Ryan. Finally... Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by Brad Cooper