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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.
good reading really makes you think about what is happening in the worldPublished 15 hours ago by eangus1
Great Tom Clancy Novel! Jack Ryan continues from The Cardinal of the Kremlin!Published 4 days ago by Andy
ANOTHER OUTSTANDING READ, the last couple of chapters I could not stop reading.Published 7 days ago by Skip Anderson
Another great work by the master. What will I read now that he is gone!Published 11 days ago by eugene ransom
Saw the movie before reading book...book much better! Thrilling to read from start to finish - read this one for sure.Published 21 days ago by Wendy
A very good story, one of Clancy's best. Full of adventure and the type of story that I find hard to put down.Published 25 days ago by Fred Mealio