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  • Series: Jack Ryan (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399160477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399160479
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,410 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Clancy] has an uncanny feel for the intersection of real-world intelligence, terrorism, and fiction." -The Daily Beast

About the Author

Thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it “the perfect yarn.” From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013. Mark Greaney has a degree in international relations and political science. He is the author of the Gray Man novels, the most recent of which is Dead Eye. In his research for those novels, he has traveled to a dozen countries and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combat tactics. 

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A little too much detail.
Like all of his books that I have read, he kept my interest with the twists and turns in each page.
Well written as always, with good characters and a great story.
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788 of 864 people found the following review helpful By Smooth on December 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
First - to all readers and reviewers: stop comparing this book with anything else and using Clancy's name as some marker. This is not Tom Clancy's work, Tom had not written a single book in a decade prior to his untimely passing. His franchise has drawn a dozen start up writers since before 9/11 and the only author who truly improved on Tom's work is Mark Greaney. Yes, Tom set a standard for writing in the 90s and that era has been long gone and that era is where Tom's style belongs.

That said, this is Mark Greaney's work, from start to finish, not "with Mark Greaney" but Mark Greaney as the author "with Tom Clancy franchise" - is how it should be stated on the cover. Mark has no need for anyone else's name to be compared with, he is the talent in his own class. The last three novels in the Jack Ryan's series, Locked On, Threat Vector and this one are Mark Greaney's masterpieces not Tom Clancy's - get it all straight.

Mark's talent shines in this story as it has been in his own Gray Man series (the 4th one just got released, by the way) Command Authority is written much better than late Clancy could have written it, may he rest in peace. It has less filler, more substance, excellent narrative style, precise and taut logically sound writing, no worthless cliffhangers and no shifting the story from one character to another and then back again from chapter to chapter, etc.

Another Great work by Greaney!
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138 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Welch on December 4, 2013
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Command Authority is the 14th novel comprising the Jack Ryan Sr/Jack Ryan Jr franchise catalog, which began with The Hunt for Red October, published in 1984, and I have followed the series since that time. For me, Command Authority was a compelling read.

The story first takes us back 30 years, to a meeting between a GRU Special Forces Captain and a special member of the KGB. The purpose of this meeting is not fully revealed until much later as events unfold, piece by piece. Present day finds Jack Ryan Jr in London working on not military or political but financial intelligence - and a case involving Russian intelligence and criminal elements that will ultimately lead him into the upcoming fray. Meanwhile, Ryan Sr meets with a former foe and now friend (a retired SVR chief) at the White House, who warns the president that the new Russian chief-of-state seeks to return his country to the days of old - just prior to dying due to being poisoned with a radioactive isotope. In Moscow, a Croatian assassin takes the fall after pulling off a devastating bombing that takes out someone in addition to, and much more important than the "targeted" UK finance man (and former British agent) - the current head of the SVR. Thus, the stage is set for another action-packed, political/espionage thriller in this series.

The new president of Russia has what most would call skeletons (literally) in his closet and he will do anything - everything - to keep those tucked away and out of sight as he continues executing his plans (and opposition) for what he envisions as Russia's domination. He will stop at nothing to achieve his agenda, including merging the separate FSB (internal) and SVR (foreign) intelligence agencies into one, under the leadership of his chosen man.
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119 of 148 people found the following review helpful By kamdad on December 9, 2013
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Good bye, Mr. Clancy and good bye, Jack Ryan(s).

First the good - the book is still a page turner. The action is fast paced and you'll breeze through all 700+ pages of it.
Then the less good - the book still contains a lot of preachy propaganda. It is definitely not as evident as some of the other works in the last few years, but it's there.
Now the not so good - these collaboration projects seem to be lessening the quality of writing, to the point where it's now plain bad. There are lazy writing statements like: "She knew this was Jack and she would have to tell him the truth." Then narrative becomes sloppy - Jr. left London in a Mercedes, but they shove the Russian goon in a BMW. Then it slips from earlier novels - I distinctly remember Clark and Chavez being fluent in Russian to the point where I think they had "St. Petersburg accent" in one of the earlier novels, and now they just understand it enough. Then, thankfully, the book was over otherwise Jr. would rip off his shirt, display a giant red-white-and-blue S, and fly off into space to fight some alien threat.
There were many other minor annoyances as things did not develop - they just conveniently appear when they were needed, be that Ospreys, machine guns, or documents, but despite all of that - the book is still a page turner. That being said, it's over and had it ended any other way, I don't think I would have spent money on any further Jack Ryan novels.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dch822 on December 16, 2013
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COMMAND AUTHORITY is easily the best of the "co-authored" Tom Clancy books. I've had mixed opinions about the others with AGAINST ALL ENEMIES being the worst and THREAT VECTOR being one that I really enjoyed. I've no idea what works Clancy had underway at the time of his death or if there are still more Jack Ryan books to come, but if this is in fact the last of the series then at least story-wise it is ending with a terrific book.

No spoilers here, but some of what I loved about it:

Typical Clancy plotting - it opens with a scene from the Cold War and then segues to the present-day where people who speak out against Russia's leadership are being assassinated, The Campus operatives are in training, Jack Jr. is in London for a new job, Jack Sr. is in the White House dealing with all the concerns over Russia and he's got the usual cast of characters (Dan Murray, Mary Pat and Ed Foley, and Scott Adler) there to advise him. And of course, you know all of it will eventually tie together.

No one has been better than Clancy over the past three decades when it comes to combining the elements of espionage, war and political intrigue - I always felt like EXECUTIVE ORDERS was his high point for combining all three, and this book is very close to that level.

Clancy was for a long time ahead of the curve when it came to writing about world events - there's a part of this book however that takes the Law & Order approach to drama by borrowing from recent headlines to create fiction. In this case it's a Benghazi-style attack on a US compound overseas.
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