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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
This book contained too many details that did not matter.
Also, too many simultaneous events happening for someone that never reads a book cover-to-cover in a few days.
I have never read a Tom Clancy book that I didn't like. I am biased that way. I'm not sure there is a Tom Clancy book that I would give less than five stars to. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great read, Jack Ryan does it again. Also a lot of John Clark involved.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have read this book twice and each time I noticed more detail. I really enjoy the the Tom Clancy books tie together so well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephen C. Corley