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The president, unsatisfied with the success of his "war on drugs," decides that he wants some immediate success. But after John Clark's covert strike team is deployed to Colombia for Operation Showboat, the drug lords strike back taking several civilian casualties. The chief executive's polls plummet. He orders Ritter to terminate their unofficial plan and leave no traces. Jack Ryan, who has just been named CIA deputy director of intelligence is enraged when he discovers that has been left out of the loop of Colombian operations. Several of America's most highly trained soldiers are stranded in an unfinished mission that, according to all records, never existed. Ryan decides to get the men out.
Ultimately, Clear and Present Danger is about good conscience, law, and politics, with Jack Ryan and CIA agent John Clark as its dual heroes. Ryan relentlessly pursues what he knows is right and legal, even if it means confronting the president of the United States. Clark is the perfect soldier, but a man who finally holds his men higher than the orders of any careless commander.
Along with the usual, stunning array of military hardware and the latest techno-gadgets, Clear and Present Danger further develops the relationships and characters that Clancy fans have grown to love. Admiral James Greer passes the CIA torch to his pupil, Ryan. Mr. Clark and Chavez meet for the first time. Other recurring characters like Robert Ritter and "the President" add continuity to Clancy's believable, alternate reality. This is Clancy at his best. --Patrick O'Kelley
If you love good action and a great book, read this.
If you are not familiar with any of the Tom Clancy novels, this book is one of many in what has come to be known as the Jack Ryan series of books.
This is not a super-patriotic book; on the other hand it IS heavy in detail and there are just a few too many plotlines, IMHO.
You are the greatest, Mr Clancy! When I read Hunt for the Red October I decided to go on and do the whole of Tom Clancy's work. So far, not a single complaint from me. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Marcelo Almeida
Excellent re-read. First read in the 80's when it came out and it was even better this time as I am rereading the seriesPublished 1 month ago by sally laliberte
I have read about 8 or 9 books from Tom Clancy and this is my favorite. Easy reading and good plot.Published 1 month ago by martin
Its Tom frickin Clancy with another thriller. Shocker. John Frickin Clark with Jack Frickin Ryan teaming up to do badass things. Enjoy the book!Published 1 month ago by Brian
Great read. This got hard to put down about 3/4 of the way throughPublished 1 month ago by M. StJohn
One of my family's favorite Clancy stories. The Clancy fan will not be disappointed.Published 2 months ago by bev