Teeth Of The Tiger Hardcover – Aug 12 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
While last year's Clancy novel, Red Rabbit, hit #1 first week out, sales reportedly were down from previous books, as were the thumbs of critics, who found the book slow, talky and lacking in action. In an effort to repair the damage as well as to revitalize his long-running Jack Ryan series, Clancy has scrapped his usual one-novel-every-two-years cycle to deliver a shorter, swifter tale featuring not Ryan but Ryan's son, also known as Jack, as well as two of young Jack's cousins, fraternal twins Dominic and Brian Caruso, the former an FBI agent, the latter a Marine. All three are recruited to a privately funded vigilante organization, Hendley Associates, that aims to strike at America's enemies-particularly, terrorists-when the Feds can't or won't. The narrative divides into two parts. The first concerns the training of the three, with young Ryan basically pushing his way into the organization while Dominic is signed on after taking the law into his own hands by shooting a child killer, and Brian after demonstrating smarts during combat in Afghanistan. Their grapplings with the moral and logistical demands of their new jobs alternate with a villains' plot, as Islamic terrorists cut a deal with Colombian drug smugglers, sneak into the U.S. and move toward their killing-field objectives, four shopping malls in mid-America. The plot strands tie up in a terrifically exciting sequence, the novel's highlight, as Dom and Brian, by chance shopping at one mall, take down four of the terrorists. But the terrorists kill scores of innocents, so the rest of the novel details American vengeance-the teeth of the tiger-as the twins fly to Europe, followed by Jack, to take out several of the terrorists' handlers. This isn't Clancy's strongest novel, but it's a big improvement over Red Rabbit. Geopolitical analysis and operational details overwhelm the few action sequences, perhaps to the chagrin of many Clancy fans, but the author knows this stuff like no one else and delivers it all in his inimitable clipped manner. Clancy's smart flag-waving and targeting of terrorists will please many, of course, and leaves plenty of room for sequels. Expect generally satisfied fans.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
TOM CLANCY is the author of Red Rabbit, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, Without Remorse, Debt of Honor, Executive Orders, Rainbow Six, and The Bear and The Dragon. His is also author of the paperback nonfiction series that includes Submarine, Armored Cav, Fighter Wing, Marine, Airborne, Carrier, and Special Forces. He lives in Maryland --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The concepts of sanctioned action outside of nearly any governmental oversight, the drug trade and finally forms of revenge were all explored in the other works that I mentioned. The new twist here has to do with populating the events with Jack Ryan Jr. and two of his first cousins. There is nothing here readers have not been exposed to before and have enjoyed. Mr. Clancy brings great authenticity to the organizations he creates here just as he always does in his work. What is missing this time is the very deft hand he has always been when it comes to the gadgets and weapons systems he presented. His books read as though he had unique access to information, one work even included a satellite photo that caused a bit of an uproar. His very first book was said to have caused consternation in the Navy due to the remarkable and correct detail he offered readers This book's events largely take place in the world of cyberspace and Mr. Clancy clearly is not as comfortable with this and related subjects.
I have read all of his stand-alone novels and as a reader from the very first work I would like to see new novels and complete works like those he presented in the past.Read more ›
There was one major logical flaw that I found while reading the book. It deals with the fact that The Campus sent Jack Ryan Jr. into the field as a spy. This may not seem out of ordinary at first until you understand that Jack Ryan Jr. is the son of a previous President of the United States. Imagine the CIA sending Chelsea Clinton in to assist in the murder of terrorist leaders. Would someone not recognize her? Clancy even took the time to describe how Europeans would view Jr. as a prince, thus furthering my point even more. I would imagine that these terrorist leaders are kept up to date on the leadership of the USA...and would most likely have known what Jr. looked like.
Truncated, illogical story and all, I still enjoy Clancy's writing immensely. I have read almost all of his novels and will continue to in the future. I recommend this "short" Clancy book to anyone who is interested in the author but who is afraid to begin one of his 1,000 page stories.
Sadly, it looks like the days when a Clancy plot required all five fingers to keep track of the plot threads are over. Perhaps his publisher or editor wants it simplified and dumbed down to sell more or to a wider audience, perhaps The Bear and the Dragon sold badly, perhaps it is the influence of a new audience introduced to Clancy from the movies, but Red Rabbit and now Teeth of the Tiger have the plot complexity of a Hollywood Blockbuster. No "sting" factor, no complex action. I foresaw the actions of the twins in the mall and then could not believe that the obvious reaction of the press to hound them was ignored and how it avoided unexplained.
Gone too are the detailed insider elements. With a cover of a currency trading operation, no details on how it works. The characters too have been simplified to black and white. I found the character of Ryan's son just another rich kid, self-righteous and arrogant and allowed to be always right; the other members of the white hat team vanilla, nothing like the mentors Ryan Sr. had, no new Clark. The black hats too are boring, vulgar, and crude. No gray characters at all, no insider agendas, no third man, no potential traitors, nothing to betray. It looks like there is no longer any enemy worth engaging with anything but raw violence. Ethics are handled with the intellectual complexity of a talk show. These are catholics educated in Jesuit institutions. Where is Aquinas, Busenbaum, and MacIntyre when you need them?
One now can only hope that there is a Moriarty, possibly female, in Ryan Jr.'s future.
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This is the first book I ever read by skipping plenty of pages throughout the process.... It was simply too boring and too big for such a short story.Published on Oct. 3 2005 by Waldy
This was possibly the worst book I ever read. The plot is extremely unoriginal (killing terrorists. As well Clancy can't write a book for his life some chapters are basically just... Read morePublished on March 16 2005
Being a HUGE fan of Clancy (I've read them all), I certainly enjoyed this book.
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Now that I've read so many reviews panning Clancy's latest I'm starting to wonder if I need to get an IQ test before adding my thoughts. Read morePublished on July 17 2004