Oh how I wish Tom Clancy would write another book. And write a book, I mean actually possibly contribute to the pages inside the binding and not have his sole contribution be the deciding exactly how big his name would be on the front cover.
Is there a way to know just how much he contributed? In any event, I suspect an author probably runs out of words after a while, but in today's world, a franchise is a franchise, and we seem to take Jack Ryan in any form we can get. I'll buy it, (or get it as a gift for Christmas, I'm sure. It will be time for a trashy fictional romp after slogging through Kissinger's "Diplomacy".
I was excited about a new Tom Clancy novel too until I saw the second author's name below. I admit that his writing in the last decade hasn't matched his earlier works, but I would still like to see a book written solely by him.
Debt of Honor was the last good clancy book. I was so excited when I found 'Red Rabbit' wondering how I could have missed an installment in the Ryan franchise. Only later did I realized it was written after the fact and was just a cash grab.
I guess when you have made as much money as Clancy it is easier to let a ghost writer do the work, you put your name on the cover and wala, a new swiss bank account!
The Clancy series has gone the way of Clive Cussler with shallow male Characters, vapid easy women and predictable plot lines. His early works were solid gold, the ghost written works are solid peices of (this word would be removed by moderators so use your imagination).
I actually thought that Executive Orders and The Bear and the Dragon were very good as well and are two of my favorites. Even teeth of the tiger, while being sub par for Clancy, would have been the height of many other authors works. Red Rabbit was a good idea, going back into Ryan's past, but poorly executed.