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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
Starts slow, then picks up with action where you cannot put the book down, but rather ends abruptly.Published 12 days ago by John Z
I have read several Clancy books. I am trying to go in order of the Jack Ryan series. I really enjoyed this one, it seemed that it ended a little abruptly. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Chris Chamberlain
Very different and MUCH better than the movie - and I liked the movie. The John Clark character really makes things interesting.Published 25 days ago by Kenney Jackson
A Tom Clancy novel is always great, my only problem is trying to get them in order!Published 1 month ago by kellylee
Best in series so far. Great story line and characters. Non-stop action made for great adrenalin rush. Very Highly recommended!!Published 1 month ago by Rain