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Despite such a dramatic story line, Clancy doesn't neglect the individuals who drive his tale. Jack Ryan's problems are as much domestic as they are part of the international crisis that is the ostensible narrative: National Security Director Elizabeth Elliot has the president's ear, and she has convinced him that Ryan's ethics are questionable. She hints at marital infidelity and an insider-trading scandal. Of course, both accusations are false, but her arguments have enough evidence behind them (e.g. some photographs of an innocent embrace with a friend) to cause a strain in the Ryans' marriage and a flurry of media attention. While "Mr. Clark" tracks the terrorists, he also provides some needed intelligence to heal the Ryan family.
The Sum of All Fears is the stuff of nightmares but contains enough verisimilitude to terrify sober minds. Ryan has matured into a complex protagonist as Clancy's writing, too, has matured. Ryan is plagued by stress and self-doubts that test even his dauntless moral compass and make him a more interesting subject for readers' attention. Those fascinated by military hardware, from nuclear submarines to atomic weapons, will find almost enough here to start their own army. And Clancy's understanding of international politics seems chillingly correct. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Jack Ryan stories reach their peak in this story of terrorism alongside political games and human frailty. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Matthew Keith
I've read this book several times now. I love Clancy's books. The ones actually written by Clancy.Published 2 days ago by Jeffery E Good
One of the best Clancy novels. I remember reading this for the first time and how my heart was pounding right out of my chest. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Robbie J G
This book should have been much shorter in my opinion. In an effort to educate readers on how things are in reality, Mr Clancy describes long conversations with endless boring... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Alfonso
Typical Tom Clancy war type drama across broad range of people, military units and politics. Very intirguing story of todays political arena as well as in-depth views of middle... Read morePublished 2 months ago by dduncantx