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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.
Tom Clancy and his books just get better and better. Can not wait to begin the next book in this series.Published 12 days ago by Will Tate
My father absolutely loves Tom Clancy, and all the Jack Ryan novels. I haven't read these myself but, if you're into spies and espionage I've heard it's right up your alley.Published 28 days ago by Daniella
good reading really makes you think about what is happening in the worldPublished 1 month ago by eangus1
Great Tom Clancy Novel! Jack Ryan continues from The Cardinal of the Kremlin!Published 1 month ago by Andy
ANOTHER OUTSTANDING READ, the last couple of chapters I could not stop reading.Published 1 month ago by Skip Anderson