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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
One of my students was reading the book .. so I read it with him. It was rather hard to follow all the people in the story as the student had to take a test after he was done. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Judy Ross
Another Clancy masterpiece. A complex plot intertwined by fiction and non-fiction alike. An enjoyable audiobook.Published 1 month ago by Quinn
The story starts in an election year, with the sitting president of the U.S. realizing he needs to do something about the drug problem. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Morris E. Graham
Probably the first book in the series which catapults Jack Ryan into the position of true influence within the Agency, and really a book that enables the series to occur in the way... Read morePublished 2 months ago by FMZ0311
From beginning to the end. Never a dull moment. I liked the detail on the ship I served on. USS RANGER CVA 61Published 2 months ago by Richard R.